Paul Pierce! (And 100 Days of Kindness, Day 52)

To be quite honest, sometimes I surprise the crap out of myself.

A few weeks ago I read about The Truth Strikes Again Celebrity Bowling Tournament. I saw that there was an email address for more information on media access at the event. A light bulb quickly turned on – ding! – once I read that, I just had to take my chances and email to see if I would be able to go.

A few weeks passed and I forgot about my magical email. Until – ding! – a response. The email read, “We will add you to the media list.” Who me? Really? Is this a joke?

Turns out it wasn’t a joke (luckily) and I headed off to Foxwoods last Friday evening after work, to attend the bowling tournament hosted by one of my favorite people in the world, Paul Pierce. You see, I’ve always had a knack of getting my mind set on something happening – then setting out to make it happen – and a lot of the times it actually does happen. So, if I may be frank, I’d like to give myself a little pat on the back for making this one happen. I always knew I’d meet #34.

Not only was I pumped to go to this event because I knew I’d meet some of the Celtics or other local celebrities, I was also excited to learn more about The Truth Fund (which started in 2002 in order to “make an impact on the lives of underprivileged youth”). The Truth on Health Campaign launched in 2009 to “help empower and encourage young people to lead healthier lifestyles  by incorporating physical fitness and healthy eating into their daily lives and by encouraging a commitment to being active for at least 60 minutes per day.” FitClub 34 provides the tools and resources children need to maintain a healthy lifestyle and keep their (age-appropriate) workouts fresh.

This event was sponsored by USI, Foxwoods and the High Rollers Luxury Lanes and Lounge. Some of those in attendance were fellow Celtics, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Kendrick Perkins, Big Baby, Nate Robinson, Avery Bradley and Marquis Daniels as well as YOUK, Billy Costa, Maria Menounos (originally from Medford) and Ramiro (94.5).

I truly think it’s amazing that Pierce has dedicated a lot of his time on making sure that children around the US – aren’t playing video games all day, that they are actually getting off the couch and moving around a bit. If these young sports fans see that Pierce is promoting these ideas, hopefully they will think it’s cool to exercise! It’s always genuinely nice to see a rich, famous person use their ‘power’ in a positive way.

Check out the event:

 

Celebrity Chef Ming Tsai

Ming

The Truth Strikes Again

Maria Menounos

MM

High Rollers

The wives

Billy Costa

 

Billy Costa

The Truth

Let the games begin!

Paul Pierce

#34

The Truth

KG

 

KG

Checkin out the scores

Smile!

 

 

Just can't believe it

Getting the group shot together

Almost there..

Yoooouk!

Nice!

Perk!

Fab place

Really? Is this happening?

Some of the live action:

 

What a great night it was! Everyone was so friendly and the event was awesome. Thank you to Megan for letting me come. :)

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My kindness for today: I expressed genuine happiness and love towards someone who shared very exciting news with me.

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Happy Father’s Day!

My father is one of the most important people in my life. He always has been and always will be. He is the man who has always been there for me no matter what. The  man I can always count on to give me advice, help me with any and all things financial, loan me money when I need it, the man who would slip me some extra cash when I was heading back to school because he knew I needed it, who would drive me to countless basketball practices and tournaments, cheer me on at every sporting event, the list could go on and on and on. For twenty-four years my dad has been amazing to me, my brother, my sisters and my mother. He has provided for us everything we would ever need, and most importantly he has provided us with a home filled with love, support and loyalty. He has taught me how to trust, how to work hard, how to live your life with determination how to stand up for yourself. He is the best father I could have ever asked for. I am so very lucky.

Dad and I dancing the waltz (one of my favorite things in the world to do with my pops!) at Catie and Chris' wedding

I decided for Father’s Day I would interview my dad using the same questions I did for Mother’s Day. :)

CM: What’s your favorite memory of Par (my grandpa) growing up?

KM: Taking me to Ireland for first time when I was ten.

CM: Did you always know you wanted to get married, have children?

KM: Did I always know that? Not when I was six years old I didn’t.(haha)

CM: What about when you met Mom?

KM: Yes, then I did.

CM: Did you always know you wanted to have a lot of children?

KM: Yes when I knew I was going to get married I knew I wanted to have a lot of children.

CM: Ever consider having more than 5?

KM: Yes we considered it but couldn’t necessarily have more than 5.

CM: Describe your feelings when mom got pregnant for the first time.

KM: I was elated!

CM: Were you nervous?

KM: Not at all!

CM: Did you want to know what you and mom were having with any of us?

KM: Nope, it didn’t matter.

CM: You glad you got at least one boy at of it?

KM: I’m very glad we have Patrick, but it wouldn’t have mattered if he was Patricia.

