Wow, sorry this is late again, but time gets away from me.* This week’s word is sports. Yes, it’s been a sports-filled week around here. With the Stanley Cup Playoffs starting this past week, I can say that I’ve been pretty much camped out in front of a TV with beer. As of today, the Washington Capitals have tied up their series with the Boston Bruins at one game a piece, despite appalling reffing. (On both sides and throughout the first rounds – but that’s a post for another day.)
Wednesday was the start of playoffs, but the Caps didn’t play until Thursday night, where we lost 0-1, in overtime. We had a rookie goalie in the net who was playing like he had ice in his veins. So a loss in OT? Not so bad. We didn’t play again until Saturday afternoon and this time won, in double OT, 2-1. Awesome. In between games, I’ve been keeping up with the other games in the league – I’ve got my bracket picked out, and I totally admit to being a homer when it comes to the bracket. 🙂
Friday, Dani asked if I wanted to go to the Washington Nationals game that night. Her friend, E, had free tickets to the game through work. (Thanks E’s work!) While I had things I should have done, of course I went. 🙂 What is surprising to me, is that while baseball is a fairly simple game to understand, I understand hockey a hell of a lot more. The Nats won, couldn’t tell you the score, in extra innings. It seems like my luck with extending games to OT extended to a totally different sport. Sorry!
I’ve never considered myself a sporty kind of girl, but when it comes to hockey, heaven help you if you’re dating me. Hell, I’ve already warned friends (who really didn’t need it) that until our run in the playoffs is done, I won’t be talking about much else.
* I’ll just say this right now, there may not be a One Word post next week. If so, it will be very late. I’ll make up for it the week after, though! It’s a camping weekend and it’ll be hard enough to keep up with the April Photo a Day challenge.
So far, so good. I’ve been diligent about taking pictures and uploading them to Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, and Facebook. Let’s hope that I can keep up the photography momentum!
Sorry for the delayed post! I had a different word for this week, but couldn’t find what I was looking for to photograph, so I went with a back-up.
This week was a difficult one to decide on just one word – but I eventually decided on kitchen. Boring, possibly, but it fits. This week, I’ve spent a hell of a lot of time in the kitchen, determined to cook. Last Sunday I made bread (awesome), I’ve baked, I’ve made breakfasts for the next week, dinners… all in all, I’m becoming a lot more comfortable in the kitchen. A few years ago, you wouldn’t have been able to get me to spend any time in there voluntarily. Hell, in my old place, I probably ate out more than I cooked in my kitchen (which is just a shame).
All this time in the kitchen has definitely been doing one thing: helping me spend less money, though I tend to go to the grocery store more often than I usually do. (Foursquare has a badge for everything else, they should have one for days in a grocery store. I probably hit one 6 out of the last 7 days – in some cases more than once in a day.) Well, maybe my spending has just evened out, because looking at my bank account yesterday was just a sad thing, but it feels like I’m spending less (at least it does when I’m not spending $24 on backfin crab meat, *sigh*).
So much more happened this week: I got to go to the last Caps home game of the season with one of my besties (courtesy of a very generous friend), I went on a mini-photowalk, took on more things at the shop (I’ll be doing finishing of handknit projects), knitting furiously to meet a deadline for sample knitting, and got to watch a thoroughly satisfying Caps game tonight – our last regulation game of the season. Playoffs start next week… while I’m excited, I’m cautious.
So maybe it’s a bit of a cheat to use my laptop monitor to describe my week, but damned if it doesn’t say what I’m feeling. 🙂
Yes, this week’s word is happy. No, it’s not just because my favorite team won last night (when all game it looked like our chances of making it into the playoffs were going to be even slimmer…), this entire week (except for the Buffalo game on Tuesday) was a happy week.
My boss was in town all week and while I never have any cause to be nervous when she visits the office, I was this time. Why? It was time for my annual review. Yes kids, it’s been a year since I wrote about interviewing and wanting this job – and it’s been a good one. Now I know what I do and that I do a good job, she tells me that she knows that I work hard all the time, but when it comes time to review it, I get nervous. (Never mind that it was also my first review in YEARS.) I’m much harsher on myself than she is. She told me how much of an asset I am to the team and how she knows she can give me a project and she knows that I’ll give her the desired result. (She’s Type A and it takes a lot to earn her trust and let go.) She knows what I want to do with this position and how I want to make it grow. Which ended with her telling me that I’m awesome (literally) and placing a bit more responsibility on my plate with my Ongoing Big Project. It’s good to know that I’m wanted and needed.
Now top that off with a Caps win on Sunday and one last night… not bad at all. (I’ve got my fingers crossed for a win tomorrow night for us and a loss for Buffalo to the Pens tonight. Maybe the hockey gods are listening? Please?) I’ll leave you with my favorite part of last night’s game: Brooks Laich’s winning shootout goal and Tim Thomas’s skate off the ice. Just watch to the end.
If you could describe your week in just one word, what would it be?
I’ve decided to take baby steps to get back into photography and blogging. I mean, I have this thing, I should use it, right?
