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1. I’m looking forward to this weekend. It’ll hopefully be full of Greek food, friends, and a drink or two, and a walk along the river. Sounds pretty good already, doesn’t it?

2. I refuse to let the fact that it’s supposed to rain ALL weekend put a damper on my fun. I don’t have to work (well I do a little on Saturday, but that’s besides the point), so I’m going to make myself enjoy my time off.

3. On the bright side the rain will mean my garden will be growing. Right now we have lettuce, radishes, peas, zucchini, cucumber, and a couple other things growing. It makes me happy whenever I see something else starting to come up.

4. I’m going to see Snow White and the Huntsman tonight with some friends. It looks pretty good, doesn’t it?

 

5. I plan on sleeping on both Saturday and Sunday. I’m exhausted and I’m going to let myself catch up on the sleep I’ve missed this week.

6. I only have one more soccer game left in the season. That makes me pretty sad. On the up side though, there will be food, drinks, and lots of celebrating after the game.

7. On the other hand I’ll be happy to not have to deal with sweaty shin guards or socks.

8. I’ll be watching lots of Euro 2012 soccer this weekend. I’m hoping the teams I’m rooting for will play well!

9. Being single stinks. For real.  Anyone know any cute guys in their late 20’s or early 30’s? Smile

10. The last three facts took me a good twenty minutes to come up with, and I can’t think of the last one, so you’re getting a fake 10th fact. I’m just a good blogger like that.

Hope you enjoy your weekend, whatever you’re doing!

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Tell me I’m not the only one totally engrossed in the Euro 2012 tournament. Even if I find out the score of the game before I have a chance to watch it, it’s still exciting to see the action happen.

Now that I’ve been playing soccer for two months (has it really been that long already!?!?), I love getting a chance to see how the pros do it. Goal kicks that cover 3/4 of the field, amazing head butts, and the control players have while running up the field with the ball are awe inspiring – especially to someone like me who has next to no soccer skills to speak of.

When I was in Europe last time it was a couple months before the World Cup. People were already getting pretty excited. It was on TV and newspapers everywhere there. I would almost relate it to the hockey post season here in Canada, but in Europe it felt a lot bigger because so many countries were involved.

I would love to attend a soccer game in Europe. It would be so much fun being in a stadium of people so passionate about a sport. It think it would be very different from any hockey game I’ve ever been to, even the ones with huge rivalries (Calgary-Edmonton, anyone?)

If you’re interesting in the standings, head on over to the Euro 2012 site here.

Right now I’m rooting for England, Germany and Italy. It would be awesome to see any one of those teams win it. Who are you cheering for?

A couple months ago (April I think?) I ordered some shorts online. It’s been awhile since I’ve bought shorts, so I probably shouldn’t have done it online, but what can I say? I needed them and had put off going to the store to get them cause I didn’t want to spend forever in the fitting room.

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I ended up deciding to go with these ones. One thing I knew I wanted in a pair of shorts was length. I find a lot of shorts just too short. These ones come to 5 or 6 inches of my knees. That makes me happy. They’re comfortable enough that I feel like I can do just about anything in them.

They’re made of a mesh fabric, so they’re nice and cool too. However the mesh does bring up a small problem. You can see through them. That makes it kind of awkward when you want to wear them in public.

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Problem solved though, with the purchase of compression shorts! Now no one is the wiser that they’re see through. Plus, because the mesh ones are a little baggy, the compression shorts deal with any kind of chafing that could happen.

I’ve been using them to play soccer for the last couple months and I’m really happy with them. I usually don’t buy clothes online, but after this success I might have to try it again.

What was the last thing you bought online?

Goalie June 9 2012

The soccer league that I play in doesn’t have dedicated goalies. That means that everyone on the team has to take a turn playing goalie for a game. Usually we do it half a game at a time.

A few weeks ago I volunteered to play goalie for the first half of the game. When I first pulled on the keeper jersey, put the gloves on, and ran out on the field to the net, I was terrified. TERRIFIED.

I didn’t realize before how big the net is until I was standing in front of it. It seemed so huge to me. How could anyone expect me to keep a ball out of it?

A funny thing happened though. Once the game started I realised I had some teammates who were playing an amazing defense and were working hard to keep the ball away. They were awesome, and the whole time I was in goal the ball only came to me a couple times.

Did the other team score on me? Definitely. But it was only once, and I had managed to stop the first try. There was no way I could have been able to get to the other side of the net in time to keep the ball from going in on the rebound. It was too much ground to cover in not enough time.

