What Took Me So Long?

30 04 2009


As I said in yesterday’s post, I have some rugby things to get out of my head. So let’s see what happens, shall we? It might be long, so bear with me.

I started playing rugby in 1994. I was 19. We didn’t have a coach – we coached ourselves. If I knew even half of what I know back then? WOW. By the end of that school year, I was voted a captain. I had NO idea what I was doing. I don’t even remember doing the things on & off the field that my captains do now.

I learned what I knew back then by watching the men’s games and walking the sideline with their coach. Walking the sideline during a game is how I’ve learned a lot about rugby. I still do that now – even if I don’t run touch, it’s impossible for me to stay in one place for long during a game. But walking the sideline or running touch is one of my favorite things about rugby.

I did take a break from rugby starting in my 5th year at OU – because classes conflicted with practice times. I wanted to play after I came back to Pittsburgh, but I couldn’t make practices at the time. I finally gave in and came back to the game in 2002. It was probably one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life. (Yes Dilbert and ME had something to do with it…)

When I started playing in ’94 I was a wing. When I came back in 2002, I was still a wing, but now also a full back, and sometimes an outside center. Since then? I’ve now played every single position EXCEPT #8 (it was except #8 and second row, but I’ve now played a more than 1 game at second row!! Yay!) in some type of match – 7s, 10s, 15s tournaments, competitive matches & friendly ones. I still remember my first match at Flanker when I moved from the backs to the forwards*.

* If you are a back and you read this – you have no freaking clue how much running those forwards do. Holy crap… Neither did I until I moved up there. Wow. Run. Ruck… look up – the ball is now 20-30 yards ahead, but on the other side of the field. Run. Ruck… look up – the ball is now in the middle of the field 50 yards back. Wow. *


I pride myself on being someone my coach & captains can rely on if they are short in a position. It’s how I ended up playing my first game at second row… and flanker, for that matter. I may not be the best choice at most of those positions, (hooker? my line out throws SUCK and my legs might be too long to hook. But i’ll do it!!)  but I’m able to manage enough in most of them to make it a positive thing… I love that & it’s why I got a jersey with a “?” on the back of it. I’m not tied to any certain position or number.

So what’s bothering me? The fact that after all these years of playing & watching rugby, I’m just NOW finally getting the game when I play and feeling like I contribute and make a difference… For so many years, I swear I’ve played and not had half a clue what I was doing. I’m not even sure right now how I actually played knowing that little.

I had a little meeting with the coach and a captain the other night, and they reinforced what I’ve been thinking – I’m doing well right now.  They said that I’m doing what they want for the most part – also known as working my ass off. Our captain even said my endurance seems to be the best it’s ever been. (Which is amazing, since I’ve been a couch potato or sewing since November). My coach said he’s noticed the change in how I see things – usually if I’m running touch for our games, he’s right there near me…. In the end, I was given some things to work on – including being more vocal on the field – and I swear I’m going to try to do that. And I think some people who read this will remind and encourage me to do that.

While talking to the coach & captain, I tried to figure out how & why I am different now. I said that giving up some jobs & leaving My Living Room may contribute to it. It was said that working at My Living Room was “eating my soul.” I can’t disagree with that. At. All.

But it’s just not that. Really. I KNOW there is more to it. But I can’t get to the bottom of it…. All I know is that the sport I LOOOOOVE? It’s fun again. At both practice (yes, I did just say that, thankyouverymuch) and in games. And those games? I get it… And for the first time EVER I have scored a try in EACH game I’ve played in so far. Three total. I’ve never scored three tries in a season total. EVER. And my favorite thing about that? Each try was preceeded by a scrum. And before each scrum down, I’ve said “Ladies, I want a try.” And obviously things worked out – because it happened. Amazing!!!

The coach even told me he’s seen me smile more this season overall than he ever has before and I know it’s true… Many people told me on my last night at My Living Room that they hoped they’d see me smile more. I really loved that they told me that, it helped me sort of be okay with the entire issue, but it’s really come true. I’m so happy right now. I’m loving all things rugby right now and I don’t even think I felt this way back in 2002 when I came back! I’m even going to do CrossFit once per week this summer. I can’t do twice per week because I want to go to “touch” practice, and I need to sew once or four times per week. lol.