CM: Childbirth in one word?

KM: Awesome. The word awesome is used much too frequently today. People use this word to describe ‘good’ things. If you look it up the dictionary, is its extra special, it’s spectacular. When someone today says, ‘that song is awesome,’ it’s the incorrect use of the word. Childbirth is truly awesome.

CM: What has been the most rewarding thing about being a father?

KM: Seeing all five of my children who are all completely different, grow up and go on with their lives.

CM: What has been the most challenging?

KM: When any of my children doesn’t take my advice.

CM: How did you raise such fabulous (if I do say so myself) children?

KM: I don’t know, if I did I’d write a book and become a millionaire.

CM: Can you tell me about some of your most proud moments throughout fatherhood?

KM: That’s gonna take a while… Some of my most proud moments have been seeing Megan graduate from the Academy of St. Joseph then Merrimack, seeing her do her volunteer year, seeing Pat grad from Chaminade, and perform at Carolines in NYC, watching all the basketball games, seeing you graduate from St. Anthony’s and Merrimack, watching you do your volunteer year and getting to visit you in Chicago, Kelly when she did that painting for the Winter family, Molly getting accepted to St. Marys and going to school there.

CM: Have you ever felt like you were a ‘bad father’?

KM: I never felt like I was a bad father but I felt like I could have been a better father.

CM: What makes you a good father?

KM: The fact that I always wanted to be a father and that I enjoy being a father. When you enjoy what you do, you have a tendency to do it well. (I couldn’t agree more.)

CM: Would you do anything differently over the years of raising us?

KM: I’d be more patient, I’d listen more, I would be more open to different ideas.

CM: Do you think I’ll be a good mother?

KM: I think you’ll be a great mother!

CM: What do you find difficult now that we’re grown up?

KM: You guys not being around me.

CM: Rewarding now?

KM: That you’re starting your own lives as adults.

CM: Do you look forward to being a grandfather?

KM: Yes!

CM: Aside from your own father, who has been your ‘model father,’ someone you aspire to be like as a father?

KM: Donald Barclay, he was a great father.

CM: Advice to first time fathers today?

KM: Yea, the advice is that you should put your children before your job. And enjoy them when they’re little because time goes by too fast.

When I was little I always wanted to be like my pops. From a very young age I would tell people I was going to go to Notre Dame and that I wanted to be a lawyer. Although neither of these happened, I still aspire to live a life like my dad has. He is amazing, I don’t know how he does it all. He is the hardest worker I know – he is damn good at what he does, and he loves his work. He is an outstanding husband; my mom and dad have both a loving relationship and a bond of strong friendship which has always taught me that you and your significant other have to know how to have fun together and make each other laugh. The most loyal friend you could ever want, my dad has also shown me the importance of friendship and helping your friends when they need it. He also  has an amazingly strong faith and deep belief in God which he has passed on to his children.

My dad has always been one of my biggest fans, he has come to every one of my sporting events to cheer me on. He even coached my CYO teams growing up and was such a good coach! All my teammates loved him, he always gave everyone a fair chance and was so patient with us (even though we were a bunch of loud, 5th-8th grade girls!)  He has taught me everything I know about the game of basketball and is the reason why I love the sport. I remember going to Knick games with him all the time when I was little – it was my favorite ‘Dad and Colleen’ thing to do. It was always the special time I got to spend with my dad all by myself (and with four siblings it was tough to get time to yourself.) These are some of my most fond childhood memories and although I’m now a proud Celtics fan (and although my dad might not approve of that – sorry pops!) I will always have a place in my heart for the New York Knicks and the time I’ve spent cheering them on with my father.

My dad was always around for us even though he has a busy and often times stressful job. He has shown us how to live your life with determination, how to take pride in your work. He has always wanted to see us do our best and has expected nothing less. This has helped me accomplish all that I have in my life and I am so thankful for it.

My dad is the type of person that just makes you happy. His rosy cheeks and big blue eyes always make my heart smile. He is hilarious and kind. He is smart and often times he is right. I have listened to years of advice from him. Have I taken it all? Nope. Should I have? Most of it, yes haha. Will I continue to ask for advice? Of course. I have learned SO much from him and know that I have a long ways to go. I’m very much like my father and I think that’s why we argue sometimes (a decent amount in high school – I’m sorry for being a know it all, dad!) From all the help with school loans, not killing me when I momentarily lost my scholarship in college, and not kicking me out of the house when I had an outrageously high phone bill in high school, I’m blessed that my father still loves me as much as he does!