But you know what? I didn’t feel bad about it. I knew that I had given it my all and tried as hard as I could. I didn’t have any regrets. I couldn’t think of anything that I could have done differently.

When the ref whistled half time I was so relieved. I had played 30 minutes as goalie and survived. When I went over to the sideline to get some water, my team congratulated me. They thought I had done a good job, even though the other team had scored. I think one of the things I was so scared of was letting them down, but they didn’t feel disappointed at all.

Last week I played another half as goalie. I definitely wasn’t as scared as the first time, though I was still definitely more nervous that usual. You know what? I didn’t even let any goals in! Instead of worrying about the horrible things that could happen, I focused on the game and did my best.

I need to remember this experience for the next time that I’m faced with doing something that I’m scared of. I really have no idea how something is going to go until I actually do it. Having expectations that it’s going to be horrible doesn’t help at all. For all I know I could have had some amazing goalie abilities that I didn’t know I had cause I had never played the position before. I need to remember that when I’m faced with an unknown I need to tell myself that it could turn out pretty good.

Even though I didn’t actually play any sports.

Weekend June 22 2012

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I started off my weekend Friday afternoon watching some Euro 2012 action. Even though I’ve only been playing soccer since April, I’m amazed at how talented these players are. They’re truly world class. It’s so much fun to watch.

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After watching some soccer I finished making these peanut butter cookies. I actually started them Thursday night, but they needed to go into the fridge for at least two hours, but I ended up leaving them there overnight cause I didn’t have time to finish them on Thursday. They turned out pretty good. I’ll be posting about them tomorrow,

Friday night I ended up going bowling with a friend. We were trying to figure out what to do, there weren’t really any movies playing that we were interested in, so we finally settled on bowling,

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Lucky for us, it was black light/glow in the dark night where we went. I was wearing a white tank under a purple t-shirt, and they both glowed. My friends jeans were glowing where they were faded. Somehow glow in the dark doesn’t get old, even if you’re almost 30.

After two games we headed over to Denny’s for dessert and to talk. I hadn’t seen my friend for awhile, so we had lots to discuss. I had a slice of cheesecake with strawberries on it. So delicious. I totally forgot to take a photo of it though.

Saturday afternoon I watched some more Euro 2012 soccer and did some laundry. Funny how by the. end of the week there’s so much laundry to do. It seems like it’s never-ending sometimes. Watching soccer while doing it definitely made it easier to do though.

Saturday night I went to a pub with a friend to watch the Kings and the Devils play. It was a totally last minute thing, so I was pretty happy that she could make it and we could spend some time together. New Jersey ended up winning and forcing game 6, which will be happening tonight.

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Sunday afternoon I ended up going for a walk with some friends. The plan was to go to a park by the river, but we didn’t get very far before we had to turn back. We’ve had a couple weeks of rainy weather, and combined with the runoff of the snow in the mountains, that means the rivers are really high and flooding. Notice the trees that are half submerged on the right?

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That’s supposed to be a path, but it was totally underwater. The dogs seemed prepared to trek right through though. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the water this high before. Although we ended up having to walk through a residential area instead of the park it was still a fun walk with lots of talking. It ended up being a little over 4km in just under an hour. Not too shabby.

My Sunday night ended with Mad Men’s last episode of the season. It seems like it took forever waiting for the season to start, and now it’s over and gone so soon. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with my Sunday nights now.

I was done work early on Friday so I went home, ate lunch, then headed out to Ikea to look for a desk.

I didn’t want something too big, and I also had a budget. Of course once I got there, the desks I was immediately called to were big and expensive. Isn’t that always how it goes?

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I finally decided on this one. I wasn’t totally sure on the color when we were at Ikea, but then again nothing ever looks the same color at the store compared to when you get it home. It’s the lights, I tell you!

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So the plan was to paint it once I put it together, but how that I’ve had it for a couple days at home, the color looks different (thankfully) and it’s actually starting to grow on me. I bought the chair there too. Pretty cute, huh? I really like the wicker look.

Saturday my soccer tournament started. Of the league I play in, enough people were interested in the tournament to make up two teams. There were three other teams playing, so we played four games.

We tied our first game. it was actually perfect weather for soccer playing – a little sunny but a little overcast too – so we didn’t get wet, but for the last ten minutes we got rained on. Luckily the field didn’t get too wet though.

 

Our second game on Saturday was an hour and a half later so we had time to go get lunch. I ended up coming home and making a Greek salad and a granola bar. I knew I would have to do a lot of running soon, so I wanted to make sure I didn’t eat something that was going to make me sick.

