hildy89: (roll tide roll)
BCS National Champions, Alabama Crimson Tide!

Can I get a big "HELL YEAH"?

It's been a long road but Alabama is indeed back.

The amusing part of reading Twitter while watching the game -- Tim Hutton was cheering on Bama. Since I was mostly surrounded by Texas fans on my twitter list, his tweets was strangely reassuring.

My weekend

Dec. 6th, 2009 02:14 pm
hildy89: (roll tide roll)
So the DC area received its first snowstorm yesterday. A mere dusting by most people's standards, but enough to send most people scurrying. Unfortunately that delayed part of my weekend plans (bookshelves!) for another time.

The delay had one desired effect. I could curl up and watch the SEC title game. Good thing, since Bama came to play! When Saban took the ball with the coin toss, I knew it was going to be one of those games. Hello Mr. Tebow, I'd like to introduce you to a few of my big friends. Greg McElroy played absolutely out of his mind. He's taken a pounding from his critics this year, so it was kinda sweet to see. Mark Ingram is closer to getting Alabama's first Heisman Trophy. With all of our national titles, it's hard to believe we don't have one yet. (Again 1992 flashbacks, we played Miami in the title game against the Heisman Tropy winner, Gino Torretta. There were many signs "Gino Who?" at the game.)

This afternoon my uncle and cousin returned to get all the boxes out of the storage units. They also figured out how to hook up the smaller tv/vcr combination, so I could watch the Redskins against the undefeated New Orleans Saints (those are four words I never thought I'd say -- no offense [livejournal.com profile] majkia). Why do the Redskins always get those teams on their schedule? I have horrible memories of the New England shellacking we received. Worse, I like both Saints and Patriots, so it's not like it's the Giants or Cowboys.
hildy89: (hail to the redskins)
All right, I've fallen off a bit on updating this LJ. Mainly because there was little to report other than my unemployment woes. I thought I'd spare you that. It wasn't pretty. I am currently temping at a nice little assignment for an unknown amount of time. All my romantic notions about peer reviewed publications is going out through the window. But it's employment and there's been a sincere lack of assignments lately, so I'll take what I can get. This group actually asked for me specifically, since I'd done work for them before, which felt good.

Other excitement, I went to Small Press Expo in Bethesda on Saturday. Then Sunday I sat down to watch the Redskins lose... to the Detroit Lions. The Lions hadn't won in nearly two years. Ouch, that really hurt. But somehow our young coach is still our coach. Old Danny Boy is notorious for having a short leash, so we'll see how long that lasts. That's nothing compared to criticisms hurled at Jason Campbell, our quarterback. Early last season everyone was singing both of their praises... how quickly it changes.
hildy89: (roll tide roll)
So Alabama lost. We held out until the fourth quarter, keeping it fairly close most of the way.

We have nothing to be ashamed of. We had a phenomenal year by any school's standards. We were never expected to do this well. We were the #1 team in the country and we were underdogs in our own championship game. We lasted longer than most #1 teams this year, which is small consolation right now.

Right now my worst fears are realized. This year will be remembered as the almost team, overshadowed by Tim Tebow and return of Florida. We will likely be invited to the Sugar Bowl as a consolation match, rather than playing for a national championship. It's not like we haven't been to New Orleans before.

Roll tide Alabama! Hopefully this run is just the start of good things.
hildy89: (roll tide roll)
It's War Damn Eagle and Roll Tide Roll
And the only game that matters is the Iron Bowl
It's Saturday in Dixie, and football is on...


Oh my god. A 36-0 shutout of the Auburn Tigers. Take that seventh! To give you some perspective, the last time we beat Auburn, I wasn't even on LJ, it was all the way back in 2001. To make it even sweeter, the last time we shut them out was our last championship year. And we won't even be favored going into the SEC championship. So sweet hearing nothing but the "Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer" cheer through Byrant Denny at the end of that game.

