Wishing the Cats could play better basketball

So the Kansas State Wildcats started out ranked preseason nationally at number 3 and picked to win the Big XII.  There’s been stumbling and bumbling and now they are out of the polls and 10th in the Big XII.  Ouch.

We’ve never been huge basketball fans, but the improvement under Frank Martin over the past few years interested us and we’ve been hooked.

Jacob Pullen and Curtis Kelley had some off-court issues with some impermissible benefits at a Manhattan Dillards.  In fact, their first suspended game was the game we attended here in Kansas City – a game we lost.  We’ve lost several more since then.  Unfortunately, there were many that doubted we deserved such high preseason rankings – seems like they may have been right.

Here’s hoping we can get better and start winning more games.

image from www.kstatessports.com

Snow days

So school was called off pretty quickly yesterday evening as the snow began to accumulate and cause lots of problems on the roads.  After several snow days last week, it seems the girls are hardly back to school.  However, it did give all the ladies of the house to catch up on “Cupcake Wars” and “Top Chef”.  Staying up much later than usual, Emily and Sally used part of their snow day to catch up on sleep.

As predicted, I shoveled the driveway and sidewalk a total of six times before I went to bed at 2:30.  Don’t think I was up all night shoveling – no, I was over at a friends house playing darts and enjoying a toasty warm garage.  However, when I got home a little after 1:00, the snow had stopped.  Cranking up the ipod, I shoveled several driveways (ours and some neighbors).  I may not have been on the bike, but I definitely got my exercise in for the day.

Linda’s piano studio has been hit with cancellations due to snow and sickness, so the lessons have been fewer over the past few days.  Make-up lessons loom on the horizon.

Wherever you are – stay warm and safe.  Spring is just a few months away!

Here’s a view from our garage early on in the evening; only half of the snow had fallen by this time.

It’s that time of year again

The Girl Scout cookies have arrived – and most of them are actually delivered.  The past 5 years I’ve had to haul the cookies in the back of my car back and forth to work because only a few people would be there each shift.  Now that I have a usable office at the hospital, I am able to leave all the cookies there.

So proud of the girls for getting out in the neighborhood – selling and delivering cookies to our neighbors.  I know that they’re a welcome sight each January (even if these darn cookies destroy most New Years resolutions).

Perfect end to a stretch of shifts

So, it’s 2:30 in the morning as I write this and I’m about to complete a long stretch of shifts in the ER.  This was supposed to be my day off, but some scheduling problems led to me needing to fill in one more night shift.  Too bad because I was supposed to go with the family to Manhattan to see the KSU Women’s basketball team play.  Everyone went and the team won – I’m glad they got to go.

I’ve got a 24 hour reprieve before I’ll be back at it again. As the view out the front of my ER doors shown in the picture above, it looks as though I’ll be spending some of that time shoveling driveways and sidewalks when I get home.

It’s Been Too Long

Wow, has it really been 2 weeks since I last posted?  The holidays came and went so quickly.  Fortunately, it was filled with lots of family.  Elaine, Ed, Connor, and Helen arrived on the 22nd and was here until the 28th.  My parents, Lynette, Lee, Ashleigh, and Hollee arrived on the 28th (literally passing the others in the driveway) and stayed until the 30th.

We had an absolutely great time with all of them, celebrating Christmas and enjoying the fellowship of family.

Each time I considered sitting down and updating the blog, I found myself much more interested in something else – usually something with the kids, Linda, or other family members.  Oh – and there were all the days I had to work shifts in the ER.

A quick recap on some of the events during these past two weeks (in addition to all of the activities we did with the numerous family members):

Christmas Day found the four of us serving in Mass at our church with the Archbishop presiding over the service.  Linda played, I sang, and both girls served as alter servers.  It was quite an honor to do so.

Our beloved Wildcats played in the inaugural Pinstripe Bowl in New York City on the 30th.  It was a great game to watch – but don’t get me started on the “excessive celebration” penalty at the end of the game.  Here’s hoping we are able to continue on this winning season and maybe win the bowl game next year.

New Years Eve was a quiet one for us.  I worked all day and had to get up and work again the next morning – so no big plans were even considered.  I arrived home the evening of the 31st to find the three ladies watching TV and looking for a good movie to watch.  We settled on the 1984 classic, “The Karate Kid”.  The girls loved it.  The movie ended shortly before 11:00pm (make that 12:00am Eastern Time).  So we watched the ball drop in NYC and headed off to bed.

Happy New Year, friends and family!