Photography has always been a love of mine, but with my Big Girl Camera (my precious DSLR) accidentally packed away in storage for 7 months (and recently retrieved), it’s fallen by the wayside. Now, this doesn’t mean I didn’t have cameras in my possession during this time – I had my trusty P&S and the camera apps on my iPhone, but they just didn’t seem “real” to me. Now that I have the BGC back, I need to get back into using it, getting to know it again, if you will – but I also want to explore what I can do with the other cameras. I’ve seen so much great iPhone-photography out there, that I’m willing to try.
A friend on Facebook has been participating in the March Photo a Day and put up the list of pictures for Photo a Day April (#photoadayApril). I plan on using my phone for most of the month, hey, it’s what I have on me all the time, but I’m hoping to double up on some days with shots from the DSLR. Which brings me to this post.
The person behind the Photo a Day April, fatmumslim, has a cute blog where she talks about life and photography (and she lives in Sydney! love.) and she does this “describe your week in one word” thing, which I think is brilliant and have borrowed the idea. If anything, it’ll get me to blog at least once a week, hopefully more. (So, Chantelle, if you ever see this post, thank you for inspiring me to start with the photography and blogging again.)
Let’s see how this goes. 🙂
Oh 2010, you don’t know how good it is to see you. Honestly, 2009 had worn out its welcome. I mean, it all started off okay, then got crappy, then okay again… and then it was shit-tacular what with the passing of my aunt the week of Christmas and all.
Don’t get me wrong, there are so many things I am thankful for from 2009. I made a ton of new friends with all the traveling and camping this year – and I got to know a lot of my old friends so much better. (There’s a lot to be said when you’re with a small group of people, weekend after weekend, in places where there are little to no opportunities to shower (except at Nittany – love them, they build showers) – you really get to know those people. And get to love them. Or, in the odd case, not.) I got to cross more places off my list of places to visit – and discover that I love Colorado. I didn’t think I would. I’ve made more time for me this year. I haven’t really done that in years past, and honestly, I’m not going to forget to do that again. What I need to learn is how not to feel guilty when I am taking time for me… but that’s another thing altogether. I’ve met a pretty nice guy, parted ways for awhile and came back to each other. We’ll see how that goes.
If I had been a better blogger, I might have made a list of the things I’ve done in 2009 and a list of resolutions for 2010. I’m not, though. I’m not really the resolution-type, either – I love the idea, but I always break those resolutions then feel so guilty about it. Why heap on the guilt for the year? Screw it, no resolutions. I do have a few goals, small ones, but that’s it.
- Be a better blogger in the new year. I’m not talking blog every day, because we all know that’s just not gonna happen, but make a more conscious effort to blog. It’s here, I should use it.
- Be better about taking pictures and uploading them. Also, attempt to take a picture every day, Project 365 style. Will I succeed? Probably not, but at least I can try. Maybe even try more self-portraits. And try not to be so damn critical.
- Try to get some organization in my life. Right now, my life is a mess, physically. I need to do something about it.
- Figure out what to do with the shop this year. I’ve been putting off making a decision one way or the other for so long for so many reasons… I need to do something for me.
So, that’s it. That’s my focus for the year. I’ve gotten a start on the organization, since I spent my entire evening rearranging and reorganizing and scrubbing surfaces in my kitchen. It’s a start. 🙂
Okay, so we all have them, the real question is what we do about them. Right? That’s what I keep telling myself, anyway. I have tons of them, not surprising if you know me. (Many of my friends would probably say I’ve got too many, but whatev.)
What’s brought about this round of insecurity? My photography. Once upon a time I fancied myself a photographer – this was when I was taking photography classes in college, of course – and while I enjoyed my time behind the camera (a lot!), I let it fall by the wayside. Occasionally, I’ll get an idea that I can still do it, even with my crappy P&S’s, and while I know that they’re okay, I know that there are better photographers out there. Why all of this all of a sudden?
Tonight, D was talking about taking a fabulous picture and entering it in the FotoWeek DC competition. She was half-joking – though she shouldn’t, she’s really a really good photographer with a good eye – which got me thinking, maybe I could enter too? We both came to the conclusion that we wished we had known about this before we went to Colorado, as we would have made more of an effort to take some great shots. Oh well, live and learn, right?
So, I’ve spent the last couple of hours running through my Flickr photostream, looking for something that falls under the guidelines. I’m not sure I’ve got anything, but at least I can dream, no?
Why exactly am I, for lack of a better word, scared of the idea of entering? I got a look at last year’s winners and finalists – they are all so good, that I’m in awe. I’ve got 72 hours to decide on if I’m going to enter and what – <sarcasm> all for the low, low price of $35 an entry (or $85 for a series). </sarcasm>
So, that’s what I’m thinking about before bed tonight. Hey, it’s better than watching I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant on TLC, right? Heh.
*All three pictures in this post are mine, natch. They are among the ones I’m considering, but there are more that I’m looking at… Not great, but mine. From the top: Chris Clark warming up before game 2 against the Penguins; the US Marine Color Guard during the last Tuesday night Sunset Parade of the year; the Rockies as taken at sunset from Coors Field.*