Overall, I am amazed at the changes in myself that have happened recently. They are definitely ALL positive – not only rugby-wise… but most likely related to rugby. Somehow rugby has enabled me to lose some weight (along with random illnesses), which allows me to wear clothes I wore, oh, two years ago or more.. I think that leaving My Living Room has NOT been a bad thing – come on, I’m SMILING more often than not – at least emotionally and socially. Financially? It sucks. Bad. But I’m sewing whatever you want me to sew and making a little bit of money for it. So it will be okay in the end.

Thanks for dealing w/ the rambling. Here’s a great pic of me in game #1 of this season (ie. first game I played in and scored a try this season! Yay!)


Photo courtesty of one of my most favorite people ever, Uncle Crappy. Thanks!!!

I’m so damn nervous. And excited.

29 04 2009

This post almost took on a howimetyourrugger feel – it started out super long. But I’m breaking it down for ya ’cause there was too much going on.

First things first: Last weekend was awesome. I am SO happy I made myself go to the tournament last weekend. I’ll write more about this later, but let’s just say I’m finally “getting” the game. Only took 11 years and being over 30. Gee, that’s great…

Second, I head to the Kentucky Derby this weekend. Wow. Just wow. More on this later also.

What’s really gnawing at me right now is that my sister is going to have the baby any time in the next two weeks basically. Oh, and HOW THE HELL AM I GOING TO POSSIBLY HANDLE NOT LIVING IN FLORIDA AND NOT SEEING THIS BABY EVERY WAKING SECOND OF EVERY DAY!??!?!?!?!?!?!!??!

A few nights ago, I wandered to Facebook, and shed a few tears… My sister changed her profile picture. Lili is ADORABLE. Always. That’s just how she rolls. But her new picture?? Killing me.

lol, do you like that swirl? i wanted to just crop the pic, but the waves and the beach totally make the picture better, plus this is where I hung out with my sister the last time we went to the beach.

If I hadn’t taken care to protect my sister’s face, you’d cry too. Just imagine her looking down at that cute enormous belly… NE had a bad Monday and I sent him a message that said ” I think if you look at your wife’s new profile picture, you might smile like crazy. Just sayin…. :-)” And his response? “That will make anyone smile. Thanks.” Do I need to remind you why I love my brother in law? The answer is NO! Isn’t he super?

But really, we’re entering baby-coming-whenever-it-wants-time. And I’m so damn nervous. And excited. And nervous. And excited. I guarantee that I will cry and jump up and down and probably scream some kind of “squeeeeeeeeeeee” when I find out that baby is born. I just hope that in the craziness of it all they remember that I should be notified via text, phone, smoke signal, telegram, whatever means necessary to let me know when this baby has decided to join us. I’m prepared to be woken up in the middle of the night, or get the notice at work, at the Derby, or at the March for Babies or during that rugby game afterward… Really, if I’m playing rugby or busy, someone will have my phone, just in case.

I CAN’T WAIT for this baby. In a month & a half I’ll be in Florida holding and helping to care for this baby. Do you know how terrifying that is for a rugby player who is sort of careless with herself? Yeah. Scary. I know it will be fine, because we all know I like a challenge and I’m pretty sure being Super Aunt is a pretty big challenge. So I’m ready. Bring it.

HowIMetYourRugger and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

28 04 2009

Allow me to introduce myself as someone you may have met, and if you follow this space have heard referenced of by the endearing if not ENTIRELY ACCURATE “Fashion Forward”.  (Also all apologies for the lowered bar exhibited by the Green Lantern getup, my wardrobe assistant failed me that day with the green on green pinstripe suit (now in my possession and being saved for the proper occasion) and apparently you cant find a good reasonably priced track suit in the south side, which is a shame) And now, for the main event :

This was going to be a post about how to make the most of your wardrobe. A beginners guide to flair without care, if you will but instead I think this will be far more humorous (for the reader at least) and right now is the reason that finds me at 10 AM on a Monday sitting in the drivers seat of my car in my driveway drinking a pint of Criminally Bad Elf  (my final one, and the perfect remedy for what ails you).

