Ahhhh, fall is right around the corner!


downloadIt’s FINALLY that time of year … I’ve been watching college football since Thursday night and it’s helping me be pretty happy.  Of course, FSU doesn’t play until Monday night – but I love college football!  Right now, I’m watching Alabama vs VA Tech … go Hokies!  Ahhhh, fall is right around the corner!

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I took Nica – my JRT above [18 months ago] – to the vet two weeks ago and they tested her left and right.  They said nothing is wrong with her.  Fast forward to the present time and she’s lost more weight … and seems to be weak.  But she is eating and going to the bathroom … and still wagging that nub of  tail just as fast as usual.

I’m emotional about it.  I’m not ready for her to leave this Earth and I’m just hoping it’s because she’s older.  My friend Ryan told me that sometimes older dogs just begin to lose weight — and so, I’ve I switched her Blue Buffalo from adult to puppy food and I’m adding the Blue wet varieties now.  So far, she’s eating it and loving it.

So, I’m just going to watch, wait and see.  If you have a four-legged child – you know what this is doing to me.

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Therapy has been good and I’ve had to realise a few things about my family relationships.  I’d assume everyone has heard the adage “Blood is thicker than water.”  Sadly, that’s not always enough.  The bottom line is that until someone you love recognises their problem(s) and makes a concerted effort to deal with them – you just have to walk away.  And when they use children as a weapon … well, you’ve crossed a line that only selfish, insecure people resort to doing.

I’m happy to say that I’ve lost no sleep over it — it’s sad — because I’ve done everything I can do to make it better.  I had to decide between staying connected to a miserable person or continuing on my journey back to my happiness — and my happiness is more important because I’m just willing to go through my down times anymore.

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Of course, Rafa is back in New York for the US Open!  He had an incredible win on Thursday night over Rogiero Dutra Silva 6-2, 6-1, 6-0 and his even more impressive win over Ivan Dodig 6-4, 6-3, 6-3  this afternoon.   His approach to the hard court is drastically different and it was on display winning the 25th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title in Montreal and winning the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati before heading to New York.

I believe he’s going to win it all and I’ll be right there for every match — losing my voice! VAMOS RAFA!

And then there’s the question of Syria.  I’m torn.  I don’t doubt that Assad ordered the chemical attacks on his own people (of course, I’d like to hear the results of the UN Report); however, I’m just not sure about the US going into Syria – alone.  The British have almost always sided with the US, but this time Parliament sent a resounding no to Prime Minister Cameron.

The bigger questions are:  What if nobody steps up to the plate to help Syria?  What if some sort of attack is perpetrated against Israel for US involvement (of course, Israel will resoundingly kick ass if Assad orders any type of weapons be fired, shot and/or pointed toward Israel)?

I don’t want to see innocent people to continue to die because a man – who says he loves his country – refuses to step down, but chooses to murder his own people.  And of course, the people around him allow him to keep doing these horrible things.

I just hope that whatever happens doesn’t turn into a bloodbath in the Middle East and that the people of Syria don’t become extinct because of one man.

And that’s it for me – right now!  I’ve got some college football to go watch! 🙂  I might post later this weekend!

Shalom,

Bryce

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Dear Jimbo: Please turn to page 2 of your playbook.



So, the last couple of weeks have been extremely long, difficult and tiring.  And this coming week will be extremely intense as well.  Lots of things that I must do — and quite frankly, I don’t want to do any of them; however, I’ve no choice nor voice in the matter(s) — and so,  I’ll just push through it all and hope for the very, very best.  If you pray — prayers would be good … now and for the long haul.

I’m still on my journey to happiness; however, every so often you really hit a spot and it’s really hard to go around, over or under it … so, as I said, you have to push through it and hope for the best. 😉  I feel confident that I’ll be fine, but sometimes … confidence is overrated.

So, when you’re on your road back to happiness, there are usually a handful of things that make you happy.  One of mine is college football season and of course, my FSU Seminoles.  I am 1000% a Seminole and love, love, love, love, love my FSU teams – especially football; however,   I am so disgusted with FSU’s loss to NC State last night.

I have no words for it other than Jimbo Fisher is an IDIOT.  His conservative play calling for the last two weeks has almost cost FSU two road games at night.  FSU pulled it out against USF, but against NC State … all he could say in his post-conference was “We didn’t do this…”  “We didn’t execute this…” and ‘we, we, we…” … No Jimbo – it’s more like YOU, YOU, YOU. I’m so pissed off about it I could scream for days on end … if I had the strength to do so.

One thing I know for sure: Jimbo Fisher is NO Bobby Bowden. Coach Bowden always took responsibility for a game like we witnessed last night.  He laid blame on the players when they didn’t follow the game plan, but he never tried to wrap it up in a “We” package.

The only responsibility Fisher took for the travesty of a game HE called was, “We have to coach them better…”  other than that it was “we, we, we…”  The most important thing Jimbo Fisher needs to know is that he cannot play against ANY teams with his Sunday School conservative play calling.

