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Caitlin's Corner: Behind the scene at UNF and JU

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.-Ronald Reagan

 

Ronald Reagan’s quote illustrates the importance of music in life and the value of learning to dance. Life is like a song, and this weekend our record skipped a few beats. To find a melody or rhythm that works and keep it playing is no easy task, but we are steadily working toward finding a song that fits this team.  When we do, we will be playing it on repeat.

 

We started off the trip to Jacksonville with a flight out on Thursday. We were serenaded at high altitude by an up and coming musician. I would tell you more about it, but I was already passed out in Kaycee Green's lap by the time he took themic. We landed and took two vans driving to the hotel to change into real clothes- which is huge for us.

To dinner we wore jeans, switching it up from our typical sweats and hoodiesAfter eating dinner at Joe's Crab Shack, we got some beach time and took some quintessential beach pics. The Florida girls had a great time giving us the down low on all things Floridian, even though we could not stand the taste of the tap water.

 

Early Saturday, we started our day off with some breakfast and a pregame practice at UNF. The day was pretty low key, and we lost to a scrappy UNF team. While the road loss is not what we want, we do have to learn from it and change the beat of our song.

 

Mimis cafe served as a pick me up as they gave us two boxes of muffins upon leaving- that was great. On Saturday, we slept in and had a yoga session with Will out by the lake behind the hotel. It probably was a weird sight to anyone looking out their windows, but the sounds of Pandora's Oceans Tranquility radio relaxed us as we loosened up for the day ahead.

 

After a quick film session and a FireHouse pregame meal, we were ready to face Jacksonville. The locker room is perfect for practicing runway walks- so we demonstrated some Adrianna Lima worthy struts (Will Osburn was the grand finale, and he killed it). Saturdays play was much better, and we fell back into rhythm.

 

Rachel Reed’s and Brittnay Estes families hooked us up with some sweet Halloween treats, including out of this world brownies and goody bags. Although we may not have deserved treats, we relished them.

 

Our Saturday night ended with a Redbox movie and some Fruit Rollups- just your average crazy college weekend. We were up at 6 a.m. to fly back into Nashvegas and start a new week.

 

Right now, our team is working on changing its song. We have missed a few beats this season, but that is all part of the process.

 

Miley Cyrus said it best, “Its all about the climb." We'll see you this coming weekend when we face ETSU and Upstate. And, we promise to give you something good to dance to!