elainedispo

Posts Tagged ‘NFL’

Beauty Tuesday: Team Spirit

In Beauty Tuesday, Community, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Sports, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot on 09/16/2014 at 22:00

This past weekend, I sported colors to represent for games and Fight Night!

Game and Fight Weekend

Cooper Cougars (center) for Abilene crosstown rivalry in Friday Night Lights, green and elephant (left) for good luck on Fight Night, Dallas Cowboys (right) for NFL Sunday

  • I wore my letter jacket over my basketball polo that had denim to complement my jeans to root on the Coogs in my alma mater’s football game.
  • I went from Church to watch UFC and boxing in my green paisley dress from Mexico and my elephant handbag from my parents’ Asia tour to wish contenders good luck!
  • I repped both my Dallas Cowboys and former WR Miles Austin with my DC No. 19 dress on Game Day and Lisa‘s daughter’s birthday party ~ luckily, both teams won!

GOD, Family & Football

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 12/05/2013 at 19:11

Happy Advent Season!

As we prepare for JESUS‘ birth, I reflect on THANKSgiving and all of the blessings for which I’m grateful.

One week ago today, many of us around the world celebrated Turkey Day in the spirit of The Best Man Holiday movie theme: GOD, Family and Football.

GOD: First thing that morning, I went to the Adoration Chapel at church because I have my Adoration Hour commitment every Thursday, and I spent extra time there while fellow adorers were out of town for the holyday.
Family: When I got home, I took my CHRISTmas card photos with my Double A-Team and made my festive dessert: Cranberry Walnut Cream Cheese Pie. My best friend, Melody ~ who is like a sister to me ~ and I spent this Day of Thanks with both sides of our families: I went to her parents’ for lunch, and she, her hubby and their children joined my family and me at my parents’ house.
Football: A Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without the traditional Dallas Cowboys game, so we most definitely were THANKful for their victory over the Oakland Raiders!

Here are more of my cheers and toasts of gratitude:

Day 27: I’m THANKful for the #gift of #sight! We who can see, or @ least need corrective #lenses, cannot take this for granted… Although I don’t like to get pics taken w/my #glasses👓 all the time (blame it on the vanity – say it a’int so), I absolutely need them to get around (case in point: last night @ my BFF’s parents’ when I lost track of them while posing for photos). Some of y’all know what I’m talking about that they’re a necessity, an essential, right Tita Tina Gunn? Plus, since I like specific brands, I usually find designer frames for my #specs😎
I’m also THANKful for my good friend & #spiritual #mentor, Bishop Mike, who officiated my #Catholic #Sacraments of First #Communion & #Confirmation + who writes📜 (I’m talking snail mail📬 – not just email📥) me on a regular basis as my main pen✒️ pal!

I’m also THANKful for the children to whom I’m giving this #CHRISTmas because I love kids. Since my family & I – in light of #Typhoon️ #Haiyan / #Yolanda in our native #Philippines – shall sustain our #gratitude & not exchange #gifts this year for once, I’ll focus my #generosity on my #AngelTree child & my #CFCAsponsored child.

Day 28: I’m #THANKful for #GOD #Family #Football especially my #DallasCowboyswho always play on #TurkeyDay! I’ll also #THANK those who know which #filmrefers to #GODFamilyFootball for your #movie knowledge. I #kickoff this#THANKSgiving with my special #AdorationHour + extra time!

I’m THANKful my BFF Sgt. Melody Givan who’s been there for yours truly through the#ThickAndThin + who I’ve been fortunate to celebrate THANKsgiving w/ when we grew up & when I visited her in Georgia! She’s the culinary arts mastermind, & while I didn’t know my way around the kitchen before, she sent me my Crock Pot for#CHRISTmas!

#ThrowbackThursday #TBT: my bestie Mely & I didn’t plan for our Turkey Day getup to match when I flew to her family’s home for the #HOLYday, but#2GreatMindsThinkAlike as we both bought these sweaters from #EXPRESSseparately!

