Trekking With The Longhorns
Feb. 14, 2013
Stephens: So far, this has been even more fun than I thought it was going to be, and less stressful. The girls have made it a lot of fun. Nights like tonight when we can get together and watch a movie at the hotel are great.
Shireman: For me, it [the regular season] has sort been of a mix of more fun and more relaxed in the sense that playing on TV is no big deal anymore. It's just what you expect every time.
It's a little more stressful doing schoolwork and mixing that in. But, we have study hall time on the bus, and scheduled into our days, so we are doing homework during those times.
We have been in study hall [on campus] when it was closing down a few times and we're wanting to stay longer.
Like Lindsey said, it's lots of fun just being with the girls. It's very entertaining.
Stephens: I'm still trying to adjust on our softball hours and homework. It's just finding the balance between typing that, reading that, going to get some swings in, eating and doing all those things. Everybody has to find her own rhythm.
Shireman: Engineering is a very time consuming major. But, I've learned it's about getting stuff done beforehand so you don't have to do as much all at one time. I'm learning where the study rooms are very quickly.
This weekend, I think it [the road trip] has already been a lot more entertaining than I expected. It's really structured with our time, but being with all the girls together, we have a good time.
Stephens: Really, no matter what, we always have fun. I was expecting everything to be really structured, which it is, but when we're doing it together it's so much fun.
Dinner tonight was good with the salad, pasta and chicken. When we were ordering food for the rest of the weekend, it got to be stressful. Figuring out what you want, there were so many choices!
Houston is my comfort zone in softball. I've played here before as UH hosts the all-star game for Houston area players. My summer team has played there before, too.
Shireman: I remember last year coming to the UH-Texas game and that was really cool. That was a good game for Texas.
A lot of what drew me to Texas was the softball program. They also have a really good engineering program. I fell in love with the campus and Austin is awesome.
Stephens: I agree with Erin. Houston was too close to home for me. Austin was far enough away. I can be independent in Austin, but I have my family close by as well. Houston is all city. Austin has some city [parts to it] and really pretty parts, like Mount Bonnell.
Shireman: Austin is close, but not too close. Mount Bonnell; I love that place. You can look on one side and see water and trees and everything and on the other side you can see the city.
Stephens: It [this weekend] is definitely going to be exciting. You're at your first collegiate tournament away from home, but it's in your hometown. You're away from your Austin home, but for us, we're back at our other home. It's comfortable. Your family is going to be there and it's sort of just like another normal summer game. You've been doing it your whole life.
My family and friends are rotating around who is coming when. Saturday, I'm expecting 10-11 people to be here.
Shireman: I know my grandparents and parents are coming in. I also know some friends I went to school with are coming in. Even a couple former teachers of mine are going to come in if they can make it.