Saturday, March 22, 2014

Yeah, I'm Gonna Play Volleyball All Day


It's currently 6:30AM on a SATURDAY.  Which means one of two things... I've finally reached that point in my life where it's completely normal to wake up before dawn on a weekend OR I've volunteered for something that's requiring me to wake up WAY too early on a Saturday.

And hopefully, you already know that it's choice B.

I don't think I'll ever reach that time in my life where it will EVER be completely normal to wake up before dawn on a weekend.

Once again, I've volunteered to be a part of something that's going on at school.  Well, not really AT school, but with other faculty from school.  I, along with six other faculty members, all volunteered to create a volleyball team in order to play in a county tournament that's being played for some kind of fundraising thing.  

I have absolutely NO idea what the money is being raised for, I just volunteered because I thought it would be a lot of fun.  Which is just what I do.  I have this weird addiction to there a support group for that?  I may need one.

Every time I see an email from my boss or a staff member with the subject line:  Volunteers Needed, I've replied and accepted before even reading what the volunteering is for.  I swear, one day I'm going to end up finding myself strapped to a chair allowing stuff like spiders and cockroaches being poured all over me... because I volunteered to do it, and didn't bother to find out what I'm volunteering for.

Anywho, I did know what I was volunteering for when it came to this endeavor.  I thought it would be fun.  A way to spend a Saturday moving, doing something physically demanding, and having a lot of fun in the process.  

I've spent the past two years watching Peanut play volleyball, and I think it's great that today she gets to watch me.  And when I say great, I really mean hilariously embarrassing for her, and probably extremely annoying watching me do everything I'm not supposed to do.

I'm not a volleyball player.  I've played a little before, back when I was in school, but nothing like what Peanut does or what my other team mates did when they were in school.  I can watch a volleyball game, know what the rules of the game are, understand what's supposed to happen... but actually do it?  Well, I guess we'll see.

Yesterday, after school, we had a practice.  We practiced serving and receiving and setting and spiking. All terms I'm perfectly familiar with, it's just DOING them I struggle a little with.

And, after an hour practice, I walked away with this little doozy...


Oh yeah, a nice, purple and red and swollen thumb.  Nice, right?  I'm proud of it.  It's been far too long since I've had any form of injury that resulted from playing a sport.  Thankfully, this morning the swelling has gone down and it just looks like a normal bruise.  

Driving home, it was great to be able to discuss my practice with Peanut.  She and I both agree that doing this is good for me and her.  I will finally get to understand what it feels like to be out on that court and hear people hollering and yelling about what we should be doing.  I was a bad offender of that when she was playing.  I'd be yelling for them to communicate or watch the middle or get their arms ready...and I'd hear the long groans escape from my mouth when those things weren't done.  Today, I'll be able to understand how hard it really is to do those things, and hear her yelling at me about what I should and shouldn't be doing.

Our first game starts at 9AM this morning.  The last game starts at 3:15PM.  That's a long day of volleyball.  Depending on how we do, we have the potential of playing 7 games.  We have to make it in to the top 4 teams for that to happen, though.  I don't think they are playing to place all 8 teams that are involved in the tournament.  But, that's a possibility, so we may all end up playing 6 or 7 games.

If I'm able to move at this time, tomorrow, it will be a huge miracle.  

I think there's a huge possibility that I'll be spending my time hobbling around with ice packs tomorrow.

But, it's all in good fun, and I'm excited about it.  And, I better go wake up Peanut and Butter.  They are coming along to watch all the fun, today.

Have a great Saturday, everyone!


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