Holiday Quarantine !

How has your holiday been affected from COVID-19? Have you been isolated from friends and family ? Has it been hard getting out of bed in the morning because the feeling of your life’s purpose has diminished ?

This Thanksgiving I have decided to spend it without the gatherings of large family groups. I didn’t want to risk getting the infection or spreading it to others. I have decided to take this time for self reflection. Am I happy where I am right now in life ? Do I feel like I need a change to grow ?

The answer is no and yes. I am not happy where I am in life. I feel like a much needed change needs to happen ……soon. I feel like I’m stuck in limbo between doing what will make me happy versus what will surely affect others. That is what life is all about right ??? Chances ?

I am currently working on my third book. Another haunting thriller that takes a few twist and turns. As I sit here and write this I am thinking how many of my family members are unsupportive of my writing. None of them read much anyways. So when I get excited about my new book I feel like my friends and coworkers are 100 times more supportive and excited then my own family. I think my cats are more excited and supportive then my family. Sometimes I feel like the outsider in my family. I feel like I have different passions in life. I love the creative process of writing. I love the make believe of it all. I love the designing of the covers , the editing process and when the finished product is presented to me I sometimes take a step back and look at it , not believing what I just accomplished.

I also love to travel. I have been to almost every state in the US ( Maine being next on my radar after quarantine is over ). I love hiking in the parks and tasting new foods . I absolutely love road trips. I love driving peacefully on the highway with all the windows down and music blaring.

A girl can daydream for now cant she ?

Getting back to this quarantine holiday. I am also thinking of self isolating for Christmas. Christmas is my absolute favorite time of the year . However , the virus is increasing heavily by numbers every day. I don’t think I want to risk catching it or passing it to others for one night of fun. I think this year will be a drive to everyone’s house to exchange gifts . Hopefully next Christmas will be a little more festive.

In fact , as I was driving home after work yesterday I was thinking of what I was doing at this same time last year. Last year I was having Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family and Black Friday shopping with my sister. After our shopping spree we went to Applebeees for a late night snack and stayed out until 2 am. Then a few weeks later we went to Atlantic City to see Mariah Carey’s Christmas show. I had planned on seeing this years Mariah Christmas show but it was never planned. Thanks Covid. This virus has really put a damper on life.

However , it has given me more time to complete my third book.

I hope everyone is staying safe. Continue to social distance yourself , stay away from large crowds , wear a mask , wash hands , and continue to keep Lysol as your best friend. Hope everyone had a great holiday !

Dak Prescott’s injury update and return timeline !

Last Sunday the Dallas Cowboys quarterback had a very scary injury. Dak Prescott has been the Dallas Cowboys quarterback for just a few years. He is 27 years old. I will never forget the first time I seen him. I was new to watching the Cowboys. I began watching the Cowboys when Eziekel Elliott was recruited there after playing with Ohio State. Elliott was so good that I decided to follow him where ever his journey would lead him. I was born and raised in Cleveland Ohio and I had a feeling Elliott wouldn’t sign with the Cleveland Browns.

Elliott signed with the Dallas Cowboys. I had to get accustomed to all the players on the Cowboys and decided this is the team I am going to watch every week and root for. Dak certainly caught my attention. Not only is he extremely good looking but he has a heart of gold.

I began watching his interviews. Dak’s real name is actually Rayne Dakota Prescott. He was born as a biracial child. His mother is white and his father is black. His mother died with breast cancer when Dak was around 20 years old. Dak does a lot of fundraising for breast cancer awareness. You can purchase hats , t shirts , and perfume that reminds Dak of his moms favorite scents and all proceeds go to breast cancer research. You can purchase any of those memorabilia’s on Dak Prescott’s official website

I have often seen Dak raise his finger to the sky after making a touchdown and I always wondered what it meant. I later learned that he is pointing to the sky to his mother. If that doesn’t make your heart melt I don’t know what does. Dak is always so polite and humble in interviews and he loves to toss a ball to the interviewer. I have seen a few interviews where he asks the person interviewing him if they would like to go out and catch a few balls. One interviewer told Dak he is horrible at sports and felt embarrassed to try to catch the ball and Dak said “ all you have to do is run down the field a little and I will do all the rest “. With a huge smile the interviewer ran down the field and caught the ball.

Dak has had to deal with quite a bit heartbreaks in his lifetime. Not only did his mother die from breast cancer a few years ago but his oldest brother Jace committed suicide in April of 2020. Dak has recently come out in an interview telling the world that sometimes he gets very sad. Sometimes he just feels so down that it’s hard for him to go to practice. He admitted his depression kicked in around the time of the pandemic and then lingered as his brother passed away. Dak was telling the world that sometimes he has a hard time and is struggling with life. Dak has also started fundraising for mental health.

FOX Sports host Skip Bayless made a statement that he thought Dak speaking about his depression made him look weak to his teammates and the world. Skip Bayless said the quarterback from America’s team should never show weakness to his teammates.

I think Skip Bayless was heartless and should think before he speaks. In my opinion Dak looks even stronger to come out and say “ hey , some days I’m not ok , and some days I do struggle “. Dak could be helping so many others who are going through the same thing. I applaud Daks courage , integrity, and for just being human.

