The world is upside down

Up is down.  Black is white.  I just don’t know what to think.  The Big Game has come and gone and it was actually a good game.  That almost never happens.  Never.  But wait, there’s more.  Not only was The Big Game an entertaining football game, the commercials, sucked.  Sucked.  (sorry mom)  Yes, that’s right.  The commercials are usually the best part.  But not this year.

This was the only good one in the bunch

However, I did learn that there are many excellent movies coming up:

  • Fast & Furious 6 – I love the Fast & Furious movies.  I.  Love.  Them.  I already can’t wait for this.
  • Iron Man 3 – Robert Downey Jr.  Need I say more?
  • Oz the Great and Powerful – oooohhh
  • Star Trek into the Darkness – Chris Pines.  Hello Chris Pines.

Apparently, I am going to be busy this spring/summer.


Oh, it’s over?

I see the baseball season has finally come to an end.  Now, people that know me know that I love baseball, and especially the Chicago Cubs.  I may love baseball and the Cubs more than just about anything.  But this year, I don’t think I saw a single Cubs game after the All-Star Break.  And if I am being honest, I don’t think I saw many before the All-Star Break either.

There are many reasons for this of course.  I was working full time for the first time in 12 years.  WGN seems to be carrying fewer and fewer Cubs games.  I didn’t have time to get to Wrigley Field this year.

However, I believe the #1 reason why I washed my hands of the Cubs so early this year is this:

They Sucked.

And I have stood by them through a lot of losing seasons.

We lost 101 games this year.  101.  Yeesh that’s a lot of games to lose.  You almost have to be trying to lose that many games.  Of course that means we won 61 games. But that is not  a good average.  In fact we only won about 37% of our games.  Hideous.

We even had a losing record at home for crying out loud.  In the Friendly Confines.  With all the Cubs faithful in attendance (although maybe not so much this year).  We were 38-43 at home, and an even more dismal 26-38 on the road.  Embarrassing.

So, once again Cubs fans wait until next year.

In the meantime I will be rooting for the As this post-season. Just because.

Are you ready for some football?

The college football season has begun.  And Notre Dame crushed Navy.  Ha ha.  (Sorry Dad).  I love college football.  It is excellent for knitting.  I get much of my Christmas knitting done while watching football games.

But I can’t knit right now.  I think I have a repetitive stress injury from too much knitting.  Too much knitting with no finished projects to show for it.  Sigh.  This is very frustrating.  I also smacked my elbow on a  ladder today (don’t ask) and it hurts.  So I am taking the night off.  Instead of actual knitting I am just looking at knitting patterns online.

I know, it’s pathetic.

Back again

So I have been busy lately and I have not been posting.  I am sorry.  But to be honest, you haven’t missed much.

The kids and I are watching the Olympic opening ceremonies.  So far it is pretty bizarre as usual.  The best quote of the evening so far is from Princess O.

“Mary Poppins did not kill Voldemort”

Those of you who are watching know what I’m talking about.

Another quote, this time from the C-Man

“You know it’s true O, you could win every marathon just by getting in a cab.”

We have also noted how cute the Queen’s puppies are, and wondered what she has in her handbag.  This is the kind of witty and insightful commentary you can expect for the next two weeks.


It must be spring

Do you know how I can tell?

Today I picked Princess O up at school after track practice.  She ate a snack while I drove her across town to softball practice.  Then I came home, checked on the C-man, and called to order a pizza.  They said it would be ready in 10 minutes so I got back in the car and drove to the pizza place.  Then I came home again and ate pizza with the C-man.  Approximately 10 minutes later I got in the car again to pick Princess O up at softball practice.  She does not like pizza from this particular pizza place, so we drove through KFC to get her some dinner (mmmm, good and good for ya).

I am exhausted.  I can only imagine how tired The Princess must be.

Rally Day!

Ah, it’s cloudy, rainy and a balmy 40 degrees outside.  It must be opening day of the Girl’s Softball Season.

Yes, it’s that time of year again.  It’s time for picnic dinners and mosquito bites and too many Walking Tacos.  In short, it is time for softball season once again.

This year Princess O has moved up a level.  Now she is playing in the 6th-9th-grade league.  Some of these girls look like Amazons compared to her.

I missed most of the first game because I had to take the C-Man to a birthday party, but I saw one at-bat, and got to see her field a bit.  Then the game was over!  Already?  Apparently, since it was Rally Day and all the softball teams have at least one game today, they were only playing to an hour and 15 minute time limit instead of the usual hour and 45 minutes.  At least I think it’s usually an hour and 45 minutes.  Maybe it only feels that long.

Anyway, I’m glad I was there for the start of game two because Princess O was the starting pitcher!

Here she is doing her thing.

This was only the second time she has ever pitched in a game, and it went about as well as you would think.  She walked in five runs and then the inning was over.  But she did manage to throw a couple strikes.  Just not in a row.  She may not get many more chances on the mound.  But I will keep you posted if she gets the nod again.

And then, in the bottom of the second inning something really cool happened.  Princess O’s friend M was pitching, Her Royal Highness had been moved to third base.  There were runners on first and third and no outs.  The opposing batter hit a pop-up that looked like it was going to hook foul.  Princess O reached out and caught it!  And the she tagged the runner who was coming back to third base!  It was an unassisted double play.  Can you believe it?  Neither can I!  That’s my girl!

Let the Games begin

The Winter Olympics start tonight.  We may be going out so I am trying to decide if I should TiVo the opening ceremonies so I can watch them when we get home.  I like the part where all the athletes walk in; I wouldn’t want to miss that.

I love the Olympics, and I like the winter games better than the summer games.  I don’t know why, maybe because it feels smaller and more intimate.  Maybe because there are no track and field events.  I am not a big fan of the track and field events.  I know my husband will disagree, but there you have it.

Both the winter and the summer games make me weep.  All that passion, all that glory, all those tearjerker commercials.  They get me every time.

How can anybody stand it?  But I digress.

My brother blogged about the Olympics today too.  He wrote about the nasty underbelly of the Olympics. Things like the fact that the Canadian IOC has apparently trademarked a phrase from the Canadian National Anthem.  And according the link he helpfully provided to Boing-Boing, the IOC has also trademarked the word “winter” and the number “2010” no doubt in an effort to keep small businesses like neighborhood bars and restaurants from putting up banners that say things like “watch the Winter Games here”.  Because we wouldn’t want anybody who has not paid the IOC their pound of flesh to associate with the games at all in any way.  It doesn’t seem very sporting.  And aren’t the Olympics supposed to be about sportsmanship?  Just asking.

I will watch anyway, and I will probably see some really great stuff assuming NBC hasn’t edited all the really cool stuff out so they can show more heartwarming biographical information about the athletes.  It would seem in this day and age of satellite and digital television and the whole wide Internet that there is enough bandwidth and frequency space out there to show everything live and/or on demand. Oh well, maybe next time.