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Old 03-22-2012, 09:07 AM   #661
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Trust me- when you finally make it down here, I will definitely put your softball skills to use. My hubby's kid is okay, not afraid of the ball, but has this idea in her head that she can't ever be more than 2 steps away from 3rd base. If the ball goes just over her head, she won't even try and jump for it.

Going through SUPER Mickey withdrawal and May can't get here fast enough. My bro only lives 90 minutes away and gets there more often. He sends me pics all day so I can get down with the Mouse vicariously through him and my nephew.

UC? If it's what I think it is...YIKES!! The DH is convinced everything is curable with Crown Royal on the rocks. I much prefer ice cream...hence, Weight Watchers.

How about it ladies? Do the Goddesses have their own Facebook page?

Oh, and Ronda, I'll pay you to make me a bunch of those AWESOME Mickey shirts...lots!!!!!
We are headed back to Disney in April for a few days and I'm really geeked to be staying over at AKL. My future mother in law passed along some DVC points which were expiring, so we planned a few long weekend trips. The only down side is that they can only be used 60 days out, so planning for the Tower of Terror 10M in September can't happen for another few months. I love being close enough that we can just head up if we want to. Our FL resident passes are nothing but TROUBLE.

I wish I could cure UC with Crown Royal. Heck, it may work faster than the FL healthcare system.

And yes-- I forgot to comment on the wonderful shirts Ronda! Thanks for the pics. We have tons of old sheets and such that we use to line or cover the dog crates, so if I muff up, that's not a bad place to do it.

I really wish Disney sold dog-sized mouse ears. I'd love to get some for our pups.
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Dog size mouse ears??? That's AWESOME!!!!
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My sota kinda race report

We Crossed in 2:56 (32 mins faster than last year)


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Loved your sorta kinda race report.

And LOVED the bold! You should be so proud of yourself Jo. I'm truly wowed.

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love, love, love reading about the race!

I'm sorry I've been MIA, Rey has been home and I've just been trying to enjoy our time!

I tried running the other day, I don't know what I was thinking, but I made it about 6 strides before I realized it wasn't going to happen. Every stride there was pain in my heel, so I stopped and went back in the house in tears. Rey went out an hour later and bought me a bike!! What a man. I rode 7 miles yesterday with NO PAIN at all! It seems like the weight on my feet is what causes the pain, so I can ride and ride with no pain at all!!!

It's not the same as running for me, I totally get a workout, but not that sense of accomplishment from pushing myself to the limit, but this will keep me happy until my feet heal...and hopefully get off all this extra weight. grph.

Lisa, how is it going with the site?!?! Any matches?!?
First I'm sorry - I'm SO FLIPPIN' FRUSTRATED for you!!!!!!!!

But how I LOVE Rey. Well that's a bit inappropriate. But that's love Karen. That's love.

Karen and Megan - nothing. It's not dating site. It's simply one thread on here that I assumed went nowhere for everyone. The only reason I posted was because I was scared to post. Get it? It was like a pushing myself out of my introverted nature for a sec.

Maybe one day on the online dating but I feel so off with it all. Everyone I've ever been with has pursued me and pratically hit me with a frying pan over and over until I actually understood they were pursuing me. Really. I'm THAT bad. So I'm trying to make some changes. Trying.

And on a positive note - I'm happy alone (but am optimistic about not being alone). And would rather have that hand's down for the rest of my life than a relationship that is only for relationship sake. Truly.

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Hello ladies. I really am trying to be less of a stranger around here.

Jo- 32 minutes is such a huge improvement, that is so awesome.

Ronda- I like to think I'm a creative person but I've always been intimidated by those tye dyed Mickey shirts. You did a great job.

Lisa- I have lots of funny stories about when I tried online dating. I did meet some nice people though and I think I learned a lot about myself from doing it.

Nancy- How king is the running on hold for?

I ran my first 5k since my ankle injury and I now have swelling to the point it looks like I have a golf ball poking out of the right side of my ankle, it's also a bit sore. I guess I didn't believe the doctor when she said the swelling could take a long time to completely go away. I need to be more faithful to my ankle exercises. I'm finally physically and mentally getting over what was a hard winter for me and I feel like I'm me again. (I know how silly that all sounds.)

