goal for our club this year

Hey Fam!

I’m joining the January Run Club for a little extra encouragement this month.

About me : My name is Amanda, I’m 28, from Canada. I live with my partner, Calvin and our 3 fur babies. This year we might even try for a real baby.

I’ve been on Tumblr for a few years, made quite a bit of progress and then life happened over the last couple of months and I gained weight and lost running stamina. My goals for this month are to get some stamina back, and run at least 3 days a week (but I’m hopeful for 4). No runs scheduled, and I’ll probably be following C25K because I have had success with it before!

I won’t be around for the end of the month because we are going on a vacation to Cuba ☀🏖

A random fact about me - I used to work in radio and once I interviewed Paulie Shore. True story!

I am convinced that the reason why tumblr has removed the ability to reply to posts is because it does not want us to have our own communities within the larger whole. Your dashboard is not a social network; it is not a place for bonds to form and friendships to develop. Those things can still happen but that is incidental to the main goal of the site: to produce content. 

That post you made four years ago of a picture of a collapsed wine display in your local grocery aisle–the one that still gets hundreds of thousands of notes now and then, drowning out every other note you get in response to your dog dying or your engagement announcement, the one that continues to haunt you without the help of a third party extension that tumblr won’t officially endorse or condone, the one your friends and oldest followers know never to reblog again because you’ve begged them to not make it worse–that’s the sort of content tumblr wants to see. Tumblr doesn’t want you to say “my grades are failing, I’m worried I’m going to lose my scholarship to UMass and I’m terrified to face my parents.” Tumblr wants you to say “mom: how’s school? me: (insert jpg of a turtle covered in spaghetti).”

Tumblr does not want you to make posts meant to be heard at or below the volume of your followers list. Your personal posts are just crowding the memes. 

Emerald City Comicon Announcement 1
Akira: The 35th Anniversary Box Set

In December 1982, the manga world changed forever. That was the month that Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira debuted in Kodansha’s Young Magazine. The two-year run that followed set the tone for manga and anime for years to come, and overseas became a generation’s touchstone for Japanese comics.

In 2017, to honor the 35th anniversary of the debut of this seminal piece of sequential art, Kodansha Comics will release Akira: The 35th Anniversary Box Set. It will feature Vol. 1-6, the complete series, in large format hardcovers, plus the Akira Club art book. For the first time ever in English, the series will be presented in the original right-to-left format, with unaltered original art and Japanese sound effects with endnote translations. Our goal is to produce the ultimate, definitive English edition, presenting Otomo’s art in the most authentic and collectible way possible.

Additional extras to be announced. Suggested retail $199.99.

Let's talk; moral dilemma...

So my close friend ‘K’ was dating my brother’s best-friend 'R’ for 4 years and they’ve recently spilt up. Their goal was to spend some time apart so that they could eventually get back together and become a stronger, happier couple, they needed time to work on themselves. R is like an older brother to me, so there’s a strong loyalty & protective component here.

We just had the long weekend here - Labor Day weekend. So K and our friends and I decided to go to a few clubs. We were having a good time until K found out that a guy that she’s always fantasised about 'P’ was out at another club. She asked if we could go meet up, so we did.

We get there and I lose K and another friend, so it’s just me and my bestie. I saw P so I grabbed him and told him K was looking for him. I didn’t get much response. We all grouped up again eventually and K was flirting with P and we were waiting to see what would happen.

K asked me for a little bit of advice and this is where it gets tricky. K’s (now)ex boyfriend R used to be good friends with P. She asked what she should do so I decided to take a mature approach, I said - “If you do anything and R finds out then things will never be the same. He won’t look at either of you the same way, he won’t want to get back with you and P will be dead to him”. I don’t think she liked my advice because she said “Well R will never find out because no one will ever speak about this”.

P leans in and kisses K. They started hooking up. Shortly after P makes out with another girl right in front of K. Then one of P’s friends tries to knock some sense into him saying “That’s R’s old girlfriend man, you can’t do that”. Relatively shortly after this they leave and we move onto a different club.

My dilemma.

1 - I understand they’re broken up and they can do what they want, but if you’re goal is to get back with your ex then I don’t think you should be doing things that may be harmful to your future with them
2 - R is like my brother. I know She doesn’t want me to tell and I won’t go out of my way to. But if he asks then I won’t lie.

