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Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens

Despite only being a football fanatic for the past three years, I chose the Baltimore Ravens as my team ten years ago. I chose them for two reasons: 1. Black and purple are awesome colors and 2. I knew of one of the players. I had watched Ray Lewis’ murder trial and I had felt the entire time that he was innocent. My feelings proved to be spot on when the charges were dropped once he decided to testify against his friends. Ray Lewis’ career has been Hall of Fame worthy. He is considered one of the best linebackers in the league. Earlier this year (right before the playoffs) Ray announced his retirement. After 17 years in the NFL, 17 years with the Baltimore Ravens, Ray is finally ready to move on.

Imagine everyone’s surprise when the Ravens breeze through the playoffs and make it to the Super Bowl. It started with the Indianapolis Colts. No one had a difficult time believing we could win that game. They did believe, however, that we would fail against our next opponents, the Denver Broncos (led by Peyton Manning). We didn’t fail. And we didn’t fail against the New England Patriots despite very little support from the football world. Now experts across the spectrum believe the San Francisco 49s will defeat us at the Super Bowl.

Maybe under normal circumstances I’d say they have a shot. I love my team but I know they can lose focus at times or psych themselves out. This year they have extra motivation. They have something no other team has or will ever have. They have a retiring Ray Lewis. The time is almost here to either put up or shut up. Honestly, whether my boys win or not, just making it to the Super Bowl and proving everyone wrong has  been an awesome experience. Witnessing Ray Lewis’ last fairy tale ride has been an awesome experience and I have never been more proud to call myself a Raven’s fan. May the best team win at the Super Bowl. I’ll be glued to my t.v the entire time, rooting for one of the greatest players to ever grace a NFL field to obtain a second ring before moving on with his life.

Farewell, Ray. Your legacy will be remembered.

spool table ornate

I have been obsessed with repurposing/upcycling lately. The idea of turning something old into something new and using it for something completely different is fascinating and something I hadn’t realized my parents did as I was growing up. We had a fence made out of pallets for the longest time and tables made from old wire spools are prevalent in my childhood memories. The act of recycling items around the home for various purposes isn’t new at all; it’s just become “trendy”. The following is a list of the different ways to make tables out of stuff you can either get cheap or you may already have lying around your home.

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walking-dead-marathonIt’s become trendy, loving zombies or zombie related things. Hell, even the CDC has taken advantage of the pop culture phenomenon. Check out their page on Zombie Preparedness at Zombie memorabilia has popped up all over the place and zombie artwork/signage is all the rage. I won’t lie, I love The Walking Dead and can’t wait for it’s return in February. I spent a little time online this morning pouring over random zombie related sites and found some pretty cool things to share.

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I wasn’t sure I was going to post this. As I sit here writing this post I still don’t know if I’ll go through with it.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this video are not mine. I did not make this video and hold no claim to it whatsoever.

The following video is basically a conspiracy theory. It makes assumptions based on facts that don’t add up. One thing in the video has already been debunked. It’s interesting. That’s why I’m posting it. After viewing it I agree that something is fishy. I just don’t know if I agree with the conspiracy theory as a whole.

Anyway, if you choose to watch it do so with an open mind. Don’t take news media at face value and don’t take this at face value. Never let anyone tell you what to think.

“If she’s amazing, she won’t be easy. If she’s easy, she won’t be amazing. If she’s worth it, you won’t give up. If you give up, you’re not worthy….Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you; you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.”


Bob Marley

They Said It Best….

The Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye, Scotland

Stumbled upon (literally, from this great travel website, The site itself is full of information about various countries, where to go, what to see, etc. I found the three-part article series called “101 Most Beautiful Places to Visit Before You Die” awesome and decided it needed to be shared. Even if you just want to look at some beautiful photos of various places around the world, you should check this out.

According to everyone’s favorite source for information, Wikipedia states xenoestrogens are a type of xenohormone that can mimic estrogen. A xenohormone is either a naturally occurring or synthetically created compound that imitates the body’s natural hormones. These compounds have been proven to disrupt the endocrine system.

Estrogen is a naturally occurring hormone in every person’s body, both male and female. Women make more of it, of course. Xenoestrogens act like estrogen, therefore filling our systems with even more estrogen than is natural. The health dangers of xenoestrogens have been documented. They have been linked to high cases of breast cancer, adenymyosis, endometriosis, premature puberty, infertility, and miscarriages. In men, an excess of estrogen can cause low sperm count and prostate and testicular cancer.

Unfortunately, there is a long list of xenoestrogens and they are found in almost every single thing we use. Laundry detergent, lotions, food, chlorine (which is put in drinking water), plastics.

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