Lets start by saying that I have a jaundiced view of the anniversary of my birth.  Not what you think, no childhood issues bubbling to the surface, no familial issues. In fact the few of you that really know me know that my family is great.  I consider myself pretty lucky in that department and they go out of their way for me.  No, this jaundiced view comes from years now of ominous and unfortunate events, miraculously occurring in the time frame of said anniversary.  The ominous birthday curse.

(Ed. Note: At this point we will set aside any debate on the scientific basis for the occult, curses, paranormal activity et. al, and just go with it.  We will also set aside any occasion bias, or the want of the mind to attribute bad activities to a certain day based on having a specific “day” in mind, rather than having nothing special to attribute it to.  Also, any debate as to the random odds of any said bad event happening within the week before or after a specific day (2/52) and the seemingly high odds thereof will be tabled to allow the story to continue unharmed.)

It would seem that something enjoys toying with my right around this day.  Now, I’m not a big one for birthdays much myself, and as for that I’m not really much for a fuss being made for me.  I have more of a concerned host personality and my general want when I’m out is for everyone around to be having the best possible time.   Be it conversation, drinks or all around tomfoolery, I like to be one of the little cogs that helps the entertainment flow smoothly and extend to all, and of course usher everyone home safe.  Which is why on more than a few occasions I have remained the designated driver so that those around me can imbibe freely without worry.  Which is what I was doing a few years back.  Roomie and I have celebrated our birthdays with each other for years, even though we haven’t been roomies for many of them.  So this particular birthday found me with a brand new (to me) car, my first one I bought straight up in cash (which is much easier if you have very lax taste in transportation and love to haggle).  So Roomie and I decide to go see a show, moe. I believe, both being fans and deciding that this was the best way for us to cut loose.  I decided Roomie could drink and I would chauffeur in the new chariot.  After witnessing a decent show we depart and begin our travels home.  Nearing our destination we missed the exit so we turned around and got back to the bridge that will live in infamy.  Driving in a construction zone,  we come to a red light and stop, with workers blazing away on the concrete in the closed lane next to us.  I begin to make a right turn on red, when Roomie’s hawk eyes spot the “No Turn On Red” sign mine had missed, amongst the temporary international airstrip they had setup in Neon signs, flashers, reflectors, cones,  et al.  So we stop and wait…forever. Then we began to move.  No the light hadn’t turned red, and unfortunately the movement was as much vertical as horizontal, which I realized in that brief moment I was weightless at the apex of our brief flight.  Apparently the driver approaching behind us did not see the red light, or the car in front of them, or the million signs pointing right at us.  Upon arriving the officer asked my my license plate number, which being new I had not committed to memory.  I had to retrieve this information, along with my bumper, from the middle of the next lane.  (Lets not go into how this was the 2nd time this same construction zone already at a complete stop accident thing has happened to me)

No big deal, car gets fixed, no one’s hurt, things move on.

There was the year I had a nearly season ending knee injury from tripping and falling, which also involved me accidentally getting loopy on the pain medication I was given for it at work while on a conference call (with the president of the company beside me) (the very nice president, who understood, being a sportsman himself who has gone through a few knee reconstructions).

More than one long term relationship has decided to end its course, or terminate itself, on that day,  including one that will probably appear as a rumination at a later time for its sheer shock and awe humor value.

All being said I look forward to the birthday now with as much fervor as a colonoscopy.

So I mentioned to a certain  Angel  that we had such a good time last year at the Harris Grill  (which I will now proclaim as my flat out favorite eatery in the burgh) that we should do it again, on a more casual flair this year.  I suggested a brew and bacon birthday fiesta.   Anyone welcome, the more the merrier, a few drinks with some friends, old and new, and some lighthearted fun on a weeknight.  I thought this would fit the bill perfectly, and I don’t get down there nearly as much as I would like since the move.  The weather had warmed up and even with the threat of rain I advanced with a jovial gait heretofore unseen in recent years.

