Football is Back!!

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How excited are you that football season is back!? I know, EXCITED!!! The NFL season started this past weekend and not without drama, and also, Week 2 of college football.

I was fairly satisfied with the Texans play on Week 1 against the Redskins. Of course, I haven’t seen the whole game yet, because, you know, Kansas City. But, I did see lots of highlights and read up on the stats.

Here are my takeaways from Week 1 for my Houston Texans:

1. I was really interested on the quarterback play, because all of them looked bad in preseason, and I am happy with the way Fitzpatrick looked on paper: NO INT. Before Week 1, the only thing I like about him was his beard. Just kidding.

2. Hopkins and Andre looks solid on paper.

3. The defense was great, especially on paper. Robert Griffin III got destroyed a lot of times, it gave me flash backs of David Carr. JJ Watts, Brooks Reed, DJ Swearinger, and Joseph, all played pretty well, but more importantly: Redskins 6 points.

4. The down side, of course, was losing Jadeveon Clowney for 6 weeks with a torn meniscus. If the Texans win more than 2 games this season, I am a happy fan.

5.And lastly, I can’t believe that Bullock is still on the team, even if he did go 3/3.

Other notables, the Seahawks looks scary good. But, I need to see them play again before I pick them to win it all again. What I like about the NFL is that any team can surprise you, i.e the 2014 Kansas City Chiefs.

Now on to the drama: Ray Rice. I saw the video. And damn. If you haven’t seen it, I am not wasting web space by providing a link. As a mother of (3) daughters, as a sister to (2) sisters, and as a woman, that was pretty disturbing to see. The hit was bad enough, but the action afterwards was even more disturbing. I am not going to go into a tirade, as I am not here to judge anyone. But, I definitely would not want Ray Rice to wear a Texans jersey, if he were in Houston. Domestic violence is senseless and intolerable. Violence against women is unjustifiable and cowardice. That is all.

Extra: I’m glad that the University of Houston Cougars bounced back on Week 2, even if it was just against Grambling State. They play BYU next week, who destroyed the Longhorns this weekend. SIGH. Go COOOOOGS!!

 

Week 50: Finally, Friday!!

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Happy Labor Day! I hope everyone is enjoying their time off from work! Who is bbq-ing today!? The weather here is clearing up, hopefully, just in time for backyard BBQ and drinks. Also, I am not sure if this series will continue after the one year post, which is only 2 weeks away. A weekly post can get a little redundant, maybe we will switch over to a monthly recap instead, we will see where it goes.

Highlights:

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Since I missed quite a few weeks of recap, I will include a few highlights: We have had a pretty busy summer, maybe one too many trips to Houston. Aspen and Xavier celebrated birthdays in June and July, and there was a wedding in the family. Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Day!!

The girls started school about 2 weeks ago, a week earlier than Texas. Jaelan is now in 7th grade and in middle school, and Xavi is in 5th grade. Jaelan was really excited about getting a locker, she didn’t even care about school supplies, she just wanted locker decorations. Tweens.

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Also, Jaelan went to her first ever middle school dance this past Friday. Didn’t school just start? She said that some boy asked her to go to the dance, but she turned him down, and he moved on to the next girl. *Pause* Life needs to chill, like for real.

Jaelan will continue with choir because she loves it and, Xavi has joined the strings at school. Goodness gracious. I hope she likes the basement because that is where she will be practicing! Just kidding. I think it’s great that she wants to learn how to play the violin.

This past week, the girls started their fall sports activities. Jaelan is doing cross country, I’m not yet sure if she knows what that means. But we told her that it’s not one mile, not three miles, but lots and lots of miles. Her first track meet is on the 6th. Xavi is doing soccer, this week was her first week of practice, her first game is on the 6th. Jaelan is getting used running long distances, she is always pooped and hungry when she comes home. We are gonna have to get her more acquainted with a high carb diet. Xavi is getting used to big girl soccer. So, drills and fundamentals. She is playing for an U11 team, and yes, she is the smallest kid on the team. The coach loves her energy, she doesn’t seem to get tired, lol. But, she has taken a long break from soccer, so she needs to brush up on her skills.

Aspen:

Aspen started back at day care last week because our schedule is just too crazy to stay with her at home. So, there was a lot of meltdown and tears. She gets all excited and ready to go. But, when we get there to drop her off, she just loses it. One day, the teacher had to pry her off of me, because she was holding on really tight. Poor kid. This too shall pass.

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World Cup 2014 Bracket!!

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The 2014 World Cup is here. Here is my bracket. The semi finals was hard to pick. I am still iffy about my Spain/Argentina pick. Spain has better defense and defense wins championships, but they are old, kind of like the Spurs. I might eat my words here.

