One Sweet World

Not so important posts about a married couple living in Baltimore.

Location: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Victory at last

Last night I went 3 for 3 at the bat and finally got one, good solid hit that made me feel real good. We won at the end of the 5th inning by the 10 run rule! It's so fun to really kick the crap out of another team. Tonight I'm playing for another team who is short girls for tonight. Should be fun!

I also got a chance to watch Monster last night for the first time. This was really a powerful movie and I almost wanted to stop watching it but knew I had to finish. No happy endings on this one.

Monday, July 25, 2005

Now that was fun!

So, I'm back today from my vacation to Holland, Michigan with the family. Good times were had, lots of food eaten, lots of booze drunk. Got a nice tan and a little sunburn and a whole lot of mosquito bites! I was the only one inflicted with a ton of bites all over my feet, legs and arms. I'm still itching today! Grrr.....

Overall, had a good time being with the family and getting to spend more time with my nephews and my grandma, who, at 89 years old, may not be with us much longer. I have to say the highlight of the trip was body surfing in the 6 foot swells on Lake Michigan on Monday morning. Great fun without that salty sea water!

Of course there was lots of reading done over the week. I finished three books. "High Fidelity" by Nick Hornby (novel), "A Death in Vienna" by Daniel Silva (spy thriller) and "Ciao America!" by Beppe Severgnini (memoir of an Italian in Washington DC). All great books, all very different styles/genres. I plan on reading the latest Harry Potter soon, but I should probably re-read book 5 before I do that. But, I'm also reading "I'm Not the New Me" by Wendy McClure. This last book was recommended and borrowed from Jacinta...thanks!

Friday, July 15, 2005

I passed!

Woohoo! I passed my drug test so I can no officially begin working full time on the 29th. I still have to sit through a ton of orientation but more pay and health benefits are what I'm looking forward to!

Anyway, I'm 90% packed and ready to go for tonight's flight to Chicago. I've never flown a red eye before so this should be interesting. As long as I get some poor boy's for lunch, I'll be good to go! I'm thinking a sub or a gyros...Can't decide yet. We'll see how I feel tomorrow.

Over my week's vacation I plan on reading "High Fidelity," a new book by Daniel Silva (spy novels!) and whatever I happen to pick up from the flea market. This should be a great week of relaxation and sun burns!

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Lots to talk about!

I have a few things to mention here today. I'll start off with my quick book review of "Barrel Fever" by David Sedaris. This is a collection of short stories and essays. I must say, this is the first collection of stories I've read since high school! I'm not really into reading this kind of work but I was not disappointed! David Sedaris writes a great story, particularly "Seasons Greetings" and "Santaland Diaries." Both are great stories about the holidays that are guaranteed to get you smiling. I enjoyed this book and read through it fairly quickly. I plan on reading more of his books in the future.

Next up: "High Fidelity" by Nick Hornby.

Item 2: Softball game last night....we won! Not because I helped any! I went 0 for 5 at the plate and didn't get a chance to field any balls in Left Center. So useless! Every time, I hit it to the short stop in one way or another. Granted, I did get 1 RBI and managed to get on base once due to a fielder's choice, but that doesn't count. Very disappointing.

Item 3: I HAVE CABLE TV! After a 3 year hiatus from cable, I now enjoy the likes of 70+ channels in my very own home, and for free! You're probably wondering how I'm getting free cable. Well, when I moved into my apartment they said we got free basic cable. I found a cable channel guide and only 10 extra channels were included so I wasn't upset when the cable jack in my apartment didn't work. Yesterday I resigned my lease for another year and asked about the cable thing. Apparently, there are 2 cable jacks in my apartment. The one that works is hidden behind the curtain and I never noticed it, not for an entire year! So, last night I plugged in the cable cord and viola! Cable TV! Needless to say, I'm a huge dork for not having asked about this earlier. But now I can watch cable TV from the comforts of my own home! I love it!

Vacation countdown: 3 more days!

