Day to Day Working for Sports Team

I knew that I wanted to work in sports since college. I have worked for several different teams doing different things. My first internship was with the Iowa Cubs. (Triple-A for the Chicago Cubs)

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My last sports job was with the Phoenix Coyotes as a Group Sales Account Executive. I recently have accepted a new role as an Admissions Representative for Le Cordon Bleu. (No worries, still the sports wife because my hubs will always be in sports.)

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Everyone usually asks me about what I do every day. Do I hang out with the players all day? (I did a job where it was my job to hang out with the players all day, and it’s not fun. Some of them are like toddlers and ask you why all day.) I get to do go to the games for free and have a blast all day. I wish, but our friends get to benefit from that.

I usually get to work around 830 and start the day talking with everyone about sports from the night before. I usually have to leave the house around 710 because if I don’t I will be in traffic and late for work.

For most of the day, I am on the phone calling potential groups, group nights, package holders, potential package holders, single game buyers. It’s my job to always be upselling people. If you have a 12 game plan I want you to be in a half season holder. I’m literally making anywhere from 80-100 calls a day.

So there you had it? My “glamorous” Life in sports.

Boys of the Blog

So it’s that time of the month when Gary takes over my blog for the day. I know that he loves to blog a little bit each month. I love that Mal and Stephanie do this each month. We have done it in the past before so you can see the other here and here.

So we are going to do it a little different. I am going to guess that the answer would be and then Gary is going to tell us the correct answer.

1. If you were an animal, what animal would you be?
J: Shark. It’s his favorite animal. He even has it tattooed on his back.

G: Shark!
2. What is your favorite meal?

J: Anything Mexican. He eats a lot of burritos.

G: He said, he could see that but wings. (J: That would have been my second guess.)

3. Do you use any forms of Social Media? What is your favorite?

J: He has facebook and twitter. He doesn’t use them as often as I do. I think his favorite would be Facebook only because I see him using that more.

G: Yep, facebook, and twitter. I don’t get twitter.

4. Beer, wine, liquor, other, or none of the above?

J: Mostly beer but we went to Vegas and he got a Jack and Coke.

G: I’ll take beer all day, but I do like Jack and Coke every once in a while.

5. Complete the sentence: “Never have I ever…”

J: I can only imagine what he is going to say to this. I’m actually a little nervous.

G: This is tough.I don’t know how I want to answer this…peed in the pool!

Thanks bb for filling in for me today! I can’t wait for next month to see what these girls come up with.

10 Things You Might Not Know

I started this blog for my family, but I didn’t expect to meet so many amazing people. I try to be as transparent on this blog because Gary and I use this blog as a virtual scrapbook to some degree.

I also saw this on Kalyns About Me page! I absolutely LOVE her page! It’s so amazing! So I’m just going, to be honest, and admit that I am trying to imitate it. Imitate is the best form of flattery, right!! Please don’t be made, Kalyn!
If you haven’t met this girl, DO IT after you read this post.

Here are 10 things about me that you might not know if you just saw my blog title. (Life of A Sports Wife)

1. I love getting my hair done. I love going to the salon and getting my hair colored. I still haven’t gone to DryBar yet, but I am dying to go.

2. I’m really girly sometimes. I am more than a girl who just knows and likes sports. I love shopping! Purses are actually MY FAVORITE ever. I have so many bags and purses that it’s sometimes ridiculous.

3. I was born in Iowa but grew up in Arkansas. I went back to Iowa to attend Iowa State. I consider both my hometown if that’s possible.

4. I just turned 30! You can read about how uncomfortable I feel about that in my 40 before 40.

5. I’m alright with waiting to have kids. I think we need to be responsible for having kids. I want to be able to raise my kids myself and not depend on others. No one is going to pressure Gary and me into having kids.

6. We move around a lot for our jobs. I can pack up our house in less than a day, and able to judge 50lbs by lifting it up. It’s a gift and a curse. That’s how I got my name “Life of a Sports Wife” because my husband works in the front office of sports teams.

7. I’m actually really crafty. I just opened my own Etsy store called Pearls N Stitches. Check out the reason why I named it what I did here.

8. I have a brother and 3 sisters in laws. I really don’t about my family because I’m not sure they would want to be on here.

9. I LOVE music! I was actually a music major my first semester of college. I have a random taste in music. I can pretty much listen to anything. Gary likes to make fun of my music selection. Currently, my favorite songs are:

10. I’m religious. I love reading books about how to be a better person whether that be professionally or spiritually. I think you can never too much to better yourself.