Germany was not an easy pick, but giving it all to Brazil would be too easy (even though I read somewhere that no team outside of South America has won any World Cup that has been held in the Americas). And they will probably win it, because Junior is good and they are playing in Brazil.

Another iffy pick was between the Dutch and Chile, I decided on the Dutch because they were there til the end in 2010, so you know, experience, but Chile might edge them out. Finally, I went with Portugal even though Ronaldo is hurt  because of all the issues/drama with the US coach and what not, and because Portugal is still ranked 4th in the world. Also, I was very tempted to enter a US-Russia match, and decided against it, but will be rooting for it.

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*World Cup logo image from google.com*

 

Week 38: Finally, Friday!!

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Happy weekend!! The short week was really nice, but busy, as usual.

But, I miss the girls 😦 The house is very quiet and I have no one to order around! Just kidding.

I try not to call (too much or at all) because they are too busy having fun without their parents, but it’s ok, I understand 🙂

Highlights:

Well since the girls are away, this department will be pretty limited. Besides the holiday, catching an Astros/Royals game at the K was pretty nice. The ‘Stros won and swept the Royals, so that is always awesome. I like the Springer kid, he is playing pretty well during the winning streak, which is a welcomed change.

Kauffman Stadium is pretty nice, plus the weather was great, which is always plus for an open stadium. It is also one of the easiest stadiums to maneuver around and find parking at, for me anyways. It’s smaller than Minute Maid, but looks bigger than Wrigley. The crowd was calm and I did see a couple of other Astros fans.

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Big Girls:

Jaelan is pretty excited about being able to visit her friends in Houston and that is pretty much all she calls to talk about. And Xavi is still Xavi, but with a really nice tan from all of the swimming that they are doing.

Aspen:

Aspen called me this week and told me that she is ready to come home, but I’m sure she was just being nice. I know she is having a great time with her Mimi and Poppa.

Also, her birthday is coming up and it looks like it will be a Texas celebration.

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Sterling Move

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I am a big basketball and Houston Rockets fan, and the NBA playoffs are currently underway. It has been one of the best first rounds that I can remember, like ever. It almost feels like March Madness with all of the extra quarters that has been played.

Unfortunately, it has been riddled with the issues surrounding Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling. Sterling was handed down one of the harshest penalties by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver for a wide range of racist tangents: a lifetime ban(never mind that the guy is 80 years old) from the NBA, a $2.5M fine, and pressure to sell the Clippers. Silver has asked for the vote of 3/4ths of the required NBA owners to “make” Sterling sell his team.

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After the punishment was announced, there has been several mixed responses and comments regarding the whole thing. Does the punishment fit the crime? What happened to being entitled to your own opinion? The likes.

So, here are my three cents about the whole thing:

1. The Punishment:

The punishment fits the issue, there was no crime committed, depending on how you look at it. Racism should never be tolerated, and if one has the opportunity to squash any qualms about it, they should take it. The NBA made a statement as to what a bigot’s place in the league is, but I am not sure if the same punishment would have been carried out had the comments been about sexual orientation or say, religion.

2. Donald Sterling:

Donald Sterling was racist long before this event took place. According to wiki, he was previously sued by the US Department of Justice and by former Clipper’s executive/Hall of Famer, Elgin Baylor, for race and age discrimination. He did not become a bigot over night. The league and the players knew before hand what they were dealing with when it came to Donald Sterling.

Side Note: The Los Angeles Chapter of the NAACP has previously awarded Sterling with a lifetime achievement award and cancelled plans to award him a second one next month.

3. Donald Sterling and the NBA/Basketball:

After reading some of Sterling’s comments and contract negotiation remarks with regards to race, I can’t help but wonder why no one had previously challenged this man like he should have been. I mean he pretty much believes that Black people are vermin. It took a woman to take him out of NBA arenas. Wiki says that, Sporting News has called him the “worst owner in basketball”, and The New York Times and Forbes have labeled him, “worst owner”, IN SPORTS, and there has been some really bad ones. So, Donald Sterling never was good for the sport or the league and all of this was bound to happen. It just took a long ass time. Money stretches time, I guess.

Let’s hope that all of this helps to preserve some of the league’s and the sport’s integrity and serves as some sort of heed to others out there in the dark. Well, in the NBA, anyways.

EXTRA: Social Media is a force to be reckoned with.

 

Sources: Wikipedia.org

Images from google.com

Week 11: Finally, Friday!!

