Here is the game write up:
Next, Mark, John, Jesse and I piled into the car on our way to the Georgetown Maryland lacrosse game, at Georgetown. We had quite the crowd, Ben and a friend from school came, a co-worker of Mark’s joined us too. Jesse and Mark relived the glory days. The game was great. Maryland dominated.
Then the whirlwind afternoon began. We packed our bags, and Ben, Mark and I drove to PA making it to Villanova University just in time for the second half of Brooke’s district championship basketball game. Villa Maria won, Brooke was the leading scorer, and in the 4th quarter the Villa fans started chanting, “She’s a freshman!” Brooke played so well and the Angelos crowd (all 22 of us) couldn’t have cheered any louder! We topped the evening by celebrating the win at Casey’s with Buffalo wings and nachos galore.
On Sunday morning I took Brooke to her AAU tryouts for the Comets at Notre Dame Academy. Because she is still in her post season, she wasn’t allowed to participate in the try outs, but they assured her that her spot on the team is secure. Go Comets! It was great to see all of the girls trying out and also how excited everyone was for Brooke's stellar performance the night before. While we were there, Lilly Pulitzer was shooting their back to school catalog and we got to watch. It is going to be so cute! Then again, I think anything Lilly Pulitzer is “so cute!”
Oh, and don't worry, pictures from the game will be posted soon...
My sister Brooke is amazing. If you haven’t already heard me talk about her incredible basketball skills, you might not want to ask. I could go on for hours. She is a freshman (in high school) and is rocking the Varsity team. On Friday night she had her first round district play off game. Mark and I had planned to leave work early, drive the 2½ hours, and get there just in time for the 2nd half. The best part, we were going to surprise Brooke.
Well, so much for planning. Thursday night, we both got the FLU! Or at least a 24 hour throw up bug. It was not pretty. I was not happy. We slept all day on Friday. Around 3 o’clock we woke up staring at the TV, the only thing you can really do when you are sick. I lay there, sick, with a headache, my heart aching too. I slowly watched the clock as Brooke’s game began, half time rolled around and then as the game should be finishing… “RING” “Ring Ring”
Brooke: Shannon… (Brooke proceeded to talk a mile a minute to tell me every painstaking detail of the game. She commonly asks, “Do you want the play by play or just the quarter break down?”)
Shannon: (I attempt to interrupt amidst the many voices of my family on the other end of the phone) Did you win?!
Brooke: Oh. Yeah. We Won. And we play our rival next week and the paper interviewed me after the game. (This has begun to happen quite frequently. She has now been featured in three separate local papers!)Here is an excerpt from the game write up: (courtesy of the local paper)
Midway through the second quarter, Villa Maria was sparked by an 11-0 run and stretched its lead to 10 at the half. The Hurricanes were sparked by two bench players during the run…freshman Brooke Angelos provided a spark with her end-to-end hustle and scored four of her eight points during the run.
“I just run a lot and try to get the lose balls,” Angelos said.
The best example of her hustle play all night occurred midway in the third quarter, when Radnor inbounded the ball under its own basket. The Red Raiders' [player] broke away from the Villa press and was three steps ahead of everyone when she received the outlet pass, but Angelos made up the ground quickly and swatted the ball out of bounds.
“(Angelos) has a lot of quickness and a nose for the ball,” Coach McCartney said. “When she’s in the game the intensity goes up. You expect a freshman to make mistakes, but she didn’t make any tonight.”
My sister Brooke is amazing.
(even if I did have to miss the game)
Never in my life did I imagine that a Western Maryland ski vacation could be so much fun. Nor did I anticipate that teaching Mark to ski would bring so many highlights. We woke up the first morning to a fresh snow fall and Mark declared he was amped to shred some mountain and ski through powder. While we aren’t sure if one actually shreds a mountain, we were certain that a few inches of fresh snow would NOT be skiing through powder. Nevertheless a few inches of snow was much better than the forecasted wintery mix. We headed to the mountain (hill) with high hopes.
This only begins to explain the non-stop laughs and stories that emerged from this weekend. Here are a few of the photos, including a group shot.
Schreibers and Wagners eating lunch at the car, Kami and me on the ski lift, Mark and me on the lift, Karin, Phil, Matt, and Katie waiting at the bottom of a run.
