Update: On Friday I popped my baseball cherry by attending a Washington Nationals v. Texas Rangers. If you know me at all, you might ask “Why on earth would Jen be caught dead at a baseball game?” Two reasons. Number one — my future brother-in-law Jason love-love-loves baseball, and I want to be able to have a conversation with him or at least follow along if he’s telling me something about a game. Number two — the amazing Karin discovered that the Nationals were hosting a Stitch-n-Pitch for this particular game. She organized the June Stitch-n-Bitch (our monthly knitting get-together) to be held at the ballpark, and six of us (Karin, Courtney, Aimee, Amy, Cecilia and myself) brought knitting projects to the game! We each got a bag of freebies from the organizers of the Stitch-n-Pitch, and for the core-group of knitters it was a chance to meet Cecilia (who’s awesome) and have one more special Maryland memory with Courtney, who’s headed for greener pastures (well, perhaps grayer sidewalks is more appropriate, since she’s moving to a Big City)!
The game ended up going into overtime, and poor Jen the anti-sports gal didn’t know that baseball goes until well, someone wins. *urk* At the end of the 12th inning, when the stadium made the announcement that it was too late to shoot off fireworks after the game, we packed up and headed home. The game was tied when we left, but I’m happy to announce that the Nationals did beat the Rangers, 4 – 3.
The girls were awesome and probably would’ve stayed ’til the game ended so I could say I saw an *entire* game, but the truth is I knew I had to drive 6 hours down to Blacksburg, Va., the next morning in order to spend a few days with my sister, Jaci. For my birthday, she bought us two seats in an Annie Modesitt class!
Jaci’s local yarn shop in Blacksburg – Mosaic – is an AWESOME little yarn shop, and the ladies there are just about the nicest people you’ll ever meet. Jaci has come to really love knitting, in part because the ladies there are so supportive and helpful! This past weekend, the shop put together and hosted Purl Jam 2008, a weekend of classes, shopping and fiber frolicking! Annie’s Sunday class taught us knitting tips and tricks, including how to make dreadlocks, yarn buttons and i-cord bind offs. The class was very interesting, if a little contradictory, and afterwards we were able to do a little bit of yarn shopping! I bought some beautiful skeins at the hotel where Purl Jam 2008 was held, but we also went into the Mosaic store in Blacksburg so I could purchase some additional yarn and pick up a Thank You/I’ll Miss You So Much present for Courtney.
On Monday, I drove Jaci and her two dogs – Ella and Lexi – home to Maryland. That night, I was confronted with the not-so-exciting news that a check I had deposited (and subsequently, spent) bounced on Friday (I wasn’t aware) and my bank had not only drained my savings account in order to pay my incoming charges/bills, but I had racked up $175 in overdraft fees over the weekend. So, I spent 3 HOURS today ironing all of that mess out, and ended up going home early because at 3:30 p.m. there was no point in going back to work. I was exhausted. Too tired, in fact, to bug Courtney for copies of the Stitch-n-Pitch photos to add into this post. Too beat to take pictures of my fabulous yarn purchases for you to oggle from across the Internet.
Instead, I’m washing my sheets and waiting for my sister to come over so I can show her how to use double-pointed needles. But I feel bad for not sharing any new pictures and for not making this post more exciting. So here… amidst my mood (which is recovering from blackness and stress), I present to you my Hot Dog of the week:
HAHAHAHA There now! I feel so much better!