Sports Mom

eva tennisEva joined a tennis team!  Yay!  She is a (total!)  beginner to tennis but there are enough kids to form a beginner team/league.

We showed up at the courts for her first match and she got her team jersey (cool white for the blazing Temecula heat.)  We had already had a little bit of an “issue” with the jersey because I swore she’d picked it up at practice then promptly lost it.  She swore she’d picked it up at practice, given it to me for safekeeping, and I’d promptly lost it (i.e. hid it from myself.)

Turns out the coach hadn’t given it to her at all and we tore the house apart looking for it for nothing.  (I did discover in the process how slobby my kids’ rooms are, but I’m picking my parental battles.)

Jersey confusion was the first mistake.  Not bringing my own folding parent sports spectator chair was my second.  Families were wheeling in coolers with iced Gatorade and each family member’s own personal folding chair.  This is Temecula where we take kid sports watching seriously.

One of the other dads rolled out an extra folding chair for me and I settled in to play some solitaire to distract myself from having nerves on Eva’s behalf.

As soon as the match got underway I realized that was going to be impossible.  Even as my inner voice was asking, “What are you DOING?!” I became a sports parent.

I’m not proud to admit that Eva’s coach had to remind me twice not to “interfere” or we’d get “called”by the other team’s coach.

(Eva was playing doubles and she and her partner kept getting confused about where to stand.  Then their opponents were telling them where to stand but telling them wrong….not as sabotage but because these girls are all absolute beginners and as an adult it’s just really, really tempting to just tell them what to do!)

Notes to self:

  1. It was a zillion degrees in Temecula this weekend
  2. My kids need to wear sunscreen, especially on their little freckled faces.  I am a horrible role model.
  3. Buy a  chair
  4. Buy a cooler (?)
  5. Buy a ball hopper and 1,000 tennis balls
  6. Finally one of my kids is interested in playing tennis!!!!

Diet Coke

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I don’t consider myself a Diet Coke drinker.

Lately, though, I’ll be driving around at 3 or so in the afternoon and need a “bump” and I head to the rec center, where they have a vending machine.

Sometimes the kids will say, “Why are we here?” and I tell them to just wait, and I run in with my three quarters to buy my Diet Coke.

Some days, I’ll leave home and drive to the rec center to buy my can.  It’s gotten a little ridiculous.

I know I could just buy a pack of Diet Coke to keep at home, but if I did, I’d just drink them.  So instead, I pay the rec center vending machine to hide them from me.

I think of my habit as a secret, but when I needed to reserve a park at the customer window inside the rec center, the worker recognized me. “Oh, I know you!  You’re here all the time for the basketball.”

(Nice cover!  The vending machines are right by the entrance to the basketball courts.)

I lurk around without children of my own playing basketball, waiting to score my dark, sweet Diet Coke….and that’s what I’ve become, people.

January in the Gym

Our local Gold’s Gym transformed overnight into Eos Fitness. So far I haven’t noticed any changes other than being given a new membership keyring card (and free t-shirt; you know I love free!) and the employees are now all wearing black Eos tees instead of their shiny red Gold’s polos.

I don’t know if it’s my imagination or the time of day I work out now, but January doesn’t seem significantly more crowded like it has in past years.

I’m doing stage six (of seven total) of New Rules of Lifting for Women, and this stage requires monopolizing the lat pull-down equipment with an oddly effective TEN SETS of two reps each (??), so I was worried the gym would be too crowded. But so far, so good.

The only issue I’ve had is when the wrong type of attachment was on the machine, and there was no step or bench tall enough to stand on to change it, so I tried standing on the seat. I was teetering around up there then realized this was a recipe for disaster so I asked a tall guy to swap it out for me.

I’ll often bump into friends at the gym but I am very good at keeping my focus. No time to chat! I need to get this thing done and get on with my day. It’s the only way I’ve been consistent with NROL4W for the past six months and I don’t plan to mess with success.

Quick Takes: Serena Powers Up

How much do I love this?

Serena Williams lost her first set at the Hopman Cup 0-6.  She ordered an espresso (!) and went on to win the next two sets.

A little coffee with your bagel, Serena?


Hello to January

There is STILL snow on the ground in parts of town!  It’s total craziness.  Even crazier is the fact that it will be in the high 80s next week.  Some of our more delicate plants are looking a little wilty.  The two purple-flowered bushes whose names I don’t know on either side of our garage have a “What the hell just happened?!” look.

