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10/30/09
There's a new cheesesteak place down the street (right next to the mani-pedi place, actually). So after the doctor's appt and the manicure/eyebrows appt, I stopped in for a cheesesteak fix. So good. They also do italian hot dogs and sausages, french fries and onion rings. And that's it. Niche marketing. And tbey deliver, so I picked up a handful of menus for work.

Bought the Paris plane tix, and tix to see the new Cirque du Soleil show next month. So it was a productive day.

Oh good lord - I saw this place on the Food Network, and had a sugar high just from watching the TV. I have to go.

10/29/09
So, a day after lulling the Phillies into a false sense of security by letting them win the first WS game, the Yankees were back in full force to win game two. I managed to watch parts of it at work, especially the end (when I was sitting in the lounge, charting). Good to know that Boston isn't the only team that can leave Pedro Martinez in the game too long.

later on 10/28/09
I scored myself some princess parking in the city - after 30 min of driving around (because my usual parking garage was full), I pulled into a spot on 48th and 9th, and crossed my fingers that the parking police wouldn't pass by while I was at dinner. Score.

Dinner - at Marseille - was fantastic. I love duck, and they did it wonderfully, and we all had terrific shrimp beignets as an appetizer. And dessert - delicious. It was good to just go out with the girls.

The traffic coming out of the city wasn't much better than going in - I sat for a half hour at the Lincoln Tunnel before pulling out of the lineup and driving downtown to the Holland - where there was absolutely no line.

Watching the game now, biting my nails.

10/28/09
Say it ain't so, Joe!. OK, OK, I'll still watch the World Series, but it won't be the same.

Game one tonight! I'm setting the VCR, since I have to go to the city to meet Jen, Missy and Dona for dinner (and you know three of the four of us will be watching the clock), and I don't want to miss the pre-game. So I'll just watch the pre-game after the post-game. That works.

Got the Paris apartment insurance taken care of, and have fired off an email to the apartment owner to find out about paying the rent etc. I know it's six months away, but it's nice to have it taken care of.

10/27/09
Yay! Got our apartment rental for Paris all set up. It's a studio with a sleeping loft and itsy-bitsy kitchen, in the Marais. Apparently the street the apartment is on is in the middle of the gayest part of Paris. So it'll be like living above Marie's Crisis. It's also right near the Place de Vosges and the Picasso Museum. I can deal with that. And cheaper than a hotel would be. I can't wait. I'm scanning in the signed contract now, and then I have to paypal the agency fee, and wait for the owner to get in touch so we can figure out how to transfer the rent deposit. Too exciting!

later on 10/25/09
Bring on the Phillies!! After some nerve-wracking moments (and some fortuitous Angels errors), the Yankees won the AL pennant for the 40th time! Andy Pettitte was fantastic, Mariano made me a little nervous when he gave up a run, and I can't believe there were no home runs tonight. The World Series starts on Wednesday, I can't wait. I want it to go six games, because Missy and I have tix for game six.

Yay!!!

(And of course, I already received an email from MLB.com, hawking Yankees World Series gear - give it a minute!)

10/25/09
I'm going back to Arizona. This weather seriously sucks out here, and I want to have one summer-type weekend. So if that means going to the desert, so be it. Plus, hey, the Arizona Fall League championships are on my weekend off...

So anyway, I'm going to take a day off from work to give myself a five-day weekend, and head for the Valley of the Sun. I booked the flight-hotel-car package on Orbitz, and am staying at the same resort where I stayed in March. I already know I like their rooms, pools, spa and pina coladas. Can't wait to go. End of November, when the weather will suck even more out here, it'll be 80 degrees in Arizona.

I'm also looking at flights and apartment rentals for Paris in April - can't wait for that, either, but first - a relaxing desert getaway.

later on 10/24/09
That is, if they hadn't cancelled the game because of the RAIN.

I'll go keep watching old House episodes, then.

10/24/09
Thanks to MissDona's tip, I headed up to Lyndhurst to check out the L'Occitane warehouse sale, and came home with a bag full of smelly goodies (all at 75% off or so). Soap, shower gel, eau de toilette, candles. I'm happy.

