August 28, 2011
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Sunday is the best day for utter and total relaxation. Saturday is all about running around doing the errands you were too busy, or too tired, to get done during the rest of the week. Sunday is about eating, napping, and catching up on all the television you’ve DVRed during the week. Even though I should totally be thinking and preparing for the upcoming week I can’t make myself do it. It’s like I’m allergic to it or something, so I don’t’ fight it. I mean the big man upstairs took a day to rest, so I’m just taking one out his playbook. I’m always a little more thankful for my comfy couch on Sundays.
One of my very favorite parts about Sunday is the delicious breakfast Scott loves to fix. The week is filled with bowls of cereal, but not on Sunday morning. The Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission is the third oldest rescue mission in the country. Founded over 130 years ago, they have reached out to the homeless community of Philadelphia in more than one way. SBRM has two locations in Philly to better serve all those in need. Their location in Center City is the main shelter, and the second location in Germantown is a traditional home for women and children. As the name suggests they provide three square meals a day (and a snack!), but they also make sure they have clothes on their back, and encouragement in their hearts. They also have a couple of thrift stores so people can donate and purchase clothes to help support the SBRM mission. Scott and I also love to watch reruns of The Sopranos on Sundays. Mr. Tony Soprano, aka James Gandolfini, had all of his costumes from the series auctioned off for the Wounded Warrior Project and raised almost $200,000. WWP works to raise awareness about the needs of injured service members, and aid them in readjusting to their new lives. WWP focuses on those who have started or continued serving our country after the tragedy of September 11th. They want to both honor and empower the warriors, and believe that the “greatest causality is being forgotten”. Plus I’d be afraid to not support any charity that Tony Soprano stands behind. You know what I mean.
Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission Donation
Wounded Warrior Project Donation
So here’s to you lazy Sunday! You’re that sweet day of rest when we get a chance to recharge our batteries and mentally prepare for the busy week ahead. You also give us a chance to remember what’s really important in life like; family, a good night’s sleep, classic movies, delicious food, and spending time with the people who mean the most to you. Thanks for the weekly reminder that the best things in life aren’t things.
August 11, 2011
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Day 2 of delicious food and amazing company is in the books. Even though lunch at Black Bear Burrito was delicious beyond any words I can type here, dinner was even better. Trout, roasted garlic cauliflower, green beans, corn, carrots, cornbread, and apple pie with cool whip for dinner. Yea, go ahead and just take a minute to feel that wave of jealousy that is coming over you right now. Fish is such a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, and a vital resource to so many countries around the world. I still prefer the raw fish to the cooked, but I’m not gonna turn down this cooked stuff. I know how lucky I am to have food to eat every night, and go to bed with a full stomach. I also know that there are people out there who are not so lucky. Sacramento Loaves and Fishes is doing their part in northern California to feed the hungry and shelter the homeless. Founded in 1983 SLF provides an oasis of welcome, safety, and cleanliness for individuals and families who come seeking their services. They have a library, dining room that is open 364 days a year, and a Friendship Park that provides activities and fresh coffee and pastries for those who visit. SLF has just recently opened their new kennel for dogs of the homeless, because let’s face it, they need some loving and feeding too. SLF starts by nourishing the physical needs of people, but lots of time they end up nourishing their spiritual needs as well. The other great thing about fish is that you can be an active participant in making your dinner a reality. I’ll be the first to admit that I love to fish, as long as I’m catching something. Casting for Recovery is a great program that harnessing the healing power that fly fishing and nature brings to the table. Founded in 1996 by a breast cancer reconstructive surgeon and fly-fisher, CFR gives those fighting breast cancer the opportunity to escape from reality and experience something new and beautiful. CFR provides one totally free of charge weekend of learning how to fly fish, meeting new friends, and network with a phenomenal group of women. The women may sign up for the retreat to learn a new hobby, but what they stay for is the renewal of their spirit.
Sacramento Loaves and Fishes Donation
Casting for Recovery Donation
So here’s to you trout! You come in the rainbow, flat head, lake and tiger varieties. Really it doesn’t matter to me as long as you get in my belly. You can be cooked on the grill, in the oven, and even over an open fire wrapped in some tinfoil. Some people might even call you the chicken of the sea. Thanks for being a guest at our dinner table tonight, even if you were the main course.
January 10, 2011
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Every Monday in our household we partake in a what we like to affectionately call Mexican Monday. This was a tradition my brother and I started years back down in NC, after we both had a hellacious day of classes. Now Scott and I continue it every single Monday without fail. Burritos, tacos, nachos, Mexican pizzas, you name it we’ve made it. And what goes hand and hand with good Mexican food? Futbol, or as we call it in American, soccer. I am thankful for all the soccer games my parents carted me too for 10 years before I could drive myself, and the great memories I made playing soccer.
Soccer is such an integral part of multiple cultures across the globe. As soon as some children learn to walk there are out in the dirt playing soccer barefoot. Grassrootsoccer uses the popularity of soccer to educated students at risk about the dangers and facts about HIV. Over 33 million people worldwide are infected in HIV. GRS teaches their Skillz Curriculum to thousands of 12-18 year olds across the globe. Boys are girls are taught life skills to lead a healthy and risk-free lifestyle by drawing comparisons from soccer. GRS programs are dynamic, innovative, and most importantly effective. Homeless World Cup was created to give people without a home a reason to change their lives. They have the unique opportunity to represent their country in a street style futbol tournament located across the globe. The HWC has triggered grass roots football projects in over 70 nations working with over 50,000 players year round, and works to continue to nurture and grow these projects daily. HWC takes homeless individuals and turns them into heroes by simply introducing them to the wonderful world of soccer.
Homeless World Cup Donation
So here’s to you soccer! You are the universal language that bridges countless nations together. According to many athletes you are the “real football”. You can be played in the rain, in the snow, barefoot, or with the most expensive cleats money can buy. You have been planting roots in the hearts and minds of kids on and off the field.