Saturday, April 30, 2011

so much for that

2 wins in a row and a pretty good feeling around varsity destroyed by having to play the #1 team in the state. They're also #1 in being complete asses, because they won 21-0 in 5 innings (well, 4.5) and never once thought "Hey, we're killing this team, let's show some respect and not take as many bases as we can." That happened to us when we played their JV last year (the 2nd time when they no-hit us and won 26-0. The first time they didn't take us seriously at all and that's why we beat them.).

Anyway. I didn't end up going to the game (which is why I'm really pissed about the book 'cause it's all jumbly and not making any sense and now my stats will be screwed up because of it) because I had to do my NHS project and clean up the trails in back of the school. We put down some mulch on yucky parts of the trail and did a lot of trimming along the sides to get rid of the thorny crap and anything sticking into the trail. It was kind of nice because there was a massive track meet today and when a few guys from another school came down to warm up on the trails, I overheard them say something about how nice the trails looked.

Which is nice, considering that out of the 40-someodd people in NHS, only 3 bothered to show up to help me out. Luckily we got everything done so we did have some downtime, in which we ate the 2 dozen donuts that the Conservation Commission people gave us (there were more of them than us), found a killer bittersweet vine that was so thick and stuck in the tree that we used it as a rope swing, and made vuvuzelas. One of the guys wanted to see if the stem of a Japanese knotweed was hollow, so he cut a stalk down and ended up hollowing it out with a stick, and I'm not sure what possessed him to try to blow into it, but it turned into a very obnoxious vuvuzela-type thing. Naturally we made a few more and tried annoying the people there for the baseball game, lacrosse game and massive track meet.

Also, machetes might be somewhat efficient for clearing brush, but they're kinda scary. Just saying.

Friday, April 29, 2011

blah

Won 17-5 today. Might've busted a hip flexor yesterday baserunning during practice. Sore. 'Tis all.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

wussies.

The horrible storm system that has thus far killed over 250 in the South decided to ride up the coast, so we got hit with a ton of rain. Luckily we didn't get any tornadoes, and it didn't really start raining 'til this afternoon. Pretty much every other sport got cancelled except for us 'cause it still wasn't really doing anything, so we went out there and practiced in the overcast... and mist... and sprinkles... and rain... and downpours... and thunder and lightning... then obviously we had to stop 'cause we're legally not allowed to be practicing outside if it's lightninging.

I'll be honest, in the last minutes of practice when we were all huddled together in the equipment shed and then running out to the cars, that was freaking scary. Rain is nice, thunder is cool and whatnot but not when you're right in the middle of it.

Before the barrage of precipitant scariness, I got to run some on the bases, which I haven't done since the season started, and it actually felt really good. Sure, my left hip flexor isn't appreciating it now, but it was fun while it lasted. (No sliding though, I was wearing my jeans.)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

strange...

For those of you who noticed, I did actually write yesterday, but somehow it saved as a draft instead of an actual post so it didn't get posted 'til now. But seriously, I wrote it yesterday.

Just a quick post. We had a game a hour away today (we finally won, 9-0), and I had to do calc and I was doing my English essay and then I gave up.

And the Travel Channel is doing a special on the Six Flags in New Jersey so I'm listening and noting the rides I've been on.

'Tis all.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

things to do

I don't usually do a whole lot during practice, so whenever my coach gives me a typed-up list, I get a little worried as to how much I have to do. Today's list involved taking attendance, taking down numbers and sizes of the leftover varsity uniforms, tidying up the shed and talking to various people about handing stuff in. I did that real quick, served as a catcher during outfield drills, played messenger between varsity and JV, braided my hair and spent the rest of the time reading 1984. So I still didn't really do a whole lot. I'll be needed more tomorrow since we have a game and obviously I have to do the book.

Monday, April 25, 2011

psychic itunes

I'm not sure if this is cool or just plain annoying, but when I'm listening to my iPod or iTunes on my computer and I'm in a bad mood, the music will either match my mood exactly or start playing sickeningly happy music, almost like it's trying to make me feel better. Unfortunately, lately it's been playing songs that remind me of how alone I'm going to be in college and I've kinda been depressed about that so the fact that my iPod is constantly reminding me of that fact isn't all that appreciated.

Plus we got creamed again today, 19-9. It sucks, 'cause we were winning 5-4 at one point. Eight errors will change a game real fast, that's for sure. 15 hits against us sure didn't help either. At least we got our bats going too...

Sunday, April 24, 2011

all the wrong reasons

Sorry, the Nickleback reference was unintentional. Besides, I'm apparently one of few people that doesn't mind them.

Anyway. It's Easter, but instead of celebrating Christian zombification, I'm celebrating the peanut butter eggs and Starburst jelly beans. I love being an equal-opportunity heathen. It tastes so good :)

Saturday, April 23, 2011

tour guide mandachan: ithaca

Or if you're into the Odyssey, feel free to spell it with a K instead. But I went to the New York one, not the Greece one.

Which means a 6-hour ride there and a 6-hour ride back. Now that we've done it twice, it's really not that difficult to get to, just long and in the middle of freaking nowhere. But while you're there, it's neat. What I liked about the campus is that even though you're in the middle of nowhere, you can see downtown and surrounding towns from it so it doesn't feel like you're in the middle of nowhere. Walking around kinda sucks, though, 'cause the city's one big ginormous hill. Thank goodness for the TCAT buses.

The general tour didn't really tell me anything I didn't already know from before, but it was nice to go through and look at everything again. Plus I found out that the new athletic center they're finishing in June will have indoor batting cages, which is awesome. And they have a waffle station in their dining hall (well, one of them at least), which must be an Ithaca thing since our hotel had a make-your-own-waffle thing as part of our continental breakfast, and there was a place in their pedestrian mall that made pretty much everything with waffles. But hey, it's waffles, so who's complaining?

Honestly, I'll probably just spend most of my time either walking around (working off that freshman 15) the city or on campus, since I'll have so much to do in terms of clubs and whatnot, plus that obligatory academic stuff... :)

Friday, April 22, 2011

a closer look

When I visited Ithaca back in junior year, we didn't really see any of the town, so when we went up this time, we poked around downtown. There are a lot of really cool stores, including a waffle place. And there's also a lot of (ahem) smoke shops. Didn't really see that one coming.

Off to a campus tour tomorrow, mostly to revisit the dorm rooms (get an idea of what/how much I can/need to bring) and the school of communications since I never actually visited it.

Hopefully I can actually find the bookstore this time...

Thursday, April 21, 2011

looking for an off-switch

Have you ever had one of those times where you're trying to sleep or concentrate but your brain keeps going off on random tangents or otherwise won't let you do what you're s'posed to be doing? If not, consider yourself lucky. I spent at least an hour last night lying awake in bed because I had several songs stuck in my head, plus I was thinking about graduation and college and a slew of other stuff. An off-switch, or even just a mute button, would've been so nice.

I know, stressing about all of this isn't going to make it any better. But now that my friends know I'm capable of buying halfway-decent presents, I'm now obligated to get something really cool for their graduation parties 'cause otherwise it'll look like a cop-out. And the college stressing was me realizing that all my friends are going to carry on without me (since I'll be the furthest away) and the only person I'll know within the county doesn't like me to begin with.

And with that, let's go and finish my calc. Yay.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

what they should be doing

Among other opinions I have on athletics, the salary cap is one of the larger ones that I support. Seriously, do people really need millions of dollars a year to throw a ball or swing a stick or even purposely injure each other? Considering I will be one of many spending what will essentially be the rest of my life paying for college, I don't think it's fair, and when I see what these people do with their money and time, it's just bad.

I know a lot of athletes have foundations or whatever that they support, which is obviously a good thing. Having wasted quite a bit of time on Facebook today while trying to procrastinate doing my English essay, I came across a link that the Royals' official page posted about a charity that Alex spokespersons for (because that is totally a word now). It's called Alex's Lemonade Stand, not named after him but a young girl diagnosed with cancer that started a little lemonade stand in her yard to help raise money for cancer research back in 2000. The charity now has chapters/branches/whatever you want to call them across the country, so Alex does events for the Kansas City bit.

People always ask me why I like Alex. He's not exactly a household name (especially not in New England), and he's not a spectacular player earning bajillions of dollars a year. To me, he's an inspiration for not giving up when the going gets rough, and he's a perfect example of what athletes should be doing with their time and money.

photo from Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

not feeling well

Not sure what it is, if I ate too much for lunch, but my stomach is hurting up a storm and I'm really tired and I want to go to bed. Ugh.

Monday, April 18, 2011

savoring the silence

Aside from the bird and car noises outside, the hum of my laptop and fridge and obviously the clicking of my keyboard.

Seriously, I am relishing in the soothing sounds of nothing. A four-day trip that involved 16+ hours on a coach bus, DC and Six Flags will get to your head eventually. I don't really consider myself claustrophobic or particularly sensitive to sounds, but I have certain requests for volume and space and not having those kinda drove me crazy by the end of yesterday. Hence why I'm going to college in the middle of nowhere.

I actually forgot to bring my DLGM notebook with me, so I didn't document it anywhere other than with my pissing and moaning. I'll just do a small pro/con recap of each day.

Thursday:
Pros:
  • not having to go to school
  • taking the scenic route through a very nice part of coastal western Connecticut because the highway was backed up
  • driving through the part of New Jersey I've never been through, plus Delaware and Maryland
  • eating at Popeye's for lunch and not having my food eaten by someone else (I ordered the spicy chicken strips and no one touched them. It was great.)
Cons:
  • being stuck on a bus for 8 hours
  • having to watch movies on the way down and therefore not being able to read (I have two books to finish by the end of break, and I was planning to finish them on the drive, but it's kinda hard to read when you have Lion King 1½The Little Mermaid and The DaVinci Code on full blast)
  • the bus AC not working on the hottest day of our trip
  • not getting very good sleep since we had to share beds, I gradually got shoved into a tiny corner of and off mine and sleeping on the floor kinda sucks.

Friday:
Pros:
  • taking the scenic route through parts of DC and Bethesda since the highway was again backed up
  • not getting laughed off the stage at the music adjudication
  • listening to the other groups (which were a lot better than us...)
  • the game show dinner. Food was good, and even though the show seemed kinda lame at the beginning, it got really silly and people had to do a lot of embarrassing things
Cons:
  • ...we had to play 5th grader music for the adjudication...
  • the dance after the game show, not good music
  • having to lug all the percussion stuff all over the place
  • not having time to read

Saturday:
Pros:
  • having a very interesting conversation with one of my friends about religion
  • not getting laughed off the stage at the adjudication award ceremony (we scored in the 70-80 range out of 100, so it wasn't completely horrible)
  • visiting the Natural History Museum in the Mall, because I'm a geek
  • the wicked cool thunder and lightning storm, the bolts were really vivid in some of the flashes
Cons:
  • driving through said thunder and lightning storm. It had been raining pretty much all day, and there was a good inch of water on the highway.
  • getting the reject shower in our hotel room, where the shower knob had to be taped over 'cause the metal was broken and sharp and the hot water wouldn't turn off all the way
  • watching one of the other schools in the adjudication win every stinkin' award but one
  • still not being able to read much

Sunday:
Pros:
  • finally being able to go home. I think that if I had been gone one more day, I would've gone ballistic.
  • not watching a movie on part of the bus ride so I could actually read
  • remembering I still had an entire sleeve of Ritz crackers and a giant can of Arizona sweet tea in my backpack
  • going to Six Flags and going on a bunch of roller coasters I had never been on. Kingda Ka was freaking crazy, and it was a lot of fun.
Cons:
  • the fact that Kingda Ka only lasted about 30 seconds, and that I wasn't anticipating the acceleration (which actually made me scream more than the gigantic ride down)
  • having a group of people that would constantly disagree on what to go on. I seriously contemplated breaking the group rule, running away and going on rides by myself.
  • losing the remaining 65 bucks I had somewhere in the park. Hence why I was happy I still had those Ritz crackers.
  • everyone being sleep-deprived and snapping at each other about petty things ranging from whether or not we were watching a movie to when to call our parents. I was just as guilty as the next person, but everyone else thought it was ok for each of them to be bitchy but not anyone else.

...Ok, maybe "small" was a misnomer, I apologize. But hey, it got me out of doing my calc homework... and essay on Macbeth... and having to read a hellaciously boring Thomas Hardy novel...

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

taking a break

I'm leaving for our annual music department trip tomorrow, won't be back 'til late Sunday and I don't think they have free wi-fi at the hotel (which is sad), so I'm leaving my laptop home and taking a break from blogging 'til then. Not like I would've really had much to talk about anyway.

So yeah. I'll try to keep up with Divided Loyalty Goes Mobile while I'm gone, and maybe I'll actually post it this time. Someone keep an eye on the Royals for me, since the Sox aren't doing that well, and I'll be back on Monday (Sunday if you're lucky).

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

too much to do, too little time

School, practice (which, today, involved doing stats and organizing equipment stuff), my sister's munchkin softball practice, library for 20 minutes, town meeting, English homework, calc homework, band homework.

And absolutely nothing to blog about. Sorry.

Monday, April 11, 2011

incomprehensible

The game today was just embarrassing so instead I'm going to do a mini rant on France's burqa ban. I don't understand how this can be at all constitutional. I know that not everyone has the "yay equality" free speech and religion rules, but I would imagine that a country like France would be advanced enough to not let something like that happen. It's not like there's a wide distribution of headscarves and full face veils among world religions, so it's obviously an anti-Muslim stab, and that's racial...religious... profiling.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

i need a break

As much as I really don't want to be quoting Katy Perry lyrics, I have to. I'm stuck on a roller coaster and I can't get off this ride. I'm not sure how much more of anything I can take. I feel a snapping coming on, and I'd really like to avoid it at all costs.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

a little rough

15-8, but a win is a win. Especially considering we were down 5-3 and then the offensive barrage of epic awesomeness occurred around the 5th inning or so. Gray jerseys, here we come :)

And I got my "thanks for enrolling" letter from Ithaca, but I think I'm more excited about the sticker I got to put on my car...

Friday, April 8, 2011

bribery

We're not allowed to wear our new gray jerseys (which look nicer than our new blue ones) until we get a win. I think everyone is going to try extra hard to win tomorrow just so we can wear the gray jerseys. Besides, this is a small-division school, we can beat them.

Ugh. Bright and early tomorrow. Game at 11, so bus at 8:30, there at 8:15, leave the house at 8, which means I have to get up at 7 to have time to take a shower :P

And the Sox finally won. 1 and 6. Come on guys. That's just sad.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

being a fan

People like to pick on me for being a Royals fan as well as a Sox fan. Yeah, usually the Royals kinda suck. But them Royals are looking pretty good right now, aren't they? So back off.

First game today. It didn't rain, surprisingly enough, but it rained this morning so we can say it rained today for this team. As expected, varsity got creamed (13-0, very easy to score since there were 19 Ks), and JV won though I don't know what the score was since I wasn't doing the book.

I was going to try to get the game on video and then edit them all onto a DVD for the end of the year, but I didn't have enough room on my memory card so now I can't do that, but I think doing a full stats package is enough of a present for the coaches, plus whatever we get for coaches' gifts.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

dearblankpleaseblank

A few I came up with today.

Dear Mother Nature,
Please make the weather go half and half tomorrow, i.e. sunny for the start of our game and instadownpour during it. I don't want indoor practice or numb hands, but I also don't want the freshmen to think I'm crazy for saying it always rains when we play this team if it doesn't.

Dear whoever attacked that Giants fan at the Dodgers season opener last week,
Seriously, what the hell? The guy is in a coma with serious brain damage because you can't handle someone else liking the other team. I hope you get hit by a bus, revived and thrown in jail.

Dear Gadhafi,
That's cute and all that now you're worried about stuff and asked Obama to stop the air strikes, but do Libya, the UN and the world a favor and step down. If you cared that much about the wellbeing of your country and its citizens, you wouldn't be a dictator.

and finally,

Dear proponents of cheer and dance teams,
Sorry, but no matter how much athleticism it requires, anything that involves short skirts and makeup is still not a sport.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

cows

We're remarkable cows.
And wherever we go,
it's a fabulous show.
Oh, you know we are cows.
That's right, we're cows.
Such remarkable cows.
We can sing very low.
We can dance in a row.
We are lovely and slow, oh, oh--
Yes, you know we are cows.

(Sorry, I couldn't help chipping in with "Cows" from Philadelphia Chickens.)

So yeah. Cows. I was poking around on the news and there's this girl in Germany who, when told by her parents that she couldn't have a horse, trained her cow and now rides it like the horse she couldn't have. I think it's a pretty neat idea, but then again, I like cows, so of course I like the idea of having a rideable cow. Think about it, it's a pet, transportation, a ride-on lawnmower and dairy stand all in one.

I think it was being in Ag that steered me towards cattle. And I just made a really bad unintentional cow joke right there. Go me. Anyway. I remember having to go online and research cattle breeds for a little report, and I found this site, which was the source of all my time-wasting for a while because there is so much stuff on there. I had a minor... er, major obsession with dogs for a while, and I loved knowing all the breeds and what they were bred for and whatnot. Naturally, I had way too much fun on this site looking at different breeds of cattle and other livestock for very much the same reason.

(photo from Bing Image Search)
And besides, how can you not love that face?

Monday, April 4, 2011

frustration

Pretty much my existence in calc from now until May 4th, when it's all over.

Luckily some shenanigans during practice today made the afternoon better. Varsity ended up baserunning for JV while JV practiced situational stuff (usually it's the other way around), and there were some monumentally bad slides. And apparently it wasn't common knowledge that the JV right field fence is just a little short, because one of our freshmen on varsity was going after a fly ball deep in right and completely ran into the fence, bounced off and everything. The play was finished, but everyone was practically dying from laughing, even the right fielder, who was lying on the grass with her hands over her face.

All in all, it was a little rough but fun.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

mindscrew

A slightly kinder way to describe Sucker Punch than what the EGE came up with...

We went to go see it today as part of our two-year anniversary () after a lovely sushi and tempura lunch. I was a little skeptical about it, since the reviews were a little rough, but I decided that it would either be really good or so bad that it's good, so I didn't have anything to lose. Overall, I liked it, but it was a little hard at times to figure out what was reality and what wasn't, which is why it really messed with your mind. There was a really powerful quote at the end, but unfortunately I don't remember it verbatim and it isn't on Wikiquote, so you'll have to go see it yourself to find out.

And the Sox are kinda sucking right now (got swept by the Rangers), but Alex was 4 for 6 in the Royals' 12-9, 13-inning routing of the Angels' pitchers (Scott Kazmir only lasted an inning and two-thirds).

Saturday, April 2, 2011

lies

And slander!

(I don't know, it's something my friends say a lot.)

Anyway. Alex isn't actually doing all that well, and his hit yesterday (the only one so far) was actually a double, not a single.

Speaking of scoring, I spent the entire afternoon doing the book. It was nice to get back into doing the book, except when I missed something 'cause people were talking to me or whatever. Plus it went from really nice (i.e. sunny and no wind) to really not nice (i.e. cloudy and windy and cold) several times, staying more so on the not-nice side for the majority of the time. We lost 2 of the 3 scrimmages but overall it wasn't that bad, especially considering those losses were to two state-champ teams and we won the 3rd 10-4 or so.

Now, what to do for dinner...

Friday, April 1, 2011

fail.

Opening Day for the Sox against the Rangers and they lose 9-5. Fail. Ellsbury went 2 for 4 with a double and a stolen base, Salty had an 0-fer.

Royals are playing the Angels right now, Dan Haren is pitching. His mug shot is kinda ugly. And Alex is batting 3rd (got a single first at-bat), so he must've done well offensively in Spring Training. Maybe this is the year.

Four-team scrimmage tomorrow. Fun. I'll be gone all day, so I should probably go to bed soon...