A Ring-Ting-Ting-A-Ling

Alrighty, so It has been a minute since I’ve done a blog so I figured it’s about time. Being home has been great! I was so eager to get back and be with friends and family again. Ever since I have gotten back the mother has been turning me into her personal Cinderella aka slave. Especially once she had her shoulder surgery. One day she expected me to get on my hands and knees to clean the floor. Had to remind her that she wasn’t the only one injured haha Can’t let her get too carried away now that I’m back. 😉 I have been doing my rehab in Ames with my old trainer at Iowa State. She’s an absolute beaut! I don’t know what I would do without her.  I mean how old is too old to be using the ISU facilities? I feel like i gave my soul for 4 years sooo… hopefully not till I am done pursuing my basketball career haha I guess I will know when they change the code to the practice facility on me. 

I have only been able to do rehab in the pool up until this past week. I was super excited to be able to start up with ladders and agility work. Not being able to really shoot around or play for a bit definitely has rejuvenated me and made my love of the game all that much more. Not being able to do something for so long makes you appreciate it all that much more. Told you things happen for a reason! I’ve been going out and visiting with old friends in Ames. I officially have started gaining back my oh so awesome dance moves 😉 jk i’m very much lacking in that department but I try. 

It’s weird being back in my hometown/Ames and getting asked questions like why am i back, when am I going back to Australia, when I’m going to San Antonio, when will I be done with school. Figured I would just answer most of those questions in this blog.

Yes I am OFFICIALLY a BUM. I live at home with my parents at the moment! Woo woo i’m real cool these days. :-p, Just 2 weeks after i was back my Dad was already like soo.. when you finally going to get a job? You can go work at Caseys. ( He thinks he’s a funny man) My personal favorite question is when I get asked what my “plan” is and my only response is rehab. Then they are like “what else?” haha I feel like the biggest bum ever not really knowing what I’m going to do exactly besides rehab for the next few months. I mean I am fine with the uncertainty at the moment. I know it will all work out eventually. But in the meantime I stay in ames for about 3 days out of the week for rehab. I couch bounce among my old teammates and my hockey bros at Iowa State. Good thing I’m not “that old” yet, still got me some pretty freak’n awesome friends left at school. I don’t think they are too tired of me yet. I try to mix the places I stay up. I mean I’ve only been intentionally locked out of the apartment once…. (I’m talking about you all: Ashley, Hallie, Elly) haha! It was a joke…. I think. :-/ They were laughing? The way I see it i’m just making up for lost time this past year.

I plan to get a place in Ames for the summer since rehab is right there on the top of my priority list. Probably will do some individual lessons back in Aplington-Parkersburg for whatever kids want it one or two days out of the week. We will see. I’m thinking about running a 2-day basketball camp in the summer in A-P. Maybe trying to do a little physical therapy observation during the summer to stay on track towards my Pre-PT major for when I decide to pursue that route again. That wont be for a few years yet. I’m can’t imagine giving up this basketball dream just yet. I’m hoping that my experience with this injury will help me get into grad school someday. So yes I did graduate and get my Bachelors in Kinesiology. All I have left is grad school someday and ISU doesn’t have that for the career I want to pursue. It also requires about 3 full, constant years of dedication so I can’t just take classes here and there. 

I initially was supposed to go to training camp for San Antonio in May to try out and fight for a spot on the team again. But that plan got put on hold due to my ACL reconstruction. I am hoping that when I have been cleared and am completely healthy again that they might call me back if they have a spot open by then. But that is just what I am hoping hope. Relying in that “hope & pray” method at the moment. I mean that method worked pretty darn well when it came to starting my car in the negative degree weather when I got back to this frozen tundra. Turn the key… doesn’t start… sit for a bit… say a lil prayer.. turn key… doesn’t start…moment of silence.. turn key… STARTS… 30 second dance party. I personally think it worked GREAT! But dear Dad, if your reading this, I know i’m grown but a new car would be great 😉 If not, thats fine, I didn’t want one anyway. Let’s just say I’ll probably be the one picking your/mom’s retirement home…. just think on it. 

As for Australia, I wouldn’t mind going back to the land of Oz. I absolutely loved it! But if I did, I don’t know what team that I would be going to. I am currently under no long term commitment to the Boomer team I once was with. I wouldn’t mind going over to Europe where the money is better and it would be fun to do a bit more traveling to areas I haven’t been to yet. I also strive to get better so going over to Europe may provide me with different challenges on the court and more competition. 

So far I’m loving life. Still trying to blaze my trail and find myself. I’m not too worried. I’m surrounded by so many great people. I have no complaints. For now, I will sit back, have a beer and watch all my senior friends go through their last semester midlife identity crisis’s before they are booted out into the big ole world. I remember those days. Poor kids. In the meantime, hope you all have a blessed week! 

Psalm 16:11 You will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasures forever. The Lord will show you what to do and instruct you how to live. Your responsibility is to stay focused on His will.

