I like to play

So on Tuesday evenings all summer, I have been playing beach volleyball in a rec league at Ashbridges Bay in Toronto. I haven’t blogged about it at all because nothing all that eventful has happened, but it has definitely been a fun time. I have been looking forward to Tuesday nights all summer long.

My friend Laura from my work building invited me to play on her team in June, and I LOVE volleyball, so I said yes puh-lease, sign me up (literally).

If you have been reading my blog for a few months you may remember me mentioning Laura and her ridiculously amazing cookies when my building was doing the cookie club thing.

I seriously still think about those cookies and how good they were. She has promised to make cookies for our end-of-season volleyball party, and I will be reminding her weekly about that until the day comes.

Anyway, the Ashbridges Bay Beach Volleyball League is run by Ontario Volleyball (who Laura actually works for), and is the biggest league I have ever been a part of. I’m not sure how many teams there are, I want to say 80? But there are about 90 courts, so a LOT of volleyball goes down.

It gets very busy.

And it is beauty because it’s right on Lake Ontario. Sometimes it’s been so hot that afterwards I have been tempted to just book it to the lake and jump in. And then I remember that it’s Lake Ontario in Toronto, and I am able to stop myself. I will swim in Lake Ontario, but usually more east. Toronto is iffy, and I don’t need an extra arm. I already have trouble controlling the two I have.

We have eight people on our team, three girls and five guys. And we play sixes so two players continually sub in, which gives everyone a nice break. We play three different teams each Tuesday, with two games per team, so six games in total. Our team is okay… We had a bit of a rough start, but we’ve been playing really well recently, so if there was an award for most improved team I think we would snag that.

Playoffs start next week, and everyone makes it, so I am excited! Hopefully we get a Participant ribbon if nothing else.

Volleyball is probably the only team sport I am moderately good at. I use the word “good” loosely though, as I’m not a pro star or anything. I am an underhand server through and through, and usually I just hit the ball and hope for the best. I don’t know how to aim it or anything.

I like this picture because it almost looks like I know what I’m doing.

But I just like to play because I have a lot of fun. And what I lack in skill I like to think I make up for in enthusiasm. I tend to get very excited over everything while we were playing, and I have been known to dive halfway across the court for a ball I have absolutely no chance of getting. But at least I get a somewhat decent workout. And no one can say anything negative about our team morale! I like to tell everyone they are awesome. Repeatedly.

Last night we won four games and lost two, which is pretty good for us, so we went out afterwards to celebrate!

There is nothing better than a cold pint after physical activity, in my opinion.

It was so refreshing I practically chugged it.

I already kind of ate dinner before volleyball, so I wasn’t particularly hungry, but as I was perusing the menu I noticed poutine was on it. And as soon as I saw it I couldn’t stop fantasizing about eating it. So…

I had to get it. It was soooooo delicious. I love poutine so, so much. And for anyone not from Canada, poutine is fries covered with cheese and gravy, but we have gone over this before. Anyway, I ate the entire thing. Even when all the fries were gone and there was only cheese and gravy left, I practically licked the bowl. No shame here.

Anyway, it was a fun night with my volleyball crew. I will be sure to let you guys know how our playoffs go!

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20 responses to “I like to play

  1. If, ‘I like to play’ is in reference to Garth from Wayne’s World…well done.
    http://youtu.be/A2qb6Re7gDY

  2. Volleyball is the only sport I can sort of do too. And golf for some reason. Yes, I used to be a golfer. Whaa?
    Anyway, you know the only way I would put poutine in my mouth is if you ordered it and shoved it in there, right? That stuff looks like, well, you know what it looks like. 🙂 So I guess we are just gonna have to visit each other and you will have to force feed me.

    • I am okay at golf…just not very consistent. Sometimes I play well and sometimes I absolutely suck. And my nungas like to get in the way if I don’t have them properly strapped down.
      I don’t even understand how poutine could possibly be considered gross. It is the best meal in the world! Fries covered with cheese and gravy. CHEESE and GRAVY. Where is the problem here? But sure, I will force feed you.

  3. That looks like so much fun!! I am horrible at volleyball, but I still enjoy playing it (much like most sports).

    Also, I am intrigued by this poutine substance. It’s on my bucket list of foods to try for sure.

  4. You play volleyball? That’s cool! I’ve been trying to find a local team to join for fun.

  5. I sure wish you would stop using that word 🙁 Maybe we can call it something better… like, “cheese and gravy-covered fries.” Please. I beg of you.

  6. I didn’t know you were playing down in the beach! Neato. It’s hard for me to get used to you being a city girl now.
    OMG, I love cookies and poutine. Probably the perfect meal.
    I have to defend the poor little Toronto section of Lake Ontario. It is very clean. It wasn’t a number of years ago, but they have cleaned it up. It is swimable. I used to swim in it twice a week for triathlon practice. No extra arms or legs here! They test it every day. It is cleaner than many lakes and bodies of water in Europe as we have a stricter rating system. Give the lake a break!

    • Funny you should say that because I actually kind of swam in Lake Ontario at the beaches today. Hannah and I went paddle boarding, and I definitely fell into the water. More than once. And you’re right, it was fine! And it did look really clean. So perhaps I owe the lake an apology. I will correct this in my next post 🙂
      I always forget you did a triathlon! You are hardcore!

  7. Yay for adult leagues! So fun. I’m joining an adult Field hockey league this fall and I’m so excited! 🙂

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