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Weather, Softball, and Plato

I know my family is probably tired of me complaining about the weather.  Well, if it would just be spring like it is supposed to be … I’m just saying.  Last night, my husband and I took our daughter to a softball scrimmage.  We also took a stack of blankets, our snow jackets, hats, and gloves.  I almost went searching for my long underwear before we left; thank goodness I had the blankets.

Speaking of softball coaches, thank goodness (again) that we don’t have the other team’s coach.  So, it was a scrimmage = preason practice game.  The coaches decided to act as umpires when their team was out in the field.  When it was the other team’s coach’s turn, he called out the count (balls and strikes) incorrectly for one of our batters.  It was 4 (balls) and 2 (strikes), so our batter was supposed to go to first base.  But the coach called out 3 and 2, and people started calling out (nicely) that it was actually 4 balls.  He immediately bellowed to the sidelines something like, “Parents, since you are not umpiring and I am the coach, you need to shut up.”  Oooooooooooooooooooh, he did not!  Yes, unfortunately, he did.  I (and every other parent there) was shocked.  A man who just cannot admit he made a mistake and say something like, “Sorry, I lost count,” is coaching friends of my 14 year-old daughter.

I bit my tongue when my daughter got in the car after the game.  I wanted so badly to see what she thought of the other coach and if there was any reaction from the other girls.  I talk with her about just about everything, and sometimes I realize I need to stop and let her be a teenager.  It’s so hard because we really like to hang out and do so much together.  But I didn’t say a word about the rude coach because I am really trying really hard to do what my Plato quote says (see my previous post  My Battle with Kindness if you haven’t already).  And she didn’t mention it, so hopefully most of the girls missed it.

Speaking of Plato quotes, after the rude coach made his rude comment, which my husband totally missed because he was on his cell phone, I relayed the whole incident to him after he hung up.  I then asked him if he had read my blog recently.  He said it had been a little while, so I asked him if he had read my blog about the Plato quote (because I thought it may apply to this situation, and I am really trying really hard to do what the quote says 🙂 ).  So, he said, “Plato?  I didn’t know they had quotes on their cans.” And I said, “What?” And after a few more of his, “Really, Plato has quotes?” and my “What? Yeah, Plato,” I started laughing hysterically.  He thought I had said Play-Doh.  Does anyone (from the South) pronounce it <Play-Toe>?

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Still Searching…

Motivation really never found me this week.  But I think it’s okay to have a break every once in a while.  I’ve actually had more of a social life this week than I have in the past 18 months we’ve lived here.  I went to my book club on Monday, last night I got invited to sub in a bunko group (haven’t played that since we left Guam), and tonight I go to a Tastefully Simple party.  I had never heard of this home-based business, but it sounds yummy.

Spring sports are starting, which will keep us all busy.  My oldest has his first lacrosse game this weekend, and my daughter starts softball practice…that is, if the weather cooperates.  I am looking forward to spring temperatures, one of these days.   We’ve been teased a bit this past week with warmer temperatures; the daffodils are even blooming.  But this weekend it will be back down in the 30’s and rainy. 

I have a weather page that pops up when I sign onto my e-mail each day.  It lists the tempertures of all the areas my family live in.  Florida, where we are moving to in June, is at the top of the list.  I know by the time we get there, it will be swelteringly hot, but right now, I would take it.  I can always escape into the A/C, but I can never seem to get warm enough here if it is cold outside.  Having single pane, wood-framed, non-insulated windows in our rental house here, does not help. 

I just need to get through this cold weekend and hope that warmer days are ahead…maybe then I will find some new motivations with a new season.

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Winter Wonderland Wednesday

Well, the cold weather left as fast as it came. It’s close to 70 degrees today. I guess we won’t see a white Christmas here (which is just jolly with me :)!  But the rest of the house would probably love to see some of the white stuff.  I think the boys may make their way west towards the mountains before the week’s end to play.  If there is shopping or other indoor activities in the vacinity, the girls may go as well. Otherwise, we’ll stay here, and I’m sure we’ll find something to do.

The shopping is finished, the stockings are hung, the goodies are ready for Santa and his reindeer, and the kids are outside playing off the excitement and sugar rush.  My youngest told me at breakfast that he just wants to skip today.  I’m enjoying the day, sitting and talking and enjoying the calmness…before the storm of tomorrow. 

We plan to go on a drive about in an hour to look at the Christmas lights around town.  Then we’ll head over to a neighbor’s Christmas Eve get-together for a little holiday cheer and caroling.  Afterwards, I hope that the kids can get to sleep at a decent time so that Santa can arrive and do his thing, then return home to get to bed at a decent hour as well.

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