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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Cassie's Journal - October 30, 2015



Hell’s Night isn’t anything to keep adults awake at night here in our little home town, and that wasn’t a worry for us in Pinehurst tonight either; but our final regular season football game of the year was scary for us – in more ways than one.

First up for that, it started raining before game time; the temperature dropped into the forties; and it’s been raining all night since then.  That made for a very uncomfortable evening of football for everyone; though there was still a good turnout for the game despite the lousy weather.  The top scary for the night, though, was that Pinehurst decisively won the game by seventeen points; and it was only that close because they let up late in the fourth quarter when it didn’t matter anymore.

The Hell Night Horrors started for our team on our first offensive drive when Ray gave up an early pick-six interception that fired up the Pinehurst players and fans.  While the Pinehurst offense scored six of their eight touchdowns and both field goals; it was their defense that made that possible by earning eleven turnovers.  That was horror-worthy for us, but could have been even worse if Michael and Tim hadn’t combined to defend against what could easily have been another dozen interceptions.  I wouldn’t dream of saying this to any of the guys on the team other than Michael and Tim, but to be blunt; Ray and Jason do not play well in the rain – or when things aren’t going their way.

I like Ray, and feel bad that he had such a tough night, but I’m not so thrilled that he won’t stand up for the other guys when Jason rips everyone else except his senior buddies.  Ray was sacked eight times, threw three interceptions, and had seven fumbles that Pinehurst recovered.  That number would have been worse too if Lucas and Garth hadn’t helped him out as much as they could too.  Ray has a problem hanging onto the ball in the rain that was way too obvious tonight.  He wasn’t the only one; though Captain JJ didn’t think he was a problem either despite missing his only two field goal attempts and four of seven extra point attempts.  Yes, for those of you doing the math on that now; our team did score seven touchdowns.  Don’t make more of that than there is to the story; because we also scored the last three touchdowns of the game while Pinehurst saved as many of their best players as they could to help get ready for the playoffs.

For the record, Michael, Tim, and Lucas had two touchdowns each; and five of them were long-yard plays that were really amazing to watch – even if we didn’t have much to cheer about tonight.  Garth Green had the other touchdown; and he also threw for one of Michael’s scores on one of the trick plays that he’s being used for in all of our games now.  I’m sure that Coach Robinson is looking to him as our quarterback for next year – even though there’s a good chance that he’ll still be on the small side for the job for at least another year.  My final note for the game is that while we did have the final three touchdowns, Pinehurst still earned two more turnovers – and opted to kick field goals instead of running it up on us.  For the most part, good sportsmanship still means something to our small-town schools; and it’s one of the reasons that we have friendly rivalries instead of bitter enemies in our league.

Moving on to the cheerleading report, the rain made our job fairly unpleasant.  We had as much fun as we could, and did our very best; but I was also very happy to be able to hit the showers and get into dry clothes once we’d finished the rain-shortened post-game festivities and packed up our gear for the trip home.  Our Halloween half-time show wasn’t nearly as scary as it might have been in better weather, but we went ahead with it anyway – a Monster High inspired skit that used a mash-up from the latest Monster High movie – ‘Boo York, Boo York’.  The teens and tweens loved it; but some of the adults likely didn’t get it if only because the rain made it hard to see the little details that would have made the storyline of our skit make more sense to non-fans of the movie series.

I’m going to cover the news from the rest of the day, but before I do that; let’s wrap up things from Pinehurst first.

They were having a Halloween dance after the game just as we did last week at our school; and Coach Robinson and the other adults in our collective group agreed to let us go to the dance for a while once we’d finished in the locker rooms and had the equipment bus and our cheerleading squad vehicles loaded and ready to go.  I’m sure that they were all happy to take a break and warm up too; and they either came to the dance too or went out to one of the restaurants to get hot drinks and snacks.  Michael, Tim, Rowen, and I had fun at the dance; but I will note that I’m very glad that Rowen and I were there with our boyfriends.  There were just a few too many girls checking them out – and looking disappointed that they were with us instead of being single for the night – as more than half of the guys on the team were tonight.  I will not add anything more specific to that comment; but I will add that there were three guys on our team that liked their single status for the night too much – and they could be in trouble with their girlfriends if word gets back to those three girls.

