Well, let’s see.
Last weekend the Cowboys lost their play-off game against the Packers, yet somehow the world has continued to turn. Honestly, I was surprised by how level-headed I was about the whole thing; we had cheered and yelled and clapped for pretty much the entire second half, and a Dallas comeback started to feel almost probable. But then there was the long pass play that led to the Packers scoring a field goal at the very end of the game, and suddenly our first season of following an NFL team was over and done. I expected to be sad, but mainly I was just proud of Dak Prescott and his leadership and the way he has represented his Mississippi State people. It was the biggest blast to watch him this year and cheer for the Cowboys. So, sign us up for the 2017-2018 season. I’ll be there with bells on – as well as my sassy Dallas Cowboys slippers that I got for Christmas.
I know. What a difference a year makes. And I’ll be cheering for the Falcons in the Super Bowl.
On top of all that, Mississippi State’s basketball teams have been awfully fun to watch.
Last weekend I got to see the men’s team play Texas A&M; I think it was the first time in 25 years that my friends Daphne, Emma Kate, Tracey, Elise, and I have all been in The Hump for a game at the same time. It was so much fun, and Daph had some unbelievable seats. Tonight the women’s team lost their first game of the season – they are #4 in the country and 20-1 – and I stood in my favorite game-watching corner of the kitchen and wiped down countertops and cheered just like they could hear me. In other words: BUSINESS AS USUAL.
All righty. Here are a few things I wanted to share / mention / shout from the rooftops.
– I posted this on Instagram last week (thanks, Lauren), and I keep looking at it because it makes me laugh so much. Also: I IDENTIFY.
– A couple of weeks ago I posted the first devotional that I wrote for our Unplugged challenge at my school. Here’s the second one.
– I kind of have to plan speaking stuff around Alex’s sports seasons, which means that most of the out-of-town stuff has to happen in January, February, November, or the first week in December (well, the December thing has nothing to do with sports and more with wanting to be home for all the Christmas things). There are exceptions here and there, of course – I can usually manage one thing a month in the spring – but January and February are my GET AFTER IT times with speaking. Here’s what’s going on in the next month-ish.
January 26 – Women Business Leaders – Birmingham, AL
February 3-4 – Carriage Lane PCA Women’s Retreat – Pine Mountain, Georgia
February 16 – Johnson Ferry Church – Marietta, GA
February 17-18 – Two Rivers Church – Lenoir City, TN
February 24-25 – Belle Aire Baptist Church – Murfreesboro, TN
Also, if you’re in the Birmingham area, a certain Melanie Shankle will be here on February 23 to speak at the Samford Legacy League luncheon. This means that on the evening of the 23rd, Melanie and I will be in my kitchen, working diligently to create the cheese plate of our dreams.
So basically February’s gonna be all kinds of fun.
– This past weekend I spoke at a women’s conference at Casas Church in Tucson, and when I was driving from the airport to the hotel, it was raining and dreary and I couldn’t really see the mountains; they mostly looked like flat shadows off in the distance.
Saturday, however, brought a completely different perspective. I actually had some time to explore, so I rode around and tried to take in just at tiny bit of the splendor of those mountains. I don’t know when I’ve ever been more aware of how limited my photography skills really are. There wasn’t a single picture that even began to capture to what was right in front of me.
This was at sunset-ish time on Saturday.
So much gorgeousness.
– John Mayer released an EP this past Friday, which means that my unrequested (and, you might say, uninformed) over-analysis of his lyrics has really ramped up to some impressive new levels.
Hope y’all have a wonderful week!