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Tom Gilbert's Blog: Crunch month

by Tom Gilbert / Edmonton Oilers
It’s been a while since my last update so I thought I’d fill you in now that the crunch month is underway. August is always really busy because you’re skating almost every day, workouts are getting more intense and you’ve got to focus on the season just around the corner.

It’s been a long summer for me, mostly because I’ve been travelling a lot. I’ve been to five weddings this summer but I’m not complaining. I can’t get enough of weddings. Our group of guys, it doesn’t matter where the wedding is but we’ll make it fun. It only takes us about 45 minutes to get our dance going and then we’re on the dance floor for the rest of the night. We like to make sure everyone’s having a good time and we’re so good at it, we could probably make a living at it.
I’ve been to weddings in Regina, Phoenix and Halifax just this past weekend, plus bachelor parties in Vegas and Wisconsin. I’ve been up to Edmonton twice and went to New York City with my brothers two weekends ago, so the travelling is a bit extreme. Sometimes you just want to stay home and relax because you do so much travelling during the season.

When I’m at home, my days are pretty long. Today I started at seven, worked out at 10am and then went for an ARP treatment which is the most painful thing ever. It pretty much involves someone relieving pressure from any point in your body by jamming their thumb into your flexed muscle to loosen it up.

I’ve also been doing some chiropractic work, getting massages, and of course skating every day. I’ve got U.S. Olympic camp coming up in a few weeks so I’ve got to make sure I’m good to go. After that I’ve got another camp here in Wisconsin and then it’s back to Edmonton. This month is more about getting focused and watching a lot of movies and TV shows in my off time.

I got halfway through a book called The Sign but I couldn’t finish it, it was too weird and not really my kind of genre. I got a book called Lone Survivor about a navy seal during the war and I’m looking forward to reading that but otherwise the reading’s been kind of slow. I find it easier to read during the year than in the summer because all the TV series are now out on DVD so I sit down and watch like three episodes in a row every night.

My new house is going to be great for watching movies and DVDs. I can’t wait. When I get back at the end of August, all the construction should be finished and furniture should be in. Then most likely I’ll wait for my mom to come to town at the beginning of September. I don’t know if anyone really trusts their parents with artwork and stuff but she’ll help with stocking my kitchen. She loves that kind of stuff because she buys everything she likes to use herself. I don’t really care. I probably used the other stuff she bought me like four or five times. I should really start learning how to cook a little better.

I’ve also gotta get a bunch of pictures put up around the house too. It should be good and basic when I move in, and all I really care about is my basement and entertainment center. It’s going to be unbelievable. In my basement I have six TVs all in the same room. I have a big projector that’s 120 inches, which is big enough and all you really need, but I want to have the best entertainment center so I added two 46” TVs on both sides of I and then I have three 36” TVs over the bar to the right of it.

I want to keep your anticipation up so I promise to do an MTV cribs thing. Steve the team video guy can come and shoot it and maybe that will convince MTV to come and check it out. It’s a real bachelor basement and it will be awesome for playing video games or pool or poker or whatever. Mike Comrie lived in the house when he was in Edmonton.

Everyone is going to be so jealous, especially Sam and Andrew. They’re not going to be able to handle it, especially when they’ll be fending for themselves. I know that after about week they’re not going to have any idea how to do anything and they’re going to be calling me all the time about how to pay the bills and stuff. They’re just going to be sitting at home, wondering where things went wrong. And that’s another thing: Where are they going to sit? All they did was sit in my room. I’m just afraid that I’m going to have to get new locks on my door because they’re going to want to move in.

But overall, it’s going to be really cool. I’ll tell you all about it once I move in.


Ps. I’m thinking about changing my blog to Twitter, so that the updates are shorter but more often. What do you think? (Click here to share your thoughts.)
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