THANKSgiving 2009

*Bearing this in mind, here are the pics of Melody and yours truly from THANKSgiving ’09 (above) and THANKSgiving ’13 (below)* THANKSgiving 2013Girl time was definitely what I needed last week because most of my friends are guys, so I was glad to spend yet another Thanksgiving with Melo until she and her fam drove their beautiful Beamer back to Georgia…

Meanwhile, more blessings for which I’m grateful include my dissertation progress and my career opportunities! Yesterday, I had a conference call with my dissertation chair, who arranged for me to present the concept proposal of my study to my dissertation committee next week! Also, through Rant Sports and Pretty Fit, I like reaching out to fellow sports fans and health buffs!

Here are my first 6 about the Dallas Mavericks this December:

While I write this, we have another snow storm in the forecast. In the holyday spirit, I’m playing Elf (my favorite Christmas movie of all time) and printing my season’s greetings!

Let me wrap up this positive post with more bright notes:

GOD Bless Our Lady of Mount Carmel Academy †
Dispo-Cooley Wedding
♥ Love Always, Jun Bandonill Dispo (Batch 1970) and Family
Jun Dispo, Retired United States Air Force * Estrella Dispo, Retired Registered Nurse * Elaine Dispo, Ph.D. Candidate * Joanne Dispo, Nurse Practitioner * Ryan Cooley, United States Marine Corps Veteran

Dispos-Cooleys

From left to right: Jacinto Dispo, Lolita Tan Dispo, Joseph del Rosario, Carmelita Dispo del Rosario, Elaine Joyce Dispo, Estrella Reyes Dispo, Christian Joseph del Rosario, Joanne Dispo Cooley, David Ryan Cooley, Jun Bandonill Dispo, Lyndah Baterina Dispo, Manuel Dispo, Madalyn Dispo-Junio, Crystal Gail Dispo

Happy Anniversary to my Parents!!
Dispo Wedding
#ThrowbackThursday #TBT: Happy #Anniversary, Nanay & Dad (yesterday)  

Looking @ my parents’ #wedding album, I admire how they went all out & appreciate the value of their #Catholic #sacrament!

Yet aside from their amazing wedding, they’ve invested #energy & #sacrifice into their decades of #marriage, which is what matters most in the #LongHaul!

Their secret: sharing #time #together, including #timeless #traditions (i.e., Taco Tuesday)

& now they have their Golden Years to enjoy w/each other, so may they stay#blessed with many more to come!

[from L-R: my Aunties Alice Dispo* (my great-aunt/Uncle Bal’s wife) & Dr. Fe Reyes-Dollete** (my aunt/mom’s sister), Mama Eufemia Dispo*** (my paternal grandmother/dad’s mom), Mr. & Mrs. Jun B. Dispo (my parents as #newlyweds), Papa Pedro Dispo*** (my paternal grandfather)]

*Dr. & Mrs. Baltazar Dispo (Uncle Bal is Papa Ped’s baby brother) ~ another excellent example of #commitment in marriage & to the Catholic #faith ~ were my parents’ Principal Sponsors/GODparents/Ninong & Ninang/Padrino y Madrina

**Drs. Rodolfo & Fe Dollete also are #RoleModels as a #married #couple because they keep the spice alive by ballroom dancing & traveling + enjoy #working together 

***Both sets of my grandparents lived long enough to celebrate their#GoldenAnniversary & beyond: my maternal Lolo Tico & Lola Rosa were married for 56 years, + my paternal Papa Ped & Mama Eufemia were married for almost 61 years 

Guess which decade my parents tied the knot ~ the #bridesmaid‘s #bonnet may be an indicator…

1:11 ~ make a wish!!!  

