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4/30/07
I survived my first double shift since going back to work, with the usual yawning through the overnight part. Noticed that on the outdoor patio where the residents hang out, in the early morning hours, there's a robin that flies around one of the trees there. Well, it flies around the tree, and then takes a nose-dive into one of the big glass windows. And the bird does this over and over. One of the other nurses asked if I thought the resident inside the windowed room was annoyed by it, and I said I hoped he was more amused, because the bird was just... stupid. I was amused.

4/28/07
I'd rather the game had been rained out, instead of the drawn-out embarrassment we witnessed last night. The Red Sox just pounded us into the ground. Andy Pettitte looked uncomfortable on the mound and the bullpen got overworked as usual. And Mariano! His ERA is 12.15! It's unbelievable. I think there are going to be some major changes on the team or in the management come Monday. It's frustrating. I can't believe we're in last place (ahead of only the Royals and Nationals in win/loss percentage).

In better news, I got to see Missy and Oliver and James. And we had about seven fans arrested near us for disorderly conduct (at different times during the game, not all at once). Your tax dollars at work.

Rudy Giuliani came out against civil unions after New Hampshire passed a law allowing them. I hate to use a cliche, but a lot of my friends are gay (good lord, look at Marie's Crisis). I especially liked that he said, "marriage is between one man and one woman," or words to that effect. This from someone who married his mistress. I still do like Rudy as a candidate tho, in the grand scheme of things.

4/27/07
Oh look, rain.

4/26/07
Working overtime today.

Thank god for W.B. Mason's Yankees Encore, which reruns all of the Yankees games later that night and then the next morning. Because besides being able to watch the games when I get home from work, I really really want to see Phil Hughes pitch tonight. Very excited, and I hope he doesn't get overpowered and knocked out in the second inning or something.

Tomorrow is Andy Pettitte vs. Daisuke Matsuzaka. Should be a great game.

Since I'm anti-Barry Bonds on the steroids thing (and anti-Jason Giambi for the same reason, lest you think it's favoritism), I was happy to see that MLB has credited Hank Aaron with 50 "lost" home runs. Love the Onion.

4/25/07
I survived my first two days back at work. And discovered that I really missed it - it's good to be back. Everyone on the staff said I need to come in wearing something tighter than scrubs to show off. I had to keep saying, "No, honestly, I had surgery!" because it's hard to tell in the baggy scrubs.

later on 4/22/07
I pre-ordered Dreamgirls on DVD to take my mind off the Boston sweep of the Yankees. Go pre-order it yourself, you won't regret it. It will take your mind off the four home runs in a row. Go on.

4/22/07
The trip to Boston was quick and a lot of fun, even if the Yankees lost, 7-5, yesterday. It's four and a half hours to get there, and this weekend was perfect driving weather. We made it there and checked into the hotel in Waltham, about ten minutes from downtown. Big thumbs up to the Doubletree there, which is very swanky for somewhere in the middle of nowhere. And they give you cookies when you check in.

Fenway is delightful - a real classic (and by "classic" I mean "old") ballpark. I loved it. The seats are wooden and uncomfortable, the corridors under the grandstand are cramped and damp, and the hot dogs aren't served in buns, but rather in white bread. It's terrific. And small. Smaller than it looks on TV. We were in the grandstand (lower level), just to the first base side of home plate, about 25 rows back, and those seats were better than anywhere I've ever sat at the Stadium. If I lived there, I'd go all the time. Well, possibly - the fans are... vocal. At least they're just verbally abusive and not physically abusive, like here. It was more amusing than anything else to walk into enemy territory.

Before the game, since we got there right as the park opened, we went right down to the edge of the field to watch batting practice - as close as you are in Spring Training. That was a lot of fun. All of the players were there (even Moose and Carl Pavano), as well as Brian Cashman, Peter Gammons, all the coaches etc. The best part, tho, was that John Sterling (our radio announcer) was down on the field to tape his pre-game interview, and we got his autograph.

Anyway, great time, loved the park, can't wait to go back next month and spend more than an overnight in Boston.

Tomorrow - first day back to work.

4/20/07
I know I've said this a few times already, but I think we're done with the winter weather. It's 60 and sunny out today. The porch furniture has been untied from the railings.

