A Different Kind Of Super Tuesday

I’m writing this post on Sunday afternoon – before the NCAA Tournament Selection show – so I have no idea whether my beloved Bulldogs will make it into the Big Dance. But honestly, I don’t feel like they will. The end of the season sort of fell apart, and after a first round SEC tourney loss to Georgia, I just don’t think we’ll make it anywhere other than the NIT.

And listen. I love my Bulldogs. Y’all know I do. And I want for them to be in the tournament even though I don’t think that they will be. But, if they do end up making it, I’ll eat plenty of crow while I cheer for them like crazy (and whether they make it or not, we’ll still have our annual bracket challenge).

ANYWAY, I didn’t really intend to bore you with my basketball-related hypotheticals. I intended, among other things, to tell you that soccer season officially kicked off for us this past Saturday, and it was one of the great joys of my entire life to watch our little guy play goalie in the fourth quarter. By that point we were getting hammered by the other team (about 20 minutes into the game I told D that I felt like I was watching an episode of Alias where Sydney Bristow uncovered a government-run community of children who had been genetically engineered for speed), but oh, the little guy took his goalie responsibilities ever-so-seriously. He threw on the red jersey and ran to the goal and gave D and me a big thumbs up before he assumed a stance that was half-baseball home plate umpire, half-nature guide on the lookout for wild boars.

IT MADE MY WHOLE DAY.

But the main thing that I want to tell you is that there is all sorts of goodness in store this Tuesday, and I’m not even talking about the fact that there are election primaries in Alabama (I love election day because I love taking A with me; my parents always took me with them when they voted…it made me deeply aware of the privilege of participating in the process, and for some reason I get teary-eyed when I see people lined up at the polls, though that’s probably a tangent for another time).

All righty. The Tuesday goodness. Ready?

1. The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier

I didn’t think a cookbook could be more beautiful than Ree’s first one, but I was wrong. The new one is even more gorgeous than the first, and it’s CHOCK FULL of great recipes. I pre-ordered it for my sister-in-law Rose for Christmas, and I cannot wait to hear her reaction when she sees it for the first time. It’s one of those cookbooks that will be dog-eared and well-worn within a few months of owning it (in other words: the very best kind).

2. Stories to Tell – Dave Barnes

There are a hundred reasons why the people in this family love Dave Barnes to pieces. He’s a Mississippi boy, he embraces his rich Mississippi State heritage, he’s stinkin’ hilarious, he adores his family, and he makes dang fine music, just to name a few. His new CD comes out tomorrow, and, as always, the songs sound like home to me. They are blues-y, pop-y, and soulful all at the same time – and on this CD, there’s a mighty delightful 70s-esque brass section (I have long been of the opinion that modern music needs more horns).

The bottom line is that you can’t go wrong with a Dave Barnes CD. It’s great music that your whole family will enjoy. Forever and ever amen.

3. White Flag – Passion 2012

Every January, when the Passion conference is over, I start counting down (in my head – not out loud) to that year’s Passion CD release day. Last year’s CD, Here For You, ended up being one of my favorite worship CDs of all time, and I can’t wait to hear what White Flag has in store. I pre-ordered it, and I will probably listen to it at midnight when it starts downloading to my iTunes. BECAUSE THAT’S TOTALLY NORMAL FOR A 42 YEAR-OLD WOMAN.

So there you have it. My personal Super Tuesday list. And now, if you’ll excuse me, I have approximately 24 hours to catch up on about 78 hours worth of TV. Thanks to a faulty hard drive, our DVR is being replaced on Tuesday, and all the shows I haven’t watched yet (30 Rock, Modern Family, Survivor, etc.) will disappear when the new DVR is installed.

I’m drinking lots of water and eating plenty of protein. I AM READY FOR THE TASK AT HAND.

Selection Sunday, Manic DVR-Watching Monday, and a new kind of Super Tuesday.

We’ve got a big week in store, my friends.

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Comments

  1. I seriously read that last entry as White Fang.

    My heart can’t take my son playing goalie. He’s so laid back, but it just kills me. Too much pressure.

  2. I feel the same way about voting day. I always took my kids with me and they now take it very serious as young adults! This election…..Oh My Word.
    Have a great week.

  3. so glad I’m not the only one who gets a little lump in my throat while voting.

  4. Values, people, vote values. We don’t get the values thing right, we’re not going to get anything else right! Sorry, had to go there…

    • Kimberly/OKC says:

      100%!!! Vote for the most moral guy…God will take care of us on the money issues!!

      Sorry, had to go there, too!

  5. shelley in cali says:

    I am so with you on the teary eyed voting thing…and I thought I was freakishly alone! I homeschooled both my babies (both now in college, so the baby thing isn’t quite the same!) and some of our greatest fieldtrip memories were our trips to the voting booth. (Somehow in my mind Whitney was always singing The Star Spangled Banner over my shoulder.) I was so thankful to be able to share that privilege with them. Our 21 year old was so happy with her first “I voted” sticker, she wore it for days! Our 18 year old is all fired up about his chance this year.

    Enjoy your big day tomorrow!!!!

  6. My daughter pre-ordered PW’s new cookbook for my Christmas gift and we are all (both daughters and the daughter-in-law too) anxiously awaiting its arrival

    Regarding voting…I am a permanent absentee voter…does that make me un-patriotic? ~smile~

  7. well. looking at you list made me realize that i have to give up on catching up on the tv. i’ll be buying series on dvd to watch during retirement. i’m 36, but whatever. have fun!
    sad about the bulldogs, but honestly didn’t know if i could handle it this year. see you in the brackets :)

  8. I could read you endlessly, you know that?

    *Thank you*

  9. anotherlisa says:

    it’s official; you’re smarter than me. i was so fed up with lousy service, that i didn’t even remember some things might be recorded on dvr still. i just wanted one that worked as promised. two days later, oh no! now i can’t catch up on “the PW” latest episode!

  10. lavonda says:

    Every reference to Sydney Bristow I read makes me smile. This one? I laughed out loud. My favorite show of all time. I may or may not have worn sack cloth and ash when the series ended.

  11. I filled the brackets, and I’m ready for super tuesday – meaning college basketball in the middle of the week!!!!

  12. I have said before how much I love reading your blog…this one is a classic for me. I love the paragraph about soccer (Alias references make my heart sing) and your DVR comments just cracked me up! I also feel quite compelled to check out this music you are endorsing…I feel in a music rut, for sure.