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Jul, 16

The Thrill Of Victory and The Agony of Defeat

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While spending the 4th of July holiday with my track girlfriends Leslie and Shelly, the track and field trails were in full swing. Upon our return from the beach, they tuned in to watch the races. I was sleeping peacefully on the couch. However, they woke me to see what had just gone down on the track. If you watched the video above, you can see how challenging tactical racing can be. All of the women in this pool have broken the two minute mark in the 800 meters having run 1.59 or lower. So clearly, all had a good shot of being in the top three to advance to Rio. But as you watch, you can see how a split second decision can change a persons entire life. As we studied this video time, after time, after time…I’m not going to share our thoughts; we all agreed it’s just sad across the board. Fingers will get pointed, dreams dashed, money from endorsements lost, and egos damaged. Like Jim McKay said on the Wide World Of Sports. It’s the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. In the world of professional sports, one must be able to handle the highs and the lows. It’s no different from any other job. Just more public.

Today is an oldie but goodie for the recipe. My super easy banana pudding. Delicious. Great summer treat.


16 oz. whipped topping

4 oz. softened cream cheese

1/2 tbsp. vanilla

1/2 cup confectioners sugar

1/8 cup milk

5.1 oz. box of Instant Vanilla Pudding ( will need 3 cups of milk for this)

1 box of Vanilla Wafers

3 bananas sliced


1. Prepare the vanilla pudding according to package. Allow to chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

2. In large mixing bowl, combine whipped topping, cream cheese, vanilla, 1/8 cup milk, and confectioners sugar.

Using a hand held blender, cream together until all ingredients are completely incorporated.

3. In 9×13 pan, begin to layer the pudding. On the bottom layer the vanilla wafers, then a layer of bananas, cover with pudding, and whipped topping mixture.

Repeat process a second time. I top with crushed vanilla wafers.


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