Hiatus

As probably very few of you noticed, I have taken a short break from blogging the last few weeks. My time was occupied with training and lots and lots of driving. To fill you in… I did get my National D license for coaching, yay! And spent lots of time with my Aunt in Atlanta. And then proceeded to crash Auburn practices for a month. It was great to see all my buddies that are still there and say bye to peeps. I really missed my small group, those girls rock!

Well last weekend after packing up my car the maximum load allowed, (and giving my mom like 5 hugs cause she already started missing me) I headed off to the big city. Preseason practices started Monday night, and have continued on. I am a little tired. We are going to be a very fit team needless to say.  Well thats all for now folks… Tune in again later!! More to come on preseason and training and the team!!

beach trip!!

Hey gang!!

As some of you may have seen in my twitter, I am at the beach!! Auburn Soccer is in the semi finals of the SEC Tournament in Orange Beach, Alabama. We beat Ol’ Miss on Wednesday at the Orange Beach Soccerplex. It was a great win (current 5-0 win streak I think) and got to avenge the regular season loss earlier this season.

Who do we play in the semifinals? LSU… Auburn’s SEC West rival. This highly anticipated game will kick off at 5:00 pm cst Friday. It should be on game tracker, radio, and possible the SEC online website.

Ok now that all the soccer talk is done… the beach has been awesome!!! Beach walks, playing in the waves, runs, hot tub, coffee, waves, burying people in the sand, good food (that’s free!!) , and naps on the balcony have fit in between my work schedule. The staff condo handles treatment, all meals, laundry, and odd jobs. In addition to these daily tasks we have practices, games, and film duties. Don’t you worry there has been plenty of work going on along with the beach fun. The staff are doing all we can to win tonight’s game and have another 2 days at the beach.

My favorite times this week have been getting up early each day for a run, walk on the beach, and then coffee on the balcony to watch the world wake up. I love vacations!! (even if this is a working one!)

WAR EAGLE! Beat LSU!

this day and that day

There are only two days that matter… this day and that day. I want to live my life in this day in a way that I will not have regrets on that day.

-Martin Luther-

How are you living your life?

I was listening to a speaker today and that was a quote he used in the message. I want to live my life this way. Too often, people (especially young people, myself included) wish away the time and place they are in. They miss the importance of where they are wanting to be another place. The whole grass is greener on the other side philosophy. A friend of mine always says in response to that, “well, you gotta mow the other side too.”

My life is in a slight holding pattern. I am finishing school and training waiting for next season. I do not need to wish away the time here though. As much as I would rather live in a nicer place, see my friends a bit more, spend time with family, or get to play soccer somewhere else, I will be living in the present and investing here. So I am headed to study for my comprehensive exam, work for the soccer team, watch film in the office, train, lift, run, go to class, teach my class, do my group project, and know that someday in the distant future I’ll have time to sleep.

over and out

top ten coffee shops ever -part 1

I love coffee. If caffeine were a substance people cared about abusing then I’d be considered an addict. I have actually gotten worse since I got rid of my coffee maker (and it has gotten more expensive dangit).

*Digression* Question: do you put the period inside the parenthesis or outside?? I keep putting it outside, but I feel like it should go inside. Any thoughts? Please comment!

I spend a lot of time in coffee shops and there are many different things that can make them spectacular. I received a few votes via twitter and text about my friends’ favorites, but here are mine.

1. Toomer’s Coffee Company (Auburn, AL) This place has everything I want in a coffee shop. I literally spend time here 3-4 days a weeks. Usually in multiple hour sessions either reading  my Bible or other books, studying for my Master’s comprehensive exam, or hanging out with friends.

They have amazing flavored drinks and lattes, perfectly brewed coffee that they roast themselves and flavor (try Southern Pecan or Snickeroo or well any of them!), amazing couches, cool art on the walls that adds to the decor with the window wall and cozy atmosphere, and great background music.

This one wins the number one spot because it is amazing and I can’t go try all of your favorites. Try not to get your undies in a wad.

http://www.toomerscoffee.com/

2. Crema Coffee Co (Near downtown San Jose, CA). Crema was an amazing place, but unfortunately I didn’t spend enough time because I discovered it much too late in my summer. They have good seating, a nice shaded outdoor area, a nice atmosphere, but most of all they had one of the best drinks ever. I can’t remember its exact name, but it was an orange mocha. It was chocolaty, orange coffee. Now thats just plain amazing. It also within walking distance of the coolest used book store I have even been in. Check it…

http://www.facebook.com/CremaCoffeeCo

3. and 4. Mission City Coffee (Santa Clara, CA) and It’s A Grind Coffee House (Milpitas, CA). Because they are so close I put them at a tie. They are so high because of what they meant to me while I was in Cali. They were my home away from home. My place to go and hang out with Jesus or read or just have some time alone reading or anything

Mission City has that warehouse atmosphere with high ceilings, exposed brick walls, and concrete floors. It is located right of the campus of Santa Clara University. They have a several good drinks and excellent lunch food. As a unique twist for what I commonly see in a coffee shop especially in the south, they serve wine and beer in the evenings. I would imagine it creates a chill atmosphere to sit and be able to talk with friends unlike the bar scene.
http://www.missioncitysc.com/

It’s a Grind is small but being located just 7-8 minutes from my apartment was perfect for a quick caffeine fix or a long stint with a book or Bible. The main factor that caused me to discover this oasis was that my AC broke for several days mid summer. The frigid interior was perfect. They also have incredible leather chairs. Drinks were good but not remarkable, however the bagels were the best I’ve ever had at a coffee shop. The only drawbacks are the small sitting area (25 people max, and that might be stretching it) and the average drinks.

http://www.itsagrind.com/

Thats all for today check back later this weekend for the next best coffee shops.

spontaneous adventure

When you are a professional athlete or have collegiate eligibility (aka an eligibility child or EC for short) there are certain activities you are either strongly encouraged not to participate in or they are entirely prohibited per contract regulations. While it is not quite my middle name (Leigh for any of you that were wondering), I enjoy a good adventure. One of my favorite times in college is my initiation into spontaneous adventures.

*situation*

I had a test on Thursday morning pretty early, more classes, then practice that afternoon. A few weeks before when camping with some friends, I heard about the fire tower. Now, I am not a big fan of heights. I don’t mind climbing things and the threat of falling; I just do not enjoy being high up (this is a fear/discomfort that I am progressively improving). My friend was a little bored and was trying to find something to do. Apparently my need to study for a test was overridden for her need for fun.

*result*

We went out alone (2 girls), in the middle of the night (around 11:45), and drove into the middle of the woods (a good distance from civilization) while I had a test the next morning that I had not studied for yet.

It was awesome. Huge adrenalin rush. I would highly suggest doing exciting things. So we climbed up were a little freaked out hiking in the woods out to the tower. Getting to the top was awesome. Getting back down was terrifying (the fear of heights thing).

And that was my initiation into spontaneous adventure… go get ya some.