Rule Breaker

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Yep, I am breaking the rules. I am jumping almost two weeks ahead… well not ahead, but to today. I haven’t done many of Fandango’s Who Won the Week challenges but I had to post today.

My winner for the week is the state of Iowa, specifically the city of Dyersville. After years of talk and planning and hoping… the first major league baseball game ever played in Iowa happened. But it wasn’t just a regular ballgame. This was a scene from a movie played out.

‘The New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox met in the corn fields of Dyersville to play the Field of Dreams game. Old time uniforms, a audience of Iowan fans and a visit from the film’s star all made for a mgical night. No, I was not one of the lucky ones to get a ticket, but we did catch most of the end of the game on TV. It was so cool to see the homers disappear between the rows of corn.

Some of the best news was later on when I heard not only the game would be played again next year, but it was the highest watched ball game in the last 16 years on TV. So cool.

My winner for the week… the Field of Dreams.

Photo from Google and Travel Iowa

Written for Fandango’s Who Won the Week (FWWTW) – August 15

Mumbles … Categories

What category would you pick if asked to come up with a category in like 5 seconds.  Back in my youth there was a game we would play called Categories.  It was a game where you would go in a circle snap your fingers two times and begin…

Snap, snap

“Categories” (said during two more snaps)

Snap, snap

(snap) “Dog breeds” (snap)

Snap, snap

(snap) “Go” (snap)

Then you would continue in the circle of people taking turns coming up with dog breeds or whatever the category was.  You always had to be ready with a new answer in just two snaps.  If you were deep in a category and running short on things to say, just say categories again and pick a new category.  It doesn’t sound too bad, but just two snaps is a very short amount of time if someone just said what you were going to say.

It was a fun game, frustrating at times, but it would almost always end in giggles as we stumbled over words trying to say something before the snaps were over.  The memories a single word can trigger are sometimes surprising. Did you have any games from your youth that you remember fondly?

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – category

(image from Google search)

Mumbles … Scruples

Back in the mid to late 80’s there was a game my then boyfriend and I had called Scruples.  It was a game with questions about moral dilemmas. It could be very eye opening and was a lot more fun if you had been relaxed with a drink or two before hand.  Looking at some of the questions online I call really tell the game is dated.  Questions like If your daughter was dating a man of color would you be against it?  If your company made a lot of long-distance calls would you make a personal call if you wouldn’t get caught?  If someone you know has AIDS and needed a place to stay would you invite them to your house?  Like I said they are very dated questions… nor a real politically correct game.  It was fun though and you could sure learn a lot about a person. Did any of you ever play it?


On an unrelated topic… sorry I am not putting many comments on your posts tonight.  I was in a car accident tonight and am not feeling great.  It is just nerves, and the shock or if, but I am not thinking real clearly tonight.  So, forgive me for not commenting much!  I am ok, but the car I think will be totaled.


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – scruples

Happy and Grateful – Day 252

The kids are all in school, there is a growing crisp in the air.  Football games and shorter days fill the weeks.  It is September.  I have accomplished another month of acknowledging my happiness and gratitude every day.  Join me as I continue my goal of one year on this journey.  Please join in with your happiness and gratitude in the comments or your own blog post.  No matter how bad the day is there is always something worthwhile in the day.

It was the battle of the year… the day of the inner state rivalry between the Iowa State Cyclones and the University of Iowa Hawkeyes.  I am a Cyclone fan since my Dad went to school there, but this year it was not meant to be.  It was a great game to watch… close most of the game and it ended with overtime.  Alas they got the touchdown and we only got the field goal.  But it made me happy to watch it none the less.

Aside from the game… it was an ok day.  I have dealt with anxiety a lot today.  Just felt it lingering all day.  So I chose to stay home for the day.  I know it can often get worse if I drive through any kind of traffic, and game day always bring lots of traffic,  So I was grateful I was able to stay home and tried to remain calm.

Tonight I am trying to carve out a little time to relax with a book.  I decided to write first so I could actually get it posted before I fall asleep.  So I remind you to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a good night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 210

July brings fireworks, picnics, pools and air conditioning.  It is a time for those of us in the USA to celebrate our “birthday” and a personal time for me to celebrate life.  It is hot and humid days and thunderstorms cooked up at night.  I am continuing my challenge to find happiness and gratitude in every day.  Join along in the comments or on your own blog.  There is always good in every day.

Fought the battle against the fatigue hard today… succumbed to two naps.  Fatigue 2 me 0.  Oh well, at least it keeps me out of trouble.  And it was a pretty nice day to get in trouble.  Temps were again in the mid 80’s.  A little more humidity today, but I wasn’t going anywhere except the grocery store and my dad’s.

Today was an on and off battle.  My daughter found two new things on Facebook messenger where we can play mini golf and pool.  So we have been playing each other most of the day.  It has been pretty close, she will win one, then I win two, and she wins two.  It has been fun, keeps me closer to happy.

And I am grateful for the fact I didn’t have to deal with my boyfriend’s ex-wife a second day in a row.  She borrowed money from us last night (we use debt cards for everything and only had a whopping $3 on hand) and stopped back by to pay us back today.  But my boyfriend was outside having a cigarette so I did not have to deal with her.  She is not my favorite person, but I still try to be civil.

I am still feeling the fatigue so that is all for tonight.  I’m going to listen to some meditation music and try to drift off to sleep.  Remember to find your happiness daily!