The familiarity of *here we go again*

Two days ago a dad of a girl on my daughter’s ringette team said two nearby towns are shutting the league for the remainder of this year.

A day later our league reported a positive case in a U12 team on the house league side. (My kid is U16 rep.)

On the way to pick up my niece at University, my phone interrupted my GPS to announce from various people who chat with me that this and that is getting canceled. Mostly kid activities related to sports.

Even the NHL is on pause, I found out later.

“Out of an abundance of caution…”

That’s the wording they’re using.

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How a simple 5-minute activity turned into an hour-long ordeal

I’m a bit discombobulated today, all over the place with my thoughts. I started out doing a sports registration for a kid which reminded me some of the canceled activities during lockdown resulted in credits issued. I had to go searching through emails and financial accounts to find out what was reimbursed, whether it was a credit on their account for future activity or on my credit cards, how much of it was there that I could apply to now, etc. There is so much online activity these days, I mean, how does on live without the internet today? Especially … Continue reading How a simple 5-minute activity turned into an hour-long ordeal

Youth sports, school, and a short story update

Yesterday I updated our calendar with the newly scheduled kids’ activities.

Despite the covid numbers rising in Toronto, youth sports is gearing up to get those kids back to the rink.

This is πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ after all…

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Tapped out

I’m all people’d out. Finished. Done.

Tapped out of extroversion.

My daughter and I just completed a whole out of town weekend with a group of tweens and their parents. Games at rinks. Meals in atriums. Hotel room doors opening and closing amid giggles and shuffling feet.

Constantly.

Having said that, socializing is a nice change of pace for me. While at away games and tournaments, I get to talk with the sports parents in an environment other than rink lobbies for a change. This is good for an introvert like me. I do like occasional socializing, for a while.

But I have limits. πŸ™‚ Continue reading “Tapped out”

Eating local – brick and mortar pub in the ‘hood

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There is a pub in our neighbourhood that serves traditional Polish food. Or, Eastern European (so northern Germany, into the Baltic states, etc…) If you like Schnitzel and potatoes and pickled things and, um…beer, well this pub serves that.

What’s more, it’s walking distance from our house. Continue reading “Eating local – brick and mortar pub in the ‘hood”

Alone in a coffee shop at night

There is a coffee shop in Canada called Tim Horton’s (Tim’s for short) that is ubiquitous with hockey families. Often, you will find a Tim’s near a rink, especially older arenas. Actually, there are Tim’s everywhere in the city, including near schools, churches and on every street corner.

I’m currently sitting in such a Tim’s on this snowy, Sunday night.

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Rink-free evening

Last night, on a Saturday night no less, I was not at a rink.

😢😯😳

If you’re a long time reader here you may understand the significance of this. We’re raising rink rats here, and weekends are usually all about youth sports. And yes, they schedule games on Saturday nights. πŸ™‚ Continue reading “Rink-free evening”