Monday, January 31, 2011

A word from the Mister ...

Jb was featured in an online magazine:
Enjoy reading things from his perspective! {  PS: i added the pictures (:  }



Who’s who in PBI: Sit down interview with JB Tucker

BY Mark Cardillo

PBI: What is your baseball
background in America?

JB: I went to Mississippi State
University right after High
School. After two seasons there,
I transferred to Wake
Forest. After a successful senior
season, I was signed by the
Seattle Mariners. I played for the
Mariners from 2005 to 2007
reaching the Hi A California
League. After getting released, I
signed with an Independent
league team. Not having much
knowledge of Independent
Leagues, I ended up on a "road"
team, which I later found out
was a team that played on the
road the whole season. That was
very interesting. After that
season I was traded to a new
team in Grand Prairie Texas
where I played for two
seasons. After being an All Star
for two seasons in that league
and not getting signed, I figured
it was time to change paths, and
I signed with a team in
Switzerland.

PBI: What is your baseball
background internationally?

JB: My wife and I really enjoy
traveling, and we decided that
Switzerland was our best option
internationally. I played last
season in Switzerland and
enjoyed every minute of it. Yes,
there is A LOT to adjust to. But,
I went into it with an open mind,
and had a great
experience. After playing
Europe for a season, I signed down in

Panama. This is the first year
that they are having a
professional league, and it is
very competitive. Next season,
I’m going back to Switzerland
because it was such a great
experience.

PBI: What has the overall
experience been like?

JB: The overall experience has
been unbelievable. I would not
trade it for anything in the
world. My wife and I have been
able to do things that most
people would take a lifetime to
do. Not only has the baseball
been great, but the friends we
have made and the things we
have done and seen are
incredible.

PBI: What is the baseball like
overseas?

JB: Baseball overseas is quite
different. In Switzerland, the
guys on the team play for the
passion of baseball. It is similar
to college baseball where guys
live and die for each at bat. It
was revitalizing to see such
passion for baseball again. Also,
off the field, the baseball team is
like a family. They really looked
after my wife and me, to make
sure everything was perfect and
that our experience was
everything we had hoped it
would be.

Panama is completely
different. Baseball is the national
sport here. Most of the games
are nationally televised and
there are huge baseball
stadiums. Each team represents a
region, and that region really
supports their team. The
baseball down here is very good
though.

PBI: What other countries are
you interested in playing in?

JB: I would really love to play in
Italy, Spain, or the
Netherlands. While traveling
around Europe last year with my
wife, these are a few of the
countries, outside of
Switzerland, that we really
loved. Plus, the baseball level,
by European standards, is higher
in these countries.

PBI: Do you have foreign
citizenship? If so how did
you get it?

JB: No, but if I had an
opportunity to I would. With
roster limitations set on
foreigners it makes it tough on
pure Americans.

PBI: What is your favorite
thing about playing overseas
most people don't know
about?

JB: My favorite thing is being
able to see the different
cultures first hand. In
Switzerland we had the true
fondue for dinner and the
best chocolates for dessert. I
had a Frenchman show me
all of the best wines and
cheeses from his region, then
swam off of the Almafi coast
on my 2 week holiday. I met
a former president of
Panama, at his request, to
tell me that he would rather
watch his team, los
Santos, than any other major
league team. All of this
because I took advantage of
playing baseball.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

scenes from a sweet weekend


JB came home!!! That is the number one thing that made my weekend so sweet.  I basically attacked him with kisses at the airport.  There are so many obvious reasons as to why I am happy to have my husband home but a rather odd one I'm really excited about  -  not thinking I am going to be murdered come nightfall.      Nighttime is ten jillion times creepier when you're all alone.  I lived alone until we married so I'm not sure why I have turned into such a scaredy cat.  I had a solicitor a few days ago come to the front door.  You see, you cannot look out a glass front door to see who it is.  They see you too.  The ladies voice/shadow of a person said "I am not going to kill you.  open up."  Call me slow, but I did as I was told.  She then proceeded to rap to me about why I should buy citrus cleaner.  Then she asked if I was the queen of dis castle.  My eyes got big as I thought how amazing/hilarious every word dripping from her lips were.  I wanted to keep her in my pocket or video tape her so I could never forget.  either. or.  Then she cleaned random things for as long as I could drag it out because I was SO amused / she's cleaning my house-i am not that dumb.  I asked her how much her citrus cleaner was - she said $5,000. ???  I told her I didn't have my wallet - left it in my other car at my parents house.  it was true.  I also word vomited that my husband is out of town ... i am seriously naive at times.  or just sloooowwww as mollasses.  My mom laughed/scolded me.  Telling me she was "casing the place" ...  oh suuure mom, sure.  seemed silly, until the night crept in and then it made so much sense. ha.  As if I wasn't already afraid of sleeping alone - now I really was.  After that incident,  I found myself right back in my childhood bedroom for a few nights.  So, obviously I'm happy he's home.  I no longer have to (irrationally) fear for my life and I get my snuggle bunny back.  win-win