Now to settle in on the couch and watch the Yankees in the rain.

10/23/09
Ooh, my World Series tix came in the mail. Now let's hope we get to a game six!

(Yes, let's hope they win tomorrow or Sunday, first, I agree.)

I went to the mall to buy nursing shoes (mine are falling apart), and came home with two pairs of Sketchers, a plum-colored corderoy blazer, tan cords, a book, and a brown knit turtleneck. I can wear sneakers to work, which means the trip was a success.

Nicest part of my night off? Aaron Boone is on the MLB Network all week!

10/22/09
Well. The Yankees can come home and win the ALCS in the Bronx, then, since they lost a nail-biter out in Anaheim tonight. And since I'm off this weekend, I'll be able to veg out on the couch and watch it.

10/21/09
I did something today I haven't done in nearly five years - worked the day shift. Technically, I didn't have to get up for it, since I worked 11-7. Someone called out, and I said, "What the hell, I could use the overtime." So I worked til noon, when one of the evening nurses came in early to relieve me. It wasn't that horrible, but I really was feeling the tired-ness after it. I told HR that I wouldn't ever get up and come in for days, but that if I worked at night and was already there, I could swing it.

One more game (tomorrow night) until the Yankees win the pennant! And if the Phillies win tonight, they'll win the NL pennant. My fingers are still crossed for a big Dodgers comeback.

10/16/09
Mother Nature smiled on Yankee Stadium tonight - only 17mph winds and a brief drizzle. It was, however, 44 degrees at game time. Our section looked ready for an arctic expedition. I had on leggings, jeans, two pairs of knee socks under my boots, long underwear, long-sleeved shirt, sweatshirt, winter coat, scarf, baseball cap and ear-warmer thingie. And my blanket, which I mainly sat on, since the plastic of the seats was frozen. When my friend David was calling me to find out where to meet up (I was at Billy's across the street), I said just look for the girl in the heavy parka, wrapped in an electric blanket). But it was worth it - we beat the pants off the Angels.

And the Dodgers won (on a bases-loaded walk, of all things), so life is good.

Tomorrow's game might have lousy weather. I'll be working a double shift, which I don't really mind if it's crappy out - what else would I do?

Oh, and I got up at the crack of 10am this morning to try and get World Series tix. Game One was all sold out, but I snagged a pair for Game Six - if there IS a Game Six. I'd much rather see the Yankees sweep everyone in sight, but you never know. And like I said to some guys I was having a beer with at Billy's before the game, I would not be too put out if the Dodgers came here and beat the Yankees - because I'm all for Joe Torre shoving it in Steinbrenner's face. I mean, I wouldn't be doing the happy dance, but I wouldn't be crying.

Gonna go snuggle under the blankets with the kitties now.

10/15/09
Well, we hardly had any summer, what with all the rain, and now we're moving right into winter - cold (and rainy) and snow flurries up north. Tomorrow is ALCS game one, and since it's a Friday, it's going to rain. Seriously - 90% chance of rain. Definitely cold. So I'm layering up, and hoping for the best. If they have to cancel it, they'll try to play on Saturday (where there's only a 40% chance of rain), and I'll have to come up with a debilitating illness to avoid work.

The Phillies won game one in the National League Championship Series - I'm really rooting for the Dodgers tho, just to see Joe Torre back in the Bronx.

Tickets for the (potential) World Series games go on sale tomorrow at 10am for season ticket holders. I already set the alarm for the crack of 9.45am.

Still no smoking - doing good.

10/12/09
Home from Vegas to find that Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize, and that the Yankees won the ALDS against the Twins! I actually knew that second part - we watched game 3 from a tiny TV at the Paris Las Vegas sports book, before heading to the airport (all of the sports bar TV's had the football games on). But what was up with Carl Pavano pitching so well? That's not the Pavano we knew. And better yet, the Red Sox were eliminated, as Papelbon blew another save. So we face the Angels in the ALCS, starting on Friday (when it's supposed to rain, no fooling).

