Wednesday, April 22, 2015

LA Times Festival of Books 2015

This last weekend was the LA Times Festival of Books for the year.  It was a nice sunny weekend, a little hot on Saturday, but it was beginning to cool off Sunday afternoon.

Unfortunately, this year, I went by myself.  Angelique couldn’t make it, which was a bummer.  But I still had a good time.  Plus I got to meet up with a fellow book blogger before everything started on Saturday.  We had fun chatting about our shared interest in books and blogging about them.

The rest of the weekend was spent wandering back and forth between the two favorite areas, the kid’s area and the mystery area.  I spent time talking to various authors and got some signatures.  I actually went to two of the panels that were on the middle grade/young adult stage and enjoyed both of them enough to buy the books by the various authors.

Normally, the crowds seem bigger on Saturday, but this year, it was the exact opposite.  Attendance was light on Saturday but there were a lot more people on Sunday.  I guess any big names they had were there on Sunday.  Personally, I had fun both days.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Word Association for April 21st

Let's do this week's word association.

  1. Roller coaster :: Fun 
  2. Yellow :: Blue
  3. Humor :: Laugh
  4. Parental :: Notification
  5. Blow :: Back
  6. Duck :: Quack
  7. Height :: Depth
  8. Wolf :: Howl
  9. Troubling :: Development

Friday, April 17, 2015

Down and Dirty Mud Run 2015

So, why didn’t I play pick up ultimate on Sunday?  I’m very glad you asked.  I did a mud run Sunday morning instead.

Yes, that also means I skipped church.  (Bad, Mark.  Bad!)

This is one just up the road from me, and two friends wanted to do it with me, how could I pass it up?

Even with how close it is, I’ve only ever done it one other time (due to always being on a Sunday).  It was pretty much how I remembered it from two years ago, but that’s not a bad thing.  It was a lot of fun.  The hills are pretty tough, especially the last one, but the views from the top are spectacular.  Plus the inflatable slide is very fun.  The mud was a bit weak and runny, but that was a minor issue.

Due to the drought, they took out the ice plunge obstacle, which was no big loss at all.  Man, those can be cold!  They also had us clean off in the lake, which is honestly always my first choice.

The weather was warm, almost too warm, but the day was lots of fun.  All three of us enjoyed it, although we were tired when we were done.  Between how much I was out on Saturday and this on Sunday, I stayed home and got some things done Sunday afternoon.  So it was a crazy busy weekend, but it was also a fun weekend.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Word Association for April 16th

Time for this week's Word Association!

  1. Science :: School
  2. Everywhere :: God
  3. Seed :: Grow
  4. Comedian :: Funny
  5. Philadelphia :: Pennsylvania
  6. Disillusioned :: Orwell (just finished listening to 1984)
  7. Rolls :: Dinner
  8. History :: Interesting
  9. Eagles :: Fly
  10. Disappointed :: Result

Monday, April 13, 2015

A Day of Ultimate

Saturday was a day of ultimate Frisbee.  I started out by going to beach league.  We were down in numbers, unfortunately, and several of them were our key players.  We still made respectable showings, but we lost both games.  I was a handler again for some of the points I was playing, and I did a good job.  I’m not a good enough thrower most of the time, although not having to cut as much is a definitely plus.

I was happier with the score I got.  I was hanging out in the back of the end zone because all the activity was in other parts of the field.  My defender got drawn in to other action, and the thrower saw me and threw it to me.  Made my day.

After grabbing lunch down there, I headed home long enough to shower and then drive even further south.  (I really could have called this a day on the 405.)  Why?  To go to the season opener for the LA Aviators.  This is the new professional ultimate Frisbee team in Los Angeles.  Yes, it was a historic day, and I was there.  Yes, just a little excited.

I think nerves got to the team a bit after the first few points because they let the Seattle team get several points in a row.  In the second half, they matched them pretty much point for point, but couldn’t overcome that deficit.  The final score was 20-29.  Still, it was lots of fun to watch and cheer them on.  I found myself calling things I would from the sidelines of my league games.  It’s just that ingrained in me.  While I drove by myself, I hung out with some people I play pick up with on Sundays, and that was lots of fun.