Here are other reasons my weekend was suhhhh-weeeet.
 * a bike ride with mom *
 * plants purchased for our wedding- flourishing a year later *
*a boat ride*
a picnic on the water

 * moms flowers *
 * Lucille all curled up *
*Loving JB THISSSS Much *
{shirt- jcrew, shorts-F21, hat- streets of Panama, sunglasses - F21}
* kissssses! *


What made your weekend sweet?  I want to hear/see (:
xoxox

PS
y'all should all enter this giveaway at two sisters with southern charm!  


Friday, January 28, 2011

she'll only break your heart, it is a fact.

She'll only break your heart, it's a fact. And even though I warn you, even though I guarantee you that the girl will only hurt you terribly, you'll still pursue her. Ain't love grand? 
-Ms. Dinsmoor

Nothing harder than being given your chance. At least, that's what I hear.- Uncle Joe

I'm not going to tell the story the way it happened. I'm going to tell it the way I remember it. - Finn
I do love the way you dance.  - Estella
Estella: Can you ever forgive me?
Finn:  Don't you know me at all? 

Can you guess where this is??  Paradiso Perdito aka the Ca da Zan in Sarasota, Fl.
It is where they filmed my favorite movie, Great Expectations.  It might have a little to do with the gulf scenes being filmed just down the road from my childhood home.  But really Estella and Finn  ... i love them even more than i love the crazy catherine and heathclif.  

What's your favorite movie??




Wednesday, January 26, 2011

an outfit post and a gorgeous Florida beach




{leopard shoes - target, leggings - j.crew, swagg -camilyn beth, belt - j.crew, leather jacket - aqua} 

The beaches of Anna Maria Island, Florida are some of the most beautiful in the world.  There's white powdery super soft sand, sea oats and gorgeous sunsets.  On the north end is where I like to go and that area is pretty desolate.  that is my kind of beach.   (:

Where are your favorite beaches?  

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Let's take a trip Tuesday - Provo, Utah




Name: Rachel  
Blog: www.dannyandrachelobrien.blogspot.com
Location: Provo, Utah

How long have you lived there? 
I've lived in Provo almost 4 years now. 
 
If you moved from somewhere else, where did you move from? Why? 
I grew up in Waycross, GA (close to the Flordia border) and then moved to Augusta, GA (close to the South Carolina border) when I was in high school. I absolutely 100% love Georgia. It will always be a place that I call home. But when I was applying for college I wanted to go somewhere completely different than what I had grown up around... I wanted a whole other experience. I am LDS (aka Mormon) and so Brigham Young University was a definite option. Utah seemed like such a different, new, and exciting place. I applied, got in, and now I'm here and almost done with my Bachelor's degree! 
 
How is the weather?  
The weather here can be as different as night and day. In the summer, it gets hot hot hot. After all, Utah is basically a desert. But from about November to March everything turns into a winter wonderland. We get tons of snow, tons of ice, and up the canyon there are a few waterfalls that freeze over ever year. Ha, we actually had a couple of avalanches up in the mountains just a few weeks ago. Provo's weather hits both extrememes during the year. We definitely have a spring and fall, too, where the weather is nice and comfortable, and the transition periods are just lovely, especially in the mountains. Because of the mountains and the higher elevation, though, you pretty much need a jacket year round. Even in the summertime it can get pretty chilly at night. 

