Monday Morning

Overslept alarm…not because it didn’t go off but because I have an intimate relationship with the snooze button, especially on Monday mornings. Drag my-still-half-asleep-self to the kitchen, start the coffee, take care of other personal business before collapsing back on my bed already exhausted and wishing I had another four hours minimum of sleep.

Of course that’s not going to happen.

Lazily go through my morning routine…blah, blah, blah. Jump in the car ten minutes after the time I’m supposed to leave the house to join the thousands of commuters within the Phoenix area…and only then to I realize that I left my lunch at home.

Yep, it’s Monday morning!

Phoenix rush hour traffic…I will never complain about the traffic in Indianapolis again. Phoenix kicks it up a whole new level of insanity and for whatever reasons its patrons cannot understand the HUGE signs stating ‘This Lane Ends XXXX Feet’. No of course not, because it makes much more sense to race down that lane when the adjacent lane is crawling along, to cut someone off right when their lane ends…yeah, people are thrilled to let you jerks in when we’ve been sitting the in same lane for twenty minutes crawling along at 5mph!! Therefore it takes me seventy minutes to drive the twenty-seven miles from my home to the office this morning. Yeah!

And let’s not even go into the icing on the cake for my weekend. I got up early on Saturday morning, cleaned and organized the house, and did three loads of laundry, folded and put them away. So I thought I would treat myself to lounging around in the pool for the afternoon and soak up a little sun since I hadn’t been out there in the last couple weeks. Needless to say I fell asleep on the raft for a good four hours, and only woke up because I rolled over and fell into the pool. Talk about a rude awakening! And to say I’m a little sunburnt is a mild understatement…and I had a really great tan to begin with.

My body is burnt, my face is beet red, and I get the pleasure of sitting in front of a computer for the next eight hours trying to put together a project proposal for a corporate cafeteria. But I’m not complaining, I really enjoy my job and I have a great group of co-workers that never let things get dull around the office. Hell, after years of searching I am ever so grateful to be working full time again.

But tonight after work I get to meet up with my roommate and several other friends at Alice Cooperstown in downtown Phoenix before we head over to the Rush Concert. I’ve never been to one of their shows before but they are my roommates favorite band.Plus, as she so eloquently puts it that, “I’m the type of person who could have fun at a funeral!” No, I’m not disrespectful, but I do believe in making the best out of any given situation. Anyway, it’s going to be a great night…just hope I can keep my eyes open until I get there cause there is not enough coffee in this world to light a fire under my sleepy rear this morning.

The 7th Annual Striking Out Cancer Ladies Softball Tournament

I am proud to announce the press release for the 7th annual Striking Out Cancer Ladies Softball Tournament. I was fortunate enough to participate in this amazing event for the last two years. Unfortunately, since I recently moved to Arizona, I will not be able to play this year.

Melissa Sipe Nichols is a personal friend of mine. I grew up with her and her siblings through school and years of playing softball with them. Her father, George Sipe was my coach for basketball and softball and pushed me harder than any coach ever had bringing out the full extent of my talents. I truly appreciate all that he did for me. His children are wonderful, giving, kind, and talented individuals with such an amazing sense of humor. I cannot say enough about them.

I urge all of you throughout Central Indiana to come out and support this amazing cause. This horrible disease has touched so many lives and the Sipe family and the Sweet Melissa Foundation are battling it to ease the pain for those suffering in Hendricks County. So please come out, enjoy the day and know that I will be there in spirit.

Thank you all for your support. My love to you all!

The 7th Annual Striking Out Cancer Ladies Softball Tournament will take place on August 15, 2015, at the Brownsburg Girls Softball Diamonds. The tentative event timeline is as follows:
Timeline: 8:00 a.m.
Registration 8:30 a.m.
Opening Ceremonies with National Anthem performed by Jordan Devaney,
Flag presentation by American Legion Color Guard Post #331 & Prayer lead by Charleen Daniels.
Teams will be announced onto field and team photos taken. Performances by Beth and Ethan along with benefactor introductions.
9:00 a.m. First Pitch
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Raffle/Silent Auction/Vendors 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Kids Zone (bounce house, tattoos, face painting, dunk tank, petting zoo, clowns & more)
11:00am – 4:00pm Men’s corn hole tournament
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Player’s Lunch & Halftime Entertainment
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Blood Drive by Indiana Blood Center blood mobile Awards: Immediately Following Final Game
Rain Date: 8/16/13

The Sweet Melissa Foundation is a privately operated Not-For-Profit 501C Charitable Organization as recognized by the Internal Revenue Service and was established in 2007 by the Melissa A. (Sipe) Nichols family as a tribute to Melissa after her diagnosis with breast cancer in August of 2006. Melissa is a loving mother of four, daughter, sister of three and great friend to many who has inspired us through her battle with breast cancer. She fought this battle with a smile on her face, maintaining her dry wit and continually putting others and their needs before that of herself. The Sweet Melissa Foundation affords the Sipe Family the opportunity to positively impact others from Hendricks County battling this disease while at the same time offering special support to their families.

The Sipe girls coached by their father, George Sipe, grew up at the Brownsburg Girls Softball Diamonds. They were a permanent fixture at the diamonds making a daily appearance to either; play ball, practice ball or support a friend’s team by watching a game. The great memories created and friends made through the years at the diamonds were the driving force in the decision to develop this tournament as a way to help those battling cancer.