Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I'm usually pretty bad at this...

Bowling.When I was in elementary school, I was on a child's bowling league. I know, right? Weird. Most people don't think of me like that, and I don't tell many people, but now you all know and you can make fun of me the next time you see me.
Well, you'd think I'd be a pretty dang good bowler then?
Andrew and I love bowling together, but he ALWAYS wins.
It drives me crazy and I am bound and determined to beat him some how.
Well, enter this story...
A few weeks ago, we took our friends, Stu and Jess with us on a double date. I don't know how often Stu has bowled, but this was Jess's 5th time EVER!
We were really excited and I was up first. I found my ball of choice and stepped up to go. In the darkness, however, I missed one very important detail. The ledge.
You see, we usally bowl at a place called Fat Cats. The floor is a nice even layer throughout the building. This night, however, we had chosen a new joint, Targee Lanes. Needless to say, I had never been in this building. As I walked toward the wood floor in the dark room, I didn't pick my feet up to get over a ledge that exists between the end of the tiles and the beginning of the wood. I hit that ledge and then I fell... hard!
You remember that slow-motion feeling like I told about in Andrew's pizza-sauce story? Well, I felt it here too. It took so long to hit the ground you'd think I would have put my hands out to catch myself, right? Wrong, again, my friend. I don't know why, but the only thing I could get my mind to think was, "SAVE THE BALL!!! DON'T DROP THE BALL!!!"
This is me worrying about a ball that is constantly thrown yards away from a person just to crash into a bunch of heavy pins at the end of a lane!
What was I thinking?
I made it down and rather than standing up and pretending it never happened, all I could do was laugh. I lied there and laughed and laughed and laughed and listened to the group next to us talk about how funny it was that I fell down.
When I finally gained my composure, I knew that I was going to have to show these people I knew what I was doing. I got up, turned around and threw that ball like my life depended on it!
And guess what!?
We kept bowling, and I made sure to pick up my feet for the rest of the game.
I was doing so good! I even bowled a turkey (Three strikes in a row!)
Andrew was working so hard to catch up to my score, but in the end, I redeemed my pride when I got to the tenth frame and saw that I had ended the game with a score of 162!
This is from the girl who has a very hard time reaching 100!
I was so proud when Andrew finished his game at a score of 155. I had done it! I had beat Mr. Macho Man's score! Finally, and let me tell you, victory was SHAWEET!!!
Jess and Stu were still laughing about my little accident, but nothing was bringing me down this time! I had beat everyone's score and I was happy.
So, maybe it was just that my pride was hurt so bad that I bowled such a good game. I would like to think that that fall knocked something back into place. I guess we'll find out with time and another bowling game, but I seriously considered joining up on another league. We'll see if that actually happens. For now, I'll just keep basking in my glory and laughing out loud every time a sliver of a memory of that night slips into my thoughts.
Oh how I love life, and the joys that come with it.
The moral of this story:
When you make a mistake, just laugh it off. I am a firm believer that our attitudes make all the difference in how our days go. If you spend your time in embarrassment, you'll never know what you might be missing! Maybe you'll never bowl a 162?

Monday, January 23, 2012

20 Grand!!!

It finally happened.Andrew's pickup, 'Ole Whitey (to me), has finally hit 200,000 Miles!
We were in the pickup a few weeks ago and we made sure to capture and document this milestone event! We hope that 'Ole Whitey has many more miles to go.
As for my car, Doug (Or 'Box of Shame' to someone I love) I still haven't hit 100,000 Miles! Woo Hoo! I'm at about 88 thousand right now! Boo Ya!
I hope you are having a great day, and I'm sorry if you don't care about how many miles we have on our vehicles!
Thanks for stopping by!