This week: Volleyball

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So as my bio says…in addition to everything else I try to do, I’m a volleyball fan and team scorekeeper.

The Daughter, plays for the Aurora Storm- 17U Bolts. Last weekend, we were in Edmonton, Alberta for the Canadian Open in Volleyball, also known as the Nationals. There were eighty 17U Girls teams from across Canada (okay, admittedly about half were from BC and Alberta), and a total of over 250 teams with boys and girls aged 16 – 18.

The Butterdome

The Butterdome


I can’t say I saw much of Edmonton, really just my hotel, the West Edmonton Mall, the Saville Centre and the Butterdome.
Why is it called the “Butterdome” you ask? Well just take a look….

The girls played awesome coming in fourth overall. We lost to the #1 ranked BC, #1 ranked AB and #1 ranked MA team. Considering we went in as the #2 Ontario team, and were the only Ontario team to make it to the semis, we were still pretty happy.

144 And while the girls didn’t get a medal, I did have a very proud mommy moment when The Daughter was called as one of the events All Stars. Or, as I like to say, one of the top 6 girls out of about 800.

Candy, Costumes and Blood, oh my!

Well, it’s that day that all paranormal romance writers seem to love (at least based on the posts I’ve seen this month)…Halloween.

Sadly this will be the first year in sixteen-plus years that I will not be dressing up and handing out candy. Halloween 2005

I enjoy dressing in costume. Halloween 2007 I decorate the yard, and have scary music & lighting as I hand out candy. I love seeing the little ones in their costumes, and the surprise on their faces when I answer the door. Yes, there have been a few tears too, but I’ve learned to peek through the window and open the door in advance if I think the trick-or-treater might be scared by my attire.

This year, however, volleyball practice falls on Halloween eve. In the earlier years, coaches would cancel practice if that was the case. But at 16, the coaches figure the girls are too big. (I mean this literally since The Daughter is 5’9″ and the tallest on her team is 6’4″). Halloween 2011I suggested to The Daughter that maybe I could dress up to drive her to practice, and I got “the look”, so I guess all I can do is look at photos from previous Halloweens.

Whether you are dressing up, shelling out, or hiding in the basement with the lights out…Happy Halloween to all, and to all a good-night. (Or something like that.)Halloween 2008

These boots were made for…

BootsThese boots were made for looking at. And aren’t they cute??

I’ve mentioned that I have lots of hobbies. Well, there is this little scrapbooking store here in Stouffville, Ontario that supports me in my addictions…I mean hobbies. It’s called The Workshop
In addition to scrapbooking, they have jewelry-making, card-making, kids parties, and paint projects. The boots were this year’s project.

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Past Halloween projects have included Jack, Witchie, and the two ghosts you see popping out of my yard.
Witchie

Yard at Halloween
How do you decorate your house for Halloween?