Friday, May 10, 2013

Saying Goodbye to my athletic career...

At 6:30 today I will be attending my final athletics banquet as an athlete. For many people graduation is the moment when it really hits them that they're about to enter the real world. They are faced with the reality of no longer being a student and becoming, or at least trying to become, a functional member of society. For me, this moment is tonight. Maybe it's because I know I still have 3 more years of school, and very challenging classes to boot, but I can't help but feel strangely sad about tonight. Sure, most of the event is sitting around listening to other coaches of other teams for which I didn't even play talk about how fabulous their team was, but it's more than that. In essence it is my official initiation into the statues of NARP (Non Athlete Regular Person). 

For as long as I can remember my life has been defined by my athletics career. As a middle and high school student, I didn't spend my weekends at the mall or the movies. Most of the time I was in some other state playing in a soccer tournament. When other kids spent their summer at the beach, I got to play soccer in Sweden with my club team. I got ready for Junior prom in the backseat of a Ford Taurus because I was coming back from a tournament in Philly. Despite missing out on some things, I wouldn't have traded any of this for the world. Being an athlete and playing on my team allowed me to forge friendships I know will last forever. My high school friends proved to be amazing and supported me, they even continued to invite me out even though they knew I'd have soccer. Because of soccer I was able to form an incredible relationship with my dad, and some of my best memories are of us spending long hours in his truck driving to tournaments. To this day, whenever we drive any sort of distance our co-piloting skills are insane. 

In college, I watched as my friends attended frat parties and went out with their fake IDs. I spent my friday nights chugging water and doing homework. I chose to go to a small school and missed out on the big school college experience. Still, my friends from high school supported me. My new teammates became my family. Again, I wouldn't change any of it. I know for a fact I would not be where I am today had I not chosen to play sports in college. 

I also wanted to thank everyone who supported me along the way. Dad, you have always been there not only as a coach but just as a parent. You dealt with me on car rides home as I cried, ignored you, or talked game strategy. You always allowed sports to be my choice but taught me how to truly commit to something. Even outside sports, you always supported my decisions. Every time my LSAT score increased, you pushed me to do better, just like you always have. I know I could not have done any of what I have accomplished without you. Mom,  thank you so much for always being there as a support system. Even when you didn't know all the rules, you were always the loudest fan. I don't know how, but you managed to deal with me when I was a horrible teenager, but I think we came out of all of it with a stronger relationship. No matter what I thought I would be doing in life, you always assured me I could do anything, making me believe it myself. I can not imagine where I would be if it weren't for you, and for that I will always be grateful. Michele and George, I love you both as if you'd been in my life forever! You have both become vastly important parts of my life and in my journey to become who I am. I am proud to say that you are both a part of my family, and can't imagine it without you. Lauren, I can't even begin to describe how important you've been. Besides, I need to save some material for my wedding speech! I'll just say that I know I would not be half the athlete I am now without you pushing me. You were my biggest fan and were more excited than I was when I got into UB. I love you and can't wait to stand beside you on your wedding day! LB, Corey, Spencer, you guys are the best brothers anyone could ask for. Each of you has been so important in my life and my athletic career! You have been nothing but supportive and awesome, even using illegal air-horns during games.My TCHS friends, there aren't enough words in the dictionary to express how much I love you girls. Timm, Somehow you have put up with me for almost 3 years now. You've dealt with preseason Alli, LSAT Alli, and Finals Week Alli, all of whom are not so fun. Still, you've supported me and made all of the work worth while. You deal with my excessive amounts of laundry and sometimes incoherent rants about school. You keep me sane, and if that isn't love, I don't know what is! My teammates, every single one of you is amazing! I love you.

I guess what it all comes down to in the end is that we don't get to be kids forever. I knew one day I'd have to say goodbye to sports, at least in the competitive sense. Somehow this post has turned into a sappy tribute to the important people in my life. Perhaps that's what I should take with me out of all this. Even though I am saying goodbye to athletics, the impact it has had in my life will never leave me.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Over a year later...

and a ton has changed. I know, I know, I'm the worst blogger in the (relatively short) history of blogging. But, in my defense, I'm a notorious procrastinator so really you shouldn't be surprised. To detail everything that has happened since last year would be impossible. I'll try by best to sum up. First, I crushed the LSAT and this fall was officially accepted to the University of Baltimore School of Law. I survived my final soccer season with only a few pretty intense cases of turf burn. I turned 21 and had an amazing time out at the bars with my awesome friends. Fun fact: I ripped the butt of my pants on the way into Powerplant and spent the entire night with a ginormous (clearly not a real word...don't care!) rip down the right buttcheek of my jeans. It was slightly ridiculous! My sister is getting married in 24 days (holy crapp!!) and I am beyond excited. I broke the my college's lacrosse all time scoring record and our team made it to playoffs! Basically, it's been a  crazy senior year but I wouldn't change it for anything. I graduate in just a few short weeks and am more than ready. It's hard to be too excited, though, knowing I will be starting school again in August. I'd say I'm excited for that but really I'm just terrified. I'll add some pictures so you can get an idea of at least some of the stuff I've been up to!

