Do you feel it? Can you hear it coming? September is coming. That means the reasons I need caffeine are starting to multiply. By the end of the season, my blood type is coffee. I own it. There may come a day where that changes, but today is not that day.
This week in particular I have felt the impending “busy” season more than ever. There has been a slew of discussion about school and the upcoming hockey season. There was a meeting on Wednesday about the new Novice program that is rolling out Canada-wide and how it’s going to look for our association in particular.
If I’m being honest, I’m still on the fence about it. My major concern is that Boy #3 stays engaged in a sport that he has loved since he was watching his brothers play. Ultimately, how the game looks doesn’t matter to me, it’s whether he enjoys it. Because that one? He has wanted to “go hockey” since he was two and could form the sentence to express that desire. Of the three of them, Boy #3 is the one that has shown more hockey sense at an early age. His understanding of the game started at the age of two and hasn’t stopped. He is the one that gets on the ice and smiles the entire time, regardless of what the practice entails. And he is the one that comes off head to toe sweaty from doing something he so clearly loves.
Ugh, I could go on about this new program all day and frankly, I spent most of last year discussing the theory of it. So I’m done talking about it until I see how it actually plays out. Y’all know I’ll give you my thoughts on it as the season progresses.
In the meantime, let’s focus on this week and all the reasons I need caffeine, shall we?
This week I got it in my head that it was time to leash train our German Shepherd puppy. Except I hadn’t considered that while his brain is puppy, his body is more or less full grown and all muscle. My butt got dragged for a full two kilometres and I spent the night with weeping muscles. Thankfully, our pup seems to be a quick learner and the following walks went much smoother. Though he still has a hard time resisting the siren smell of squirrel. We’re working on it.
The hockey season is starting in a matter of weeks, so things are starting to stir back up. This week was about the novice program, as discussed above. There were questions from fellow hockey moms about what the upcoming year will look like. And that meeting. Our conditioning camp started up, so there were texts about whether my boys were participating. And there’s one upcoming week of hockey camp on the horizon to get through before I have another week of holidays. I sent in the volunteer documentation for myself and HockeyDad, because apparently we’re slow learners. If any of the three teams need a manager or trainer, we are ready to step in. I mean, we’re at the rink anyway, may as well be productive.
And while hockey season is important, we have school starting up as well. So there are school supplies to be organized. There is the bus stop situation to figure out. There will be meetings with teachers and an endless amount of paperwork. Oh and let’s not forget the school fees. Basically September is just an ongoing hemorrhage of money and energy. But we can do this, friends. Grab the caffeine and let’s power through.
Speaking of powering through, there is another condo that needs to be finished and put on the market. I know there is going to be more work than I anticipate and I strongly suspect a good portion of my last summer week off will involve finishing that up. Thankfully, the bulk of the painting is done, it’s all the details work that lingers. As much as I’ve been hiding my head in the sand about it, it needs to get done. The sooner, the better.
It only ramps up from here. So, everyone rest up, get your plans in place and organize yourself as best you can now. We’ve got this.
See you at the rink,