These same teams – given the chance (and in the past they had their chance and blew FSU out of the stadiums whilst we were down those five seasons) wouldn’t think nor blink twice about running the score up without any mercy.  So, I’d say this … Dear Jimbo: Please turn to page 2 of your playbook.  – Sincerely, The Seminole Nation

Nobody and I mean nobody is going to be ‘nice’ to FSU on the football field.  They’re not going to take a knee – as Chris Thompson did against USF at the end of the game … they’re going to score, score, score and score some more!

So, for the sake of your own job, our players and the fan base that seemed to be coming back … LET’S PLAY OLD SCHOOL FSU FOOTBALL AND TAKE IT TO EVERY SINGLE TEAM WE PLAY!  The little slogan you have, “It’s Our Time” needs to really mean something – so make it mean something.  Because I’m already – and it’s only been 12 hours since we lost to NC State – reading about how FSU was overrated.  Is FSU overrated? I think we’ll know by seasons end if that assessment – being made by the usual suspects – can stand on its own.

I still believe FSU can polish off the rest of their regular season with wins over everyone — including Florida.  And yes although I’m still pissed off from last night, I’m still over here bleeding Garnet & Gold … because I’m a Seminole. Period. 🙂

No, I’m not going to talk about the first Presidential Debate between Mitt “the 47% I don’t care about” Romney and President Obama … all I can say about any of it is that Hillary Clinton would have made a better choice four years ago and yes, right now.  Hillary 2016. 🙂  And that is all I have to say about that.

So, on to the telly scene … Once Upon a Time didn’t disappoint!  The spell broken, but the purple haze and Mr Gold’s secrets … There isn’t much one can say about last weeks season premiere other than it left me wanting more.  There was one moment when Regina seemed to be at the mercy of the crowd and whether she’d live to see another day.

So, tonight, we learn about what happens when anyone tries to leave Storybrooke. Which brings Barbara Hershey back for a guest appearance as Regina’s oppressing mother, Cora.  I hope they keep it tightly wound — because that’s what keeps me coming back for me each week!

And of course, now to The Real Housewives of New Jersey (RHoNJ) … yes, I know, but I like it – what can I say? After last week’s reunion (part one of three), now more than ever, I am Team Everyone, except Teresa.

Anyone who has watched the show can truly see just how low Teresa will go to keep the upper hand.  One thing I have always been taught is that those who’ve passed and cannot defend themselves are off limits. But apparently that rule, as well as a bajillion other rules, do not apply to Teresa.

Although there were lots of great moments like … “Sit over there in your Christmas Pageant dress and shut up!” … “Spell Napalm … she can’t spell it because she doesn’t know what’s in her blog because she doesn’t write it…” and “Three rolls of blubber … ” — perhaps the best moment is when Rosie hears Teresa talking about her deceased father … I loved watching Teresa leave skid marks on herself as Rosie proceeds to tell her she’ll kill her for crossing the line.  Priceless. Ahhh, look it’s in pageant green! 😉 LOL!

Apparently there’s now a third part … which we never heard about before and so, I’ll just say this: Ladies and gentlemen, please fasten your seatbelts, sit back and relax because this ride is about to get CA-RAY-ZEE. 🙂

At long last Bedlam has returned to BBC … although, Jed Harper (Theo James) is no longer on the show – as is most of the original cast … I’m going to still give the show a chance.  The first episode of the S2 was hard to watch because … well, the original cast is gone.

It seems that with Jed’s untimely death (for some reason, I don’t remember him dying in the S1 finale – anyone else?) passed his gift on to another young lady, Ellie (Lacey Turner) and she’s made her way to Bedlam – oh, yeah – that’s changed as well.  So, we’ll see how it goes … and if I continue to watch.

As for some of my regular favourites … The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, Major Crimes and Hex continue to keep me happy!  Oh, I almost forgot  Last Resort … for me, the jury is still out on this show.  I like the premise of the show and I was captivated for the first two episodes, but we’ll see if I remain captive. 🙂

It’s fall people and depending upon where you live … you either have the great weather or you’re still roasting.  The best weather is mid-to-high 50s – just chilly enough for a nice FSU hoodie and fun activities outside!  I love late October and Halloween, but it’s not my favourite time of the year … that’s coming really soon — sooner than I want it to come! 🙂  I guess I probably should get busy working on my 2012 Christmas CD … since I always start November off with Christmas music! 🙂

Hope everyone has a great week! 🙂

Shalom,

Lessons Learned


I will ALWAYS bleed Garnet & Gold!!!!!!  There were definitely lessons learned last night by FSU – hopefully.  The game was stressful for EVERYONE involved — from the sidelines to those in the stadium to those watching at home.  Of course the news — an hour before kickoff — that Christian Ponder wouldn’t play … with no real explanation did not go over well with anyone.  Of course, we got the information this morning from an ESPN report and I can say that I’m glad Christian didn’t play … nobody would want him to get an infection from the elbow issues he’s been having.  So, at least that call from Fisher was a good one …

Lesson #1 = FSU was in the ACC Championship because of the brilliant play of Maryland a week beforehand.  I felt that FSU was ready to be in the championship game because our losses to NC State and North Carolina were so close (and as we all know close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades).  Did FSU deserve to be there … I can argue both sides of that and prolly win both.

