mail

I love mail. Getting mail is like one of the best things ever. I’m talking about real mail… not the cable bill (cause they always get the amount wrong), or credit card applications, or even though coupon and advertisement pages. Real mail. Like letters, catalogs, magazines,  or birthday cards, cards in general, money…gotta love money, presents or packages with unknowable goodies packed inside. Surprise packages. Those are the best. I have a few friends that are card writers, every few months or weeks (depending on their whims) you get an unannounced card in the mail. Yay, fun.

This week I had two notices posted on my door about a package waiting for me at the post office. I was thrilled because a good friend of mine was sending me a care package with goodies to help me recover from a month long study session for my Master’s Degree comprehensive exam. I was so excited about it I decided to brave the elements (not chromium and magnesium, but the wind and pouring rain) to head to the post office. I waiting in the line (there always seems to be a really long slow moving line) and took my package. I got it out to my car and drove off the lot by the time I realized it wasn’t from my friend. It was from my Aunt, Uncle, and cousins in Texas! I had talked with my uncle about coffee (you all have to know by now that I LOVE coffee), and he found an awesome flavor he wanted to send me. The first clue that the package was from my family not my friends was the wonderful aroma of Banana’s Foster coffee. I mean who would not want to try that flavor. That was an awesome surprise.

So after finding that the package I’d retrieved was not from my friend, I wondered what had become of it. So later today I headed back to the post office to do some investigating. I waited in line again (I am not the biggest fan of waiting) and asked them to search for my second package. They quickly found it and I rushed home to open my box full of fun!

Well it was definitely a fun box. There were 3 large bags of homemade cookies made with dark chocolate m&m’s, a bag of gummy peach rings, a bag of red vines, some instant caffeine, some sleepytime tea, a bag of dark chocolate m&m’s, some Bible software, a really fun  scrabble-like game called Bananagrams that I left at my friend’s place, and a really nice card. It has only been a short time, but I am on a huge sugar overload and had to cut myself off from the candy and cookies.

Moral of the story… send mail to people you love. It can make their week.

Thanks family and friends!!!

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

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.

comic – writing a paper

Story of my college career

Story of my college career

Maybe this is why it is hard studying for my comprehensive exams to complete my Master’s Degree. Hindsight… study more. This is for all you struggling students.