3 - P basically stabbed R in the back.

4 - K doesn’t understand the possible repercussions of her actions and to the full extent of what they may be.

Should I just mind my business and shut up?

Full "Stern" Interview with Mario & Marco

Mr. Götze, how was 2011 for Marco Reus?

Mario: Many goals for his club, avoided the descent with Mönchengladbach, matches with our national team. He can go on like this.
Marco: Oh, national team?! But I was injured most of the time. Now I have to be friendly too: Became Champion, on top with Borussia Dortmund. He even showed great performance from time to time. *smiles*

Are you satisfied with this year?

Marco:  You can always improve, and that’s what we want to do. But I'm satisfied with what I have achieved so far, yes. It should not seems like you would rest, because that’s not true. 
Mario: Yeah, you don’t do this. Maybe our fans feel different about it, but for me as a football player the championship is far away. 

Did your status on the pitch changed during this year?

Mario: I always feel that the rivals adapt to me better than before. 

Does defenders still wispers to you that you have only 5 minutes left?

Mario: *laughs* to live?

Until the next injury.

Mario: I’ve never experienced something like that. 
Marco: You won’t be offended with words on the pitch. The actions speaking for themseves. You will get injured or not. 

You both play in clubs with strong footballers but most of the time you were able to convince as a team. At the same time, you guys are known as players who make the difference. How important is a single player in times of modern football? 

Mario: Bacelona is a good example. They got many players with individual quality, but they make everything as a team anyways. I think both is important to be successful. 
Marco: They often talk about a main character. Maybe a single player can decide a game from time to time, but never the whole season. 

What made you two so successful, exept talent and luck?

Marco: Maybe your surprised when we don’t say: I wanted it so bad and I had the will. We had and have it of course too, but mainly it’s the fun we have.

At least that doesn’t sound like the type of footballer like Oliver Kahn.

Mario: Do you mean with Kahn that you always have to torment yourself?
Marco: I stick to it, it’s the fun. That you’re crazy for football and be passionate. 
Mario: Discipline and Disclaimer too, but I totally agree with Marco.
Marco: Mario even plays football down in the basement. 

In the basement?

Mario: We got a little pitch down there, perhaps 4x5 meters in size, with little gates. Me and my brothers play with a little plastic ball, but not as often as in the past.
Marco: although it would be necessary. *smirks widely at Mario*
Mario: I’ve invited Marco to a little match, but he doesn’t dare. *grins back*

So, Reus has a basement training deficit against Götze. Another difference between you is, that Mr. Reus was already at several clubs. 

Marco: I didn’t play in the first year of the B-Jugend at Borussia Dortmund, because the Trainer said he would set the players after their performence and skills.
Mario: That’s why you didn’t play.
Marco: You weren’t even born back this time! *laughs* In those days I already thought that I’m good enough and after a game against Ahlen I asked them if they wanted me, and the Trainer said yes. Basically I tranferred myself. Ahlen made me feel good.


Marco: Because I was finally allowed to play football. It hurts when you’re like 15,16 or 17 years old and you can’t play. That’s like a ban. I didn’t even cared that I played for the third class Ahlen instead of the first class Borussia Dortmund. 

Mr. Reus, you said you have to feel good to bring good performance. What does that mean?

Marco: When I moved to Mönchengladbach at the age of 20, I became part of a very young team, which helped a lot. Than of course the surroundings: family, girlfriend, manager. 

Mr. Götze, you still live with your parents. 

Mario: And it’s the most beautiful place to live. 
Marco: I live alone - and can’t complain. If you will ever move out…
Mario: What surely happens…
Marco: You will like it. And I even know why.
Mario: I love to cook.
Marco: That’s what I’m talking about! *both of them laughing hard*
Mario: No, let’s be serious. I have my family and friends here, so everything is fine.

Do you ever feel like your career went rapidly better and better?

Marco: I’m a late Bloomer compared with Mario.
Mario: I think you have to classify and process. When you’re surrounded by the right people, you can relativize everything.

Do you still have contact with some friends from the past?

Mario: Something changed. There are 2 or 3 friends who still see’s me like who I am. But there are some people too, who only wants to be friends with you because of your career. 
Marco: Those people who “always believed in you”. I know them too.