Senior Farewell soccer game

We went as Barbie and Ken for halloween...needless to say this took a bit of convincing
dancing on stage on my birthday...ripped pants and all

the classic monster grill with my soon to be brother in law!!!

halloween soccer practice

we ran a 5k!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Things I Love...

So, I don't really have anything to blog about. Seeing as everyday is generally the same I would be writing about the same things over and over. For today I decided I would share some things I love, and which everyone else should love too.

Great Danes. Who wouldn't want a dog that doubles as a small horse?

Samoas are easily the most delicious cookie ever invented. I legitimately stalk the Girl Scouts website looking for places I can buy them.

Anderson Cooper, the ultimate Silver Fox.

Shakespeare. This doesn't need explanation he is simply the greatest.

Stefon from SNL's weekend update:
I tried to embed this but because I'm a failure it didn't work. But seriously, watch this video (If you click "Stefon" it's a link.Yes I figured that out all on my own, be impressed.). Bill Hader is hilarious.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day...

...from me and Poopy! I know, I know, yesterday was Valentine's Day. In all fairness, with the amount of reading I've been doing you should just be impressed I'm managing to blog at all (clearly you are sitting there eagerly every day waiting for me to post...all  people who actually read this). Not too much has occurred recently. I think I've finally managed to settle back into school and get into a good routine. Granted, that routine goes: work,class,work,practice,homework, repeat. Thrilling, I know. This past weekend though I decided to get adventurous and learn how to crochet booties (I'm an old lady). Luckily the wonderful Chrissi had a little baby girl not too long ago so I had the perfect excuse. After a few failed attempts they turned out adorable. You should be impressed. Sorry my life has been entirely boring but interesting things take time, time which I do not have.

I do want to mention this wonderful blog that I am completely in love with:
These girls are fabulous and rock outfits I would never dream of wearing. They're adorable and I can only hope to one day be remotely as witty as they are. Enjoy!

Friday, February 10, 2012

It's Lacrosse Season..

And, therefore, I have no life. Granted, games haven't started yet so I still have weekends free, but with the massive amounts of homework and LSAT studying I've basically become a hermit. As much as I enjoy lacrosse and soccer it does become a lot of pressure. Juggling classes and sports is something at which you can become adept but it is never exactly easy. I think it's easy to forget, during the off season, that sports add a whole other level of stress. At the same time, it is a great way to work out any frustrations. Being surrounded by a team of girls who are dealing with the same kind of stress is comforting, in a sense. It's reassuring to know you're not the only one feeling this way. This season, in particular is even more stressful than usual. With my applications for law school due in November, this is the last semester of grades the admissions people will have upon deciding whether or not to accept me. Needless to say getting perfect grades is pretty much required. I'm sure I'll survive and (hopefully) come out of it a better student. I know I'm going to have to get used to a heavy work load but that doesn't make it any easier at the moment. Strangely enough, I am still glad to be back at school and not being a lazy bum like I was all break. 

Monday, January 30, 2012

Hello Spring Semester...

Day One and I'm already swamped with homework. Fabulous. Of course, I don't have an of my books yet so completing said homework should be interesting. My classes don't seem like they're going to be terrible but I'm not particularly excited about any of them. I only have one class tomorrow but hopefully it'll be interesting, otherwise it could be a very long semester. Tomorrow also marks the first day of lacrosse season. Am I excited? Nope. It's really only because we have to run three miles. Seeing as I've been a bit of a bum this break, I have a feeling it may be a bit of a struggle. I'll be sure to post about it, if I survive that is.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Life Post Braces...

is not all it's cracked up to be. It's hard to be excited about being brace-less when you have to wear a mouthguard and can't even go out in public. I don't want to gross anyone out but, I've found that mouthguard + sleep= drool central. I know, disgusting. I've turned into Drooly-Pants Magee. Not cool. Today also marks the begin of the one week countdown until lacrosse season. I should be excited. To be honest I'm kind of freaking out. Firstly, I'm not in shape at all and have no clue how I'm going to run midfield for an entire game. Secondly, I'm slightly terrified I'm going to play awful. I had a really strong season last year on top of being the little sister of one of the best players in the school's history. Needless to say there's some serious pressure to meet expectations. Luckily, I have an awesome team who are beyond supportive and somehow manage to keep me sane. The only really positive thing about today was that I got to talk to my big brother! I was really excited to hear that he is going to be home in March! This is his last deployment (thank God) and I'm thoroughly pumped to have him back home.

Lastly, I want to wish a happy 21st to my sister in law (sash monster?!?). I hope it's a good one!