My Spring flowers out front.

nightime softball in West Philly

Last night it really felt like Spring. Softball season is here, and yesterday was a 9:00 game. Chris plays on a ‘beer leauge’ with a lot of our friends, out in West Philly. I’m not a part of the team because (a) I really hate playing softball and (b) I’m REALLY REALLY bad at it. pretty sure (a) is because of (b). But anyway. I am pretty good at keeping score. And sneezing. Apparently I have Spring allergies this year. Seems to skip every few. Full force last night. The team won (go team!) after being behind by 6 runs and playing a really great inning. Double play at first! (yeah, long-tall-Gaeson!) Home run when up at bat (double yay Gaeson!) Tie score, extra inning! Win by a run! Clearly Gaeson won MVP. Which with this team means you win a toy from “Kinky Quizzo” which most of the team goes to after the game. Leaving for work at 6AM means that I can’t really pull long nights anymore, so I bowed out before the migration to quizzo.

Tonight- more games! Pizza and Settlers of Catan with some hardcore settlers fans. The pizza should be here soon, the guys are showing up at 8:00, the windows are wide open. Hello spring!

Impromptu Game Night!, originally uploaded by ducksRfriends.

After a discussion with Chris’ sister about how awesome it would be if we had Settlers of Catan, and regret that we hadn’t picked it up… I found it in the basement! Brand new, unopened and ready for its first go. I guess I forgot about it since you need at least three people to play, so Chris and I couldn’t play on our own. We played two games that night, and two more the night later after getting sushi with Chris’s sister and her man. I think this game is a winner. I like how the strategy can change, depending on how you have the board laid out. Can’t wait for another game night, for another go-around.

Took ages to get the scanner and my computer working together properly (thus why I wanted the digital archive cd…) and of course Rite-Aid did a terrible job developing the photos, so I didn’t have much to work with. But at the end of the day: beach photos!

Having fun in the sand and waves

The photos are on flickr here. I didn’t scan all the photos, just the fun ones. Its probably the only time I’ll make it to the beach this summer, so I made the most of it. Miserably hot, though. Guess that’s what the waves are for! Despite all the trouble with Rite-Aid, I’m still going to hang on to the little waterproof camera. I stand by my previous statement- best 50 cents ever.


The Girls From Byakkoya
Originally uploaded by ducksRfriends

I think the flu is officially kicked, and Jes and I rocked out at the Hipnosis hafla. I’m really glad that we chose the song and costumes we did. It was so silly and fun! Eventually I’m sure I’ll post up the video, but till then… I have a few photos of our costumes posted over on flickr, but none really catch the petticoats or the hoods that really upped the cute-ness of our tops. It seems everyone is so serious at these performances, and we really wanted to just laugh and have a good time. What better than a fun song and some silly costumes to make people smile? I’m exhausted but happy, and I hope we brightened a few people’s evening.

Go wings!

Go wings!

Date night! Chris and I went to the pre-season Flyers/Redwings game. I didn’t get to see my favorite player (Datsyuk…. I love his Rahmani Eye Institute commercials!) because the team was mostly made up of AHL players, being tested for the real season. But it was super fun anyway, its been ages since I’ve gone to any large sporting event. We got yelled at quite a lot after the game, as we biked away with our jerseys on… not sure why the animosity, the Wings lost the game, why should Flyers fans be mad? Oh well. I hope we can make it to a regular season game. I want to see Datsyuk!

We werent the only Wings fans there....

We weren't the only Wings fans there....

Lit up bug

Lit up bug

The fourth of July has been a bit of a jinxed holiday for me for the past four years or so… but I am happy to say this year proceeded without event, in a lovely way. Chris and I biked up to Manyunk to Chelsea and Balog’s house for a totally low-key BBQ. Chased some fireflies, played with the dogs and lazed in the grass. Balog made amazing food, a fascinating mashed cauliflower and cheese dish among the other deliciousness…. Usually I despise cauliflower (it seems a blander and tougher version of broccoli to me), but it was amazing.

sparks

sparks

After dinner we climbed up to the roof and watched the fireworks happening all around. I really like getting up close to fireworks, but it was nice to see them at all the various locations all over the city and beyond. At one point there must have been at least four sets going off at once, in competing bright splashes. The night sky was a constant rumble and flash. After the art museum ones finally went off, we climbed back down (eep!) and set off the mixed pack of little fireworks I got a few weeks ago. Not a bad selection for about $20! Some really cool fountains and sparking things- and an added bonus of being all legal in PA fireworks, so no worries about police. Though I don’t think the police care very much by Chelsea, there were some pretty nice local displays throughout the night.

sparklers

sparklers

I got to play around with long exposures on my camera, and got some pretty cool photos of tracing sparklers and some cracking-sparking things that Balog had. The puppy (Maddie… so cute) kept trying to chase the sparklers, which was amusing, luckily she didn’t end up with any burnt fur. We headed back into the city around midnight. Kelly Drive was closed down for a bit, so it was nice biking, without having to dodge pedestrians and idiot bikers. Overall, a really perfect fourth of july.

Today, some household tasks beckon- cleaning, laundry, etc. But I’m sure I’ll head over to Ultimo with a book at some point too…. what a wonderful weekend its been.


Jordan with flowers
Originally uploaded by ducksRfriends

I’ve been meaning to make some flower pieces for my co-worker Colleen and her daughter, ever since I brought mine in and she seemed to like them. I had been spending a lot of my time prepping for Spring Caravan, so it felt great this past weekend to finally get back to some of my other projects. Sunday I broke out the glue gun, bags of feathers and flowers and got to work. I made this one as well as a giant, (nearly ridiculously giant) pink one. I think the flower looks great with Jordan’s dress! Colleen said she was bellydancing around the campfire at her friend’s party over the weekend. Oh, I love how dance has leaked over to so many other aspects of my (and my friend’s) life.
I also got back to work on the sweater I’m knitting for Ang, as well as getting some serious work done on KK’s doc….. yay for productivity!