Hockey as a Health Indicator

Me, in a navy blue Oilers jersey, in my seat at a hockey game

Hockey season is almost upon us again, and I am far more excited about it than I expected. Not just because the Oilers look like they might finally be on the right track (and yes, I know that’s the perennial chorus of Oilers fans everywhere), but because of how I feel about hockey in general.

Last season I was happy to root for my team(s), but at a bit of a distance. I live an easy walk from the rink, but I rarely took in a game. My mental health just wasn’t at a place where I could summon that much energy.

This year, I’ve already been to three live games, plus one open “fan day” scrimmage. And I just bought tickets to the home opener on Wednesday.

This is exciting for me on a much deeper level than just the hockey front. It’s a real-life indicator that I’m in a better place than I was a year ago. I started on my current brain-meds (quetiapine) in mid-May, and I really, truly am having better quality of life as a result.

Last year, the few times I went to a game, I waited until the day of to buy a ticket, just because I wasn’t sure I would be in a mental state to handle it. I’ve planned almost all of this season’s games ahead, and I’ve enjoyed the heck out of the ones that’ve already happened. (I fully expect to enjoy the heck out of the game Wednesday as well!)

I’ve also been thrilled to be talking about hockey again. Beginner’s Puck has kicked off for a third season, and it feels so good to be talking about all the fun with my cohost Deb.

If you’re into hockey, I’d love for you to take a listen. And if you’re not, but you’re hockey-curious, then I’d really like you to listen. Spreading the love to more new fans is what we’re all about!

Speaking of the love, I loved my experience at the game I attended last week. I went on my own and livetweeted the fun. (That’s another thing I mostly didn’t have the energy to do so enthusiastically last season.) If you’re curious what an NHL preseason game is like in Edmonton, wonder no more:

Go Oilers!

Hello from Rogers Place!

Hello from Rogers Place!

With all the awfulness going on in the world these days (and boy oh boy is there a lot of it), I’m trying to remind myself that it’s still ok to experience joy. In fact, it’s probably more crucial than ever.

I’ve spent a lot of time and energy lately on following the news of the world and doing my part to be heard and make sure my home country doesn’t continue down the road to fascism. (Though we’ve already hit every item on the list at the US Holocaust museum. Sigh.) This has been exhausting, both physically and mentally.

So I’m trying to reserve time for things I love. Things that just make me happy. Hockey is one of those things. Specifically, my now-home team, the Edmonton Oilers. And that’s what tonight is all about. Steven and I are taking in a game at the swanky new rink.

We even got here early and sat in the lower bowl to watch the warmup.

We even got here early and sat in the lower bowl to watch the warmup.

Sadly, we’re down by 2 going into the first intermission, but there are 40 minutes of hockey left, and that’s an eternity in hockey-time. Anything can happen. And the most important thing is to be out and having fun. Because it’s ok to have fun. It’s ok to recharge. I need it. I deserve it.

The view from our seats.

The view from our seats.

So if you’ve been working hard to defend the republic (or anything else), don’t forget to take some time for yourself. If you don’t care for yourself, you’ll run out of steam to care for others. The world needs you, so treat yourself well.

#LoveTrumpsHate #resist

I Love My Secret Santa

At work I’m participating in a Secret Santa week. I’ve been giving and getting gifts every day since Monday, and it’s been great! The organizer had everyone fill out little questionnaires about their likes, dislikes, and Christmas wishes. I got some great snacks yesterday, a pine-scented candle (yay!) Monday, and today, I go these!!!

Yarn! In Oilers colors!

Yarn! In Oilers colors!

In the “I could use more…” section, I put “yarn (Oilers colors preferred)”. And boy did my Secret Santa come through. This yarn is delightfully soft! And that is important and perfect because I have been meaning to make hand warmers (gloves with just one big hole for all the fingers and a small one for the thumb) for use at work. (It gets pretty cold at my desk.) I’ve had hand warmers before that were kinda scratchy, and that’s just no darn fun.

So today’s bit of December glee is brought to you by…well, I don’t know who yet. But one of my coworkers is pretty great. (They all are, really.) Also, it’s been ages since I posted anything about knitting, so I figured it was high time! If I get my booty in gear, there may be future updates as I work on my sporty-crafty-fangirl project.

Go Oilers!