Dad, we may argue sometimes, I have acted ungrateful at times, I have taken your advice for granted at times, but throughout the years I have known that you will be there for me no matter what and that you will always support and love me. I can’t tell you how absolutely wonderful that is to know. How comforting that feels. I love you so much and I thank you for every. single. thing. you have done for me throughout my twenty-four years. I am blessed and lucky and so very happy to call you dad. Thanks pops, I love you! Happy Father’s Day!
And to the amazing man who raised my equally amazing father, Happy Father’s Day to you too Par! Thank you for EVERYTHING you have done for all of us! Hope you had a great day – I wish I were home with you guys and am sorry that I couldn’t be. I can’t wait to see you in Ireland for the big wedding! I love you!

Dad and I in the Outerbanks

Dad with his girls

With that I’ll leave you with this:

Paul Pierce on fatherhood borrowed from On Tap For Today

World’s most important job: being a good dad, Obama says.

He was injured, injured bad

The Celtics/Knicks game last night was a fist-pumpin’ good time. Started off with a traditional Irish dinner (for St. Patrick’s Day) of pizza and beer at Halftime Pizza – it was delicious. We actually got a nice booth too which usually never happens, so we were off to a good start. 

The game was fun to watch, the Celtics played great – Paul Pierce had 29 points at the end of the game, KG not too far behind with 22. Last game we went to, the energy was low and people seemed disinterested. Fans were even booing the C’s. This time was very different, the energy was excellent; lots of fun. There were even Irish Step dancers at halftime! They were really good – very different from when I used to dance though. I guess I’m an old school step dancer, because from the amount of glitter on their dresses last night you would’ve thought we were at Studio 54. We didn’t do glitter. The boys especially did not wear rhinestone vests with hot pink ties (not that there’s anything wrong with that.) And wigs (they are so intense) didn’t make an appearance on the step dancing scene till I moved on to basketball in 7th grade. What happened to the old-fashioned way of curling your hair? I remember the good ol’ days the night before a feis (step dance competition) when my mother would patiently put curlers in my hair, I would sleep on them as if they were a bed of nails, and then in the morning my mother would not-as-patiently rip the curlers out as we rushed to get ready to leave (understandable – the whole process was relatively frustrating for both parties.) 

Anyway, I went to the Celtics/Bulls game last year (while I was volunteering in Chicago) on St. Patrick’s Day and now I went again this year. I was pumped I got to go, I think I’m starting a new tradition… Final score – Celtics 109 – Knicks 97 – must’ve been the luck of the Irish! 

Ready for the game

Adam & Colin ... I guess Phil didn't want to be featured on the blog ...

In other random topics - 

If you’re a country music fan, get your butt down to The Charlie Horse in West Bridgewater to see Darryl Worley for only $10. Doors open at 8pm, more information here http://www.wctk.com/extra03.php 

Paper clip root canal sounds fun doesn’t it??? (beware if you’re sensitive to disturbing teeth stories.) 

http://www.thebostonchannel.com/news/22874354/detail.html?treets=bos&tid=26511418836813&tml=bos_12pm&tmi=bos_12pm_1_11000203182010&ts=H  

Rogue Wave, new band I just found out about on the same label as Jack Johnson … I decided I really like them. They’re definitely worth checking out here – http://www.roguewavemusic.com/index.php 

Another pretty cool thing is that a family friend of ours, Johnny, is featured in a Cole Haan advertisement as well as this whole ‘Inspired Life’ thing they have going on. This is also worth checking out – http://www.colehaan.com/inspired/index.jsp?pi=Inspired_TopNav#Johnny 

March Madness is here – Cask n’ Flagon has a $5 basketball menu going on http://www.casknflagon.com/index.php, Game On has 90 hd tvs and will be playing every game imaginable http://gameonboston.com/. More suggestions here – http://cityvoter.com/ncaa-march-madness-bar-guide/list/535 

Eat, Pray, Love based on the novel (and real life story) starring Julia Roberts looks so good! I can’t wait; I love her :) 

The cast of ‘Glee’ is going to be on Oprah April 7th, so set your DVRs. http://www.gossipcop.com/report-glee-on-oprah/ 

My parents are currently in Vegas (because they are way cooler than me.) My mom has been relaxing by the pool which makes me quite jealous (it is well deserved on her part though!) and my sister Kelly along with my brother Patrick are driving from California to Vegas to hang with them this weekend. More jealousy ensues…. 

Free pastry day is next Tuesday, March 23rd at Starbucks! You have to buy a drink, then you get one free (nothing is really *free* is it?) It only lasts till 10:30am so hurry hurry. Heres the coupon – http://www.starbucks.com/blog/4983/free-pastry-day 

And, just because… 

I just went for a walk and it is GLORIOUS outside. I hope it stays like this! Pleeeeeeeeeease? 

Have a great day!