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This just in from my sister, and to think I was just throwing a football out on the quad this afternoon bemoaning #4’s retirement…there may be hope?  See what you think.
Brett Favre

If Green Bay Packers were in need, Brett Favre might think twice about retirement

Updated: April 9, 2008, 6:09 PM ET

GULFPORT, Miss. — If the Green Bay Packers are ravaged by injuries this season, Brett Favre might consider returning should the team reach out to him.

“It would be hard to pass up, I guess,” he told the Biloxi (Miss.) Sun Herald. “But three months from now, say that presents itself, I may say, you know what, I’m so glad I made that decision. I’m feel very comfortable in what I’m doing and my decision.

“Yeah, I can probably be up there doing that and playing, but again, I don’t know. It’s only speculating. I think the world of that team. I had a lot of fun, not only this year, but over my career.”

But if Aaron Rodgers went down with an injury?

“Aaron has fallen into a great situation,” Favre said. “And if that opportunity presented itself and they did call, it would be tempting. And I very well could be enticed do it.”

Favre understands the kind of challenge he would face should he opt to go back to the NFL after ending his record-setting 17-year career. And he made it clear he is not changing his mind at this time.

“But to think that if they called me in October and told me, ‘Hey, we need you this week.’ That would be hard,” Favre said in a story that appeared on the paper’s Web site on Tuesday. “I’m sure mentally, I would be refreshed. I’d be away from it for a long time. But mentally versus physically, the last thing I’d want to do is go up and it’s ‘Oh this is great’ and all that stuff and me be excited and then just flop.

“You just can’t show up and play.”

There has been a steady flow of speculation that Favre would have a change of heart in the wake of the March 4 announcement the league’s only three-time MVP was retiring.

“I guess the best response would be, right now no,” he said of a possible return to the game.

Favre added he would not return unless he was in shape.

“It would be hard to go up there at 38. It was hard to stay in shape. I say that, I worked out and I worked out hard,” he said. “Week in and week out, I was just drained. Finally, for the first time, I felt, not that 38 is old, but I looked around at practice and these guys are bouncing around. And I practiced every day and all the time people would ask me … `How do you do it? Inside I’m saying, ‘I have no idea.’ It’s a struggle.”

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press

This story is from ESPN.com’s automated news wire. Wire index

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“Davidson slays Goliath”

This was the title of the Charlotte Observer article after Davidson came from behind to beat Georgetown in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Easter afternoon. Most of you know that I went to Davidson so there couldn’t have been a better Easter treat after a full morning at church; I was wringing my hands the whole game, though! In an ironic twist, Davidson will advance to play none other than Wisconsin, the state of my birth, on Friday. That might turn out to be the real slaying if Davidson can pull another one off, which I sure hope they can.

Back from the Poconos

Like last semester’s reading week, Evan and I had the opportunity to head up to a friend’s cabin in the Poconos for a few days and spend some time taking walks, petting horses, and generally retreating from the world. This morning we woke up to beautiful snow flurries: winter sure does come late in PA/NJ sometimes. We returned this afternoon, but here are some photos of games by the fireplace…
Games in the PoconosPoconos Fireplace

It has begun…

My roommates from college, who I’m reuniting with in the city this weekend, surprised me last night after a full day of shopping with a bachelorette party, complete with veil and tiara to be worn out at the bars in NYC. It was my first event as a “bride to be,” and not surprisingly (and here I hate to sound ungrateful), the whole center of attention thing didn’t quite suit me. I had fun, but I guess I just prefer to celebrate with close friends in a way that isn’t about drawing attention and is much more about sharing about the time that we’ve appreciated together over the years.

It makes me think two things: first, when it comes to the wedding planning, it continues to pay off to do things the way you want and throw convention out the window–what’s most important is that the celebration happens and that people are there, and two, I’m glad we had our night on the town…it’s still a much better story to say I was surprised with a wild night in NYC over, well, Princeton!

an update

Evan and I drove back from South Carolina on Sunday, stopping in DC for dinner with our friends Jim and Alisa and visiting and spending the night with Zack’s girlfriend, Kristina.  It was a great addition to our vacation and of course made me miss DC like crazy–hoping I get back there to live again sometime in my life.

And speaking of my life, the update here is that things have already catapulted into full swing.  Being back in Brown dorm is nice feeling though unpacking and the already rank smell of BO on the first floor aren’t so great.  We had our field education dinner tonight at Victor’s house and with classes, field ed., wedding planning, applying to grad schools, looking at church and mission jobs for the coming year, I’m already feeling anxiety over where everything is going to fit.  Wondering what the best approach is to such anxiety–certainly prayer and focusing on the positive opportunities available to me here, but I’m just trying to be conscious about not taking on too much.