Yes, I know what you are thinking, it’s Saturday. Well, it took 11 posts, but a Friday post is a day late. I think I did well! 🙂 Happy Saturday! One more week before Thanksgiving Holiday, we are getting excited! I can taste all of the food and awesomeness! 🙂

Week 11 Highlights:

Jaelan and I went to 17th and Summit this past weekend, just the two of us. I am ecstatic to report that she likes to look and shop for, “old and cool things”(antiques). YAY! She purchased an old, silver fountain pen and ink holder for $3. I think she has an antique eye 🙂 She also wants an, “old looking desk” for her room (see photo below). I told her only if she lets me paint it yellow or red 🙂

Xavi did not have a good ending to her week. That is all.

The big girls learned how to play dominoes this week. They were surprised at how much math is involved. Jaelan won round 1. Prepping for Thanksgiving games.

Aspen:

Conversations with Aspen this week:

Number 1

Me: Aspen, whose nose do you have? Daddy’s nose or mommy’s nose?

Aspen: I have Aspen’s nose. My nose, not your nose.

Of course. DUH.

Number 2

Xavier: Look, Aspen it’s a t-rex! (Shows Aspen a t-rex toy while we were at Toys ‘r’ Us)

Aspen: Daddy, das NOT a T-REX! It’s a DINOSAUR!

Of course. DUH.

Number 3

Me: Come here, kid!

Aspen: Mommy, I am not kid, I am Aspen, I told you, aw weady!

Of course. DUH. She must think we are very slow and not smart at all, 🙂 TODDLERS.

Extra:

Aspen: Mommy, I like monies, I need to get more monies. Mommy can I have 4 monies? (Holds up 4 fingers! )

PS: I tried 2 new recipes and 2 cocktail recipes this week: Moroccan chicken and a version of Coq au vin, with white wine. The first one wasn’t so popular, they all gave me a hard time about the cumin smelling like a bag of arm pits, Xavi ate her food with a blanket over her head. She said it tasted good. The Coq au vin was more popular among the masses. The cocktails are a version of the Woodstock cocktail that I found on the CampgroundKC, and vodka sunrise, a take on tequila sunrise, but with vodka. Both were awesome. Recipes later this week.

Week 11 Gallery

This Weekend:

Half Priced Booksgiving Day Celebration

Union Station Lighting Ceremony

Manny Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios

Houston Dynamo vs. Sporting KC (on tv 😦 ) GO ORANGE!

Houston Texas, Houston Cougars, and Houston Rockets on tv

In 350 Words or Less

The NBA season is upon us and frankly, with the way the Texans season is going, I am trying not to get over excited. I vaguely kept up with the Rockets during the preseason, and saw glimpses of legitimacy. Superstitious Janis was a little nervous with the winning preseason record because the Rockets seem to do the opposite during the regular season. Nonetheless, because I don’t live in Houston anymore, I can watch virtually ALL of their games, home and away. BAM!

Here’s is my take after the first 3 games, (and I know it is WAY too early in the season):

LIKES: potential, rebounds, Howard, the Beard, and Casspi.

DISLIKES: turnovers and inability to destroy.

If this team stays healthy, they will contend, but already Patrick Beverly is out and Casspi was out against the Jazz. I am not a D12 fan, but if he continues to play like he is playing, stay healthy, be satisfied with a sub-20 scoring average, and don’t whine, I can learn to like. I see lots of rebounds in the future with D12 and Asik, but I think together on the floor, they are slow as heck. My favorite off season acquisition is Omri Casspi, i think he is a steal, if he stays healthy.

However, if we do not limit the turnovers, it ain’t gonna be pretty. For now, I am attributing the 20 average TOs in the first 3 games to the infancy of the season and learning to mesh. Finally, I saw age old Rockets habits in the last 30-40 seconds of the Mavs game, Mavs got within 5 points with 21 seconds left. If we do that in the playoff or against other contenders, we will lose. The Rockets are young and energetic, but they have got to learn how to destroy and conquer, early on.

Prediction: I don’t think we are going to win it all or the West. But I like where the team is headed, maybe next year. And on the oft chance that we do win it all, I will definitely be down for the parade 🙂

Aspen and I, at her first Rockets game (2012). GO ROCKETS!! 🙂

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*Image from houstonrockets.com*

Running Challenge: Repeat

Week 3: Repeat

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Here is this week’s running challenge. Again, another fail for week 2, pretty discouraging. Therefore, this week’s challenge is a repeat of last week, which is 15 miles, again.