Dak has also had a rough couple years when dealing with the Cowboys contracts. Dak has been severely underpaid the last couple years as the quarterback and this year he found himself in the middle of contract negotiations . There were a few contracts presented to Dak and he decided to not sign a deal and instead go the franchise tag route. I am still learning exactly what a franchise tag is but from what I do know , Dak is a free agent March of 2021.

Dak suffered a dislocated , compound fracture of the ankle. He had surgery Sunday night that I heard went very well and he is now home resting. Dak will be out the rest of the season . His expected recovery is 4-6 months. He should be able and ready to play again next fall. This leaves a huge question on his career.

Will the Dallas Cowboys owner still renegotiate a contract with Dak for next season ? Will Dak make a full recovery and be as spectacular as he was before this injury. Dak’s entire career is on the line from this one horrific injury.

As he was carted off the field after breaking his ankle I could see tears of uncertainty in his eyes. I’m sure at that very moment he was seeing his entire career in jeopardy. The last flash of the camera I seen him look up at the sky , kiss his hand and he pointed to the sky. He knew his mom was looking down on him. He was telling her he is strong. He will get through this.

If you haven’t heard of Dak Prescott or watched him in action , you should check out a few videos of him on YouTube. His interviews are always with a smile. He loves the sport. He loves people and he loves being a part of the Dallas Cowboys franchise. I wish him a speedy recovery and I will be waiting for him with open arms next season ! My prayers are with you Dak !!! Your biggest fan

XoXo ,

Christina !

LA Lakers become NBA champions with LeBron James taking home his 4th ring.

Tonight I cried twice. I watched my favorite quarterback Dak Prescott break his ankle and pretty much wipe out the entire season and possibly his career. My prayers are with him as I pray for a speedy recovery. Watching the Dallas Cowboys will not be the same for me without Dak Prescott.

I cried again as I watched The LA Lakers won their title just a few minutes ago. I cried for happiness for LeBron James. LeBron has just won his 4th ring with his third team. Every team LeBron has played with he has won a championship. I can safely say LeBron had earned his spot as the best player in NBA history. Congratulations to LA Lakers. I just found out LeBron was also named this years finals MVP. So proud of him !

LeBron James and the LA Lakers defeat the Trailblazers in NBA playoffs round one !

Did I have some doubts about LeBron being playoff ready this year ? Was I worried that his mental state wasn’t in the same mindset that it had been in his prior playoff history ? I can say with confidence that this is the first year I ever had some doubts with LeBron.

This year we have all seen Kobe Bryant’s helicopter crash. We all seen and heard LeBron’s speech praising and missing him. We all seen LeBron getting off a plane crying the day he heard about that crash. Then came COVID-19 shutting down the entire US and cancelling the rest of the NBA season . Then came the stories of police brutality on black people and the rioting . This year has been a lot of pain and sadness for everyone.

Then LeBron made a statement about his mind being on so many things. We seen him on social media during the playoffs which is something he never has done in the past. I think we are slowly beginning to see that LeBron is tired. However , you wouldn’t notice it on the court. He is still scoring triple doubles and blocking , stealing and dunking just as he has been the last 16 years.

However , his final game last night against the Trailblazers was like watching him in every playoff he has ever been in. LeBron has participated in about 14 playoffs and he has never lost in the first round. Last nights game proved his heart was in it to win. Anthony Davis was right there with LeBron scoring 43 points. All of my doubts and hesitations of Anthony has went away. I never thought I would see the day where I loved watching someone playing with LeBron as much as I loved watching Kyrie. Anthony is growing on me !

All bets are on the Lakers getting into the finals ! The Lakers will face either Oaklahoma Thunder or the Houston Rockets once their battle is completed.

Let’s Go Lakers !!!

LeBron James ….Is he in the right mindset ? Playoffs 2020

The LA Lakers will play the Portland Trailblazers this Tuesday in the first round of the NBA playoffs. The big question that is on everyone’s mind is ….. is LeBron ready ? Is Anthony Davis ready ? Is the Lakers as a team ready ?

As I reminisce the past of LeBrons pre playoff history ( and completely miss his sidekick Kyrie ) I begin to realize LeBron is right where he should be. The last few years that he played with the Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron would sit out games and reduce his minutes , stay off social media and just clear his mind . Many of his pre playoff games he often seemed to drift off a bit with his scores deceasing making his fans wonder what is happening to this guy ? LeBron would miss half his shots and miss even more free throws then usual. Then something magical would happen in every playoff . LeBron would become the beast that we know scoring triple doubles , making his 3 point shots , blocking and dunking.

This season is a little different for LeBron. He is being quarantined and having to listen about the protesting happening across the nation. He is getting older. He has just helped his third team to make the playoffs. LA Lakers was a pretty weak team the last few years until LeBron showed up and I honestly believe if he had not had that groin injury on Christmas’s of last season that had him out almost the rest of that season , the Lakers would have been well on their way to the playoffs.

I have never given up hope on LeBron before and I’m not going to start right now. I think LeBron was preparing himself for what might be his last chance to win another championship. Anthony Davis’s contract ends this season so we don’t really know if he will be back with the Lakers and Anthony has been one of the key players this season. Anthony needs to step it up in the playoffs because his playing has been less then stellar the last few games.

You can watch the beginning of the playoffs with the LA Lakers taking on the Portland Trailblazers this Tuesday at 9pm Eastern time on TNT