Sunday, May 31, 2009
Shawn spent his evening with the ruggers. I'm not exactly sure what all went on; I simply know that the team held a Kangaroo Court and then went out together afterwards. If you're not familiar with the tradition of Kangaroo Courts in the sporting world, here's an excerpt from the Wikipedia article:
For example, many Major League Baseball teams have a kangaroo court to punish players for errors and other mistakes on the field, as well as for being late for a game/practice, not wearing proper attire to road games, or having a messy locker in the clubhouse. Fines are allotted, and at the end of the year, the money collected is given to charity. The organization may also use the money for a team party at the end of the season.
This type of kangaroo court is common in Rugby Union teams and clubs in the western world where fines are given at the end of a tour or season. The fines are dealt with either by forfeits or tasks. This usually entails large amounts of alcohol as punishment.
In 1975, the Cleveland Indians of the American League had a Kangaroo Court where players were fined one dollar for silly offenses , and the New York Yankees players have held several such mock "courts" in their clubhouse throughout the team's history.
Considering the article excerpt mentions Major League Baseball, the Cleveland Indians, and the rugby tradition, I figured it was fitting to include it here. :)
While Shawn was busy with this, I got to have a girls' night! I thought ahead and contacted two other girls whose boyfriends play rugby with Shawn. Since all three of us would've otherwise spent the evening at home alone, we decided to go out together. We met up first at an Irish pub close to where the boys were starting their evening. We then went out to dinner at Gordon Biersch, where I had a very yummy pulled pork sandwich. It was also in a part of Seattle that I'd never been to before, and to which I'll definitely need to return! It's a huge complex called Pacific Place, and according to their website, it is THE place in Seattle for fashion, food, and film.
After dinner, the three of us went and saw Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. It was rather cheesy and predictable, but I did laugh out loud a number of times. And frankly, I got to spend 100 minutes watching Matthew McConaughey. Although I probably would've appreciated it more if I hadn't spent $10.50 to see it, there are worse things I could've done with my evening.
From what I can tell, Shawn had a good time with the ruggers Saturday night, and I had a great time with the girls. We're already starting to plan our next girls' night out. :)
And as for today...it's been nice and lazy. :) We slept in and went to a late Mass. Afterwards, we headed toward the mall, where Shawn took his suit to get altered. We just bought him this suit a year ago, but he's lost so much weight in that time that Men's Wearhouse has to take in his pants 7 inches at the waist! It'll be done just in time for the End of Season Rugby Banquet that we'll be going to next weekend. We've been spending the rest of the afternoon just hanging around the apartment, watching baseball, reading, making dinner (beef stew in the crock pot), and playing video games (that would be Shawn). Hard to believe that today is the last day of May already!
Saturday, May 30, 2009
This is what I'm looking at right now. I'm actually just a little surprised there are no kids playing out in that grassy area right now. Maybe they're all at the apartment complex pool.
I also thought I'd post a couple pictures of our "garden." Remember what they looked like just a few weeks ago? I took these pictures on May 9. Look at them now!
We need to get stakes for the pea plants. And frankly, I need to thin them out...we have too many plants in that small pot. Hopefully we'll get that taken care of this week! Maybe tomorrow, actually.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
The sub job has been going pretty well. For the most part, I'm enjoying it. Right now, we're doing Romeo and Juliet, which I really do enjoy teaching. I've also done it enough times that I don't really need to spend lots of time preparing for any given lesson. I always enjoy seeing the change in kids' perceptions of the play. When I first tell them we're going to read Shakespeare, they usually whine and complain. They assume it's going to be too hard, and many of them worry that this famous love story is going to be too sappy. I enjoy watching them realize that A) they can understand Shakespeare's words if I help them a little, and B) there's a lot more to the play than just a sappy love story.
I do have a handful of students who drive me nuts just about every day. I'm trying to figure out what I can possibly do about them, but I'm at the point now where I think I might just have to put up with them for the next few weeks. Originally, my job was supposed to be over on May 29th...so just two more weeks. However, the teacher I'm subbing for (her name is Meg) asked me a little while ago if I'd be okay with extending the job. Basically, Meg suddenly realized that she has some childcare issues (namely, her arranged childcare fell through). Personally, I'm thinking that she just doesn't want to have to be away from her baby yet. :) Regardless, she was able to talk the HR department into giving her two more weeks off, so I'll now be there until June 12th. Meg will actually come back on June 12th, too, so we'll have one day at school together to figure out how to transition easily. Basically, I'll be more or less finishing out the school year; the kids are done June 19th. Meg will just have to keep the kids busy for one week and submit their final grades. I was looking forward to being done at the end of May, but honestly, I didn't have a good reason to say no to two extra weeks, and it will be a good little chunk of extra money I wasn't expecting.
So...that's where I stand with the job. Because of budget cuts, I sincerely doubt that I'll be able to find a full-time job for next year, but I'll be applying for whatever I find (including some part-time jobs and some online-teaching jobs). We'll see what happens.
Oh, and we did have a wonderful weekend this weekend, so I'll post some pictures and stories in the next day or two!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
When it comes to price, we try to spend less than $10 a bottle. If any of you reading this are true oenophiles (aka - lover of wine), please don't hold this against us. It's just how we do things. And I think lots of people might be surprised at the number of good wines are this affordable! Granted, this has also brought us the occasional bottle of really bad wine, but it's a risk we're willing to take.
When it comes to labels, this is where advertising comes in. I tend to be drawn to the bottles with interesting designs on the labels. Shawn tends to be drawn to the bottles with interesting and/or funny names. Can you tell which of us chose the bottles pictured here?
I'm pretty sure these were all chosen by Shawn. The bottle of Mad Fish is the very first bottle of wine that Shawn and I ever shared. He picked it up on his way over to my apartment when I was making dinner for him...I think for the first time. He decided that any wine with a name that included an adjective and an animal was probably going to be good. Fortunately, he was right! Unfortunately, we haven't been able to find this wine sold in any store in well over a year. We just recently enjoyed these other two bottles. Naked is a Reisling from a local Washington winery, and...well, Shawn figured that naked is good. :) And I normally prefer red wines, but this one was good. Pretty sweet. And finally, we have (Oops). It made Shawn laugh the first time he saw it, so we've bought it twice now. It's a Chilean wine (which we tend to really like), and according to the label, for decades people thought they were using Merlot grapes, only to find out in 1994 that the grapes were actually Carmenere grapes that had been allowed to grow wild. Oops.
In each of these cases, Shawn's tendency to pick wine based solely on name and price worked out well for us. Too bad I can't say the same for the bottle of Triple Dog Dare we once picked up on sale for $2.99.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Overall, I enjoyed the book, and I recommend it!