This time I was only about 3 miles short of the intended 15, but still short. It was pretty rough from the get go after a week off, but after the last run, I felt much better. No injuries and no blisters, (so I get to keep my yellow shoes), (YAY!), just ran out of time on Saturday. It was a pretty packed day from the beginning, and I was not able to fit in a run.

There is major bad news and a major set back: I waited too long to register for the Kansas City Half Marathon and pretty much ran out of time. I tried to register this past week, but registration was closed. I thought about doing the full marathon, but Xavier thinks that it might be a bit, you know, cucko, crazy, and I think he might be right. The next one I am going for is the St. Louis Rock and Roll Half Marathon on Oct. 27th. So, for now I am going to continue with the running challenges. I will have to settle for the Kansas City 5K and then the Rock and Roll, the week after. Let us pray that there will be no issues this time, amen.

PS: This Nike+ app, is a pretty great tool. It helps you keep up with your mileage and times, and shows your progress, which is extra nice, especially when it doesn’t feel like you are doing any progressing.

Week 2 Results

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In 350 Words or Less

Dear Texans Coach(es),

I just want to let you know that, after 5 games, the Browns, the Jets, the Lions, and even the Cardinals, have a better record than the Texans. But, I am sure you are well aware of this. I am also sure that you are aware that this is not acceptable by any standards, mostly because we were supposed to contend this year. That we didn’t get far enough last year was ok by me because I was hopeful that this year, with a second WR and an old, decent new CB, we will go further, it eased my pain a little. But currently we have lost three games in a row and could easily be winless, like 0-5.

Why is that?

Well, I am not going to sit here and blame the quarterback, cause its only about 75% his fault. So, I will suggest that somebody needs to give the man a break, a staycation, plop his feet up, thinking time, whatever you want to call it. He needs to warm up a spot on the bench and give the backups a chance. Ill play can only be tolerated for so many snaps before it lingers and spread to the masses. Currently, the defense is still awesome, but the offense has only scored 3 points in the last SIX quarters. The best time to sit the quarterback is against the not so good Rams.

Why?

If we lose to the Rams with the backup quarterback, ok. But, if we lose to the Rams with the quarterback and there is another pick 6, game loser or not? No Bueno. Plus, there are plenty of success stories that come out of giving the backups a chance. I am not saying that he needs to be replaced, he just needs some time to think about what he has done, you know like, time out. I think that it will help him and the team get on a positive track.

Again, I don’t blame it all on the quarterback.

Plus, I’m positive Tuesday Slushies have been terribly missed.

Sincerely,

A Concerned Fan

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The Asian Sensation

I was going through my usual readings this morning, and I happened upon this article on, The Economist (Yes, I know what you are thinking). It’s about an Asian guy, specifically a Vietnamese orphan, who was adopted by a German couple. He climbed the ranks (like all the way to being the country’s current Vice-Chancellor) of the German political ladder, and made quite a name for himself in German politics, albeit the Asian face. Recently, with the German elections coming up, a big deal has been made about him being of Asian decent, despite the fact that he seems to be good at what he does(depending on who you are of course). Now, I know a successful Asian politician wouldn’t be a big deal in say China or Japan(funny, haha). But why is it a big deal when an Asian face succeeds else where in venues like politics and sports? Two things I like, by the way, cause politics is a sport and sports is full of politics.

I can remember the hoopla that was had when Yao Ming actually scored in double digits in more than 2-3 games and when Jeremy Lin had his two hours of fame. But hasn’t everyone seen the Chinese basketball in a few of the Olympics and World Championships before? I can also remember when I was in grade school and I made whatever basketball or track team I joined the “international team” because ours would be the only team with an Asian person on it (those were some funny days). But that was here in America, cause we make a big deal about everything.

So, I was surprised to know that it happens elsewhere as well, and in politics nonetheless, cause anyone can be awesome in politics, right? So, what is the big deal? I’ll tell you, NOTHING! Jeremy Lin is American and Philipp Rösler is German, their eyes are just a bit slanted than yours, skin might be a shade paler, and the nose bridge might be, and I say might, cause mine is, a little flatter than yours, but that is about it. I know there are bigger issues around this but seriously, at the end of the day, they are just people achieving in areas that are traditionally not ruled by Asians, like say science or math(funny, haha). And I’m sure the same argument can be made for other races, but I am Asian, so I picked that race. I’m just glad that my kids won’t have to deal with this(cross fingers and yea right). They are half Asian, but they do not look it for the most part, instead they will get to deal with a whole other plethora of issues that comes with being half African-American or worse both, especially, middle baby. Yay.

See, proof: Here is a very Asian and 13-year old me in my high school basketball outfit, what’s so weird about that?

Enjoy your Weekend!

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