Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
The second game we lost by only a few runs, although I think we should have won the game. Everything was working against us - we only had three players to the other team's six, we had to play with a cracked ball (even after switching out two other cracked balls), and we played a sorority team that survived solely on cheating. Now, I am a fair person and I feel like I am a gracious loser, but I was just ticked off after this game. Whiffle ball is a recreational league, so the games are self-officiated. But, the teams have to agree on the plays. The sorority team never called themselves out a first, even if they were out by a mile and knew it. They kept skipping one girl in the batting order because she was no good. It was so obvious and we were so frustrated!
So, the rules are a little odd. You pitch to your own team, so if you are short players you lose base runners - there are no ghost runners. You have to throw the ball into the pitcher's hand, aka your teammate standing by the pitcher, who calls time to stop play. If time is called and you are between bases, you can only move to the next base if you are past the half-way point. Weird. I could go on with some other weird rules. But, it does make the game move faster! Below is a picture of me in the outfield. We play at the Rec Sports Center on campus.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Lana (R), Sheena (C), and I after the race. It was perfect running weather and we finished on the 30-yard line of the football field. Very cool!
This is probably a little gross, but I'll post anyway. Hopefully I am not offending any vegetarians or bird lovers out there, but here are Todd and Lucy cleaning a pheasant in our driveway (yes, the driveway while neighbors drive by). What the picture doesn't show is that Lucy just keeps trying to get at the bird. She LOVES hunting!
Sunday, October 14, 2007
In other news, I am still keeping out hope that the Illini football team will make a bowl game. It would be so awesome to go! I didn't get to go to the last bowl game due to work, but I am motivated to go this time around. I've already talked to several friends that want to make a trek to wherever it is we would play. However, I am a little worried about playing OSU at OSU and some other games. Unfortunately, I may be donning my cream and crimson to see IU in a bowl game if the Illini don't make it. IU has the same record as the Illini, but definitely a much, much easier schedule. They don't play OSU or Michigan this year. Don't worry, my allegiance remains to the Illini, but it is followed by Indiana (hey, what can I say - they pay the bills around here) and then the Big 10 Conference in general.
So, much like my Cubs, I am keeping faith that the Illini will make the post-season in both football and basketball!
Friday, October 12, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
- My most favorite running shoes that I have beening purchasing and repurchasing for the last two years is no longer. The Asics Gel Landreth II has been replaced by the Asics Gel Landreth III. You might not think this is a big deal, but it is a huge disappointment to lose access to your most trusted partner in running...your shoes! I am not sure what they were thinking, but version III sucks! It is no where close to version II and I didn't find any upgrades when I tried this pair of shoes on. I have since been trying to find a new pair of shoes. I bought the Brooks Radius 6 and had no luck. I turned that pair in to my wear-around shoes. New Balance and Nike do not fit my feet right. So, now I am back to Asics and I am going to give the Nimbus a try. I am cautionally optomistic they will work. I have searched high and low for more Asics Gel Landreth II's, but I cannot find them anywhere on the internet, even from foreign countries. So, if anyone runs across a pair of 9.5 version II's, let me know!!
- My knee has started hurting again. Looks like I need to go back to the doctor where I am sure they will tell me it is due to overuse and that I should take a break and stay away from exercises where my knee takes the impact. Yikes! I can already feel the pounds coming back on!
- I ran all spring and summer training for my two half-marathons. Todd tells me I am just burnt out and need to do something else for awhile. I have cut back on my running some and I am trying to do other things instead. But, when you are in a windowless office all day long, it is hard to go to the gym after work or take a night off. I need to get out and get some fresh air! Maybe I need a new race to keep me training and give me something to look forward to.
Monday, October 8, 2007
They also had this crazy dog cake donated by a local bakery that she devoured faster than anything I have ever seen her eat. Lucy is a picky eater and won't eat unless she is hungry or we give her one of her favorite treats. But, she loves this cake. It is the second year they had the cake and she ate the heck out of it last year, too (last year we even got them to give us some to take home) . They also had some doggie events and competitions. Lucy is a competitor. Seriously, she knows the difference between playing and competing. Todd and I were talking about how funny she is when she puts her game face on. This year, she competed in the Recall Relay and took first place. The relay requires the dog to stay about 30ft directly across from the owner. When called, the dog that gets to their owner the fastest wins. There were three heats and then the top three dogs from each heat raced in the final round. Lucy was by far the fastest and one of the better trained dogs in the competition. She stayed without restraint and ran straight to Todd when called. No distractions, no hesitation. She definitely had her game face on. Here is a picture of her with the grand prize. We missed taking pictures at the race!
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
As far as Great American ballpark goes, it is a really nice park if you are in to comparing parks. Depending on your seats, you sit in padded seats, can get in-seat food service, and even have access to private lounges (which can come in handy if you are at the ballpark during college football season). My parents were floored at how crappy the 7th inning stretch was at the park. The Reds don't have anyone come and sing; they just play the sound track for "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" and end it at that. Fans sing, but it is not the same and they don't insert their team's name in the song or shout for more runs at the end of the song. Lame. Trust me, nothing compares to Wrigley and downtown Chicago, especially if you are a Cubs fan.
That night we went out to eat to an upscale small chain restaurant. It was good, but we were there for 3 hours! During that time, my mom had to send her steak back twice. She ordered medium rare and it came out well-done twice. Normally she would eat without complaining, but her order was so wrong it had to be corrected. By the time they finally got her order fixed, it was almost 11pm and we were all full anyway. But, we got free dessert, she got her meal free, and Lucy got a good doggie bag out of the deal.
Now, on to the playoffs...Let's go Cubs!!