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5/31/06
Short hair = porcupine head in the morning. I forgot.

Roger Clemens re-signed (not resigned) with the Astros. For $22 million for the remainder of the season. Jeez.

I went to see Three Days of Rain tonight - everyone was right, Julia Roberts can't act. Like I needed to be reminded of that. But I've always liked the play. A few years ago, I met a guy in the airport in I think Detroit, on one of those "stay overnight and we'll give you free airfare vouchers" - and he was doing a production of the play in the city. So I went to see that, and have always liked the play. Plus, Richard Greenberg wrote Take Me Out, one of the best plays ever. Ever.

The Yankees/Tigers game was delayed by 90 minutes because of rain in Detroit, so when I got back in the car to come home, the game was still on. Eighth inning tho, since Mussina was pitching a fantastic game. Complete game, near-shutout - just one unearned run with two outs in the ninth. Wow.

later on 5/30/06
I did all of the above. Went to Wal-Mart, couldn't find a fan, but found a super bathing suit. Went to Bed Bath and Beyond for the fan. Cut my hair off. Much better.

5/30/06
I found an outlet for my fan, but only by unplugging the cellfone charger. Don't try and call me today. I think I'm going to go to Wal-Mart or Bed Bath and Beyond and look for a smaller, stronger oscillating fan. And an extension cord so I can plug it in in the hallway. It was so humid last night (and I know that isn't saying much, because it's only the end of May and it's going to get much much worse) that I slept downstairs on the couch, it's about 10 degrees cooler downstairs. So yes, I think today is "buy a new, stronger fan" day.

I'm also thinking about chopping off my hair again, but maybe I'll let that wait until it hits that super-humid point.

5/29/06
Hot hot hot - perfect convertible weather. I drove up to Irvington (NY, not NJ) to see James and his aching back. They make amazing ice cream up there in Westchester, it was terrific on a hot day like this. And watching the Yankees blank the Tigers 4-0 was good, too.

I have to find somewhere to plug in my fan so I can get some air in my room.

5/26/06
What is it with me and rain delays? Missy and I left in the 8th inning, when the rain was really starting to come down. But before the rain, we had a great time - the weather was perfect (so warm that our ice cream melted), had great and funny people around us, and an exciting game until the Royals (the ROYALS!) took a lead in the 8th. Maybe the next game will be better. The highlight was seeing Derek Jeter get his 2000th and 2001st career hits. The applause was fantastic, and just wouldn't stop!

90 minute rain delay. We left the game, I took the train downtown, got in my car, drove home, and the game is still in the rain delay.

5/25/06
I can't believe Barry Bonds hit home run 714. Once again, the ever-astute Onion has the best reporting on the issue.

5/24/06
Tarzan actually got better, which - looking back - really says something about how bad the early previews were, since it still isn't very good theatre. But it was more enjoyable this time around. The show is going to have a production in the Netherlands next year, so Jim will be there for a few months. He asked if I want to come over for a week or so, and I've never been there, so that'll be a blast. I hope it's lovely in the winter, since it'll be in Jan or Feb.

We caught ESPN after the show, saw the Yankees beat the Sox, and all was right with the world. And my special-ordered Tanyon Sturtze t-shirt arrived today from mlb.com. I'm wearing it to the game on Friday.

And I guess I'm not seeing Lestat again on June 1st, since they posted their closing notice for the 28th. I'm actually kind of disappointed.

According to my doctor, my cholesterol is 124 and so is my weight - I've lost 12 pounds since I was there last, in January. Maybe both are due to the fact that I don't have time to eat at work.

5/22/06
Solving of the problem of what to do tomorrow night before I meet up with Jim, I bought a ticket to Tarzan. I'm such a glutton for punishment. But I do want to see the changes they made.

And now - off to watch the Yankees hopefully beat the Sox.

5/21/06
The game was more exciting than the movie, which isn't saying much, because it was a pretty exciting game. And we won it! Da Vinci Code was pretty good, but they cut about half the story and background. Other than that, I enjoyed it. Jean Reno was terrific as the French cop, and now I want to go back to Paris.

Ha! I impressed a doctor today! She reeled off a handful of symptoms, and asked, rhetorically, "do you have any idea what that is?" and I answered, "Sounds like subclavian steal syndrome," a rare cardiac disorder that I only knew because some pitcher once had it. She was mightily impressed with my random knowledge.

5/20/06
Lame/cool thing of the day - taping the Yankees/Mets game this afternoon so I can watch it after I get back from the movies. Don't want to miss Mike Mussina.

Still coughing, but it's better. That Robitussin sure does help. At least my chest isn't aching as much today. My goal for this coming week is to scout out the doctors at work - I need to find a new primary doctor, since Dr. C. is leaving private practice to work for the hospital. There are a few doctors that I work with who I really like - need to find out if they only do geriatrics tho, or if us young folk can get in.

