Welcome to the first in a mini series of posts about things I do when I’m not blogging!
Ironic enough, this first post will go live shortly after the blog community was rocked with a post about an author stalking a blogger/reviewer. This is something huge, scary and never okay, and I wont go into the details of the event(s), the post or my opinions on it.
Obviously, reading/blogging has become a HUGE hobby of mine. It takes time, dedication and passion to really make it work for you. I have invested hours into my blog – designing it, obtaining contacts and just establishing my brand. I love almost every aspect of blogging, and feel… sad that I haven’t been able to tend to it as much as I use to. But blogging isn’t my sole hobby. There are many things that I enjoy immensely, and I wanted to share those things in a small series of things I like to do and enjoy!
I thought this would be the perfect start, considering the season….
That’s right. Football. I am a HUGE Football fan(antic). I currently have a fantasy team – and I watch ALL televised games. This means that my Thursdays, Sundays (all day) and Monday are full of the sport. I don’t just watch them either. I am one of those loud, energetic and crazy fans. The ones that yell at the TV when there’s a bad call or my team is ticking some serious A… or losing. I also have this bad habit of gripping my head and ultimately, pulling my hair out.
I gloat when my team(s) win and I am one pissy person when they lose. (Yes I am a sore loser) One thing that has been my Achilles heal is betting. I am generally NOT a gambler, but I will bet on almost ANYONE on a game. It’s satisfying when I place a bet and win – double braggin rights.
Sadly, this wasn’t me last week when I lost a bet to my co-worker because the freaking COWBOYS beat the Hawks.
I was young when I starting showing interest in the sport. My (step) dad noticed and taught me the game. We would watch every game together, the draft, play fantasy football against each other and just overall, bonded over the sport. My mom and sisters like football, but not to the level at which my step dad and I breathe the sport during the regular and post season. So to me, it was always more than just a sport.
Then after I left home and moved to Texas, football gave me serious nostalgia and I basically swore off the sport. I didn’t watch any games, I didn’t follow players’ stats and I didn’t play fantasy anymore, but it doing so, I lost that special connection with my dad, because it was always something that we had. Over the past couple years, I started watching the games again. Only this year, starting back up with fantasy and watching ESPN to get the scoop on injuries, stats and all that jazz. And every couple of weeks, I get on the phone with my dad and brag about how much better my fantasy team is. 😛
One difficult thing
I don’t have MANY people in my life that share the passion. Sure, I have my dad and a few co-workers (whom I actually place bets with).. But no one in my house is as CRAZY as me about the sport and 9/10 when I turn a game on, the room clears. Sure, my husband watches a few games here and there, but that passion isn’t there. My boys don’t know much about the sport, so when they do watch it with me, I have to explain everything that is going on (try explaining a safety to a 7-year-old old. FUN). I mean, at this point, I am just going to start taping the games and use them as a guide! But I do have Wendy, who shares the same crazy passion as I do about football. We haven’t talked much these past two weeks, but in the beginning of the season, we would tweet/text each other about whatever game we were watching at the time (usually Seattle. GO HAWKS) And hopefully, when I go up to Washington next month, we can get together and watch a game. I can only imagine how we would be together!
SO. There’s one thing I do other than blogging/reading!
Tonyalee is an avid reader, gym junkie, coffee addicted workaholic, and blogger. Be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram for random shenanigans.