Tell us what a typical weekend is like for you there? 
Right now a typical weekend for me starts by sleeping in! My husband just graduated from college, but the job he's at now has him waking up almost an hour earlier than what he's use to for school. And I'm still in school, so I'm getting up extra early for my 8am classes. So we like to get that little bit of rest when we can to start the day out right. The rest of the weekend is spent finding stuff to do - and I don't say that like it's a bad thing. In Provo, something is always going on. We have our famous Farmer's Market every Saturday in the summer (best food and great crafts), there are often little festivals going on downtown (the Latin American festival and the Pioneer Days are held every year), the Sundance Ski Resort up the canyon runs the ski lifts on full moons, we have a water park (7 Peaks) in the middle of the city. Sometimes we go hiking up the canyon, or up on top of the Y (literally the letter "Y" on the side of the mountain, made out of concrete), or we'll even go walking down the Provo River Trail. A lot of times we'll catch a dollar movie and then stroll around town, trying to find some antique shop or little cafe we've never been to before. Every weekend it's something different. I've even started keeping a list of all of the events/activities/food places in Provo we've never been to - the list just keeps growing! 
  Where do you like to eat in your town? 
Such a hard question! For a while, we tried to never eat at the same place twice - Provo has so many good, so many different restaurants and bistros and we wanted to try out as many of them as we could. There are, however, 2 main dinner places and 2 main dessert places that anyone visiting in Provo needs to go to: 
       
Dinner: 
Tucanos
It's a Brazilian Grill and is one of the best places you will ever eat at in your life! You sit at a table with a "stop" and "go" stick. When you turn the stick to green (go) the servers bring you meat, vegetables, pineapples, etc. on this huge skewer and cut off as much as you want on your plate. When we have out of town visitors, we always make a trip here. It's definitely a dining experience. 
 
Costa Vida/Cafe Rio 
    These are both "fast-food" Mexican restaurants, and some people have a prefence of one over the other, but they basically   have the exact same menu. Both are huge staples of Provo. Me and the hubs have frequent diner cards to both of 
    them. On weekends I've seen the line so long it goes out the door! And if it's your first time there you 100% have to get the  pork salad. Seriously - the day we move away from Provo where there are no sweet pork salads will be one of
    my saddest days to date. 
   
    Dessert:
    The Chocolate
    This little lovely dessert shop is just the cutest thing you've ever been. And technically it's in Orem city (which is literally right beside Provo) but as far as I'm concerned they are one and the same. They have cupcakes, gourmet hot chocolate, 
    cookies, etc. The whole entire shop is all desserts. And the shop itself is in a little remodeled house - they have tables and chairs scattered through 2 stories open spaces and private rooms. It's super cute, and their desserts are always 
    100% delicious. 

    Sub Zero Ice Cream
    They use liquid nitrogen to make ice cream right in front of you. Enough said. 
 
Where do you like to shop?
Provo has a lot of antique/thirft stores. It's become sort of a craze here! The deals people can get are amazing (one time I found a pair of Nordstrom heels for $7 bucks!). D.I. and Savers are really popular (they're like the Goodwills of Utah). We also have tons and tons of boutiques sprouting up everywhere. Provo/Orem has 3 malls: University Mall, Provo Town Centre, and the Riverwoods. One of my favorite places to shop, though, is at the Gateway in Salt Lake City (about a 40 min. drive from Provo). It's a huge outdoor mall with shops, boutiques, restaurants, and even an IMAX theater! Every time we go to Salt Lake, me and the hubs stop by. It's definitely a fun place to experience.

Suggest some must see places for an out of town visitor. 
Oh man... where to start? I get so excited when people come to visit us because I can't wait to show them around! In Provo, traveling up to BYU campus is a definite must. Even if you're not LDS, the campus itself is absolutely gorgeous, and it's nestled close to the base of the mountains. And speaking of mountains, you can't leave Provo without taking a trip up into the Canyons and seeing Sundance (ski resort - owned by Robert Redford), Bridal Veil Falls (gorgeous waterfall within a 10 min. hike), and Sqaw Peak (it has one of the most gorgeous views of the valley). If you have time, hiking up to the Y is a really fun thing to do. There are also lots of places right outside Provo that are an absolute must-see, like Salt Lake City and Temple Square. You could spend hours walking around the grounds and going through all of the little visitor's centers and history museums and not get bored. Plus, Salt Lake City itself is just an awesome city. There are also the natural hot springs in Midway, about a 20 min. drive from Provo up the canyon. Our favorite time to go is during the winter when there has been tons of snow - there's nothing like sitting in a natural spring that acts like a jacuzzi with snow just chilling on the banks all around you. Oo, and the Great Salt Lake and the Salt Flats - awesome! Lots of people go out to the Salt Flats just to take pictures - it's nothing but miles and miles of pure salt... it's so pretty it's almost surreal. There is the Hindu Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork (where they have an annual Festival of Colors), Zions National Park down in Moab, Park City (where the Sundance Film Festival is held), Mt. Timpanogas, Utah Lake... there are so so so many places worth visiting.