4/19/07
Knock if off, A-Rod, I'm starting to have respect for you.

Finished watching all the DVD's of The Prisoner. It makes as much sense today as it probably did when it came out. Which doesn't make it any the less enjoyable.

4/18/07
I've seen so much bad theatre lately that it seems odd to write this, but run, don't walk, to see Coram Boy. While it has some of the most disturbing scenes I've ever seen onstage, it's one of the most brilliant plays I've ever seen. And I don't say that lightly. It was wonderfully acted, had me in tears and on the edge of my seat, and oh, I'm just highly recommending it. Go see it. And then marvel that it's based on a children's book. Which I must go buy.

I can't even begin to write what it was about - and since writing reviews isn't really my thing other than "go see it" or "don't bother" - here's the synopsis I found online:

Coram Boy tells the tale of two orphans at the Coram Hospital for Deserted Children: Toby, saved from an African slave ship and Aaron, the abandoned son of the heir to a great estate. A story of fathers and sons, set in the dark heart of 18th-century England, Coram Boy is filled with danger and excitement.

Horrible synopsis, doesn't mention the music, the choir, the darkness and the downright evil in some of the characters. But still, go see it. I want to see it again.

Funniest thing, tho, when we were at Curtains last week, the (annoying) women behind us were discussing the current theatre season, and one of them said, "Oh yes, you must go see Coram Boy, it's one of those plays that was written a long time ago, so all the parts are played by women." Honestly. I wanted to kick her, but, as I said, she was behind me, so it would have been difficult.

Oh, unrelated - still misty and damp, not windy, should be in the upper 50's and low 60's this weekend. Not perfect roadtrip weather, but a big improvement!

4/17/07
I'm doubly glad that the Yankees beat the Indians (10-3) tonight. First, because the rookie pitcher Chase Wright (up from Trenton!) won his first major league game, and second because Boston lost.

Mom and I are off to Boston on Saturday for an impromptu "watch the Yankees kick the Red Sox butt" trip. Many thanks to StubHub. I just don't know whether to wear my "Evil Empire" shirt or my "Boston Still Sucks" one. Probably both, and a sweater and my winter coat, come to think of it.

It'll be a nice (quick) roadtrip to end my month off from work. Besides, how many people can say they saw the greatest rivals in baseball history (even including the Yankees/Dodgers and Cubs/Cardinals) at Fenway one week and at the Stadium the following week? Well, probably more than seems sane, but I'll be able to put myself on that list, since my next game at the Stadium is the 27th (with James, Missy and Oliver).

4/16/07
And thus starts my last week off from work. Still raining out, and it's supposed to stay this week til Thursday. At least the winds have died down.

Best wishes to Jay, who's harrassing the nurses at hospital in Atlanta, where he ended up with a broken wrist after a bike accident. Jay, it's time to get your driver's license. And get well soon.

later on 4/15/07
Mike Mussina on the disabled list? Surprised.

Carl Pavano on the disabled list? Not surprised.

Today's Jackie Robinson Day across the major leagues. I watched the Dodgers/Padres game tonight, and during the game (since the Dodgers were Jackie's team), they interviewed his widow, Rachel, Hank Aaron, Dave Winfield, Frank Robinson et al. The quality of the interviews more than made up for Joe Morgan and Jon Miller.

Wrapping up my crash course in things I'll never know much about, I finished reading Failure is Not an Option, by Gene Kranz, who was a flight director at NASA during the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions. Astute viewers will remember Ed Harris playing him in Apollo 13. Absolutely fascinating book about NASA from the very beginning of the manned space program, and I'm amazed that people mostly my age managed to get into space, with what seems like duct tape and toothpicks. I highly recommend the book.

4/15/07
I love my team, but they simply must stop with these extra inning games on the west coast. Last night was a 13-inning affair, that at least had a happy ending when Giambi hit a home run to give us the lead in the top of the 13th. I kept saying to myself, "I'll go take a bath when the game is over," but it just seemed to never end.

