After a miserable 2-14 season by the Carolina Panthers, i will not allow my hopes to get all that high in regards to the 2011 NFL season. I was not one of the fans or media types all hyped about Cam Newton starting week 1 against the Arizona Cardinals, but i have to admit, i was impressed with his performance the past four weekends. Still, one game - one season - does not make it to the Hall of Fame. Still, if the Panthers can keep him healthy, and the coaches keep up good game plans and adapt... there very well could be an exciting future for the Panthers. I have this year's schedule at my work area and i publicly listed my hopes for this season. I am predicting 4-12, i will be happy with 6-10, amazed with 8-8 , and ecstatically happy with a 9-7 or better season. Here is to hope, which springs eternal.
Speaking of the Panthers, my all time favorite player for the Panthers, John Kasay, signed a deal with the New Orleans Saints to fill in for their injured place kicker. This has in no way diminished my opinions of this man as a Carolina Panther player. The Panthers made a business decision when they released him, and Kasay made a business decision to continue to support his family through a talent that God has provided him with. I still hope to make the trip should the Panthers do the right thing and honor him. It is unlikely that the Saints will keep him once their regular kicker is healthy again, so... I will not be burning my John Kasay jersey anytime soon. Not like i wanted to do to any Julius Peppers jersey i saw.
Ok - any seasoned listener of Pandora probably already knows about this but the other day i accidentally clicked the "Quick Mix" channel. It mixes all of your channels together randomly! How awesome is that! LOL I really like that it moves through the various genres and plays a selection and then moves on. Really cool. I am enjoying this mostly while i am out exercising. Which reminds me... i like both RunKeeper and CardioTrainer as apps on my Android phone. RunKeeper has the edge for me with an elevation tracker as well. In all, i've lost about 6 pounds since starting to exercise at the beginning of summer with a few "set backs" in regards to aches and pains, but so far i've been keeping up with at least 3 times a week of getting out for an hour or more each time.
Have you ever had a song just bust out in your head? Meaning, you see/hear/smell/read/whatever something and some song just pops into your mind? It happens to me a lot, and it's weird. And it can drive some people crazy because i like to sing and/or whistle whatever the song is. I once asked a musically gifted friend if she thought we would learn how to play musical instruments in heaven, and she said that she believed i would get that chance. \o/ I just lack the time and discipline to do it (so far) on this side of heaven.
I've been struggling to write lately. I go round and round about what to write but then nothing. One stumbling block is my ability to access my older, unpublished, work and then edit or add to it. I have a plethora of little notebooks lying around. The intent was to add notes about a story line or character now and again and then access it when i am ready to put finger to keyboard. But now... all my thoughts are jumbled and hard to pick up any one thread. A friend once suggested to just set a goal for 100 words a day. I am going to give that a try. 8) Fortunately blogging counts, so this has given me a start for this month.