Sunday, July 10, 2016

First Regatta of MY season - Occoquan Memorial Sprints

Well, I survived!  My first regatta of the season.  It wasn't great, but it wasn't horrible.  I was so nervous and felt so much pressure, especially being in the "fast 4."  It would be so much less pressure if I was just in the Women's 8 and the Mixed 8.  So I was torn, excited to be in the fast boat, but oh the pressure.  Those ladies are so gracious and have been so kind about having me in the 4.  I know they keep telling me, that they wanted me in the boat and that I belong there, but they self-doubt is high!  Anyway,  I didn't want to let them down.

The 4's race was first.  Wouldn't you know that just as we were launching...the wind picked up... oh how the wind picked up!  It was pretty brutal.  So, bad that they weren't using the start platform and we weren't even supposed to get close to it, because it was so dangerous, so that made the start truly wonky.  They tried to line us up... but that was pretty futile, so as soon as it was even close they started us... with very little prep...crazy!

We raced hard, but the wind was just crazy.  Ended up coming in 3rd out of 4th.  So not..DFL!

The 8 went pretty much the same way.  The wind was still crazy, but it didn't throw us off as much in
the 8, but I think the set was a little worse.  Hard to get real traction in the water.  We were 4th out of 5.  Again...not DFL!
John and Zack paddled out to watch my race!

I would say we were all happy, but not satisfied.  Hopefully, we'll get a chance to practice more and the next one will be even better.  I'd really love to get some bling!

Saturday, July 9, 2016

UVa Preview

We set out for 2 days of all things UVa orientation.  It was a little bit overwhelming and I really didn't stop to thing too much about it.  Decided to just live in the moment and not reflect on the fact that in just about 6 weeks we'll be LEAVING HIM THERE!!!

We got his roommate and dorm room assignment.  He's going to be rooming with a young man named Emry that he got in contact with though the UVa Roommate application... kind of like but for roommates.  Zack requested him and he requested Zack back.  Since then they haven't had any contact, but I'm sure it will be fine.  His room is in Page Hall, which is one of the old dorms, but he seems to be fine with that.  It's closer to the academic buildings, but not air conditioned.  He'll survive, unfortunately we didn't get to see the rooms because his registration session ran very late.  Again, Zack is so easy going, I'm really not too worried about him.

He got preliminarily registered for 4 classes, Calculus I, Statistics of some kind, Language and Culture (Anthropology) and .....Ultimate Frisbee!!!  Glad we're paying prime $$ for Ultimate Frisbee lessons! :o)   His appointment was so late in the day that most of the classes he's was looking at were closed.
They will have a chance to register and change to other classes in August.

He's really pumped and excited about going, I think he'd leave tomorrow if he could. :o(  I did make him promise that he's text me at least once a day, just so I would know that he wasn't sitting in his room crying because he didn't have any friends.  Just once a day...  But, then he suggested... we do a Snapchat Streak.  I didn't even know what that was, but apparently you just send a snapchat picture to the person and then they send one back and Snapchat keeps track so you can monitor how long your streak is.  We're going to practice over the summer!  I'm also starting a steak with Brenna and John!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Date Night - Journey

John and I went on an extremely rare date night!  I got us tickets to see Journey and the Doobie Bros!  I've been so excited!!  I love, love, love Journey!
We had a fun time, but the concert did not live up to my hopes.  They sounded okay, the new lead singer is good, but I found it very disconcerting to be listening to Journey, but when you look at the band, there's a skinny Asian guy jumping around the stage.  Weird, just weird.  Plus, it really ended up being more like the Neil Schon show.  The sound was cranked to that mainly it was the electric guitar show and it was hard to hear the voices.  Plus the guitar, piano and drum solos just went on for freaking ever.  Maybe that's a sign that I'm getting too old.

I did get to see my Bow Bestie - Jay was there with her new "man friend," so I got to scope him out briefly.

Everything's bigger at concerts... beer and margarita's... they better be since they cost $15 freaking dollars!!!  Add some Buffalo Chicken Tots and what's not to be happy about!