This Could Be The Year The Calgary Flames Win Against The Boston Bruins

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With one win and one loss in the past two games, I think the Calgary Flames are well on their way to securing a spot in playoffs. It’s been a tough road to travel, but the Flames have come leaps and bounds since last season. Every player has stepped up their game and contributed in a progressive way. I believe coach Hartley and his team deserve a lot of credit for making a huge turnaround in such a short period of time.

On February 12, the Flames took a road trip to Los Angeles to take on the Kings. Tyler Toffoli opened the scoring to finalize the first period at 1-0 for the home team. In the second, David Jones and Mason Raymond put he Flames ahead by one until LAs Toffoli answered back with the equalizer. It was 2-2 going into the third. Surprisingly, the Flames didn’t own the final frame and LA was up 4-2 with goals by King and Nolan. Again, Toffoli stepped up to widen the score and notch a hat trick. Mason Raymond shot back near the end of the period and the final score was 5-3 For the Kings.

Thanks to my favorite NHL team, Valentine’s Day ended well for me. I’m not a fan of Valentine’s Day, but I am a fan of Flames wins – which is exactly what happened on Saturday. The Flames hosted the Canucks and, even though it started rough, the guys came through to take the win. The first period was a mild reminder that the hometown team is fighting against the visitors for a spot in the playoffs. The Canucks were up by one goal going into the second. And then Sean Monahan showed up with two goals. The Canucks tied the game going into the third. And just when his team needed him the most, my favourite player, Lance Bouma tallied a goal at just the right time to finalize the score at 3-2 for the home team. With this win, the Flames and Canucks are now tied in points.

And now it’s time for me to take another break for a while as my Hubster and I go on our annual Bruins run. It’s going to be an interesting week as the Bruins visit Calgary and Edmonton. With the Bruins and Calgary so close in points, this might just be the year that I see my beloved Flames win against the Big Bad Bruins. And I’ll be the loudest one in the building when they do because I’ve had to listen to the bragging of my Bruins-loving Hubster for many years as our two fav teams meet in Calgary in which Boston has always won. Not this year. This is my year!

I’m sure, as Flames and Bruins fans will all agree, we can probably predict the outcome of the Boston/Edmonton match-up. But it’s always interesting, as a Flames fan to be in our rival’s building. But, like every year at this time, I become an outspoken Bruins fan for one day as I cheer them on at Rexall Place.

I’ll be back in a few days with more writing. Until then…

#GoFlamesGo

And on Wednesday…

#LetsGoBruins

This Is My 40

While having dinner with my parents tonight, to my utter shock and surprise, I was informed that on my next birthday I will be on the edge of 40.

Now, for those who may not know me, I loved turning 30. Thirty was a great birthday for me because I was happy, healthy, and felt as though I was still 21. I remember at one point saying, “bring it on!” Turning the big 3-0 didn’t bother me in the least.

Oh, what ten years will do!

As I stared at myself in the mirror tonight before my bath, I saw the past ten years written all over my face – literally and figuratively. My wrinkles are deeper, my hair is more silver, and my skin is more aged. Not exactly something to be proud of…or is it?

Sadly, I don’t have those grey hairs that are darkish grey or snow white. No, I’m one of the lucky ones whose grey hairs are a shiny silver. Yes, my grey hair lights up every time I’m under fluorescent lights or out in the sunshine, making it known to the world that I’m definitely not 25 anymore. But if each of those silver hairs represents a time of concern, a time of trials and triumph, or a moment of weakness in a troubling moment, then I’ve earned them – each and every one.

As I stood in front of the mirror tonight, I pinched my cheek, as I had always done in my younger years, to give myself that natural blushing look. Instead of looking blushed, I looked slapped. It did nothing to improve my appearance and I decided to never do that again. As I defeatedly stared at my reflection for another moment, I also saw jowls where there had never been jowls before. You know, those parts of our cheeks that we try to suck in during pictures in hopes of making our faces look slimmer? Yeah, those. I scowled at the saggy skin at the corner of my mouth, where my cute little youthful dimples use to start from. The cuteness is all gone now. And so are the days when I believed a cream could make us beautiful and age would never affect me.

Wrinkles, those nasty little grooves that we try so hard for our entire lives to avoid. We stay out of the sun, we try not to frown, we pay heavily for creams and serums that promise to make us look and feel younger in spite of the hands of time. But what we need to remember is that those wrinkles were earned. Each worry-line, each squint into the sun, and each laugh-line is a permanent reminder of our pasts and everything that we’ve overcome. I get wrinkles when I smile a big smile and I’m slowing learning that those wrinkles are worth it.

In short (no pun intended!), I’ve learned that time goes by rather quickly and we, ourselves, need to learn to slow it down. No, we can’t stop the hands of time from ticking away the seconds/minutes/hours of each day, but we can choose how to spend that time.

I refuse to spend time wasting away the energy and youth that I have left. Instead, I believe that the key to our vitality is through self-acceptance. Once we can truly accept ourselves – wrinkles, silver hair, jowls, and all – happiness and contentment are sure to follow.