Monday, July 11, 2005

"Everything is Illuminated"

This weekend brought the finishing of "Everything is Illuminated" by Jonathan Safran Foer. This book was sort of advertised as a book about the Holocaust, but it's really not. Sure, it's mentioned near the end, but it is not the main tenant of the book. It's a story of a man who is searching for the woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazis. The book quickly moves to include two other story lines. One, the book the man (Jonathan, also the name of the author) is about his family's history in the Ukraine and second, the letters of the translator used in the Ukraine to describe Jonathan's visit there. This book was pretty interesting and followed a rather non-traditional path, which was a nice change of pace from the "usual" novel. This book is rumored to become a movie and I'd be interested to see who they would pull that off!

Up next: Recommendation from Jacinta (again, she has a great library!) "Barrell Fever" by David Sedaris.

Vacation Update: 5 more days till lift off!

Friday, July 08, 2005

Heather at the bat

I've been playing softball for my company for a few weeks now. This week I got the chance to play for Kevin's all-male softball team because they were hurtin' for some players. So, Lani and I got to play a little ball with the boys on Tuesday. We lost the game, badly, but I went 2-3 at the plate (awesome!). However, after rounding first on my second hit, I was headed back to the base and got a nice tap on the ass by the first baseman! Wait a minute...did that guy just smack your ass? Why yes, he did. The nasty, 50+ first baseman touched my ass. Not cool. Good thing Kevin didn't see it!

I had my co-ed team's game last night and did terrible at the plate, 1-4. We got killed but managed to scrounge up 5 runs in the last inning before they called the game. That sucks. I really need to get my shit together because my skills are gone!

Vacation update: 8 more days till vacation!

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Happy Birthday!

Ok, my birthday isn't until the 21st but since i'm going to be out of town Kevin wanted to give my present to me this week (he's out of town next week). So, I got an awesome haircut at 77, a salon in the Pearl District that Kevin goes to. Afterwards, we went out for sushi at Yuki on NW 23rd. Kevin surprised me by having some friends join us for dinner. I thought it was just going to be the two of us, but the more the merrier! Had after dinner drinks and was home by 10:30p.m. I would say that's a pretty good birthday! Thank you Kevin!

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

11 days till vacation!

I'm leaving Friday, July 15th and taking a red eye flight from Portland to Chicago via Seattle. The family is caravaning to Holland, Michigan for a week's worth of rest and relaxation (and booze and lots of food!). We're staying at Rosewood Pointe in the Kiwi House. We've stayed at this site on 2 previous occasions but always stayed in the Lakeview Cottage. This year the crowd is much bigger! I'm definitely looking forward to going and will give more details after the trip!

Weekend plans?

Well, I started off this holiday weekend with having absolutely no plans. It turned out to be quite the busy weekend. Friday night Kevin, Selman and I went to the Mission Theater to see Sin City. This was my first time to the Mission. This is one of those old movie houses that they have converted into a brew n' view of sorts. You have to be 21 to get in but you can drink beer during the movie while eating a cheeseburger or nachos or chicken sandwich, whatever you like. Plus, it's only $3 to get in! Granted, they run older movies, but who cares? I hadn't seen Sin City yet and thought the movie was great! I am not familiar with the comics or the story but enjoyed the movie's plot and visualization of the comic characters.

Saturday Kevin and I went shopping downtown and ended up buying only one shirt each. Kinda disappointing shopping day, but it was nice outside and the exercise was good. In the evening we went to Eric and Jacinta's for a nice grilled steak and corn on the cob.

Sunday we met up with Peter, Susan and little Abby for breakfast and a walk along the Esplanade in downtown. Weather is finally cooperating and it's starting to feel a bit like summer. Went out to dinner at Henry's Tavern with Selman and Jacinta and Eric. Good food and they actually had cheese fries! Fufu cheese fries, but cheese fries nonetheless.

I did laundry on the 4th of July...great way to spend the holiday. Kevin and I did go to a bar-b-que in the evening for beer and burgers. Didn't watch any fireworks due to the fact that we both had to wake up early to get to work today. one should have to work the day after a holiday!