August: It’s Hot and Happening!!

August 2, 2015

August: It’s Hot and Happening!!!

It is unbelievable that August is already here! Where did the summer go? I remember being a kid and thinking that August meant school was around the corner. Now August is no different than any other month, just hotter.

I am thoroughly enjoying the summer but have had a weird week to say the least. I received some tragic news from home earlier in the week. A friend from high school was killed by her partner who then killed himself. The situation is made even more tragic because she was 6 months pregnant and already had two children. The baby was delivered but died later in the week. This friend and I were not in the best of contact, really just through social media, but I remember her heart, her kindness, and her smile.

Some serious stuff huh? The whole thing just saddens my soul. I have lost people in my life before, but it doesn’t make it any easier. Especially when the story involves children. Needless to say, it has me reflecting on many things about life.

First, we all need to be accountable for ourselves but also for each other. My friend’s partner was likely suffering from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) after 3 tours in the Air Force. His family knew it, but he did not seek the help he needed. I urge everyone to seek help if it’s needed and if your family needs help, help them seek it.

Second, life is so short and precious. We only have one life and we should try to live it to the fullest. If there is something you want to do in life that speaks to who you are: do it!

With that said, I got to do something that I have been wanting to do for a long time.

I keep referring to a list I made a while back about the 35 things I wanted to do before I turned 35. I was able to check one more thing off my list this week: #5 Travel to Texas.

houstonaugust2I was able to go to Texas this week for a few short days. I ventured to Houston for professional reasons but was able to see some of the city despite my busy schedule. Here are my “H” thoughts on Houston:

1. It’s hot!
2. It’s humid…Good thing I do decently well in that climate. It makes your skin look better too!
3. It’s huge. The 4th largest city in the US and only getting bigger especially with the influx of residents displaced from Katrina. The traffic is tough, though.
4. It’s a good place to be hungry. Houston has a great restaurant scene and I got to eat the famous Texas barbecue everyone talks about and sushi at Uchi.

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5. It’s higher priced than I thought it would be. Houston is technically the south right? But I guess everything is bigger in Texas including the housing prices!
6. It’s the heartland. People were nice just the way I expect southerners to be. Houston seems to be a great place for families especially families with kids.

Overall, I didn’t expect Houston would be the first place I ventured to when I thought about going to Texas, but it definitely has its own charm – if you can stay out of traffic and in the 610 loop. I would love to compare Dallas and Austin. I suspect Austin may speak to my soul a little better with the young and musical scene.

I will say Houston is a great town for sports lovers. They have the Texans, the Rockets, and Astros…all the good stuff is covered…

Speaking of the good stuff…

Here’s a quick run down of this week in sports…

Baseball rages on, The Special Olympics closed in LA and the NBA had it’s first inaugural Africa exhibition, but…

It’s all about Tom Brady’s balls…

The NFL is in training camps, but Tom Brady’s balls keep making headlines. The deflated balls reared their ugly heads again because Tom has appealed his 4 game suspension. It sounds like that suspension will be upheld, but Tom can continue to participate in training and preseason. Just remember this for fantasy football…

Tom’s wife made some headlines too. Gisele went to have plastic surgery dressed in a burka. Muslim people are not happy – can you blame them?

The ladies in sports have had a great week though…

Inbee Park of Korea has won the golf British Open and completed a Career Grand Slam.

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Ronda Rousey knocked out Brazilian Bethe Correia in 34 seconds in the UFC bantamweight competition. Shockingly, this is not her fastest knockout – 14 seconds is her record. Hopefully, no one paid for this…If you did then sorry? At least it wasn’t advertised as the “greatest fight of all time”, but there was a ton of smack talk before the fight.

The NFL has finally gotten with the program…

Jen Welter made history being the first female coach for the NFL. She is an assistant coaching intern for training camp and the preseason to work with inside linebackers for the Arizona Cardinals. I guess we all have to start somewhere. Congratulations to her and to the NFL for finally recognizing that women love football too.

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Show Me the Meaning

It’s named for a chicken…

Bantamweight refers to a class weight in UFC. It usually encompasses the 125 – 135 lb people.

Ronda Rousey is the current bantamweight champion of the world.

Shout out of the Day: Leah Still, daughter of Devon Still of the Cincinnati Bengals announced that her cancer is finally in remission. This little girl has a great spirit and I have been watching her journey. I hope she continues to live her life well!

Thank you for reading my blog for the beginning of August. I want to remind everyone to live life to the fullest with no regrets because it can change at any time. Catch me living life on Instagram: @theprettymaven!

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