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Back to the Future

IMG_2467 The thing about “Futures at Fenway” is that you are looking forward and back  all at the same time.

Looking forward, you get to watch two games, featuring some of the future Red Sox stars – guys who are currently playing for Portland Sea Dogs and the Pawtucket Red Sox, the team’s minor league affiliates. Hopefully, some day soon, we’ll be seeing a few of these guys playing in the bigs. (If one or two of them can pitch  middle relief, even better – but that’s a story for another day.)

And looking back? Well, you get to feel like a kid again, as the photo here shows so nicely.

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I Love New York

IMG_1946 Just to be clear I may hate the NY Yankees, but I do indeed  love New York.

I just returned from a business trip. The days were all work, but in the evenings I was able to enjoy some NYC classics, including a Broadway show (!), a stroll around SoHo, and dinner in a fancy midtown restaurant.

The train ride there and back afforded me some much needed knitting time. I made excellent progress on another pair of welted rib socks.

And the best part of a trip to NYC for this girl? Sitting in the lobby bar of the New York Hilton, watching the Red Sox, “continue their domination over the Yankees”*

* a quote from the YES network announcer, as Paps finished them off in the 9th inning on Wednesday night.

Don’t you just love it?

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Welcome to the Sports Bar

It happened so slowly that I never really noticed.

When we bought this little house almost 9 years ago I spent a lot of time thinking about how I would decorate it. I’ll admit, I’m no expert at interior design, but one room that truly excited me was our ‘sun room’ or ‘family room’.

After nine years, we still haven’t decided what to officially call this room. It is an addition that is comprised of four walls with windows and two skylights, located off the kitchen. It’s not a large room, but it is sunny and bright. It was, and still is, my favorite room in the house. I love the sunshine yellow walls, the simple peach colored tile floor and the warm happy feeling I get when I’m sitting there.

When we first moved in, I found some simple, sweet, inexpensive prints that I thought best highlighted the “sunshine/garden” feeling of the room.

And, because I am such a tea drinker, I thought it would be nice room in which to showcase my little collection of pretty teapots.

All was well in my little sunny room. Then slowly, very slowly, things began to change.

First there was this..
A gift from my truly wonderful brother-in-law. He knows how much we enjoyed the 2004 Red Sox World Series win and wanted to help us commerate that historical, wonderful, super-fantastic, event. I love this photograph.

And then this…
Oh, the teapots are still there, but they’ve been overshadowed by the gang of collectibles, figurines and stuffed animals that now watch every game with us. You can’t really see them all in this photo, but trust me, the Pats and the Sox are well represented.

It’s not just baseball and football. A few months ago, at the end the Sox season, Jeff and I were enjoying our last game at Fenway. We happened upon an auction to support the Ted Williams Foundation and before I could sing one chorus of Take Me Out to the Ballgame, Jeff had bid on and won this photo of the best basketball player ever…
Other (non-photographed) sports related items have become part of this room too. The Red Sox pillow from ny nephew, the photograph of the Patriots “Snow Bowl” game that hangs over the doorway.

It goes on and on.

Finally today, when I arrived home from work, I saw that my little garden ‘welcome’ sign was no longer in its place.

It had been replaced by this…
It was then that I realized my sunny garden room had somehow become a sports bar, minus the bar.

Then I remembered that just the other day Jeff mentioned how he almost bought the Kegarator he had seen at Bed Bath and Beyond.

I love my little sports room, but I’ll admit it – now I’m getting scared.

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Sixth Folder Photo Meme – Oh What a Game!

Don’t you just love a good meme? Perfect for the Monday after a LOOOOONNNG weekend when you are beaten to a pulp by the unanswered emails in the office InBox?

How to:
–Go to your sixth picture folder and pick the sixth picture
–Pray you remember the details
–Tag five others

Ha! I wasn’t sure what this picture was as I uploaded it, having the thumbnail feature turned off I only saw the picture name. “soxsmile.jpg”. Remember the details I do!

This wonderfully joyous photo is not one I can take credit for. I believe I copied it from Boston.com and sent it to some friends at work via email, as we all shared in celebration of the Red Sox fantastic, improbable, most tremendous comeback in the ALCS 2004 series against the Yankees. I distinctly remember one co-worker responding with the message, “that guy looks like he ate a bad sausage”.

I really hate tagging, so I’m not following that rule, but if you do want to play, leave a comment, ok?

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Random Goodness

It seems that months always pass between posts here, and I really have no explanation for that. Instead of boring you and me with the “why I haven’t posted in so long” post, I will just jump right in and act as though I’ve been posting all along. Here is some random goodness to get things started.