Boys of the Blog

1. What celebrity would play you in a movie about your life?
Tom Cruise…because we both have a big nose…although I am a lot taller than he is.

2. What is your dream car?
Nisson Tipton, all black with a 6-inch lift. Yep, the country is coming out in me.

3. Do you have any tattoos? What, where, why?
I have 4 tattoos. a sun on the left shoulder because it was my first tattoo and I thought it looked cool. A skull on my right shoulder because I was in a frat for a year and that was our mascot/logo. A scorpion on my right shoulder blade because I thought it was cool and it was going to be the centerpiece of my desert theme on the right side of my back. a shark on my right shoulder blade because I love sharks and it was going to be the centerpiece of the ocean theme on the right side of my back. I didn’t end up doing the themes because I found out that you are going to need a lot of money to get all that done.

4. Boxers or briefs?
trick question. I wear boxer briefs. best of both worlds.

5. List 3 random facts about yourself…
1. I love to drink lemonade.
2. I listen to all kinds of music..i like most kinds of music.
3. I have over 100 major league and minor league baseball hats. I still feel that it isn’t enough…I want them ALL!!!!

Personal 101

So last night at phone shift at work which means I just sit around until 8 pm for the phones to ring while people are enjoying the game. I was stalking facebook for another interesting and I saw Erin from Living in Yellow answering some the tough life questions. I decided to play along. If you want to answer them to let me know in the comment box and I’ll check it out.

1. If you could do one thing differently in your life, what would it be?
I heard a saying once and I really try to live by it: don’t have any regrets because at one time it’s exactly what you wanted. This is COMPLETELY true. Gary and I play the question game all the time while we are driving. One question we always ask is “If you could change 1 thing what would it be?” If I did change ONE thing would I still have met Gary….probably not, and he’s a big deal! I have everything that I need at this exact moment. I think instead of changing I would have handled things differently and not burned some bridges that I did.

2. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? I hope still in Phoenix working for the Phoenix Coyotes or at least in sports.
I absolutely LOVE the sports industry, and so glad this is my job. Hopefully, I am more confident in selling. It’s a tough world sometimes. I just need to be more confident! I hope to have at least half of our debt paid off. In a nice apartment with maybe a kid running around. I hope Gary is in a management role preferably in baseball. I want to be content and happy with our life.

3. Do you honestly want kids?
Seriously, Erin, you had to ask this question. I don’t get it enough from everyone else in my life. I really don’t know. I love kids, and I want to have them someday. Maybe, it really depends on the day and the kid. Right now I want to enjoy being married to my husband. We had a fast engagement and been moving alot in the first few years. I want to enjoy us. Really family if you are reading this if you pressure I will push it back 1 year every time you ask us again. We will have kids when we want to have kids. We are taking care of them not Y’all! end rant! xoxoxo

4. What has been the best moment of your life so far?
Not my wedding day. Seriously, if you want to know the story just email me. I will tell you all about the shit show circus. If Gary and I renew our vows I will be a bridezilla and it will a way better day. My best moment so far is so hard to describe because everything is amazing and great. A good moment I can think of right now is knowing what we have overcome to get to where we are right now. You have to experience the bad to realize how GOOD the good really is.

5. What is your life theme song?
This was an easy question. There are two songs that I absolutely LOVE that always cheer me no matter what. Call Me Maybe and Your Call by Secondhand Serenade.
6. What is one thing you have yet to accomplish that you want to do before you die?
Not be so controlling or emotional. I must control everything sometimes, and I want to just relax and be able to go with the flow of things. Have no worries on anything! The emotional is a lot tougher. Easier said than done comes to mind right now. I have always been emotional, and not sure how to fix it. I need to put trust in the Lord and he will do the rest.

7. If you could choose one thing to be known for, what would it be?
Being there for people. I really try and strive to be a good listener and be there for my friends.

8. If you could do anything you wanted right at this very moment (no consequences, no fear, etc), what would it be?
Go to every minor league baseball game this summer. I know right! Seriously, I think it would be amazing to travel around the United States and visit baseball parks. I absolutely LOVE seeing what every stadium does and their promotions. This is the downfall to working in sports: You NOTICE everything. You can’t enjoy a game like normal people. Went to a baseball game with the family, they enjoyed it and had a blast. Gary and I went through each inning and found something wrong. Oh well. We love it.

9. What has been the most challenging moment in your life?
Our first year in OKC we literally had no money to do anything except pay bills. It was tough, but we made it out and got some bills paid off and we are fine. That was a tough time because we were new to the city with new friends who always wanted to go out. Another tough time was when we first got engaged. Just a lot of drama.