Then yesterday happened : Going into it the weekend was going well.  Saturday was a beautiful day, capped with 2 wins.  I played well in both games,  fulfilling my role and then some (even getting to add my own flair with a penalty and a near dustup).  The ride back was long and as I drifted off to sleep, the next day offered no warning to its dastardly plans.

(Ed. note: All respect to the friend I mention later.  I realized that I live life along the lines Jason Stratham in crank.  I always have a to-do list a mile long and am trying to please at least a dozen masters.  I have been told I’m a little busier than the average bear, and I would agree so, probably a holdover from the childhood of yore when having an extracurricular activity every night was a plus, and exacerbated by the fact that my main extracurricular activity (the sport that stole my heart) could really be considered a part time job, if only we were to get paid.  (It definitely takes up more time than some relationships… [yes, I see the problem with this statement too])

I woke up and promised a good friend of mine that we’d do dinner.  This is one of those birthday fanatics.  The cake, the card, the whole deal, must be on the exact day, etc. Great friend to have, but as neurotic as they come, for reasons we won’t go into here.  Now, we go back a ways and they have nothing but good intentions, but they know my loathing and don’t grant it any credence.  I had a security install to do so I woke up, chatted with them and setup an rough time, and off to work it was.  As is the habit with my life, work takes MUCH longer than expected.  Pops (one of my closest and longest friends) and I installed the new camera system for his new business venture.  Which means he played with the web portal side and carried on about why my method wouldn’t work, showing absolutely no knowledge of the engineering degree he slaved so long and hard for.  I on the other hand was up ladders, crawling around ceilings, and generally contorting my ailing body into unnatural positions guiding cable in and around rafters, vents and piping.  All in all a fun time and welcome respite to the daily kloc’s I submit myself to.  And in the end (a little more than 3X as long as expected) we had live and working feeds and a time was set for the dinner and I was off.  I return home (for the first time in days, as is the usual) (Ed note : since owning my own house I have spent, on average 2.3 nights home a week, and on average, no more than 15 min a day. Old habits die hard, and I am an old school sofa surfing, living out of the car and doing it well, nomad.   Besides, its not as bad writing code when you are on a free wireless feed and sipping beverages, caffeinated and otherwise and there are actual real human beings wandering around, let alone talking to you.)  and prepare for the evening, loading up the car with some goodies.   I notice the grass has shot up like Dikembe Mutombo in the past 3 days, and seeing as how it takes a total of 10 min to mow the yard I decide to tackle it now, knowing that the next time I’ll see home in the daylight is likely the following Sunday.

It’s at this point I see my sweet neighbor who is exceedingly pleasant, and due to my migratory nature I haven’t seen since, oh, mid October.  Sweet as she is, she was worried I might be sick (due to the growing plantation) so we chatted for a few minutes, and then a few more, then she showed me her garden for this year and we discussed some joint topiary strategies we are going to employ.  A good while later, I return to the yard with a few more to-do’s and crank up the sedentary steel beast, which at this point has what appears to the onlooker as a few joints reconstructed with duct tape.  This is to say, not unlike me these days.  This beast has served well but is truly over the hill and needs some TLC.   In fact, I was surprised I was able to will it to life without McGuyvering anything out of a straw, some chewing gum and a VW spark plug.  I take the beast and together we saunter down the side yard, taking the first swipes of victory against our foiliage foe.  At which point the harbinger starts to rear its head.  I had been gone for a few days and in that time apparently a dervish hit my mailbox, spreading some postal love across my porch, or so I thought.  My airborne assailant had decided to leave me a present in the bushes as well.  What could it be? A nice letter? A refund check? I park my trusty steed and procure my entitlement.  And what am I entitled to? I am entitled to pay the city of Pittsburgh $97.50 for apparently at some point in the recent past infringing on a intersection of theirs.  Very nice.  Putting this out of mind my steed and I continue to mow down the opposition, quite literally and after laying waste to our prey I go to return my steed to the stable.  For this I need the stable key, which is on my keyring, which is in my pocket.  Check that, WAS in my pocket.  But wait, it was there when I started, which means it has to be somewhere in the path of my travels.

