Winning is fun!

On Monday evening, Logan’s soccer team made history.  Well, history was being made one way or the other, but the boys came together and made history in a positive way!  The first “official” game EVER was held on our soccer field (first historic moment of the evening) and then, something magical happened…..WE WON!!!!  The win was historic because: it was the first in program history, the first win of the season and the first win on our field!!  Now, there may not be another win this season, but we have already improved our record from last  year (ALL losses and one tie)!

My ONE action shot that actually turned out.  This was taken before my camera died of frostbite.
My ONE action shot that actually turned out. This was taken before my camera died of frostbite.
Team photo after the big win!
Team photo after the big win!

I was proud of the integrity shown by our coach and our players in the 6-0 victory.  We played a first-year program and had the opportunity to run up the score.  But, we were the recipients of that type of play last season (last season was our first) and it always angered our coach, because he felt it unsportsmanlike and disrespectful.  During the second half, he gave our reserve players most of the playing time.  When our starters were on the field, they were not playing their normal positions.  Logan, for example, usually plays right back on defense, but asked to play our midfield wing for second half.  He ALMOST scored a goal!!  When I asked him about it after the game, he said it was the worst decision he could have made.  He was tired after 5 min at mid and had 15 to go!  When the opportunity for the goal shot came around, he was so tired that he wasn’t able to get a good foot on it.  (And I was ROLLING, I laughed so hard!)  The REAL hilarity in all this is that Logan was ALWAYS midfield prior to high school (and yes, last year I thought Coach was CRAZY for making Logan a defender….maybe one of these days I will tell a funny story from my soccer coaching days).  Of course, the level of play is different, but it still cracks me up that midfield now tires him out!  (And let’s not forget he is my 6 min. mile Cross Country runner!)

Score

Game-time temps were brutal and only got worse (brutal by this Texas gal’s standards, anyway).  I don’t even know what the temps were except they were in the low 30s.  I don’t know what the wind speed was, but it was TOO much!!  Even with my handwarmers in my shoes, my poor toes were frozen.  It was so cold that the shutter on my camera wouldn’t even snap properly and the majority of the pics look like those extended exposure pics where figures are moving, but you can see the blur of where they had been.  And then the kicker – when I got up to leave my left thumb was hurting.  Like down in the joint by my wrist!  Tuesday morning it was still hurting so badly that I had to skip my stretching and foam rolling because putting weight on it hurt so badly!  I slapped some KT Tape on it, took Ibuprofen and it became manageable as the day went on.  Thankfully, I woke up this morning and it felt almost normal.

One-handed application.  Not bad.
One-handed application. Not bad.

In other news, I’m STILL addicted to peanut butter (and honey!).  I wasn’t THAT concerned during marathon training, although going through a 3 lb jar every 2 weeks should have been a clue.  I just figured that when marathon training was over, I wouldn’t have such an urge to eat peanut butter with every meal and every snack.  The peanut butter/honey combo goes with anything, everything, really.  I start my day with English muffin, topped with peanut butter and honey.  Banana with peanut butter and honey is divine!  The combo also goes with saltine crackers, Ritz crackers, pretzels…..I could go on and on and on!!!  Just call me the Bubba Gump of peanut butter.  (OK, NOW I need some peanut butter!)

I realized on Monday that I may need an intervention, when my (tiny) 2 lb. jar of peanut butter was half-gone in less than 5 days!  My concern isn’t so much my consumption of peanut butter, but my lack of exercise right now to offset it! I’m not TOO concerned, though, because I’ve only gained 4 lbs since my marathon and I really haven’t worked too hard to control my diet.  A little off-season weight gain is good, right?!?

My 2 lb jar of PB, half way gone in just 5 days!
Approaching emergency status if I don’t replenish SOON!

Happy Hump Day!  Texas is cruising to sunny and temps in the 60s by the weekend! (CAN NOT WAIT!!!)

Later,

Jen

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Earthquake aftermath and Texas is FROZEN!