Jeff and I and some good friends attempted to wait out a rain delay last night at Fenway Park. We first stood in puddles beneath the bleachers, sipping beer and eating a ballpark dinner of sausage, hot dogs and pretzels. When our feet got too wet we found refuge in a stairwell near the KidNation headquarters. For an hour and a half we stood in the dampness, talking, laughing and periodically checking the doppler radar on my blackberry. The game was finally postponed, but during the wait I had a sip or two of Smithwick’s Ale, (properly pronounced “Smiddicks”). It tasted surprisingly chocolatey. Yum!
On the knitting front, I’ve been making rapid progress on the Gossamer Stars Scarf from the IK Summer 2008 issue. Lace knitting makes me very happy. The picture here is taken pre-blocking and about 110 rows from completion. The yarn is a lovely silk hand-dyed of unknown brand. If I don’t take a nap this afternoon, I might just finish it.
But, since last night’s rain out is now scheduled for 8:35 tonight and I am such an old poop who has a hard time staying awake past ten o’clock, a nap seems a neccesity. Especially if I plan to have another Smiddicks!

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Sunday, Perfect Sunday

Sunday is the one day of the week when you can kick back, relax and enjoy the people and things you love the most. Today was a great Sunday.

After a tasty breakfast of french toast at IHOP with Jeff’s parents, we headed home to meet up with some friends who were coming by to take away our old treadmill. As with most treadmills, it sat unused for long stretches of time, cluttering up the guest room and taking up valuable space that could be better devoted to a beloved hobby, in my case knitting. Of course, I could have used it for this, but instead we gave it to people who will actually use it to exercise. Or so they say.
After waving goodbye to the treadmill, I drove a few miles to Slater Mill, where I had the pleasure of meeting some new Ravelry friends in person. What a blast. I saw knitters, spinners, weavers, dyers, felters, quilters, and basketweavers. If you are local, please make time to visit the mill, which will (hopefully) soon be home to a new Fiber Arts Center. I’ll share more details as they arrive.
And then, of course, I headed home to watch the boys complete the sweep. What a perfect Sunday.

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Keeping Things in Perspective

The Yankees came to town and gave us a beating. Actually five merciless beatings in four days. But during that same time the Red Sox, NESN, and WEEI raised over $2.9 million for the Jimmy Fund, the club’s official charity. And they did it in less than 24 hours.

If you are from Boston or New England, you know about the Jimmy Fund. In 1953, it became the official team charity. Over the years all of Red Sox Nation has given generously to this amazing organization. Today, the Jimmy Fund Clinic at the Dana-Farber is recognized worldwide as one of the premier centers for pediatric cancer research and treatment.
Even members of the Yankees organization put aside the rivalry to do their part. Evil George gave $10,000 – he makes a generous donation every year. Roger Clemens, #21, donated $21,000. Jason Giambi gave $1,000. And Donald Trump, not a Yankee, but a well-known Yankee fan, stepped up, donating $60,000 on the spot, to ensure the telethon would break its 2005 record.

I’m wondering, do other major league teams have official charities? I know that many individual players have established foundations to support important causes that are meaningful to them, but are the Red Sox unique in the way they support this particular charity as a team?

For more information on the Jimmy Fund and to learn how you can help, go to http://jimmyfund.com

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Okay, So I’m a Liar…

I know I told you that Jeff and I live very un-glamorous lives. Most of the time that’s true, but on Friday night we had a taste of the good life.

First, we had a delicious dinner in the fancy pants restaurant, overlooking the field at Fenway Park. Dinner was even more delicious with this amazing tableware. Can you imagine if that china pattern was available when we were completing the bridal registry 14 years ago!

Then, we moved to our fancy pants seats, which were right next to this guy!

So I put up my feet, ordered an overpriced glass of wine, or should I say cup of wine, and enjoyed a great game. My red shoes and I had a wonderful time.

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Victory Garden

Is it my imagination or are the Red Sox growing tomato plants in the bull pen?

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Did You Bring the Camera?

Va-ca-tion – A period of time devoted to pleasure, rest, or relaxation.

Some folks think of vacation and they think sightseeing, tour buses, non-stop activity. Jeff and I are very literal folks. We stick closer to the actual definition of the word.

As proof, I offer this photo. During a lazy stroll from my beach chair to the towel shack, I saw this colorful shrub and snapped a photo. Then I pointed the camera towards Jeff. He hid behind his pina colada. I didn’t argue. That was the end of the photography. For the rest of the trip we enjoyed the sunshine, the tropical drinks and the local cuisine so much that stopping to remove the lens cap seemed like too much work.

Maybe someday I’ll regret the lack of photographic evidence of this trip, but probably not. It was the perfect break. Like most people, I’m not very good at living in the moment. But really, it is amazing how quickly the everyday stresses of work and life faded away on this trip.

The stress didn’t disappear completely however. We did rush to an early dinner one night so we could be back to our room in time to watch the Red Sox on ESPN Deportes (completely in Spanish). Thankfully, they won. Posted by Picasa

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