Monthly Archives: November 2008

Football?

Football?

There are many differences between living in the Midwest and living in Southern California. I will give in to the fact that perhaps times have changed but I noticed this from the moment that I set foot in the heartland; football is king and soccer is a backup option. Alaska has its Hockey Moms, So Cal has its Soccer Moms and the Midwest has Football Moms.

I will say that it is quite hilarious to see a bunch of 4 year old run around in full padding and see if they can keep their balance, let alone if they can perform any sort of function with a football. Maybe it’s because Southern California doesn’t really have a football team to root for and it seems that every state over here has a great team.

All I know is that growing up, my siblings and I participated in ballet, basketball, gymnastics, karate, rollerblading, cheerleading and softball. Other than these sports, my friends were in swimming and soccer. We attended various camps, trainings and expositions for these sports but until high school, I don’t remember hearing my classmates talk about football practice over the weekend or football camp over the summer.

Why is football such a BIG deal over here?

Halloween – 2nd Fiddle

Halloween – 2nd Fiddle

I know it’s a little late in the season but has anyone else noticed that Halloween has become second fiddle to Christmas? I always thought it was Valentine’s Day or New Years Eve or Thanksgiving but now I’m certain that Halloween has closed in the past few years and is in a close second. Halloween has never really been a big holiday for me, not in a while anyway but this year I wanted to get into it.
 
Since moving to the Midwest I’ve been surrounded by dozens of selections for Halloween entertainment; corn mazes, haunted houses, haunted hay rides, Trick or Treating at campsites, pumpkin patches and their version of hay rides with spiced cider, wineries and their spiked cider, the planting of mums, gourds and mini-pumpkins for decorating indoors and finally, intensely decorated pumpkins.
Due to rain and coldness I missed out on corn mazes and haunted hay rides but this just leaves more to talk about next year! This year we did decorate the inside of our home for fall, planted mums and decorated pumpkins.