I hope you all are getting the same amazing weather we have here in Boston and everyone is doing well.
Yes AMAZING weather. Almost 80 here today. In March.

Frustrated for you too Megan. I should gather myself and be all positive and cheery for you - but I can hear how frustrating that must be.

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Oh! Side note: down a total of 8 pounds. Not exactly where I wanted to be by now but the clothes are getting looser
Hi Kimberley. Congratulations on the eight pounds. And see below about facebook.

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I am not yet hooked up with everyone else, but you might be able to find me by email - rlcohen@mit.edu. I had some crazy stalkerish ex of an ex action once, so I put my profile on lockdown and I'm not really sure how to fix it or if people can find me. I may be able to find others easier-- or is there a Goddess Group? Hmm... if not, maybe that's something that could get up and running.

And yes-- we do need to get together! I apologize as well since busy has been my middle name these days. So far, the heart is checking out, but I'm stuck on a stress-induced UC flare-up that has been putting me through hell. Sigh. If you ever need softball help, I've coached on the hs, travel, and collegiate level and played pretty competitively as a pitcher for over 20 years.

I just got back from a trip to visit the Mouse, and sweet lord am I happy I am no longer limited to school vacations as to when I can go. The wait times for rides were ridiculous-- thankfully we only really hit the parks for dining reservations and to get some alcohol from Epcot. The alcohol lines weren't that long, so that was a win.
Rhianna and Kimberley - I'm not on facebook right now - decativated and only activated again for the Princess. I should have friended you then. If I get back on - I will.

Rhianna - would love to hear about your trip and happy to see your future trips.
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Will be back with the NYC pictures. A total onslaught of happiness. So forgive me for my indulgence in advance.
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Karen and Megan - nothing. It's not dating site. It's simply one thread on here that I assumed went nowhere for everyone. The only reason I posted was because I was scared to post. Get it? It was like a pushing myself out of my introverted nature for a sec.

Maybe one day on the online dating but I feel so off with it all. Everyone I've ever been with has pursued me and pratically hit me with a frying pan over and over until I actually understood they were pursuing me. Really. I'm THAT bad. So I'm trying to make some changes. Trying.
Lisa I actually did a dating website because my friend pushed me to do it. It was sooooo outside of my comfort zone and that's what I liked about it. It pushed me to discover more about myself. So I'm otally happy you did it even if just as a change.



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I like funny stories.
Its very frustrating but at the same time I have to just remind myself that I will get back to where I was. In the fall I got down to the weight I was in college and ran my best 5k time ever and I know I can do it again. Just trying to keep the positive thinking.


I love all your pictures. Honestly I could comment on absolutely every one of them. You have some great pictures. I hope your time in New York was amazing.
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Kimberly, congrats on the 8 pounds

Rhi, can you come to chicago and tell me what to do with my 7year old who is faster than the boy and can hit it out of the park but she can't field to save the earth...

Lisa, OMG.. where did you learn how to take pictures like that?? AMAZING


No working out at all, I have taken the month off, we fixed the basement (more of it) the carpet is in. And DD4 has a big girl bed but we still need to get her a mattress DD7 is sick, I had to leave work to get her, on & off fever and a bad cough..

Thats about it in my world.
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Its very frustrating but at the same time I have to just remind myself that I will get back to where I was. In the fall I got down to the weight I was in college and ran my best 5k time ever and I know I can do it again. Just trying to keep the positive thinking.


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I know. I know. You are looking fantastic Megan. And I'm a sh!t for not being a cheerleader right now. I was just happy to hear about your race and then KDfjlakjf;lkadjf;lasdkjfl;asdf to hear about the swelling. But regardless I can't wait to hear that it's feeling secure.

I just feel for you - which doesn't help the positive flow. Love to you Megan.

NYC was wonderful. WONDERFUL.

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Kimberly, congrats on the 8 pounds

Rhi, can you come to chicago and tell me what to do with my 7year old who is faster than the boy and can hit it out of the park but she can't field to save the earth...

