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January 2013

The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to Prudential Center - Want to win some tickets?

709194560_62d66c9d5f_zI am SO excited.  The other day, I read that the Harlem Globetrotters are coming to Prudential Center in February with their "You Write the Rules" world tour.  Coincidentally, I read it on the same day that Whatever Work's Facebook page reached 300 Likes.  

I love writing my own rules, I love the Harlem Globetrotters and most importantly I love YOU!  

...So guess what?

It's giveaway time! 

I am proud to announce that Prudential Center in Newark, NJ has offered me an awesome giveaway prize of 4 tickets to see the Harlem Globetrotters in action on February 16th.  

This year, the Globetrotters are trying something a little different:

The Globetrotters’ 2013 “You Write the Rules” World Tour will allow New York area fans to choose the rules of each game. New rules include playing with two basketballs at once, getting double the points for each basket, and more. Fans can vote for their favorite rule at www.harlemglobetrotters.com/rule.

I am a HUGE fan of the Globetrotters.  I remember watching the commercials as a kid...trying to emulate their moves out in my driveway next to my wooden basketball hoop...whistling Sweet Georgia Brown for the rest of the day.

I even learned to play it on the clarinet.

I always felt super cool whenever I got the basketball to spin for more than one rotation on my finger tip or I could dribble two balls for more than 3 seconds.  I thought for SURE a Globetrotter scout would be driving by, slam on the brakes and immediately knock on our front door to talk with my parents about jersey size and the need for a tutor while we're on the road.

Of  course, that never happened.  But a girl can dream, right?  

Here is a little more about the show:


Globetrotters bring six games to NYC-area from February 15-18

TNT Maddox will inspire all girls in the NYC-area when she leads the world famous Harlem Globetrotters into Manhattan, North Jersey, and Long Island for six games from Feb. 15-18, including her Prudential Center debut on Saturday, February 16 at 1 p.m. 

As a former standout at Temple University, TNT joined the Globetrotters in the fall of 2011 as the ninth woman to play for the team in 87 years. She is the first female Globetrotter since 1993. The first woman to ever play for a men’s professional basketball team was a Globetrotter – Hall of Famer Lynette Woodard – who signed in 1985.

Sponsored by Howard Johnson Hotels, Wonderful Pistachios, Greyhound Lines, Spalding, and Russell Athletic, the Original Harlem Globetrotters are celebrating their 87th consecutive year, continuing a world famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry, and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages. Throughout their history, the Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 121 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans—among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents—over more than eight thrilling decades. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, and to purchase tickets and team merchandise, visit the Globetrotters’ official Web site: www.harlemglobetrotters.com.

I am so excited about this giveaway.  To enter, all you have to do is follow the prompts within the following Rafflecopter form.  You can choose as many entries as you like, but you MUST complete the task required in the form.  Example: if you choose the "Leave a blog post comment" option, you MUST leave a blog post comment in order for that entry to be included.  I hope you win!

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About Prudential Center:

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Prudential Center is home to the three-time Stanley Cup Champion and 2011-2012 Eastern Conference Champion New Jersey Devils, Seton Hall NCAA Division 1 Men's Basketball, the WNBA’s New York Liberty, over 200 events a year including major concerts, the 2011 NCAA East Regional, the 2011 & 2012 NBA Draft and the 2013 NHL Draft. Opened in October 2007, the arena now welcomes over 2 million guests through its doors annually, ranking tenth overall in 2011, according to leading industry publication Venues Today. The Rock provides the ultimate live sports and entertainment experience for fans, featuring unique dining options and superior customer service in seven premium lounges. The Acela Club showcases a custom-made mahogany wine cabinet and unique seating overlooking the ice and court. Ice Lounge is furnished with an ice bar and features center bowl views. The exciting sports bar atmosphere is the centerpiece of Bud Light Goal Bar, also with center bowl views.

What’s more, the fan experience begins outside Prudential Center in Championship Plaza, a brick paved fan message-driven courtyard that features a 22-foot tall, three-ton metal “Ironman” hockey player statue. The Plaza plays host to live entertainment with a block party atmosphere during FanFest celebrations before events. AmeriHealth Pavilion is Prudential Center Center’s second ice rink and is the official practice facility of the New Jersey Devils and home to Brick City Boxing, youth, high school and adult hockey programming and Hockey In Newark.

A pro sports first, the Devils created Mission Control which features a Digital Command Center located inside the Prudential Center designed to more effectively manage, monitor, and measure the franchise’s online brand engagements. Mission Control is fueled in part by the Devils Generals, a team of two-dozen socially-savvy fans who utilize Twitter, Facebook and other online channels hosted by the team/arena to extend the organization’s reach.

Prudential Center is located in downtown Newark just two blocks from Newark Penn Station, accessible via NJ Transit, PATH and Amtrak, while at the heart of cross-roads for five major highway access routes and 12 miles from midtown Manhattan. Prudential Center’s charitable arm, Devils Care, in partnership with the New Jersey Devils, was awarded the 2011 EPA’s Environmental Quality Award for its Rock and Wrap It Up! Program.

*This post is sponsored by Prudential Center.  All opinions are my own.   

Things I miss sometimes:

Listening to music with no interruptions...letting it take over...for hours

Savoring each individual taste in a food

Walking outside without telling anyone where I'm going

Locks on interior doors

Having a 1000 piece puzzle lay 1/2 done on the dining room table for days and days without worrying about missing pieces

Meditating in silence for no set time

Thinking only for myself

Changing my mind without explanation

Eating dinner later than 5PM

Getting a cold and being able to sleep it away

Reading book after book after book



Things I don't miss all the time:


All of the above.  


Because I now have this...


...and this...


...and this...


...and this...


