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10/30/07
Yesterday morning it was 33 degrees, so we had the annual "Turning On Of The Heat" celebration, which is actually a holiday devised by the cats, where they curl up in front of a radiator for several hours, and then leap under the covers with me, sharing the heat. Today I put the flannel sheets on my bed, to recapture that feeling indefinitely.

Today is free taco day. But remember, according to their website, "Participating Taco Bell restaurant manager reserves the right to deny Free Taco to any person he/she reasonably believes has already received a Free Taco or has engaged in any other fraudulent activity." So watch out. One per customer.

10/29/07
Ugh. Boston. World Series. Maybe the folks up there will stop whining about a curse now.

And A-Rod? Opting out of his contract. Good for him - I mean, I never thought of him as a Yankee (even tho he played terrifically this year), and how much money do you need, anyway? And it looks like Joe Girardi will be our next manager. That'll be interesting, I like Joe. The person I feel badly for is Don Mattingly, who came out of virtual retirement to be Torre's hitting (and the bench) coach, with a virtual promise from George Steinbrenner that he would replace Joe Torre as manager. Just goes to show you that George isn't running the team anymore.

The high-speed internet/phone/cable went out unexpectedly last night (thankfully - or not - I stayed at work to watch the end of the game). The cable guy came today and took two hours to figure out why it went out in the first place. Work called and asked if I could come in, but alas, today was spent with the cable guy. Who is coming back tomorrow to re-run the cable from the street (where DOES the cable come from, anyway?) to the house.

10/26/07
Go get your goddamn free taco, courtesy of the Red Friggin Sox. You can get it on the 30th, between 2 and 5pm.

The weather outside was annoyingly rainy today, so I took advantage of Caesar's coupon for a free $100 in AC. I managed to lose it in about five minutes, so it was a very quick trip. They also sent a coupon for a free digital camera, if I go down on a Friday in a few weeks, so I might just do that - I have a digital camera but it's old. And I usually use my APS "real film" camera when I travel, because oddly enough, I like having pictures that I can actually hold in my hands (plus, the panoramic pictures just come out so cool).

I thought about going to the city, to my friend Elizabeth's Halloween party, but the weather is just nasty, so I stayed in.

10/25/07
I think the Rockies were really tired after their eight day layoff - that's why they were slaughtered by the Red Sox 13-1. I just know the Red Sox want Josh Beckett to start all of their games. Tonight will be better. It has to be. What I learned last night? That actor Paul Giamatti is the son of late baseball commissioner (and Yale president) A. Bartlett Giamatti. Who knew? And what confuses me? The Fox World Series theme, in effort to sound like the theme music from The Natural, sounds an awful lot like "A Bit of Earth" from The Secret Garden. It threw me off the first time I heard it.

It's raining and miserable out. Good weather to curl up and get some reading done. Ken Follet, who wrote The Pillars of the Earth, has a new book out, so I'm re-reading the first one now before I dive into the sort-of sequel.

10/24/07
Rudy Guiliani announced that he will be rooting for the Red Sox in the World Series. That's almost enough to cost him my vote.

10/23/07
Someday, it will feel like autumn. It's still warm and sunny out - no complaints really, but I do like the fall weather. It's weird to see the leaves changing and still be able to wear a t-shirt.

"Steal a base, steal a taco." If a player steals a base during the World Series, Taco Bell will give away a free taco to everyone in the United States:

No Purchase Necessary. Subject to official rules found in-store and online at www.StealaBaseStealaTaco.com. If a base is stolen during regulation or extra innings play by any player for either team in the 2007 MLB World Series, Taco Bell® will offer every person in the U.S. the opportunity to obtain one (1) free Crunchy Seasoned Beef Taco (Approximate Retail Value 77¢, prices may vary) at participating Taco Bell® restaurants in the United States on the date designated herein. Eligible consumers can obtain their free Crunchy Seasoned Beef Taco on Tuesday, October 30, 2007 (if base is stolen in Games 1 or 2 on October 24 or October 25, 2007) OR November 6, 2007 (if base is stolen in Games 3-7, October 27, 28, 29, 31, November 1, 2007) ("Redemption Date") only. To obtain the Free Taco, consumers must visit any participating Taco Bell® restaurant in one of the fifty (50) the United States or District of Columbia between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. (local time) on the Redemption Date only and request a Free Crunchy Seasoned Beef Taco. Limit one (1) Free Crunchy Season Beef Taco per person. Void where prohibited. Offer valid at participating Taco Bell® locations. ©2007 Taco Bell Corp.

