Thursday, October 06, 2005

Grand Opening

Lynn has been traveling a lot lately for her job. She is currently in Florida now but will be back here tonight. This weekend will be the Grand Opening of the new Firewheel Center Mall that is about 3 miles from our home. We have been looking forward to this for a while since it has some nice anchor stores (Dillard’s, Foley, Barnes & Noble) and several other stores where Lynn and I like to shop. There are grand opening event all weekend for it. There will even be a 15 screen AMC theater adjacent to the mall but will not open until later this year. This will be so convenient come Christmas shopping season.

On the kid front, Meghan is, for the most part, potty trained. She has not gone while she is sleeping and has not had an accident for a long time while at her daycare. She is also learning new words everyday and has a tendency to mimic everything you say with pretty good accuracy. Her independent streak is not letting up as evidenced by her desire to climb into her safety seat in the back of my car. She also has to get out by herself while saying, “I do it. I do it.”

Alex made us very proud this week by making the ‘A’ Honor Roll at Kimberlin Academy for the 1st six weeks of school. He has been doing well on his homework and reading a lot more than the summer. Alex has also been doing well in soccer having scored the first goal of the season for his team. In a classic setting, he played goalie for most of the game and after the half, coach put him at the forward position. In no time at all, he and Caleb, his teammate took the ball into the opponent’s side of the field. With Caleb handling the ball, Alex, moved ahead, called for Caleb to pass to him, fielded the pass, then moved on to score the goal. It was just a perfect play.

Notre Dame is now in their bye week having gone 4-1, the one loss having come at the hands of Michigan St. in overtime. No one thought they would be at this point. Charlie Weis is the man. He has taken a 5-6 team with basically the same players and made them into this offensive machine. Not to get to carried away but the amount of yardage that ND is gaining is high compared to last year and raking 9th in the nation out of 117 teams. Now the not so good part, the defense still needs work and the secondary is still a trouble spot. However, it does seem that the Irish had adopted a bend-don’t-break philosophy, so while opponents score they do so with field goals and late TDs when the game has already been decided. When the Irish come off the bye week they will be facing USC. Ugghhh. These are the 2-time National Champions USC team that will be coming into ND Stadium next weekend. I have faith in Charlie to come up with a good scheme against this USC team but I am not sure the talent is there to stop USC and come out with a win. But ohh if they did……..

So in lieu of watching ND play, as this is their bye week, I will be attending the Texas-OU game this weekend, thanks to my Uncle Ernie. He got tickets and since he has extra I will be joining him. It will be nice to not really have to have a lot invested emotionally in the game. I would like Texas to win, since I grew up a UT fan but I will not be heartbroken about it if they lose. It will be good to get out and see a game.

We are due a load of wine from one of our favorite wineries around Napa later in the month. Vincent Arroyo Winery is a local favorite and Lynn and I ran across it on the wine tour that we took there for her birthday trip. Our standing order with them should be coming soon. That, in addition, to the wine we recently got from our trip to Temecula, CA will make for a closet full of wine.

All for now.


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