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.
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: (accolade)
So today was the annual pilgrimage to the Maryland Renaissance Festival in Crownsville. Since the weather was so nice, I decided to brave the elements by wearing my pretty green skirt I bought last year at Bullseye. I even dragged out my old green and black cloak from my short-lived SCA days and borrowed a blouse from [livejournal.com profile] pinkpolarity. I hadn't worn any form of garb for nearly fifteen years. The bright side was it meant I was no longer tripping or dragging my cloak along. There are bonuses to growing up. It was quite odd "blending in" with the local populace. I do have to say there seemed a lot of non-costumed attendees this year.

I didn't buy anything, aside from food. With the new computer and a trip to Philly, I decided I needed to conserve my resources. Nothing really screamed "buy me" this year. The blouses at Bullseye weren't quite what I was looking for. I thought the pretty labyrinth necklace at Echo & Wild nearly had me. I also escaped without buying another coin at the mint or finding a ring at Moon Angel. I must be losing my shopping touch.

My fannish geekery was however on full display at the woodworkers shop. He had any manner of symbols on display, including various Celtic and Pagan symbols. Then I spotted the Stargate Earth symbol. There were Star Trek symbols as well. The one that proclaimed my geekery though was the Highlander Watcher symbol. The woodcarver was quite impressed, saying that was his most esoteric and obscure symbol. No one knew what that was. I didn't know whether to do a Snoopy victory dance or hang my head in shame. Probably a combination thereof.

On the way out the door, there was the usual madness. Then someone called to "close down the exits." We couldn't understand exactly why until we saw a pair of pachyderms coming our way. Yes, they were quite charming looking elephants in Maryland. Needless to say, we quickly gave them the right of way.

I came home to a wonderful victory over those damned Eagles. Redskins are really surprising me this year. When I first saw a score, they were down by fourteen points. As it turned out, that was nearly all Philly scored. Oops. Sorry Donovan. Well, not really.
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.
hildy89: (roll tide roll)
It's 1:30 am and I'm still awake. Blame the apartment. I swear everytime we have a thunderstorm it knocks out the air conditioning. And of course this would be the one weekend when August reasserted itself after those balmy 80 degree days. I only hope the apartment people can do something before Tuesday. Or the weather improves.

Speaking of weather, all my hopes, prayers and best wishes to all my friends in the path of Hurricane Gustav. My old friends in NOLA were already planning to be at Dragon Con this weekend, so this stepped up their plans, especially with relation to their two dogs. I feel better knowing they'll be out of danger.

One piece of good news: the Crimson Tide is back. They trounced the Clemson Tigers who were supposed to be a decent team. *winces* I just checked the schedule. We're up against Tulane next.
hildy89: (hail to the redskins)
Football has returned. The Washington Redskins played in the extra preseason game known as the Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio. It was sweet seeing Art Monk and Darrell Green take their places with the other greats. Coming from behind to win was even sweeter. I know preseason doesn't count for anything, but it's nice to wake up with good things to talk about with the Skins and our three quarterbacks than nothing! I'm a little worried about the run defense, but it is early.

In baseball news, longtime Braves announcer Skip Caray died in his sleep.
hildy89: (hail to the redskins)
That was how Sean Taylor signed an picture for a fan at this year's training camp.

And that's what it came down to. Beat your division arch rival or stay home.

And we did -- by 21 points. I hope Sean is smiling somewhere.

All my teams won this week. Even Bama pulled off a squeaker at the last minute against Colorado. It started suspiciously like the Arkansas game -- blow them out in the first quarter and then hang on for dear life at the end.

It doesn't matter. I am deliriously happy right now. Happy happy New Year.
hildy89: (hail to the redskins)
So both my teams won this week. Bama blew out the Vols and the Skins held on for dear life against the Cardinals. We always used to have close games with them when they were still in the division. Next week is the juggernaut New England. Do not want!

I swung by the local library to return Connie Willis' "D.A" (short, unsubstantial, and disappointing) and discovered they've started a regular Graphic Novels section. They've had a comics/manga section in the Young Adult section with your Naruto and Spiderman and Xmen. The new section is small enough it's still shelved with the new books, but I brought home Will Eisner's "Best of Spirit" collection and I saw Fables and Meltzer JLA and the Complete Peanuts. I'm not sure what prompted this change, but we must encourage it, especially I see more DC represented.

