The Excel Energy Center hours before game 4 of the Playoffs.
Rick's panoramic photo of the packed Xcel Energy Center.
I'm slowly acquiring the posture of "embracing." Of leaning in and trusting that despite going outside of my comforts, I can feel okay. In fact, how I feel, can take a back seat if I am willing to propel myself right through.
So on Tuesday, we embraced the opportunity to surprise the boys. We picked them up from school early and had their bags packed and ready for them. As an early birthday present for both boys, we got them tickets to the Minnesota Wild Playoff game. It meant pushing other obligations to the side for awhile. It meant lots of rescheduling, canceling and opting out of other things. But... we just knew it'd be worth it. We'd never gotten to see our own #7, Matt Cullen play in the playoffs before.
The atmosphere was electric. The Wild had just won at home on Sunday and we all were looking for a repeat performance. The white towels waiting for us across our seats swung wildly through the air. We stood more than we sat for the first period.
But when our back-up goalie was injured, and the first shot went in against us, the Xcel Energy Center slowly deflated. Despite repeated power plays, we couldn't find the back of the net and the Wild lost to the Blackhawks in game 4. Last night, the Wild lost in game 5 of the playoffs with Chicago, and are now done for the season.
The Wild went from a lockout all the way to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in a year fraught with a roller coaster of up and down moments. We're so proud of our team!
As we customarily do, we used Hotwire to find a hotel room. We've figured out that we can secure a room, at a 4/5 star hotel for a fraction of the cost of their usual rate. We just don't always know what hotel we will end up at.
The Commons turned out to be a real treat. Even though we arrived late, crashed and had to leave first thing the next morning, I managed a few shots of some of the cool features I loved.
We arrived home Wednesday night. By Thursday, I was so tired I couldn't muster enough energy to get out of bed.
Today, here I am, one day before my son's 13th Birthday- two days before Mother's Day and 3 days before my other son's 11th Birthday, and I have nothing ready.
So I am going into the sun-filled day, embracing all that awaits as we plan our next few fun-infused days and praying for energy enough to see me through!