I do not like our Taco Bell. They try to charge you an extra dollar for a chicken taco (as opposed to beef), when the menu clearly states "any taco" is such and such a price. I really miss living near the Mexican restaurant on 2nd Avenue, where you could get an overflowing, filled-with-everything burrito for $5.

10/22/07
I cannot believe Boston won the American League pennant. I just can't get over it. I'm sure the Indians could have played a little better. Honestly.

I - and everyone at work - am rooting for the Rockies in the World Series. It'll be like a bunch of kids playing the old folks. This postseason also feels like it's taking forever - too many days off between the playoff series. But, as a family member pointed out to me today, it's only 115 days until pitchers and catchers report to spring training.

Aunt Barbara sent me a link to the new Sweeney Todd trailer. You'd never know it was a musical - I bet a lot of people are going to be surprised. Tho Sondheim himself said a lot of the score is cut from the film, so maybe I'll be the surprised one.

10/19/07
The more I think about, the more annoyed I am about the way Joe and the Yankees parted ways. If George Steinbrenner were really healthy and running things, he would have just fired Joe straight out. That's what George does. But instead, Randy Levine (the Yankee president) and George's two sons wrote some insulting contract that Joe would have to turn down. That's awfully backhanded. Good for you, Joe, resign away. Go be a broadcaster again and then come back to managing. Excellent press conference today.

This does not, of course, change that I am and will always be a huge Yankees fan.

I'm not too thrilled with the dentist that I went to this morning. I really wish my long-time dentist took my insurance. The one I went to had a hygienist who took two x-rays, and did a quick cursory water-picking and cleaning, and then the dentist took about five minutes to look over my teeth and say everything was OK. No questions about my history (I had to volunteer everything), and he didn't write anything down. My regular dentist takes notes and writes down any changes, things like where my fillings are, which tooth I had the root canal on, etc. I was very disappointed today. I think I'm going to have to find another one for next year, or hope that my old dentist starts to accept my insurance.

Speaking of insurance, I stopped at work to pick up the annual benefits signup paperwork. They changed it so you have to call in over the phone (starting on the 22nd for people in NJ) to confirm or make changes. I want to add vision coverage on, so I can take my new presciption to an optometrist and get new lenses for my glasses.

I'm not a big fan of reality tv (in fact, I've never watched any except when my coworkers put it on at work, but I'm sure I wouldn't be a fan). But I got sucked into watching America's Next Top Band tonight. And I'm scared to admit that the bands I liked were all country or bluegrass. I don't even live in the south! I even bought the cd (used) that one of the bands had put out a few years ago (yeah, the country one) - should be good roadtrip music.

later on 10/18/07
Holy cow! Joe Torre turned down the Yankees deal. I'm torn - this is really going to change the Yankees, but I'm happy for Joe that he doesn't have to deal with Steinbrenner anymore. I don't think it's about the money - if Joe really wanted to come back for a 13th season, the money wouldn't matter at all. He's already rich, what's a pay cut going to matter? I wonder what's going to happen now - it's going to be an interesting off-season.

10/18/07
Well, my eyes are healthy, and my prescription has changed a bit. So I'll have to find somewhere to get new lenses made. I don't think my PPO/HMO/whatever pays for the lenses, but luckily it's "open enrollment" time at work for benefits, and I think we have a vision plan that I can add on, which will cover them. So I'll hang on to the prescription until I find out.

My pupils are still really dilated from the drops - everything is really bright.

I think as part of my now-annual "fly south for the Spring Training" trip to Florida, I'm going to extend my trip by a few days and include a 4 or 5 day Caribbean cruise. The pricing looks good, and can you believe, with all the traveling I've done, I have never been on a cruise? They don't have icebergs that far south, right?

10/17/07
Yesterday - being a nice, warm-ish day - ended up being errands day. I went and put air in my tires, the front left one has a slow leak. Went to my doctor's office to pick up the referral for the eye doctor, and the receptionist told me, "You don't need an actual form anymore, just a number." I hope that's true. Got a haircut, but not enough so you'd notice, I just needed the back trimmed. Helped Mom pull out the remains of the flowering monster bush in the backyard, and sawed a few branches off the dogwood tree in the front yard so I don't put my eye out when I come in from the car. And I went to the post office, and stopped at the dentist (who takes my dental insurance) to make an appointment for Friday. Whew.

I was so tired that I fell asleep on the couch in the eighth inning, but I woke up in time for the post-game (Go Indians! Boston sucks!).

