inspired : 3.25.12

this birthday party is beautiful!

elizabeth ashleigh, you are a gem.

terrific wrap-up of tim tebow’s time in denver by woody paige

and speaking of our friend tim, love this video he did for nascar

oh. my. goodness. the packers signed JEFF SATURDAY!!! i can hardly believe it!

(tim, we wish you were headed our way too.)

and one more nfl related entry…this video is priceless

oh my WORD…can i move here immediately?

more lara casey wisdom : anything is possible

anything named “healthy breakfast cookie” is a win in my book

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i can’t get over how adorable this is!

teddy bear toast

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good things part I : why tebow to green bay makes sense

I have three good things to share today. Because it’s just a good day! 70 degree weather in March will do that. Stay tuned for parts II & III later today.

But first on the list: a 7am epiphany.

I was listening to Golic and Skip Bayless debate where Tim Tebow will land now that Peyton is headed to Denver – Jacksonville sounds like the popular option. But really, it seems like they’d just want him as a way to garner revenue, and I think Tebow deserves more than that – as a player and a person. So I started to wonder about other destinations. And while I was stirring cinnamon into my oatmeal, I thought…

OF COURSE Tim Tebow should go to Green Bay!

And then I threw a bunch of other things into the bowl and ran straight to my computer to email Mike and Mike before I left for work.

This is why I think Tebow to Green Bay makes a lot of sense:

1. Clearly, he wouldn’t be the starter. But he could be mentored by Aaron Rodgers – which worked out well for Matt Flynn.

2. Speaking of Flynnsanity – GB is now in need of a good backup QB (sorry, Graham).

3. GB could also use some options at running/half/full back.

4. Ted Thompson LOVES to bring in guys like Tebow – unconventional, ready to work, primed for development.

5. Mike McCarthy and Tom Clements are great at running a creative, unexpected offense.

6. Green Bay seems like a place where Tebow would want to play; it’s the type of down to earth, blue collar, historic organization where he could fit right in.

7. How much of a circus are you going to get in Green Bay? The lack of bright lights would probably be appreciated by everyone – Tebow, the Packers, the fans, the NFL at large, etc.

I think it’s a great fit. What do you guys think?

beka stays real : ten things

  1. I’m glad I turned the Duke/UNC game off with 10 minutes remaining because I was “going to bed,” wrote this instead, missed this as a result…and ended up not going to bed for another hour after the game had ended.
  2. But at least that proves that there are some legitimate sporting events going on now that football is over.
  3. And then there’s this. Can’t wait to see where Linsanity leads…love watching his story unfold!
  4. But really…watching every single Sound FX clip and obsessively following the NFL Films blog is what is really going to get me through the off season.
  5. This book is one of my favorites. I snuck it into the kids’ picks at the library yesterday. At least we can see snow in a book since apparently it’s never actually going to snow here this year. (I’m not bitter.) (Oh wait…yes I am.)
  6. If eating half a baked sweet potato and a defrosted slice of shoo fly pie for dinner is wrong then I don’t want to be right.
  7. But seriously…what I wouldn’t do for a Papa Murphy’s up in this joint.
  8. Or at least a Chick-fil-A.
  9. I’m still thinking about San Diego. Where they have Papa Murphy’s and Chick-fil-A. And Jamba Juice. And In-N-Out. And Pinkberry. It’s an embarrassment of riches, really.
  10. This weekend, there will be baking. Amen.

beka stays real : top ten super bowl thoughts

I really think that yesterday, as a whole, was one of my favorite Super Bowl Sunday’s. Here are my Top 10 Super Bowl Thoughts:

1. Exceptional pregame coverage by NBC Sports. As in so exceptional we (and by we, I mean I) asked my dad to go pick up take out instead of going out for lunch during the Road to the Super Bowl (which was an NFL Films presentation, but still). Priorities, people.

2. Aaron Rodgers, please never leave Green Bay. But if someday in the far and distant future you are no longer playing QB for the Packers, please go into broadcasting. You are a natural.

3. The Steve Gleason Story. You will be better for watching this:

4. Absolutely loved Kelly Clarkson’s rendition of the National Anthem. Sing it, girl! And the simple drums in the background were just perfect.

5. When Tom Brady threw the ball while in the end zone to no one in the middle of the field…we all kind of looked at each other and wondered…safety? Yes, a safety to start a Super Bowl. The five people who placed a prop bet on that are probably very happy…and very rich.

6. Bradshaw’s “I should score oh wait maybe I shouldn’t” roll across the goal line was one of the weirdest things I’ll remember from any Super Bowl, ever.

