knocking it out of the ball park

When you’re on the road back to happiness … you can certainly learn a lot about yourself – if you allow yourself to do so! 🙂  I’ve always been fairly tolerant, patient and well, a whole list of things one might expect of themselves.  And for the record, that’s not me saying that — it’s my core group of friends who say that to me here and there.

More and more, I’m hearing them tell me that the “old Bryce” is back.  Of course, who is the “old Bryce” I ask them.  And for this, they had a list yesterday whilst we tailgated before the FSU-Clemson game:

  1. You’re laid back again … thank God!
  2. Silly, silly, silly … it’s the best part about you!
  3. Laughing more than you have in a long time!
  4. Eyes are peaceful.
  5. You’re singing again and it’s awesome to hear you sing.
  6. I don’t dread seeing you. :::WOW::: [honesty is always a hard medicine to swallow]
  7. Giggles, giggles and more giggles.
  8. Spontaneous and not so uptight.

Sometimes, your friends are the best therapy and well, therapists out there.  I guess #6 caught me off guard, but I get it.  When you’re miserable — well, your good friends know it and they can sense it.

Even if your trying to fake it through a smile and laughter — apparently, the eyes are the dead give away that things aren’t all they appear to be.  It’s always nice to know that people recognise what you’ve been working on and that you’re knocking it out of the ball park. 🙂  And so the journey continues …

“I face the day again.  Against the window pane. I remain your closest friend and wish you back again.  But still the days drag on.  Why did you decide to go?  Did you only need to see what only time can show?   I’ll be waiting. I may be young or old and gray … counting the days.  But I’ll be waiting and when I finally see you come, I’ll run when I see you …” – Amy Grant, The Prodigal

So, there was this game in Tallahassee yesterday.  Holy cow, FSU is seemingly on the road back to being the ‘old FSU’ … and I have to say, I’m loving the maturity of the entire FSU football team … from the coaches to the players.

This year, there isn’t this one-track mind of the National Championship – instead it’s a ‘one game at a time’ mentality and that, for the record, brings about the best FOCUS!! 🙂  And I must say that it was nice to see Doak Campbell packed beyond capacity for the game. I can only imagine that the team completely feed off the energy of the crowd from start to finish.

I never doubted that we wouldn’t win the game, but I’ll just say that I’ve no fingernails left (I tear them off — no biting) because I “ripped” the ends of them off during the entire first half.  I was anxious beyond words, but knew the game wasn’t out of reach so long as the original plan wasn’t abandoned.

My friend Jeff and I were talking about how Chad Morris, Clemson’s offensive coordinator,  would eventually run out of different looks for Florida State’s defensive line.  And that breakdown occurred in the early part of the 3rd Quarter.  And Mark Stoops, stepped it up after the half.

I think we saw EJ Manuel grow up a lot during the second half of the game and of course, I think a confidence — not arrogance — has been vested now by the entire coaching staff and the team.  I truly am excited about what the future – beyond this season – holds for FSU! 😉

Needless to say, once EJ & Co. got rolling, the Seminoles … well,  five touchdowns later, with 0:00 and FSU 49  Clemson 37  blaring on the scoreboard …  the fireworks whizzed high above Doak Campbell and the Marching Chiefs went ‘crazy’ with the War Chant!  And if you’ve yet to figure it out … this ‘boy’ bleeds Garnet & Gold, baby!

The next three weeks are going to be absolutely, undeniably insane and although I don’t think I’m ready for everything that’s going to happen (not that any of it is bad, mind you!)  … I know that it’ll all be okay because a higher power sustains me! 🙂

And with that being said, it’s time for me to get myself on task before my night completely slips away!

Hope everyone has a great, great week …


It’s Game Day People!

It’s game day … we’re enroute to Tallahassee right now … there’s nothing better than being in a HUGE RV with all the luxuries … the group that started out as six has now grown to 18 … there are two RVs now and well, just lots of fun!  Start time for the game changed once ABC picked up the game … it’s been moved to 3.30 — so, we’ll head to Publix off of North Monroe to pick up the food … lots of mouths to feed!  Today it’s going to be grilled chicken, sausage and burgers — and the weather … it’s supposed to stay right around 83°F — so, hopefully, it won’t be too bad today. 

FSU is taking on Wake Forest — who have embarrassed the ‘Noles a few times in the past few years — last year, they didn’t have that chance in Winston-Salem as they were routed 41-28.  I’m glad that we have some of our tougher games at home this year …. the only game we don’t have at home is Miami, but they slipped and fell hard (like FSU did) against Ohio State – the same day FSU lost miserably to Oklahoma.

Nica is also with us — in fact, she goes to every single game — she won’t sit still long enough for me to get a picture of her with her FSU gear on … Friends often ask if she goes into the games with us — they know I’m good at getting her into places I want her to go, but she’d not be “safe” inside the stadium unless I held her the entire time and well, needless to say, I do not sit still during a football game … I’d compare my up & down to being in mass. 🙂

This week went extremely well … a bit tired and looking at the looming stretch before I have some time off in November.  However, I’m not complaining in the least — things are so much better for me since I’ve moved into this new position.  I miss some of the people I worked with — I hope they are doing well. 🙂

Well, it’s time for me to sign off … we are Publix now and it looks busy (like it does EVERY game day in Tallahassee)!  I hope everyone has a great week … Until then … GO ‘NOLES!



Bump it,

Bryce & Miss Nica … LIVE from Tallahassee, FL USA 🙂