hildy89: (nats)
When the weather turns to spring (if ever so briefly) and the boys start playing the national pasttime again. So my default icon is a curly W for my Nationals. Our home opener was a delight. Bryce Harper can hit as many home runs as he likes. If this season is remotely like last year I will be pleased...
hildy89: (we need a baseball time right here)
I managed a few photos of Nationals Park, but none of the Stitch N Pitch event. They’re up on my Flickr account, if you’re interested. I will add photos of the hat and my project later.

I attended my second Stitch N Pitch event last night. The Washington Nationals were hosting Baltimore Orioles in the second game of the vaunted “Battle of the Beltway”.We don't want to go to Baltimore! )
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: (wimbledon court)
It must be time for tennis. Wimbledon starts today. With Henman gone, I have no idea who I'll wind up rooting for. At least I'll have something else besides baseball. I picked the only good game to attend. The Rangers won the other two games against the Nationals. The starting pitchers did fine; it was the offense that let them down as usual.

And is nothing sacred? First I said goodbye to skating's beloved 6.0 and now they won't even let me have a perfect 10. The gymnastics code of points has undergone an overhaul so that the new 10 is 17. I watched part of last night's US Olympic gymnastics trials. Chellsie Memmel impressed me as much as the more popular Johnson and Liukin. They select two girls that night and then the rest have to go through a selection camp. That's asking for injuries or worse. I remember when they selected everyone at Trials. I also watched the last five minutes of the diving trials, where a 30-year-old diver made her third Olympics and everyone was amazed.
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So I've uploaded my batch of Stitch N Pitch photos to Flickr. Some samples (if I've mastered posting photos from Flickr):

Nats Park & the Goodie Bag )
hildy89: (we need a baseball time right here)
So now I'm moderately more awake. I did try to take a few pictures, which are here.

We need the comebacks, the rallies... )
hildy89: (we need a baseball time right here)
*keels over dead*

14 innings! 14 innings!

Needless to say, the Stitch N Pitch lived up to its hype.

More later after I'm less dead.

Oh, yes, and Go Nats!

And so I don't forget later: Fox Forest. Aren't they cute? I really don't need a new project, but they're foxes! How can I resist? Don't answer that.


Jun. 19th, 2008 10:07 pm
hildy89: (we need a baseball time right here)
Sorry, I need to do the baseball dance of joy! I had checked the schedule earlier and it looked like it'd be Millwood vs Mock, but instead the Nationals are starting Tim Redding, one of the bright spots in our rotation. I've been delivered from minor leaguer hell. I'm sure he'll be an okay starter eventually, but Mock's first start was not encouraging. Redding, on the other hand, been pretty solid so far. *crosses finger & raps wood for good measure* Now to make sure I've packed everything I need, since I'm not sure I can make it home and back to Navy Yard after work. Needles, thread, hoop, spare batteries? Oh, yes and my ticket! I'll be the one in the Nats cap. *grins*
hildy89: (we need a baseball time right here)
So my first Nationals game is Friday night at Nationals park against the Rangers, also known as the former Washington Senators. (We're preceding it with a short series against the Twins, the other former Senator franchise. Someone had fun with the schedule.) We'll be playing against a former Braves starter Kevin Millwood. I have no clue who the Nationals will be starting. I've been checking the Nats website and it's still TBA on Tuesday. They've been moving pitchers around from DL and minors for weeks now, so it could be a lesser name. I'd love it to be one of the big guns.

Health update: I saw a GP and we had fun drawing blood from me as usual. Not only do I have small veins, I have moving ones. It sounded like a bad horror novel "The Moving Vein". Anyone? They're checking the thyroid among other things. There's part of me that has liked having my 20-something metabolism back (it slowed down considerably post thirty), but I know that's probably not entirely healthy.
hildy89: (we need a baseball time right here)
Stitch N Pitch: Needlearts (Crochet, knitting, needlepoint/cross-stitch) events at major and minor league baseball games. The Nationals game is the June 20th game against Texas Rangers, the former Washington Senators.
hildy89: (we need a baseball time right here)
"Where is the one place in show business where amateurs aren't out of place?"
"The starting lineup of the Pittsburgh Pirates."
-- "Who's Minding the Asylum" Remember WENN
hildy89: (we need a baseball time right here)
but lord has the last week been depressing for this Nationals baseball fan. After winning the first three, we dropped the next five, usually by only a run. Of course some commentator pointed out the last Washington team to win their first three, then lost a record thirteen. Let's hope the slump disappears real soon now?

And the Caps are in the playoffs. They're going to break my heart again. I know this. It's a time honored tradition.
hildy89: (cross stitch)
Baseball is clearly taking the place of football and tennis for stitching time. Nationals are 2-0 for the first time since 2003 as we beat my Mom's Phillies yesterday. We keep it all in the National League in my family. It was rather odd though as an old Braves fan to hear Don Sutton doing color commentary on MASN network's Nationals coverage. Who knows how long this will last, but it's kinda nice to hear good things about Washington sports teams for a change.

So I finished the Ink Circles May 2007 freebie using MLI's Needlepaints 2011/2010/2008. I'm still not sure if I picked the right shades of purple. One shade feels a little off somewhere.

Finished Ink Circles freebie )

Crossposted on [livejournal.com profile] cross_stitch and Blended Leg, my needlework journal.

Play ball!

Mar. 30th, 2008 08:49 pm
hildy89: (nats)
It's that time of year again.

My loyalties are always a little torn in baseball season. I've been a Atlanta Braves fan since the early 1990s because we didn't have a team here in DC. (Baltimore did not count.) Now we do. Unfortunately they're in the same division.

