Serenity Sometimes

Embracing the chaos one day at a time. A blog about my adventures in food, photography, fitness and fun.


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The US Open Post

I know, I know – sorry I’ve been M.I.A. for a couple weeks.  But I’m back and I’ve sorted through the 800 (!) pictures my husband took during his week volunteering at the US Open at Merion Golf Club. He came home with a nice tan, sleep deprived and as happy as a pig in you know what. I’m so glad he was fortunate enough to have this experience. Without further ado, here are some of the highlights!

Welcome to the US Open!

Practice at the driving range.

Tiger sporting a rare smile.

Tiger and Arnold Palmer having a chat… No big deal!

Teeing off.

Rory McIlroy texting someone at the cocktail reception on the first night. I wonder if it’s Caroline Wozniacki.

Rory and Tiger probably laughing about how much money they got from Nike on their most recent endorsement deals.

One of the fairways during a rare sunny day.

Angel Cabrera

Tiger’s extremely stylish swing coach.

Gotta love the Tiger club cover!

Sharing a laugh.

Grounds crew preparing the green.

The players walk down these steps as they wind through the remnants of an old limestone quarry.

The famous red wicker tee baskets on the East Course.

My husband sat on the 18th hole all day on the last day of the tournament. Here is a beautiful panoramic view with the sun just beginning to set. A spectacular ending to an unforgettable week.

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Fore!

Golf is a really hard game. I’ll admit, I have absolutely no patience for it. I am an instant gratification kind of girl, and the only thing I can imagine doing for 4 hours straight is sleeping. The fact that these athletes can get a tiny ball into a tiny hole 350 yards away in just a few swings of the club is pretty remarkable.

Granted, I will hit some balls at the driving range from time to time, and if I practiced more I might not even suck that badly. One time I even beat my husband at mini golf, and I will NEVER let him forget it. But practicing my swing is just not something I have the desire to spend my time doing, so I guess that’s where it all falls down, right?

This week my husband is down in Merion, PA for the U.S. Open. My brother-in-law is a golf pro at Merion, and that means backstage passes for my husband. He has been like a little kid on Christmas about it for quite a while now. He signed up to volunteer and has been spending the past few days doing everything from helping the grounds crew clean up and dry out the course, to working at the practice range. For the rest of the week he gets to stalk players, and walk the beautiful course as the tournament unfolds.

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He’s been texting me pictures of the course, and on Sunday I let him take my precious camera so I will be without it all week.

All I can say is that he better get some good pictures. I want close ups of that adorable little Irish freckle faced Rory McIlroy. CLOSE UPS!

I’ll leave you with a few cell phone snaps of the course, these were taken by my husband this past weekend while things were still relatively quiet.

Do you play golf? Do you enjoy watching others play?

 


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Taco Tailgate

Less than stellar weather did not deter us from rockin’ out with our tacos out

When our friend Brian called and shared with us his vision of a taco tailgate with friends, I was immediately swept up in the excitement. Me being the dreamer and my husband being the planner, we sprung into action with our contribution to the tailgate. Having just come down off a super successful batch of pork carnitas I made on Cinco de Mayo, we knew that we had a winner for the taco filling.

What could be more All-American than baseball and carnitas tacos?

And I don’t mean to brag, but we always have requests for my pretty much famous guacamole, so that was a no brainer.

Demonstrating the always popular “Taco within a Taco” technique

Note to self: Don’t let the bachelor determine on his own the amount of taco fixings to buy. We ended up with 3 entire bags of shredded lettuce, 7 pounds of shredded cheese (that isn’t an exaggeration), 5 containers of fresh salsa, 4 huge bags of tostitos and 2 quarts of sour cream. There were 9 of us. 

Breathtaking action shot of beer pong

I should mention that the only thing we ran out of was beer. Go figure. And I didn’t even drink any, if that’s what you’re thinking.

Random shenanigans

Random shenanigans

I am not a huge sports enthusiast, but I like to cheer for the home team and I remember going to Phillies games as a little girl, so they always hold a special place in my heart. I have a tendency to get really devastated if I invest a whole season following a team only for them to lose everything in some final playoff/series/bowl game. So I keep a guarded heart when it comes to getting super “into it” like some people do. Being a Philadelphia fan seems to bring along with it many opportunities for broken hearts. Plus, I’m just super fucking sensitive.

I would definitely say that the highlight of the day was spending time with friends and getting to eat all the delicious food. The weather generally blew (chilly, damp and scattered showers) and the Phillies lost. Oh well…We’ll always have tacos.

Taco Tailgate – A culinary home run!