It’s become a bit quieter around the house over the past few days. Brad went back to school in North Dakota last Friday. Jake starts his classes this week. Kacey gets to enjoy summer a little bit longer. Her senior year begins after Labor Day.
Kacey is pretty much over being cut from the volleyball team. We all just chalked it up to “the way things go sometimes.” But I’ve been amazed at the number of people who have approached us to express their disbelief that she was cut from the team, which only seems to reinforce that I wasn’t just being “one of those parents” when I felt so upset over her being cut. Obviously, others saw talent in her too.
But, what’s done is done and she has moved on. She’s enjoying having time to just hang out with friends and she’s already filling her calendar with volunteer opportunities (needed for National Honor Society) and other activities. Fall softball began yesterday afternoon. It was an unbelievably hot and humid day, but the girls didn’t seem to notice and they won both games and seemed to be having a good time in spite of the weather. They got new shirts for the fall season too. The coach was bored with the old logo. The team had been wearing the same design for three years and he wanted something new. For some reason, he thought Kacey might be able to come up with a new design, and so she did. When they donned their new shirts yesterday, I couldn’t help smiling thinking how my daughter had created it. It was pretty cool!
Work is crazy busy. I switched from my flex hours for the next two weeks so I’m working every day, technically from 9 to 5, but the last two days I’ve stayed until 8 p.m. and still can’t make a dent in the work that needs to get done. It’s overwhelming, but busy is better than bored, right? In fact, I’ve been so busy, I’m seriously debating taking a blogging break…but I don’t really want to, so I’m going to try not to.
But life is not all work and no play. I’ve been busy trying to get the bowling team back in order for the winter season. The Ball Busters just aren’t going to be the same without my crazy best friend, Gina. She’s a hard woman to replace. In fact, I had to find three people just to fill her shoes. (None of them wanted to bowl every week. They’re going to rotate weeks.) For a while, I was worried I wouldn’t find someone to take Gina’s place at all! I even put an ad on my FaceBook page seeking a new team-mate. My partner, Dan, from the summer league was the first to volunteer, but I told him he had the wrong body parts. Women can bowl in the men’s league, but men aren’t allowed in the women’s league. I told him he’d just have to be patient until next summer rolls around again and the Nice Tries are back on the lanes.
And… apropos of nothing, there seems to be an overabundance of creatures hanging around (and on) the house lately. First, a squirrel was making himself quite comfy, right on the deck outside the patio door. I had to actually go out on the deck on Saturday and shoo him away. He was making a mess with some acorns. Then, there was this guy on the kitchen window…
And then tonight, the biggest, ickiest bug I’ve ever seen was hanging out by the front door. He flew toward me and I screeched and ran back inside, but not before I got a few shots of him and his hideously long tail…