Dinner with [livejournal.com profile] confettiofstars chatting about everything and anything as usual. I now am the proud owner of a Ra-Heru-akhety statue. He's guarding my desktop. Maybe he can give me guidance over the monitor.

Yes, I'm having desktop issues again, the same ones I had before. For some reason, the monitor cable keeps coming loose. I can be working on perfectly and it'll be sitting for awhile and suddenly poof, no monitor. I've restarted it twice now. I'm going to hunt the Dell site and see if they sell a monitor cable. Or would they be a simple Best Buy visit? (It's a flat screen if that helps/hurts.) I really don't want to replace the monitor again.
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 )

We... won?

Dec. 17th, 2006 04:03 pm
hildy89: (Default)
*blinks, blinks*

I honestly expected us to get creamed by the Saints.

What a way to surprise me, guys.

I changed my layout to one of the new themes. I couldn't resist the little skater... or the fox. *shrugs* I'm so very predictable.
hildy89: (ellen)
Yahooooo! Take that Dallas and your new quarterback!

Oh god. That was a beyond insane game.

Okay, so one good thing happen today.
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...

Roll tide

Jan. 3rd, 2006 12:50 am
hildy89: (amc)
Bama won the Cotton Bowl against Texas Tech. After all the talk about their monstrous offense, we were able to shut them down pretty convincingly, except for that one touchdown. Still, to only allow 10 points when they usually score oh 70 is a pretty good thing! I have never been so nervous during a field goal in my life. He had missed one and had another one blocked. The winning one barely made it over the crossbars. An ugly win, but oh so sweet! Now I can focus all my worry on the Skins on Saturday...

Spent the rest of the day watching the SG-1 Season 9 marathon. I was reminded again of how much I disliked the non-Vala episodes. Maybe I'm just not a member of the Cult of Sam, horrors of horrors.
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: (harvest moon bpal)
And lo and behold cries rang out throughout the DC Metro area - "We want Dallas". Sometimes Sundays are just lovely to behold. I couldn't have asked for a better game, unless there was a shutout to boot.

Speaking of the boot, the aircast is officially gone. I'm wearing the lighter shoe now and will switch completely to two sneakers next week. I still think my toes are going to freeze in this thing. As long as it doesn't snow or rain...

I leave for my annual holiday pilgrimmage to Florida on Wednesday night and will return Monday. I'll have occasional access to my email and LJ, but not in the "Did someone update?" way I normally am.

Wanted to show off one of the two new icons. [livejournal.com profile] glimglamoury has done several lovely sets of icons based on BPAL (Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs) fragrances. I think she's taking requests if you have a particular fragrance you like.
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: (writer's block)
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My NaNoWriMo Progress


To paraphrase the irredeemably snarky Josh Lyman, "Victory is mine, victory is mine! I drink from the keg of glory. Bring me the finest muffins and bagels in all the land." Or at least chocolate.

Wow. My 4th straight Nano. I wrote over 2800 words today, my highest total throughout this Nano. Eeep. I was half kidding myself I might get it done tonight. And I actually managed the feat before midnight. Excuse me while I sit here in dumbfounded shock. After the fourth time, it shouldn't be, I know, but eesh.

Um, [livejournal.com profile] isabeau, should I thank you for bringing me into Nano in the first place or just shake my head in bafflement? Nodding your head is an acceptable answer. Congrats to all my friends who've crossed the finish line and those still going, there's one more day! (And apologies to any who see this multiple times.)
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: (mal and zoe)
How does Bama follow up beating Spurrier? They utterly embarrassed the Gators. It's so nice to have my alma mater winning again.

My NOLA friends returned to their home. They were really really lucky with only some minor damage. Their huge library is intact.

I saw "Serenity" last night after work. The crowd was fairly small. I was very nervous when a family of four, with two fairly young and fidgety children, sat behind me during the movie. But they settled down, so it wasn't a total disaster. I had attended a screening back in June in Norfolk, so it was interesting to compare what I saw with the final cut, mostly the addition of music score. Varese Sarabande is releasing both Serenity and Firefly soundtracks, so we get Big Damn Music finally! (The track listings on the "Serenity" soundtrack is really spoilery btw!)

Serenity spoilers )

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