Here comes the steep decline into chaos.  As I retrace my steps I see no signs of the object of my desire.  Not in the yard, nor the door, nor the car, nor the porch.  Its only when I dig deeper I see a glimmer of hope.  Hark, what light from yonder crabgrass breaks.  And a break it was.  About 73 in all (which is quite amazing seeing the minute number of keys and key fob thingies).  My car key was now in a smaller more convenient size.  Unfortunately my car wasn’t as receptive to the convenience.  Nor my house, nor my garage, nor the keyless entry fob for the car, nor the RFID tag for work.  (I didn’t know this but it turns out that tiny tag makes a really nice 78 piece jigsaw puzzle) Nothing survived, nothing… not even the built for the nuclear holocaust Harpoon bottle opener from our quest this past year.   It now looked like a 6th grader that had been on the receiving end of a Terry Tate Office Linebacker beat down. Now, mind you, when I finished the yard I was running about 10 min late, not bad, but now I have no transportation, no place to store my steed and most importantly no way to access my exquisite selection of magic elixirs to drown out the evening.   I instantaneously alert my companion (or more accurately their voice mail) to the dilemma and to the fact that they (thanks to their pups brief stay at the De La Casa Tapas and Kennel Club) have the extra key.  So keys, no house, no brew, big problem.

When out of nowhere the heavens part and an answer to the dilemma arises! Doesn’t OnStar offer a door unlock service which they tout to the masses?!  Why yes they do!! And don’t I still have the trial subscription, why golly…this might not be so bad after all (ed. note :who am I kidding, this sucks, need krampus) Now all I do is call the number….   well, maybe its here… nope, maybe back here… Of all the stickers touting the safety, the features, the restraints, just about everything to do with this automobile, the ONE STICKER they don’t stick on the @#$ car is the one that has the PHONE NUMBER FOR WHEN YOU NEED HELP UNLOCKING YOUR CAR!!! Yes the number IS in the glove box…which is great if a) you can reach it or b) are telepathic [see orig. ed. note].   After taking way too long to come up with the number and to obtain help, I was able to get into the car, not that I can do anything but the mental victory seemed important.  They can also send someone right out to me with a new key all the need is the VIN…oh, wait, not that VIN, we don’t have the info for that one! Go to jail, do not pass go, do not collect $200, but that’s probably what you’ll need when you’ll see the dealer tomorrow.  KThanksBye.

A full hour and 15 min later my friend calls me, not to aid in my dilemma, but to begin a scathing dissertation on the state of our friendship and how busy I am and how I can forget about dinner because they already ate.  (Haha: jokes on you, I’m on the email list, that means Sunday becomes free Kristy’s big sister velvet burrito night with my coupon…or it would IF I COULD DRIVE THE 6 MILES THERE) (Yes, I realize its worth the jog but its already late) I am able to laugh at the situation when they inform me that, no, they didn’t get my messages due to the fact that they were too busy to check them.  The irony is lost on them.   So after a brow beating that went on WAY too long for my taste, I get my key and access to my kingdom again.  Needless to say this friend declined to join us for bacon.  That’s good ’cause at this point I’m kind of hungry!!   Now I did not take the time to mention to this friend that the kind of brow beating I got is the kind usually reserved for your own spawn, and since I did not come from them, and since we’re not married – assuming the state we are in would allow us to be – they might want to reconsider their stance on what was becoming a rapidly creepy take on our friendship.

I drift off to sleep thinking that at least the curse is fulfilled… I can now go on and celebrate without hesitation.  I awake, procure a key and fob, and return to program my key.  I then take care of a few other details from the incident and grab some charcuterie for good measure.  And return home to sit and catalog the incident for my angelic friend for her amusement… when out of the corner of my eye I catch a shadow.  Craning my neck I peer at the ceiling at the corner of my living room and I realize that its never truly over… You know the little bubbles, the ones that form in latex paint, specifically when the latex paint is forced away from the wall, or ceiling as the case may be, by, well, pick a liquid, any liquid, lets say water.  That’s right…at some point in recent history ceiling decided it was parched and needed a drink, luckily there was a pipe running right above it.  How convenient…

