M and I helped out at a Come Try Ringette event today. She's in the middle here, helping one of the younger kids with her ringette stick. I took pictures of the participants which will be emailed to them.
Last time at the rink until October! (Unless someone decides to go skating in the summer; or 3-on-3 ringette.)
After this, we attended the CRC Volunteer Appreciation event at the Double Tree Hotel. I won one of the green and purple volunteer jerseys. Yay!
Up next: Catch up on everything. There's an awful lot to do around here. Taxes and 6 months of housework to name a couple things.
Last day of games for S's team (U16 AA L' Extrême de l'Outaouais from Quebec) at the Canadian Ringette Championships. She worked the penalty box door for all 9 of their games this week (and missed a bunch of school, but she gets to write a report about her experience this week in lieu of the work she missed). In this picture, she's watching her team leave the rink after their quarter-final loss this morning. I think they ended 8th out of 16 teams.
This isn't the end of the CRC for us, though. Saturday, I'm doing stats for the National Ringette League Gold-medal game and Neil is doing shot clock for the U16 Bronze-medal game. Also, Sophia will join the Extreme to watch the finals and say farewell, as she won't be attending the closing ceremony with them in the evening (she chose to attend her own team's windup instead).
This has been a great experience for us, despite our grueling schedule* this week. In 35 years, the CRC has only been in Regina 3 times (1986, 2002, 2014), so we felt it was an opportunity we couldn't pass up. Glad we didn't!
*Neil worked 8 games, 6 on shot clock and 2 as scorekeeper; and I did stats for 6 games -- plus our regular work, and getting Sophia to and from the rink.
For some unknown reason, I took one shot and didn't really pay attention to focus or composition... but it's a picture I took today! And it might even qualify as a perfect duo (today's CY365 prompt). :)
Another FULL day. Exhausted! Heading to bed right now.
We made it through the winter. And now, our reward: above zero and the first of many beautiful sunrises. Definitely makes me smile! (today's CY365 prompt) (Neil and I deliver papers 6 days a week. We finish about 6 am. I took this right at the end of our route this morning.)
Mega-busy and fun day thanks to the Canadian Ringette Championships.
Picture of a digital sign at the Canadian Ringette Championships, with window reflections running across the middle. I like the tag line and design of this campaign. BRING IT ON
Neil worked two games at the CRC today: shot clock and scorekeeper; and I worked one game this evening: stats. Neil's scorekeeping game and my stats game were both high in goals and penalties - it gets pretty harry at times! 12 goals and 16 penalties in my U19 Team SK vs Team ON game.
The 2014 Canadian Ringette Championships are here in Regina this week, and S is a hostess for an under-16 team from Quebec called L' Extrême de l'Outaouais. She's been in French Immersion school since preschool (now in grade 7), so she's able to communicate with the team. While she practices her French, they're practicing their English on her. Great experience for her!
She sat with L' Extrême at the opening ceremony last night, and will work the penalty box door for all of their games this week (9 games minimum). She's also invited to spend the evening with the team on Wednesday. L' Extrême won both of their games today.
Well, not thrilled with this picture but it's the best of those I took on the 6th. Dash and his much smaller sister, Buffy. Dad picked up Buffy, Charlie, and Miley this afternoon. They were all good. We didn't mind having them here!
P.S. I swapped out the original (in which they were looking outside), as I just wasn't happy with it. Reminder to myself: Just take another minute to make a good picture and you won't have this problem!
It's been two weeks since our ringette season ended, but today was the first real opportunity I had to clean out the girls' equipment bags. The washables are in the wash now and the rest of their equipment is getting some fresh air out on the deck/landing tonight. Also, spring has arrived! :)
Madeline's team windup was yesterday: Boomers Air Park and pizza (ordered in). Georgia's team windup was today: Golden Mile Bowling and pizza. Sophia's team windup is next Saturday: Boomers Air Park, pizza at Boston Pizza, and then party at the home of one of her coaches.
This is the logo of the company I work for (SaskTel)... 19.5 years and counting! This sign is on the building where I work in the industrial area. (We have fancier signs elsewhere, like head office.) The left side of the logo is the shape of Saskatchewan. I suppose the lines represent communication lines. I also think of this logo as a stack of frying pans. :)
End of the peanut butter. Good timing since I'm about to embark on an elimination diet... no legumes and a whole lot of other foods for the next 30-60 days. I'm determined to figure out what's wreaking havoc on my skin!
We had a full Wednesday. Work, school, badminton for S, supper with my Dad at Applebee's (nice - it's been too long!), confirmation meeting at church, dance class for M. Mom's dog, Buffy, is here now until Sunday morning - which means 4 dogs under our roof for a few days!
Today, we celebrated my mother-in-law's 70th birthday and the 17th birthday of my sister-in-law's future step daughter (wedding in July). (This is just a small part of the photo that includes both of them. I cropped them out for sharing on my blog as I try not to post recognizable pictures of people who aren't in my immediate family.) Donna and Lou got back from Texas 3 days ago, so this was our annual welcome-home gathering, too. We enjoyed meeting Paige and Hope, the girls' "new cousins," as well!
We also watched B's bronze medal game this morning. Her team scored the winning goal with 30 seconds left on the clock. Exciting finish!
Strangely, when I stay home all day is when I seem to have the most trouble getting a photo of the day... This day, the 28th, was all about finishing my work on the photos I took for my daughter's ringette team. I had a few printed and then made some adjustments. These are the test prints.
I may do team photos again, but I'll never again do them after Christmas. It was next to impossible to find the time to process them over the past 6 weeks. I'll have them ready to hand out at the Rampage team windup in April. Best I could do! I would like to have a better lens for next time, too.
Also: I slipped and fell this morning, and strained my neck in the process. Owww. Very painful. :( I caught Sophia's cold, too. Whiplash and sneezing are a bad combination! Sophia is feeling better now. Today, she went skiing with her class at Mission Ridge and then stayed overnight with a friend in White City.
Where I stand, the white stuff is not melting fast enough! We haven't had a day above freezing for a full week. The middle two weeks of March were beautiful, but we still have a lot of snow and ice. (Now I wish my boots were red! Or anything but boring black.)
Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart - Unknown
Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice. - Anton Chekhov
You miss 100% of the shots you don't take. - Wayne Gretzky
You are getting your wants confused with your needs. - Stacy Julian's dad
We are weaving character every day, and the way to weave the best character is to be kind and to be useful. Think right, act right; it is what we think and do that makes us who we are. - Elbert Hubbard
I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have not had the time to make it shorter. - Blaise Pascal
Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
- Cyril Connolly
To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of
to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
to leave the world a little better;
whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is the meaning of success.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson