Thursday, June 16, 2011

I take my kickball seriously

Last night we had our second game (my first game) of kickball.

For some reason, whether it be my competitiveness or my lack of understanding the consequences of my decisions, I always injure myself. Usually this involves scrapes on my knees and elbows, and tonight was no different. Actually it was a bit different. This might be my best injury to date.

I was running from 2nd to 3rd base in a fool-hearty attempt to capitalize on the loose ball around shortstop. It was ill-advised, but sometimes you just gotta go for it. Well, when I was about 5 feet from the base they threw the ball at my feet to tag me out. At that point I jumped in the air and contorted in such a way to dodge the ball, which I did successfully. Unfortunately, after contorting, I couldn't land on my feet properly and while I don't remember exactly what happened, I'm pretty sure I landed hard, flat on my stomach on the ground. The ball that missed me went straight into the hands of a nearby player, so I had to then immediately get to my feet and dive 5 feet forward to get on base. Sadly, I was tagged out a split second before my hand reached the base. Somewhere in there, I managed to scrape both my knees, my right elbow, and my right hip. My right hip is somehow rubbed raw, probably because it was scraped through my shirt. Let's just say that the hydrogen peroxide was not my friend.

On the bright side, after that debacle of mine, we recovered to the tune of 18-3. It was pure domination.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

food, games, and championships

The past weekend proved to be a good one.

Friday was spent doing who knows what, because of course I can't remember that far back. I'm sure it was a nice, relaxing day because I didn't have work.

Saturday, Taylor and I decided we want to do some grilling. We used a yummy shrimp recipe for our main entree. While she prepared the shrimp, I prepared the grill and then started making some margaritas. I decided that I wanted to go fresh — no margarita mix. That involved buying a dozen lemons and limes and squeezing them all into a pitcher. Next came a full bottle of tequila, some triple sec, and a bit of simple syrup mixed together with some ice. It was really good. Everyone claimed it was a bit strong but I thoroughly enjoyed it... a bit too much even.

Once we got the shrimp on the grill, Taylor cut up some fruits (watermelon, pineapples, mangoes, and peaches), topped them with cinnamon sugar and skewered those as well. Once the shrimp were done, we threw the fruit on the grill. Sadly, the grill wasn't quite hot enough at that point to do anything but warm up the fruit, but they were still good.

The remainder of the night, I enjoyed Margaritas while playing Scattergories with Taylor, Andy, and Kelcey. Maybe I was a bit drunk, but I kept coming in last place by a lot. I don't get it.

Sunday, of course I was hungover. Not terribly, but I definitely needed some water and rest. By the end of the day I was more or less ready for Game 6 of the Mavericks vs. Heat. That game was awesome and was a great conclusion to a great and fun to watch series. I was really happy to see Dirk finally get a championship. He really deserves one.

You know who's a little bitch? LeBron James. I don't think he realizes just how cocky he is, because his press conference at the end of the game was a bit ridiculous.

I have 5 meetings at work today. I think that's a personal best (worst?). See ya later.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

the boy who played with fire

The last 36 hours have been interesting to say the least.

I started off by waking up at 5:30 and getting to work by 6:15, since I had to leave from work early for an optometrist appointment. That's the earliest I've been to work on record, I believe. The day was busy but nothing noteworthy happened for me.

Work was noteworthy for Taylor, however. Their Assistant GM 1 is leaving in a month, and she was approved to take over his role when he leaves. So she'll be getting a nice promotion in a month. Congratulations!

I left work at about 3:30, fed Maverick, then headed out to my optometrist with The Girl Who Played With Fire in hand. I started that book on Saturday, and I was immediately engrossed by the story. By the time I was at the optometrist, I was about halfway done.

Then something completely unusual happened — I didn't stop reading. I didn't stop reading almost the entire night. I kept the Mavs-Heat game on mute and checked the score occasionally. But I could not for the life of me stop reading. I was too into the story. By my bedtime, I was within 60 pages of finishing so I decided I would just tough out the rest of the night. I finished the book around 11:45 PM. I read about 340 pages that day. I think that's by far a personal best.

The sad part is that now I don't have the next one to read. No local bookstore has it, but I may just buy it on Amazon since it's cheaper there anyways. The other sad part is that the third and final book in the series was not intended to be the final book in the series. The author died in 2004 and the three that have been released were all done so posthumously. That means that the trilogy will undoubtedly end with some loose ends and potentially even a cliffhanger that will never be resolved. Sigh...

Then I woke up this morning to Maverick puking in my room. Super.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


Quick, I need to push out an update!

First off, the Blogger site changed. I'm writing my blog in a new, fancier looking interface. Not that any of you care.

I'm at work at 6:15 AM today, because I have an optometrist appointment at 4:30 PM today, but I still have a lot to take care of before I leave work early. Given that, you get possibly the worst blog update in the history of my blog.

Here's all that's happened in the last 2 weeks:
-I saw Thor, it was good
-I went to Boy Taylor and Andrea's wedding, it was decent. Didn't know many people so it wasn't as fun as it could have been. Plus there was some drama.
-I finished my book (Girl with a Dragon Tattoo) and started the second in the series, and I'm already almost 300 pages in after a few days. The second one starts off much quicker than the first, but that's probably because you already know the characters and there's less wasted time on preliminary character and story development.

That is literally all I can think of, even though I'm sure a lot more has gone in in the last couple weeks. I've intentionally made an effort to play less Left 4 Dead 2 lately, so I can focus on doing other things (reading mostly).

Work continues to get busier without really getting busier. I'm not sure how that works, but it's happening. Also, I'm still trying to continue my whole running thing. I've run about 4 times now, averaging a little over 2 miles per run. My pace continues to increase, slowly but steadily.

Sorry that's all I have time for today. I should have more for next time, I promise!