Lisa, OMG.. where did you learn how to take pictures like that?? AMAZING


No working out at all, I have taken the month off, we fixed the basement (more of it) the carpet is in. And DD4 has a big girl bed but we still need to get her a mattress DD7 is sick, I had to leave work to get her, on & off fever and a bad cough..

Thats about it in my world.
I am in love with the pictures too - as ridiculously pompous as that sounds. I never learned a thing Jo. It's a point and shoot that is on its last leg. I just get a lot of joy in NYC - it's a cheap thrill to take pictures. Better - well maybe not - than any other cheap thrill there.

Crap on the sickness. Hope she's well soon.

I played softball my entire life. Great memories. I was a girl who could make the "A" team - HOWEVER, I was the last cut. Get it. Okay - good - but not the star. Not near that. But worked hard. Thinking back great place to be.

Fielding - is she afraid of the ball at all Jo? Or just a coordination issue? Thinking out loud.
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Lisa, you should enter your pictures in some sort of contest, you would win by a mile

yes I think its a bit of both she is afraid and uncordinated.
Its tough ,DH is big, very big on sports. He played baseball/ softball all his life, he still plays when he can.
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Kimberly, congrats on the 8 pounds

Rhi, can you come to chicago and tell me what to do with my 7year old who is faster than the boy and can hit it out of the park but she can't field to save the earth...

Lisa, OMG.. where did you learn how to take pictures like that?? AMAZING


No working out at all, I have taken the month off, we fixed the basement (more of it) the carpet is in. And DD4 has a big girl bed but we still need to get her a mattress DD7 is sick, I had to leave work to get her, on & off fever and a bad cough..

Thats about it in my world.
I can try! I love Chicago Without actually seeing the player, it's hard to really pinpoint what they need help with. I can give a few suggestions though. The biggest thing to remember is that she's 7-- playing sports has to be fun for her. She'll eventually grow into being a better fielder and it will become second nature. For most kids, hitting comes a bit more naturally so fielding problems at that age are almost typical.

One of the biggest problems with fielding (aside from being afraid of the ball-- more on that in a bit) is that players of all ages confuse fielding mechanics. They see their favorite big league player crouched down and think they need to crouch as well, when it's really more of a squat.

The easiest way to teach fielding position is to turn them into an elephant. Have them stand up straight, and then touch their "trunk" (the back of their glove hand with or without the glove) to the ground in front of them-- not at their feet, but in front of their feet, and then bend their knees until it's comfortable for them to look up at you standing in front of them. At the younger ages, it's OK if it's not a perfect fielding position as the goal is developing muscle memory for the squat and getting them used to picking up a ball in that position. You can then "pick peanuts" by slowly rolling a ball at their "trunk" and having them scoop it up to their belly (kind of like how an elephant brings food to its mouth). They can use two hands, but you want to make sure that the hand doing most of the work is the glove hand.

You can build on this and get them used to moving in a squat by picking strawberries. You put a bunch of balls (or socks, toys, crackers, anything really) on the ground spread out. For younger kids, I'll usually do about 5 things for them to pick up, spread not too far apart. The goal is for the player to get into a fielding stance and pick up the stuff without coming out of the stance. The only rules are that they can't stand up until all things are picked up, and they can't pick anything up unless it's in front of their feet (so if they're standing over it, it doesn't count). This drill is for developing motion in the fielding squat, as well as training them to field in front of their body.

The other big problem is being afraid of the ball. This is a little tougher to deal with, since the wrong move could really push a kid in the wrong direction. If she learns that yes, being hit with the ball DOES hurt, it reinforces the idea that fielding sucks. You can take a two-pronged approach with this by showing her that balls don't always hurt, and you can also see what she's better at fielding and putting her on the field appropriately. The biggest thing is building confidence.

If she's OK with a zinging bullet, third or short might be a good place. If she's good at catching fly balls and slow grounders, outfield might be a good place for her. If she can catch things that are thrown by other players and the occasional ground ball, first or second could be ideal. Or if she wants to sit back and let her teammates do most of the work, have her be a pitcher. If you find a spot where she's comfortable on the field, she will build confidence and eventually start to take risks.

