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Go Pack Go.

(!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

More to come tomorrow…or whenever I come down from Cloud 10,009.

 

today is THE DAY!!! SUPER BOWL SUNDAY!!!

PEOPLE.

IT’S FINALLY HERE!!!

My second favorite day of the year: Super Bowl Sunday. Although, truth be told…Christmas is going to have to be unbelievably amazing this year to top the glory of the Packers being in the Super Bowl.

The menu is planned. (Hello. It’s practically the most important part.)

The programming scheduled. (Thanks to TeuxDeux, my new favorite online to-do list maker!)

Even Monday is scheduled according…

The balloons are inflated. The cheesehead is stationed. The adrenaline has been flowing since 5:30am when I woke up because I was too excited to sleep any longer is flowing.

It’s going to be a great day.

To close, this inspiration from Coach Lombardi:

“A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive, and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.”

And all of God’s Packer Backers said: Amen. GO PACK GO!!!

super (bowl) familial support

First, a week ago I snapped this shot of our Christmas tree rapidly disappearing beneath the snow:

And this is what remains a week later:

Goodbye, Christmas tree. See you in April or May.

We now have half my entire height in snow on the ground (at least 2.5 feet) and almost 5 feet total for the winter (58 inches). Snow, what can I say? You must have heard me back in December.

Second, I love my mom.

 

 

My mom loves her job at the middle school cafeteria. She has a great time with the kids and more often than not she can be counted on to dress up for holidays and special occasions just to add some extra fun to the day. So last night she asked me if I had any Packers t-shirts she could borrow to wear to school in the morning in honor of the Super Bowl. When we decided on this one, she asked if she could also borrow my cheesehead. And this outfit is what resulted.

I couldn’t be more proud.

(fan)atic

Over the past 14ish years of Packer fandom, I’ve accumulated some stuff.

“Some” may not be a generous enough description. There’s also a host of other unnecessary things a few other items, but these two are possibly the nearest and dearest to my green and gold lovin’ heart:

Christmas 1998: The helmet ornament.

(I think the flag in his back pocket might be my favorite part.)

And of course…I wouldn’t be a real fan without one of these:

Christmas 2007: The cheesehead.

One of the weirdest traditions in all of sports, and I love it. It’s also a nice game time stress ball. It’s been launched across many a room in both the joy of victory and the agony of defeat.

(Let’s hope it’s the former and not the latter this weekend.)

snow day = media day

Now, we all know that I love snow just as much as the next guy. More than the next guy, probably. But this is the sight at the end of our driveway…a week ago…without the 14 – 20 inches we’re scheduled to receive over the next two days. I mean, I’m only 5 feet tall. I’m going to have to start shoveling on stilts to clear the piles.

Snow, I am one of your biggest fans, but there does come a time when one can have too much of a good thing. We may be nearing that time.

Meanwhile, I’m counting my indoor blessings. The cancellation of today’s travel plans resulted in a snow day of sorts, which left a wide open schedule for media day coverage. Thanks to the wonder of social media today looks a lot like this:

Snowed in with an internet connection during Super Bowl week? Is this for real? Could life be any better? It could be if there were roasted vegetables in the oven and I was in sweatpants…but oh wait…THERE ARE AND I AM!!!

Not a bad situation, my friends. I am one happy snowed-in camper. Hope everyone else is having an enjoyable snow day (or a safe non-snow day!) as well!

reading (& seeing) material

On Saturday, my mom and I went out for the afternoon to get some chocolate groceries. We ended up like nerds in the library sightseeing around town.

I brought my camera.

It was not a popular decision.

I, however, happen to like these pictures.

Especially this one. (I also like the mom who picks Sports Illustrated as her reading material, out of a hundred different options. Good job, Mom. Nicely done.)

lean, mean & green

After I assembled this meal and took the pictures I started looking around for the Peace Train because apparently I’m on it. Once you start eating green meals that involve lentils you’ve officially crossed a line from health enthusiast to hippie. However, I’m choosing to view this from the angle of furthered Green Bay support since even my food is green in preparation for Super Bowl XLV.

Believe it or not, this was the best lunch I’ve had in recent memory. And not just because it was green. The smoothie was of the Green Monster variety and the salad consisted of the following:

+quinoa

+lentils

+edamame

+kidney beans (only because I picked up a can of beans that looked black…but were in fact not black beans)

+lime zest and juice

+olive oil

+balsamic vinegar

+all placed on a bed of spinach

I promise, it’s good stuff. Unless you’re a Bears or Steelers fan…then you probably can’t eat this right now.

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