After I posted yesterday, my preacher’s wife (who grew up in Cali) promptly commented about how she was screaming at the TV when our local news outlets were reporting all the earthquakes.  Because, according to her, after the first one the rest were after shocks.  She was appalled that they were using the wrong lingo!  I hadn’t even thought about after shocks until she pointed them out (she was correct, of course), but the ground WAS shaking, so we Texans don’t really care WHAT you call it – it’s all terrible!  Perhaps I should remind her that she DID move to Texas, where we are ignorant about such things, and are all too happy to remain that way!  (By the way, ONLY in Texas would it be necessary for the news to instruct the public NOT to call 911 in the event of an earthquake, except in the case of a terrible injury!  That really happened yesterday!!)

As I’m writing this, though, I remember when my preacher and his family first moved to town from the big city and couldn’t believe that the weather sirens didn’t sound during a terrible storm.  Apparently in the metroplex the sirens go off in the event of lightening and thunder, but in our little town, the sirens rarely go off unless a tornado is ON ITS WAY!  If you hear them, then you KNOW it’s time to run for cover!  And when they do go off, you must brace yourself for all the Facebook posts about it! Haha!!  I’m glad they are good sports about it and don’t mind me laughing at them! 🙂

Last night, Alli and I did this:

Vanilla on the left and Snickerdoodle on the right
Vanilla on the left and Snickerdoodle on the right

Not sure if I mentioned that one of my Christmas gifts was a KitchenAid mixer, but one of my Christmas gifts was a KitchenAid mixer!!  We have already put it to good use MANY times!  Our assistant coach’s birthday is Saturday and OF COURSE I volunteered to make cupcakes!!  We made my vanilla cake recipe, scooped out 12 cupcakes then added cinnamon to the remaining batter to make Snickerdoodle.  We frosted the vanilla cupcakes with vanilla butter cream and the Snickerdoodle with a snickerdoodle cream cheese frosting, of course!  This was our very first time using a frosting bag, and we LOVED it!  Alli knew all the ins and outs of using one, as I learned last night, because she watches baking videos on YouTube quite often!

I KNOW that complaining about 12 degree temps may just earn me a lynching from my Northern friends, but I DO live in Texas and it is freaking COLD!!!  In addition, my little area had the LOWEST temp in the region this morning!

That's me - 12 degrees at the top of the map.  I'm sure it's Oklahoma's fault!
That’s me – 12 degrees at the top of the map, right on the Red River and Oklahoma border. I’m sure these low temps are ALL Oklahoma’s fault!

Since it dropped below 20, I felt I should wear my coat.  Granted, it probably doesn’t even qualify as a jacket for people living in Canada, but it is a tad warmer than no jacket at all, which is my usual attire.  I figured Alli better bundle up as well and told her to go grab her purple Under Armour coat.  <look of confusion> Alli: “You mean the coat I got from Justice?” Me, “No, your UNDER ARMOUR coat.  The purple one.” <still giving me look of confusion>  Alli, “It’s in the bathroom and Logan is in there.” Me, “No, that is a hoodie.  Hoodies are NOT coats.  I’m talking about the PURPLE UNDER ARMOUR coat that we bought last year at the Under Armour store.  Remember?  The one we got on sale and you never wore, even to play in when it snowed??” Alli, “OH YEAH!!!!”  She wore it in the car.  Took it off before going into school.  <face palm>  We would all literally freeze to death if we lived where it was genuinely cold all winter.

Today marks the start of official games for Bonham High School 2015 soccer.  The boys are playing in a tournament and have games at 11:30 and 6:30 today and 3:00 tomorrow.  Saturday games depend on how they do in these 3 pool play games.  Yes, I will be going tonight.  I’m oddly excited, because I will be armed with my 6 blankets, mittens and hand warmers for my fingers and toes!  I’ll let you know how it goes!

Yesterday was also workout day.  I was allowed to ride my bike for 30 min and do strength exercises.  Everything was easier than Monday and I have NO issues to report!  I am beginning to get VERY excited about being able to run again soon!  I’m still planning to wait until the end of January, but am playing it by ear.  Just being able to do SOMETHING on the bike trainer has helped my mental state!

It’s Thursday, y’all, which means it’s almost Friday!