Why Baylor Fans should be the nicest fans.

Baylor football’s defense might be making it’s strongest show ever this season, but I having been playing defense for Baylor for years.

I have always been a Baylor fan. I have always stuck up for Baylor when rude jealous people made downgrading comments. I was ready to fight back with quick and witty retorts for God’s favorite team. (Other than the Dallas Cowboys, that is). I didn’t love it for the football team, I loved it for the tradition, spirit, memories, and values.

On the same Baylor swing when I was 6, circa 1997, then when I was 21, the day I graduated, December 2012.

Being a Texas girl, I’ve always loved watching football, so I attended every game I could- despite the win or lose probability. I was always happy to be a Baylor Bear, but it was a great day when we won an actual football game.

I’ve always thought that Baylor Bears were classy fans. I’ve watched Tech fans throw beer on fellow Bears; I’ve heard Aggies yell inappropriate comments that their mothers would be ashamed of.   I obviously know that there are exceptions, but for the most part I believe we are nice fans.

Toward the end of my time at Baylor, our Wins to Losses greatly shifted. We finally had a team to be proud of and a scoreboard to match.

I remember the night we beat OU. I remember the night RGIII won the Heisman. I remember the celebratory burning of couches on 10th street. I remember attending my first Baylor Bowl game.

 The list goes on and on…but one thing I don’t forget about is our past.

I remember losing.

I remember obnoxious teams with their unsportsmanlike conduct.

I hope I never forget.

Because you know what? Our past is part of us. Our past is one of the reasons why our present is so amazing. We used to be scrubby little Baylor.

You won’t hear me mouth off at the office. Sure, I’ll talk about my Bears, route for them, and perhaps engage in a little friendly rivalry, but you will never hear me downgrade another team in the hopes of making my Bears look better. I’m going to leave that to the scoreboard.

So, my what’s my hope for alum, current students and future Bears?

Stay humble. Remember our past. Have Baylor pride. Be nice. And remember that the sweetest revenge is winning.

I think Drake said it best…

Started from the bottom now we here.

Thanks and Sic ’em.

Baylor Forever.

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It’s Fall, y’all. Part One: Sweaters and Scarves.

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

I’m all for summer fun. I love the freckles, and crop tops, and the seemingly never ending nights.

But, I also love sweaters, and football, and warming up by a crackling fire.  God really knew what he was doing when he created the seasons…they creep up just in time…rewarding you with a change in weather, wardrobe, and flavors.

Texas fall can sometimes be hard, wardrobe wise. Our weather is somewhat bi polar. It can be 80 degrees one day and fall to below 50 degrees the next. (I remember wearing shorts in December last year).

Here’s what I’ve been doing to transition my wardrobe into fall and keep me from suffocating myself due to poor choice in clothing:

Pair a sweater with a skirt you’d usually wear leggings with. 

FAll 1 outfit

This gives you room to “breath” and not overheat! This chunky cable knit sweater with elbow patches I bought from here. The mini is a tweed fabric with buttons that’s from here circa 2007. Does that make it vintage? I skipped the usual tights and paired it with my favorite pair of oxfords. With a high of 80 and a low of 50, this outfit was the perfect combination for Fall in Texas.

Think Thin.

fall 12 outfitWhen shopping for fall clothing, buy thin. This lets allows you to get more versatility, because you can always layer it with boots or a scarf to provide more warmth. This is another great sweater from here, paired with my all time favorite pair of pants from my all time favorite store. (I have them in multiple colors and am not ashamed!)  My shoes are my favorite buy this fall- suede wedge booties. I found them accidentally here.

Mo Shoes, Mo Problems Less Problems.

fall shoes

*Not pictured, my fabulous Uggs, that are definitely my favorite Winter shoe! But really, shoes can make or break your outfit and boots can help you create an effortless fall look. Pair them with jeans, skirts, or dresses. They are no rules- you can even throw in a contrasting tall sock! (Pictured from left to right, Marshall’s, Indigo by Clarks, Frye, Olsenboye, Nine West, Gianni Bini, Nine West).

Now you have no excuse but to look the season. Excuse me, but I think my pumpkin hot chocolate is ready…See you next time for part two: Cookies and Crafts!

Why I’m tired of hearing about Johnny Manziel.

Let me start this off by telling you: 

1)I don’t hate Johnny Manziel.

2)I don’t hate Aggies.

*My sister is currently going to A&M, and my uncle and grandfather went to A&M

3)I think Johnny Manziel is talented.

4)I think A&M is a good school.

In case you missed that, let me say it again:

1)I don’t hate Johnny Manziel.

2)I don’t hate Aggies.

