Monthly Archives: May 2016

Grab life by the balls

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According to fictional movie character Patches O’Houlihan “If you want dodgeball victory you gotta grab it by its haunches and hump it into submission, that’s the only way!”

In Barrie I decided it was my time to start grabbing. I made a promise to myself that THIS season I am going to improve enough to compete next year at Nationals. I needed those first to seasons,  I need 1 to really understand the rules of  Canadian Dodgeball Association style and then I needed a second to season to figure out WHAT kind of presence I want to be on the court.  Now in season three…. it’s time to start working on the skills.

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I am never going to be a top tier player but that doesn’t mean I should sit back and be complacent so I am taking the bull by the horns and I am going to PUSH myself this season.  I am going to take advice from everyone who will give it to me. I am going to play in tournaments, I am going to try new things. I am going to practice outside of the hour and a half I play each week.  I have a PLAN!  And tonight I saw the spark of that plan start to take hold. I listened to my friend Joey when he was trying to correct my throw. I listened to my teammates when they were telling me what they needed from me (except that one time, sorry again George!)  and I was putting myself out there.  Sure I made plenty of mistakes but I was IN the game and I was really proud of how I played. I had some solid moves and dudes… I jumped…. TWICE. I don’t have a little body, jumping isn’t something that comes natural to me be I just DID IT.  I don’t need to be the best I just need to be the best I can be .

Evening train of thought….

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It’s been a really busy few days.  My long weekend Monday ended with an unfortunate calamity involving my car, an expired safety inspection and a big fine. The silver lining is I will never be complacent about this again. I have a reminder on my calendar every two years until I am 105 years old (I figure by then I will be too old to drive).  Owning a car is so much more effort than I expected but I like the perks.  As a bonus I got my new insurance paper work in the mail yesterday and my monthly payment went down WEEEE. So far this year my monthly power bill went down, my insurance AND my car should be all paid off in less than 3 months so I have some pluses in the financial column.

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The last two days I have gone into the office for work which is great for several reasons. I really like getting so see some of my work people. I had two great lunch dates and LOTS of hugs. Plus I got to deliver cookies to some special folks.  Also I loved what I was doing which was working with our summer students.  It’s fun to be involved in training and the students are young and energetic and enthusiastic. I was kept on my toes for two solid days with great questions and a bit of a refresher for me, it’s been so long since I had my own training, it’s helpful to get that perspective of how far I’ve come. I remember being raw and new and afraid of screwing up, I am glad I stuck it out. I like my job.

Project #notv is still going well.  Last night I as tired and almost caved so instead I opted to go to bed early and get a good night of sleep.  I find as long as I have some music on I long for it less, apparently I just need noise.  I am hoping that starting next week I will fill some of that quiet time with an evening walk.

 

Long Weekend Goodness!

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Well it’s 9pm on Sunday and I pretty much ready to call it a night but I am giddy with delight because I don’t have to set my alarm for the morning. LONG WEEKEND.  It’s been pretty much perfect except that my sweetie is away and I miss him.  Yesterday was hot and sunny and I got a lot of work done around the yard. I love getting my hands in the dirt, I love the way it feels, I love the way it smells.  I even got most of the front lawn mowed. I got have dinner with friends who recently moved into my neighbourhood and see their beautiful new home and then go to a house warming for some our dodgeball family.

This morning started EARLY.  For most of our team it was our first softball game of the year because most of us were away last weekend at Nationals.  It was a much cooler, damper start to the day but ball was good, after we got past my SNAFU with the batting order *sigh*.  But we won 1 and lost 1 then we went to the Chicken Burger for lunch together.   Ball was follow up by an unplanned nap, groceries, some baking and some photo editing from my trip.  It was quiet in the house, the fur babies all snoozed the rainy day away. I was worried so much down time might having me jonesing for some Netflix but I had some tunes playing quietly in the background and that seemed to fill my need background noise. But tonight I can hardly keep my eyes open and I am excited to have one more night sleeping in the middle of the big bed. Tomorrow my sweetie is home and I have to get ready for a BIG week at work.

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Turning Off The Tube – 107 Days of Summer!

