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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Southern Shootout 2007

What a great time this past Easter weekend was. Went with my team, the "Woofs Wackers" to Birmingham, AL to compete in the "Southern Shootout" softball tournament. This is our first tournament after having our team reform with a good few new members.

We left the ATL on Friday, I had taken off of work and decided to go pick up a few supplies and purchase some luggage (I discovered Thursday night that I had thrown all of mine away) that morning at Target. Then I went and got a tan and I had never gotten a manicure (I bite my nails too much but I had curbed that habit for the week) so I went and got one. I think everyone should get one. It's pretty relaxing. After that, I finally got my emissions for my car done...a month late. Ordered my car tag online, then finished packing and then went out the door to my teammate Hildebrant's house.

Once on the road, we swung by and got Larry from his house, and FINALLY were truly on the road. Hilde's driving was scaring the absolute SHIT out of me though :) He's a very aggressive driver and we were in a big car so it's not like anyone can get in his way! After a few gasps of breath and a definitive need for some tranquilizers, things calmed down and we spent the time discussing fantasy/sci-fi stuff we were both interested in while Larry zoned out in the back.

Friday night's party was kind of a let down. Usually its a very lively party but for some reason I just wasn't into it. We were hungry anyway and ended up at Surin (a thai restaurant I hadn't previously been fond of, but have a new appreciation for). I (admittedly) had a bit too much to drink (darn that Hildebrant and bringing vodka) so my friend Danny had to tell me to use my "inside voice"! HAHAHAH :) Surprising enough, this guy I had been chatting with online (woof) was there with his parents, but I was COMPLETELY oblivious to that fact (until he said something online the next week!)...I MUST have been trippin!

Well we turned in that evening early since we had 9AM games. We won one and lost one in round robin (not too bad) and then...frack it...we lost our first tournament game. It's double elim in tourneys so we were done for the night (since everyone plays on Sunday).

Attempted to orchestrate a nice dinner that night (while texting this young hot stud I had met in the lobby who was after my cookies) failed miserably, so we went to Mellow Mushroom (about 1/2 the team came) and we had a nice time sitting around, having some pizza pie, and chatty kathy.

Funny enough, hot young stud attempted to call me at MIDNIGHT (wanting my cookies) but, not having a room of my own (and NOT willing to subject my friends to that) I had to take a raincheck (and kick myself repeatedly).

Sunday rolled around with a 7AM (fracking 7AM) game that...well...we lost (although I was in the ZONE). Done. Finito. Ugly. Uuuuugly.


So we were done, packed up the car, hit the road and was back in town by noon. I picked up my dog, then proceeded to sit on my ass and play video games.

All in all, we had a great time...getting to spend some time with my new teammates was definitely the highlight of the event. Softball is definitely like a fraternity to me. This's going to be GAME ON, mofos!

Sunday, April 01, 2007


So Molly was GREAT (in Sweet Charity)! The seat location had a wee little to be desired (I would have rather had a more center seat, but I was on the second row) and was able to see one of my favorites up close and personal.

Yesterday after softball practice, I decided to go shopping (can you say "pay-day"? haha) and proceeded on a whirlwind tour of the greater Northlake area shopping facilities. I started off at Sports Authority where I got some new soccer shorts and some shin guards (for softball actually) and I purchased a Speedo to wear in the backyard when I get the opportunity to tan. It's going to be my "motivation" to trim down the small love handles I have (I'm my own worst critic I know) and quit eating fatty foods :) It's hard for me to find a balance between what I need to eat (to maintain my muscle mass) and what I need to eat to obtain the trim figure I want. A friend of mine has a nutritionist she sees and recommended that I give her a try and discuss my own eating habits. I may just do that.

Aaaanyway...back to shopping. So after that, I went to a couple of shoe stores in my quest for a new pair of Merril sandals (no luck) and found two jeans of the size I LOVE in Levi 527 (boot cut, low rise...33/30 is a BITCH to find, peeps). Then went to Target and got two shirts and two pair of basketball shorts. I don't play basketball, but those things are darn comfortable to wear.

I have had my bathroom in pieces for about two weeks and I finally got around today to finishing it up :) It was about a 6 hour job from start (purchasing the supplies at Lowe's) to finish (exhausted and needing a fraking break!).

We have the before (well...after I had already tore up the original limnoleum):

And the after (6 hours of hard, sweaty, breakbacking work!):

But I hope it stays nice and lasts awhile. It's linoleum that looks very much like hardwood flooring (very similar to what I have installed downstairs). I even got new baseboards that mimic the same oak pattern and the quarter-round detail where appropriate really gives it that "real hardwood" look (at least until you step on it :)

Last night we went to this party called "Megawoof" which is some London leather/bear party they wanted to bring to Atlanta. I only went because a good number of my softball mates were going. I just wasn't a big fan of the music they spun (tribal isn't really my style) so after a couple of hours (dancing is an amazing ab workout for me) I walked the .81 miles from the venue to my house :)

This upcoming weekend will be the 2007 "Southern Shootout" in Birmingham, AL where my team, the "Woofs Wackers", will be competing for the best dressed team (aside from attempting to win a top three trophy). Don't know how we'll do as we lost a good number from our roster from last year so we have to "gel" again. But the new folks are fun and are turning out to be valuable friends already. Win or lose, it is definitely going to be a good time to be with my friends.