5/19/06
Hot bath? Check. Robitussin DM? Check. Urge to do laundry at 2am because I couldn't sleep? Check. Calling out from work because this cough is making my chest hurt and my head is fuzzy? Check.

5/18/06
It went from 70 degrees and sunny, with a nice breeze, to gale-force winds and massive thunderstorms in less than an hour. About the time that the Yankees started to lose, in fact. It was perfect weather to come home from work, take my shoes off, watch the end of the game and curl up in bed, listening to the rain.

However, I spent the storm part of the evening driving into the city to meet James for The Wedding Singer, which was funnier the first time around. We played the fun game of "guess when our friends, the critics, would have left" - but we were good, and stayed for the entire show. It's a fun show, it's just not the greatest thing in the world. And like I said, not as funny the second time around.

I'm super congested and coughing hard enough that my chest hurts. I think it's related to the construction at work, but I'm not sure. Anyway, I'm home from the city and about to soak in a nice hot tub.

5/17/06
I don't like Barry Bonds, so this snippet made me laugh:

Astros right-hander Russ Springer received a standing ovation from the Houston crowd when he was ejected for hitting Barry Bonds with a pitch in a 14-3 loss to San Francisco on Tuesday night. Springer was warned by plate umpire Joe West after his first pitch to Bonds sailed behind the slugger's back. Springer's next four pitches all came inside and the fifth pitch plunked Bonds in the right shoulder as he turned to protect himself.

5/16/06
The Tony nominations came out today. Nothing too surprising. I wish they'd announce who's hosting it - still no idea, and it's less than a month away. Lestat popped up on TDF again, and on nights that I'm off, so I picked up tix to go back. Can't say that it's the best thing I've seen, but overall I kind of liked it.

I feel like I'm running out of things to write. Maybe I'm in a rut.

I went to get the car photo-inspected for Geico today. The guy who was taking the photos asked, "Has this car been in a flood?" "Um, no," I replied, "why?" "Well, because your brakes look all rusted out." I told him that I had just had them fixed, and he said perhaps they just changed the brake pads (which is what they did) and I should get the entire thing looked at. With my luck, the brakes will literally fall out of the car when we're halfway to Charleston. So maybe I'll go get them looked at, since I have to get the brake light in the back fixed anyway.

I wish we'd been at tonight's game! Yankees were down 9-0 in the second inning (I honestly thought it was a typo when I saw it on the TV), and came back to win it with a walk-off, two-out, bottom of the 9th homer by Posada. What a nail biter!

later on 5/15/06
Moose was terrific through six innings. Farnsworth was horrid through two, and then it started to rain. When they rolled out the tarp for the rain delay, we took off - which was just as well, since neither team scored again when they continued the game, and we lost, 4-2. But it was a fantastic game up until the delay, and we had a lot of fun. Great seats, I say.

Tanyon has a torn rotator cuff. They're supposed to say tomorrow if he's going to have surgery. If he does, he'll probably miss the rest of the season.

5/15/06
Of couse it's cloudy and misty out - what other weather could there be when I have Yankees tickets? Time to layer up the clothes and put on my Doc Martens and root root root for the home team.

But it's OK, because Boston is getting hit by floods. Serves them right.

5/14/06
Tickets for Da Vinci Code? Check. Going Saturday afternoon (because I have to work Friday night), when the tickets are cheaper and hopefully the crowd won't be overwhelming. I mean, who on earth would go to a highly anticipated, blockbuster film on the opening Saturday afternoon? Gosh.

5/13/06
Tanyon on the DL! I don't think he's coming back. Maybe he needs a nurse for that shoulder.

As an early Mother's Day present (well, a late one, I guess), Mom and I are going to the Yankees/Rangers game on Monday - from down behind home plate. And Mussina is pitching!

later on 5/12/06
It turned out to be a perfect game - well, not a "perfect game" perfect game, but a pretty darn good one. James and I met up downtown (and I had time beforehand to get my brows done at the $6 place that I love), and made it to the stadium in plenty of time. Wang pitched eight innings of 3-hit ball, and Mariano closed it out. 2-0 Yankees. It was misty and cool, and I'm glad I brought gloves and a scarf! Home by 11.30pm, which was nice, too. And it was cap night, so now I have another cap. Still waiting for Barry Bonds Disposable Syringe night.

Oh and I got on the radio, kind of. I called CBS's traffic tipline to let them know about the car fire and rubbernecking-induced accident on the Turnpike, and when they reported it, they said, "thanks to Cell-mate Catherine" for the tip. Ha ha, that's me.

Now I can go fall asleep watching the game I was just at. It's kind of like seeing a whole new game - with Michael Kay commentary! - so I don't mind, and I should be konked out in the third.

5/12/06
Score - I moved another shift at work from days to evenings, so now I work 5 day shifts and 5 evening shifts every two weeks. I'm getting there. Soon, mornings will be a thing of the past.