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Last year on July 10th my good friend Lee issued a challenge on FB, she and her super cool daughter were giving up TV and videos for a month and the were recruiting. I have talked many times about how TV is like a drug to me so I decided that her challenge would be good for me, plus I would have them for support which I would probably need.  It turned out that I did REALLY well with my TV detox.  I actually stayed on it until September. Post hoc ergo propter hoc I had just about the best summer I could remember. Gil and I were out and running around day and night and fell exhausted into bed, sleeping much better and feeling a lot closer to each other than we had in a while. \

So this year I decided I wanted to do it again but EXPANDED! So this is it Victoria Day long weekend to Labour Day long weekend, no Nextflix, Shomi or YouTube.  For the next few weeks Gil will procure us Game of Thrones because it would be impossible for me to avoid spoilers until September unless I also gave up FB (ummm hell NO!) and beyond that I am going to have a tv/video free summer.  So what will I do to fill my time while I am unplugged?

  • read
  • write a book
  • jam to tunes
  • clean
  • paint
  • nap
  • star gaze
  • drive
  • beach
  • chat over coffee
  • hit a bucket of balls
  • date night
  • garden
  • backyard fire
  • take pictures
  • wash the car
  • walk
  • cook
  • swim
  • scrapbook
  • go to a museum
  • food trucks!
  • puzzles
  • blog (oh you know you want it!)
  • Softball
  • yoga
  • write letters
  • organize
  • take a class
  • play board games
  • drink beer on the deck
  • Ingress
  • try Geocaching
  • go fishing
  • mini golf
  • berry picking
  • AGNS
  • get new ink
  • go on a road trip
  • picnic
  • make the perfect iced coffee
  • learn to crochet
  • go dancing
  • batting cages
  • kill my step challenge at work
  • improve my dodgeball skills

So wish me luck… I am off to kick start my 107 days of summer!

Girl Power!

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So my trip to Ontario was amazing for lots of reasons. I can’t begin to tell you how much I value the experience I had.But there was one moment among all of them that REALLY stands out. I was at the National Dodgeball Festival in Barrie, with a large contingent of my dodgeball family. I found myself in a loud crowded arena but in a moment of zen I looked around and saw that on all six courts there were twelve teams of women playing.  That’s a MINIMUM of 72 women playing their guts out, kicking total ass. 72 women!!!! I was so amazed, so in awe that I actually began to cry.  I love the women I play with here in Nova Scotia, they have become some of my dearest friends, nay members of my family. I am constantly blown away by their talent and passion for our game. We are a mighty group of woman but we are small in number. When I can’t make a game and I need a sub it can be so difficult, a problem that our dudes rarely have.

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Our leagues here are almost exclusively co-ed and we play with some incredible men but sometimes it is difficult to not get frustrated and feel like teams are built around the male players and then the women are added based on league requirements which is just crazy because some of the best players I have ever seen were chicas!

Looking around at those 72 women I felt so proud to be with them (even if this time around I wasn’t dodging) and I was emboldened by all those strong, fierce ladies.

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The Whirlwind!

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Well I had every intention of posting everyday while I was away but in the end it was so busy and I was so tired at night.  The whole week went by so quickly.  It was an amazing experience and there was a LOT of learning.   I feel like my next trip will be a greater success because of the things I learned this time around.

I can’t express how much I loved spending the weekend at the national dodgeball festival with my dodgeball family! It was amazing watching players from all over the country, watching my people play and succeed, to celebrate with them.  I am already planning for 2017!!!

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What a day!

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Today was the big day, the kick off to my solo adventure.  It has been a real experience. There have been some ups and some downs but most of all there have been a LOT of learning experiences. That is important and it’s what I expected. This is my first time doing this and there is no way I was going to get it all right from the get go.

The flight was actually pretty good. The Ativan helped a lot. Plus I had the greatest flight attendant ever. Porter will be getting a glowing letter about Wendy. She made me feel like a total VIP. Also I paid the $23 extra to have the good seat in the front… COZY!

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I am glad I got a cab from the airport, it made my life a lot easier.Trying to make my way through downtown with my heavy suitcase would have been a real pain in the ass.  The hotel let me check in early which was super nice.

Then the walking started. Oh there was a lot of walking. So it turns out if you are going to be doing a lot of walking you should make sure you have really good comfortable footwear. My Chucks, as it happens, I THOUGHT were broken in but now at the end of the day my feet look like ground beef so…no so much.  I actually ended up buying a pair of cheap ballet flats from Pay Less because I couldn’t bare the thought of putting my shoes back on to go to dinner.   According to my pedometer I walked 14 kilometers today. Go me!  I didn’t do everything on my list because me feet hurt so badly I needed to have a break.

I got  a sun burn and even my blisters have blisters but overall  it has been great. I ate some fantastic food, got a little tipsy at dinner and I feel good about my decision to do this.