Monday, August 17, 2009

Hockey in August

A few of our favorite US-born NHLers participated in Team USA's Olympic Orientation Camp today...amongst the group was our very own Ryan Miller. It's pretty funny how excited a three and a half minute video interview with him got me. I can't believe it's been almost 4 months since we've been graced with a locker room interview with Ryan Miller. Makes me remember that hockey season is right around the corner which is CRAZY! I've missed his insightful and articulate interviews...soon enough he'll be in the our dressing room, addressing our media, and talking about our team. Can you feel the excitement? I know I can. I enjoyed how graceful Ryan was when talking about not being chosen for the 2006 Olympics, and how he wishes Tim Thomas luck when he's playing for Team USA but he politely and respectfully says how he wants the Sabres to kick his ass when he's playing for the Bruins. Atta boy, Ryan. I'm looking forward to more coverage of the camp within the next few days...maybe if we're lucky we'll get another interview out of Miller. I was looking up the rosters for the camp, and the players were divided into two practice groups. I noticed that Ryan was in the same group as a certain South Buffalo native...I couldn't help but wonder if there was any interaction between the two and if it was *awkwarrddd*.

It also appears as if Andrew Peters has accepted the fact that the Sabres are not interested in having him return next season. I know it's probably in the best interest for the team, but I know that Peters was a very popular player amongst his fellow teammates and he always seemed like a good guy off the ice. I wish him nothing but good luck and success in his future, wherever it may be.

Yesterday I came home after spending the weekend with my family up at my cousin's cottage. I am sooo red from being on a boat for pratically two days straight. My Irish genes have blessed me with fair skin which burns very easily when exposed to the sun. I'm usually smart and I always wear sunscreen when I know I'm going to be out in the sun for a long time, but it completely slipped my mind while I went boating. It was only until I felt my thighs cooking in the sunlight in the middle of the lake that I realized that I should have put on some SPF. I also have a few bruises and welts from going tubing...good times. I would post pictures of myself tubing that my cousin took of me, but unfortunately we suffered a casuality on the boat. Which was my camera. Saaaahh sad. A crazy title wave from another boat's wake coupled with a crazy boat driver are the culprits. Apparently the whole bow of our boat was submerged, but I couldn't really tell because I was too busy getting drenched by the wave. Luckily for me it was only my point and shoot (no way in hell would I bring my DSLR on a boat, I'm not THAT ambitious), but I'm kind of bummed that my memory card was ruined too because I lost all of my pictures. Most of the pictures had been uploaded, but I still hadn't uploaded my pictures from Lollapalooza and from my weekend at the cottage, obviously. Oh well...there are worse things that happen in life.

Despite my sunburn and my camera getting ruined, I had a great weekend with my family. I can't think of many other things in the world that relax me more than a nice boat ride on the lake. It's one of my favorite things to do. And if I'm in the need for a thrill, I like to go tubing. Otherwise, I just enjoy sitting on the boat and kicking back a few. Ahh, memories.

I've taken care of a lot of things school-wise the past few days which feels a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders. But I'm still trying to get into two classes that are currently hopefully I find a way to squeeze into them before school starts on the 31st. Keeping my fingers crossed. I also need to figure out which games I'm going to go to this season...I think mini-packs need to be received by the 28th. Yeah, I need to get on that.


Jill said...

Sounds like you had a blast!

I do feel a bit bad for Petey. I was bummed about his fighting this past season, it just wasn't as good. I guess it was time for a change.

I hope you get into those classes!

Kimberly said...

this is a bittersweet post.

yay millsy ! (:

and awe, petey ):

him and derek were totally BFFs! ):

im gonna miss andrew christopher (yes, i did ask him what his middle name was when i met him)

awe ):

Caroline said...

I do feel a bit bad for Petey. I was bummed about his fighting this past season, it just wasn't as good. I guess it was time for a change.

I hope you get into those classes!

Yeah, sometimes a change of scenery is in the best interest of both parties.

And thanks!

Caroline said...

im gonna miss andrew christopher (yes, i did ask him what his middle name was when i met him)

That's odd, I have a younger brother named Andrew whose middle name is also Christopher. What a coincidence.

Chris said...

Thanks for the interview....he's looking relaxed and healthy. It's been a LONG time since seeing him behind the cameras and facing reporters..cannot wait for the season to start!

Too bad about Petey, he sure was fun to watch. He seemed like a teammate that everyone loved.

Keep enjoying your summer!

Caroline said...

No problem! Yeah, it's been awhile since we've seen an's pretty exciting because it means hockey is almost here. If anything, the Sabres need to make the damn playoffs so the offseason isn't as long...jesus.