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We won our second game with a shutout! We were playing really well. We had perfected where each line was playing and were communicating with each other. By the time the game was done I was exhausted. It’s amazing how running around for a couple of games leaves you feeling so tired.

Our first game on Sunday started bright and early at nine. We played amazingly, and won again with another shut out! We were pretty excited to say the least.

We played our fourth game right away, with only a twenty minute break. Unfortunately we were playing the best team in the tourney (the other team from our league), and they simply outplayed us, so we ended up losing. Their passing was better and they were running faster. It also didn’t hurt that they had eight subs compared to our three, so they had fresher legs.

We ended up placing second, which meant we moved on to the gold/silver game against the team that beat us. Both teams were pretty exhausted though, having played four games in a little over 24 hours, so we decided to cancel the last game. It would have been three games in four hours, and I bet there would have been more injuries because people were so tired.

I think our team was happy with placing second place though. At least I felt pretty good about it. It also helped that we had some awesome coaching. It’s amazing how hard it is to see how the other team plays when you’re on the field playing yourself, so it’s always nice to have a set of eyes on the sidelines.

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By the time I got home I was famished! It was a little after one by the time I was showered, so it was definitely time for lunch. I ended up making a cheese pizza and cooking it on the barbeque. I ate it with a nice cold Corona. Seriously, I think that was the best tasting beer I’ve ever had.

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I spent the rest of my Sunday relaxing (it’s amazing how sore you get, but then again I did play a lot of soccer this weekend) and reading The Other Queen. I’m still not done it yet, but I’m hoping to finish it some time this week.

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I also watched Mad Men Sunday night. This is definitely my favourite season so far. Seriously, this has to be one of the most well written shows on TV right now. (I would write more about it, but I don’t want to give away any spoilers – there’s been so much going on the last few episodes.)

You know what I did this weekend. What did you do?

Limits June 2 2012

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Last week at soccer I was running after the ball. I was playing defence, and there was a striker on the other team running to get to the ball too. It was a race to see who would get there first.

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For a second I thought about giving up. I don’t think I’m very fast. Actually I know I’m not fast. I told myself that she would get there before I would. What’s the point of wasting the energy of running hard when I know she’ll beat me to the ball?

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But then I thought, what if I give it my all and see what happens? Yeah, I might not be fast, but I’d like to think that I give everything my best effort. If I give up before I’ve even tried then I’m not trying my best.

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We ended up getting to the ball at the same time, and after a few tries I managed to pass it to a teammate. I felt pretty good about it. It wasn’t a game changing play. We didn’t score. But I was so proud of myself for not giving up.

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It made me realize how many times I put limits on myself. I give myself permission to give up cause I don’t think I’ll be able to accomplish something. So what if it’s hard? So what if I’ve never been able to do it before? If I don’t give it 100% then of course I’m going to fail. But if I give it everything I have I could do something amazing.

Even if I don’t end up doing it, it’s still not the end of the world. I’m guaranteed to fail at things in life – but that doesn’t mean that I still shouldn’t give it 100% of my effort.

Soccer Tournament May 2012

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This weekend I’ll be playing in my very first tournament. I’m pretty excited about it to be honest. I never thought that a year ago I would be playing any kind of team sport, let alone a tournament.

The league that I play in Tuesday and Thursday nights always sends a couple teams. Because not everyone in our league is able to play in the tournament, the league director divides everyone who’s interested in playing into a couple teams. It sounds like there’s quite a few people from my team going to the tournament, so that’ll be good.

We’re guaranteed to play at least four games from Friday to Sunday. If we play well there will be an extra game or two. It’s a non-competitive tournament, just like our league, so there won’t be an trophies or medals awarded.

Our team captain was talking about the tournament a couple weeks ago and she said that some of the teams take it pretty seriously. I totally understand wanting to play well, but I don’t get taking it so seriously that you’re dropping f-bombs every time something doesn’t go right for your team. It should be fun, not stressful.

Wish me luck tomorrow!

It’s official. The FIFA Women’s World Cup will be held in Canada in 2015, in six cities across the country.

That’s pretty cool, especially since one of the host cities is only a couple hours north of where I live. Even though I’ve just started playing soccer a couple weeks ago, it would be so unbelievably cool to see some of the best soccer players in the world play.

If I could go to any of the host cities though, I’d have to pick Montreal. I think the atmosphere there would be unbelievable.

Click here for more info.