Do you get warily?

Mario: Yes.
Marco: It’s always difficult to find people you can trust. But that’s not a problem, I have enough good friends. 
Mario: When we are away with the team, we always sleep in expensive hotels and of course we spent a lot more money on clothes than other people at our age. That’s a fact. But we don’t spent all our money for expensive things, we still eat pizza for 7 euros. *laughs*

Do you get begging letters sometimes, like some lottery winners?

Mario: Nobody asked me for money yet. 

Mr. Reus,you watched a game from the tribune a few days ago, because of you toe-injury. You sat next to you girlfriend. (Mario is typing instantly something in his phone) Did you told her how everything runs and she said “ok I’m going to watch this game with you in the stadium, even the cameras filming and and taking photos of me”?

Marco: She is watching every game of my team at the stadium. This time I was injured and sat next to her. Sould I sat down 3 places away from her, or what? *laughs* That would’ve been quite unnatural. 

They wrote in the newspaper that you showed the love of your life.

Marco: She sat next to me in the stadium! After that we went together to the VIP room, but she left after a couple minutes. My family stays there after every game too. I think, you don’t have to overthink everything.

Mario(shows a picture from the newspaper on his smartphone. The photo shows how Marco kisses his girfriend.): “Marco Reus kissed his Caro tenderly on the tribune”. *laughs hard* 
Marco: Completely unnecessary to show that now, completely unnecessary. *smirks at Mario*

Do you feel in everyday life that footballers are role models too?

Mario: It’s not like I feel it every second. I don’t went to the christmas market and drink 5 cups of Glühwein of course, but I wouldn’t do this at home either.

Some professional footballers of Dortmund went to a concert of the politically incorrect and disputed Rapper Bushido. 

Mario: I wasn’t there.
Marco: I went to Söhne Mannheims in Oberhausen, they aren’t politically incorrent, right? 

Could you sing along without being filmed? Celebrities who are went out privately recover themselves on youtube sometimes. 

Marco: Nobody filmed me or recorded me… I think. I didn’t even danced or something like that. *laughs*
Mario: You’re just wearing a hat when you went out, that’s enough. 
Marco: We even play football in towns and live in towns where football is an pretty important thing. I don’t know Berlin that much, but I think football is more significant in Mönchengladbach and Dortmund than there.

We often read that many different clubs offer a lot of money to buy you too. Mr. Reus, the Fc Bayern woos you at the moment. How do you deal with that?

Marco: I’m not so much interested in reports like that. When I show performance and big clubs wanna buy me, I’m happy about it. 
Mario: It’s always great to hear that, of course. But the question is, how serious those articles are.

But of course, the representatives of major European clubs report their consultant Volker Struth and Dirk Hebel.

Marco: Yeah, sure and that’s what I’m a little bit more interested in. But I don’t ask Volker about new inquires every week and he don’t annoy me with it either. 
Mario: We are both pretty happy at our clubs. I don’t think I’ve send any signals that shows that I really wanna leave Borussia Dortmund.
Marco: When the newspapers wrote that Bayern wanted to buy me, something beautiful happened to me. I came to training and over my locker hung a poster with the words “Ulli, keep your money”. 

How would react your teammates when they read that Arsenal wants to pay 40 million euros for Mario? 

Marco: Then he gets spells in the cabin, that’s for sure. Plus some from me. *smirks*

Footballers and trainer always say they wanna focus on the next game. Do you really do that?

Marco: Ask someone from the Bundesliga against whom he will play in 5 weeks, he will need time to consider. 

How do you plan your own career?

Marco: It’s diffecult to really plan something, everything can happen in football. You have to convince every single day, during every training. When I wanna influence my career, theres no other way. I think, I really live for the moment. 
Mario: Me too. Of course I have some goals for the future, but I don’t put myself under pressure. 

And what about private things? Kids, for example, do you want some at the age of 30? 

Mario: Perfect question for Marco.
Marco: Thanks, you’re so kind. It can happen a little bit earlier, but it can wait. 

Mr. Götze, how will 2012 go for Marco Reus?