Today, I am doing nothing until I have to go to work at 11pm. Tomorrow I go to the eye doctor at 10am, I just hope I can stay awake until then, usually when I work 11-7 I come home and go right to bed.

10/16/07
Go get the free popcorn! It's delicious. Trust me. I am in popcorn heaven.

And go Rockies! I'm rooting for them to win the World Series. And while we're at it, go Indians (never thought I'd say that).

I think Steinbrenner should give Torre one more year, no more, to manage the Yankees. And then at the end of the year, he can turn the reins over to Don Mattingly. This way, he has a guaranteed year to manage, won't have to resign or get fired, the players will be doubly motivated to win next year, they can have a big "retirement" ceremony with a plaque in Monument Park, retire his number, and let Don have another year to get ready to manage. Yes, this is exactly what Michael Kay recommends, and I agree with him completely. The Yankees organizational meetings start today in Tampa, so we'll see what happens.

The balance on my Visa bill is $0. That feels really good.

10/15/07
I wish there were something exciting going on to write about, but there isn't. I'm due for an evaluation at work, so hopefully that'll happen this week.

I'm delighted that the Rockies are beating the Diamondbacks (let's see if they clinch tonight) and that the Indians rallied to beat the Red Sox the other night (let's see if they win again tonight, too). Having converted some of my residents at work into Yankees fans, it's touching to have them ask now, "Well, now who do we root for?" Last night someone asked, and my CNA and I both called out, "Colorado!"

The air conditioner is out of the window, the extra blankets are on my bed, and as soon as I feel like changing the sheets, the flannel sheets will be out in full force. And my sinuses are saying, "Stop, why is it so cold already? Let the running of the nose begin." Pleasant. I can't be stricken with bad sinuses just in the spring and summer, they have to follow me into fall, too.

10/12/07
You know, after beating the Yankees, the least the Indians could do is go to Boston and beat the Red Sox. Honestly.

10/11/07
It's finally feeling like fall out (can you believe just Monday night I was wearing a t-shirt to the game?), I love it. The air conditioner is coming out of the window as soon as I get un-lazy.

We have tickets to see Cav/Pag at City Opera tonight, but it's just pouring out. The roads are a mess. We're staying in (and rooting for the Rockies to beat the Diamondbacks). I don't like the TBS coverage of the post-season. The announcers (esp. Chip Caray) don't know anything about the teams they're covering, they have people like Tony Gwynn who are terrific players but lousy broadcasters (and why do they relegate Ron Darling, an Emmy Award-winning analyst to the studio for the pre and post game, instead of letting him do the game?), and they have an average of 87 commercials for this Frank TV during each game. Celebrity impersonators annoy me to start with, and bad ones are even worse. Advertise something else.

10/9/07
Well, it was a disappointing end to the Yankees season last night. But overall, the season was enjoyable and fun - and that's what matters. They fought through a lousy start to the season and all those injuries (Roger, I told you back in May to watch out for that hamstring). They brought up a lot of young players, and that bodes well for the future.

But last night - the pitching was horrid, there was no offense, and they just looked tense and bored at the same time, if that's possible.

There was very little traffic going into the city, so I got there early enough to pick up my tickets and hang out in Monument Park for a while watching BP. Ate dinner up in the stands, and had some great fans around me (not the annoying type fans, real fans).

I hope Joe Torre stays for another year. He's been a fantastic manager for the past 12 years, with pulling the team together and going to the postseason so many years in a row. I do want him to stay. And if he doesn't, who do they have lined up to take over? And will Derek, Mariano and Jorge stay if he goes? It'll be an interesting roster, and I can't wait to see who stays and who goes.

And because I cannot in good faith root for either the Indians, the Red Sox or the Diamondbacks, I will be rooting for the Colorado Rockies to go all the way.

10/7/07
Welcome home, Missy - the two weeks in Italy sounds like it was delicious (and the postcards are a small clip of what the trip was like). We have to get together and you can tell me stories! Soon!

Woo hoo - there will be a game four tomorrow! Tonight was a blast - Tino threw out the first pitch, the West Point color guard and choir was there, they unfurled the giant American flag in the outfield, introduced all of the players and coaches, and had two F-18 Hornets (not gnats this time) fly over the stadium.

