Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Let The Games Begin

Volleyball season has officially begun. For those of you who may not know, I've taken on the challenge of coaching the middle school girls at ACA. Let me tell you the surprise I received the first day of practice when we sat down to 'see where we all were.'

I have 12 girls on the team, 8 of which have never touched a volleyball. (You see, I'm coming from a school where the girls start playing volleyball in the 4th grade.) After I failed to hide the shock on my face, I started to see how eager the girls were to learn. At least there is a silver lining on this cloud. Each day I get more excited because I can see the girls are actually getting better after only a few short practices. By the end of it all, this may be more satisfying that having a 21-0 record. I'll have to get back to you on that one!

Monday, June 26, 2006

A Smile is Worth a Thousand Words

I have several pet peeves, but one of them is when people don't smile back at you when you give them a nod. It seems the cordial thing to do when someone acknowledges you in a friendly manner is to be friendly back. So, one of my goals in life is to make people smile back. Since we've been in Montgomery, this has been a difficult feat to accomplish. I've actually started to get a little discouraged because people just seem to be happy to be grumpy. This afternoon's trek to Wal-Mart has shed new light. I've discovered a full fledged way to make people smile or even go as far as talk to me. Here's the trick. Make sure Avery is with me! I've always known that people love babies, but it's really unbelievable when you link that with the fact that apparently Avery has the same idea about making people smile that I do...but...she's better at it.

A Whole New World

I wear three different hats. Sometimes one at a time, sometimes two at a time, but mostly I wear all three at the same time. I have my wife hat; my mom hat, and my coach hat. Through experiences from all three 'hats,' there are a lot of things that I think I already know, some things I would like to learn about, and MANY things that I don't know about...

I've always considered myself to be computer savvy. As times continue to change, and the farther away my college graduation date gets, I find myself saying things that I remember my parents saying. For example, when asked by a college friend to "check me out in the facebook" I replied, "well, where can I find that? Is it a book I got when I was in school?" Of course laughter followed.

A few months later and after a major life transition, I find myself in a different city, meeting new people. Many of these people ask if I have a 'myspace' account, to which I thought to myself, "well, no, because I'm not in high school." I have since found out that this is not just for the youngsters.

To jump ahead, I've finally decided to take the plunge and succomb to peer pressure, (flashback to high school already!) by creating a blog. This of course was another term that I had to learn.

And in the short time I have started this, I've already learned that it's going to be addictive.