The Whole Group!
Here is a great recipe that I found for Orange Juice Muffins. I started making them one weekend when Mark and I both got colds. We hunkered down with tissues and blankets, played cards and boardgames and spent the weekend drinking lots of fluids. We needed a healthy "snack" and these orange juice muffins did the trick.
Here is the recipe:
- Pre-heat Oven to 400
Mix following in a medium bowl. Whisk.
1 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1/2 c. whole wheat flour
(sometimes I reverse these flour measurements and it still works well)
1/2 c. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
In a separate bowl:
1 c. orange juice (I use low sugar)
1/2 c. vegtable oil
lemon rind (about half a lemon or so)
- Mix well. Add to the dry mixture. Whisk until moist.
- Add 1-2 c. golden raisins
- Coat muffin pan with spay or use muffin cups. Pour mixture into pan. Sprinkle a bit of sugar on top of each muffin. Bake for 20 minutes.
Enjoy your blueberry-free muffins!
- 4 cups broth (chicken or vegetable)
- 4 medium sized all purpose potatoes
- 3 fresh leeks
- 3 yellow onions
- 1/2 cup whipping/ heavy cream
- parsley and or chervil to taste
Bring broth to simmering point. Peel potatoes and cut into eigths. Add potatoes, onion and leeks to broth. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Mash potatoes into the broth using a knife or a potato masher to form smaller pieces of potato. Add chervil, parsley, and cream. Simmer for five more minutes.
Toppings: bacon, cheese, scallions, sour cream
It is so easy, and yet so good!
1. It is much colder in Boston than in DC – we are glad we live in DC.
2. There are way too many people we love who live on the North Shore…
3. …and there is not enough time in one weekend to visit everyone!
4. We miss seeing it snow. We were so excited to wake up to a light snow fall on Sunday morning. It snowed just for us!
5. (and we are well aware that points one and four conflict)
Our weekend was great. We were able to stay at our old apartment and hang out with Honey, Hull, Nora and Muddy. We had lunch with co-workers, dinner with friends, and ran out of meals to enjoy with people. We hung out with lacrosse players. We even made it to Hamilton Congregational for church Sunday morning. We lingered in the fellowship hall, not quite ready to leave where we used to call home. We were so sad to have missed so many people, but grateful for the time we did get to spend. It could not have been a better weekend.
The drive was long, but permitted us lots of time to laugh. We have stories, which you probably don’t want to hear. Fortunately the traffic was light and made for an easy trip, as easy as 9 hours can be. Somewhere along our trip home, in Connecticut on Rt. 84 the odometer on the Oldsmobile hit 84848 miles. It seemed fitting for the numbers to match so well, as our trip was perfect!
So the point is, with birthdays, we have seen it all. And yet, a few weekends ago I experienced something I could hardly fathom. My friend Kate – that is really all I have to say if you know her. She amazes me daily. Well, Kate and her roommate Elizabeth and their friends who all live and work in DC decided to have their birthday in New York. What an incredible idea! What amazes me about all of this is that Mark and I participated. We drove from DC to New York and back again, all for a birthday dinner.
The entire car ride up, (which is really not a bad trip) we kept saying, are we really doing this? The great part about it all is that it gave us a perfect reason to crash with Katie Mac and spend some quality girl + Mark time. Mark has a way of realizing when Katie and I need to see each other. I am working too hard and she is studying too hard and spending time together is rejuvenating. Mark understands this and caters to us accordingly. He has taken the two of us for a girls day at the spa, secretly brought Katie to Boston when I was super stressed, and this weekend, treated us like royalty as always.
Then it was time for Kate and Elizabeth’s birthday dinner! We ate at the Antique Garage in Soho. It was quite the scene and a great meal filled with laughs. As you can see by the picture, we had a blast. By the end of it Katie, Mark, and I were ready for bed and we said our goodbyes as the birthday girls and company went on to continue the evening. And that was that, the birthday celebration we drove hours for was over, but worth it!
Sunday morning we went to church with Katie and were able to hear Tim Keller preach. It was a wonderful sermon on suffering. After church, as we were wondering the streets for brunch we capped our trip by spotting the NEW Magnolia Bakery! It has just opened for business the day before on 401 Bleecker Street. Delicious cupcakes for the car ride home…