The quote is from Lance Brown's "Saturday in Dixie" song, which sums up nicely the rivalry and history between the two teams. Fortunately he also wrote a new one called "Just in the Nick of Time" which leans more the Tide's way. (And randomly I discovered Stephen Fry went to an Iron Bowl game.) How weird.
hildy89: (hail to the redskins)
Some weekends I love being a football fan, sometimes I hate it. This year I'm getting more of the former. My Crimson Tide are surprising everyone, including me, by winning their first five games and now ranked #2 in the nation. But we're not running out the bandwagon yet. Last year proved that painfully when we lost to Louisiana-Monroe. My Redskins surprised me by beating the hated Dallas in the last regular season Skins-Dallas matchup in Texas Stadium. The last coach to do that was George Allen back about when I was born. Now if both my teams could stop making it really close at the end, I'd be obliged. (I was having Arkansas flashbacks with the Georgia game. It wasn't pretty.)

Tomorrow I will join the world of the brown-baggers in bringing a lunch. You wouldn't believe how hard it was to find a lunch bag after the Back-to-School season. I just don't trust paper bags, especially with the rainy weather we've had lately. I keep telling myself it'll be cheaper in the long run.

Oh my

Jan. 20th, 2008 10:18 pm
hildy89: (hail to the redskins)
Can we say rematch for the Super Bowl?

Brady must be saying "Will no one rid me of those troublesome Mannings?"

What? He totally was.
hildy89: (fountain pen)
New Year's Eve is filled with traditions. Champagne, "Auld Lang Syne", and watching the ball drop in Times Square. For me, it's become sitting around playing board games with a few close friends. This year we played a couple of new ones. Ticket to Ride Europe is a fun game, combining my love of trains and travel and geography. You're given tickets, long and short routes, and your object is to build your route from one end to the other. And very likely someone else has the same idea, so you're jostling for position or putting in stations. One word of advice: Switzerland will be your downfall. The other thing is they're using the older spellings for some of the cities, so study the map carefully before it's covered with trains. The other game was San Juan, a card game with some odd variants. Basically build well and cleverly, using the cards at your disposal. I enjoyed both games.

I did actually watch most of the Tournament of Roses parade and the football games, but I spent most of New Year's cleaning and organizing. Mostly I focused on the paper and clutter. I need to get a strangehold on my finances this year, especially with the end of this job fast approaching. I also watched the first episode of the "Wonder Woman" tv series. Oh my stars and garters... Lynda Carter really did make that show.

I've joined [livejournal.com profile] embodiment to entice myself into doing more paper journaling. I own several Moleskines, but I usually wind up with smaller "theme journals". I'm very text oriented, so seeing all the collages and art journals is both inspiring and depressing.
hildy89: (carnevale venizia)
Happy birthday [livejournal.com profile] confettiofstars! We celebrated it in high style on Saturday evening with [livejournal.com profile] darthblitzkrieg and their friend in Baltimore. On a previous trip, I'd wandered around Little Italy, but I didn't know enough about the restaurants to choose something. Dinner was at Della Notte with its very Romanesque ambience with columns, marble busts, and immense tree in the center of the main dining room. No, I'm not kidding.

However, if you wanted real authentic Baltimore and its unique local color, you went over to Vaccaro's for dessert. The place has been around since 1956 and it's the perfect after dinner stop. If you're used to a short list of desserts, your mouth will drop when you see two pages worth, not counting all the drinkables. I almost wish I drank coffee, because it seemed like just the place for a little cup of espresso/cappuccino. You can scan the pastry shelves to see what looks yummy. (Just about everything, I might add!)

Now I've grown used to people adding nuts to my chocolate cake. I like mine plain, thank you very much. I know I'm odd. It's just a thing. So when I spotted the Chocolate Cannoli Cake, I was prepared to be disappointed. Actually, no, that version didn't have any nuts, just heavenly cannoli cream sandwiched with devil's food cake. The vanilla version had almonds all around the edges, but the chocolate one used chocolate chips instead. Cake excuses much. *pleased little sigh*

Baltimore wasn't quite done having fun with us. Our nearest neighbors were chatting about politics. From what little I heard, I knew somehow [livejournal.com profile] confettiofstars would get involved. I didn't want anyone to ruin her birthday. Fortunately it turned into a good-natured little interaction, rather than fisticuffs. They didn't mind Republicans, as long as they were Green ones. The two of them were a riot. Now all of us assumed they were married. Until they were ready to leave and she sorta apologized for him saying before she left -- "I could never be married to someone like him". That dumbfounded all of us. Never let it be said that visiting Baltimore isn't without its moments.