The plan was to go to the Paper Mill with Michael for what could be their last opening night (they're having funding woes). But the expected nor'easter arrived in the middle of the night, and it's still pouring out. Window-rattling, roof-tingling rain. The news said not to go out if you don't have to, so I'm going to stay in and wait for the inevitable power failure.

For some weird reason, unbeknownst to me, we get TBS on our cable service. Or at least we do today - I've never noticed it before. Braves baseball, yum. Maybe Tanyon Sturtze will be off the DL soon, then, and I can see him pitch.

4/14/07
Of course, the first exciting extra-innings Yankees game would have to be the one that started at 10pm EST, owing to their being in Oakland. And of course, they made it worth the wait for us east coast fans by losing it in the 11th.

Cheerier news time, off to Tesse's to watch Slings and Arrows.

4/13/07
Saw Curtains last night, which was entertaining but not overly spectacular. It was good to hear the last new Kander and Ebb score we'll probably hear, and great to see something "original" - that is, not based on another book, movie or opera - but overall, it doesn't go down as the most memorable show ever. David Hyde Pierce was good, but he doesn't hold a candle to Raul Esparza in Company, so dont worry, Raul, your Tony award is safe.

Our governor was in a car accident on the parkway last night - first they said he didn't have any serious injuries, but yet had to be Medi-vac'd out to Cooper Hospital in Camden. Then later last night they reported he had a multitude of broken bones and injuries. He wasn't wearing his seat belt, reportedly. Let that be a lesson. Wear your seat belt.

later on 4/11/07
So the Yankees, Mets and Red Sox (vs. Mariners, Dice-K vs. Ichiro) games were all on at the same time. No, I do not have that thing where you can watch six games in little boxes on the same screen, so there was a lot of flipping back and forth.

Matsuzaka was good, but Felix Hernandez on the Mariners threw a one-hit complete game shutout. And the kid just turned 21. The Mets? Well, they'll win tomorrow, I'm sure. And Moose? Not the hamstring! Anything but the DL! Yankees starting pitching, never a strong point these last few years, but an injury to Mussina is the last thing we need. He said he "feels fine," and will travel west with the team before they decide about the DL. Ack.

I read this book about scorekeeping, which was interesting with all the criteria on what's an error, what's an earned run, what's a save etc. I would never make it as an "official scorer" - I get all tied up on the earned vs. unearned run thing. Plus you have to actually pay attention all the time, and you aren't supposed to root for any specific team.

Supposed to rain (ok) or snow (not ok) tomorrow. Come on, it's APRIL. Enough with the snow. Especially since the snow shovels are all put away already.

4/11/07
Geico sent me a bill - and a note that you can now pay online - but when I went to their website, it says my payment isn't due until May 11th. I'll hold off on paying it until I'm getting paychecks again (which should be before May 11th).

I stopped by work to drop off the check for my health insurance while I'm on the LOA. And to show off my new curvy figure, of course. All of my scrubs still fit, too, so I'm just going to pick up some new tops like one that I already have, that ties in the back, because I just like the style. Unfortunately, the one that I have doesn't have the size tag in it, so I'll have to go to Life Uniform and try them on to see if it was a small or medium.

4/10/07
The driveway looks so empty without the Tank there! The guy who towed it couldn't believe that it had been sitting there for five years. I told him, I didn't have the time or the money to get it running. Eh, what can you do.

A-rod with the home runs. Steroids? Or just good luck?

I took a drive today back down to the stores in Marlton - the strapless dress that I bought - while gorgeous - just wasn't the right fit, I couldn't get the side zipper all the way up. I tried on the next size up, but it was too big all over, so I ended up just taking the refund. I'll have to find a new coming out dress.

4/9/07
Another thing done off the to-do list. The Tank is no longer in the backyard.

Every time we drive down Texas Road, there are a handful of auto towing and wrecking places, so last week, I wrote down their phone numbers. Today, I called one, and they sent a tow truck to pick up the Tank. Of course, I have no idea where the title is, and I never registered it in NJ (tho I did find an insurance card), but they still took it away. Now we have driveway space again.

And more amazing - a Yankees starter going more than 4.2 innings. And it was Carl Pavano. He's probably holed up somewhere warm (like Minnesota), saying, "I told you so."

