Wednesday, October 29, 2008

addyson elle

See? My parents just got one of those recently. No need to give them another.

Welcome, Addyson Elle Bybee. (You'll get your new infant-sized volleyball from your aunt as soon as she can find one. Also, having two older brothers will be rough, but I'll teach you how to handle 'em. I'm kind of an expert. Hint: When they hang you over the balcony railing by your feet, laugh and pretend you're not scared. Makes them so mad!)

Friday, October 24, 2008

4+1 unrelated thoughts

well, i would say that it's officially cold outside, but i think the heat coming from the political commentaries at downtownblogs is keeping all of us warm.

moving along. i have quite a few random comments to make:

1 - i LOVE "old people." (I put that in quotes because the older i get the less old other people get. it's a relative judgment call.) Anyway, I love, love, LOVE them. i love old couples who still hold hands and serve one another and gloat over their kids. i love it that they have no idea what the internet is and have no desire to learn. i love it that they grew up in very tough times and still found ways to make it through and smile. on the flip side, it makes me want to cry when i see an old man shopping by himself in the grocery store or sitting by himself at a restaurant. i just want to run up and hug him. (i wonder what would happen if i did...) those men just look so lonesome. i feel weird admitting this, but sometimes when i see a lonely-looking person i get the chin quiver and it takes a lot of energy to hold back. that may be silly, but so it goes. older women, on the other hand, don't get to me as much. it's not that i don't feel for them, but it always seems as though they have more of a support system or something.

2 - volleyball season is nearing the end. i cannot express to you how this makes me feel, because i don't know yet. i do know that i will be quite relieved, because 1) i need more sleep, as evidenced by the dark bags under my eyes; 2) i need a massage to work out the stress cramp that's formed in my right shoulder; and 3) i would like to see my husband WAY more than i do now. (we have not had a quiet weekend since we got married. no joke.) this group of girls is very talented and extremely athletic, but as a team we just could not produce the results we were capable of. i could make excuse after excuse about why we didn't perform up to our expectations, but in the end i truly believe that another coach could have helped this team realize and live up to their potential. it has been a very frustrating battle for me (i hate to be bad at anything i do), and i've felt like a failure about 7 times a day since sept 2. on the other hand, i really do care a lot for these girls and it seems that i have been able to discuss topics from one extreme to the other with them, which i know was my ultimate calling anyway (it's just hard to keep that in mind when you're down 18-13 to a team you should beat). i never really thought about or wanted to be a head coach, but i truly believe the Lord put me here for a reason, and i guess that reason isn't to have an overwhelmingly "successful" volleyball season. many of you have heard coacher say that most of these girls refer to their dads as "sperm donors," meaning that they just make babies and move along to another woman. this is so sad to me, and i hope that in some way coacher and i can show them what a family looks like.

3 - i like sarah palin. i don't care what anyone says.

4 - Christmas is less than 9 weeks away. i need some ideas for the following "types"
of people:
a) parents who have everything they could ever want or need and won't ever let
you pay for dinner.
b) sisters-in-law who could buy just about anything they want. they are cute,
crafty, trendy, semi-stay-at-home-mom types.
c) coacher (seriously...i don't have a clue. and no, i won't buy him a fake deer
to set up in the living room.)

+1 - The ways of the liberal media have now infultrated our high schools. I just got the newest edition of the HS newspaper and read the overwhelmingly biased writings about the Prez. candidates. In short, "Obama will...." and "McCain believes..." Subtle isn't it? Our media has conditioned you well, young journalists.

Friday, October 17, 2008


= degrees in our house when we woke up this morning. my hands are still thawing out.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


i got quoted in the newspaper today: "I was awful proud of them, because our mental game hasn't been there in the past." Sheesh. I am pretty sure I didn't word it like that. (If I did, which I highly doubt, I should never be allowed to speak again.) I hate the newsmedia.

Friday, October 10, 2008


Time for a quick update:

First of all, before I forget: I have these three Vietnamese kids in one of my classes. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned them before, but every day I think to myself: I have got to tell people about these kids. Their first names: Quang, Hang, and Phuc (take a gander on how to say that name! I said it with a long U sound in the beginning, until someone told me everyone just calls him Philip. Go figure.)

Anyway, I know you’re not really supposed to have favorites when you’re a teacher or coach, but let’s face it: We do. Our favorites are the ones who work hard and do what’s right. Sometimes they are the funny ones. Anyway, “Philip” is one of my favorites. Honestly, I don’t understand about ½ of what he says, and I’m pretty sure that goes his way as well. However, we can communicate with gestures and facial expressions, and he is hilarious. Every time I give him a look that says, “Why are you not doing your work?” he looks back at me guiltily and says, “Sorry. Oh, I was just talking to her about this page. Sorry.” Or he just smirks and looks back at his work. I don’t really know how to explain what he does in a way that would help you picture him and how funny he is; I wish you all could meet him. Lately he has been making weird noises, then looking up to see if I laugh. That’s not really nice of him, because I’m supposed to make sure he is doing his work and not distracting others, and here I am laughing at his hilarity. Oh Phuc.

On a random note: It’s been a very busy week. Beginning with last Saturday (vb tourney out of town, then straight to a rockin’ wedding reception) we have been go-go-go. Sunday my sis-in-law, mom, and I threw my other sis-in-law a baby shower (it’s a girl, and she’s coming soon!), then Husband, Husband’s cousin and Husband’s cousin’s fiancĂ©e and I went for a nice bike ride and walk in the nature center. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday were volleyball games (2-1 on the week), Wednesday I took a long test for my graduate class, Thursday was Senior Night (which entails way more work than I expected) and Husband had about 5 different assignments to finish for Shepherd School, today is Husband’s birthday and we are leaving for BT right after work. Then we’ll come back to Springfun and I’ll head straight to volleyball practice to prepare for a tough game on Monday.

Also, thanks to all of you who gave me great ideas for books and movies. I think I asked for ideas a little prematurely, but when I get some time to kick back I’m going to begin at the top of the list and work my way down. Yes!

Lastly, happy day, wonderful Husband. You are incredible.

Thursday, October 2, 2008


i'm tired of filling my mind with tv trash. not that i really watch tv all that much (favorite shows, and thus the only ones i really watch: office, run's house, some cooking, some tlc), but i sometimes watch it even when there's nothing good on. i'm tired of the tube, and i'd like to spend my downtime doing something a little more beneficial. i'm fairly busy most of the time, but books are just the ticket when i'm stressed or tired of "going" and "doing". i used to read a ton and always had a list of books i'd like to read, but i just now walked up to the library and could not find one single book to read. (same thing happens with me when trying to rent a movie. what WAS that movie i wanted to see so badly??) anyway, i'd like some suggestions. (i'll take them in book or movie format).

as a reference point, i want to read some biographies, autobiographies, historical descriptions, etc. (the historical side of my brain is only about 5% full...i need to fix that.) also, i think redeeming love is just about the best book written in the last 50 years, and i love grisham's "a painted house," historical fiction, jane austen, and leif enger's "peace like a river."

ready? go.