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Friday, April 27, 2012
Off weekend means time to chill

By Ashley Hansen

Ashley Hansen
For Ashley Hansen, there's no better way to enjoy the beautiful weather than an outdoor concert, country, of course.

Well, the outcome this past weekend in Arizona wasn't exactly what I was looking for, but I was surrounded by so much love and support from my family and friends. I cannot believe another series is in the books and I only have two more Pac-12 series in my career. I feel old saying this, but time flies.

After we got back from Arizona, we began preparing for a midweek game against UC Davis. Unfortunately, the Bay Area weather didn't cooperate with us on Wednesday, and after playing four innings, we had to call the game. Before the game, however, my teammates Maya Burns, Sarah Hassman and I had a special opportunity to visit an 8-year-old softball player at Lucille Packard Children's Hospital. This little girl had major heart surgery after suffering from heart failure from myocarditis. Fifteen minutes before we got to the hospital, she had just finished walking for the first time in her 28 days in the cardiovascular ICU. Even after her exhausting exercise, she stayed up and talked with us about her favorite position and what she loves about softball. She is one of the biggest fighters I know and a major inspiration to our whole team.

We didn't get on a plane or prepare for a series on Thursday. This weekend is our "off" weekend, something new to the Pac-12 schedule this year with the addition of Utah to our conference. It should be a great opportunity for many of us to refresh our mind and body and catch up on schoolwork. It also gives us time to put in some extra time on the field to work on the little things that make a championship team. I've planned my weekend to take complete advantage of the beautiful Bay Area weather that's forecast. Here's what a weekend in the life of Ashley Hansen looks like without mandatory softball:

Friday: After practice, I'll be heading out to see Miranda Lambert, Chris Young and Jerrod Niemann in concert. For those who don't know, I'm a big-time country girl, and you'll definitely be seeing me in my plaid shirt and blue jeans. The concert is at one of my favorite outdoor venues, and it will be a perfect way to relish this beautiful spring weather.

Saturday: Not much is set in stone yet for this day. I'm guessing I'll be sleeping in until about noon, which is a rare occasion for me. After I get up, I'll head to the cages for some BP and then perhaps take off for San Francisco with my boyfriend for the rest of the day to hang out at Fort Mason, a former U.S. Army post.

Sunday: With such beautiful weather, there are so many options for this day. Chances are, I'll take advantage of being able to sleep in again. Whenever I wake up will probably dictate what I do for the rest of the day. One of my favorite things to do up here is go to the Farmer's Market, and there are two in the area on Sundays. Then, depending on the time, it could be a great day to catch some rays in Santa Cruz or Half Moon Bay, or just be lazy around my place and catch up on some homework.

That pretty much sums up my weekend plans. Stay tuned for my next blog and feel free to let me know what you want me to blog about via twitter @Ashley_Hansen35.