Monthly Archives: May 2007

The small world that is rugby

I was invited to attend a lunch meeting today on building a better rugby community here in our city.

All men and then me … which is how it typically rolls. I figure that’s probably representative of the general rugby-playing population anyway.

I knew half of the guys there, but sitting next to me was one of our men’s team’s old boys. Turns out he is my boyfriend’s next door neighbor, who neither one of us knew was also a rugger.

I also scored a delicious grilled chicken salad with strawberries and mango in it. Yum. 🙂

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Want to play at NASCs?

This is for Midwest area players due to the short time span. NASCs is the weekend of June 16 in Blaine, MN (north side of the Twin Cities).

The National All-Star Championships senior women’s bracket will be short one team this year. The Canadian U-23s are unable to travel. So organizers are putting together an Invitational team of U-23s and Senior players from around Minnesota, the Midwest to fill out this 8th team in the bracket.

Interested players should contact the Minnesota Invitational coaches, Janice Granger and Rebecca Newberry, if you are interested in playing. You will need to get yourself to the event and you’ll likely be staying with players in the area for the weekend. This is a Friday – Sunday event, so you will also need to be there all day Friday.

Janice’s e-mail: janicegranger@yahoo.com
Rebbeca’s e-mail: newberry@smm.org

This is an excellent opportunity for any players of U-23 and senior levels to play the nation’s best women’s rugby players.

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Sniffling through some good books

Today is slightly better. I made a trip to the grocery store last night to actually have some food in our kitchen and cold medicine. I’m still very congested and coughing, but other than this I feel fine. I could totally run a marathon … if I liked running.

I just finished a good book that a lady at work gave me, Modoc. I’ve been reading a lot lately, because my bus rides into work and home give me at least 40 minutes a day of uninterrupted reading time. I’ve always been a fast reader and now with this time on the bus, I’m downright voracious. I’m on a fiction kick as well, for any of you non-fiction types.

Anyway, I’ve read a few good books I’ve enjoyed and thought I would pass them on if you are also looking for summer reading. These are books either handed to me by someone else or randomly picked up off of my sister’s bookshelf which I’m slowing picking clean. If the first few sentences were entertaining, I read them. I put links to online descriptions if you want more info, not because I support these businesses. Go find the books at your local community stores.

The Historian – From my sister, weaves in lots of history with fiction about Dracula (aka Vlad the Impaler). Good suspense and scary at times. More info.

Water for Elephants – From my boyfriend’s mom, historial fiction about the circus trains around the Great Depression. Told from the memory of an old man. The author researched the history of the circuses and how they traveled, all of their stories. Really interesting. More info.

Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant that ever Lived – A lady at work gave this to me after I told her I was reading the book above. This is based on a true story and will make you cry. I now want a pet elephant. More info.

Hissy Fit & Savannah Breeze – Two books by the same author, on my sister’s bookcase. Romantic comedy fiction based in small southern towns, has outlandish characters and lots of antique/kitsch environments. Quick entertaining reads while you are working on a tan. More info & More info.

A Clockwork Orange – Never read it when I was younger, found it on my boyfriend’s shelf. Mixed feelings on it, and I’ve never seen the movie. Interesting use of language and the writing style is quick, which I liked. Certainly thought-provoking. More info.

Children of Men – Boyfriend and I saw the movie first, then his mom gave us the book. The book is quite different than the movie, almost entirely different plots but with the same larger premise. Both worthwhile, although I think I would’ve liked the movie plot as a book better. Makes you wonder if our future really could be cut short so easily. Main character is a man, but the author is a woman which was interesting to me. More info.

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aarrggh

I am sick. Officially.

I am so stuffed up that my head feels like it’s filled with sand.

I forgot my wallet at home. I think it’s in my jeans I wore last night.

I did not pack a lunch, except for a banana. And a half-drank bottle of Diet Mt. Dew I had in my backpack from yesterday.

I don’t have any cold medicine. Only 2 disgusting cherry cough drops and 2 packagages of effervescent lemon zest alka seltzer plus for cold & sinus. That stuff tastes horrible too. Good thing my taste buds are also sick.

I have already ate my banana. And am drinking the flat dew.

I still have at least four hours and 30 minutes of work left.

WHAM is on the radio. Wake me up before you Go Go. George Michael can suck it.

I used up all of my change yesterday, when I did have my wallet, so now I’m out of change again.

crap. crap. crap. crap.

And I’m wearing heels for work. So I’m much less inclined to want to walk anywhere, when I could just sit here lamenting my current sick situation.

I really want chinese food.

And a chocolate milkshake.

I am taking the week off from rugby. Considering take more time off. Possibly the whole summer. I would like to just run. Maybe do a race to motivate myself.

That may only last until this weekend, if I go to Chicago with my boyfriend for his college alumni game. He mentioned a possible women’s game that might need players. It would be fun to jump in a college alumni game, I’m old enough that they might not even realize I’m not really an alum. “Oh, I graduated before you were here.”

Mexican food would also be good right now.

Yesterday, I read about how to make tamales. I have never eaten a tamale. It looks pretty tasty.

I just realized that in less than four months, I’ll be 30 years old. Hmmmmm.

