Ahhh…a break

With the 4th of July holiday approaching, it is not hockey I look forward to but the break that I have around the holiday.  My MBA class is over for the semester as well, which means all I will be doing is heading home after work and resting.  I need a slight break after everything I have been up to.

My MBA class was only the tip of the iceberg.  I scored a B+ in BUSN650 which is very respectable.  I still have 9 classes to go and won’t graduate until 2013, but that is just fine.  With so many other things in the mix right now, getting my MBA is not my main goal.

Hockey has treated me very well as of late.  Who Cares started out with a 1-4 record, and we have moved up to 3-5 with an outside chance to make playoffs.  My Marketlab team continues to do well as we beat the top team in the division last night.  With 2 games to go, if we win 1 of the next 2 we should capture our first division championship since Winter 2009 when the top teams came down to play in our division.  Now all we have to do is get all our players to show up on playoff Saturday and I will be quite happy.

Ice hockey has treated me well too.  We won our first game last week and I feel that we are finally turning the corner.  This division is not a beginner division, but I think we will have a few more wins before its all said and done.  The real fun is playing ice with good friends that I have known for a long time.

Now, I turn to the break.  I have ice hockey on Tuesday next week, but that will be my last game for over a week.  Time to let my body heal up, and boy do I need it.  My brother plays as much as I do and he told me yesterday that he is all beat up.  Well, the difference is that my body is not only beat up, but I am sore for days afterward.  Yesterday during my game, when I went down in butterfly I felt a few muscles in my legs rebel against me a bit.  It was my 3rd game in a row, and was quite glad it was over.  Today, I don’t feel like doing much physically.  Thankfully, I have a desk job.

I have a packed weekend with a little work, some relaxing at home, a wedding on Saturday, and lots of sleep around that.  Ah, its the simple things in life you treasure.

Meanwhile, back on the ranch

Over the course of the last month, I have had a lot of things that I have felt like blogging about but then in the end, I just forget about them.  I should use this space more often to jot my feelings and thoughts down on, but instead it has become more of a “when I have time” thing and that isn’t right.

Things are going well. 

  • I have a job that I love in this difficult economy. 
  • I am still playing hockey.  Its been over 5 weeks of pain free hockey actually since I went to the specialist and had gel injected in my knees.  Its the most liberating feeling knowing that I will be able to do what I love to do. 
  • I am still working on my MBA classes.  At this rate, I won’t graduate until 2013, but I am fine with that.  I have so much to keep me busy that graduating is really far down on my list of urgent things to accomplish.
  • I am really looking forward to reffing again in October.  I think I found something that I really love doing and I can’t wait to take on another season on the ice and ref more kids games.  This year, I can do more higher level games provided I pass my level 2 certification.  With a little dedication, I will make it.
  • In what time I have left, I am really enjoying playing a few games I have bought and spending time learning about new technology.  I guess i am a geek at heart.

I just wish hockey has been more kind to my teams that I am on.  Who Cares is sitting with a 1-4 record, and the record does not reflect how we have been playing.  We have lost 3 1-goal games and 1 2-goal game.  We lost to the Phantoms on Wednesday 1-0.  If we could find the back of the net, we would be in great shape.  As it turns out, unless we have a strong 2nd half of the season, we could be watching the playoffs instead of in them.

Marketlab has been doing well sitting on a 4-1 record.  We had a tough loss on Thursday to the defending champions, but we were lacking a few players that normally play with us.  We will do better against them next time.

With so many great things happening right now, its hard for me to say that I am disappointed about something, but I am.  If I am disappointed about anything, its how I have struggled in games that count.  As I have gotten older, I have learned that I don’t move as fast as I used to.  I also know that I should be playing more to my level.  This might possibly be my last season in the top Thursday division.  Sure, my team is 4-1, but when our best players leave, I might have no choice but to move down which may kill my team in the process.  I don’t know what will happen, but with 5 weeks left plus playoffs, I am looking at this as my last shot in the Thursday intermediate/advanced division to get something out of it.