Sign Gate Update and More!

6:00 AM Elizabeth Seckman 49 Comments


Before I brag about the score of last week's match-up with our neighbor across the river, I must give so much credit and thanks to a River High School substitute teacher, Casey Tisher. This wonderful man encouraged students to return whatever Magnolia signs they still had, and they listened. (If you missed my sign rant, you can read it HERE).

He was able to gather nine of them.

A fraction of what's gone, but still, it means a lot. 

(And it makes me so very darned glad we Magnolia Moms hadn't followed through with our own plan of vengeance!)

That Friday night, ruffled feathers quickly turned to full-fledged, Eagle-flogging mad when their team came out and did their pregame chant in the smack-dab-center of the M painted in the middle of our field...

we felt like these guys looked. 

Oh, no. They didn't.
(My baby is #54, his buddy and fellow captain, Hunter #50)

As our coach said, that was a message of disrespect he hoped our players didn't leave unanswered. 

And they didn't. 

Time, after time. They took it to their goal for touchdown after touchdown.


 If you got in their way, they moved you.


The final score: 40-12.
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We were a happy crowd. After the game, the moms gathered.

Were we still going to drive across the river and plant a huge sign on enemy soil that said, "Hey River, here's a sign: Magnolia 40 River 12"?

We relished in the idea, but had no motivation.

Their players are just kids. It was just a game. And it sucks to lose.

We put away our sheets and spray paint and went home.

So, when I got the message from Mr. Tisher on Saturday, I was so glad we took the higher road!



Special welcome to Tara Tyler! Tara knows all about football- she's raising a house full of boys herself. So, it was no wonder why I love Tara and I'm so happy to bring you her latest book, Simulation. I read the first book, Pop Travel, and it was pretty sweet. I loved Tara's view of the world of the future. I think she's spot on. Now, I need to grab this new book and see what other trouble Detective Cooper can get himself into!!

Now here's Tara, discussing another topic close to our hearts- Food!


Cooking shows are hot right now (hot - cooking, get it?)
At least they were - I think there's been a shift back to talent shows... I wonder if the decline might have something to do with so many celebrities entering the kitchen and spoiling the soup??

Anyway! I still love the cooking shows. Whether they're competing against each other or the clock or ingredients, they inspire me to try new things in the kitchen (like cook more) and give me ideas for substitutions, which I always seem to need in my recipes. Don't tell my hub - he hates when I do that!

So here are some of the shows I cook with and learn from and just have fun watching!
Chopped - first and most favorite cooking competition I ever watched
Cutthroat Kitchen - I sent in an idea to have baby-themed challenge - high chairs, baby food, baby spoons, etc.
Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives
Man vs. Food
Cupcake Wars
Guy's Grocery Games

Other fun, food-related or inspirational reality shows:
Bar Rescue
Restaurant Impossible - which came to my hometown and we still haven't been in to see it!
Shark Tank - many times the inventions are food-related, and definitely inspirational!
Undercover Boss - always a tear-jerker, but great for my kids to see how hard some folks have it and how hard they work for their families and that it pays off!

Do you watch any food contest or inspiring reality shows? I know there's a lot of junk out there, but some of it is entertaining! Food for the soul =)

Thanks so much, Elizabeth!
I'm so happy to know Liz IRL, she's a wonderful person! And I love working with this woman on our Really Real Housewife blog. I'm glad she talked me into it. Stop by for a few tips and tickles!


SIMULATION
by Tara Tyler
Release Date: Sept 14, 2015

In 2082, androids are an essential part of daily life. Some are helpful, some would make better toasters, and some are so human-like they're creepy. Back in Atlanta, Detective Cooper's latest client has him searching for her boyfriend who she thinks was replaced by a simulation, an illegal clone android. The guy also happens to be a popular new congressman.

