Sunday funday.

Today we tried out a “puzzle room” a.k.a. “escape room” with our visitors; a first for all of us.   We went to Puzzle Room Austin.  The general idea is… you are locked in a room for 60 minutes.  The room has a bunch of clues and physical puzzles in it, and the goal is to work out all the puzzles to find the key to get out of the room.   We almost made it, but ran out of time.  The good news is they will let you out either way.  🙂  It was lots of fun, though.

No photos of the puzzle room, but here is a bowl of Seahawk M&Ms, which we finished off even though our team is out of the playoffs.  GO HAWKS!

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Simply. Amazing. (you’re welcome)

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Football fans are superstitious.  Especially this Seahawks fan, who has experienced heartwrenching, emotional ups and downs over a lifetime of football seasons:  the emptiness of too many vacuous losing seasons, then the joy of making and winning playoff games, then the devastation of playoff games lost in the final seconds, then a Superbowl disappointment that strikes at the very heart, then FINALLY an intoxicating Superbowl victory.

So it is that over all these years, I have come to believe that something as simple as my decision to either watch or not watch a game can, and has, affected the outcome.  It’s just a superstition that I must live with.  It’s a burden.

I have a friend who sits in the same blue recliner to watch every game, and if he’s not able to do that, he carries a picture of the blue recliner with him… all because once when he didn’t the Seahawks lost.

So, this morning when I found that my mylar Seahawks balloon, which I bought for Superbowl XL and have reinflated since then, had lost its helium and was dragging on the ground, I felt the first twinge of superstition:   if i don’t refill it and we lose, it could be my fault.  Sooo, we refilled it before the game.

Then, after experiencing those 55 tortuous minutes of highs and lows during the NFC championship game and the Hawks down 19-7, my emotions took me back to that helpless, superstitious place….   I couldn’t take it anymore.  They could lose, and it would be my fault! 

So with a little over 3 minutes left in the game, I left.  I went for a walk.  I took my iphone/earbuds and listened to the NFL.com audiocast of the game instead.  And then magic happened.  I was less than a football field’s length away from the house when we scored.   And i kept walking.  Then the beautiful onside kick happened.  And i kept walking.  Then we scored again to take the lead!  ohmigod.  I started running.   Then we made the 2 point conversion to force a tie if we could hold Greenbay to only a fieldgoal – and we did.  I kept running.  Then we won the coin toss in overtime.  Then the TOUCHDOWN for the win!  OHMIGOD!  I ran all the way back to the house and celebrated with Monte.

I’m so happy for my team.  And I can’t help thinking, just a little, that this 12th man in Austin made it all happen 🙂

GO HAWKS!

Sunday ups & downs.

The ups:
A trip to the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar.

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The music was really nice, as usual – the band Sons of Fathers was playing while I was there.

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This afternoon we found a nearby bar that the local Seahawks club meets up to watch games, which was a fun experience.

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The downs:
The Seahawks lost 😦

Next week I guess…

Determined 12th (wo)man.

I ended up traveling to New York today.  Unfortunately, the only flight I could make work had me in the air during Monday night football – Seahawks vs Rams.

I worked the technology angle to listen to the game while I was eroute:  iPhone + NFL App + NFL Audiopass + airplane mode + inflight wifi + earphones = 🙂

The streaming would drop from time to time, but I followed most of the game.
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Our very own Seahawk.

Go Hawks!

Go Hawks!

We watched the Seahawks win their 1st playoff game today versus the Redskins.  Yay!

Next are the Falcons, a week from today.  (A girl can hope!)

Keeto is our own little Seahawk.  Fierce, isn’t he?  🙂

He’s about 16 months now.  Quite the chatty cathy.

Have a great week!