Oh Curling.

At last update I had just finished trying out for the National Curling Team. Well, all of us at the try-out heard back last week. Sad to say, I won’t be part of that team this year.

That just means that right now I’m trying to figure out what team I WILL be a part of. This is always a scramble it seems and just a general head ache. Once it’s sorted, then we can move on to the fun things like picking a schedule and trying to find sponsors (believe it or not, no one wants to sponsor curlers).

In the mean time, I’ve been keeping myself busy with other fun (less stressful) activities. This memorial day weekend we hit up the cabin. Sad to say, the weather wasn’t all it could have been. We were able to get outside on Saturday and some on Sunday but booked it home early on Monday because it just wasn’t that much fun hanging out inside in the rain :(.

It was an animal filled weekend. We (okay, not me, just the boy) were dog sitting, and then there was my cat and my mom’s. This would not be as exciting if my cat could just figure out how to get along with everyone else. My mom’s and the dog? Not a problem. Maybe sometime. Mitten (my cat) loves to be an outside cat. That doesn’t go so well at home, but at the cabin it’s great. Yes, he has a harness and leash. No, I don’t try to walk him. It’s mostly just so that I can grab him if I need to.

Watching the waves hit the shore
Watching the waves hit the shore

When we came back early from the cabin, I wasn’t all that sad, because it meant I had newly found time which I could use to my advantage! That means I decided I would rock out the quilt I needed to finish. I decided to make quilts for my friends when they have babies after realizing how much I love the home made quilts that are at my cabin. I also realized that very few people take the time to make anything, and it’s way more fun than anything I could ever buy for someone.

This quilt I started a long time ago, before my friend was even considering babies. So luckily a large part was done already. This is good as she’s due in September, and I’ll be gone for a huge chunk of time between now and then. Just a classic pattern, but spiced up with a fun print on the back.

Can you tell it's going to be a girl?
Can you tell it’s going to be a girl?

Now that this project is done, it’s back to figuring out curling plans and trip plans!

Busy Busy Bee

This week has been a busy week, and I keep feeling like I haven’t had a chance to sit down. Of course, I know that’s not true as I’ve gotten multiple posts written, and watched a couple TV shows (which are really an obvious excuse to get some snuggles and use no brain power).

I was lucky enough to get invited to go with the boy to the Guthrie to watch the Crucible. We were going with some of his lab group, but decided to split from them for dinner and got some sushi. Probably not either of our favorite sushi places, but it was all about location. I love the Guthrie. The stage we got to see the show on was the “non-traditional” Wurtle Thrust stage. I really enjoy shows on this stage because you feel like you are a part of the play much more than the standard type. Not my favorite show, but probably just because it’s a bit of a depressing play, not because it was poorly performed.

Thursday we were off to spring league curling. It is so exciting to see my newbies improving so much. It seems like everyone is having fun. I’m probably the worst because I sometimes just don’t have the patience for when people have no idea what’s going on. Alas, I knew that would happen when we signed up for this league, so I’m trying really hard to keep my happy girl pants on.

Friday was mostly taken up with chores. I’ve been working on being better at that whole cleaning thing. I wouldn’t say it’s been going all that well, but some is better than none. Other than that, we ordered some Thai from my favorite Thai restaurant. Some well needed rest.

Saturday I was off for a nice coffee and walk (my favorite kind of friend date) with Katie. Nothing too fancy but we always like to keep in touch and there’s not much better than a little exercise to go with the “coffee” we get. I often end up with a Mocha, which is more chocolate and milk than coffee, but a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do sometimes.

Off to Target. Does anyone else have the problem where every time you go to target it’s a minimum $50? Well, that’s my life. And the worst part is that I forgot multiple things that were on my to-buy list. So I guess I’ll be heading back again this week. Stopped at Joann Fabrics to pick up some fabric to use for the back of a quilt for my friend that is having her first baby (a little girl!).

This was followed by some practice time for curling. My old teammate came into town and we headed up for our ice time.

Sunday is the exciting day here. Today I had my try out for the National Curling Team. The USCA calls it a combine, which makes some sense because you run through a wide variety of drills. Not quite like the NFL combine though, no reporters there letting the world know how you’re doing! In fact, there’s been very little press about this at all. It turns out that there were 7 people trying out for the Women’s teams. We have no idea how many people will make it. Everyone is just trying to do their best.

I’ve been prepping for this try out for the last month or so, and so the next week will be tough. The upside is there is no longer anything I can do about it. So good, bad or indifferent, there’s nothing more I can do to make my case. I did my fitness tests. I did my curling tests. I did my logic tests (which I didn’t expect). I completed my interview. I demonstrated how horrible I am at functional movements (google functional movement test). Now the coaches take all the data from all those tests and figure out who they want. The hope is that we will hear back before the week is over.

Fingers crossed.