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9/30/06
Layers needed for postseason games, based on what I wore last night and how cold I was:

It was just cold, but not as cold as it's going to be when we get to the end of the World Series. All of our fellow season ticket holders were there, so there was lots of "See you next year!" when people left. Most of them were able to get postseason tickets, too.

I stopped at Marie's after the game for a drink - shocking nearly everyone there who thought I'd fallen off the face of the earth. Nothing has really changed there.

9/29/06
OK, I finally got my schedule worked out (including the bonus of having tomorrow off). There's a new weekend bonus plan in place, where if you work three shifts over every weekend, you get paid 25% more for those shifts, so I'm now going to work (drumroll please) every Friday 3-11, Saturday 3-11 (bonus) and 11-7 (bonus), Sunday 3-11 (bonus) and Tuesday 3-11. So I'll have off every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. I told the woman in HR (who is also a Yankees fan) that I'd need to juggle the days when I have playoff tickets for (whatever days those might be!) and for the night we have tickets to Mary Poppins, otherwise my schedule looks clear. I'm happy that's all straightened out. No more day shifts.

My friend Patrick is going to tonight's game with me, I haven't seen him in about a year, since the last time we went to a game together - and Moose is pitching, so it'll be a good time. I'm all layered up for the cold - when the season started in April, Missy and I were bundled up and it was too cold for ice cream, then we went to games in July and August when it was too hot to breathe, now we're back to cold.

later on 9/28/06
Our postseason tickets came! For the Division Series, we're on the same side we sit on (first base) but a little closer to home plate and a few rows up. For the ALCS, we're on the opposite side of the stadium, between home and third base, but in the same row we sit in now. And for the World Series (fingers crossed that it goes to at least six games so we can go to Game Six), we're in the bleachers (right field, home of the Bleacher Creatures, who will undoubtedly be upset that we took their tickets somehow). Very exciting!

9/28/06
The night shift is busier than I thought - especially with the end-of-month paperwork. I went in tonight for four hours to help out (since I was off today, and worked the overnight last night, even tho they could have used me on evenings today after all, but I wasn't getting out of bed for it). My timeclock punch record is going to be amazingly odd this week. Anyway, just worked til 4am and now I'm going back in for 3-11 today, hopefully I can get my new schedule worked out before the weekend.

9/26/06
Funniest thing on TV today - the Will Chase commercial for High Fidelity (the musical). And it ran on the YES Network, so I know I'll see it again.

Our Yankees postseason tickets were printed and mailed today, according to the email I got from TicketMaster. Can't wait! And I can't wait to see if we end up with home field advantage for the ALDS and ALCS so Missy and I can know what dates our games will be played on.

I'm working the night shift tonight - my schedule hasn't been adjusted yet, so when I went in at 3pm I saw that I was the extra nurse on. I offered to come in for the overnight instead of going home and missing out on eight hours of pay. I might be picking up another 11-7 shift on Thursday as well - I should know in the morning when I get a peek at the schedule. I requested for my new schedule to be something like a double on Thursday, 3-11 on Saturday, and a double on Sunday. That way I'd have off Mon-Tues-Wed (the better to pick up overtime shifts with, my dear), and I'd qualify for the "work three shifts every weekend and get a bonus" - fingers crossed that the staffing person is able to fix my schedule like that.

9/25/06
So I wonder what tonight's musical connection will be. Perhaps, in an homage to A Chorus Line, when asked about his favorite Yankees pitcher, Michael Kay will say, "Always Wang, never Wright?"

9/24/06
Happy birthday, Dad!

Even tho the Yankees lost today, the game made me laugh. The pitcher for the Devil Rays was Brian Stokes, and somewhere around the fifth inning, Michael Kay (the gayest announcer ever) said to Bobby Murcer, "Isn't there a big Broadway star named Brian Stokes Mitchell?" To which Murcer replied, "You mean as in Dracula?" "No," Kay said, "You mean Bram Stoker. Brian Stokes Mitchell is a great stage performer." Too funny.

9/21/06
Little Nameless is safely off to the vet for boarding until the animal rescue volunteer can find him a home.

The Yankees are moving their AAA affiliate from Columbus, OH to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, PA. That's so much closer, and I might actually get there to see them play. Baby bombers.

later on 9/20/06
And even tho the Yankees lost their game, they clinched the AL East Division title tonight because Boston lost! The news and the YES network are just ecstatic. Me too!