 I'll take it.

A Grande Life's New Year Blog Swap: Guest post by Brook from Redhead Reverie

A Grande Life New Year Blog Swap

Today is a very special day in which I am participating in A Grande Life's Blog Swap.  Sounds fancy, right?  Well, it is!  The way it works is a bunch of bloggers get matched up with a bunch of different bloggers to swap stories.  I am happy to report that I was matched up with Brook from Redhead Reverie.  If you scroll through Brook's blog, you'll see that she is a triathelete, mom of 2 and an all around great lady living in Iowa.  

Here is her take on the number 13 and the crazy fact that we now have to write that unlucky (or lucky, depending on how you see it) number for the entire year:

I refuse to walk under a ladder or open an umbrella in the house.

At one point I even drove my car a block out of the way in order to avoid a stray black cat who might have crossed my path.

Now the year is demanding I write the most unlucky number over and over an over again…

I voiced my concerns on Facebook and Twitter, because let’s face it social media is a bevy of useless and mindless concerns {like should I wear black eyeliner, or order a peppermint latte or caramel macchiato at Starbucks}, but to me this is important.

In response, my friend in Thailand suggested I use the Thai calendar. While that seems appealing I think my bank would red flag my account if I started writing 2556 on all my checks.

Another friend actually told me that three generations have chosen the number for their sports jerseys in her family, and it means GOOD luck.

Since these were the only two comments, I kind of figured I was in the minority and that my Triskaidekaphobia, or the fear of the number 13, might be a tad irrational {gasp}.

I’m not even sure where the unluckiness originated. It was just one of many on the master superstition list. I just accepted it, never once questioning the origin or reasoning behind it…until now.

According to the internet {because it’s always true} the origin goes back to the last Supper, and that Judas, the disciple who betrayed Jesus, was the 13th to sit at the table. However, the Bible says nothing about the order in which the Apostles sat. and the number 13 isn’t uniformly bad in Christian tradition.

After reading other information on the number 13 there really isn’t any substantial evidence that it’s unlucky in any way.

And while I won’t mind writing it on my checks each month, I probably still won’t stay on the 13th floor of a hotel or ride in the 13th row of an airplane.

Because a girl can never be too careful. 


622895_384695994943420_754570382_oI'm Brook {without the "e"} a spunky faux redhead who resides in Hawkeye country among the sweet fields of corn. I met my true love on the internet, and we spend our days playing superheroes with our two boys. I also work full-time as a marketing consultant, compete in triathlons and write my heart out on my blog Redhead Reverie. In short, I never sugar coat it and I never act like I'm perfect, because truthfully wouldn't that be BORING.


Thank you Stephanie from A Grande Life for organizing this awesome swap and thank you Brook for sharing your post with me.  

If you'd like to check out my contribution, visit Brook's blog Redhead Reverie.  Have a great day!

Sorting the dirty laundry

I've been thinking about dirty laundry a lot lately- both metaphorically and actually.  As I stood sorting my family's unmentionables near the washing machine this morning, I thought about other unmentionables.  All the stuff that I leave out of converations and don't post as a Facebook status.

There is a lot.  There are times when I want to rip my hair out from frustration or throw things into a river because I just can't seem to get it right.  There are plenty of problems we all have in common that I would love to share, but don't.  Because for me, sharing them here will not fix them.  It will frustrate them further.  It will confuse them with your similar problems and make us entwined in each other's webs in which we will never get out.

No, I don't feel the need to post every bad thing.  It doesn't mean they aren't there.  It just means that posting the good things are what makes me feel better.  

Laughing is good.  Smiling is my favorite.  

Back to actual laundry: Dirty socks are the worst.  Especially when they are thrown in the hamper without being uncrumpled first.  You have to stick your hand in there - in someone else's old sweaty sock- and get it straight before tossing it in the washing machine or it won't clean properly.  

But those socks?  They're in MY family's laundry basket.  Sticking my hands in the stinky sweat is what I signed on for.  Yes, it frustrates me.  Yes, it would be great if everything was clean already and I didn't have to do laundry.  But guess what?  I know exactly how to fold my daughter's shirts so they fit nicely in her dresser.  I know that my son will grab the same blue shirt with the pirate on it every single time unless I move it to the bottom of the drawer.  And I know that we all love sitting on the couch with a pile of warm towels from the dryer on our laps.  That's enough.

New Year's Evolution


This is the first year I woke up on New Year's Day without a hangover.  I am sad to say that at 38 years-old this is the first time (besides that one time I was pregnant and that other time when I had the flu) that I woke up without that hazy cloud pulling my head down since before I was a teenager.  Sure I had some champagne, but I didn't overdo it.  

Have I evolved?  Have I finally realized that every party doesn't have to be like it's 1999?

Nah, probably not. More likely, this clearheadedness is fleeting.  But for the moment I'm going to embrace it because it REALLY got me thinking about making changes in my life.  Thankfully this thought process coincides nicely with New Year's resolution time and I can declare these changes in that fashion.  

I've decided that I've got too much stuff.  I've got too much that I have deemed important that really isn't.  Not just actual stuff, but mental stuff too.  I hold on to things ...thoughts...for one reason or another and before I know it, I have forgotten that ever-so important reason.  You know what's actually important?  Clearing away all that garbage so that the focus becomes clearer on the REAL things.

More parenting

Less internet

More health

Chill out

Pay attention

Less treats

More every day joy

I listed those things earlier because I wanted to touch on them all individually in this post.  But truthfully, just listing them explains them enough.  I want those things to be important, because they are.  People are.  Friends are.  Family is.  Everything else is just gravy.

So while this year may just be another year, it's off to a good start.  At least in my un-hungover mind.  Happy New Year to you and yours.