Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Riding the Roller Coaster of Emoooootion... WHHEEEEEE!

I can't believe how quickly my departure date has come. I feel like it was just yesterday that it was decided I was heading over to Iraq and now I am leaving in less than two weeks! It's funny because I, as well as most people who know me, would not categorize me as an emotional or dramatic person....BUT man, the past week or two I have been on the roller coaster of emotion and at times have felt as if I'm having out of body experiences, watching myself overreact to the smallest of things. Who knew I could be such a GIRL. I guess it's to be expected being that I have had more than a lot on plate the past couple weeks, a lot of change on the horizon and a few hormonal spikes causing me to go certifiably crazy at times.

Thankfully my friends are pretty stinkin' wonderful and have not "unfriended" (such a facebook term) me because of my recent emotional instability. Actually my friends are so magnificent that they threw me a going away/early birthday party this past weekend and it was just what I needed. I mean really, what girl doesn't love being celebrated and told she's going to be missed?! I was overwhelmed by it all and felt so very undeserving of all the love they showed me by coming out and celebrating with me!

The night started at Wu's Garden, a Chinese restaurant in Vienna with dinner and conversation. It was perfect becuase we were able to be in a room pretty much all to ourselves for dinner and then we stuffed our faces some more with an amazing cake that Amy made from scratch!

Next on tap for the night was Karaoke!! Loads. Of. Fun. :D I have not laughed that hard in a long time. We had a few superstars in the group and a few (eh hem) not so much stars, but more super-entertaining.... and when it comes to karaoke that's all you need! I have a new found respect for rappers as Julie and I were out of breath by the end of Young MC's "Busta Move." They must have to be on some training regimen in order to stay in shape and be able to spit on lyric on top of another during their shows... or maybe they just don't have the moves that we have so they don't waste as much lung capacity shaking their money maker?! I don't know.. but I was out of breath and sweating by the end of our debut.

All in all, it was a memorable night and the most perfect send off I could've asked for! I love my friends and family, and am so thankful for each one of them and the joy they bring to my life! I will miss all of you while I'm gone but will carry you within me as a travel. Thanks to everyone who came out and made the night a blast!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

A "Double-ya" :)

Here's a recap of our win today!! That's right, a WIN! WOOOOT WOOOT!

Episcopal played away against Holy Child today and brought our League record to 4-7 and 4-13 over all. The Maroon came ready to play this today and gave a great overall effort as a team! EHS did a great job of working the ball inside and out, getting each other clean looks at the basket on which they capitalized. Episcopal shot 50% from the field and 75% from the free throw line in the first half, which led them into half time with a 14 point lead, 23-9. Episcopal's defense is seeming to be one of Episcopals biggest improvements from the start of the season. The team as a whole was much more aggressive on defense, reeking havoc for Holy Child and blocking 9 of their shots!

Everyone played and gave quality minutes for Episcopal. Angie Phillips was more than a bright spot for the Maroon, scoring 10 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and a block. Breanna Jones and Mary Foran also chipped in for 13 and 10 points respectively. Abby Hart and Kelsey Knutson did a great job running the point and the team followed their lead of distributing the ball to the open player after breaking Holy Child's full court press. Holy Child tried to claw their way back into the game starting in the fourth quarter but Episcopal gained composure and finished the game off for the fourth ISL win this season! It was a great team effort for Episcopal so please join me in congratulating the girls for a solid win at an exciting time in the season for the team! Episcopal will play on Monday at Stone Ridge as they look to knock another ISL opponent off, preparing for the League Tournament that is less that two weeks away!! Great job, Episcopal!!!
Here's a couple pics of my cute little team! (they're not cute all the time... but hey, they're high school girls. What can you expect)

Ali and Tameka

Angie, Alessandra, and Abby

The Team :)

Kelly and Mary... being Kelly and Mary

Monday, February 2, 2009

A Crystal Ball

If you don't already know, I am preparing to go out of town on a temporary assignment for 6 months and needless to say I have a lot going on being that I'm smack dab in the middle of basketball season. Oh and I have a full time job that takes up my time during the day as well. If all of that wasn't enough to keep me busy, I'm now adding analyzing the possiblities of a new job and what that may mean for my future.

I had an interview today for the position of the Director of Navy Sports and although I haven't been offered the job I am really good at imagining possibilities and different avenues this job could lead my life. Great. Just what I need.... something to keep my mind occupied from all of the things I NEED to be focused on. I don't even know if I'll get offered the job but I'm already thinking about what that would mean about my upcoming temporary assignment AND what that would mean as far as coaching next season at Episcopal. Yay, more things that I can't control for me to ponder.

Bryson told me the other day that I'm really good at worry about things I can't control.... And he's right. I AM really good at that. But it's not so much that I'm worried about it, but I want to know what's going to happen. So I sit and think of all the different possibilities that could happen with the multiple variables I've got going on in my life. I DO trust that God is in control and I will end up in the place, but it'd be really nice if I had a crystal ball to pump the brakes on my ever racing mind so I could put my effort towards the more important things that I actually can control in my life. But that would be too easy now, wouldn't it?! :)