4/8/07
A chilly day in Philly today. We went down to see the King Tut exhibit at the Franklin Institute. I wish they'd brought over some of the bigger pieces from the Cairo Museum, like the famous mask, but what they did bring was impressive for how well it looks after 3000 years. Like they say, it's not what the dog says, but the fact that it talks at all.

Since we were out of the FI by 2pm, we decided to go over to the historic district and see the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall (the part of our trip we wimped out on when we were there in the snow). The guide at Independence Hall reminded our group that no, there is not a treasure map on the back of the Declaration of Independence. Drat.

And then it was a quick trip home, in time to hear the Yankees lose and the Red Sox win (in separate games, of course). The poor Mariners are in Cleveland, along with three snowed out games - they showed the grounds crew out there with snowblowers, but it turns out that the entire weekend was a bust for them.

How excited am I about the Ocean's Thirteen movie? I just watched the first two the other day after seeing a commercial for it.

4/7/07
A walk-off Grand Slam for A-Rod, in the bottom of the ninth with two outs? It's about time. When he came up with the bases loaded, I cringed.

I was all set to make many pithy comments, and he had to go and do that.

later on 4/6/07
OK, too cold to stay for much of the game, we left in the bottom of the third. And when I called Dad on his cellfone (since we weren't sitting together), he'd left, too. Great minds think alike. When I got home and turned on the TV, it looked like most of the "crowd of 50,074" had left as well.

We drove in early, and since we knew we weren't going to stay for the entire game, we drove right up to the Stadium and parked there. Usually, I don't want to park there because getting out and back to the bridge after a game takes forever, but tonight we did. Not a bad drive up at all, and the stadium is easy to get to from the GW Bridge. It was also really easy to get back to the bridge from the parking garage (which is the one right next to the Stadium). So we went in early, did some shopping (I bought an "Evil Empire" shirt to match Missy's, and which I will proudly wear to Boston), and went inside as soon as the Stadium opened at 5pm. Went to Monument Park and watched some batting practice. It's a good thing all of those things were fun, because the game was a disaster. Moose pitched horribly, and the score was 5-2 Orioles when we left. It ended up being 6-4 Orioles.

And did I mention it was freezing? Even with leggings, jeans, two pairs of socks, boots, long johns top, long sleeve shirt, short sleeve shirt, jacket and winter coat (plus hat, scarf and gloves), my toes and fingers were starting to go numb. Hopefully the next game (Red Sox in three weeks) will be more Spring-like!

4/6/07
It took 90 minutes to drive into the city - I have to remember that when the news says there's a 30 minute delay at the tunnel, they really mean an hour. So I sat in traffic, and the only good thing is I got to hear the Yankees pre-game and first pitch. Met James at Don Giovianni's for dinner (bad service, decent affordable food). When we had been sitting for ten minutes with no sign of a waiter, I flagged down a random employee and asked if we could get a menu. He brought one. One. Enough said.

The JRB concert was fun, if not as exciting as his gigs at Cooper Union and the like. But it was good to hear some of the new things he's working on. Worst part of the night was getting back to the car and hearing A-Rod pop out in the bottom of the 8th with the bases loaded and the Yankees down 7-6 (the score by which they lost an inning later).

So far, everything I've tried on from pre-surgery clothes still fits. And fits much better, I must say! Tonight I'll be so layered up for the stadium you won't be able to tell I have boobs at all, but hey, I'll be warm. It's suppposed to be in the upper 30's again. When I watched the Baseball Tonight highlights of last night's game, they made sure to point out the snow flurries during the game.

4/5/07
My surgeon gave me the OK to drive, as long as I don't take any narcotics before getting behind the wheel. I can live with that, and it means I can drive to the city for the JRB concert instead of taking the train.

So I have to massage massage massage to get the implants more settled, but he said they look great (and they do!), and to come back in a month.

4/4/07
Yankees game cancelled due to rain. The first rainout wasn't supposed to be until Friday, when I have tickets. Because my presence at the stadium seems to attract rain. I wonder if they'll shift the pitching rotation down a spot, which would have Moose pitch on Friday instead of the unimpressive Igawa. Oh, please let it be.

It's supposed to rain all afternoon, time to curl up on the couch with the cats and some hot chocolate.

