So without further adieu, I give to you "This Week's Five Things:"
1) A new license - Wednesday, I surfed online to the Georgia DMV website and changed my driver's license mailing address. It no longer reads Athens, GA. It now reads Statham, GA. I feel like such a sellout. This fall we decided to flee Athens for Oconee County. The decision, the process and the move all happened within about four months, which was much quicker than anticipated. We honestly did not expect our house to sell, much less so quickly. We did accomplish our goal of finding a better school system and additional square footage. All in all it has been a great transition, and eventually I will get past the stigma of Statham being my new mailing address. Until then, just continue to call me a sellout.
2) National Signing Day - The first Wednesday of every February is always National Signing Day, where young student-athletes commit to their future universities for sports such as football, soccer and track and field. As an athletic department employee, I say congratulations to those young women and men. If their lives are not already busy enough, just wait. Life as a student-athlete at the college level is tremendously demanding. Those of us who work in athletics are fortunate to support student-athletes in many different ways.
On the flip side, do not expect to engage me in a lengthy discussion on recruiting or recruits. I know the decisions of these young women and men are an important part of our coaches' careers. I support them in any way I can. However, I'm not one to follow the decisions of the kids. When they Commit To The G, I'm on board.
3) Oh, Little E - With the fall so full of the home selling and moving process, and the winter full of holidays and crazy work schedules, I've admittedly not focused enough time on the impending birth of Little E. Sure, we are working on pulling everything together for her. Tomorrow morning I'll put the final coat of paint on her walls. Her furniture is being delivered this week. Courtney has picked out the decor for her room. It is all becoming very real again. When she arrives, I know we will turn our attention to our little lady. I'm hoping to take some time away from the office for that reason. We spent so much time focusing on Lady A when Courtney was pregnant. I feel like we've really only focused on Little E the past few weeks. I suppose that's life. I also suppose Little E will read this one day and resent me. Just know this young lady - we love you and are fortunate to have you. Now go clean your room.
4) The new casa - Speaking of painting, we are having the main living areas painted this coming week. It needs it. I'm not going to say I hate the color yellow, but this house has almost caused me to resent it more than the North Avenue Trade School. Every wall was yellow. Every ceiling was yellow. Every closet. Every closet ceiling. We've been working on fixing this, and the final piece will take place this week. We are pumped. For some reason, this house has felt more like home to me than our previous house. Probably because I was never in love with that house. The important part of making a house a home is having your spin on it. We are getting there.
5) Who has hobby ideas? - Maybe it's the thought of being surrounded by three women the rest of my life. Maybe it's because I'm getting older and free time is limited. Regardless, I'm realizing I need a hobby. As a kid, my hobbies included playing sports, watching sports, playing with toys, watching sports, video games and watching sports. Free time is increasing limited, and I realize I don't know what to do with it. Two pieces of advice I've received from other parents, is to find time for me and Courtney and to find time for me. For some reason, I want my hobbies to be productive. I want to accomplish something. The catch? I don't know how to do anything. Seriously, I have limited skills outside of my career. Maybe even that's a stretch. So my goal in 2014 (nope, didn't make a resolution) is to identify and partake in a hobby. Suggestions are always welcome.
Hopefully I can continue this "five things" concept. I want to continue documenting life because, well ya' know ... it's pretty awesome, this life stuff.