This my friends is how it goes.  I can’t guarantee I’ll be in one piece. I can’t guarantee I’ll be coherent. I can’t even guarantee I’ll be able to drive myself to the darn place, but a few of us are venturing forth after practice tomorrow night to the mecca of all things swine (except the flu of course).  Thats right, the Harris Grill.  We may not look pretty, we may be limping, but we’re usually good conversation and a downright entertaining time.  So, if you are so inclined, join some ruggers and some tweeters and swing by Harris Grill around 9:30ish tomorrow night. (It would be earlier, but that damn rugby,  allegedly it’s ruining my life again…)

Can I order a birthday cake made of bacon?

24 04 2009

Just a reminder that Fashion Forward has asked me to notify all of our friends out there in the Twitterverse that this coming Tuesday is his birthday. To celebrate, we will be heading to Bacon Night at the Harris Grill. So this, Tweeple, is your warning. FF will be guest posting on here in the next few days and will provide you with more info.


I leave work today at 5pm… I leave for DC tonight around 7pm. Somehow in those two hours I have to drop off a prescription at Walgreen’s, drive home, pack everything I need for a weekend of rugby, Super Woman & sewing, wait for BG to get dropped off, pick up the prescription at Walgreen’s, and then make it to Monroeville. Yeah. Right.

I may attempt to post updates here on our tournament, depending on how things go. Since my phone doesn’t like to cooperate, you may see the same post 30 gazillion times. Just warning you now.

Have a fun weekend y’all. The Angels will be kicking butt in DC on your behalf.

So much info…

23 04 2009

So, FIRST… the Derby Tank Top is done. And it’s between the tank top and a dress at this point. Not sure which to wear, but I’ll figure it out. Finished top. Took me just a few HOURS to complete. Amazing.


Or the dress:


It’s strapless. Yes. It’s a dress. Yes. And I’m considering wearing it in public. Yes.

SECOND: My teammate gave me the MVP award from the “Exhaustion” game last weekend. I’ve NEVER, ever been even in the running for this. But because I played a new position, and as an old lady, played the whole 80-minutes, she gave it to me…. And what is it? Why these fancy sunglasses:


WOW WOW WOW. I’m so shocked. And I’m watching the game and seeing myself do nothing spectacular, to be honest. But that’s my eyes. Not my teammates I guess…THANK YOU GUYS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH. I’m speechless about it.

THIRD: I have a great money making sewing opportunity. And there’s a tourney this weekend. I figured I couldn’t go earlier on, so I said I wasn’t. But now I find out that would cost me almost $0. But meanwhile I planned to sew all weekend…. I’m trying very hard to figure out how to still go at the last minute and still sew…  Crap crap crap. I like to think I’ve played pretty well the past few weekends. And knowing I have Derby in 2 weeks and can’t play, I’d like to not have a two week time-off period…. I have no idea what to do…. This sucks so bad…

FOURTH: My sweet little pregnant knitting friend, KRL, knitted me this freaking awesome hat…


That hole? Is for my ponytail. Sweeeet. It fits perfectly and is so awesomely warm. I love it…

So, now I’m going to go any figure out how I can make this rugby tourney happen. I don’t know if I can, but I have this feeling that I HAVE to make it happen. I don’t know why. And I don’t know HOW I can make it happen.

FIFTH: There is a bday Bacon Night Tweetup for Fashion Forward’s birthday coming next Tuesday. Spread the word. He’ll be posting here shortly. With photos taken by me. Woot!

Derby Tank Top!

22 04 2009

So next weekend, I’m going to the Kentucky Derby. I know, right?? I might be looking forward to this just a tiny bit. And, I’m going with Calipanthergrl, who has definitely proven her ability to provide a good time and be a great friend. So, we’re looking at a great weekend. (Shut up. Just let me jump up & down & be excited already, ok???)

Anyway, my fashion skills are never up to par. I’m a fashion moron. So I couldn’t figure out what the heck I was going to wear. I still have a whole weekend of things to come up with, but for the Derby itself, I decided to make a tank top I found online. When I finish it, I’ll give the link.