But as far as showing her that balls don't hurt, she'll really only learn by feeling it. I am in NO WAY advocating zinging hard or soft balls at your DD, but what you can do is take a few tennis balls or foam balls (I wouldn't recommend wiffle balls at a young age since those sting) and have her practice fielding with those. Once she's in her stance, you can roll them at her and build up to a bat or a tennis racket. I usually start about 60 feet away (the distance between bases) and roll them, but as the player gets better they move closer. Once they're pretty good at fielding the rolled balls, I back them up to 60 feet and try with a tennis racket since it's a little less predictable and faster. Obviously gauge how hard you're swinging with whether she can stop it and make it easy for her. I usually tell players to try and field whatever they can, even if it's nowhere near them. That way they get used to moving and occasionally the ball may bounce off them and show them it doesn't hurt that bad. This is more about building confidence and getting players comfortable with fielding than really challenging them. As they get older, I really zing the ball at them to work on reaction time, so the drill can be adapted for any age/skill level.

I don't think there's any real magic wand that can be waved to help a player get better overnight, but the biggest things are patience and confidence as players and parents. The only way a player will get better is a love for the game. She won't love it if it hurts or she thinks she sucks and can't do anything right. At any age, softball is all about fun. I tell my players all the time about the silly mistakes I've made as a player-- I swear I have the college record for losing games by throwing a passed ball with a runner on third. If they actually kept track of that stuff, I could tell you for sure. But you rub it off and live to play another game. One mistake isn't the end of the world, even if it knocks your team out of the running for a state or national championship.
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OK!

My dad was supposed to be in town this past weekend for a conference, but he had to cancel last minute, so DBF and I headed up to visit Mickey's house regardless. I was a little sad about it, especially when we checked into POR and they handed us Family Reunion buttons.

We got to our hotel maybe around 4pm on Saturday and decided to head over to Downtown Disney for some shopping and DisneyQuest. Everything was a ZOO for St. Paddy's day, so it probably took around an hour to walk from Marketplace to DQ. We played some pinball and then decided to have a skee ball match to the death. My score is on the left, and as you can see, I am still alive. So is DBF, but only because I had some mercy on him. And he paid for dinner.



We also had the quest of finding me St. Paddy's mouse ears, which we FINALLY found:



We went back to POR after an hour-long water taxi wait and stopped by to catch Yehaa Bob (if you've never been, it's amusing and fun) for a bit,but didn't have that late of a night. We had baseball to catch the next day.

The next morning we lounged around, got some breakfast in the zoo of the food court, then walked around the resort to waste time before the game and I really wish I had my camera for that as POR is DARLING. My DBF has a super man crush on Dan Uggla. We were NOT leaving this weekend without watching him play, so we picked up a few lawn seats for the Braves/Oriloes game (ever since the uniform misspelling a few years ago, they've been the Oriloes to me, not the Orioles). It's a cute stadium, but there is no shade to be had whatsoever at 1pm other than the flags in the outfield. And oh, there are beer men walking around! I'm used to Fenway Park where there are no beer men outside of select seats, so this was a treat. You really only had to get up to use the bathroom or wash your hands.



After the game, we popped into the Playstation Lounge (what a deal for $5-- you get a half hour of video games in the air-conditioning-- just what we needed after being in blazing sun for five hours), and decided to head off to Epcot for two things: Grey Goose slush and our dinner reservations at Biergarten.

I LOVE the Flower and Garden festival. Aside from a bunch of adorable things for sale that would fit into your garden, the topiaries are AMAZING. I only have a few pictures because it was an absolute zoo, but here are some of them:







We left as the fireworks were going off and headed back to the hotel. It was a wonderful way to end the night. The next morning, we ate breakfast in the hotel food court and then headed home around 11. It was a nice, relaxing time that I wish could have been longer.

Our next trip is April 20-23, and we'll be up at Kidani Village at AKL. I can't wait.
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