Ms October 2013

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Ms October 2013

One of the most entertaining tournaments of the year is the Ms. October Women’s Invitation Softball Tournament, which is held every October in Auburn, California to raise money for the Underprivileged Youth Fund. When the air is crisp and the sun is setting earlier and earlier, twelve rambunctious teams gather to face off to see who can hit the most home runs. Some teams are stacked with near professional ballers and others are merely stacked with professionals who work for a living and play ball for fun. And yet everyone has a good time watching the ladies go yard…as long as it’s not when you’re standing in the field…that still sucks! My amazing Rockstars got knocked out prematurely this time around, but immediately threw their support behind our local sister teams to encourage them to go the distance against the Goliaths’ in the tourney. Our hootin’ and hollerin’ must have done some good, Safe @ Second clawed their way back from a 1st round loss to 4th place. Not too shabby! Don’t worry ladies…next year will be here soon and the next Ms. October is already less than 12 months away.

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Champs!

Champs

1st & 2nd Annual Saved by 2nd Base Champs ~ July 20, 2013

I may have previously said that this summer was not ALL about softball, but it is still a lot about softball. Yesterday, the Half n Half Rockstars competed in a local fundraising tournament called Saved by 2nd Base. Our team alone raised almost $500 in less than a week, all of which went directly to Insight Imaging in Grass Valley to pay for Breast Cancer Detection (www.insightimaging.com). Along with the other teams that participated, I am sure the money everyone raised will pay for more than a few mammograms, which is a great thing. It’s icing on the cake to be able to play ball with 12 of my favorite ladies against another 3 dozen awesome women, but doing it for a good cause is the best kind of cherry on top…trust me.

Thank you Rockstars for a great day! You brought your heart, your game and made me proud with every at bat and every defensive out. Your support of your own teammates and even your competitors is second to none. Victory never tasted so good as it does when you’re by my side! Rockstars on 3…1, 2, 3-ROCKSTAAARRRRSSSS!

The Beginning

The Beginning

Post Race Selfie by Kandi Young ~ 2013

This past Saturday a few of my Rockstars and I went for a little jaunt through the streets of Davis as the sun went down. It was a tad warm, so by the end of the 5k we were all a bit slick with sweat. But it was a great day! It was Karen and Kandi’s first 5k, my 2nd and Patty’s & Tiff’s upteenth (they are old pros at this). I am super proud of all my Rockstars for crossing the finish line in such a timely manner. Our next 5k is already scheduled and paid for…the Susan B Anthony in SacTown. It’s gonna be a blast and time’s will be better! Thank goodness for such a sisterhood that continues to grow in numbers and in the variety of challenges we accomplish. It’s not just about softball anymore!

Monday Inspiration

Mud Run

Mud Run – Photo by A. McLaughlin 2013

Years ago, when I was a little girl and had just moved to Northern California, my new 3rd grade class had this wonderful tradition that I remember to this day. Hopefully, many of you out there also had the opportunity to experience the stack of yellow photocopies with personal notes from your classmates called ‘Warm Fuzzies’.

While those contained messages like…You’re smart, You have nice hair, and I like your smile…today’s ‘Warm Fuzzy” goes out to My Darling Karen because she is an inspiration. Not just because she lost over 85 pounds over the last year, but because she has inspired so many of her teammates to get healthy and get moving. She conquered Mud Run and has challenged us all to do another in October, PLUS the ultimate of challenges called Tough Mudder next year. And if that weren’t enough of an inspiration, she is a truly generous person…with her time, her humble wisdom and compassionate soul. My life, like so many of those who know her, is so much better because she is in it. And better than that….she is my friend, my softball sister, my inspiration!

Monday Inspiration

One of my favorite moments from my trip to Paris was walking in to the specially constructed oval rooms in the Musée de l’Orangerie for Claude Monet’s Les Nymphéas. The photos below barely do justice to the peaceful glow that welcomed me as I stepped foot inside the first room, but at least you get a sense of the stunning beauty of Monet’s style and vision.

Les Nympheas ~ Monet

Les Nympheas ~ Monet

Les Nympheas ~ Monet

Les Nympheas ~ Monet

There are a total of eight different paintings that surround you in two separate rooms. You can sit in the middle of each room and soak in the atmosphere while viewing the overall beauty of each piece. Or you can stand within a few feet and marvel at the brushstrokes and how they come together to build the entire painting. Either way you will most likely be charmed by Monet’s skill and ability to recreate not only what he saw but what he felt.

Les Nympheas ~ Monet

Close-Up of Les Nympheas ~ Monet