Monday, October 12, 2009
Oh wow it’s been a while … sorry guys! Life’s been busy, summer flew by, and I was sad to see it end. I had one of the best summers of my life, and I think I was holding on to it until the very last second.
Team USA won all four events it went to this summer, and World Cup was as fun as always. We’re excited that next summer it will be an even bigger event since World Cup will be replaced with World Championships – 16 countries will be represented!
The Rockford Thunder ended the summer with a bang! We clinched our playoff spot, entered playoffs as the number three seed and ended up winning it all!! It’s nice to finally win the big one. I did whatever my team needed me to do, but I will say my arm and body were not happy with me after the fact. I think I was physically sick for two days after that. It was the first time in a while I threw that many games in so few days. When you get older, your body just doesn’t like it!
I can’t say enough about our team though. We were the true definition of a team. We won together and we lost together. We didn’t point fingers, and we all did every little thing we could to help one another. We didn’t have just one player that carried us. Chelsea Spencer was amazing at shortstop all year long, and should have been Defensive Player of the Year. She made some miraculous plays, and just kept our infield in check. Our double play is still one of my favorite plays of the year! Lindsey Angus promised me we’d win a title, and that we did! She found a way to get hits when we needed them. Jenna Rhodes and Shanel Scott were our fire-starters getting on base and running like crazy.
And well, I wouldn’t ever have survived without my Babes … Megan Willis. Megan is amazing behind the plate and did everything we needed to stay in games and keep the other team off-balance. Not to mention she hit a huge game-changing homerun off Monica Abbott! I could go on and on, but in short… I loved the Thunder, and I’m so proud of what we did.
I do have to say it sucks seeing your best friend have to watch you celebrate! Even though I had to watch her celebrate two years ago, it was hard to be overly excited because I knew she was upset. Kelly Kretschman told me that was the most proud she had ever been of one of my performances, so I guess she was a little happy for me!
Now, I’ve been back in Chicago with Tucker! He’s officially 25.5 pounds now. He’s still as energetic as ever, and we walk a lot. I should say “we did” until this cold came early. He curls up next to me on my bed now, so we’re both happy campers.
Triple Threat Softball has also started our camps. We’ve done two so far, both in Texas, and we feel they were both successful. Kelly, Caitlin Lowe and I love teaching and interacting with the young softballers. We bring extra help with us, so Kelsey Sage came with us to McKinney, and now Megan Willis is permanently working our camps as well! Check out TripleThreatSoftball.com if you’re interested!
School is slowly coming along. I’m hoping for two A’s this quarter before getting into my hard classes next quarter. I have Internet Marketing and Human Resources this quarter. Both are really interesting and I enjoy it.
What else… well, the ESPN The Magazine “Body Issue” came out. I know it shocked some people, but I am very happy with how it turned out. I believe it’s ok to show off the body I have worked hard for. It was a tasteful piece, and even though I was terrified on set at first, I’m glad I did it. Sometimes it’s necessary to push yourself to see what you are made of.
Other than that, I have engulfed myself in like four different non-school books… I’m still reading “Republic of Pirates.” I started and am much farther into “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” which is a very interesting book. It’s not action-packed, but it’s enthralling enough that I can’t seem to stop reading. I also have “Lipstick Jungle” started; “Lost Symbol” waiting to be read, and plenty of others!
I’m excited for the next couple weeks … I’m heading out recruiting where I will get to see some friends, and then I have some friends coming to visit me.
I better get back to Human Resource reading!! Need those grades!