Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Elusive No Longer

Last night, the boys won their game in a nail-biter that had us on the edge of our seats. And, by "us", I mean the fans, the boys, it should be noted, were calm and focused and determined. It. Was. Awesome.

They can now say that the losing streak is officially over; they have tasted victory both at home and on the road, and, they did it with class, just like they handled their losses.

So proud of these boys.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

I Feel a Rant Coming On

The Boosters met at the school last night to decorate athlete lockers. We had invited the parents of all the winter athletes to decorate for their kids, and, we had a few takers. Not nearly as many as we would have liked, but, that seems to go hand in hand with some of our other frustrations around our fellow parents and their interest in volunteering for the Booster cause.

I get it; people are busy. I know this, because, we hear it from people every time we ask for help with a project or fundraiser. I also know that, between us, BCPE and I have three jobs, five kids-each of whom play at least two sports, two households, four other organizations for which we volunteer our time, and a serious need for some personal downtime every once in a while. I understand busy.

What I don't understand are parents who can't make at least a little time to help with events that they partake in, benefit from, or enjoy; the up-coming sports banquet being the best example of that right now.

Anyway, enough of my bitching. As always, I am grateful for the core group of parents who make up the workforce of Boosters.
Also, the parents who did show up for their kids did a great job and I'm sure their kids will be pleased.

I know my kid will be.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Senior Six Pack

BCPE and another of the senior moms just left here after spending a few hours working on decorations for the boys lockers; we are scheduled to install them tomorrow evening and we wanted to get a jump start on our kids' decorations so, tomorrow, we will have more time to help the other parents as well as to put up stuff for the kids whose parents don't participate.

I'm pretty happy with the way that our stuff turned out and I'm excited for the boys to see it.

Speaking of the boys, their senior banners have been hanging in the gym since shortly before the holiday break, but, Friday night's game was really the first opportunity that I got to take pictures of them.

They also turned out great, considering the shenanigans the boys pulled while we were at the photo shoot for the images that the designer ended up using.

Wednesday afternoon, BCPE and I have been invited by the coach to come into the locker room to take pictures of the boys. We have some neat things planned for that shoot, but I really want to pose the boys under their banners for a few as well.

In related news, whatever am I going to do next year when I don't have a kid at home to take pictures of?

Ha! Bet you thought I was over whining about "lasts". Not quite yet, I'm afraid. Bear with me!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Still Waiting For That Elusive Home Win

The boys played their first post-holiday home game last night, and, while they played really, really well, they lost by ten. That is a vast improvement over the thirty-to forty and fifty-point losses that the team has endured over the past four years, but, still not where Coach and the boys want to be.

I really hope we can get a home win in the books before the end of the season; preferably more than one.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Maybe It IS End Times

The weather continues to be a major buzz kill; the latest casualty of which was the basketball game scheduled for this evening . Apparently, it's hard to travel to a game when the snow drifts higher than your school bus, or, that's what the athletic director from a neighboring community would have you believe.

So, rather than watch the Cub and his teammates play ball this evening, I am sitting on my ass in my pajamas.

Hey, if the world is going to end in a snow-covered apocalypse, I'm going out comfy.

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Christmas Is Over, Where the Hell is Spring?

Thursday, a storm rolled into the area, dumping twelve inches of snow in some areas and causing nervous panic amongst the school district, local government, and state offices. Naturally, everything shut down like it was End Times.

Day Job got into the act by closing an hour early (yes, an WHOLE HOUR!), sending employees home and urging us to stay indoors and off the roads (that they had just sent us home on).

I am embarrassed to say that I was unprepared for the storm and didn't even have a scraper in my car with which to clean the windshield and hood of my car. Trying to drive down an icy, snow packed highway while it was still snowing and the wind was blowing was more challenging than one might think. Well, you might have thought it would be, but, you are probably smarter than me.

With the snow blowing into my windshield, I had zero visibility and quickly realized that I was a danger not only to myself, but to every other poor idiot on the road. So, I pulled over and I searched my car for some item that I could use in place of a scraper. What I came up with was the rolled up Hoist the Colors banner that has been lurking between the seats in the Tahoe since football season ended. It worked surprisingly well.

Anyway, I made it home, where, I feel as though I have been taken hostage.

I hate winter.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

The First Bit of Good News in the New Year

Way back in November, I joined Day Job's seasonal wellness challenge; the challenge was simple: don't gain more than 2 pounds between Thanksgiving and the first of the new year.

Last year, I gained well over my allotted 2 pounds.

This year? Lost 3 pounds.

Stomach flu for the win!