Guess who the Washington Nationals are opening their new stadium against? Yep, my old Atlanta Braves team. Nationals Park looks nice. I should find a good afternoon game to go see. From the sounds of it, the upper deck seats give you some nice views of the US Capitol. Nice change from the upper tier of Redskins stadium where you see the parking garage...
hildy89: (home)
Actually it's more like 100 and we won't even discuss the heat index involved. I'm planning on staying in for lunch. At least my co-worker is out for the bulk of the week, going to a Beyonce concert. She's usually freezing in this office, so she turns on her space heater! In August! Not what you want to feel blasting when you come into the room.

Last month or so, I was debating whether I'd do my usual birthday visit to Baltimore. But my hotel didn't have any rooms available initially, so I thought "Well, I waited too long, it is August." Yesterday rooms had opened up. So I may be visiting my wacky art deco city by the bay after all.

Barry Bonds whacked home his 756th home run to pass Hank Aaron -- a record I never thought I'd see beaten in my lifetime. I wish it was someone more... likable? I rooted so hard against him when he played for Pittsburgh. Funny thing I root even harder against him now. As I feared, he hit it against the Nationals. On the bright side, the Nats won the game and are now tied for last place with the Marlins, rather than holding the basement by themselves. Maybe things are looking up. And football is returning. It won't be summer forever.
hildy89: (glasses)
I have to gripe a little. The "pretty in pink" baseball caps for women are not any prettier in person than they look on the website. If I want a Nationals or Braves or *shudders* Yankees cap, by gosh, I want the real colors! Having my heart set on a nice blue with W cap to show my local pride, I set out for thither and yon to P City. Everyone wanted a Nationals cap. The main "Lids" store was pretty crowded, mostly asking about sizing. I found their secondary story upstairs and tried them on again. Two sales ladies nixed the blue one. "You look better in the red". The cap has no hole in the back for a ponytail, but otherwise it fits fine.

Do you know they've discontinued the smaller bags of the most popular flavors of Lindt truffles? The bigger bags sell more. *sighs*

Play ball!

Apr. 14th, 2005 09:58 pm
hildy89: (steve mcqueen by iconic_notions)
The silliest things make me laugh today. Street musicians are a quirky feature of the our dear Metro, from the African-American electric guitarist singing James Taylor to the bagpipe player at Union Station. There used to be a string quartet that played at Crystal City I enjoyed listening to.

Two violinists were playing at the Metro Center stop when I left for home, playing some vaguely familiar classical music. On my way down the escalator, they started up another classic tune. It was perfect for today's pomp and circumstance -- "Take me Out to the Ball Game."

Singing along, I realized that for the first time in my life, I could actually "root root root for the home team". They even won, beating the Diamondbacks!

Now if everything worked out so well...
hildy89: (girl hunt ballet)
Today is a lovely spring day. The girls are playing softball around the corner. I picked up my small pile of comics and an extra box from Hole in the Wall.

At home I'm continuing my spring cleaning, focusing some of my attention on filing some of my writing and business files. I've put all my current projects together so I can find things! I was a little irritated the hanging folder frame I bought were too big for my drawer. I'm hoping they'll fit the file cabinet. I don't have my father's tools to cut them down.

I made the mistake of watching my first Nationals game on tv last night. After taking two from Philly, my new home team was soundly trounced by the Marlins. But I have a team. I almost wish I could create an animated gif with the Nationals logo replacing the Senators one.

And I have the remastered dvd of "The Band Wagon" to watch!
hildy89: (big sleep)
Only have a few minutes to write. My new assignment has my terminal in my boss' office, so very little play time for me. It's good for keeping me focused on the project.

I'm mostly done with my submission for this week. I need to go through it with a fine tooth comb tonight to see if I left any strays behind from the rewrite. I have to get it done Wednesday night if I hope to get it copied on Thursday before the meeting. Hopefully this will give me enough impetus to write chapter 2.

The "Maltese Falcon" class has started on Barnes & Noble's online reading group. It's only for three weeks and the book goes pretty quickly. It's hard to divorce myself from the Bogart version, which TCM is thoughtfully showing along with "Big Sleep" and "Dark Passage" on Thursday night.

Baseball is back. The Nationals opened against my mother's Phillies with a loss, living up to the fine old Senators' tradition. I'm still reminded of that Hexagon song. "We want a team that lost a 100 games every year?!" If they're ours, damn straight. It'll be amusing though if President Bush throws out the first pitch. He used to own the Texas Rangers after all, which used to be the Washington Senators, before they left down.

Dance the Fat Away: Study on youth obesity involving DDR.
hildy89: (braves)
Hell has officially frozen over, because DC finally gets baseball! I never thought it would happen in my lifetime. Not to date myself, but the Senators left the month after I was born. So I never felt like I had a "home team" for real. Hence my loyalties to the Braves during my years at Tuscaloosa. But baseball! I'm reminded of the song from the Hexagon satire show, "We need a team in Washington", including the immortal line "We need a team that lost a hundred games every year?" Hey, they're lugs, but they'd be our lugs! Granted we'll have to make some concessions to Peter Angelos, because his poor Orioles will be so hurt by this. And we have to wait to see if they can approve the stadium, but there's hope.

I had a dentist appointment yesterday to deal with one filling. I hated waiting for the numbing injection to wear off. I have more dental woes coming later.

And the apartment sent me running around to get something signed and notarized today. I'm sure the office was impressed I did it so fast, but it's not like I'm lacking free time. At least by being with friends on Saturday, I missed the fun and games, when someone got very publicly written up for a drunk and disorderly after a party. For once it pays to have a semblance of a social life.

Merck took Vioxx off the market, because a study shows a heightened risk of heart attacks and strokes. For whatever reason, Vioxx never worked on me, so I wound up using Celebrex.


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