As if the case wasn't frustrating enough, Cooper keeps crossing paths with his ex, FBI Agent Geri Harper who's looking for the same guy. As Cooper closes in, Geri is kidnapped. But when she resurfaces in Washington and goes on a killing spree, he knows it isn't her. Now under suspicion himself, Cooper must find the real Geri to prove her innocence, not to mention hunt down the powerful villain behind it all. Never a dull moment.

SIMULATION delivers more technology, more intense action, more humor, and more, distinct new characters. Come along for the ride.


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Tara Tyler writes sci fi and fantasy action-adventures from her little corner of the world in Ohio as she tries to keep up with her three boys and coach husband. Always making time to write, she sometimes puts off chores and lets laundry pile up... hence, she's also the Lazy Housewife, offering advice and tips to other gals out there trying to do it all without going crazy. She and her housewife friends blog at The Really Real Housewives of America.


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49 comments:

  1. Your team won! That is the best revenge. Good thing you didn't do the sign that night.
    Tara, I'm a big fan of Bar Rescue and Restaurant Impossible.

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    1. Winning is the best revenge. And watching those players do their thing on our M made me appreciate our coaches that much more. My kids spend more time with their coach than they do us, and I'm glad my boys are being led by men who appreciate discipline, respect, and community. We had the brilliant idea of taking our players over and getting a picture of them on their rock and make a meme that says "We own this", and our players said no way, their coaches would kill them, and as one said, "Tomorrow's stats will speak loudly enough".

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  2. That was a blowout, showed them haha Can't say I watch anything to do with food.

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    1. I don't watch food shows either. Or craft shows. I'm pretty lame as far as "womanly" things go.

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  3. I'm glad you got some of your signs back, Liz. Creaming the other team on the scoreboard was the best revenge of all. Maybe they'll quit provoking your players. :P

    Hi, Tara. The hubster watches Bar Rescue and Shark Tank. I don't watch much TV. My parents enjoy watching The Chew.

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    1. I call them my signs so much, I had people confused. One guy thought I was wailing about a single sign from my yard, LOL. When I was working in social work, I called all of my clients "my kids" and someone finally asked me, "How many freaking kids do you have?"

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  4. I like many of the same cook shows you've listed. I'm glad the team won!

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    1. I never watch them. They make me hungry for things I'm way too lazy to cook. I need a PB&J channel.

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  5. I'm not a reality TV fan....EXCEPT when it comes to cooking shows. Then I can't stop watching! After I quit my job I think I spent a good week in front of the couch, re-watching all 10 seasons that Hulu has of Top Chef! Way cool of that substitute to recover those signs :)

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    1. I never watch them. My niece loves to watch them, and then try the recipes. I just reap the benefits of her efforts!

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  6. I love the football pics! No station carries ESPN or Fox Sports in the Middle East since a couple of years, so I can't watch any more - therefore your pics got me all excited! I'm so happy that at least one adult over at River took the problem seriously and tried to teach the kids right from wrong. Yay for Tara's new book! I love the cover! :)

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    1. No football? How sad for you! I wonder if there are sites online where you could watch games?

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  7. I love cooking shows! Restaurant Impossible and Top Chef are my faves. Love the cover, Tara!

    Congrats on the win, Elizabeth. It always pays to take the higher road!

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    1. It always does. It never feels like it will be worth it, but in the end, it's always for the best.

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  8. Karma. Feels good to let it be and everything works out the way it should. So glad! I hope they learned. But with parents that condone such behavior, they probably won't.

    Thanks so much for having me over! And I really enjoyed your Friday Night Lights saga - esp the awesome pics! Go Eagles!

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    1. I do enjoy football season...well, all but the week before playing River ;)

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  9. And thanks for all the comments, you guys =)

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  10. I don't watch cooking shows although I used to watch Giada de Laurentis at one time. I don't watch TV much at all in fact. So glad your team beat the others resoundingly Liz, best revenge of all.

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    1. I was very happy to have won. Very happy. I was so nervous before that game that I didn't eat. You know that's pretty damned nervous if I forget food.