†R.I.P., Paul Walker†

THANKS, Love & Basketball

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Politics, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 11/26/2013 at 17:11

With THANKSgiving just a couple of days away, I’ll share with you my latest posts (please remember that views and clicks on my Rant Sports articles determine my pay), as well as my days of giving thanks! THANK y’all for checking out my material/Maraming Salamat/¡Muchas Gracias! Wish you all a Happy Turkey Day and HOLYdays if you celebrate!

Pretty Fit Elaine

Dispo Hoop Scoops

Dispo College Hoop Scoops 

Butler Since Brad Stevens

More Dispo Rant Sports Fun ~ Slideshows

Giving THANKS 

Day 19: I’m THANKful for my #OurLadyOfTheLakeUniversity🏤 #LeadershipStudiesfamily* who’ve embarked on our journey toward our Ph.D. & those who support yours truly in my goal. ¡Gracias/Thank Y’all Team: Dr. D! *Much appreciation to my professor Dr. Phyllis Duncan, graduates of the program Drs. Barbara Baggerly-HinojosaAlex GarzaRam DelaRosa, & Melinda Garcia + my classmates Diana LucioAlicia PresasJaime RodriguezTozi GutierrezDeborah I. Swenson Valle & @SonjaPreston (guess I maximized tags) for keeping our dreams🌠 alive to make them a reality!🌅 #Faith #Hope️ #Love

Day 20: I’m THANKful for the right to #vote – which I did on #ElectionDay 15 days ago – & now ask y’all to exercise that right by #voting for the #2014NBAAllStarGame#DallasMavericks

http://www.rantsports.com/nba/2013/11/19/top-6-dallas-mavericks-who-should-appear-in-nba-2014-all-star-game/

NBAAllStars󾭪 #NBA󾟖 Let our #voice󾠀 be heard󾆑

Day 21: I’m THANKful for my #AdorationHour so I can serve the LORD through obligation of holy time w/Him & encourage others to commit

Day 22: I’m THANKful for the #ReasonForTheSeason#Luke📖 2:7️~ “And Mary brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.”🏩#TheFirstCHRISTmas To top it off, the #HOLYdays have #kickoff🏈 here w/the#tipoff🏀 of #ice❄️ & #snow️ ~ so #StaySafeAndWarm while I jam🎧 out to#HOLYday #jingles! — listening to The Best Man Holiday.

Day 23: I’m THANKful for my ☀️Sunshine, who’s been taking me from Point A to Point B➡️ for exactly 41 months today! As Toby Keith sings in “I Love This Bar”: “I Like My Truck,” I actually LOVE my truck, as GOD✌️ has always blessed us on our merry way!

Day 24: I’m THANKful for my sister, Joanne Dispo, MSN, PMHNP, whose birthday is today! She’s one of the most generous & thoughtful people who I know, so may GOD bless her always ♥ Lola Rosa used to tell me: “You’re only 2,” meaning she’s the only blood sister who I have & to make the most of my time w/her…

I’m also THANKful for my fellow #USAF #MilitaryBrats Birthday Boys Davon Curry &Victor Rodriguez, who both have special places in my heart ♥ DBo & I used to write ol’ school letters when he was stationed out-of-state back in h.s. before social media was around + still inspires me to go #BeastMode to this very day! Vic was stationed in Germany where I was born, was kind to escort me to Winter Formal once, attended our Cooper High 10-yr reunion although he graduated elsewhere & hit a couple of #DallasMavericks games w/me!

Maligayang Bati/¡Feliz Cumpleaños!/HBD, 11/24 Babies =D

1:11 ~ make a wish!!!

