Tuesday, April 4, 2017

T stands for Tuesday, tea and tabasco...

Every mug tells a story, and sometimes it's nice to sit back and have a mug and reminisce. Last night I was watching the NCAA basketball finals, and thinking back on all the the sports I have watched over the years while my kids were playing. The NCAA finals always remind me of the discipline, hard work, determination, talent, commitment, and fun it takes to get to that level.

Of all sports, I feel like rugby is my favorite...but that is easy to say..now. Fi played rugby throughout college, making it to the nationals and being named All American in her senior year.  She earned it with bumps and bruises, tears and triumphs, giving it her all every game.
Tea and Tabasco
One of my favorite memories, is driving from Boston to Central Florida overnight to see her team play in the Sweet 16. My husband, son and I took turns driving so we could make it with no stopping.  I am not a big fan of driving, so I got the graveyard shift...perfect, not much traffic between 12 and 4  in the morning. We grabbed breakfast at Cracker Barrel. My son took a bottle of Tabasco from the table and awarded it to me for my driving prowess. We made it to the game with an hour to spare, and went on the see the Team that competitors dismissed as a bunch of Barbie dolls, advance to the Elite 8.
Even Barbie's got game.
For the amount of worrying, pacing, and stress of watching my baby take the hit again and again, I received my own award.
Rugby mom.
Fi's playing days are behind her now (hear my sigh of relief) but she is still a competitor at heart. And so the training begins anew...
Gold medal in the future.
Like Gonzaga, I didn't get to see her win the Championship, but it was a hell of a ride and I couldn't be prouder. Remember, you are stronger than you think. Enjoy the Journey.


  1. What a lovely post, you can really be proud of your Fi, she has the right spirit. I think I could win a gold medal in coffee drinking! Nice to meet you Nan! Happy T Day! Hugs, Valerie

  2. Thank you Valerie. She is the toughest softy you'll ever meet. Keep up the good work on the coffee drinking. I will keep my eyes peeled when the event come up to see you on the podium. Nice to meet you too!

  3. Hi Nan!!! So good to see you this T day! i can hear you are so proud of Fi! My daughter was in to everything... We told her if you keep your grades up you can do anything.. and she took us up on it... track, cross country, basketball, softball, marching band playing the trombone...It was a wild ride that i enjoy looking back on too... Happy happy T day Hugs! deb

    1. Hi Deb, Happy T Day to you too! When you are in the midst of it all, you don't realize just how much fun it is. Happy you were able to share those times with your daughter. Love your blog, and congrats on your weightloss journey. I love to run, my daughter Onz got me into it and I have never stopped. Nan

  4. A wonderful post with a wonderful look at your life

    Happy T day
    Love Chrissie. X

  5. Wow, a female rugby player. Kudos! That is quite an achievement. You are right to be proud of Fi.
    It was fun to see the different mugs that have a significance for you. Thanks for sharing that.
    Happy T-Day,

  6. Your mug is fantastic and how proud you must be of Fi and her wonderful achievements! Thanks for sharing such happy memories and wishing you a very Happy T Day! J :-)

  7. Love your journal page. Great quote. Was fun to see all the mugs. Fi certainly is a competitor and I'd breathe a sigh of relief that she's no longer playing rugby, too. the only sport I'd medal in is tea drinking too. And maybe lusting after chocolate. Happy T Day!

  8. I watch rugby some when I come across it on tv, but it's just not shown much where I am. Congrats on those rugby accomplishments and all new training challenges ahead ;) Happy T Tuesday!

  9. What a great story. Thank you for sharing your reminiscences of your daughter's rugby career. All Amrican - wow! I loved the part about the Tabasco award.

    You're going to run out of mugs real quick if you share three every T day ;-) Just sayin'

    Happy T-day, Nan! Hugs, Eileen

  10. I've only watched a few rugby games, because I'm never sure of the rules. My game is basketball, but I quit watching after Wichita State lost earlier. I actually prefer pro basketball, but everyone I know tells me all college sports are better than the pros.

    You are definitely a good rugby mom, and a winner, too. I really enjoyed this post, and the beautiful cups and mugs that told the story better than anything else. And your calligraphy is beyond belief. You and CJ make me hate my handwriting even more.

    Thanks for sharing yours and Fi's rugby story with us for T this Tuesday.

  11. Great story about your Tabasco award LOL. I did a lot of cringing when our boys played LaCrosse and some football. Basketball and baseball were less cringe worthy. Rugby seems very physical. Kudos!
    Happy T Day

  12. It was a great post to read and I loved your cups and the quotes.
    Rugby is the sport my family follow, very physical, so I can understand how you must have felt watching the games.
    Happy T day.
    Yvonne xx

  13. I can only imagine how you must have felt watching your daughter! - rugby is a tough game! Happy T Day! Chrisx

  14. I'm with your mug about the gold medal in tea drinking. :) Sorry it took me so long to come by, it been a crazy couple of days. happy belated T day. Hugs-Erika