Behind The Mask

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Sophomore Erika Peterson will offer a look at the lives of Purdue student athletes in her "Behind the Mask" journal throughout the fall and spring.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Sophomore Erika Peterson will offer a look at the lives of Purdue student athletes in her "Behind the Mask" journal throughout the fall and spring.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Nov. 27, 2004

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my Boilermaker friends!! I hope everyone had a great holiday and restful break. Our vacation started Tuesday morning last week at our 6am workout. On the dark, cold Tuesday morning before Thanksgiving break, the Boilermaker softball team was the sole team at a quiet Mollenkopf Athletic Facility for one final workout. We were told the day before that it would be a killer workout; we were going to run agilities and then fourteen 110-yard sprints! We were all dreading it. As we lined up on the line with our partners to run, however, Brandon informed us that we were not running, and that we were, in fact, playing Frisbee football.

Well I thought my ears had deceived me and I almost asked Brandon to repeat himself. Everyone had huge smiles on their faces and I must say that this was the best conditioning workout ever. We had so much fun throwing the Frisbee around. Thank you, Brandon! I am very thankful for you, BJ.

While most had classes cancelled on Tuesday, I ran home after Frisbee to get ready for my last day at the elementary school where I am observing. My little second graders are so adorable. When the teacher announced to them that it was my last day, they all looked up at me, and in unison yelled, "Bye!" It was so cute. Then, several of them ran up to me and gave me a hug. And to think, I didn't even think that they remembered my name!

Tuesday afternoon, Devich, our airport driver, dropped Tara, Melissa, and DaQueta at the airport. A few hours later she dropped off the second wave - Staci, Fo, and me. Thank you Devich! My flight was delayed about an hour, but I still made it home to Los Angeles pretty close to on time. It was wonderful to see my parents and my little sister. Although a very short break, it was nice to just rest at home where I caught up on my sleeping and my eating. (Don't worry Coach B., I ran a little bit too!)

I am sitting on the plane back to school listening to my Maroon 5 CD as I am writing this. I actually couldn't get a flight back to Indianapolis, so I am on my way to Chicago where Cazzie is picking me up. I get to stay at the Zaworski house tonight (thank you, Zaworskis!), and then Caz and I are driving back to Purdue on Sunday. It should be a fun time.

This week it is back to the Mustard Mansion and the school routine again. I must admit though, I did miss the good old MM and my teammates while at home. With the restful break, I think it will be a great week of conditioning followed by a fabulous weekend. Until next time...

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