7. As for the many Patriots’ dropped balls…the Packers can give you their therapists numbers, I’m sure. But overall, an outstanding game in all respects. Love when it comes down to the final drive. Love the passion and respect both organizations displayed. Great, great game.

8. I live on the middle floor of a three level apartment building. Lucky for my neighbors, my mom has no verbal/physical control over her actions during football games. She spent half the game shushing herself, going from “OH YES!!!” to “Oh, sorry!!!” in the same breath. At least I know I’m my mother’s daughter.

9. Loved this commercial:

10. And this commercial:

11. Bonus thoughts. I’m thankful for the following: a) Quickish. b) Everyone who worked so hard to end the lockout so we could get to experience last night’s game and the 2011 season in it’s entirety, especially since it was such a good one. c) Miscalculating how many points were needed to claim the Family Fantasy Title…and winning by one point even though I picked the Pats! d) Popcornopolis.

In closing, Peter Tebow said it best via Twitter: “So, football season is over… #whattodo”

Amen, brother. Only seven months until preseason…

inspired 2.5.12

steve martin on success (and banjos)

i want to make 800 of these journals

so inspired by coach wooden recently

i just love this couple! beautiful wedding!

are your excuses more important than your dreams?

i stumbled on this old post and remembered a few important things that i’d forgotten

loved this witty live blog covering the nfl honors

congratulations, 12!

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Valentine's Day Egg

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beka stays real : super sunday ramblings

I love this blog. I really, really do. I love the purpose behind it and that it all works together for a common goal…but sometimes I miss this blog, my photo blog which was not actually a photo blog because all I did was ramble on ad nauseum about life, because I usually did just that: ramble on ad nauseum about life. There have been occasional rambles here. This post and this post come to mind. But mostly the content featured here has been concise, directed, informational. And while it makes for a good business plan…it can sometimes lack in fun. And who wants that?!

So I’m going to keep posting in a linear fashion, following the outline that this blog is based upon. But I’m also going to make a concerted effort to ramble every now and again. Because that’s just how I roll.

Here’s what’s on my mind this afternoon:

1. I loved (LOVED!) the NFL Honors show last night. Alec Baldwin: great choice as host. Lenny Kravitz: not as great. Best consistently inspirational leader: Drew Brees. Best reason to love Aaron Rodgers that has nothing to do with his MVP status: “I was a big Niner fan as a kid…thanks for drafting me.” Hands down my favorite moment of the night.

Dear NFL, please do this show every year. I love it that the players got a chance to clean up and be recognized for their on-field achievements. All in all: fantastic event.

2. It’s Super Bowl Sunday, which means it’s my favorite day of the year that is not Christmas. My mom texted me this morning at 6am with this greeting: “GOOD SUPER BOWL MORNING!!! Are you watching T.H.E. show?!” Of course, she meant the special Super Bowl edition of Mike and Mike in the Morning, and of course, I was watching. Super Bowl Sunday = 18 hours of uninterrupted football programming. To some this might seem excessive but think of it this way: it’s the last chance to savor relevant NFL coverage until AUGUST.

(Which also makes today my most bittersweet day of the year.)

3. Stage 5: Acceptance


Or something like that.

4. I tried to make my own version of the Milk & Honey granola I’ve been obsessed with enjoying lately. Mostly so I don’t continue to spend an inordinate amount of money shipping in granola from Chicago. I used this recipe as a base and it turned out great! But I think I might make a few tweaks next time around – dark chocolate cocoa powder, more honey, and possibly coconut oil. I’ll keep you posted.

5. Yesterday I purchased a $100 Kitchen Aid food processor for $30. I felt like I won the lottery. Which, in terms of culinary appliances, I pretty much did.

6. I totally dropped the ball on Super Bowl snacks this year. (I want to insert a snide remark about how this is similar to a certain playoff loss I recently witnessed…but I’ll refrain.) It’s really an epic fail for someone who loves food and football in disproportionate amounts…I don’t know what I was thinking. So the rents, who are here for the big game, and I are headed out to Wegmans for some last minute groceries. Hopefully we’ll get back before kickoff because I’m sure it’s going to be like the mall on Black Friday over there.Which is to say: stampede.

7. This season my parents and I did a family fantasy football league. Right now, one point separates my dad and I…so it all comes down to tonight! We’ll either tie or declare a victor! And don’t think for a second I’m hoping for a tie so that we can share the victory. Um, no. I lack any semblance of grace when it comes to competition. I’m going for the win!

I picked the Pats. He picked the Giants. Here’s to hoping the Hood doesn’t let me down.