The food on this trip was fantastic. We ate at Picasso and at Olives - the service at Picasso gets two thumbs up, and the chef's tasting menu was perfect. Plus, on your way out, they give you a little box with cookies to take with you. The fig and proscuitto flatbread at Olive's lived up to the memory I had of it from when I was there in March. Saw two Cirque shows - Ka, still my absolute favorite overall show, it still blew me away - and Love, which is based on the Beatles, and did nothing for me. It was more like a dance piece than what I expected from a Cirque du Soleil show, altho the Cirque-y elements were fantastic, and the production itself - the set, the lighting, the costumes - were brilliant.

I always underdress for Vegas. Next time - more sequins.

And as an aside - while I spent a good deal of time in the smoky casino, and a good deal of time having beers, I did not once pick up a cigarette. Yay me.

10/7/09
Fantastic start to the Division Series - a win!

No traffic at all on the way in, so I got there with plenty of time to spare. I watched some BP, had a cheesesteak, and gaped open-mouthed that the Yankees were charging $75 for a "2009 Playoffs" pullover sweatshirt. Missy called and said, "I'm an idiot, I left the printout of my ticket at work," but luckily I had the printouts of both tickets, so I told her to come through security at gate 6, and I slid her the ticket through the fence (since you can't leave the Stadium once you're inside). She made it just in time for the top of the first.

I brought my blanket, because it was supposed to be cold and windy, but luckily, our seats were fairly protected from the wind. And for once, it didn't rain. Maybe because it isn't Friday.

The game was perfect - once Derek Jeter hit the two-run homer to tie the game in the third, we were golden.

Oh, and the best part? During the part before the game where they introduce all of the players and coaches etc, Carl Pavano got a major round of booing from the crowd. And almost as good? When I was driving home (again, no traffic, and we didn't even leave early), I put on the radio so I could listen to the Dodgers/Cardinals game, and one of the commentators? Aaron Boone. I kid you not.

OK, I have to pack for Vegas now - we're leaving in the morning. Back Monday.

later on 10/6/09
OK - we're playing the Twins. After a 12-inning playoff, with some fantastic plays, they beat the Tigers. I was kind of rooting for Detroit, since I like Jim Leyland and the team is scrappy and aggressive, but we will probably fare better against Minnesota. This means, of course, the long-derided return of Carl Pavano to the Stadium, since he now plays for the Twins.

Now, off to work, then sleep for a few hours, and the game is at 6pm.

10/6/09
OK, so we have the one-game playoff later today. And then we'll know who we're playing in the ALDS. My tickets for game 1 came yesterday, so I am super-excited. Also tired, since I worked a double shift last night, and am working the 11-7 tonight (this is my new schedule). But then I'm off til Tuesday, and will be sunning myself in the desert for the weekend.

10/4/09
OK, now I'm glad I'm going to miss most of the ALDS - because announcer Chip Carey gives me a headache. We should know by tonight if we're playing the Twins or the Tigers (since they're still tied for first in the Central Division) - unless, of course, they end today still tied, in that case they'll have a one-game playoff on Tuesday. I hope they sort it out today.

10/2/09
Now, I love me the text of Hamlet, so any live production is better than just reading it. And it's even better than better when the production is superb (does that make sense?). This production was fantastic - dark and brooding, and neatly edited. Still clocked in at three-plus hours, but that's OK. There were a few actors I didn't agree with (mainly the woman playing Ophelia, didn't care for her at all), and it took me a while to warm up to Jude Law's "cranky baby who just got woken up from a nap" (as the woman next to me put it) interpretation. But boy, was it ever enjoyable.

10/1/09
It's cold, which is just how I like it. Burrow under the blankets weather. Flannel sheets weather. Cough up a lung weather.

My doctor (who was having the busiest day ever) agreed - whether it's a broken rib or just a strained intercostal muscle, there's really nothing you can do but rest and take pain meds. So I'm stocked up on Motrin and Naprosyn, and he gave me prescriptions for codeine-laced cough syrup and stop-smoking-and-be-less-cranky pills. Let's hope one or both works. I told him the scale at his office must be broken, since I seemed to have gained five pounds somewhere along the line.

Tomorrow is Jude Law in Hamlet - can't wait! Then four days of work, and then it's off to Vegas! Can't wait!

-catherine

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