Assuming that Witch Falls is still a small town by the time you’re reading this in the future; I’m sure you can guess the odds of that not happening.

We stayed at the dance for a bit more than an hour; and then it was time to head for home.  That meant that we didn’t get back to the school until it was past-midnight; and it was nearly one o’clock by the time Michael and I shared our goodnight hugs and kisses on my front porch before he dashed through the rain to his house.  Everyone in my house was sleeping by then, so I stopped into Ethan’s and Ehlana’s rooms to kiss them goodnight and tuck them in again; and then I came up to my room and got ready for bed.  Mandy was happy to cuddle with me even though she’d have been happier if I wasn’t working on my computer too; but then I’ve only done the basic computer and email checks tonight anyway before starting on this update.  That is all I have for the end of my day; so let’s back up to this morning and cover the school Halloween fun part of the report.

Tai Chi by the river was chilly; breakfast in the sunroom was Halloween themed with pumpkin-colored pancakes and blood-red colored syrup.  Michael stayed for that because the guys took the day off from weight training; and that added to the fun for our early morning.  I was good with a handful of bonus hugs and kisses too; but then Michael and I shared quite a few of those extra hugs and kisses when we could get away with them – like while we helped with setting up the Haunted House in the gym this morning instead of going to classes.  I really loved getting to do that work – and it was a lot of work even if it was a blast to do with Rowen, Tim, and all of the other teen volunteers.  We weren’t working the Haunted House this year; but that’s mostly because we’ve all been too busy to add the prep work for those jobs to our schedules.

One really awesome addition to the Haunted House this year was the invitation to KidZone to join the Kindergarten class for the mildest version of the Haunted House; and the kids and staff had been thrilled with the idea.  That’s also how Ethan, Ehlana, and Aiden were able to join Naomi for the afternoon adventure – and get to show off their costumes as a foursome.  Ehlana and Naomi really do make adorable ‘Shimmer and Shine’ genies; but I think that I enjoyed seeing their magic carpets, Ethan and Aiden, even more.  Mom and Hannah tracked down a couple of appropriately-sized rugs with fringes that they made into tassels; they cut out holes for their faces and arms; and the way the rugs are attached to them allow the boys to make the carpets move around a bit – even though they didn’t attempt to make them appear to be flying.  I’m sure that you’re not wondering about this, but for the record; Ethan is Naomi’s magic carpet; and Aiden has that job for Ehlana.

While I spent the morning working on the Haunted House; I really loved getting to enjoy the party all afternoon instead of working.  After doing that last year, it was a bit strange to be a visitor to the Haunted House – and we didn’t even get to that part of our day until later in the afternoon – the third-to-last class to go through the maze in the gym – with the scare factor on high.  Between our lunch break and then, though, we had a party in our classroom that included a Halloween movie that we could watch too – or just hang out and chat with the classmates that were there too – and not helping out in the gym or elsewhere in the school.  Our Scooby gang costumes didn’t win in the costume contest, but I think that we pulled it off fairly well – and Tim was hilarious as Shaggy – and as the voice for his stuffed Scooby-Doo.  He even had a pocket full of ‘Scooby snacks’ that he’d eat or offer as treats to other kids, teens, and teachers.  The trick with them was that they looked like dog biscuits, but were actually sugar cookies that his mother baked for him to use in the ‘act’.

Thanks to having one of our shorter road trips for the game, Michael and I had time to go home after school so that we could check in with his parents at the Inn; have a visit with Mom, Ethan, Ehlana, Naomi, and Aiden; and have an early dinner before heading back to the school to load up and head for Pinehurst.  All of that was fun too, if too short, and considering how the game went; it might have been nice to stay at home tonight and be there for the dinner and Halloween movie night that Mom and Dad hosted this week.

That’s really the only family news I have for those hours I was away from town; and Mom and Dad had the full aunts, uncles, and cousins turnout for their dinner – along with Aiden and three out of four Seagers while Liz was busy at the salon.  I’m glad that they had fun tonight; wish I could have done both; and can at least look forward to being able to do more with them whenever our football season ends during our playoff run.

