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Restless

Waiting for hockey season is becoming intolerable. I was fine for the first couple months, really. Time to take a break from all the outpouring of emotions every game, including the half-excitement, half-bitterness that came with watching Los Angeles hoist the cup. August seems to be when I get itchy for hockey. I think it has to do with the school year starting, so it feels like everything should be beginning. Bought new set of pencils? Check. Bought tickets for Flyers game? Check. Of course this time, it’s even more intolerable because I’m holding off on getting tickets (Flyers are …

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School is in session

Not yet for this almost second-year teacher, actually. My in-service days start next week, so the time is all about preparing for the new school year. In getting ready for classes, I’ve also been thinking about Flyers Faithful and other books I’d like to read and review for you. So, I’m offering you a chance to choose. Below is a list of books that I’ve been thinking about purchasing. Tell me which one you’d prefer I start with. You can comment on this post or email me at ecnewman@flyersfaithful.com. The Good, the Bad & the Ugly Philadelphia Flyers: Heart-pounding, Jaw-dropping, …

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Something To Make Up

Last week was supposed to be my last skate lesson (of what I paid for) and I was hoping to share complete awesomeness about it with you guys. Unfortunately, some family stuff came up and I had to head back to Tennessee a few days early, which means I didn’t get to that lesson. Fortunately, I can make it up later. I’ve already decided that I want to continue lessons for the course of the school year. Everyone needs a break from grading essays, right? But I do have two hockey-related stories to share despite the rough week. The first …

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Third Skate Lesson (And there was progress)

I have hockey skates. No, I didn’t buy them (my bank account is extremely grateful for this). I didn’t want to invest until I was sure this was something I wanted to do. I have a horrible habit of wanting to excel at something and then when it becomes difficult, I quit. I’m just a lazy perfectionist. If I can’t do it perfectly the first couple times, then I move on. But these skates were given to me. For no occasion other than they were available. So, the lady I mentioned in last week’s post…she used to play hockey and …

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Second Ice Skating Lesson (this time with correct skates)

Yes, I was very specific and asked for hockey skates this time around. There was no lesson last week (due to that minor holiday involving fireworks and food), so I had to find my confidence again. With hockey skates. This is probably where I should explain that my ankles aren’t great. It’s been an issue since I was in acting school, doing stage combat work and had to change from my soft Saucony sneakers to the heavier, more molded types. I thought that hockey skates would help that, but in trying to stop on the ice (sliding one or both …

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