Apr. 1st, 2008

Opening Day

Apr. 1st, 2008 09:06 pm
hestergray: (indians stars)
Yesterday was awesome! The game was so much fun! The Indians won 10-8! It was a little nerve-wracking though, as the White Sox tied it 7-7 in the 7th inning. But Casey Blake came through in the bottom of the 8th with a three-run double, and Joe Borowski only gave up one home run in the top of the ninth. I was so excited. I got some video footage of the day, but I haven't done anything with it yet.

Oh, and it was supposed to rain, but it didn't! At least, not until later in the evening after the game. It was actually pretty nice, weather-wise.

The contestants on "The Biggest Loser" just had to do a triathlon, of sorts. Hee!

Yeah, speaking of triathlons, one month of training is over already. There's only five more months. Yikes! How did that happen? I'm doing okay with the jogging. Biking isn't as easy as I remember from when I was about thirteen. I just have to keep doing it, and I'll get better at it. Then I need to start swimming.

Here's a little story from the baseball game yesterday. It was supposed to rain a whole bunch, and I kind of wanted to wear rain boots. I didn't though, because I don't have any. But then, I ended up sitting next to a girl who was wearing rain boots! They were black with white polka-dots and lined in pink. I said, "Hey, I like your rain boots. They're really cute!" And she got really excited. She said, "THANK you!" and the guy she was with started laughing. She said, "He has been making fun of me ALL day!" They were teasing each other about how now he was going to have to hear about this the whole way home. I said, "Oh, no, look what I've done." But she said I totally made her night. It was pretty funny. And I really did like her boots.

It's baseball season again!
hestergray: (sally reading)
Portuguese Irregular Verbs by Alexander McCall Smith
I listened to this one again because I liked it so much the first time. It's very funny! It tells about the various antics of Professor Dr. Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld, an expert in the field of Portuguese irregular verbs.

Nature Girl by Carl Hiaasen
This was pretty funny. His style is kind of like Dave Barry's. The story is about a woman who is a little nuts and she gets really upset about a telemarketer who was rude to her on the phone one day. She plans a big scheme to get back at him and teach him some manners. She lures him to Florida where she takes him and his mistress on a kayaking tour of some swamp lands. Her ex-husband and her son are following her. A private eye is following the telemarketer. It's all pretty absurd, but in a good way.

Shakespeare by Bill Bryson
This isn't a travel book, like Bill Bryson's other books, but it's still his witty style. He explains how we don't actually know very much about William Shakespeare. Most of what we think about his life is speculation. Bryson gives the biography of Shakespeare telling what we can be sure of, and what probably happened, and what probably did not happen. It's a good little history, as he also talks about the times and places in which Shakespeare lived.

Friends, Lovers, Chocolate by Alexander McCall Smith
I finally remembered that I wanted to continue reading The Sunday Philosophy Club series, so I found the second book. I really like it! Isabel Dalhousie is a middle-aged woman who lives in Edinburgh. She thinks about philosophic issues a lot. In this story, she meets a man who has received a heart transplant, and now he has a memory that he believes belonged to the donor. It's sort of like a little mystery that Isabel has to solve. I'm becoming a big fan of this author.

Sex God by Rob Bell
BOOK OF THE MONTH AWARD
Rob Bell's second book. In this one, he talks about sexuality and spirituality, and how they relate to each other. I liked his explanations of all the wedding symbolism in the Bible - things that I didn't even realize had anything to do with weddings. Like when Jesus talked about going to prepare a place for us, in the Jewish tradition, that's what a man would say to a woman when they became engaged. And then the man would go build an addition onto his father's house, so he and his bride would have somewhere to live after they got married. I've heard analogies of the Church being God's bride before, but this book made it more specific, and more personal, as he also talked about how this relates to our lives on a smaller scale. It was really interesting.

Thale's Folly by Dorothy Gilman
This book is simply delightful. Thale's Folly is a big house that was once owned by Harriet Thale. When she died, the house went to her nephew. Andrew is the 26-year-old son of the nephew, and his father sends him to the house to gather information about the house and lands so they can sell it. When Andrew arrives at the house though, he finds four occupants still living there and they don't want to leave. He spends some time with them and finds that he really likes it there and doesn't want to leave either. It's a very pleasant story.

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