I’m not going to be pessimistic about our chances this year, but I do agree with Michael and Tim that we’re going to have a tough post-season.  Our seven-and-three record looks better than it is because those three losses were to the only really good teams that we faced so far this year.  It’s going to be the best teams from here; so going anywhere in the playoffs is going to mean turning that record around – starting next Friday.  We’ll know by sometime tomorrow which team we’ll face – and whether we’ll be at home or away; so I’ll add that news to my Halloween report.

We’re going to have a long, busy Halloween that’s going to include a yard work morning; Halloween fun for the rest of the day; and a babysitting and sleepover night after the trick-or-treating in the evening while Mom and Dad go to the Halloween party at Sheldon’s with their friends.  Michael has to work at the Inn, since it’ll be packed for dinner with farm-kid parents enjoying a meal out while their kids are out trick-or-treating; but he’ll be joining us once he’s set free from the Inn for the rest of the night – and I’m planning on scaring the parents by having a Halloween sofa sleepover with him.

Sorry, Rowen and Tim; but it’s our turn this weekend! ;^)

I wouldn’t want to fall asleep doing that too early, though, and I don’t have anything else to add to this update; so, until next time...

...May the Magi Force be with you!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Cassie's Journal - October 29, 2015



Happy 4th Birthday, Aiden!

Ethan, Ehlana, and Naomi have spent most of the day with Aiden, and Ethan’s staying for a sleepover with Aiden; so I’m sure that they’ve all had a lot of fun today.  Ehlana has Naomi here with her while Ethan’s away, so Mom and Dad didn’t get a kid-free night out of the deal; though I’d have been okay with a sleepover at Michael’s tonight if they’d needed me to take one for the team! ;^)

We’ve definitely had a fall weather day around here; starting with near-freezing temperatures for our Tai Chi by the river.  It wasn’t raining or snowing, though, and we decided to bundle up and go out to exercise anyway because we’re just not ready to take our Tai Chi show indoors yet.  Having Mom decide that we needed a hot breakfast again was a nice bonus; but Ethan, Ehlana, and I won’t count on that working every time.  Michael didn’t stay for breakfast, but that was mostly because he wanted the extra time to get ready for school ahead of his morning weight training.  He needed to get his guitar and saxophone ready for the seniors’ Halloween party; and hadn’t gotten around to doing that last night before going to bed.

With that party to help with all afternoon, our school day was fairly short – especially when we needed to go over to the church in the morning to do the set-up for the band instead of leaving it until later.  Tim helped out with that, and half-wished that he was in the band too so that he could have taken the afternoon off with Rowen, Michael, and me; but not enough to do the extra practicing that Michael does to learn all of the music while not being able to practice with us during football season.

That, by the way, will change soon enough.  I won’t go into the boring details, but all of the background prep work is still going on for our plans to have a marching band that’ll go to play at Disney in Florida.  I’ll guess that every teen and tween that’ll be eligible to go will want to join that band in some capacity just to be on that trip.  I’ll keep you posted on that, but the real work will begin in the spring – including actually starting band practices and the major fundraising that’ll be needed to pay for the big trip – and any other parades and football games we’ll do to get ready for the main event.

Getting back to the news from today, with everything else we had on the go, our classroom time was more like a couple of breaks in the morning; we had a quick lunch; and then everyone in the band got together in the music room before heading over to the church.  We used one of the Sunday school rooms for a warm-up – for those of us who could do that without hauling major equipment around; and then it was time to entertain our audience for a couple of hours.  All of our music was either Halloween themed or dance tunes from decades-past; and I really loved getting to play for some of our collective grandparents and their friends.  Michael and I got in trouble for making too many of the old ladies cry with our duet, but in this case, it was for the right reasons; so we were okay with getting teased about that.  I’m fairly sure that we tired out a lot of people too, since we heard a lot of comments suggesting that a late afternoon nap was on the schedule for quite a few of the party guests.

While the party had been a blast, Michael, Rowen, and I really needed to get busy after that.  We helped out with getting all of our band gear back to the music room; and then we had to hurry to our football and cheerleading practices.  For the cheerleaders, we’re working up a Halloween-themed halftime routine that we put extra time in to polish today; so Rowen and I didn’t get done with that until just a few minutes before Michael and Tim were finished their practice.  That meant that they had to wait around for us this time; but didn’t seem to mind that we needed extra time to get our hair done and ready for our respective evenings with them.

