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walk off

YBW and I went to the Nats game last night.
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We bought $5 same day tickets up in the 400 section. This isn’t where we normally sit…but last night was more about the giveaway than being at the game.
Last night was the “fan choice” Michael A Taylor bobblehead.
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Michael A is YBW’s favorite Nat. He had an AMAZING spring training and then faltered when they came home to Nationals Park. So much so that he was sent back down to Syracuse. He was called back up a week or so ago..he’s got talent, but he’s green. Only more practice will enable him to fulfill his potential.
I entered the park before YBW because I was in the fast line, the woman at the turnstile gave me my bobblehead and told me Michael A was signing them in the fan store. I wanted to kiss her! I told her she made my whole night! I told her my husband was going to be “pants peeing” excited! So we went over to the line at the fan store and as we walked up, the guy said, “I’ve cut off the line to make sure everyone gets their bobblehead signed.”
I went into “momma lioness” mode. Seriously, please let my husband meet Michael A!
Nopity nope. (Big meanie jerk. He’s one of Jenna Marbles’ “People that need to pipe the f**k down”.)
As it turns out it didn’t matter that we didn’t get in line to have the bobble head signed. We went into the fan store and waited patiently. Sure enough Michael A walked right past YBW and gave him five! I have no photo of this because a very tall and extremely rude man stood slap in front of me. (He needed to “pipe the f**k down” too. I did elbow him when I moved…hard. Then I turned with the most horrified look on my face and apologized. He was all smiles…jackass.)
But I did sneak a pic of Michael A as he sat down, so go me!
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I got my nachos and we made our way to our seats.
It was hot and I was sweaty, but the sky was pretty!
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We were hosting the Phillies. Now, in my experience, Philadelphia fans are the worst fans on the eastern seaboard…probably in the entire US. The football fans are worse than that baseball fans and the hockey fans are worse than the football fans. The Phillies fans come here to our beautiful ballpark and act like a bunch of dicks.
It’s just bad manners, you know?

Luckily, there were no Phillies fans near us. Only some seriously die hard Nats fans.
That said, it was the longest, most boring game in my baseball experience. And I spent years watching my brother play little league!
Left fielder, Jayson Werth (Thing 2’s favorite Nat, we call him the “Greasy Hobo”) wasn’t feeling the first two innings. At least he wasn’t wearing his glove on his head as he sometimes does when he’s bored.
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Let me tell you, I freaking LOVE baseball and I was bored to tears…
This is how I spent my time…snapchatting Sundance, Thing 2, and Thing C.
Sundance has declared that second baseman, Daniel “Hits” Murphy will be her third husband. He replaced MVP Bryce Harper for that title, pretty much because she grew weary of Harp’s shenanigans…and the fact that Murph is a freaking amazing ball player!
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As much as I love Thing 2’s Hobo, my baseball heart beats for first baseman, Ryan Zimmerman.
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Ugh. This game was just as long and tedious as the portion of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows I like to call “Harry Potter and the Never Ending Camping Trip.”
Last night I sent this text to Sundance: #washingtonnationalsandtheneverendinggame
The game was scoreless till the fourth inning. Philly scored at the top of the inning but we scored at the bottom. So we’re still tied, but at least it’s 1-1 now and no longer 0-0.
After cheering, I went back to snapchatting.
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Fifth inning was scoreless. The Hobo was just cooling his heels out in left field.
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Y’all heard that in ‘Vampire Willow’s’ voice too, right?

We were up 4-1 at the bottom of the seventh.
Alright! This game finally got interesting. Not because we were winning, but because we were finally making plays, we’re scoring runs. (Well, maybe it was a teeny bit good because the Phillies were losing. F**k the Phillies.) Anyway, that only lasted a moment because there was a Phillies three run homer in the top of the eighth inning.
Now we’re tied 4-4 in the middle of the eighth.

Have I mentioned we need a freaking bullpen? UGH! These pitchers! The very talented Joe Ross on the DL. Stephen “Crybaby” Strasburg (looks like freaking Shaggy from Scooby Doo) just got signed for seven more years but can’t stay off the DL. Gio is the least consistent damn thing. I mean when he’s on, he’s hot. But when he’s off he can’t pitch more than four innings.
Do you understand what I just said? The starting pitcher can’t pitch more than FOUR FREAKING INNINGS!?!
Roark is talented and becoming more and more consistent.
So pretty much the only pitcher we can truly rely on is Max Scherzer.
(Scherzer is Thing C’s favorite player.)
And don’t even get me started on the relief pitchers! We’ve got a couple good ones…but then we’ve got crap.
Anyway…bullpen rant over.

Even though going to the game last night was all about getting YBW his bobble head and not really about being at the game, it always sucks when your team loses…or when games go into extra innings. Especially when you’re a cranky red haired girl who’s already tired and hot and sweaty and bored. (I swear to you I’m an adult even though right now I don’t sound like one.)

But miracle of miracles is rookie Trea Turner. This kid is a phenom! He saved us from extra innings with his walk off second home run of the game.
Boring game, but we won. More importantly YBW got his Michael A bobblehead and slapped five.
Ain’t baseball great!?!

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baseball and the first amendment

We went to the Newseum on Friday before we headed over to the Nats game.
Two of my absolute most favorite things!
I was getting my dork on something fierce at the Newseum!
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Do you know on the front of the building is printed what I consider the most important words ever written in the history of the United States?

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Those words! Even just writing them here on this page gave me the gooseflesh.
I don’t think many folks ever really think about the importance of the first amendment. I think about it every single day. I am a woman in a country where I can say what I think without worrying about my safety. I can have a relationship my God without the interference from the government. I can read any news and know that it’s been (mostly) fair, unbiased, and not at all controlled by the government.
What would have happened to Woodward and Bernstein, or Ben Bradlee and Katharine Graham in the early 1970s if there was no first amendment?
Look how many places there are in the world where this isn’t the case!

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I am the first amendment’s biggest fan! (I’m so sure there are loads of folks who say the the same thing. But I’m not talking about them today, I’m talking about me.)
I’m oftentimes jaded about our government. I’m oftentimes jaded about our archaic constitution. But I have moments when I am at one with the concepts that helped create our government…

It was steamy at Nationals Park Friday night. Gio Gonzalez pitched beautifully. Both Daniel “Hits” Murphy and Thing 2’s beloved “greasy hobo”, Jayson Werth hit solo dingers. Murphy had a ground out RBI and Werth hit an RBI double. The “face of the franchise” Bryce Harper hit a two run triple.
We cheered. We clapped. We high-fived and fist-bumped all night long. There were beautiful plays in the field. The boys of summer where on it Friday night!
The Nats won in a walk off the first game of their series with the Rockies. (as it turns out, it was the only win of the series)
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champagne and a grand slam

Took Thing C and Thing G to lunch then got Thing G’s hair cut. (Barber shops are fascinating places.)
Champagne cocktails with my neighbor this afternoon. Now I’m watching my Washington Nationals winning on TV.
What a great Robynbird day!

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controversial weather

Starting at 9:00 this morning sleet began falling from the sky. About half an hour later there was lightning and thunder then the sleet changed to snow.

This is what our back porch looked like right after the switch.
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There is such controversy regarding “climate change”, but this little redhaired girl has to wonder what record cold temps and sleet and snow on April 9 has to say about that controversy.

Happy Spring, y’all!
(I’m just glad I don’t have tickets for the Nats game today. I love baseball, but not enough to sit out in this ridiculousness.)

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Home Opener!

Baseball season is here, y’all!
Nats are at home today! I’m so FREAKING excited I can hardly stand myself!
They won both games in Atlanta. Let’s see what they can do at home!

Here’s the line up against Miami.
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I’ve got the pregame playing on TV. The daddy of one of my preschool students is the home field announcer, I hear his voice introducing our own “Boys of Summer”!

Girlie Thing and Thing 2 “reppin” their boys!
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Ain’t baseball great!?!

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OPENING DAY!

The Nats are in Atlanta for opening day!
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The line up looks like this:
CF Ben Revere
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Bryce Harper
1B Ryan Zimmerman
2B Daniel Murphy
LF Jayson Werth
C Wilson Ramos
SS Danny Espinosa
P Max Scherzer

Dusty Baker is leading this team so beautifully and we’ve just left Spring Training! I have great hopes for our team this year!
Opening Day is one of my all time favorite days of the year!
Thing C and I are camped out in front of the telly waiting for the first pitch!
N-A-T-S! Nats! Nats! Nats! WOO!

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ribbon and bows

Bows are one of my specialties. I learned how to make them from one of the old girl scout moms when I was a teenager. I’ve been making them ever since. I mostly make them to go on wreaths.
(like this new one)
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I love choosing ribbon for bows!
Sundance and I went shopping for ribbon Wednesday and I made two sets of bows for her.
The first is burlap with tiny navy anchors. (Her husband is a retired Senior Chief.)
I don’t even like anchors and I freaking LOVE this ribbon!
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The second is the most adorable green gingham!
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I absolutely adore gingham!

I’m making a new wreath for the front door to usher in spring. I asked YBW to choose between two different ribbons because I couldn’t decide. Much to my joy, he chose the polka dots!
I removed the bow from one of the wreaths I used for the church doors when we got married. Spray painted a wooden letter yellow, hot glued it on and attached the bow.
Volia!
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I’m finished with cold winter weather!
Nats pitchers and catchers reported to Viera, FL for spring training this morning. That’s a sure sign spring is on it’s way!
March first (start of meteorological spring) cannot come soon enough, I’m ready to hang this new wreath on the front door!

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changing of the (sports) seasons

Without doubt, Autumn is my absolute favorite time of year.
Thing 2 calls me “basic” because I love to wear sweaters and boots and jeans. She says my saving grace is that I don’t drink Starbucks.
I’m not “basic”. I’m just me.

For me fall is cool crisp air and being able to be outside without wanting to die. It is jeans and boots and sweaters. It’s driving with the windows down and being able to breathe without gasping.

Fall brings in the end of the beloved baseball season.
I feel rather sad about that because my Washington Nationals won’t be looking towards October without a miracle. Which is just going to have to be OK this season. Everyone on and off the DL, a bullpen that’s somehow lost it’s way. I love my team no matter what, but it just seems a shame they couldn’t get it together.

I know all sports seasons overlap. Doesn’t mean I have to like it.
It really does irritate me that the ‘boys of summer’ can’t get off their diamond before the guys in shoulder pads and helmets take the gridiron.
I do not like American football. And it’s not just because I’m a girl, I know plenty of girls who live and die for football. I’m a Southern girl, but football isn’t my religion.

Thing C is a total football fanboy. His favorite team has fans that wear cheese on their heads. But it’s not just Packers games that he’s interested in. He follows all the teams, watches all the games.
He knows I am this meme.
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So we negotiate television time during the fall and winter.

I don’t begrudge those who love the sport. I just choose to abstain. I honestly derive no joy from watching it. I’ve never seen people shout at their TVs more than during football season. And that’s saying a lot because I always holler at the baseball players.

It’s a matter of taste. What you like.
I like a spring and summer game that ends in October.
I like the weather Autumn brings.
I like to wear sweaters.
I like to play in the leaves.
I like scarecrows and pumpkin patches.

Autumn and I’ve come to a sort of agreement:
I leave football to the ones who love it. Who eat, sleep and breathe it.
I’ll eat chicken pot pie, sleep with the windows open, and breathe the cool crisp air.
And everybody’s happy.
Except the Nats.
It’s OK, boys, April is only seven months away.

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surprise find

My friend and mentor just so happens to be here in Virginia teaching a group of preschool teachers. She and her beloved, one of the most delightful men on the planet, stayed the weekend to spend time with her grandson. YBW and I were lucky enough to be able to meet them for an early dinner yesterday in Winchester.

