Saturday, June 06, 2009
I slept in until 8:00 this morning. I didn't really want to get up, but I had things to do and only a few hours to do them (like every other day!). I got some laundry started and then told the kids I was going to the gym. The ONLY thing they had to do was transfer the clothes from the washer to the dryer and keep the dryer running. Guess what?!?! Yep, they didn't do it. So, after I got home, they did. AND, daughter did dishes (both loading the dishwasher and by hand), son cleaned the bathroom. Both kids pulled weeds and planted some flowers. By then, my mad had worn off so they were allowed to play again. But, the dryer was kept running the whole time I was gone grocery shopping!!
The other day, I found a flyer in my door. Usually, the flyers just go straight into the recycling. But not this time! This flyer was for cleaning dryer vents - only $20! I checked with by BBB, no record of this company at all. Figured it was a new company (hence, the flyer!). Checked a couple of other places. One only had a busy signal. The other charges $50 (which sounds standard) and up. I asked how long my vent could be before the price went up. They would not tell me over the phone. I would have to have them come out, do something (that I would have to pay for!) and THEN they would give me an estimate. Um....NO! So, I called the number and left a message. He called back about 4:00 this afternoon and answered my questions thoroughly. So, I asked him when he could come out (thinking at least a week, right!). He was at my house at 5:30 this afternoon, done by 6:00. AND, he changed the clamps on the hose from the dryer because he didn't like the way they were holding the hose. And guess how much he charged me?!?! Yep, $20. And, he offered to come back in six months to check the amount of build up....for free! Of course, if he cleans it again, the price will go up. But, it's worth it and I would definitely hire him again. If you live in the Kuna/Boise area and need your vents cleaned, send me an e-mail and I'll give you this guys name and number. One load shouldn't take 3+ hours to dry now!!!
Friday, June 05, 2009
So, we lost two out of three games, but we were still scheduled to play again. We got there and were told that we might not play until 7:15 (two hours later!). Luckily, the team that forfeited to us didn't show again so we took there spot in the brackets. Turns out, the brackets were just wrong! The team we played today also had two losses. We should have both been out of the tournament, no more games. But, since we were there, we played. About half way through the game, the director came over and let us know that win or lose, we were both done. Both teams were fine with that!
The girls played really well. They played as a team, they talked and they (mostly) made good throws. We lost by only 4 runs and the season ended on a positive note. Then, we all had to hurry home so the girls could get ready for the dance!!
So, I am done coaching for the season. Now, my team should be able to start practicing soon so I can play!! Yippee!!!
Thursday, June 04, 2009
We were scheduled to play today at 5:00 and we're playing one of the other teams from our home town. We got about 40 minutes into the game when we started seeing lightning strikes. Up until then, the girls had been playing very well. They were stopping the ball, making good throws and playing together as a team. Very nice.
Because of the lightning , all girls came off the field (duh!) and we waited. And waited. And waited. After about an hour, we got enough of a break in the weather to start back up. Unfortunately, by then, our steam had evaporated. We started back up down by 2. By the time we got our third out, we were down by 12. To continue playing, we needed to score three runs in our next at bat. We didn't score any. Game over.
However, the saga does not end here. Apparently, the double elimination was a bit of a misstatement. The double elimination is in the Loser's bracket, I guess. So, that means we play again, tomorrow, at 5:00. If we lose, we're done. If we win, we play again at 7:15. Since there is a dance in Kuna tomorrow night, I don't think our girls are going to want to play that second game. Hopefully they don't think about that until AFTER the first game is over.
So very tired now. Forgot how exhausting coaching girls can be. I'll let you know how it ends up tomorrow. If we keep winning, we will play on Saturday!!
Thursday, June 04, 2009
Our first game started right at 5:00. Unfortunately, the other team only had seven girls. Need eight to play. We pitched to them. The deal was we would play until either an eighth girl showed or three outs. We got the three outs before their girl showed, so they had to forfeit. Really hated to get the win that way. But, it was a win!
Second game, not so lucky. They had a full team...plus. We did not play well. Lost. Score? Them - alot! Us - one. That's all right. We play again tomorrow at 5:00. If we win, we play again on Friday. If we lose, we're done. Go Longhorns!!
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
Tonight, we had a four hour practice scheduled. Yes, four hours with 10 teenage (or almost teenage) girls. There was a huge improvement in attitude, energy level, teamwork, you name it! We worked on everything we could think of and the girls responded well. We play our first tournament game tomorrow at 5:00. If (dare I say when?) we win, we play again at 7:15. I'm rooting for a double header!!
So, all of this softball is wreaking (is that the right word?) havoc on my eating patterns. I am very used to eating breakfast, a snack, lunch, a snack, dinner. Today it was breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, snack and (much later) dinner. I stayed in my range for most every nutrient I'm tracking, even calories! Tomorrow will be interesting. I'll be packing sandwiches for me and my daughter, carrots, an apple, a banana and maybe some chips (for her). I'm too cheap to buy concession stand food and we won't have time to go anywhere else. See...I'm talking like we are definitely have a double header. How's that for positive thinking!
All right. Things to do. Places to be. Dreams to dream. I'll let you all know how we did!
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