The Rolling Stones are now on the radio, things are looking up. I’m going to scrounge for change and suffer through one of these coughdrops.

If I can stop sneezing …

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One Tired Crab

Hello friends … back at the computer and more importantly, back in good ol’ Wisconsin. I’m tired, I’m worn out and I just started getting a cold.

Ripping it off like a bandaid … we lost our challenge match. I don’t know the score. We lost by two tries (I believe). Simply put, we got in a two-try hole very early, rallied back hard but lost. There was a lot of scoring on both ends, hence my lack of score knowledge since it kept changing.

I did not enjoy the game. I was very frustrated in the game. But not because of the game and definitely not because we lost (that’s a different frustration) … which I know doesn’t make sense. Honestly, I barely remember the other team from the game. Only that there were these other players on the field in white.

I’ll tell you this … it was nice to play a game of similar competitive level. Our team either plays very strong teams or much less competitive teams. Rarely other teams of similar competitive strength. So it was a bruiser. We had some breakdowns that helped us lose. The Mudhens had some nice switches and a good poach. I’d like to see a rematch again sometime soon, but I doubt we’ll make it out to Seattle again in the near future.

Worth noting, hello to Janey from the Mudhens and Anna from ORSU. I met them both after the game and they read this blog. Thanks for reading and thanks for introducing yourselves. I was very tired after the game, plus a tad on the shy side in person, but it was still very nice to meet you both. 🙂

The rest of gameday was also very frustrating. It’s not worth discussing on here, suffice it to say I was not in a super social mood (very unnatural for me) and a teammate of mine – who I felt had far too much to drink – took issue with a question I asked, then took greater issue when I asked her to calm down. Naturally, being screamed at in a public place, told that I “should get over myself” and that I was not worth never her friendship was certainly fun to deal with and greatly enhanced my already-super mood. So when our coach Bill tired of the scene, along with most of our team, I was more than happy to also call it a day.

I enjoy a good social like the next person, and I won’t deny that I enjoy a few drinks while I’m out. My family hasn’t had a good history with alcohol though, so I have very little patience or understanding for people who don’t realize there are limits. I also little tolerance for people who think just because something happened when they were drinking that somehow that’s an excuse.

Added: I have been told that that it was never played off because of drinking. This is solely my opinion on situations like this.

So … other than Saturday, I had a good trip. I think overall, our team enjoyed our travel. We certainly enjoyed getting to know our teammates better, exploring downtown Seattle and for a few of us, Bainbridge Island and out west to the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

It was nice to see mountains, so many pine trees, azaleas, Puget Sound, eat seafood. I told Big T the boyfriend that I’d like to return again someday to hike and camp.

Our first night in town, Thursday, a bunch of us were down on the waterfront and we all bought these hilarious crab hats. See the pic above, just substitute me instead of the weird kid. I’ll post pics later.

I think they are technically lobster hats, but we liked crabs better. Eventually, the whole team got crab hats and we wore them most everywhere we went. Which actually garnered us a lot of attention for just being goofy as we told people we were just trying to “blend in” or we were working to “save the crabs”. Other tourists kept taking our picture. Someone is returning to Kansas and telling all of their friends about the crab girls. The fish guys at Pike’s Market even dragged us out of the crowd and made us hold all of these huge fish for photos. We got to go behind the counter! The crab hats also proved useful in crowds, because if one of us got lost, a person would say “Oh, I just saw seven of your crabs friends down there”. We even invented a fun game called Crabmaster and had crab-only meetings.

So … 75% of trip was good. 25% was frustrating. 100% was crabby. I’ll post more later on it, and catch up with e-mails from the past sometime this week. But I’ve got to get some work down and I’m a pretty tired crab right now.

Added: I would normally ignore this and just stay positive, but I’m a big fan of sportsmanship and respecting others. To whomever the individual player who handles the Mudhens myspace page and posted that rediculous bulletin about the game and kicking our asses … yes, you beat us. Congratulations on defending the Pacific Coast seed. But that game was not anything near a blowout, much less an ass kicking. This bulletin paints you as disrespectful and crass. I expected something more respectful from all of the players I met out in Seattle, who I enjoyed meeting at the social. I guess I was wrong. Try a little tact next time.

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Seattle Bound

I’ve been pulling out my hair … but I think we’re set. Paperwork’s all done and checked. Everyone’s got tickets. We practiced against our men’s team last night for extra pressure. Game on Mudhens.

Blogging will be minimal, if nothing. I’ll post a recap when I have a chance. Since I haven’t had a vacation in several years … I’m using this trip and won’t likely touch my laptop unless necessary.

We’re driving down to Milwaukee tonight. Flights at 6 a.m. tomorrow and I’m one of the first in to touch down in Seattle. I’m really excited for this game, this trip and this weekend. Part of me is also very excited that this somewhat stressful spring is thisclose to over.

Wish us luck!!

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Fallback Career

I read this article about gay flamingos this morning and forwarded it to my two teammates.

This then led to a discussion about becoming Gay Flamingo Herders … and if that would be the proper verbage.

Gay Flamingo Herders?

Gay Flamingo Wranglers?

Gay Flamingo Flockers?

I also found us these hats. I’m sensing a new focus for my career …

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