Jersey Boys was terrific again. After the show, we picked up tickets to Mary Poppins and the musical version of How The Grinch Stole Christmas (which I am nicknaming Grinch! The Musical!) for November.

Then we headed to Shea. It was a typical game of years gone by - the Mets lost, someone got hit in the head with a foul ball, and there were hardly any people there. Appropriately enough, they were playing the Marlins, who must've felt right at home because they never have any fans. I don't get that. Miami should be the perfect city for baseball - look at the population: old people, NY transplants, Cubans and Dominicans. Yet pitcher Anabel Sanchez threw a no-hitter in front of only 1500 fans. I don't get that.

9/20/06
There's an orange cat that hangs out at work. He must be abandoned or a runaway, because he's declawed and friendly (jumping in my lap kind of friendly). So I called the animal rescue volunteer in our area, and she said if I could take him home, give him a flea treatment and bring him to the vet again tomorrow, she has another volunteer who can foster him until they find him a home. So little Nameless is happily purring away in the cellar, having been fed til bursting and flea-bathed. Tomorrow he goes off to the vet.

Missy and I got our postseason tickets! We have tix to the first game of the Division Series, the second game of the League Championshp Series, and the sixth game of the World Series, if it gets that far. And they weren't too expensive for postseason seats. The first two are for seats near where we sit now, and the WS are in the bleachers (which is good, because for the World Series, we can't afford much else!).

Off to see Jersey Boys and then to Shea for tonight's Mets/Marlins game.

9/19/06
My new checks arrived! Yay!

9/18/06
It doesn't feel like a Monday, probably because I volunteered to work.

The Mets finally clinched the NL East, and the Yankees have stopped losing, so we're on track for another Subway Series. I entered the lottery for ticket buying privlidges for both teams in the postseason, so hopefully between that and the Yankees tickets going on sale Wednesday, I'll get to some postseason games!

later on 9/15/06
So, it was still raining when I left for the city. I got into NYC, and called Missy to say I'd meet her on the subway platform; I didn't want to wait in the rain for her. We met up and took the train to the Bronx, but when we got there (yes, still raining), there were all these people waiting on the downtown train platform. It didn't take us long to figure out the game had been cancelled. We went to our bar (Billy's Sports Pub) and had a drink and watched the TV - the game is postponed and will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Sunday. The Yankees will be tired! A doubleheader tomorrow and one on Sunday! Since I have to work Sunday, Missy and Oliver are going to use the tickets for the makeup game. So, instead of just going home, we decided to go to the UES for dinner at this fantastic Italian place. Delicious. Nearly as enjoyable as the game would have been.

And of course, it had stopped raining by the time we got down to the Upper East Side.

9/15/06
Of course it's raining. We have tickets to the game, so it's raining. This had better stop by 7pm.

9/14/06
I'm reading a book that I picked up in DC called The Science of Harry Potter. What a fun book - I'm such a dork about science stuff anyway, so this is really fun to read.

Yankees/Red Sox tomorrow. Missy and I have practiced our anti-Boston chants all season. Well, one, it sounds something like, "Boston sucks," repeated over and over.

There is a rather large and loud fly in my room. I wish I still had the flyswatter I picked up at the Riverdogs/Sand Gnats game in Charleston (given out as a "Swat the Sand Gnats" promotion by a local exterminator), but I gave it to one of my managers at work, who had never heard of a flyswatter. I opened the window and am singing, "Shoo fly, don't bother me," but it isn't helping. The cats, of course, are no help. They just sit there and ignore the fly.

9/12/06
Darn my wanting to move to 3-11 shift! I could have been at the game tonight - I had tickets - with nine runs in the first inning and Matsui back in the lineup - but no, they moved me to 3-11 and I had to work! Not that I'm really complaining, because it's what I wanted, but damn! What a game!

Hope Friday's game is as interesting.

(I'm really not complaining, I just wish I could be in two places at once.)

later on 9/11/06
The reading was alright, but it was good to see Tesse for dinner, drinks and the show. We had a really good time, and were able to forget about what day it was.