What are you guys doing tonight? Who are you picking to win? And what are all of you prudent think-aheaders going to be snacking on? Please do tell!

beka stays authentic : on losses and leaders

I’ve been uncharacteristically quiet about the Packers this season. This is mostly because watching an undefeated season unfold is kind of like holding your breath for a really long time and after awhile you’re just waiting and watching and turning blue and wondering how much longer it can last.

We answered that question yesterday. Well played, KC.

Now, I am not of the persuasion that a loss can be a “good” loss. When you only play 16 games in a season every game counts. I also don’t think that, as some have suggested, the loss was beneficial because it alleviated perceived pressure on the Packers to go undefeated. True to their roots, I don’t think the Packers are the type to cater to that kind of pressure in the first place, so losing the potential for the perfection doesn’t matter as much as losing in general. Also, as a fan, it was nice living in a dreamworld for almost an entire calendar year. It was a fragile place to live, but a nice one nonetheless.

However, lessons can still be learned from losses. While listening to post-game commentary I learned to further appreciate the leadership that has brought the Packers into such a successful run. Here are some quotes from Head Coach Mike McCarthy’s press conference, and some reasons why I think he’s so good at his job.

He knows what the big-picture looks like: “Really, what is disappointing to me is that we didn’t clinch home-field advantage. That was always the goal. I personally always viewed the undefeated season as, really, just gravy. The goal was to get the home-field advantage and win the Super Bowl.”

He doesn’t use injuries as excuses: “I don’t think anytime you have struggles you look to individuals that are not on the field. You look at the game. I’ll go back, I’ll look at the way it was called. We didn’t catch the ball like we normally catch the ball.”

He calls it like it is: “We talked about it being a spirited football game, and we didn’t answer the bell. We were beaten today. The Kansas City Chiefs outplayed us. We were beaten.”

He stays focused and consistent: “We’ve got our 15th game coming up. We’re fighting for home-field advantage. I say the same thing as every day. We need to improve as a football team, and we need to play our next game better against the Chicago Bears.”

Thanks, Coach, for being such a good leader. We really like you. We think you’re swell.

For documentation:

It should be noted the perfect season came to an abrupt halt in Week 15 by a deficit of 5 points. Sorry Pack, apparently 5’s still hate me.

It should also be noted that I will be leading the charge to get Mark Tauscher back on the frozen tundra. We need offensive linemen like whoa. We miss you, Mark!

beka stays authentic : (fun)loving my team

I seriously love football more than I can explain. And to not only love the game, but to love a team like the Packers…it’s a double abundance. Especially when they have a game like they did last night against the Falcons, rallying from 14 points down and significant injuries to get the win. Even though I love the integrity and determination of a team that can beat all of the odds, I think I love the Packers most because of what you’ll see and hear if you watch this video. They’re down to earth. There is no room for drama. They have fun. Favorite moment: the touchdown debate between Aaron Rodgers, Mike McCarthy, and the ref.

I love my team.

the dailies : 9.8.11

daily word: “God guards knowledge with a passion, but he’ll have nothing to do with deception.” Proverbs 22:12 (MSG)

daily sweat: just a quick and easy 3 mile run. Nothing fancy today!

daily dish:


PBB&J Oatmeal – Peanut Butter, Banana, and Jelly Oatmeal. So satisfying.


I love these mini granola bars from Cascadian Farms. They’re the perfect size for a snack or a pre-workout energy boost, which is what this one was today.


Frozen banana cream! Love it! And a multigrain cocopop with hummus.

dinner 1:

Oh, yes. HECK yes, I had this beast for dinner! The lovely Lauren and I went to Sugar Mountain Bake Shoppe a few minutes before they opened, figuring that we’d be just in time. But much to our surprise we were met with a line out the door…all the way out to the sidewalk! I guess we weren’t the only ones in the mood for gigantic cupcakes today. I opted for Chocolate Peanut Butter when Autumn Trifle SOLD OUT by the time we got to the counter, and Lauren went for Cakes ‘n Bacon. We were both overjoyed with our selections.

dinner 2:

I’m counting the opening game snack bar as a second round of dinner, since a) my first round was a cupcake and b) there was enough food here to actually make a dinner. Sweet potato waffle fries, popcorn with Parmesan and garlic-infused oil, and chips and salsa.

daily mile:

Day 4: lambeau leap

An appropriate flashback for today! And I can’t hold it in…I have to talk about this. It’s currently the 3rd quarter, and I just witnessed Randall Cobb score on the most amazing return I’ve ever seen. As per Twitter:

I love sports writers on Twitter. I love the NFL. I love my team.

Oh my word…I’m so happy right now.