It rained all last night, and now it's sunny - maybe we'll luck out with good Yankees weather.

In the "ah sir, happy news indeed" category: after everyone telling me I look like I've lost weight, I tried on my old size six jeans and they fit like a glove. A loose glove. I shouldn't have thrown out the other pairs. Excuse to shop.

5/11/06
Perhaps this is what Roger Clemens is going to do.

Not surprised at all at the Tarzan reviews.

You know, I kind of want to see Lestat again, and it's on TDF, but it's for a date I can't go because I have to work. Of course, there are a handful of shows I want to see again, but I have to be fiscally conservative.

5/10/06
While I have no doubt that Tarzan will run for years, thanks to their advance sales, and I do want Jim to work on a successful show, I'm kind of scared (well, excited and scared, to quote Into the Woods) to see their reviews tonight. In that Schadenfreude way.

It's supposed to rain all weekend. Just once I'd like nice weather for a game that I have tickets to. Maybe in August it'll stop being cold and rainy.

Even tho I hate that talking lizard, I switched to Geico. 2/3 the price of Allstate. The Geico rep assured me that I will never have to talk to a lizard (insert insurance agent joke of choice here). They're going to mail me the new card and policy and a cancellation letter to show to Allstate. I'll save about $100/month by switching. Not too bad.

later on 5/9/06
I think I'd rather it had rained.

5/9/06
Happy Nurse's Day! Our company bought us a super catered lunch, plus tote bags and t-shirts, and this week they're giving massages to the staff as well. As if I didn't already love working there, this seals the deal. It's really super.

Mom and I are going to Savannah and Charleston for vacation. In August, but that's only because it's the only time we can take off the same week. At least we have the convertible and it has air conditioning if needed. I've never been to either city, and I can't wait. Savannah's single-A baseball team is called the Sand Gnats. It doesn't get better than that. Except maybe the Charleston River Dogs. And they're playing each other in Charleston when we'll be there. The Sand Gnats are playing the Rome Braves when we're in Savannah. I sense some minor league games in our future. The River Dogs are actually a Yankees affiliate, so while they have the less entertaining name, I'll have to cheer them on. Because Tanyon Sturtze will probably be playing there one of these days.

Yanks/Sox again tonight. I hope it doesn't rain!

5/8/06
I won the Tanyon Sturtze autographed baseball on eBay that I bid on. I think I was the only bidder. It could be a rare item, since it looks like Sturtze is stinking up the joint these days. And since the Yankees need to make room in their bullpen for when Dotel and Pavano come back... Don't worry Tanyon, I'll always love you. In a weird, "why can't you stop raising your ERA?" kind of way.

What Joe Torre had to say:

Tanyon Sturtze loaded the bases in the bottom half on two walks around a wild throw to second on an attempt to get a double play.

"I wanted to wring his neck," Torre said.

Ouch, baby.

5/7/06
Happy birthday, Jenben! I wish I could be there to celebrate with you, but I have to work today.

And big congrats to Dona and Brian on their engagement. Finally!

5/6/06
For the latter part of work last night, I couldn't wait to get out so I could go to the city. And then, right at 11.20pm, when the Rangers scored six runs in the 8th inning to make the game 8-7, I was glued to the TV at work. Luckily, Mariano got his act together and the game ended and we won and I was on my way.

5/4/06
I'm torn. I already spent too much money buying the Star Wars DVD set, which I must admit I haven't watched all of yet. And now it's being released again - but the real, original versions without all that extra editing and Greedo shooting first and the changed ending to Jedi. The good versions. Oh, I am torn.

You know, there was some pitcher whose name I can't remember, and the manager made him wear long sleeves to cover his tattoos, because they were "ugly." So why doesn't Joe Torre make Randy Johnson wear a bag over his head?

later on 5/3/06
I'm tired of getting beaten up by 90 year olds.

And after asking last week if I could switch tomorrow to 3-11 so I could drive Mom and Grandma to the airport and being told it wasn't possible, when I went in today, someone had called out and they asked if I wanted to work 3-11 tomorrow. There you go.

But it's drizzling out, and it's lovely, and I can even overlook the fact that I left the car windows open because I am so glad to be home and in my pajamas again.

5/3/06
Bad news: Yanks/Sox rained out last night. But they did show the 2003 Game 7 ALCS game instead, which always makes me happy.

Good news: went to work and was asked if I wanted to come back at 3pm and work the evening shift.

5/2/06
I hadn't been to AC in a while, and I had today off from work, so I drove down to Caesar's last night to take advantage of a free room offer. Well, I lost all the money I brought with me, and the Yankees lost to the Red Sox. Bad night all around. Very disappointed in Tanyon.

Funniest thing seen on a sign at Fenway: "Johnny Damon: looks like Jesus, acts like Judas, throws like Mary." I have to see if I can find that on a t-shirt. Ebay, here I come.

-catherine

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