I had a great time. I came home way way too late. I do wish that some of good feeling had trickled over to my sports teams. Alabama lost to flipping La-Monroe. For this we wanted Saban? And those scowls and dejected sighs you heard in a DC elevator Monday morning? Were all the Redskins fans after losing yet another close game, this one to our hated rivals the Cowboys. Ironically DC is where you'll find a fair number of Cowboy fans. At least someone will be happy this morning.

Ack

Oct. 29th, 2007 02:26 pm
hildy89: (hail to the redskins)
I have a coworker originally from New England. He plays a New Hampshire radio station on his computer every day. There's not much difference in stations here and there, at least until the weather starts dropping. He's over the moon, of course, since both of his teams won yesterday. I was quite pleased for the Red Sox, actually, but watching the Redskins get utterly blown out by the Patriots was depressing. And I like the Patriots usually! I was hoping our defense would put some kind of fight. C'mon, guys, when the backup quarterback gets a rushing touchdown, you know things are going bad. And then Alabama gets LSU. *winces* Can I just hide now?

Not sure what to think of the Wembley game. I do wish they'd gotten to see a better game, but with the mud and rain and pitch conditions and the opponents, well, I think it did pretty well. Trying to explain "running out the clock" and "taking a knee" to a British audience might take some time. Maybe we should stick to exhibition games over there. I would be amused to hear British commentators on the game, just for curiosity. It was pretty amazing seeing all the various NFL jerseys represented. I remember chatting with someone years ago on the Compuserve sports forum about American football. He was in Wales. *shrugs*
hildy89: (roll tide roll)
I requested some icons from my favorite football and baseball teams from [livejournal.com profile] littledupont and they're ready. So if you like the Redskins, Braves, Nationals or University of Alabama, you're in good company. Good thing I still have icon slots. They're taking requests too.
hildy89: (sidonia)
Saturday I went to the Maryland Renaissance Festival with [livejournal.com profile] confettiofstars, [livejournal.com profile] darthblitzkrieg and [livejournal.com profile] ariadnesthread. Summer was determined to go out like a lion this September. Instead of the cool weather we'd been blessed with recently, the humid temperatures came back to haunt us and they'll stick around for most of the week. A far cry from the sweltering temps of opening weekend, when I was dying in nearby Baltimore, but still not particularly comfortable. At least the skies stayed clear.

It was Pirate Day weekend, so there were Jolly Rogers and black and white and red costumes wherever we looked. Some were more outrageous than piratical, the Ren Faire still preferring a more in-your-face costuming style.

As usual there was much shopping to be had. I've started to despair that I have no garb that fits anymore. My SCA garb is several mes ago sadly, so we went to Faire in search of clothing. Yes, I know they're relatively easy to make, but you're speaking to someone who can do needlework and cross-stitch, but can't sew worth anything!

I shocked myself by acquiring a skirt, a beautiful long dark green cotton skirt. I might have bought a second one if they'd carried the cotton skirts in purple. But they only carried them in the silk. I'm hoping to find the right blouse/shirt to go with it. The search continues...

I acquired a second coin from Somewear Beyond Coin Mint. Alas we were running late so I only had time to drop off my order, rather than stick around and enjoy the floor show from the minters. This site shows most of the designs. I went with a bronze coin with a Spanish galleon on one side and Elizabeth I on the other.

Coins of the realm )

Alas both of my football teams lost at the last minute. ESPN's College Gameday visited Tuscaloosa and their curse continues. We lost to Georgia in overtime. Wearing their throw-back uniforms designed by Vince Lombardi, the Redskins blew the second half of the game against the Giants. What a time for the Jints to find inspiration...

And the Nats bade farewell to RFK. She was a grand old stadium. Even Troy Aikman commented on playing in RFK where you felt like the fans were right on top of you and the stands rocked and rolled in a thunderous roar. He felt like the Skins gave up a huge home field advantage when we left RFK behind. Maybe we did.
hildy89: (roll tide roll)
Oh, I just love football season. These night games are going to be the death of me.

When people find out I went to Alabama, they always ask if I'm a football fan. Why yes, I've been one for many years. Football however never factored into my decision to go to the school. At the time I was starting, Bama was long past its Bear Bryant heyday. While I was there, I saw the end of the Bill Curry era and the glorious National Championship with Gene Stallings. And a Redskins Super Bowl. Hence the reason I joke the only way the Skins are going to win one again is if I leave town. Not my preferred way of them winning...

