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Time Out with Tori: Guest Post

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Today's guest post is written by teammate Paige Spietz.

Today was the beginning of our second week back in school. By this time I feel like our days are starting to become somewhat familiar and we're not scrambling to find our classes or rushing to eat lunch before heading to the arena for our afternoon workouts. So far I think it is safe to say that we have started out the year on the right foot. With a summer full of hard work behind us, we now move on to individual workouts, which start tomorrow.
 
This year I feel like we have a great group of girls. In our time together so far, I feel like we've created great chemistry and have learned a lot about each other on and off the court. Outside of basketball, we've really come together as a team. I can tell everybody is looking forward to the season ahead!
 
As for me, things have changed a lot since last year. I recently moved into a new apartment with a couple of my teammates and living completely on my own has been somewhat of a challenge. I think the biggest thing has been trying to stay organized and get everything I need to get done finished before the day is over. Sometimes I wish there were just a few more hours in the day! Other than that I'd say things are going smoothly.
 
I think I can speak for my teammates as well as myself when I say that I'm looking forward to a great year as well as seeing all of you back in the stands for another great season!
 
Paige Spietz

Time Out with Tori

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The first day of class is over!  We all survived.  It wasn't that difficult to get back into school mode since we just finished summer school, but it is still a challenge because we all have full course loads now.  Plus, there are a couple extra thousand students on campus that make getting everywhere a little difficult.  But I think we are all excited for the new school year.
 
This past weekend, when I was at the lake with most of my family, my aunts pointed out that I made a typo in my last blog entry.  I said that I was excited to see my aunt, uncles and cousins.  This became a joke to see which aunt was the favorite aunt since I actually had seven aunts at the lake.  But anyways, my last weekend of summer was great.  There were 31 of my family members there and we spent our time talking, swimming and eating great food.
 
Sunday was the first day that all of our team was together.  It was so great to see everyone again!  We also welcomed Liene!  We had our first lifting workout Monday and it went pretty well.  It will be good to get back in the swing of workouts.  We start individual workouts pretty soon.  Individuals are groups of four that are ran by the coaches.  They do drills with us and start teaching us new things.  They are a little more like practice so that will be exciting to start!  The season will be here before we know it!
 
Peace, Love and Basketball.
 
Tori Niemann

Time Out with Tori

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One more week and school starts again!  I'm ready to head back to Columbia and start my sophomore year.  I think this year will go a little more smoothly than last year since everything won't be so brand new.  Time has absolutely flown by.  I feel like it was just yesterday that I was moving into the dorms.  It is nice though to not have the same freshmen jitters as last year.  I'm excited to start a new year!
 
Last week in South Carolina was amazing!  I had a great week with my family.  We went to the beach every day, rough life, I know, and luckily the jellyfish weren't too bad.  And no shark attacks!  The 15 hour car ride wasn't the highlight of the trip, but it was good family bonding :)
 
This weekend I am going to the Lake of the Ozarks with my entire family on my mom's side.  Our family does this once a year and we rent out a few condos and just spend the weekend together.  It's always a great time to see aunt, uncles and cousins that I don't get to see too often. 
 
I'm looking forward to getting back to Columbia and seeing all of my teammates.  Plus, there's only a few more weeks until football starts!
 
Peace, Love and Basketball.
 
Tori Niemann

Time Out with Tori

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I'm writing from South Carolina! My family, which is my mom, dad, brother and I, drove to Georgia yesterday and to Hilton Head, South Carolina today.  We survived the fifteen hours of driving! We pulled in today around 3 p.m. and headed straight for the beach.  The weather is awesome here and we plan on spending all week just relaxing in the sand!
 
Last week was Shark Week on Discovery Channel, as some of you may know, and of course I watched plenty of it.  Now, I am thinking that wasn't such a great idea since I'll be in the ocean this week!  But honestly, I think I'm more afraid of the jellyfish in the water! I was stung a few years ago in Florida by one and I am still terrified of them!
 
Before you know it, it will be time to go back to Columbia for school to start. I'm excited to see all of my teammates again.  We've only been apart for a week but it seems like much longer! But until then, you can find me on the beach!
 
Peace, Love and Basketball.
 
Tori Niemann

Time Out with Tori

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This past week Paige and I moved out of one apartment and into another.  We had to move all of our stuff down three flights of stairs on a couple of very hot days! But we got it done and we absolutely love our new place. 
 
Summer workouts and summer school is now over.  I would say this summer was very successful! I know for a fact that we all got quicker and stronger and we had a ton of fun while doing it.  Our last day was Friday and we had "Friday Funday."  We had weights at 7 a.m. but then we played kickball and wiffleball in the arena.  It was so much fun!  It was pretty funny how competitive we got during the games.  Now we have three weeks off to go home. 
 
Yesterday was my first day home and today was my first full day.  I've already had home-grown sweet corn, Georgia peaches and homemade spaghetti.  I definitely missed eating at home!  I'm looking forward to being back home for a little bit and hopefully getting a nice tan at the pool!
 
Peace, Love and Basketball.
 
Tori Niemann