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Getting My Training Wheels Off

 So this past week started off pretty well. I was super duper excited because I could slightly almost walk without crutches. I was the one crutch wonder for a bit there. I was determined to walk by the end of the week because I’m tired of sitting on my bum all day every day and crutching around was way too much work. Which I did accomplish and can officially walk without crutches! Yay me! I mastered rolling around on a computer chair in order to get around the house. If it were an Olympic sport I would with no doubt win and crush everyone in the process. Slept less. Got outside more. Left the house three times this week! Whoa crazy New record. Getting more and more ready to just be able to go back home here in a few weeks. I’m kind of in limbo land because I have nothing to do here. No basketball. Can’t go swimming yet. No family here but I have been spending time with this American family who have lived here for the past 5 years. They have a few kids who I absolutely adore and babysat this weekend. I got owned in Just dance by one of the lil dudes and he claimed he won even though HIS knee hurt. Haha They just so happened to of gone to Iowa State and played football/swam there. Small world! Glad I got to meet such great people in a time in my life I needed support the most! God really does put some of the best people in my life at the times I need them the most J And I now have a car available for my use and I can drive finally! Wooo! Free at last, free at last! I don’t know where I’m going to go yet but I’m golly gee I’m going to go places. 😉 I’m thinking it’s a beach week or something cool especially since my birthday is this week. It’s kind of fun knowing I get 2 birthdays since Australia is a day ahead of Iowa. WOOP WOOP! So when I wake up I get some Aussie b’day love and when I go to sleep the American b’day love pours on in. There are positives to being halfway across the world. Also, I almost fell down the stairs this weekend. Missed a step and bent my knee a bit too far and had a moment of silence for a solid 30 seconds. Haha Oh the struggles of having a surgery.

I’m bound and determined this coming week to get my tan back so when I go back to the icy cold of Iowa I can be like “oh hey, yeah I guess I do have a nice tropical tan, didn’t really notice till now.” I’m hoping by the time I return it will be getting a bit warmer in Iowa because I’m almost positive I will fall as soon as I step off the plane and get to my ride. My team has their final game this coming weekend and hopefully we will play awesome! Really rooting them on so they can play another week in finals.  Can’t go home just yet because I have to wait for my parents to return before me so I have people to take care of me 😉 Wouldn’t want to be at home without good ole mum to cook for me. Dad would probably make me do everything by myself anyway. So as long as mum is home then it’ll be fine. Just messing dad, in case you’re reading this, I’ll put you to work too.  Sorry this weeks blog is late and really random but it wasn’t a super interesting week. I chose the verse below because sometimes I get so stressed and busy trying to do things myself and trying so hard  to get my life back together that I forget that there’s only so much that I can do. The rest is up to God and I have to trust him to lead me through the dark times. 🙂 Peace out until my life gets a wee bit more interesting. Xx ❤

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

-Proverbs 3:5-6

Week 1- Hibernation

So as you guys all probably know I tore my ACL January 24 and had surgery February 1st. I figured what better way to kill time than a blog and track my progress. I  never thought it would happen to me and I kind of thought I had lucked out because I had never torn my ACL before. But nek minnet I’m on the ground crying like a baby because a girl’s knee came into mine on defense and I felt it pop and give out under me. I instantly had a pretty good idea what had happened and freaked out like any normal person would have…. maybe? I had so many thoughts going through my head like how everything was screwed up now and how I wouldn’t be able to make the WNBA again this year. How all of MY plans for this year were shot to heck. After everything settled down I became calm because I live by the philosophy that everything happens for a reason. I’m a believer in Christ and have learned from plenty of experiences and hardships that GOD’S plan is better than mine. I mean.. how many athletes have gone through the same experience and came out a stronger and better person/athlete in the process? SOO MANY! How big of a piece of crap would I have to be if I didn’t do the same? How selfish would I have to be to feel sorry for myself in this situation when so many people have experienced worse things? It would get me no where. Who am I to take only the good things from God but none of the bad? I realize that this couldn’t be all bad and that something good must come from this. It will give me chance to sharpen up on other aspects in my life like my relationship with God, my family, my friends and figure out who I am in the process. Maybe learn a new language or learn guitar with all my new found free time if i ever find the motivation. 🙂 So to this obstacle in my life I say “Challenge Accepted!”

So the first week was bruttle because my parents and I were all stressing about everything. Like what country to have the surgery in, what the insurance will pay for, when to do it, and which doctor. It was a mess. We were at each other’s throats a wee bit by the end of the week. I think my parents found it hard to believe that I’m a “responsible” adult now and don’t need their help as much figuring things out. I think they were a lil bum hurt that their baby is almost all grown up. But i truely did appreciate having them here for the emotional aspect of this event and for everything they did do to help out and support me. Anyway, it was a stressful freakin week but in the end I got my surgery ASAP just like I wanted. The first week after surgery I basically went into hibernation. I slept the whole time and couldn’t be bothered to eat, watch tv, read, or think. I blame that on the pain killers they had me on. Gooood stuff might I add! So by the end of the week when I finally got out of the house and into the light of day it was a big day. It was a like a vampire coming out of it’s lair into the daylight. I didn’t sparkle like in Twilight but it had almost the same effect. I didn’t really eat all week because I was nauseous. That probably wasn’t so bad considering my normal “hungry hungry hippo” habits of eating every time I thought of food. It’s hard thinking of stuff to do when you’re stuck in the house all day. Napping is definitely a good time consumer. Lately I’ve been awake for at least 7 hours out of the day.  Baby steps haha Well that is about all I have to say now. So laterz gaterz! Xx

“More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”

-Romans 5:3-5