I blame my love of football on my father. Every Sunday he listened to the radio/tv broadcasts of the Redskins. He always muted the tv commentators so he could listen to the Redskins team of SonnySam&Frank. They might be irritating sometimes, but they were *our* irritants, thank you very much. Now he's stuck in a weird limbo of Jacksonsville/Miami/Tampa Bay. Not quite the seventh circle of hell or the pits of Tartarus, but close enough.

I was thinking about this Saturday night when Bama was playing Arkansas in a nailbiter of repeat of last year. (And then returned to the AP top 25 -- not too shabby.) Both teams have huge stadiums. They can command some of the largest home crowds in the game, easily 90,000. I've been to both stadiums, although Fedex was for a Notre Dame-Navy game. I was so far up I could see the parking lot! Not quite the intimacy or rocking 'n rolling of old RFK, but boy is it a fun place to be when everything's going right.

I didn't plan it though.

Scary Book

Aug. 12th, 2007 12:46 am
hildy89: (cuff)
Preseason football is finally upon us. I had nearly resigned myself that the Redskins were going to have yet another miserable year, when they snatched a victory from the jaws of defeat by scoring two touchdowns at the end of the game. A "W" is a still a "W" no matter how you look at it. To my amusement, I'll be in Baltimore for the Redskins preseason game against the Ravens.

The good thing about football is I can get some needlework done. Tonight I finally finished the second Real Musgrave Pocket Dragon pattern "Scary Book". I posted "Five More Minutes" awhile back. They were both published by Crafty Capers in the early 1990s. Both count as my oldest UFOs. I lost the original patterns and never had the chance to finish them until by chance I was at Media West one year where someone was selling old cross stitch charts.

Anyway, I'm glad to have them both done.

This poor dragon has probably been rereading the same chapter for the last fourteen years!

Scary Book )

Football

Jan. 21st, 2007 10:32 pm
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And this is why I don't bet on football. Because I usually get it really really wrong. 0-2 even. But congrats to Indy and Chicago. Maybe this will finally get the monkey off Peyton Manning's back. A battle of the Midwest held in Miami... there's irony for you.

For awhile there, though, I almost thought we'd have a Pats-Bears rematch 21 years later. God I feel really old.
hildy89: (Default)
Dear god, why do you torture this poor Redskins fan so?

I can see now how Joe Gibbs could get ulcers during the football season.

Bless you, Marcus Washington... bless you defense...
hildy89: (Default)
Yahooo! "Win and we're in!" So that's what we did. I swear the Skins were trying to give me heart failure near the end, but at least we pulled it off! We have to play Tampa. Talk about playoff nightmares we don't want to revisit. One long snap... *shudders*

Now if Bama can just find an offense tomorrow...
hildy89: (Default)
DC is in a state of waiting. Everyone has gone for the milk and toilet paper. The other half have forgotten how to drive. I'm just hoping it waits until after I get home, so I don't have to slip and slide home.

Bama has a Cotton Bowl date with Texas Tech. Can our defense shut down their offense? I guess we'll find out, won't we?

Miracle of miracles, Skins actually managed to hang onto a victory in St Louis. The way Fox touted that Harvard qb, and played Veritas every chance they got, you'd think he was the second coming of Kurt Warner... or John Elway, considering Fitzpatrick could actually run.

Had my long overdue Nano reward night on Sunday, consisting of chocolate and Netflix.
hildy89: (Default)
That screech of delight you heard from Virginia was probably me! We beat the Eagles! Thank you, thank you!

On the other hand, AP Poll, we hate you. Bama is 9-0 and we're still ranked 4th behind Miami! *shakes head*
hildy89: (apocalypse)
Yahhooooo!

I was almost going to give up on my Skins, but they surprised me in the 4th quarter. Two perfect passes by Brunell and hallelujah! And raining on Jerry Jones' parade was even sweeter than watching Spurrier self-destruct on Saturday. Dallas inducted Aikman-Smith-Irvin into their ring of fame tonight, picking what they knew would be a highly charged game anyway. Maybe Jones should have waited for the Giants? All told, not a bad week for this football fan. Alas we have a really early bye next week.

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