Booty time

July 27, 2008

Whoo-hoo!!  It’s booty time here in Charlotte!  For those who don’t live in Charlotte, there is a 3 mile loop around the heart of the Myers Park area (where we live) that informally has been nicknamed “the booty loop,” because of all the good-looking physiques running or biking along that route.  A friend and law school buddy of Kirk’s came up with a 24-hour cycling charity event around the booty loop to benefit the Lance Armstrong Foundation and other local cancer organizations.  The name of the event is, fittingly enough, “24 Hours of Booty.”  Kirk has participated four or five times, even camping out a couple of times (and riding between 100 and 150 miles).  This year, Kirk hasn’t had time to train, so he just rode for a couple hours on Friday night and then a couple more on Saturday morning.  On Saturday, Zoe and I went out to cheer him and the other riders.  All told, about 1200 cyclists participated, raising almost $1 million for charity!





July 25, 2008

So, not a lot is going on around here.  We’re definitely into the summer doldrums and getting geared up for Clemson football and the olympics.  I thought it would be interesting to mention that there is a home-town boy swimming in Beijing – Ricky Berens is on the men’s 4×200 free relay.  I coached his brother and with his mom for a couple of seasons, so I’m super excited to be able to cheer someone on that I know!

Here’s an article about Ricky:

No, this isn’t the beginning of a joke!  On Mon, Kirk and I received our WiiFit balance board and software. (Yeah!)   I went to put some of the loose cardboard into the recycling bin, and when I came back inside, I found this:


A couple of minutes later:

 Then, Zeke decided to get in on the fun:

Finally, both Zeke and Zoe decide to share:

All in all, it took me to open the box, Zoe and Zeke to begin breaking down the box, and Kirk to finish it off.  (Total = 2 adults, 1 toddler, 1 dog)

It’s been a quiet and wet week around here.  It basically rained every afternoon, which is great for our drought, but it’s not so good if you have a cooped-up kid who would rather explore outside than play inside with cool toys.  However, yesterday was absolutely beautiful, hot, but beautiful.  We had a neighborhood social at a friend’s house, and so Zoe and I could tool around the neighborhood in something besides a stroller, we bought her a “car.”  It’s like a souped-up wagon.  We didn’t get a chance to take pictures at the party, but Kirk and I had a good time chatting with the neighbors, and Zoe had a blast covering herself in sand from head to toe, including in the diaper, etc.


Zoe was sooo excited, she couldn’t wait for Kirk to finish putting her new car together!





Zoe has come up with a new fashion design.  I call it the “flop bracelet.”  What do you think?  Is it the new fad or not?










On a sad note, “Coach” Ibrahim, former head coach of the Clemson men’s soccer team, passed away yesterday while playing his favorite pasttime, golf.  He was a great and successful coach, leading the team to several NCAA championships in the ’80s, and he was also a great businessman.  I had the opportunity to work in his stores in Clemson, and although several of the other employees didn’t really care for him, I thought he was very fair, and as long as you did your work and were friendly to the customers, he was super easy to work for and loved joking around, talking about his cars, and wondering why Americans (he’s Israeli) don’t like to play golf when it’s cloudy or a little drizzly.  He’ll be greatly missed, and my condolences go out to his family and especially his wife, Julie.


Also, I’ve added a new page entitled, “Favorite Websites”.  Feel free to check out the sites at your own leisure, and I’m sure I’ll be adding more as time goes by.

In the Dark

July 7, 2008

I hope everyone had an awesome July 4th!  I had this great plan of going to the pool after Zoe’s afternoon nap, watch the kids play games and enjoy some ice cream, but like all good ideas, this one had to be changed.  First, Zoe had a rough night on the 3rd, so we all woke up cranky and out of sorts.  Second, Zoe’s nose had decided to become a faucet, and I think she was running a very low grade fever (well, she felt warmer than normal).  So, because of the fever and nose running (oh, and also because Kirk got several poison ivy rashes after working in the yard a bunch), we decided to forego the pool thing and instead shopped for a tuxedo for Kirk.  (He has a black tie thing in August for the bar association convention.)

I know, most of you are probably thinking, “Ooh, fever, running nose; is she teething?!”  I have no idea.  Like her 1st teeth, I don’t see any swelling or whitening of her gums, and besides for the runny nose and hand in the mouth, she is honky-dory.  So, long story short, I was hoping for a cute picture of her in her sailor dress or at the pool eating ice cream (you know, something patriotic), but no, I got 2 shirts covered in snot. 🙂

On another note, Charlotte had a nice thunderstorm yesterday afternoon, and it knocked over a large oak tree, which fell into some power lines, which knocked out our power around 2:30 yesterday afternoon.  It came back on at…..6:40 am!  Oh yes, we were without power for about 16 hours; not as bad as the ice storm several years ago, but it was just as inconvenient.  We spent the afternoon checking out an open house, walking around a shopping center, and hanging out at Barnes and Noble.  We couldn’t go to the pool or to the park or go for a walk because it rained off and on until sometime between 9 and 10 pm.  Zoe was a trooper, and she didn’t even notice the darkness.  Probably because she was sleeping.  🙂

So, I think that’s it that is new and exciting in the Bradley corner of the QC.  Oh!  One more thing!  Zoe’s cousin, Davis, had his 1st birthday on Saturday.  Happy Birthday, Davis!  We hope you had a great time!