Mario: If he will marry? At least he will score a lot of goals and give some Assists. 
Marco: And Mario has to stay healthy and show, how good he is. I mean on the pitch, of course. *smirks*

Who are we?”
“Kominato Ryousuke Fan Club!”
“Who do we love?”
“Who do we adore?”
“Are you ready for the fight (for Ryousuke)?”
“Bearing admiration in our hearts, we have only one goal! Appreciate Ryousuke in all our might! Let’s do this!”
—  The cheer for the Kominato Ryousuke Fan Club, including Seidou High School baseball team players. The higher-ups in this fan club are the 3rd years, Kuramochi, Haruichi and Kijima. Sawamura is the newly appointed vice-leader in the cheering department.

Real Madrid: 2014, a history. 
“To wear the most important football jersey in history demands responsibility.”

01. Cristiano wins the Ballon d'Or for the second time. 
02. Another title win at the Mestalla against our eternal rivals. 
03. Revenge in Munich as iconic goals from Sergio & Cris secure us a spot in the final. 
04. The culmination of 12 years of waiting. A dream realized. History made. 
05. A fitting anthem for a club that continues to leave its opponents clawing to catch up. 
06. Cristiano begins his ridiculous goal count of the season with two goals for the title. 
07. Confidence, skill and Lucky Luka helped to make this a memorable Clasico. 
08. El Bichito scores in his first match since his sidelining injury in March. 
09. Club captain Iker Casillas plays his 700th match for his boyhood club.
10. The cherry on top of a glorious year, and a promise for 2015 to be even greater. 

iker has been defending our goal ever since I started watching this sport and supporting this club its been 8 years now and I don’t know a real madrid without iker casillas in it he’s been with this club longer than I have been alive and I know no player is bigger than a club but honestly only a rare few embody what real madrid is and understand what madridismo means like iker does this is such a loss for the club and for the fans I can’t believe this I can’t believe we’ve forced out someone who has dedicated his whole life to this club I’m never going to get over this  

Football Challenge:

 Favorite goal (1/5): Aaron Ramsey vs Hull City.

“Ooh this is more than a goal, i will never forget it for the rest of my life. I remember when we lost the UCL final, when we lost the Carling Cup final, all the times when we were humiliated along the years. And when that ball of Ramsey crossed the line inside the net, all the memories came to me in a second, i will never been so happy in my life. All this suffering makes every bit success sweeter and more beautiful. Win or lose our great club has been through every adversity possible in the game and come out stronger than it ever was and the masses will look back at the period of austerity and marvel at the intricate blueprint and base upon which our future success was establish. That why Arsenal really is a special club”.

Some News

As many of you know, I have a general policy not to post pictures of my kids because internet weirdos freak me out. But every so often, exceptions must be made.

That’s right – in late November, Fitz will be joining the Big Brother’s Club!! Mac is already taking him through the initiation steps to prepare him for becoming a big brother to ANOTHER little brother. Yup, you read that right, we’re having Boy #3. As a friend from high school joked, I spent my whole life surrounded by boys since I practically grew up at the all-boys school where my dad taught, so being surrounded by boys was clearly my destiny.

At the beginning of 2015, I said that one of my goals was to have our third child this year. Things rarely go as I planned, so I didn’t actually think it would happen, but needless to say, I am THRILLED that we did indeed get our wish. I’m finding that the excitement of getting pregnant again never wanes. It always feels a little bit magic when it happens, even on the third kid.

So. 3 kids. I’m in for it, aren’t I? Alright parents of 3+ kids – give me ALL your survival tips!

Congratulations to Leo Messi who won the GOAL 50 award:

Messi: “It was a very complete year in which I enjoyed a lot of success and we reached all of our goals. So I can’t choose just three moments; instead, I choose the whole year!

I always say that, for me, the most important awards are collective ones, the ones that recognise us as the best at the end of the season.
But I am, of course, also happy when I receive individual awards like this one. I am very grateful. Thank you.

Argentina? I just hope that we maintain our level. We know it is going to be difficult but we will fight for every title, as we always do at this club and with Argentina.”

It is a wise move by Florenzi. Our style of play obliges us to take on such risks. Last year against Malaga, I almost conceded a goal like that as well. When you’re in one of the best Clubs in the world,  you’re always put in the eye of the hurricane. You’re exposed to events that have great magnitude.
—  Claudio Bravo, defending Marc-Andre ter Stegen,in an Adidas publicity act.