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  11. Glad somebody on the other team showed some maturity.

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    1. I'm sure plenty felt the same way, but even on this side of the river- speaking out against the rivalry makes you a bit of a squeaky wheel.

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  12. I used to walk on the treadmill and watch the Food Channel. I loved Pop Travel, I'm sure Simulation is an amazing read!!! Congrats to Tara!!!

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    1. LOL. Unfortunately, I'm the sort to eat and watch sporting events.

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  13. Yay for winning and I've been seeing Tara's book everywhere. It looks like a great read.

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    1. I'm sure it is a great read. I need to get it!

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  14. It's always best to take the high road. So happy they creamed the other team, though!!! I love to hear stories where the good guys win.

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  15. Outplaying them was certainly the best revenge, since they're kids. Once they're adults, though, I'm all for some John Wick style punishment (not really).

    I love Man Vs. Food. It's not just a great show, but the best dieting aid ever. Who the hell wants to overeat after watching a man eat 8 lbs of food in one sitting?

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    1. I have days where I wish I knew a John Wick.

      I do watch Man vs Food, or my kids do. Sadly, they often feel challenged to top him- which is hell on the food bill.

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  16. Good for taking the higher road. They really are just kids, and you guys are good role models. :)

    Yay for Tara! I love her books. I watch some cooking shows. Man vs. Food is awesome. My husband tried one of the challenges featured on that show, but couldn't do it!

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    1. Your husband and my kids should go out to eat together. I don't get the fun of trying to over eat. I mean I do plenty of over eating, but it's not a challenge for me. LOL. My kids have t-shirts from all the local places where they win the food challenges. Must be a guy thing.

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  17. I'm so glad a teacher helped teach a lesson, and a bit shocked they listened to a substitute teacher. Yeah that you got some of the signs back.
    Tara, I still love cooking shows. My kids hate watching them but I think they are absorbing something and will be better off for it when they have to fend for themselves. Or is that a justification for making them watch what I want?
    Congratulations on your book.

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    1. He must be a very special guy, because you're right- most kids torture the sub rather than listen to them.

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  18. This novel sounds great! Good luck with it Tara!!!

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  19. I tweeted but don't know how to get the URL...

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  20. Congrats on the big win!! Love me some Tara!!

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  21. Your boys trampled that River - no amount of signage is as valuable as that defeat. Woohoo.
    Go, Tara. I get addicted to cooking shows - they're fun.

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    1. That is quite the high road of revenge right there!

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  22. Nice! GO TEAM! And Congrats on the new book, Tara. :)

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  23. Yay for Tara!

    Way to take the high road. It's true, they are just kids, but I'm sure it still felt nice to know you trampled them. Yeah!

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  24. Yay for the win! That's a great lead you guys had. And I'm glad you worked it out without the need of vengeance.

    I don't watch cooking shows (I don't watch much TV at all), but I caught a few blips of Master Chef. I swear, I'd get kicked out in the first round if I tried. :)

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  25. You're looking all new over here :) Nice. Taking the high road is often the best revenge, and living well. Well done! And major congrats to Tara!

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  26. Yay team!!!!! I am so happy they won, and that you got some signs back. Those pictures are great, too.

    I used to watch Cupcake Wars all the time but haven't in a long time. I loved seeing the different ingredients and decorations they'd use. I always tried to invent my own. haha

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  27. Yay team!!!!! I am so happy they won, and that you got some signs back. Those pictures are great, too.

    I used to watch Cupcake Wars all the time but haven't in a long time. I loved seeing the different ingredients and decorations they'd use. I always tried to invent my own. haha

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  28. Congrast Tara!

    I used to think cooking shows were boring. Now I enjoy them.

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  29. Congratulations to Tara! Awesome post.

    Yes! Your team won.

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  30. Congratulations to your son's team and to the team moms! Way to go on taking a good road!

    And, congratulations to Tara!!!

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