10. Summarize yourself in one word.

Book Readings 2012 (25)

One of my goals for 2012 was to read 25 books. (I finished 2012 reading 28.) One of the books was on December 31st. Each month I tried to blog about the books I read but also wanted to keep track of all the books as well.

in 2013 I have decided to slow it down a little bit and only read 15 books. I have a feeling that I will beat it but I have some big goals this year both personally and professionally.

Proverbs 31 Wife by Sarah Hahn
Radical Leap by Steve Farber
Question behind the Question
Tell to Win by Peter Gruber
Ice to Eskimos by Jon Spoelstra
How to Sell the Last Seat the House by Jon Spoelstra
Winning the Customer by Lou Zambrano
Success is Only a Wish Away by Jon Spoelstra
Having a Mary Heart in A Martha World
Chazown by Craig Groeschel
Marketing Outrageously by Jon Spoelstra
Soul Detox by Craig Groeschel
The Radical Leap Re-Energized by Steve Farber
Fifty Shades of Gray by E.L. James
For the Love of Our Husbands by Darby Duggar
Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James
Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Hunger Games: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Hunger Games: Mockingjay: by Suzanne Collins
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
Networking Is A Contact Sport by Joe Sweeney

The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
You’re Already Amazing by Holley Gerth
How to win at the Sport of business By Mark Cuban
The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
Sleeping with your smartphone By Leslie A. Perlow
Knit Two (the 2nd book to the Friday night knitting club) by Kate Jacobs

 

Tomato Bisque

I have been addicted to cooking and Pinterest lately. I have some of the best recipes from there. So many are great for the two of us, and some provide plenty of leftovers. My most recent cooking challenge was the Tomato Bisque soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons.

I just purchase tomato bisque soup from a local grocery store. I normally haven’t like tomato soup in the past. Gary and I went to Trader Joe’s a few weeks ago and they had Tomato soup to sample. Absolutely LOVED it. We didn’t get any because we were killing time waiting for a friend, but he promised we would have it in the future.

Next, I started cooking my grilled cheese. I love grilled cheese sandwiches. They are so good and go with EVERYTHING. After cooking I cut up into little triangles. The other I just cut in half. I still used it for tipping but just in case I didn’t like the croutons. I made the same for hubs but dropped the croutons in the soup. He didn’t like it as much because the bread got soggy. NOTE: Leave croutons for dipping on the side.

Final display. The whole meal and the other with me dipping into the soup.

Heisman Goes to Doggie Day Care

I haven’t blogged much about Heisman. He is a dog. He sits, sleeps poop, and plays. Nothing really special until TODAY. We put him in doggie daycare.

This is something we have been thinking about for some time, but we are on lockout budget. (I work for an NHL team. That’s really all I can say without getting in trouble.) But today our apartment is coming to look at our apartment, so we thought it would be better if he was gone.

At first, I was really excited and that he was going to doggie daycare. I was really good until it came to actually leaving the store. The lady asked one question and I broke down. I started crying. I couldn’t help it. It’s his first time away, and I REALLY want him to stay the whole day with the other dogs. It will be good for him. I will keep everyone posted on how it turns out.

A little background on Heisman. We got him last Christmas. That was our big gift to each other. From the first moment, we LOVED him. He was perfect.

Heis is half weenie and half jack Russell. Many people think he is the Taco Bell dog. I get really upset when people say that. I don’t know why because it’s not that big of a deal.

Many people ask if he is named after the Heisman trophy. Yes, he is. I have always wanted a dog and name him Heisman. Gary picked his middle name which is Barkley. After Matt Barkley the quarterback for the USC Trojans. (His favorite team)

Below are some random pictures from my phone.

10 Day Challenge: 4 Books

Out of all the challenges, I think this is my first difficult day. I LOVE books. I have been reading since I was a little kid. I will read almost any type of book. So I’m going to do my best and pick only 4 books.

Four: The Baby-Sitters Club. I read every single book, and I have 2 dolls of Kristy and Stacy. This was probably my first book that I remember reading. Anyone remember the Box Car Children.

Three: The Diary of Anne Frank. I love this book. I probably read the book every year. It was one of my favorite books growing up. I want to go to Germany and visit where she stayed. I have always loved this time period. During our honeymoon in Houston, we visited a Holocaust museum. It was so moving. I highly recommend it.

Two: How to Sell the Last Seat in The House. It is by Jon Spoelstra. I thought I would add a professional book since I do read a lot of those type of books. I am a strong believer in always been learning. If you aren’t learning then you are just settling. Never settle.

One: The Bible. This one was an obvious one. I haven’t read the whole bible, but that is a goal in the future.