For me, that was an evening at the Inn that started out with joining in on the dinner rush already in progress.  There was one major change for me tonight, and that was Jenny’s first dinner shift as a server while I was there too.  She seems to be happy to get out of the kitchen work, and though she’s just learning the new job; Miranda is sure she’ll do very well at it – just as I’m sure that Rebecca and I will when it’s our turn to do that too.  That’ll happen a lot sooner for Rebecca than me; but then I like working in the kitchen with Michael too – even if I know it’ll be a blast working with Miranda once I’m old enough to help as a server.

The cooking and cleaning kept us busy up until game night time; though we took a short break for a quick dinner once the last of the main food orders went out.  We didn’t have time to do our homework before the gaming, but we stayed to play with our families and friends anyway; and then Michael came home with me so that we could do that work once we were set free from the Inn for the night.  Mom and Dad went to get Ehlana and Naomi from Aiden’s house before coming home; so Michael and I had a bit of time to make out while they were doing that.  The party had been over by then, but Hannah had kept the girls until Mom and Dad could get them – and that had allowed the four kids to watch a Halloween movie together once the rest of their friends and Aiden’s family guests had gone home so that Nathan could get some sleep ahead of his early mooring start at the bakery.

Michael and I did get to our homework once we weren’t alone anymore; we had a chat with Mom, Dad, Ehlana, and Naomi before he went home; and then Mom did my Magi lesson with help from Ehlana and Naomi so that they could have some Magi-powered fun too.  I took care of the bedtime girl chat with my sister and her best friend while Mom and Dad worked in the office; and then it was time for me to get ready for bed and start my own bedtime computing and work.

It was a bit past-midnight by then, and while I didn’t have to do any major family business work, there were a few things that had come up since last night; so I decided to just get everything done ahead of the weekend instead of leaving it for Sunday night or Monday.  That would have meant staying up late, but I cheated and used a time phase for all of that; which is why I’ll still be sleeping before one o’clock if I hurry up and get this done.

The Halloween fun kicks up a few more notches tomorrow, and we’ve got the football game on the road too; so I’d better get to that sleep time.  We’re definitely going to have a couple of late nights that will hopefully be as much fun as they’ll be tiring, and I don’t really have anything else particularly important to add now; so, until next time...

...May the Magi Force be with you!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Cassie's Journal - October 28, 2015



It’s still early as I write this, thanks to some quality time phasing to get all of my work done tonight.  I even time phased my soak in the Jacuzzi; and plan on heading off to dreamland as soon as I’m finished with the news of the day.

Tai Chi was by the river and chilly; breakfast was warmer in the sunroom; and my day at school was busy.  Except for having dinner and helping with the clean-up; it’s been all work and studying tonight – and Mom, Dad, Ethan, Ehlana, and I got a lot done while in my time phase.  That works for me because I’ll likely be able to take it a bit easier tomorrow night; and take the weekend off.

That little blurb doesn’t come close to covering everything that’s gone on today, but all I want right now is a good night of sleep; so, until next time...

...May the Magi Force be with you!

Cassie's Journal - October 27, 2015



It’s rained on and off all day around here; that made for a mostly-indoor day; and this is going to be a short update because I’m exhausted.

Tai Chi and breakfast were indoors; so was a fairly uneventful school day; and when I wasn’t studying or working, I was busy with Cheerleading, band, and teen praise team practices.  I was at Michael’s for dinner; we didn’t get around to our homework until after we got back from the church; and we blasted through a music practice that was mostly for the seniors’ Halloween party on Thursday afternoon.

We made a bit of time for a very minor make-out session; had a visit with his parents and Rebecca before I went home; and then it was time for my Magi lesson.  That took until a bit after eleven, I took care of getting Ethan and Ehlana into bed while Mom and Dad both continued to work in the office; and then I came up to my room to get changed and in bed with Mandy and my computer.  It’s been all work and archive studying since then; and less fun as the hours have passed and I’ve gotten worn down.

That’s why I’m very glad that tomorrow is our part-time job work day so that I can hopefully get all of this late-night work and studying out of the way early – and get to bed in decent time too.  I’ll need that down time too with everything we have on the go from Thursday to Sunday, and while I don’t have time for much more than a nap now; I’m ready for that too.  We only have four more sleeps to Halloween, and I’m not planning on going as a Zombie; so, until next time...

...May the Magi Force be with you!