I’ve been going to Winchester my entire life. My grandparents lived there, my dad grew up there. Let me tell you something: Winchester isn’t like it used to be. They’ve worked hard to make the little downtown area hip. It was not remotely hip during the seventies and eighties.
YBW’s never been so we decided to head out early, that gave us time to wander at our leisure before we met for dinner.
We went into this great little shop Make Nest Interiors because YBW saw this on a drastic sale.
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It’s a globe stand, sans the globe. I think we should put some sort of glass sphere in there…perhaps even a disco ball. He’s not buying into the disco ball. He’s smart like that, cause I’m just being ridiculous for my own entertainment.
BUT…while we were in there looking around, I found our wedding wine glasses!
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They’re absolutely perfect! I’m very excited!

This wedding thing becomes more real each day. I’m ready. Let’s go!
We tasted cake on Friday evening and chose some pretty delicious almond flavored cake. Our Wash and Zoe are going to be pretty adorable on top of it.
Tomorrow we’re meeting with the event coordinator at the winery.
Wedding. Wedding. Wedding.
I love it, but I may need a nap.

Right now the Nats game is on, my fave, Jayson Werth hit a two run dinger and I’m happy. Stephen Strasburg can’t pitch worth a damn. But it’s OK, I’ve got my sweetie next to me on the sofa, a beer in a glass on the table in front of me and I might take a nap when the game is over.

Thing 2 comes the day after tomorrow! Our countdown is almost over! I told her today that I was going to smother her with kisses and she replied that “super-duper Thing 2 hugs” were headed my way! (That’s what she called her crazy tight hugs when she was a little girl, so I know what to expect!)

It’s a pretty great Robynbird day! Beautiful glasses to toast with my husband on our wedding day. Nats on the telly and beer in my glass. Thing 2 here Tuesday morning. And most likely a nap.
Now that’s what I’m talking about.

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counting down

My birthday is in seventeen days. This may be the first year in my life history I’ve not “counted down” those days. The only other person who loved the “Birthday Birthday Countdown” as much as me was my dad. And without him to be silly about it with…well I’m just not feeling it.
This is not to say I’m not excited about my birthday, because I always am!

I think my mom instilled that in me. I grew up rather poor, like the food drive at church would feed my mom, brother and me, kind of poor. (Though I didn’t know that bit of information till I was a grown-up.) Anyway, since we didn’t have much, and there weren’t always loads of pressies or big birthday parties, my mom was very particular about our birthdays. She made such a big deal about celebrating the day we came into this world. It was the most special of all the days. There would always be cake and our favorite dinner…which most times included colored mashed potatoes. I’m not actually sure why, perhaps because they were cheap? I don’t know, but mine were always purple because that was my favorite color when I was a little girl. When I tell people about the colored mashed potatoes they look at me like I’m crazy, but it seems so normal to me…It’s all about how you’re raised I guess.
Colored mashed potatoes aside, celebrating birthdays was of paramount importance and something that has stuck with me my entire life.

I love to celebrate the birthdays of the people in my life! I love to celebrate my own birthday! Not in a way that’s ridiculously “look at me” but more along the lines of I’m special and I choose to honor that for myself.
I absolutely adore birthdays!

YBW asked me what I wanted for my birthday…I told him I want the girls here. That precious man got on the phone with Thing 2 and sorted it. Then Thing 2 got on the phone with me and YBW bought plane tickets for those girls and Thing 2’s boyfriend, D to come for Mother’s Day and my birthday!
I’m so excited! YBW is so excited! Thing 1 and Thing 2 are so excited! D is excited too, he’s not yet met YBW or his two Things! Thing C and Thing G don’t know yet, but they’re going to be excited too!
I called Sundance to see if she, her husband, and Girlie Thing and Boy Thing would come celebrate too. Waiting to hear back from her…oh that would be absolutely the BEST!

I’m going to reach out to Thing 2’s Godfather who works at National’s Park to see if I can get tickets for a game Mother’s Day weekend! YBW, Thing 2 and I would be “pants peeing” excited, not so sure about the rest of them…but it’ll be fun cause we’ll be all together!
I’m so happy!

Birthday Birthday, Thing 1 and Thing 2, YBW, Thing C and Thing G, and Boyfriend D, and my Washington Nationals!
Turning forty-four is going to be SPECTACULAR!

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