Oh yeah… & I’m THANKful for the #DallasCowboys who play today &#THANKSgiving Day. #GoCOWBOYS =D #HowBoutEmBOYS

Day 25: I’m #THANKful for my thousands of #college #students who have taught me#life #lessons, including those who I heard & #learned from most recently: Jose Luis Rodriguez for props as his #professorNoe Garcia for providing me with useful information for my #doctoral #dissertationJess Ryan Mason for reading my #sports#stories* & Luis Vasquez for the #THANKSgiving #greetings#THANK you all, ¡#Muchas #Gracias! Now I #reminisce about when I’d have THANKSgiving #fiestasin class, a #tradition started by Brenda Blackmon, who cleverly suggested this spectacular idea & Alyssa Cantu, who graciously #cooked our #delicious 1st THANKSgiving #turkey =D I #LOVE & miss all of my students, who I #wish the best ♥

*Please check my main #bloghttp://www.rantsports.com/blog/author/elainedispo/󾟖󾟝

Day 26: I’m THANKful for being caught up with work for the month, so now I can spend the rest of THANKSgiving week working on my doctoral dissertation + visiting w/my family & friends! #LifeIsGood

11:11 ~ make a wish!!!

More Thanks + Hoop Scoops & Ball Calls

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Travel, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 11/13/2013 at 21:33

Happy Hump Day!

THANKS

In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, my family and agreed not to exchange CHRISTmas presents this year, as we have enough to be grateful for. The people who I will give something to are the children who I sponsor: the girl who my sister found for me in the Philippines through Christian Foundation of Children and Aging and the girl who I picked from my Church’s Angel Tree. You also have the opportunity to contribute to the relief from this devastation: World Food Programme

Bearing this in mind, here are my latest Days of THANKS:

Day 12: I’m THANKful for GOD’s calling and gifts, in particular for my service to the Church, where I’ll put my public speaking skills and voice to good use again, as a lector at mass (previously used to sing in the choir/music ministry and teaching speech at the college level)

Day 13: I’m THANKful for good health, so I spread the wealth in my wellness articles and  contributions to the Pretty Fit app and blog 

Speaking of my blog, here are my latest Rant posts:

Elaine Dispo’s Hoop Scoops – Mavs

Elaine Dispo’s Ball Calls – Dallas Cowboys

3:33 ~ make a wish!!!

Blog-portunities

In Health, Higher Ed, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Sports, Technology, What's Hot, Workin' Woman on 10/26/2013 at 18:14
Happy National Pumpkin Day! 
Elaine as Tonto
[Tonto for Halloween]

This week has been all about preparing for the NBA season and the upcoming holidays. I wrapped up my required writing for the rest of this month (which I hope to devote to my dissertation) before the regular season tips off. Please visit my Rants for my latest, and here are my most recent articles since I last shared my posts:

Elaine J. Dispo | NBA 

Elaine J. Dispo | Clubhouse

Plus, I started submitting workout videos to the Pretty Fit iPhone app. When I Skyped with the app creator the other day, we discussed my collaboration on her blog, so I’m excited about potentially sharing more fitness tips! Here are my original Pretty Fit pic and my new one:

Pretty Fit Elaine
[Take me to the gun show!]
PrettyFit_ElaineD
[Current Pretty Fit profile]

Let’s try this Pumpkin Crock Pot recipe from Tone It Up! Below is a snapshot of this Cat Trick-or-Treat recipe that I may give a shot, courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis‘ Giada at Home, that I watched earlier while dog-sitting. I’m also stoked about carving my pumpkin with a unique design…

Trick-or-Treat?
[Black Cat Pop]

Now I’m hyped about Halloween and the festivities that follow. So far, I found my costume for tonight’s party and look forward to dressing up the animals!

Asia meets crow
[Asia & crow]
Asia & owl
[Annie & me + owl]
Dax, Jade & me
[Dax & Jade + yours truly] 
Shoutouts:
  • Happy Birthday to my Dad yesterday!
  • Thank GOD my Lil’ Orphan Annie is in purrfect health, according to her vet, Dr. Price, from Windmill Animal Hospital, which is the Best Pet Care Anyhere… And it smells good too!

1:11 ~ make a wish!!!