The fabric:


That isn’t a perfect representations of it… the green is a little more “lime” – as in the color of the “arm holes” below…. whooowheee!!!


I’m not sure a pasty white girl with a stupendous bruise on her upper arm (it’s so bad, I can’t even take a picture of it yet) should even think of wearing these colors, but what the heck. I’ll probably be wearing shorts or – oh the shock – a skirt – with this, so all my bruises will be out there in the air in all their hard-earned glory. Maybe by then they’ll be fading and MATCH the green… yes, this is what we’re hoping for…

UncleCrappy said I have to have a hat… well, if you can find a Cowboy Hat in that exact lime green, well, I’ll wear it. Heck, you find me a royal blue cowboy hat, I’ll wear it every chance I get. But that’s another story.

And if all goes well, in one of the next few weekends, providing it fits, I’m going to rock a certain dress I just remembered I have. Let’s just say it’s Winchester pink & green. Lili knows what I’m talking about.

Let’s cross our fingers that the dress fits and I can shock everyone into falling over. Just sayin’….

More on the tank top to come Friday or so… sweet.


20 04 2009

What does 80 minutes of rugby + hanging out at My Living Room + a Sunday baseball game equal? Me feeling like I was hit by a truck & in a complete state of exhaustion. Wow.

I played a full 80 minutes on Saturday. Which I usually try to avoid. Like the plague. BUT this time I played 2nd row. 2nd row!! My “dream” positon! I guess I did okay, I’m not sure. I scored a try and made it through the game, so I will count this as a success.

As we were leaving the field, I got a surprise visit from UncleCrappy & MrsCrappy, who were just returning from a trip to Athens, Ohio. I’m so very jealous… But they stopped by to drop off a gift they picked up for me. A gift that is so totally cool I can’t even explain it. You’ll see what it is in a bit, when Uncle Crappy makes a 2nd appearance in the weekend’s festivities…

I spent the rest of the evening at My Living Room with my teammates. I should have spent the evening in bed sleeping, but whatever. I ended up picking up a sewing job – making curtains for a friend. Sweet!

UncleCrappy came down to visit and hang out with FF and I… Always a fun time. But this time he managed to somehow get me to do something I’ve never done and swore I would never do. An Irish Car Bomb.


And we have a photo to commemorate the occasion… That’s me choking down said car bomb. It wasn’t awful. Just not something I’ve ever done. And I’m pretty sure I was still feeling the effects of it during the day Sunday. Do you see that shirt I’m wearing??? THAT is what the Crappys brought back from Athens for me. I can’t even begin to tell you how thankful I am for that shirt and how awesome it is.

I managed to somehow drag my butt out of bed and get down to the baseball game on Sunday. I didn’t watch much of the game, but I did get to witness some ridiculous drama. Rough. And that’s all we’ll say about that.

Thanks to my mom and the wonderful Calipanthergrl, I’ve met and EXCEEDED my goal for the March of Dimes. I know, $50 wasn’t much to hope for, but I appreciate their generosity. If you’re feeling generous, click on the image below and donate a few more bucks to the cause! Or join me!


18 04 2009

Hi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m back… well, on my laptop for now, at least. My technicians and I are not sure that my hard drive will survive much more, but for now HERE I AM!!! At home, with my laptop on my lap, after a long night of various work efforts… I have a match tomorrow and should be in bed, but really… My laptop is ALIVE again. So I’m sure all of you will forgive my initial sleepiness tomorrow…. Oh, and I’m so freaking happy because of this!

From now on, said laptop will be known as Albert. Why? Well, because it’s my grandfather’s name… And he was as tough as they come…. So I’m honestly trying to somehow give some of the family willpower to my little machine….  Maybe I should just tell him that instead of all of you… But I really do love this laptop… I have no idea how I survived – even before Twitter, blogging etc. – without Albert. But I did – I made it work. Libraries, work PC, the bar’s PC… whatever. But this laptop is obviously my favorite thing in the world.

