Mirth and Laughter


Saturday, January 07, 2006



My husband, Chris, took Roxie and her friend to this women's basketball game last night. Our team won! Yeah! And, I got to see my peeps on T.V.

Gonzaga U. is my alma mater, and they also have a fantastic men's team (ranked No. 8 nationally). In fact, Adam Morrison has been named the WWC Player of the Month for December and leads the NCAA in scoring. He's also in a 2-man race with Duke University's J.J. Redick for national Player of the Year honors. I've met many of the GU players. My favorite was Ronny Turiaf who graduated with me and went on to the Lakers (but a discovered heart condition benched him for a year or two). He was a gentleman and very sweet. J.P. Batista is a sweetheart too. Very polite. (Never mind their talent).

Roxie (age 10) plays basketball, and we just returned from her morning game. She made a basket!!! Woohoo! She's still a beginner, so this was a big deal.

I never thought a daughter of mine would play the sport. When I was in school, the closest we came to a basketball game was when we cheerleaded (yes, I did that for a couple years). I think it's great that girls are encouraged to be athletic now.

Which sports did you all play in elementary, JH, HS or college? Do you think it helped you with self-discipline? To treat your body healthier? Have the habits carried over into adulthood?


  • At 1:08 PM, Blogger Ellen said…

    Hi. This is Chris, Ellen's other... She's holding a gun to my head. Reason is, sadly, I have almost nothing to say.
    Yes, Gonzaga basketball is about the only viable sports program we have here in Spokane (landlocked, y'know...) Once in a while Washington State University has a good year -- Rose Bowl, sometimes, even...
    We noticed last night that none of the cheerleaders were over 5 feet tall or 100 pounds in weight. (In the movie "Bring It On", they explain that when you throw cheerleaders in the air, the big ones don't go as high.) It appears that Roxie will have to be an athlete in order to get on the court -- at 10, she's already too tall to be a cheerleader.
    Well, gotta go make the outgoing mail... Nice chatting with y'all...

  • At 1:16 PM, Blogger Ellen said…

    Thanks, Chris! See, blogging isn't so painful. :)

    Yes, Roxie's a tall one. Long feet (at 10, longer than mine). She doesn't have the competitive, aggresive personality that many athletes have naturally, but maybe that will come with time and practice.

    I tried softball for a couple years, as well as volleyball. I was a truly terrible athlete--rather afraid of hard balls sailing my way. I think I'd do better now. I'm all around tougher.

  • At 5:44 PM, Blogger Winter said…

    LOL! Poor Chris!

    I played basketball until 7th grade and then I hit the volleyball court and I never looked back! I love this sport and Dh does too, in fact he was trying to pull a team together to play at the local Y, but it looks like that fell through! If you've never seen Pro-Beach Volleyball you're missing it all! Hard, Tanned, and TALL bods! Ahhhh! Hey, did I tell you I got to meet our Women's Gold Medalist! Kerry Walsh is tall!

    My youngest sister is playing B-Ball at her college and she's a HUGE Duke fan.

    Go State! That's Iowa State! The girls ROCK!

    Football is a staple in this household, right along with Food and drink. You can tell what time of the year it is on Sat and Sun here from Aug until Early Feb. Dh is perched right in front of that tube until every game is over, and then he sulks about during the off-season.

  • At 6:55 PM, Blogger Honey said…

    Yay for Roxie!! Woo-hoo! Hang in there, girl, and you'll have a great time. :) Being tall is a big asset in basketball (until everyone else gets taller than you, as I learned in 7th grade...).

    Nice to meet you, Chris. :) Very nice comment.

    Growing up, I played basketball, softball, and volleyball. None of the good habits I learned carried over, probably because the coaches no longer followed me around yelling, "run faster! 50 more sit-ups! We're gonna run that other team right off the court!"

    I think drive can be learned, E. It can also be forgotten. I learned that in college when I got this big crush on a guy who was always like, "Hey, it doesn't really matter, everything all works out the same in the end, so why stress?" And bye-bye drive... Anyway, you just have to find what you're passionate about, and the drive will come.

  • At 8:26 PM, Blogger Ellen said…

    Winnie, I loved watching the women's beach volleyball during the Olympics. I think they said that Kerry Walsh is 6 or 6'1"--something like that. Very talented ladies.

  • At 8:31 PM, Blogger Ellen said…

    LOL, Honey!!! I too need someone running behind me yelling, "run faster!," "lift those legs higher!," and "get that Baby Ruth bar out of your mouth!" *grin*

    It's hard to imagine you slacking off in any way. You and dh seem so energetic! (After all, your muse lives at the gym). Myself, I go through spurts--alternately excercising then becoming sedentary.

  • At 5:05 AM, Blogger Honey said…

    I go through spurts, too, E. I think it's my body's way of regulating me to stay where it wants to stay. Problem is that I disagree with it. :D

    A year ago, I resolved to lose 5 pounds a month. In mid-Feb, I'd lost close to 15 pounds and totally burned myself out on the gym. It took until August to get back, but then I worked out steadily until November (and the muse talked constantly). The muse didn't do much talking yesterday. I think she's sulking but I haven't figured out why yet. Maybe it's a creative dry spell.

  • At 7:15 AM, Blogger Kristen said…

    Yeah, Chris posted. What a sweet guy.

    E...that's cool about R girl getting a basket. Go, R!!!!!

    Sports and I do not talk. Icky. I'm a sloth in this life. I long for the high trees, a nice branch and a snooze or two. ;)

    The only sports that have caught my attention--- dressage and jumping. That held my attention for many years. Now my girl is athletic and I cheer her on.

    Glad to hear about the Zags, E. Turiaf is a favourite. I'm so tickled he's doing better.

    Happy moanday.


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