But for the game... Roger Clemens was horrible, which is sad, because it might have been the last game he ever pitches. He left in the third inning with a pulled hamstring, but he really wasn't very good before that. Phil Hughes came in and then Joba and then Mariano - a winning combination. And the offense actually scored some runs! The crowd was as excited as I've ever seen it. The only real bad part of the night was the traffic getting to the stadium - it took nearly three hours, most of it spent sitting waiting for the bridge and then on the Major Deegan, but after the game there was no traffic at all, so we were home in an hour.

10/6/07
I can't even tell you how excited I am that the first two seasons of Whose Line Is It Anyway? (the good one, the British one) are out on DVD. My favorite game? "World's Worst" - and anything with Greg Proops or Tony Slattery in it. I used to rush home from high school to watch the show, funniest thing I have ever seen, and I just wish the American version was half as funny. It's also a hoot to watch the early episodes, which have Jonathan Pryce and Stephen Fry in them. Go pick it up, you won't regret it. I was going to save the DVD-watching for the off-season, but I needed something cheery last night to watch after the games.

10/5/07
I'm loving this high speed internet. Especially this YouTube thing, which I never thought I'd say. There are a zillion bootleg Broadway clips up there, some of which are eerily familiar. Blast from the past.

Why did I keep waking up at 6am all this week? That's not fair. And there are people with what sounds like jackhammers outside. Plus the annoying neighbors yelling at their dog ("Neighbor! Dogs don't understand English!"). Mornings are meant for sleeping through - good thing I'm off from work til tomorrow (when I had better not wake up at 6am), or I'd be falling asleep during my med pass.

So I wasted some time doing errands - fixed the phone (which was giving some weird fast busy signal, found out the cord wasn't all the way in the wall), went to Wal-Mart to buy film and Halloween candy (which I will just put in a bowl on the porch, as always), bought some candied pecans online (not a real errand, but they sent the catalog and they look delicious), and watched the DVD extras of The Bronx is Burning. Exciting stuff.

I don't know what was more depressing about the Yankees/Indians game - the guy behind the on-deck circle that kept changing his hat between innings (six different fluorescent colors), or the swarm of gnats that distracted Joba and let him give up the tying run on a wild pitch. It was a perfect pitcher's duel (that we were winning), and then we lost it in the 11th. So we're down 0-2 in the ALDS, and we have to win the next three. I'm going to go cry now (and root for the Angels to beat Boston).

later on 10/4/07
And after that disastrous game, I can't wait for tomorrow. Yankees/Indians and then Red Sox/Angels. What a double header. And this time, the Yankees had better score some runs. I'm tired of them not getting out of the division series.

10/4/07
Thanks to Tesse for sending me the link to the Sweeney Todd movie trailer. I cannot wait. Side note, I love that the Colorado Rockies have a pitcher named Josh Fogg (Jonas Fogg being the asylum owner in Sweeney, so the pitcher makes me think of the musical).

And thanks to Liz for the link to free gourmet popcorn. I likewise cannot wait.

And now I must go downstairs and wait for the Yankees game to start.

later on 10/3/07
Goddamn Red Sox... grumble grumble. Tomorrow is the first Yankees/Indians game, can't wait.

10/3/07
I'm conflicted. I want Boston to lose in the first round, preferably in a highly embarrassing way. But I don't want the Yankees to play the Angels, because the Angels beat up on us all year. So I don't know who to root for in the Boston/Angels series.

Oh, to have such a conflict.

You would not believe how dirty and falling apart my nursing shoes are. So I went to the mall to buy new ones today. And some books, Barnes and Noble was having a sale on cheap mysteries by authors I've never heard of, and I found an interesting one about haunted baseball ghost stories. And new makeup brushes. I nearly went into Bath and Body Works but I would have gone hog wild and broke the bank.

10/2/07
I worked a double yesterday, in exchange for today off, so now I'm off until Saturday. Plus I put in my time requests for taking off when I have playoff tickets, and they were approved (not taking off exactly, but changing the days I'm working).

It's also school fund-raiser time, so my coworkers, knowing I'm a sucker, are coming to me to support the band/softball team/chess team/whatever. I have the satisfaction of knowing I'm empowering young... whatever, I'll be eating chocolate and caramel and peanut butter concoctions til 2010.

I can't believe both Les Miserables and Phantom are on TDF. I would go right now, but they don't have any convenient dates listed - hopefully more will show up soon.

10/1/07
Well, the Mets are officially eliminated from the playoffs. I tried not to tease my coworker - the Mets fan - about it too much, but it was hard to restrain. The NLDS and ALDS start on Wedesday, a day I plan to spend curled up on the couch with the new TV. It's almost like being there.

-catherine

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