*My sister is currently going to A&M, and my uncle and grandfather went to A&M

3)I think Johnny Manziel is talented.

  • 4)I think A&M is a good school.

If you’re going to read on, please keep those 4 statements in mind.

A myriad of posts have flooded my news feed with the start of college football. I have a lot of friends who are Aggies, so naturally quite a few have to do with their star quarterback.

But even before that, news of Johnny popped up…as he kept doing things to get himself in the news.

These are the links that caught my eye this week:

An Open Letter To Johnny Manziel For the most part, this one does not bother me. It is a mother writing a letter to Johnny telling him how people look up to him and how he should start playing the part. I agree. I think Coach Sumlin agrees.

I’m an Aggie Before I’m a Christian This one bothers me a lot. First of all, to say you’re an Aggie before you’re a Christian is a wrong in my book. I mean you can be, but I’m not sure you’re in the place to write that article then, as it mentions quite a bit about faith. If you profess to be a Christian, it should be the basis of all things-definitely coming before your alma mater. It also mentions grace. I agree- we all have the opportunity to bask in God’s grace. Ephesians 2:8-9 says that. Ephesians 6:24 also says something similar. Notice it says that grace is given to those who love Christ. I’m not saying Johnny doesn’t love Jesus. I’m not saying I’m better than him. I’m not. I am saying that loving Jesus involves wanting to be more like Him and striving for your actions reflect that. That’s Biblical. Obviously no one is perfect. I’m not perfect. I mess up all the time.  This article talks about how we need to give Johnny grace.  I think he is past his grace period from humans…he’s more on a “keep tabs on him at all times” state right now. (That doesn’t mean mock him in a church. Absolutely not). There’s a reason Sumlin won’t let him talk. I think he is pretty smart to keep it that way. Everyone is welcome to receive God’s grace, but not everyone wants to partake. Johnny’s actions don’t reflect any change or desire to change. The only constants are his magic with the football on the field and his ability to make the wrong choice, at the wrong place, at the wrong time.

The Johnny We Know This one makes me want to roll my eyes roll my eyes. It’s basically a conglomerate of photos of Johnny doing good deeds. People are saying things like “I’m posting this since the media won’t” or “Yep. This is our Johnny- Keep it up!” I don’t think you actually want to him keep this up. You know why the media doesn’t post things like this? Because Mr. Football doesn’t make it believable in his current state of life. These are all sweet things, I’m in no way denying that! I’m just saying  that a couple good deeds  and publicity stunts aren’t going to get everyone to love you if you aren’t acting that way on and off the field. A blurb from the coach in this article, said it best, I think.

“You would hope at this point, you’d learn something from that,” Sumlin said after the 52-31 win. “We’re still working on that.”

Most recently, Johnny upset crowds with his show me the money sign. It was a little too soon for some. Sure. He did it last year, but not everyone knows or remembers that. It doesn’t bother me that much that he did that; however, it wasn’t really the appropriate time to do so, as he had just been released into the game after a half game suspension because of the “autograph scandal.” Any publicist could tell you that. In reality, this was just icing on the cake, for those already angry.

One thing my dad said, was that the court of public opinion matters. The instance above is the perfect example. This is America. He has the freedom to do that. You know what? So did the Dixie Chicks. Looked what happened to them…completely taken off the air. Why? Not because the radio wouldn’t play them, but because people went crazy in protest and even bulldozed albums. Johnny hasn’t done anything quite like that, but talk about a lot of talent gone to waste. I’m afraid that that’s what will happen to Manziel. It’s still too early to tell if anyone will want him in the NFL. He has proven to be volatile and to not make good decisions- something you don’t want in a pro QB.

votes JM

I actually voted “yes, assuming his attitude could be adjusted”, but it appears, that the majority say no. But, in the end,  a poll is just a poll. He still has time to redeem himself. IF he can get his act together, I wouldn’t mind seeing him replace Romo…

I don’t mind watching him play football. I don’t mind hearing his stats. (Nothing will change my mind of the fact that I think RGIII is better:) I’m just tired of everyone trying to make him into something he isn’t. I honestly think he is too. In all fairness, he does have a lot of pressure and eyes on him; however, that should make him want to be better. It’s a bit alarming that it doesn’t. Perhaps some day soon, he will finally start listening, but until then, good luck. Actions will always speak louder than words and sometimes can bring you to your demise, no matter how much God-given talent you have. Unless he shapes up, A&M will continue to be seen as the villain in college ball and people will continue to root for them to fail. Though they had quite the Cinderella story last year after joining the SEC, this year they have transformed roles into the ugly stepsister.

p.s. if you’re mad at me right now, just review my first 4 points. If you’re asking what school I went to, yes. I graduated from Baylor. Even if I had gone elsewhere, my opinion would still be the same.