Quotes from last night:

“Congratulations @FCBarcelona on a deserved treble! #Unstoppable #ViscaElBarca”- Thierry Henry

“Barcelona masterclass. Congratulations absolutely brilliant.”- Peter Schmeichel

“Ballon d'Or? That trophy has already an owner, our number 10, he’s the best, he makes the difference. I hope to be on the podium.”- Neymar

“That goal is probably the most important of my career. Now all the emotion is coming out. I hope that this doesn’t stop. Next year there will be more things to win.”- Rakitic

“I dedicate this success to my wife and my daughter, who I love a lot,”- Rakitic

“To finish [at Barça] like this is unbeatable. There are no words, I cannot ask for anymore. To leave the club in this way, with a European Cup and a treble is brutal, spectacular. We deserve it,”- Xavi

“I’m already a little nostalgic. To know that you are not going to play any more in this team… but I am really happy for how my career has gone. This ending is incredible,”- Xavi

“We suffered a lot, because Juve pressed on in the second half after that goal. Mentally it cost us a lot, but then Leo [Messi] appeared once again, in a play that changed the game.- Xavi

"The team was sensational. Messi was brutal again.”- Xavi

“Luis Enrique deserves it, because he has received a lot of criticism since the beginning of the season and he has continued working the same way. He deserves it because he has been a great leader of this team.”- Xavi

“The truth is that I don’t know what my future holds. For now, everything is happy and we have a long night ahead.” - Luis Enrique

“We have played 60 games, won 50, drawn four and lost six. Those are the best numbers of any season in the history of the club.”- Luis Enrique

“Don’t compare me with Pep. suppose if you compare me with Pep, it will mean I am doing something right.”- Luis Enrique

“I’m very happy to be part of this story. Now I think there is nothing left to claim, there is nothing more you can say about me,”- Neymar

“It’s a unique emotion, a unique experience in becoming a champion with such a great team, but I won’t stop here. I started crying because I considered all I went through, everything I dreamed of, my son, the effort, the effort of my family. I’ve had so many wonderful moments, today, surely, is the best moment of my career. It’s my biggest party.”- Neymar

“I am thankful to Barcelona for signing me after everything I went through. Also my team-mates for their hard work and their sacrifice. They have treated me so well since I arrived and for that I will be grateful for my whole life. With Messi, with Iniesta and all of the other players who make the difference, it’s much easier”- Suárez

“It’s a dream, It’s something you think about and now it has become a reality. I came to Barca to win titles and I have, so it has been a great season. I said I would be happy with 20 goals and I have scored 25, so it is all positive.”- Suárez

We have beaten Manchester City, PSG, Real Madrid, lots of great teams,“But in this team you always want to keep growing and we have the players to be able to do that. We want to keep getting better.”- Suárez


it’s funny - I actually had a post written up much like this one before we left for nationals that I didn’t end up posting, saying how extremely proud I was to be able to work with such an amazing pony that has far exceeded all expectations and so on, but here I am writing it up again because she’s done far more than that since then:

this is pretty overdue, but I just wanted to take a few minutes to say that this horse has really proved to a lot of people that every horse has potential, no matter their past how they appear. this pony started off as a nervy, skittish little rescue that would bolt at the drop of a pin when I first started working with her. in fact, our main goal was pretty much to be able to get her out to a pony club rally once a month. fast forward 3 years - she’s placed 3rd and 5th overall at state championships for dressage, putting us on a state team. I can’t even describe how I felt finding out we were going to nationals - I mean, just going to states felt like a big enough achievement in itself. this pony has stopped at nothing to please me, and it’s absolutely blown me away that we’ve been able to be up in the placings when we’ve often been the only pony in open classes. 

when we left for nationals, it was more than enough that we were actually going in the first place - I mean, my coach and I basically said we’d be in disbelief if we managed a middle of the range placing in the class. this pony tried her absolute heart out for me, taking a 2 day float trip right in her stride (longest she’d done was 3 hours!) and still being a gem under saddle afterwards. I’m still in disbelief that the giveaway, 13.3 rescue qh/arab placed 5th in the country in a huge class (beating horses worth over 40k - think that’s worth putting in 😉). she has a heart of gold, and I couldn’t be prouder to have had such an amazing partner in crime.

I love you with my whole heart, kiddo ❤