Life, Misc., Volunteering

I survived

THE MEET IS OVER. Yippee. We all survived all 3 days of the meet, everything went well, and it’s done. THANK God.

I am legit exhausted right now, though. It was just, obviously, a lot- both leading up to it, and also I think the nervous energy all weekend long of just making sure everything was running smoothly.

I don’t think I’m really the world’s best person at managing “chaotic” situations. I get a little overwhelmed, or like, dazed and confused when lots of people are talking to me at the same time. I have a hard time thinking straight!!! Some people are really great at that and stay cool, calm and collected, but I don’t think I am. I get a bit frazzled.

I’m great with the behind the scenes stuff- the lists, the emails, the organizing. On my own terms. But directing all the craziness “in the moment” pushes my natural limits a little bit, I think. 😬 (I’m probably being too hard on myself. I think I handled everything fine overall. I just don’t really enjoy that piece, I guess. Makes my head spin. I actually remember feeling like this at my wedding! All the people, the noise, multiple things happening at once…)

Some people came up to me though and said that “everyone was talking about how nicely run the meet was”. I have no idea if that’s true, but I’ll take that compliment. 🙂

Here are some pictures from the weekend:

The calm before the storm. Taken Friday night, just as people started arriving….and before the pool area was FILLED with swimmers, officials, loud beeping noises and whistles.
Asher gearing up to swim the 200 yard butterfly! Stretching those arms….he was going to need them… for a looooong time. 😉

I dug out this old project Asher made back in 3rd grade, when he was a new swimmer:

If you aren’t familiar with swimming distances, a 200 yard race= 8 lengths of the pool (25 yards one way). That’s a LOT OF BUTTERFLY.


He did it!! This was his first time ever attempting the 200 yard fly. It’s kind of a rite of passage in the swimming world- known as probably the toughest event. It wasn’t always beautiful, but he made it through and didn’t die. 😉

I knew when he made that project in 3rd grade that eventually he WOULD be able to do it (though it seemed almost impossible back when he couldn’t even swim fly for 25 yards). I posted it on Facebook and tagged his 3rd grade teacher (who happens to be a swim mom/ facebook friend). She loved seeing her former student actually meet a goal she helped him set!! ❤️

I was able to duck out of the pool by around 1 pm on Sunday (the meet didn’t end until 6, but the boys swam in the morning, so Asher was done). Fortunately, the other meet directors had daughters (who swam the p.m. session), so they covered that part and I could leave!!

We were all so tired. It was just a busy weekend- emotionally draining in that my mind was so full/ frantic a lot of the time, plus trying to make sure I didn’t miss Asher’s races, etc. So many things to keep track of that my head kind of hurt by the end.

We were also all starving, so….we headed straight for some lunch from the pool.

My ultimate comfort food. 😉 A nice, big Chipotle burrito totally hit the spot. Plus chips and guac. YES.

We went home and basically passed out in front of the fireplace with the Christmas tree lights on. The Packers played at 3 pm so I half watched/ half dozed during the whole game.

I didn’t have much energy to do ANYTHING else on my to-do list, so, I logged on to my work calendar and added a vacation day for today! I’m going to head out now to finish up a few loose ends for Christmas and just sort of regroup.

Daily Gratitude:

I am grateful that everything really went off without a hitch at this very large meet. What a relief.

5 thoughts on “I survived”

  1. Good for you for taking a vacation day! I think last weekend was the weekend you came back on a Monday and jumped back into life so were already kind of exhausted and then you had this big meet and now this week is Christmas! You needed today to relax and get caught up on life! I hope that things settle down now that the big meet is behind you! Your fall has felt so busy!

    I’m also like you in that I get easily overwhelmed in intense situations, but I don’t think it is apparent to others how we are feeling. So you might have felt like you were barely keeping your head above water but others don’t know you enough to pick up on any subtle body language you were giving off. I struggle in loud, busy environments. It’s just too much sensory overload for me!

    Here’s hoping you have a great, short holiday week and go into Christmas weekend feeling more rested and prepared!


  2. You survived!

    I would have been 100% overwhelmed in this situation. I am very organized, but tend to struggle when leading a group effort. I end up feeling responsible when anything goes wrong and stress over ever little detail. What you describe sounds like my worst nightmare (yet I actually know people that thrive in this environment).

    It sounds like you did an amazing job, but I’m also so, so relieved (vicariously) that you’re through the experience. I actually kept thinking about you the last few days hoping things went off without a hitch.

    And yay for Asher!


    1. Awww, thank you!! That’s so sweet that you thought of me!!! 🙂 I am very relieved it’s all over. As you said, maybe for some people the whole thing would be no big deal. But it definitely kind of pushes my “natural limits”, like I mentioned, both in terms of just “being in charge” of something/ people (I have never worked in say, management or anything of the sort) and in terms of the chaos factor.


  3. Amazing job K & A! Christmas stresses me out alone so I am amazed at all you have accomplished. And I definitely get the nervous event planning feeling, both personally and professionally, in my stomach. We even had the neighbors over for drinks Sunday, and the four of us were cleaning like crazy (Isaac is the best) and I said aloud, “Was this a mistake?”

    Everything was great and turned out fine.


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