Pledge My Playoff Beard–Please!

This is me with a beard and standing next to Bob. Sexy–I know. Why a beard–you ask? Well, for those of you non-NHL informed people, it’s the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Everyone grows a beard during playoffs–at least the cool people do. Why should you care? Because I’m sporting facial hair is to help raise money for children who need assistance AKA the Florida Panthers Foundation. Plus, I HATE the “c” word. In order for me to stay in the running, I need at least one daily vote. So please click this link and vote for me for free *shameless plus*! Come on, my favorite #9 is blowing me out of the water!  Of course, the whole point is to raise money for to fight pediatric cancer by pledging. You can donate $10 (or more) by clicking the link as well. Thanks in advance.

My beard even made the news–thanks NBC Miami!

Florida Panthers’ Hockey-Fan’s Stream of Consciousness

omGoc put a body on them Dddddd let’s see some offense doesn’t the first period feel slow nooooooo too much traffic did you see that no one was there answer them wooooot finally Stephen breakaway damn ohhhhhh nooooooo hit him Campbell D this net boys Garrison help him out Stephennnnn start hitting Oilers’ suck booooo let’s go Panthers Madden great pass #believered GOAL dun dun dun dun dun HEY dun dun dun dun I’m so excited I love hockey are you cold no I’m good we will we will rock you omg start checking I can’t look protect your goal THEO let’s see some offense they are better than this you can do it boys Oilers booooo they need to fire it up Weiss is #1 sweet Caroline dun dun dun bring the heat boys Ddddddd Upshall offense arhhhg I can’t look let’s see some hockey thank God they’re awake now Kopecky wtgooo it’s not figure skating boys  booooo Oilers oh no hope we don’t go to overtime grrrrrr a shootout THEO come on #9 you rock my world you can do it awhhh damn it’s okay boys next time *happy sigh*

This is a shout out to The Rat Trick–a blog about everything Florida Panthers. Head on over and check them out if you’re a Panthers fan, too! There’s great writing by smaht people who are crazed Florida fans like myself. They tell it like it is:  the good, the bad and the ugly. I won a contest last night–yes, you should also follow them on Twitter and on Facebook–and was thrilled to receive two free tickets to last night’s game! Thank-you Rat Trick! Here’s to playoffs!

Friday Moment

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. Photos – no words – capturing moments from the week. Simple, special, extraordinary moments. Moments you want to pause, savour and remember. “This Moment” is a ritual found on  SouleMama’s blog then grabbed by the Wee Man which was lifted from Almost there by Sarah-Jane and snagged from Alejandro.


Okay, so you’re asking, why a post about Zambonis? I will tell you. Zambonis=hockey. Hockey=most amazing sport. See?

These truck-like cleaners were attributed to Frank Zamboni who was a U.S. inventor and an Italian-American (all the more reason to like him). He began in the electrical business, branched out to electrical refrigeration units, and then opened his own ice rink in 1940.

Eventually, he figured out a way to resurface his ice rink more quickly and the job went from 90 minutes to around 10 minutes. He patented his machines in 1953. While the term Zamboni is patented, it’s sometimes broadly used to refer to any brand of ice resurfacer (not exactly accurate). He was elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1990 for his contributions to the sport. I just think the machine is pure awesomeness (as do most 5 year olds).

A Zamboni works by shaving off the surface of the ice with a very sharp blade. Then an auger picks up the shaved ice while hot water is sprayed to create the new ice surface. Cool, huh? They have a maximum speed of about 9-10 mph so we’re not talking NASCAR here but it’s all good. They still have the cool factor.

Maybe, one day, I’ll even get to drive one around (highly unlikely due to my over-enthusiasm but a woman can dream)! In the meantime, although I’m impatient waiting the 6-7 minutes for the Zamboni to finish (so I can finally see some HOCKEY), I’ll enjoy watching it make its laps (yes, I am easily amused).

Watch for Flying Pucks!!!

Okay, wait for it–I freaking love ice hockey! My son got hooked and, subsequently, I did! Probably has something to do with living in SoFlo and loving the fact I can escape the heat for a while and pretend I’m a little farther north every time I go to a game.  Then there’s the lightening speed, agility and wooden sticks slapping small hard pucks that make it beyond exciting. Oh yeah–the checking!

The only downside to the game I have discovered is the whiff of the locker rooms as I head to the appropriate rink. Nothing I can’t deal with (as long as I don’t have to enter). Oh and the stinky gear (most of which can’t be washed and must air dry). While I played soccer when I was young and loved it,  I’m officially a hockey mom (you can’t tell me we don’t rock the look in our hoodies).  Ha-ha.

Whether it’s my son’s high school team (undefeated so far and J scored his first goal tonight), college or NHL, I’m going to be one of those loud (only slightly obnoxious) fans who cheers with enthusiasm! Long live hockey!