Storm vs. RI Panthers C

Storm Logo Yesterday afternoon, my hockey team (the Storm) played the RI Panthers. Sadly, we lost 2-3, although the goal that they got at the very last moment of the second period could have gone either way timing-wise. Regardless of the loss, it FELT like a tie!

Things that stood out for me in this game:

  1. Playing hockey with a sinus infection is challenging due to the whole “breathing”and “snot” issues.
  2. I really really REALLY don’t like it when people charge my goalie and slash at her neck with the blades of their sticks. The refs agreed with me and told the girl who did it (on the first shift of the game!) to back off. This, of course, after I got in her face and pushed her.
  3. Apparently my impulse control when I have a sinus infection is a little free-wheeling.

I’m really enjoying the composition of our team this year. Some people are playing new-to-them positions and are doing a really good job of it. Some people are settling into different positions than they played last year, even if they played those positions before. And the coaches are moving the rest of us around here and there to see what works. I’ve actually played a few games up at forward and have loved it!

The new folks on the team are fitting in quite nicely. Annie, Danielle, Lexie, Jillian, and Angela are all great additions, each in very different ways. We got solidity, quickness, ice-sense, and scoring ability in them, and in Angela have a goalie with a similar strong personality as our goalie last year (miss you Renee!) Although I’m still not sure which of them swears more…. maybe it’s a goalie thing! 🙂

I’m looking forward to the rest of the first half of our season, and to documenting a little bit more about our escapades on the ice.

A Hat Trick of Hats

Guess who started knitting again? That’s right, yours truly. After …mumble.grumble.shuffle.the.feet… a while, I was finally inspired to pick up the sticks and string again after reading about a knit-along over on the Puck This forum on Ravelry (requires login).

The goal of the knit-along? Knit three hats in the month of January. Since I’ve made a few hats, I know the amount of work that most of them would take and it seemed like a reasonable commitment. Besides, looking over all the other fantastic hats was pretty inspiring!

So without further ado, here are my three (so far) hats for the month of January.

Goal 1: Not the Carolina Hurricanes Hat, finished between two hockey games at a tournament we played in a couple of weeks ago. I’m a little nervous about taking photos of myself in hockey gear and a knitted hat, in case you can’t tell. AKA the Hurricane Hat.

Self-Portrait in a Knitted Hat and Hockey Gear

Me, vaguely thuggish, in my extremely large shoulder pads, before playing a game

Amy + Megan

Amy and me, at dinner with the team on Saturday night

Goal 2: SCORE! Turn a Square – finished last weekend, knit on needles that were a little too small for the yarn (but the hat is thick, so it did what I wanted it to do). AKA Turn a Square.

Turn a Square Hat Turn a Square Hat

Me, modeling the slightly-too-small-for-me hat

Turn a Square in action

Amy, hat recipient, shoveling and not knowing I was taking her photo (aside: we’ve gotten a LOAD of snow this year!)

Goal 3: Kind of an Avs Hat (But Not Quite) – finished today, right before I headed to hockey practice. This yarn was a gift from my mom a few years ago and it’s 95% cashmere/5% lycra. I LOVE it! Of all three hats, this one is my favorite. AKA Robin’s Egg Blue Hat.

Kind of an Avs Hat (But Not Quite) Kind of an Avs Hat (But Not Quite)

Traditional hat modeling self-portraits

Kind of an Avs Hat (But Not Quite)

Post-practice photo, no longer feeling as awkward about posing in hockey gear with knitting

Why did I do this? Well, given the way I play, combined with the position I play, it’s unlikely that I’ll get a HOCKEY hat trick anytime soon! I’m getting my hat tricks any way I can, and if I’m wearing hockey gear to get some laughs from the knitters when I take photos of the hats, I’m going to do it. It was fun and accomplishable. And it got me knitting again. Who can argue with that?

Revision of the Hockey OD

Two days ago I reported that hockey this week looked like so:

  • Sunday – game (storm)
  • Tuesday – practice (storm)
  • Wednesday morning – practice (wellesley)
  • Wednesday night – scrimmage
  • Friday morning – practice (wellesley)
  • Friday night – game (not-storm)
  • Sunday – game (storm)
  • Tuesday – practice (storm)

As it turns out, it was more like this:

  • Sunday – game (storm)
  • Tuesday – practice (storm)
  • Wednesday morning – practice (wellesley)
  • Wednesday night – scrimmage
  • Friday morning – practice (wellesley)
  • Friday night – game (not-storm)
  • Sunday – game (storm)
  • Tuesday – practice (storm)

Wednesday I felt awful after work, this morning I decided not to do because we were planning on going to the Cape to play tonight, but then tonight got canceled! But the biggest revision is that my gear doesn’t smell quite as bad as it might.

With a free night, I’m going to go to bed before 10 p.m. I live a wild and crazy life, I tell you. Friday night excitement: bed before 10! When I get up there in age, I’m gonna be the talk of the retirement community. Ha!

Hockey OD

  • Sunday – game (storm)
  • Tuesday – practice (storm)
  • Wednesday morning – practice (wellesley)
  • Wednesday night – scrimmage
  • Friday morning – practice (wellesley)
  • Friday night – game (not-storm)
  • Sunday – game (storm)
  • Tuesday – practice (storm)

My gear smells.