No, I didn’t make it to pick up on Sunday this weekend.  Part of it was because I was so busy on Saturday I needed some time to myself.  But there was another reason, which I’ll talk about later in the week.  (Yes, this would be a To be Continued blog post.)

Monday, April 06, 2015

Beach League Week 2

We had perfect weather for beach league again this weekend.  This time, the sun stayed out the entire time and the wind was very low.  It was in the mid-70’s.  I mean, who could ask for a better day on April 4th?

Our first game was against the team we hadn’t played yet – the other undefeated team.  Unfortunately, we lost to them.  However, we won the second game of the day at the very last moment with a 15-14 score, leaving us with a 3-1 record on the season so far.  I will definitely take it.

They had me playing handler a few points this week, and it went mostly well.  I did panic and overthrow one throw, but a different teammate was able to get it and pass it on for the score, so I won’t complain too loudly.

I jumped in the ocean between games and for a while after the second game, too.  The water was pretty warm for this time of the year.  Really, it was a great day.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Word Association for April Fool's Day

Time for this week's word association.

  1. Twins :: Identical
  2. Seven :: Lucky
  3. Canceled :: Event
  4. Video :: Evidence
  5. Mistress :: Cheater
  6. Puppy :: Cute
  7. Sadness :: Depressed
  8. Cleanse :: Juice
  9. Impostor :: Fake
  10. Fruitless :: Waste of Time

Monday, March 30, 2015

Beach League Week One

We started off ultimate Frisbee beach league this weekend down in Santa Monica.  The weather was wonderful, too.  Temps around 70.  It was sunny when I first got there, but the fog rolled in for the second game only to have the clouds burn off before we left the area.

The draft for teams happen earlier that morning, so I found out who was on my team after I’d arrived.  I’m on a team with guys who play lots of beach ultimate together on a regular basis.  Since a lot of a league like this is how quickly you develop chemistry, it’s a huge help to have that built in already.

And that may be one of the reasons we won both of our games.  They were fairly far apart, too, with us finishing around 13-7 on both.

Did you catch that?  We won!  In case you are wondering why I’m so excited, my team this year has double the wins of my last two beach league teams – combined.  Yes, the first year, my team only won one game and last year we lost all of them.

While there are quite a few people who have played together before, they were just throwing the disc to each other.  I was more involved than I normally am, in fact, getting the disc several times and passing it on successfully most of them.  They were making the best/smartest throws no matter who they were throwing it, too, which is actually a huge help for a team as well.  And everyone seems very nice.

Really, it was a very pleasant day all the way around.  But it’s hard to go wrong when you are on the beach.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Church Cookout

When I was talking about my weekend earlier in the week, I left out one thing I did.  My church had a cookout on Saturday night, and I crashed the party.  Okay, so crashed isn’t quite the right word, but you know what I mean.

I showed up late since I came from the St. Pat’s Hat party, but there was still plenty of food.  I talked to several friends before settling down by the campfire and talking to one couple for a while.  Our pastor brought out his guitar and we sang a few songs as well.

It was a nice, quiet evening, and I really enjoyed it.  It also made me feel a little better about skipping church the next day.  But only a little.

I left after a few people started to leave.  It really cooled off when it got dark out, and since I only had clothes for running around playing ultimate during the day (aka shorts and a tank top) with me, I was starting to get cold.  Plus I had to go home and get ready for day two of the tournament.  Still, I’m really glad I stopped by for the couple of hours I was there.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Word Association for March 25th

Time to slip in this week's word association.

  1. Ringtone :: Song
  2. Slab :: of Meat
  3. Harness :: Horse
  4. Couple :: Dating
  5. Shovel :: Hole
  6. Game :: Fun
  7. Patriotic :: Fireworks
  8. Bleed :: Cut
  9. Top :: Spin
  10. Leafy :: Tree