Dispo-tation

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Politics, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 10/18/2013 at 20:33

Now that my blog for Rant Sports is in full swing, I seriously must get on the ball with my dissertation. As a Ph.D. candidate who completed my comprehensive exams and doctoral coursework last year, I’m ABD (All But Dissertation). If any of you who read this have achieved an ultimate dream like finishing your terminal degree, your suggestions on time management for me to become Doctor would be greatly appreciated.

When I taught at South Texas College, I asked two of my colleagues for the keys to them unlocking their goal of graduating with their doctorate. Theirs were:

Perseverance ~ Dr. Rosalinda Cantú

Endurance ~ Dr. Roksana Alavi

Dr. Cantú was my former boss for our Communication Arts department, and Dr. Alavi was my next-door office neighbor who also used her “endurance” when she happened to run one of the same races with me, the Fiesta 5K, back in 2009. Even though we’ve gone our separate ways since then, these two mentors’ messages still resonate in my mind as I muster up my focus.

Another South Texas colleague, who I would fondly call “Thaddeus,” as he was named after St. Jude and with whom I was connected because he was also in his 20s when he went through grad school for his doctoral program, also gave me these two-cents that are worth abundantly more:

We all have our own crosses to bear ~ Dr. George Thaddeus Díaz

My Pinoy friend, Sammy Antonio, who is from my father’s province and now lives in the RGV after teaching at Pangasinan State University, provided me with this advice, as his wife is also pursuing her Ph.D.:

You will hitch your wagon to the stars. * ~ Professor Sammy Antonio

Meanwhile, I pass along to you my freshest Dallas Mavericks Hoop Scoops and more NFL and college football Ball Calls — lucky “No. 13” since my last post:

Elaine J. Dispo | NBA 

Elaine J. Dispo | Clubhouse

Elaine J. Dispo | NFL

I’m also proud to share my *True Blue* pit bull Sweet Pea’s latest fanatics:

True Blue K9s Sweet Pea the Pit Bull & Dax the Shih Tzu

20131018-162325.jpg

True Blue K9 Sweet Pea the Pit Bull

20131018-162341.jpg

True Blue K9 Sweet Pea in Ball Cap

20131018-162350.jpg

True Blue K9 Sweet Pea Tongue Wagging

20131018-162359.jpg

True Blue K9 Sweet Pea Out for Blood

20131018-162408.jpg

True Blue K9 Sweet Pea Mad-Dog Cheezin’

20131018-162433.jpg

True Blue K9 Sweet Pea 1/2-sies

20131018-162451.jpg

True Blue K9 Sweet Pea In the Zone

20131018-162500.jpg

True Blue K9 Sweet Pea On ALL 4s

20131018-162509.jpg

True Blue K9 Sweet Pea Licks Yours Truly

20131018-162517.jpg

True Blue K9 Sweet Pea’s Touchdown Treat

20131018-162525.jpg

True Blue K9 Sweet Pea Game Mode

20131018-162538.jpg

3:33 ~ make a wish!!!

Dispo-sition

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 10/10/2013 at 04:09

As I get into the groove with my Rant Sports blog, I branched out my reports beyond my Dallas Mavericks into football – both college and the NFL – from the games I attended this past weekend. First, I’ll share my pre-preseason* pieces followed by last weekend’s adventure** articles then the two freshly pressed posts*** from today that cover the preseason so far!

Elaine J. Dispo | NBA Pre-Preseason Hoop Hopes

Elaine J. Dispo | Clubhouse 

Elaine J. Dispo | NFL

*** Elaine J. Dispo | NBA Preseason Hoop Hype 

Here are highlights from JRob’s Bday/Game Weekend:

Annie’s Belated Birthday 

ImageImageImageImage

JRob’s Birthday 

ImageImageImageImage

McMurry Homecoming 

ImageImageImageImage

Dallas Cowboys Game 

ImageImageImageImage

11:11 ~ make a wish!!!