Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Unsettled ...

We have survived our first two scrimmages and I survived being "box coach" (barely). Being the box coach means being in charge of subbing players on and off the field, making sure the right kids are on the field at the right time and not too many of them. You can only imagine the challenge. For the second scrimmage, Julian enacted a plan to make each player responsible for their own substitutions which rendered me useless... and I like it that way. If Julian's true assistant coach, Rob, can make the games in the future, I can continue in my normal role of person-who-chats-with-the-parents. I applied for a CFNRV grant for $1000 to purchase new equipment for the team so we will see in May if that was a success.

We hosted 4 college kids for dinner last Friday as part of the RUF progressive dinner. They had appetizers and desserts as a big group and then split into smaller groups for dinner. It was nice to have company in the house and encouraged me to do a bit of the spring cleaning. It also made us rework some of the furniture which makes the apartment feel new-ish and springy after the past almost-three years of the same ol' thing. If I were good at taking pictures when I ought to, I would have taken one of the group to insert here ___.

We are feeling a bit unsettled as this summer will bring us round to a full year since Julian has taught and I'm losing enthusiasm with my situation at work. We are feeling very needy (at least I think WE are but I know I am...). We need: a suntan, to see Harris, to get some good mail, fresh berries, calm nerves and a van trip.

Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. (Ps. 27:14)

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Is it summer yet?

Ugh... What a crazy three weeks it has been....

In addition to the copious amounts of snow I blogged about in Feb., shortly after the start of practice, the Blacksburg High School gym collapsed on itself. This had about 22 of our 34 players out of school for a week and now they are going to school at the Blacksburg Middle School from 2-7:15pm. You can only imagine the havoc this has wreaked on our schedule.

Games have been rescheduled for 8pm weeknight starts or weekends.practice is happening twice a day from 10-12noon for the kids who are not in school and 3:30-5:30 for the kids who are in school during normal hours. Julian is dead tired and we are a bit worn out from needing Plan B...er C... ugh...Plan D? A few of the kids have quit already but the unfortunate thing is that because the games are rescheduled and the snow is still on the ground, we will be playing games with fewer kids than we had planned on having, when they haven't even seen lines on the field yet, or played together as one group.

On top of the craziness of lacrosse, I have transitioned into a new/old job. I am doing what I have been doing (major gifts fundraising) for the College of Agriculture four days a week and still for Vet Med but only one day a week. I have had a good three days of it so far and everyone in CALS is wonderful but I need prayers for endurance as these next few months will be very, very busy.

Cheer up, Charlie... right?