Quite frankly, I’m just tired of all this Hullabaloo.

College Football Makes Me Sad.

This is my first fall without going to school. It’s weird, but then it’s not…It’s weird because it was something I did for 16 years. It’s not all that weird because I already feel like I’ve been gone for a while. Maybe I was mentally gone for a while.

I remember graduating high school and not being sad. I had friends who cried, but me? I would cry if I got out of there any later!

I loved college. It was the perfect set up. You don’t go full days *disclaimer, my last semester I went 9-5 without any breaks and had to eat lunch on the way to my next class*, all your friends are within 5 minutes and so are all your favorite restaurants. Most importantly, you got to take naps. I graduated in 3.5 years with one of the most hour intensive majors, 147 to be exact. I never took less than 16 hours, took 18 hours twice, was a leader in my sorority, involved in honor societies, and had a social life on top of studying and withholding a GPA above a 3.5.

I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy college, it was wonderful and I have the best memories and awesome friends! I just think it’s human nature to want to keep climbing and get to the next big thing and I did that. I’m not sure that I fully enjoyed where I was at the time to the complete extent I should have. Sure, looking ahead is important because setting goals is what gets you places, but it’s also important to look around and enjoy the view from where you are at that exact moment.

Lately I’ve been wishing Peter Pan was real and he could whisk me off the Never Never Land so I could get away for awhile. Sadly, he hasn’t showed up and I’ve been doing more and more “grown up” things. In the past 2 weeks I have:

-paid my credit card bill

-went to the gynecologist

-got my oil changed

-picked up and paid for my prescription

-paid rent on my storage unit

-got in  wreck and had to deal with the offender’s insurance

-paid my toll tag bill

-attended two different alum meetings: one for Baylor and one for Tri Delta

-attended a bridal shower

-got my car booted and had to pay a $113 ticket

-purchased anti virus software for my computer

I could keep going, but I’m pretty sure you’d fall asleep and I’m pretty sure you get the gist.

The point, is bloom where you’re planted. I could list some more cliches, but I think Texas girl,(Baylor grad!) singer-songwriter, Jillian Edwards Chapman says it best in her song Nonfiction Love Song:

“Used to want time to run so quickly
Now crawling is fine
Cause the older I get the more
I see I need every moment
To let my roots grow down deep”

So, no. College Football does not actually make me sad- fall, football, and sweater season give me the warm fuzzies inside. It makes me nostalgic for Baylor University and my time spent there. So much happened there and so much of it made me who I am today. Yes, I like my job and getting paid for my time, but that time will mark one of the greatest in my life.

It’s your life. Enjoy it for what it is. Thanks and Sic ’em Bears!

“Make the most of your opportunities because these are evil days.” Ephesians 5:16

Fashion runs the world.

I remember a while back someone posting this picture on Facebook as proof that sports were greater than fashion. I know for a fact Lagerfeld, creative director for Chanel, wouldn’t have taken offense, as a statement like that shows pure ignorance.

This is haute couture, which literally translates to “high sewing”. Unlike items you’d find at Forever 21, this kind of runway show is considered art. Or wait…since Forever 21 rips off designers, you might find similar products there…Nevertheless, you wouldn’t actually bring this “bag” to the beach with you.

That being said, how does fashion actually affect you?

Let’s begin with sports, more specifically the king of Texas sports: Football. (oops. Is that confirming Josh Hamilton’s accusation that “we’re not a baseball town?”)  Anyone remember Tear Away Jerseys? They were made of fibers that would rip when tugged, allowing players to escape the grasp of an oncoming defensive player. Who do you think created those? Let me give you a hint. The answer isn’t Jerry Jones. Try textile chemists.

You’re probably thinking sure, that’s one example, but no! There’s more! How many of y’all are runners? I myself have hopped jogged onto the bandwagon and taken up this sport, as you set your pace and there’s no needed equipment. For runners, the essential thing is to have the right gear. The right shoes, yes, but even more so, the right clothes. Oh, so you like your wicking Nike top because it lets your skin breathe? Who do you think created that technology? Let me give you a hint. It isn’t a really fast Kenyan. Well…I guess it could be, but more importantly it was a textile chemist.

Whether your an outdoor tennis player or someone who likes to shoot some hoops no matter what season, textiles affects you too. You probably own some type of winter athletic-wear that helps keep your body temperature regular, but also allows you to play the game. These kinds of clothing are knitted together tighter than usual in order to keep a boundary layer of air between your skin and your clothing. In case you didn’t know, fabric doesn’t keep you warm- your boundary layer does. Air is actually the best insulator.  I’m sure you know the drill by now, but who do you think came up with these knitting techniques? You’re right. A textile chemist.