I’ll be helping serve communion at the opening chapel service tomorrow morning, the first sign that we’re finally really into senior year.

Living in the moment

The chaplain I worked with this summer felt that this cliche is also impossible to live out. I’m wondering if he’s right. He meant “living in the moment” is impossible because if we really want to consciously live we have to be conscious that our death is inevitable. While it doesn’t sound glamourous, I read this neat book this summer that cast stoicism in a different light, claiming that stoicism is really about dying with the most freedom possible, living freely every step of the way.

Okay, enough deep stuff, the real issues here are these: field education is on the horizon–I can’t believe I’m needed to provide a bio already and lead a group Friday the 21st, the first of every Friday that I’ll need to be at church. Those grad school applications won’t get filled out on their own…

and meanwhile all I want to do is comb around the beach for crabs and sand-dollars with my fiance.
hmm…I’m going to try to get all I can out of this “living in the moment” stuff…for the moment, anyway.

Vacation (& everything in between)

It’s thrilling to write that word on the top of this post, knowing that I’m seated in the beach house, felt the salt water with my toes today, and visited with two of my favorite people in Davidson this morning.

I’ve really been on the move the last two weeks: preached twice in Wisconsin, led a Bible study, participated in a Committee on Ministry retreat, and did my annual consultation with the presbytery. Then, my flight got cancelled, but I somehow got rerouted to Philly in time to get in a few quick days of studying for the ords before taking all four tests in Princeton the next weekend. Oh, and after the theology, worship, and polity exams, and in between the exegesis exam, I got engaged.

Phew! I knew it would feel good to get to the beach this evening, and it is great to see my sister, my parents, and spend some time with my fiance. We passed through Davidson this morning and I saw my college chaplain and my former thesis advisor, too.

I’m grateful to be on this end of the summer, though chaplaincy, preaching, and the ords were altogether great experiences (assuming I pass those darn tests…) Being engaged and on vacation, well, how could anyone be happier?

Still glowing from the weekend

…and literally since Evan and I both got pretty burnt on my long weekend, but it was incredible.  The incredibleness started off with him somehow getting onto an earlier flight into Philly, so even though he was supposed to get into Newark at 10:15pm on Friday after waiting around in Memphis for a 6 hour layover, he beat me into Philly at 6:05, and I jumped in the car after CPE to arrive and retrieve him at 6:30 pm.  We ended up spending two days at the beach at Belmar and camping at Allaire State Park.  Even with the heat, we had a blast, cooked corn and burgers over the fire, and as I mentioned, got really sunburned. I’m thrilled to have him back; it’s great to have someone who wants to hear all my crazy stories about the hospital and doesn’t mind doing some dishes every once in awhile!

Crisis week

Yesterday started off gloomy–muggy weather, bad news even on the Today show–hundreds of civilian deaths in Afghanistan, bombings in Iraq, murder in Ohio…and then it was one of those Mondays.  I never even got to see patients, but the theme of the week–crisis–couldn’t be more appropriate.  Personal crises are plaguing our group members, and the hospital was a heavy place to be yesterday.

And then today, in the ER of all places, there were friendly old men wanting to talk on and on, impatient but smiling faces, and somehow when I walked into my antepardum rooms this afternoon, things were brighter.  My patients lifted my spirits.  One of them said, “Erin, you’re glowing today.  Why are you glowing?”  It sounds cheesy, but she was what lifted my spirits.  Seeing those women press on when there’s no certainty in their lives, when there’s no assurance, more just like a constant crisis, is reassuring to me. 

Today was a better day.  Even if we’re still in “crisis week.”

Oh, and Prince Fielder was named N.L. Player of the Month

It is pretty sacred to me after all–I just couldn’t resist!

The Prince!

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BREWERS NEWS ALERT
June 4, 2007
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PRINCE FIELDER NAMED N.L. PLAYER OF THE MONTH

Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder, who hit
13 home runs and collected 28 RBI, has been voted the
Sharp Presents the National League Player of the Month for May.

Fielder entered today’s action leading the National League with
19 home runs. He recorded two multi-home run games and seven
multi-RBI games in the month of May. Prince batted .321 (34-106),
with a .755 slugging percentage and a .397 on-base percentage.
The lefty slugger ranks second in the N.L. with 44 RBI, 133 total
bases, and a .621 slugging percentage. This is Prince’s first
career National League Player of the Month Award.

Other players receiving votes included Brewers’ teammate J.J. Hardy
who hit .325 with nine home runs and 29 RBI.