Tuesday, January 31, 2012

USA domination!

I know there are lots of people out there who could care less about soccer, let alone women's soccer.  But, like I've said before you are really missing out

The USA Women's National team (USWNT) recently won the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament in a very dominating fashion.  One of the reasons this was such a big deal was that during this same tournament for wold cup qualifying a year ago the US team failed to automatically qualify for the first time ever.  After such a strong performance in the world cup hopes were high that they could automatically qualify and make a run for first place in the tournament.

They went one step above, outscoring their opponents 38-0 over five games.  And winning the final (which should've been the most competitive game) 4-0 against a good Canada team with a full stadium of Canadian fans supporting them.  Not only were the goals flowing but the USWNT also kept the ball out of their own net, even after losing one of their best defenders.

Wambach and Morgan each had 2 goals in the final
Ali Kreiger got injured on a dirty tackle during the first game. The result is a torn ACL and partially torn MCL. She will be out for the Olympics leaving a hole in the defense.  The coach of the women's team, Pia Sundhage, tried some different combinations back there and hopefully someone will step up to help fill that hole.  It will take a little more development and the back line playing together a little more, but I like our chances of having a solid back line come London.
As I'm sure I've said before, this team is so much fun to watch and when they play this summer I encourage you to at least tune into at least one of their games.  They are doing great things for the sport and being great role models for female athletes young and old.  I can't wait to see what this team has in store for us in London!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

New Year, New Location...Now from Kentucky!

So many new things!

We made it to Kentucky, and it took us 7 days! You can see RoB's recap of day 1, day 2, day 3, day 4, day 5, day 6, and day 7.  It was a great drive especially because we were able to take our time and enjoy ourselves, we also didn't hit any bad weather, yay!

A couple new things I would like to do while I'm here in Kentucky, some of which have to do with my blog!  The first thing I've noticed is that you can't really rely on yelp or urbanspoon the way we used to in California.  There just aren't enough users, leaving us with too small a sample size.  In order to try and help this I plan to join both yelp and urbanspoon and review places I go, in hopes of making it more worthwhile in the future.  I also plan to talk about all kinds of fun Kentucky things like that (but only the good places :) here, on my blog!

One other thing I'd like to do more of is book reviews and other book/writing topics.  I love to read, and I read a lot.  I also used to be more involved with librarything early reviewers and hope to get back into that.  I recently joined the website book blogs and even though I will mostly use that as a way for me to find good blogs to read, I'd also like some of those members to stop by here and see what I have to say! Lastly, I hope to revisit my NaNoWriMo story, the whole point of it for me was to have a good starting place, which I think I do...

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Let the Journey Begin!

Tomorrow we start our cross country road trip from California to Kentucky!  I am very excited about moving to KY but am a little unsure about the trip itself.  We are taking two cars so we are each driving our own car out there which means I will have to drive all 2400 miles of it.  I've never driven on a long road trip like this before, I've been the passenger but never the driver.  I don't think I'll have a problem with it and we aren't doing ridiculously long days or anything like that so I hope it will be ok, but it will be one more brand new experience for me!

I will try and do a post each night especially if we go and see something exciting, but that will also depend on what time we get in in the evening and if I have wifi at the hotel.  I'm hoping this is a good way for everyone to keep up with where I'm headed!

I've got 5 books on tape (some Lee Child, Harlem Coben, Tina Fey, Chelsea Handler, and Jane Austin), a couple leftover podcasts, and hopefully I can listen to a bunch of college football over the first couple days.

Any tips and suggestions for a long cross country drive? Any must see places (we'll mostly be on 40 for the first few days once we get to Vegas)?