I’m not hating on sports. I love me some Cowboys, Mavericks, Rangers, and Stars (well, when they don’t make me yell at them from a seat in the AA center or Ballpark. Oh yeah, and Jerry World). Next time you’re watching a game, just remember that there’s a lot more than throwing a ball around. Clothing worn during games can provide protection for the skin and even prevent injuries. Those who work on textiles…something you might have deemed irrelevant, just might be keeping your player safe AND your fantasy football team alive.

Still think fashion doesn’t run the world? What was the first thing Adam and Eve did after they ate the forbidden fruit? They realized they were naked and wanted clothing! Check it out in Genesis 3. Verse 21 says “The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.”

What are YOU wearing today?

No Fear.

No, I’m not referring the once popular clothing brand  that launched in 1989.

I’ve found that I learn the most when I look for lessons from God in my regular, everyday life. I’m not Moses, therefore I don’t get burning bushes; I feel that this is His way of speaking to me.

This past November, I was driving home from Waco for Thanksgiving, when the unthinkable happened. I wrecked my car on I-75 only 30 minutes from home in Garland. The traffic was unpredictable, ( as it most of the time it is) and I was going the speed of traffic in the fast lane left lane. All of a sudden red brake lights came on (only in my lane as luck would have it) and I tried to bring my Saturn Vue to a halt. My brakes locked and I swerved into the center lane, back into my lane, then ended up straight into the concrete barrier, perpendicular to the oncoming traffic. My airbag imploded, my front left end was crumpled under the car, and there was a viscous black substance leaking from my engine. By the grace of God I was the only car involved in the accident and came out of it with some marks on my arms from the airbag and a little harry potter-esque scratch on my forehead.

I immediantly dialed 911 then hit END and called my dad instead. Dad> 911 any day. A nice man named Patrick got out of his car (amid multiple lanes of traffic mind you) and calmed me down. He then helped me get my car to the  right shoulder, right after the Colorado exit on Central Expressway. I graciously thanked him as he left; he said he had a younger sister and he couldn’t imagine her dealing with this on her own, so he knew he had to stop. My mom says he was my angel. By this time, someone had called 911 and there were about 5 patrol cars stopped, shortly followed by a firetruck and ambulance. Oh. And a radio announcement saying a wreck near the Dallas zoo had inhibited traffic flow. Not my idea of radio stardom. (but hey, I’ve been on 99.5 the wolf before at Susan G. Komen’s Race for the cure, so I don’t have to claim this wreck as my infamous start of stardom).  The policemen all had their dip in and were anything but sympathetic…they jokingly asked if I was texting (which I wasn’t) and laughed and said I was just trying to get a new car.  I had made it since I turned 16  without getting a wreck and now this had to ruin my squeaky clean record.

My Vue ended up being totaled and after a month of driving a rental car instead of an SUV, I’m got back to my soccermom self (my new Sorento seats 7!) .Not that I was careless before, but now when I drive, it’s different.  It sends shivers up my spine if I’m in someone’s blind spot. I cringe when I see a foolish driver swerving from lane to lane like a lunatic who thinks thinks it’s a good idea to be reckless in traffic more dense than your Grandma’s fruit cake. I can still hear my car crunching against the concrete and the pop of the airbag as I lost control. In a sense, my eyes have been opened.

Kind of like the first time you experience heartbreak and you realize people will let you down.

Kind of like when Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit and were exposed to sin.

You’re probably wondering what in tarnation my wreck story has to do with Adam and Eve. Don’t worry; I’ll connect the dots.

The thing about us as humans, is that  the world has caused us to feel immune to sin…that it really isn’t that bad…that we can be good later…when really we should be similar to how I feel about driving. I used to love the open road, but my experiences have made me realize the distressing amount of danger that is present. In the same way, we as Christians used to love sin, but through Jesus, our eyes were opened. We don’t have to be fearful, because through Jesus we have no fear in death or sin; however,  we should be cautious  of what we involve ourselves in and who we surround ourselves with.  We should shutter at the thought of drifting from where we once so proudly stood in Jesus.  Christians are given freedom from  our wicked ways and so often we meander back down the path of sin, and are enslaved once more.

Remember that as Christians:

We receive God’s abundant grace.

“…But where sin increased, grace increased all the more,  so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 5:20-21

We must live in the world, but not be of it.

“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” 1 John 2:15

We must keep Christ at the center of our lives so we can carry out His plan.

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2

There’s no reason you shouldn’t be joyful today- you’re alive and FREE!