4/3/07
Maybe Thursday won't be the strapless dress day. I think I need to wait for the implants to settle more before that. Thursday I have an appointment with the surgeon. Not as sexy as it sounds like I just wrote it. But when I looked at bras yesterday, it's obvious that you can tell where the implant is, because, from the side view, it rides higher than my normal curve. So I need to wait until they drop a bit before busting out the cleavage.

Best part of opening day. Well, there are several. Now I can guarantee turning on the TV at night and having a ballgame on somewhere. Yesterday, they ran four games in a row (1pm Yankees/Rays, 4pm Red Sox/Royals, 7pm Orioles/Twins, 10pm Angels/Rangers). I didn't watch them all, no. We went errand-shopping during the Red Sox game. Speaking of - they lost (surprise!), which makes the Yankees a game ahead of them, and tied with the Mets for first place. One game down, 161 to go, let's keep it up.

I signed up for the Orange Savings account at ING Direct. I'm not going to close my savings account at Bank of America tho, I want to keep a few hundred dollars there in case of overdraft (since ING is like Paypal, it takes a few days to transfer funds back to checking, and my current savings account has instant transfers).

4/2/07
Typical Yankees opening day - close game, but the Yankees won it 9-5. Home runs for Jorge and A-Rod, errors for A-Rod and Jeter, and Mo struck out the side in the 9th. Good way to start the season!

later on 4/1/07
Now, I'm not in the least disappointed in the Mets win over the Cardinals (sorry, Peggy), but I'm disappointed in ESPN's coverage of Opening Day for several reasons. One, Joe Morgan and Jon Miller bore me to tears. Give me my biased YES or WCBS-880 (or even SNY) broadcasters anyday. At least they keep me awake. If Jon Miller mispronounced Carlos Beltran's name one more time I was going to throw something at the TV. Next, they had too many sound glitches throughout the game. Third, it's Opening Day. This happens once a year. They kept referencing that they were having two previous Cardinal World Series teams honored, and unveiling the trophy, and unveiling the 2006 World Champions banner, and having the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdale horses run the warning track, but did they show any of it? No, the pre-show was Baseball Tonight, which was 60 minutes of the usual fantasy predictions and previews. They should have shown some of the special things that only happen once instead of the same old, same old.

Other than that, great game.

Yankees home opener tomorrow.

I like this convalescing thing. I can get used to it. But what I said before about only taking the Tylenol? That was a lie. Still in much pain. I'm going to call the surgeon's office in the morning and tell them I don't know what I was thinking when I said, "No, I don't think I need a refill on the pain meds."

4/1/07
From the Earth to the Moon is just amazing. It's more of a mini-series than a documentary, and the entire thing was made with the blessing and assistance of NASA. My favorite "episodes" were about building the LEM and about the scientist who taught the astronauts about geology. Overall, I give the entire thing a big thumbs up. I like how in the making-of featurette, Tom Hanks said that if they ever needed to send someone with absolutely no skills to the moon, he'd be happy to sign up.

Happy official start of Summer - the Mets take on the Cardinals tonight for Opening Day. Yankees/Devil Rays is tomorrow (I still can't believe Carl Pavano is starting). My first game at the stadium is Friday, against the Orioles. Mom and I are taking my regular season ticket seats, and Dad and Ann are taking the new mini-package seats, which are in the same area but closer to the field (tier box vs tier reserved).

I think the social event for the strapless dress might be Thursday's Jason Robert Brown concert. I'll have to see how achy I am. My followup appointment at the surgeon is Thursday morning, and I'll find out when I can drive again, too. I've pretty much stopped taking the narcotic painkillers and am sticking with Extra Strength Tylenol and Benadryl. So if I'm feeling alright on Thursday, after the appointment I'll go to Victoria's Secret and find a strapless bra and try out the new dress. I think the rest of the new bra shopping will wait a few more weeks until things settle. I'm wearing a sports bra 24/7 for now. And next week I can start trying on everything I own, too. I can't do it yet because I'm not supposed to lift my arms above the shoulder, so it would make getting shirts over my head difficult.

"I couldn't be more excited about, and am only slightly grossed out by, this remarkable new product."

-catherine

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