November 06, 2005

Where to start.....


I was at a Notre Dame home game. I walked past the same golden dome I've walked by a million times in my youth, but today it was different. I looked up at my friend Touchdown Jesus - and today he was smiling on me. I was at a Notre Dame home game.

I left the house about 7:45am. Got about 3 blocks away and realized I had forgotten the tickets. I figured that, even though I'm fairly charming, I was still gonna need those so I turned around and got them. Picked up T1G and we were off.

Once he got me on the best route to South Bend....long story.....the trip passed quickly. I was so excited. With every mile that passed I got more and more antsy. Every once in a while I look over at my prisoner, uh I mean traveling companion, and say....I'm going to a Notre Dame Game. And smile - ok giggle. It was kind of a joke. Sorta. I really wanted to be all cool and suave. Yeah, like that's a remote possibility.

We made great time. We were early enough that we got to stop by the College Football Hall of Fame. It was my first visit there but I have to be real honest. I was so psyched about the game I couldn't focus. I was talking and laughing and well, just not paying all that much attention. I do know from the skill tests I have horrible reflexes and my balance, well, let's just say I won't be walking any tightropes in the near future. It is a cool place and I regret not taking advantage of the visit - but today was all about the game. ALL about the game.

We found a parking lot at St. Mary's college, parked and grabbed the gear. It was warm today - around mid to upper 60's. I barely needed my fleece jacket. We were cutting it a bit close and missed the F16 flyover. Well, they flew over us - I just didn't see 'em. LOL Those damned reflexes again.

By this time I was practically dancing. I could barely speak coherent sentences - so they tell me.

Going into the stadium I'm grinnin' like some fool. I'm talking to anyone that will make eye contact. I'm surprised T1G didn't walk off and leave me.

We found the section and were making our way to the seats a guy teasingly says "Man - I thought you were gonna leave". I looked at him and smiled. Then I said "I've waited my WHOLE life for this." He looked surprised and smiled then said "Congratulations. Enjoy".

As we get to our seats I just look around. I'm here. I'm really here. Oh, and the seats were fantastic. Right in the middle of the north endzone. Touchdown Jesus was lookin' right over our shoulders.

I can't tell you much about the game. Honest. I just know I was there. I was at a Notre Dame home game.

AND we won. What an added bonus.

From there we swung by Mama Vi's for vegetable soup, sandwiches, cheese, crackers, veggies and dip and pineapple cake - I come by this cooking thing honest, don't ya think?? While there my best friend Sharon and her husband stopped by. They got to see some of the pictures from last weekend. I've been ordered to NEVER EVER straighten my hair again. NEVER.

Then my sister stopped by. She was on duty with the EMTs. She stopped by in the middle of a flippin' call. Only her. But at least I got to say thank you for the tickets again.

Cody was thrilled to see us. Unfortunetly he did not pick up any manners or good habits during his stay with Mama Vi, but that was asking a bit much I guess.

Now - I just got home. It's been a long day. It's been a GREAT day. It was a day of miracles. I got to go to a ND home game. It was November and I barely needed a light jacket. AND we won. in the world am I gonna top this?????

Posted by Tammi at November 6, 2005 12:08 AM | TrackBack

I am sooo glad you got to live one of your dreams....may six more come true

Posted by: armywifetoddlermom at November 6, 2005 12:31 AM

Like I said: They won BECAUSE of you. You'll have to go to every game now.... I'm toasting you on your trip! That's so COOL! TINK!

Posted by: allicadem at November 6, 2005 06:07 AM

I am so glad you got to live this dream! ROFTL on the description, as I am seeing this as if I were there watching you. May many more good dreams become reality for you!

Posted by: Laughing Wolf at November 6, 2005 07:21 AM

I can picture every minute of your thrill - sounds like you had a fantastic time.

Oh, and I liked your hair straightened. Even if it isn't your everyday style, every girly should find a couple of ways to do her hair.

Posted by: Princess Cat at November 6, 2005 09:45 AM

There has got to be a way to make this happen again! I'm so glad you had a great time!

Posted by: Bou at November 6, 2005 09:05 PM

When you get to go again, you'll still have a great time, but nothing is like the first time you go. It's magical. If you were anything like me from the time you arrived until kick off your heart rate was accelerated in excitement.

I'm glad you were able to go, it's something I think every sports fan should be able to experience.

Posted by: Contagion at November 7, 2005 07:48 AM