Sunday, September 13, 2009

A new soundtrack to my life

I spent a bit of time updating the soundtrack to our blog (believe me - I've been searching for something more important to do all day). I have long (okay - not that long, like 2 years now) been a fan of Lori McKenna's music. She is a country and christian artist that has been around for many years now - and I know you've heard her songs on the radio: "Stealing Kisses" and "Fireflies" that Faith Hill recorded and a few others by Sara Evans, Jimmy Wayne and Tim McGraw.

If you do pay attention to the music booming in the background (and I suggest you do - I don't spend hours searching these hits out for my own pleasure -wink wink) you'll notice this first song is entitled Unglamous. I may implement this as my song for the moment. While I originally intended to cut/copy/and paste the entire lyrics to this song - but I didn't want to win the "LONGEST BLOG POST WITHOUT A POINT" award, so rather I'll include the best verse and a link to the rest (enter if you dare).

No diamonds in our bathtub reams
Peanut butter on everything
No frills, no fuss - unglamorous

How wonderful a gravel road leading to a front door
How beautiful old wool socks on a bedroom floor
No frills, no fuss, perfectly us -unglamorous

If you dare spend than (approximately) 3 1/2 minutes catching up on my recent posts (I'll work on posting so you have more to read - I am trying to find a job people) you'll notice that I have paid homage to a few of my favorites from the best of Grey's Anatomy moments. This is hopes that my pleas will be answered for new episodes soon! I have always (okay - since 2006) been a fan of The Fray and Brandi Carlile (as a result of my devotion to Grey's). There are few in here for those of you who enjoy the occasional "tear-jerking, heart-breaking - we belong together" ballad.

A few other songs in the middle and near the end are just a few oldies but goodies. I came across a version of matt nathanson's Come on Get Higher (remember from an old post) from Sugarland. I suspect that will be a new favorite of some of yours. Fransesca Battista's "Free to be Me" is a good-hearted anthem that I love to hear on some days when you need to kick the blues and dance in your apartment until you laugh yourself silly because there is a chance your neighbor could hear/see you shaking your bon-bon.

If I could wrap my musical taste up in a phrase it would be "Hopeless Romantic". Pretty typical. I hope you enjoy my new playlist. It's not for everybody, but not everybody takes the time to visit this page - and its for you who do, that I hope you smile when you hear my anthems.

Friday, September 11, 2009

First contest of the season!

I've officially become a coaches widow - today. While there had been practices and a few weekend workouts up to this point, Ben and the team left today for their first contest trip. I can't recite the schedule verbatim (I've repeatedly asked for a typed itinerary with contact information on "From the desk of Ben Williams" letterhead but have been denied), I do believe that this weekend is the National Barrow Show somewhere in Minnesota (my judging friends can more accurately name the town, I'm lucky to remember the state) and a new contest which is aimed to be a companion to the Barrow Show contest.

Early this morning (well before my scheduled wake-up time) Ben ventured off (with his Garmin and cannister of piping hot coffee in hand) with his 6 kids to workout somewhere in South Dakota. I'll see him again sometime on Tuesday evening.

I, on the other hand, have been up constructing my "To-Do" list for the upcoming weekend. Firstly, I think I'll venture over to a thrift store close to the apartment named the "Attic Treasure" - maybe I can find a few antiques for the apartment. Next, although I am positive its a bit premature - I'm going to rummage through the listings in the local newspaper and on the internet for homes for sale in the Cass Co. area (ND). I can always hope, wish and dream right? If I get really ambitious (I know I'll have the time) I'll go to a few furniture stores around locally and scout out a few new pieces for the living room.

All the while, I'll move from item to item on the list (I don't anticipate actually spending any large sum of cash - since I'm not the bread winner at the moment) I'll have my tele-phone close by - I'm missing the first KSF since I was at least 10 years old! Hopefully my dad will be able to provide frequent updates for me (I'm still lobbying for a live broadcast of all the shows).

I hope that Ben's team performs up to their expectations. Good luck kids (I realize they aren't kids, but for a lack of a better collective term - go with me here)!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Our Boys

In the town/area I grew up in, there is not many people/places/events that draw notority. Until a few years ago. My family's homestead is located in rural Smith Co., Kansas and as most of you know I am one of four children. Of the original three of us (Kait, your fate is yet to be determined) the only one with noticable and coachable athletic talent was my brother, Grady.

Thank goodness at least one of the Godsey kids had some athletic talent.
During the course of Grady's 4 years of high school at Smith Center Jr.-Sr. High School he was a part of 4 consecutive Kansas state football championships and 2 consecutive Kansas state wrestling championships. To say that he was part of an athletic dynasty was an understatement. We are very proud of him!

Long story short, the success of Smith Center's football team has been documented in the NY Times, Sports Illustrated and various other national media venues. This past year, on the heels of a 5 straight state football championship and a record for the longest active winning streak, a book was written about the community and the football program.

I've included links to the books website, and I recommend this book to everyone, not because I'm looking for recognition for the small community I grew up in, but because I think the author did a tremendous job describing the value of growing up in a rural community, the value of role models, and teaching kids that being a winner at life doesn't mean winning championships on the field.

I think the best philosophy Ben and I took from this book is something that we kindof took for granted for many years, rather than trying to conquer the world all at once - vow to just get a little better everyday. What a novel concept right, but think about it? It leaves less room for you to set your self (and others) up for dissapointment if you try to just progressively grow in your position, life, career, etc. rather than trying to do everything at once!
We got our copy and we're willing to share it with anyone who is interested in reading it!