And if Albert will cooperate with me, I promise that I will buy/receive an external hard drive by or for my birthday. Ok, Albert? Can we be friends and take things slow and rebuild our love affair? Please? Please? I’m begging here…. I missed you soooo much… I love you dearly. Yes, my new cell phone does allow me to do some things online, but not like you. It doesn’t even compare to you. Not even close…

Albert could have totally died on me… but I think he knows he holds ALL KINDS of important info… 26GB to be exact. A bazillion pictures… family stuff… and every single rugby related doc that I SEEN or worked on in the past 7 years. Newsletters, agendas, meeting minutes, address lists, Coopers Lake reports & plans, Brewfest reports & plans, every single logo we use for every event…. If old Albert decided to die, the rugby club & I would have a slight problem re-creating what is stored here.

So, please, Albert, work with me here and allow me to continue on my merry way with my social media, Yinz Team, blogging and even more important, the eventual Etsy shop. Please.

Please. I loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooove you. Love love love love love love love. Cannot live without. I’m not kidding. Please?

Albert – if you leave me, how else are we going to see Lili & NE’s baby and make sure that he/she knows us and recognizes us??? Seriously. Failing now is out of the question. Please.

And speaking of that baby… I’m asking, begging all of you to get your butts over to my page (link below) on the Burgh Moms & Dads March Of Dimes Walk and give me a buck or $2… I’m only asking to raise $50, yo. That’s NOTHING!!!

I’m on the push/pull/carry crew, but that date? It’s my sister’s due date and God please bless my family and Lili & NE with a healthy kid.

And after I walk/push/pull/carry??? I’m gonna go play rugby.

Who, Me?

17 04 2009


I received an email from Calipanthergrl today with a link to the above picture. In the email she told me that for “some reason” it reminded her of me…

Gee, I just don’t even know what she’s talking about… at all…

The Return

16 04 2009

I know you’re all reading that thinking, “Oh, good, she got her laptop back!” Unfortunately, that is not the case. However it seems they are having a little more success than we had last weekend.

The Return I’m talking about is my return to My Living Room. I couldn’t post about it because of the laptop… And I know a lot of you were wondering how it went. Well, the first one went well enough that I went back again 2 days later.

I decided to stop in last Thursday when the teams would be there after practice. I’m not going to lie, I was nervous. But I pulled up a barstool and talked to some friends. At some point, I saw that the table behind me was literally covered in glasses, bottles & plates. In the past, this would have caused me to get up & clean up the mess. But this time? I swear I didn’t even give it a second thought. A little while later I realized that I let that little issue slide, and also that I had been at the bar for a while by then and hadn’t even noticed the “little” things I always did. A definite mark in the “Win” column.

I went back again on Saturday after the men’s game. And the same sort of thing happened – I just didn’t notice the things I did in the past. But there was one MAJOR change that I really noticed. I had FUN. Soooo much fun. All. Night. Long. I can’t even remember the last time I had fun & joked around and socialized that much at the bar. Nothing annoyed me. It was awesome!! Now, the barstools are still craptastic & falling apart – BUT that is no longer my problem… unless one of them breaks while I’m sitting on it and I get to sue the bar…

You may recall that some friends said that they were looking forward to seeing me smile more if I didn’t work at the bar… And honestly, I didn’t expect that to come true for them. But it seems that it has.

There was only one glitch in my awesome Saturday. I wandered through the bar and there was Viking – who sadly still has yet to SPEAK to me since this whole thing started. I thought he had left for the night, and I immediately turned around and high-tailed it to my seat.

I spoke to BG a little while later and was informed that Viking feels bad and she asked if I’d go to dinner with her, Giggles & Viking. I think I said no before she finished her question.

You know what? If Viking feels so bad? Maybe he should have picked up the phone and CALLED ME. Maybe he should have been a better friend & co-worker and SPOKEN to me. Maybe he should have shown me significantly more RESPECT than he has. But he didn’t do ANY of those things. He stayed silent and cowardly and I hope that he is left out there to feel bad for a lot longer. And I hope it bothers him.

Because me? As much as I would love to tell him off, I’m going to be too busy having fun and smiling and not noticing all those stupid little things.