Lesson #2 = FSU’s offensive line was incredible — EJ played a pretty well-balanced game; however, the play calling from the coaches really was not the best we’ve seen. Stick to what FSU does best and stop trying to outguess the other sideline.  In my mind, Jimbo Fisher and Mark Stoops are on probation — yes, FSU had a better year, but you have to play smart football and overall, our “O” or “D”  didn’t play smart consistently last night.  They didn’t have the focus … and I said they needed that to win the game.

Lesson #3 = FSU is on the road to recovery and moving back into the BCS Championship circle of contention — of course, our arch rivals in Florida and outside are saying this year was a fluke, but in reality it wasn’t.  I could care less if Miami (Duh U) or Florida (WhoF) are down or not — both of those teams played their hearts out against FSU and still got BEATDOWN.  Those beatdowns serve as notice that FSU is on their way back and those beatdowns give FSU a huge advantage/edge in the recruiting battle for players who have no “blood connections” to either of those programmes.

Lesson #4 = When it seems to be too good to be true … that is probably the case.  Exhibits:  A 9-3 regular season record; soundly defeating your two-instate rivals and beating your conference rivalry (Clemson) at home in a close one; showing signs that the football recession at FSU is almost over.  Point in Case:  It was too good to be true that FSU could win the ACC title without Christian Ponder.  I’m not taking anything away from EJ Manuel — he’s going to be an incredible force to be dealt with for the next few years for opposing teams; however, Christian would have done a better job last night – in my opinion – with moving the ball around to different receivers and causing VaTech to think about who to cover … FSU has had an incredible season and it’s not over yet! 

Lesson #5 = IT’S GREAT TO BE A PART OF THE SEMINOLE NATION!  I’ve never been a bandwagon or fairweather FSU fan … I’ve stood with my team through the good, the bad and the ugly.  I think I have the right to share my views since I’ve stood by my team; however, people who only like or cheer for FSU when things are good — should keep their MOUTHS SHUT.  It’s like voting … if you voted, you can badmouth anyone you want (especially if you’ve learned that you WASTED your vote for the president during the 2008 election — yeah, I told everyone Hillary was a better choice — I digress, back to football); however, if you didn’t vote — SHUT UP.  You have NO right to complain if you didn’t vote … and likewise, if you are only a Seminole during the good times — you have no right to be ugly during the bad times! PERIOD.

And that’s all I have to say about that!

Now, on to the tasks at hand today … everyone enjoy your Sunday!

Bryce

… absolute RANDOM moments of weirdness …


It’s official … Life is, in fact, good (click on the logo above to be taken to the actual Life is Good site to buy their way cool stuff) … it’s better … it’s back to normal and I couldn’t be happier … its been a long, long while since I haven’t felt like I was constantly having to walk on egg shells in my professional life.  And it’s apparent to my family and friends that I’ve turned the corner back to being the “old, but great, Bryce” … so, that makes me 🙂  a lot lately!  Other than regaining my passion about education, I’ve done nothing even remotely exciting, but that will all change soon enough!

Okay, let’s jabber about two of my fav reality shows … RHoNJ — loved the fact that Caroline met with Danielle (hereto forthwith known as “The Staubster”) and tried to bring reality to her little dream world – unfortunately, you just cannot help crazy people.  Of course, I’ve heard – from an extremely realiable source that The Staubster was released from her contract … even though she was good for stirring the pot (not that I like crazy people drama) and it was good for ratings — she’s a loose canon with her past, current association with felons and well, delusional thoughts of gradeur.  I’m betting that Dina comes back (wink-wink) and it’s either Kim “G” or Kim D filling the spot of the certifiable, delusional Danielle. 🙂

Real World: New Orleans … I said it a while ago — Ryan is Trouble – yes, with a capital “T” … And his whacked out behaviour has NOTHING to do w/ any OCD — I can speak confidently about that since I do, in fact, have a background in psychology.  If I had to guess … I’d say he is bi-polar.  He’s had too many “I’m a happy guy” to “I’m the Devil himself” moments and just absolute RANDOM moments of weirdness — that’s classic bi-polarism. Hands down.  And he’s heading home … sources plus clips of the next episode point to that fact.  I think the house will be a much better place without him there.  If it doesn’t happen, Bunim-Murray Productions and MTV should be ashamed of not getting him out of the house for some serious help.

I’m totally ready for college football season  — GO SEMINOLES — SCALP’EM!  And of course, the US Open … so ready for Rafa Nadal to conquer the hard courts in Flushing Meadows and bring home the US Open Men’s Single Crown!  So ready for my sport season to kick back into high gear!!!!!!!  Can I get a woot-woot!

Okay, now I have to go get brekkie with friends … maybe I’ll post more later this weekend! 🙂  Hope everyone has a great time at weekend!

 

 

Laters –

Bryce