Luckily my roses should be arriving soon!  I ordered bare root roses for the first time ever and I am excited about it.  Need to dig some holes…

Well hello, January.  January kind of snuck up on me.  Some January things:

  • TENNIS!  Winter league started right after the new year.  Like we literally were on the court playing on New Year’s Day.  This is my first time ever playing in a league and I could hardly sleep the night before our first match.  But now that the “first” is in the books, I am geared up and ready to play a bunch of tennis and improve my game.  Also, Eva is starting tennis lessons this month.  She’s a little bit over running, especially now that it’s so cold and dark in the mornings.  I told her tennis can be cold and  dark too, but who am I kidding?  She knows we really play for the coffee date afterward.
  • ANNIVERSARY – This will be Sweet Sixteen for us.  Last year in the spirit of celebrating big any milestone ending in a “0” or “5” we went to Kauai.  This year will be more low key, probably just with dinner out.
  • NATIONAL CHARITY LEAGUE – Everyone gets so busy during the holidays that I feel like I haven’t done much of anything NCL-ish in many weeks.  In addition to treasurer, I am president-elect and my 2015-2016 year is  going to be here in a flash.  The president-elect retreat is this month.
  • KIDS  BACK IN SCHOOL – Amen!  I love a routine.
  • BRACES x2- Eva has a “reset/reevaluate” big visit with the orthodontist.  Will 2015 finally be the year she gets her braces off?  And Jane has a follow-up visit with Rady Children’s mid-month for her broken arm.  She is still in a hard brace/splint, and never did need a cast.  She is hoping to be cleared to get back on the monkey bars before Groundhog Day.

So it’s going to  be busy….going to be productive…hopefully going to be fun too:-)  Happy January!




The most exciting thing to happen in all of 2015 surprised us on the last day of the year:  SNOW!



Temecula and Murrieta iphones showed a little snowflake for the Wednesday weather prediction, and Facebook was buzzing all afternoon.  Last time it snowed here was ten years ago.  Eva was a preschooler and Jane wasn’t even born yet./home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/1e8/14433296/files/2014/12/img_1077.jpg

I looked out the window at 6:15 a.m. and saw REAL snow!  A couple of inches was frosted across our patio cover.  The golf course was nothing but white.  And real, live, HUGE flakes were coming down!  I ran around the house and woke everyone up (the girls had a friend spending the night) and we bundled up and took a walk through the neighborhood./home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/1e8/14433296/files/2014/12/img_1100.jpg Everywhere I went today, everything looked so beautiful.  The world was sparkling for us on this last day of 2014.


Long Nights

It is hard to believe 2014 is almost over but it’s true. Winter solstice is tomorrow.

Sunshine lover that I am, I can feel each day after the solstice growing infinitesimally longer. As I write this it’s barely 4:00 pm and it’s already starting to get dark, and it’ll be full dark by 4:45.

Fall into winter is traditionally a “challenging” season for me. Sometimes I get sick, or lose weight, or injure myself, or simply feel frail.

This year has been different and I suspect it is due to the miracle that is strength training. I am a weight lifter now. I am STRONG. Hallelujah!

Reflecting on 2014, I’d have to pinpoint discovering and embracing New Rules of Lifting for Women as my single most important accomplishment of the year. This program truly has been life changing for me and 90% of my results aren’t even physical.

There are a lot of exciting plans underway for 2015 in our household. I can’t wait to share them here in a future blog post, but first I really am spending some good time reflecting on the year that was.

(Nerd that I am, I actually had a really fun afternoon doing that in a comfy chair at the library with my thermos of tea and a legal pad.)

I started 2014 believing I had a strange, difficult, unpleasant health condition. Thank god my amazing little team of doctors (traditional and holistic/alternative) and I now agree unequivocally that I was completely misdiagnosed in November, 2013. There is nothing like believing yourself to be unwell then getting a do-over to make you grateful. Completely, absolutely, 100% grateful for waking up every morning with the gift of good health.

So that was huge.

Eva became Bat Mitzvah in August, 2014. What an amazing time that was. And our oldest’s middle school career is more than two-thirds over. This time next year we will have a high schooler.

So what else? Jane has a broken arm right now, currently in a splint. She will be seen at Rady Children’s Hospital next week and I am really, really hoping to avoid a plaster cast.

The girls got skateboards for Chanukah and Eva is riding around, while Jane is looking on. Winter sledding, snow tubing, and long put off snowboarding lessons will have to wait another year. I promised Jane we can ask the orthopedist, but I’m pretty sure he’s going to ban ice skating too so our annual visit to the rink in Old Town will likely be out, too.

Next week will be family time, girl time, couples time, wine and cheese time, movie time, reading time, early to bed time, and hopefully I can even squeeze in Glen Ivy time if I’m really, really lucky.