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Women’s Shorts Are Having A Moment at the 2018 Australian Open

Long time no see, right?

Well I was summoned from my fall/winter slumber by fashion; women’s sports fashion at that.

A few years ago, you only saw one athlete on the WTA Tour wearing shorts during their tennis matches. That was Victoria Azarenka. And sis was working those shorts too. After a match between Serena and Vika, Vika said she’d get Serena a pair of shorts since Serena kept complimenting her pair.

Now, just a couple of years later, errrrrybody is rocking shorts! Nike and Adidas both got the memo and I am so here for it! Adidas even seems to have given the ladies culottes. (Does anyone else call them that? I never called them skorts. My mama called them culottes, so I call them culottes)

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I Love My Super Zoom Point and Shoot Camera

I love so many things about my tech kit, but there are few things I love more than my cameras and how perfect they are for me, with the help of accessories.

No accessory was needed to display what I love about my Canon PowerShot SX 530HS camera. I’ve had it almost 2 years now and I love it more and more with each passing use. Last month, I brought it to Mason, OH to help me with the shots I took at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament. My DSLR did very well, but even I was impressed and somewhat surprised with how tight I could get in on players and surroundings with my PowerShot.

I zoomed in suuuuper hard just to see how close I could get. You know, just for fun. Check it out!

There really isn’t a bad spot in the house on Center Court at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. It looks like I’m really far away, but it’s really not that bad. My camera was just zoomed all the way out. And yes, that’s an awning above my head. A select number of seats have the awning cover and let me tell you, it is so incredibly clutch! We could have gotten much closer seats, for the same price, but we prioritized the awning because it’s always hot and sunny as hell during those daytime sessions. Worth it.

That is Alexander “Sascha” Zverev, one of my current faves on the ATP tour. I didn’t even know he was sporting any facial hair until I looked at my pics. And obviously it is a little blurry. My camera, Agnes, has image stabilization, but she can’t perform miracles. That far zoomed in, it was hard to even keep Sascha in the frame so I could capture the shot! Still, quite impressive, no?

So, if you’re in the market for a point and shoot super zoom, I highly, highly recommend this Canon PowerShot model. It also comes in handy for concerts and other sporting events where you aren’t allowed to take in DSLRs and detachable zoom lenses. I’ve taken it to several Ohio State Football games and felt like I was right in the huddle with the team!

Canon PowerShot Digital Camera [SX530] with 50x Optical Zoom, Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC - Black

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The 2013 US Open Is Underway!

While I didn’t make it to the Western & Southern Tournament, in Cincinnati, a couple of weeks ago, I’m still just as tuned in as I usually am come US Open time.

Even though, as of this posting, Venus Williams has bowed out, she electrified NYC with her first round upset of the #12 seeded player in the world. But that wasn’t the only story to come out of that match. Did you see her hair? Va-va-va-voom!

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And she wasn’t done! For her second round match, today, this is how she wore her hair. It wasn’t enough to push her into the third round, but I’m just glad she’s still even playing. (Please don’t retire anytime soon, V!)

The next huge storyline I’ve seen so far is the surprised win by 17 year old American Victoria Duval. She upset the 11th seeded player, and former US Open Champion, Sam Stosur. It was just her 2nd US Open match ever and she’s ranked 296 in the world!

Look at the sheer bliss after her big win! You can’t replicate that type of passion! I look forward to seeing more from her!

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And watch her post-match interview below…

How cute is this child? I will definitely be keeping an eye on her! The US needs girls like this, along with Sloane Stephens, to take the torch from Serena and Venus in a few years!

P.S. Can y’all believe there are only 3 days left in the #31WriteNow challenge? I have not missed a single day. Go me!

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Pictures: Ohio State’s “Celebration of Perfection”

You all know I’m obsessed with Ohio State Football. It’s not just a fall thing. It’s a year-round obsession. The kind that renders my fall Saturdays spoken for for 4 months out of the year. And for the remaining 8 months, I’m still all up on news about the team and recruiting. I simply can’t get enough!

So, after a turbulent year with an interim head coach, the Buckeyes hired Urban Meyer and he just lead the team to just its 6th undefeated season in history. Yea, there’s no bowl game, but I’d be willing to bet that by the second week of January there’s only one undefeated team in the country; and that’ll be the Buckeyes.

So, tonight, the school had a huge pep rally to celebrate the team going 12-0. The team, coaches, cheerleaders, marching band, the mayor of Columbus, and more came out to recognize what the team did!

Here are my pictures!

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My Pics From Chris Brown’s F.A.M.E. Tour Stop in Cincinnati

When Chris Brown announced that he was going on tour, I held my breath that he would include at least one date near me. Most tours seem to think the Midwest equals Detroit/Chicago and that’s it. Suz is not cool with this trend at all!

(Also, please save your vitriol re: Breezy for somebody else. This is my blog and I honestly don’t care if you don’t like him and/or don’t think anyone else should either. I do, so deal with it.)

Anyway, to my surprise, he released the tour dates and there were *several* that were in driving distance! Now, there were conflicts for a couple, but the Cincinnati date (which was originally supposed to be Cleveland lol) stood out & I bought my ticket the second the pre-sale began. I ended up in Row M, direct center. That was plenty close for someone who is a self proclaimed “concert snob”.

Here’s how close I was, with my camera completely zoomed out.

The stage from my seat
It’s kinda blurry, but the big rings are where the main stage area is

And below are the best of the pics I took. (My video is already on YouTube)

Chris Brown performed his ass off when he took the stage in Cincinnati. I didn’t expect anything different, really, because he’s a natural entertainer. Still, the show exceeded my expectations and vaulted itself into my Top 5 all-time shows with the likes of Lauryn Hill and Joss Stone. Well done, Breezy!

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We Lost A Member of Our Family Today…

Long story short, she had a tumor and her organs were starting to shut down. We thought the merciful thing to do was put her down. We will really miss her. Puddles already does!

Allow me a moment to share some of my favorite pics of Gracie. She was so aloof that she was hard to capture with any of my cameras. That’s why I will cherish the great shots I did get!

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