Better than that tho, the post-season ticket pre-sale info came in the mail today. Tix go onsale on the 20th - next Wednesday - a day I am happily off from work! So I shall be up bright and early to be online for the 10am onsale time. I hope I can actually get tickets!

9/11/06
I can't believe it's been five years. But then, in that time, I've moved home, gone back to school and graduated, gotten my RN license, watched my brother and Jen get married (not to each other!), have two adorable nephews (Eve's boys), and am reasonably happy. So I guess that's good.

I'm trying to do normal things - I had no idea you could reorder checks online. I also had no idea that I was out of checks until I went to find a new book and the box was empty. I use the online billpay for nearly everything, so it's a shock when I actually get an invoice in the mail (in this case, for Yankees Magazine). I'm trying to find something that isn't plain blue or green. Tho I have no recollection of throwing away the empty box that the checks came in. But I know I didn't move it from where I keep the checks. I don't remember using up the last book of checks, either, so maybe I did move it and just can't remember. Anyway, ordering new checks.

9/10/06
In an effort to not think about tomorrow, I shall recap the weekend trip to DC/Baltimore.

Since I worked Wednesday night, they gave me off on Thursday, which meant we could get a relatively early start on the drive. Driving TO DC is uneventful, but driving IN DC is a pain in the ass. We eventually found the hotel (which was as perfect as I remembered). Excellent shampoo and big fluffy towels, they make all the difference. Since it was only 3pm or so, we went walking down to the mall, to the Lincoln Memorial and up to the White House. DC is definitely a walking town. My feet are still hurting. We had dinner in Georgetown and then did a lot of nothing at night.

Friday was more walking around, starting with Arlington Cemetary, and we went to a couple of the Smithsonian museums afterwards. I'm bummed that the American History one is closed for the next two years, because after Air and Space, that's my favorite. But we went to Air and Space and Natural History, and to the Archives. I've been to DC a few times over the past few years, but I know I must've been prior to 9/11, because I remember going on the White House tour, and now you can't do that unless you write to your congressman six months in advance and have a background check done and all that. Friday night we did the "Monuments by Moonlight" bus tour, which was nice - everything all lit up at night.

Saturday was off to Baltimore, and we ended up staying in the Harborfront Renaissance hotel, which - as it turns out - is where all of the visiting baseball teams stay when they're in town! I saw Bernie Williams going through the lobby to the team bus! There are signs all over the lobby and outside by the bus lane stating that the team wishes you to not request autographs or take pictures. Very cool. So Saturday before the game we went to the aquarium (lots of walking, some 4-year-old stepped on my sandal and broke it), and then watched the Yankees beat the Orioles 3-2. Always enjoyable. Too tired from walking to do anything last night. And then today, we slept in, ate brunch at the Cheesecake Factory, and watched the Yankees beat the Orioles 9-4. Also a fun time. Canden Yards is a terrific place to watch a game.

Glad to be home tho, tomorrow I plan to do nothing. Read no papers, watch no TV. And then I'm meeting Tesse for a reading in the city. I can't believe CNN is replaying their 9/11 footage. Not that I was able to watch it the first time around, but I really don't want to watch it again.

9/3/06
The Red Sox could not be facing worse luck these past few weeks.

I am delighted.

9/2/06
Score one for me - I was able to get another day at work switched from days to evenings. And this week I'm picking up overtime (on the holiday!) with a double shift on Monday.

Planning next weekend's trip to Baltimore. With the days off that I took, we can leave Thursday afternoon and I don't have to be at work til Tuesday at 3pm. How sweet is that. So I'm thinking we can swing through DC and go to the Smithsonian (I love the Air and Space museum). Unfortunately, the hotel that I stayed in when I went to the Sondheim Celebration has upped it's rates, so I'm looking for something more affordable.

(update: found the same hotel on Priceline for half the price)

9/1/06
Found out the name of the book I wanted - The Joy of Keeping Score. The updated version doesn't come out until March tho, so I pre-ordered it, and will have completely forgotten about it until it arrives on my doorstep.

Feels like fall already, and it's only the first of the month! I'm glad I'm off from work today - my sinuses are congested, my eyes are red and watery, and I feel like I'm swimming when I walk. Must be a late-summer cold. I took Claritin and my eyedrops, and I don't want to take any Benadryl because I'll be out all day.

I paid off my Visa bill today.

-catherine

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