Tell us why you love your town: 
I love Provo for a thousand different reasons. The people here are very, very sweet and extremely welcoming. There is always something to do or something going on. Me and the hubs won't live here for forever, but right now it's perfect for us. Provo has two major universities (BYU and UVU) with a total of 60,000+ college students. That's 60,000+ people our own age who are at the same stage of their lives that we are in and like to do the same things that we enjoy doing. It's really an awesome experience! And I love that Provo, and Utah in general, is surrounded by so much nature. I'm an outdoors girl myself, but I'm use to trees and greenery. Provo is brown. It's a desert. But it's absolutely gorgeous. The mountains... holy cow, some days I still look out the window and I can't believe that they are real. I love going up into the canyon to camp, and hiking out in Zion's National Park down in Moab is one of the most incredible experiences I've ever had. Utah has so much to offer... millions of people flock here every single year to go to Moab, or to see Salt Lake City, to attend the Sundance Film Festival, to ski and snowboard on the "greatest snow on earth", etc. We're less than a day's drive away from California, traveling to Vegas in only a five hour trip and so is Yellowstone....there is always something to do, always something to experience. I absolutely love it. 

Anything else we should know about where you live? 
Don't judge it before you get here. I did. But it didn't take long for me to see how wonderful this place can be. And if you're coming for a visit, write down a list of all of the things you want to see! And come back for a second trip - there's almost too much to do in just one visit! 



Thank you Rachel for sharing with us all about Provo!  Don't forget to check out her blog - The OBriens.  
xox

christmas in january

Sunday night I hosted a little party- it was our christmas exchange/bon voyage for cami who is headed to Sweden any day now.    For the last eight years my best friends and I have the best christmas exchange. ever!  I cannot tell you how many times I wear something and people ask "WHERE did you get that?!" ... oh, the christmas exchange.  We spoil each other.  This year I got little things from almost everywhere we went this past year.  Just something here and there.  JB was so cute, always reminding me because he knows how important it is to me.  Heather was in Europe last year and did the same.  Cami was in Sweden the year before that - and you guessed it, we received swedish gems.  There is little I enjoy more than giving the perfect gift!  And these girls know me so well they always surprise me with gifts I'll treasure for ages.  These times when we are all four together is SO special to me.  I love them so much!  my heart swells.
when they are in spanish they are even sweeter!
I got three of these at target for 2.50!  i love em.
beautiful sunset that night
don't you love that etsy print? found here.    it was a gift from the kozeys!  
cam, h, shan, ashie, quinn

"I thank God everytime I remember you"  - Philippians 1:3


xoxo

Monday, January 24, 2011

an oasis in panama and a video of panama that might make you queeesy.

Can we talk about how my husband is a model?  It is true.  I'm so thankful he isn't camera shy (the opposite). What would I do?  
Isn't this little island just across the city of Panama gorge!  
Oh, and that little coconut above is pipa fria.  
They literally make a hole in a chilled coconut and pass it over to you for a dollar.  
Talk about delicious.   


xoxox

PS 
here's a panamanean video i made this afternoon.  on the fly. 
Warning: you might need dramamine for the shaky movie induced motion sickness.  
{discovered this cute ingrid song from one of my favorite bloggers ever - Jenny May over at





Sunday, January 23, 2011

Mrs. Tucker

{via & laracasey.com}
Tomorrow is my first day back to school!  This time I won't be Miss Morrison, but Mrs. Tucker!  
And they won't be intimidating high schoolers, they'll be cute little elementary kids.  
Here's a blast from the past photo... 

xoxo

PS:
This verse, from the message translation of the Bible really hit home today at church.

I have it all planned out - plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.  When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I'll listen.  When you come looking for me, you'll find me.  Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I'll make sure you won't be disappointed.
-Jeremiah 29:11-14

Thursday, January 20, 2011

winner!


Congrats to Jillian of Cornflake Dreams!!   
You're the winner of the giveaway. 
 Please pick out any print from my etsy shop.  
xox

last stroll through casco viejo

My new fave item - Panama Hat!
i adore sea horses!  aren't these cute?
JB enjoying his 40 cent empanada
or farewell ... 
I'm home!  I was pat down four times (4!) yesterday on my voyage home.  must look suspicious.  Happy to be home but missing my other half.
xoxo