Wheeewwww!!!!!!!! It has been Sunday for two days. I arrived in Auckland on Sunday Morning over 24hours ago and then I arrived in LA at 1030am a few hours ago on Sunday! I love flying over the international dateline- it really makes the day go by so slow!!! The 12hour plane ride was pretty painful, in Auckland I managed to bruise my tailbone by hitting it on the edge of a wooden chair. I can't even describe to you how awful it is to sit on your butt for a long period of time, def the worse bruise I have ever had, and there is no way I can avoid sitting down. Funny, how I don't get a bruise from the tournament but I hurt myself doing simple everyday things, like trying to sit on a chair. Go Figure!!
I am on my way home from the Samoa World Cup. I was hoping to take home a Gold Medal to finish out the year on a winning note, but I am taking home the Silver Medal instead. Can't complain- this is my 4th World Cup Medal this year. I started off the 2012 season ranked #102 in the World and now I have climbed all the way up to #27. I am going to finish off the rest of the year, training and spending the holidays with my family. Basically I am going back to the same- Train, Work, Judo routine- and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.
I really like Samoa, if you ever watched the show LOST you would know exactly what I am talking about. It is a tiny island. I love this place because it really makes you appreciate the simple things. The People of the Island all portray smiles on their faces; even though they don't have the luxury that we have back in the USA- they really concentrate on Family and personal relationships with one another. It's funny to think how American's freak out when they only have 3 bars, and slow internet connection. We had a little boy knock on our window asking us for a sip of our coca-cola. We gave him the whole thing and he took a sip and then passed it on to his little sister. I could only imagine how happy and grateful he was. When I say We, I am referring to myself as well. I am impatient, I hate waiting more than a minute for my latte at Starbucks and when I do not have wi-fi or my cell phone dies I feel lost. It's good to spend a few days not connected by technology because you re-learn how to truly connect with people. (Yeah that was my rant for the day) Samoa was beautiful and I wish I took pictures of the scenery, instead I have 30 mosquito bites on my legs to show for it- the bugs really liked me! Grr.
I can't believe it is almost Thanksgiving. Not exactly excited for it or anything, I kind of dislike holidays because I am always stuck working. I am scheduled to work at 5am on Thanksgiving Day and on Black Friday they want me in at 6am. There is no joy in working at a restaurant during the holiday season- except maybe if people are in a more giving mood they will give you a few extra bucks. When my judo career is over and I have a Career, I am going to make sure that my schedule does not include working at 5am and working on Weekends and Holidays, so maybe I will learn to enjoy them. I feel like The Grinch around Christmas time...
Before I sign off of here I also wanted to take the time to say how THANKFUL I am for everyone that has helped and supported me this year. Seriously, words CAN NOT express how appreciative I am. I give 110% every single day of my life to the sport of judo. I do not consider it a sacrifice but an opportunity, and a chance of a lifetime. I am working towards my dream, and without help I do not know where I would be right now. 'Tis the season to be Thankful!! So Enjoy the Holiday Season!! And make sure to eat lots of Turkey and Pie!!