An Ode To Fall (And This Moment, Right Now)

Football, music, and home life keep me more grounded than I’d care to admit.

It’s newness intertwined with certainty.

It makes waking up every morning not seem so bad.

I like gloomy, cloudy days like today because it justifies staying home and baking sweets.

When I went for a walk this afternoon I couldn’t help notice all the pretty leaves on the ground. I’m glad it’s autumn. I’m glad it’s this time of year again. It almost feels like a relief.

Unrelatedly, I finished Broad City today and I gotta say, I think it grew on me. I wasn’t sure what to make of it when I began the first couple of episodes but it’s really hilarious and I think it’ll soon grow into its own. First seasons of any show bring feelings of uncertainty.

I played an open mic last night, finished my 24/7 project this morning, and have a show tomorrow. I haven’t played one in awhile, but I think it’ll be fun.

I don’t know where I’m going but it’s definitely somewhere.

I’m thinking of going to a museum soon…It’s been awhile.

Can’t wait to finish Ethics and move on to Joseph Campbell’s collection of short stories. Spinoza isn’t easy, but since Kate Mulgrew read it, I felt like I had to. So I’m glad I’m getting it done.

As I sit here typing this, it’s nearly 4 o’clock in the afternoon on a Thursday. I’m listening to Tom Petty on low, glancing at football coverage on NFL Network, getting pumped for the Packers/Vikings game tonight. My dog’s curled up in a corner, keeping warm and I can’t help but feel content because it’s my favorite feeling, though it’s sometimes elusive. Because you can’t fake it or pretend it. It’s either there or it’s not. Thankfully it is, and I hope it stays for a long time – Perhaps to be prolonged by making a milkshake 😉

Don’t Look For Rihanna to Play the Super Bowl Anytime Soon…

“CBS and the NFL punished Rihanna for being a victim of domestic abuse”: http://www.vox.com/xpress/2014/9/16/6217791/rihanna-cbs-nfl-run-this-town-controversy

Now this issue is not black and white. I mean, I don’t believe anything really is anyway.

On one hand, yeah – This is really fucked up because “CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus told Sports Illustrated” that “the decision to cut the Rihanna song was made because the network ‘needed to have…appropriate tone and coverage'”. So basically a near-executive decision is made to pull out a song (which by the way, only features Rihanna. I don’t think you could technically say it’s her song) simply because she is associated with domestic abuse a.k.a. Chris Brown, which also gyps her of royalties from the commercial song placement (at least one would think – Maybe Jay-Z gets all the moolah…Who knows?)

But what if they had left the song in? Don’t you think people would have commented on the insensitivity of CBS/the NFL for not taking it out? It’s a slippery slope.

Or (I hate to say) maybe no one would have noticed at all. I mean, the only reason this is probably in the mainstream media right now is because Rihanna took to Twitter to air out the situation:

And although I sympathize with Rihanna’s situation, CBS and the NFL are businesses – big businesses. And the United States is founded on the high holy principles of corporate capitalism (which is not necessarily “right” or “excusable”, but the point needs to be made to understand both sides of this). Therefore it helps the business play it safe but not calling further attention to itself in light of the Ray Rice case. I agree that this puts Rihanna in a bad light and makes her look like she is being penalized and discriminated against for her history as a domestic violence victim, but I do not believe that was CBS nor the NFL’s intent, despite the fact they they are backers of 99.9% male dominated organization. I believe this was an attempt to cover all tracks as to not make the organization seem more insensitive and biased than it already appears to be. But in all honesty the NFL is damned if it does and damned if it doesn’t, and I think this issue proves that; No matter where they turn, they’re going to look bad either way – The Ray Rice case on their side of the coin becomes more sketchy by each passing day.

UPDATE: It was just announced that CBS has dropped the song altogether –

“CBS permanently drops Rihanna song after she tweets ‘Fuck you'”: http://avc.lu/1woa1pF

With the ongoing Carrie Underwood jam, I thought the NFL was headed in more a Country direction anyway –

5 Days of Gratitude Challenge – Day 2

Forgot to post yesterday, so I’m playing a little bit of catch up:

  1. SLEEP. Sleep is a marvelous thing – a chance to recharge your batteries and wake up the next day energized and refreshed. What a blessing. A good night’s rest can make everything 100% better the next day. I’m a firm believer in getting a good night’s rest and would never trade it for the world! I slept wonderfully last night, and now I feel I can take on the day with joy and confidence. Never underestimate sleep. If there’s anything I’ve learned in 23 years, it’s that sleep is your friend 🙂
  2. My brother. I have a younger brother whom I adore. He’s 15, and he really is my best friend. He’s taught me so much about football, being a good big sister, and makes me laugh like no other. There definitely wouldn’t be as much incessant laughter and joking in my life if it weren’t for him. We giggle about everything. I don’t know where I’d be without him. He’s super talented in many ways (writing, trombone, conversing about big ideas) and loves news and sports. He really is the best.
  3. Somewhat relatedly, FOOTBALL. American football, that is. This is the first year I’ve started my own Fantasy Team and I’m so excited! And I know today is game day, so I will have to wrap this up rather quickly. A few years ago my brother taught me how to play Madden and from there I learned the rules of the game and fell in love with the sport. Although it is a new love of mine, I hope to enjoy it for many years to come.

Do you have a Fantasy Team? If so, who’s on it? Let’s talk stats, people!