Monday, December 31, 2012

Marathon update and 2013 goals

Well, I've finally dragged myself out the door for a few runs, each one less than five miles. After the #deathflu, getting dressed wore me out, so I wasn't setting any expectations. Taking it easy was the only plan, because I haven't run consistently since before Thanksgiving. It was a slow road back after being sick, and I was just lazy and pitiful. After that it was a tailspin that landed me in the recliner in front of the TV. I really have no excuse for that.

I am finally getting back to training for Shamrock. I will be revising my time goal, however. The original goal was sub 5:00. I'm not sure how much it should be adjusted. I guess I'll decide after a long run or two.

One of the training issues has been my training partner (my husband) and my work schedules. He is off work at 5:00 and I work until 6:00. By the time I get home, it's dark outside, and he's ready for dinner. So, starting Wednesday when I go back to work, I'm changing my schedule to 8:00-5:00 instead of 9:00-6:00. We plan to meet at one of the Greenway trails between our offices and run before it gets dark. The new schedule will mean more nOg Club runs and more Fleet Feet group runs. Maybe mentoring another beginner running program is in our future, too.

Speaking of the nOg Run Club, they are trying for a Guinness World Record for the largest kilt race! How much fun is that?! The race is the St. Paddy's Run Green 8k on March 2, but the record is for a race with all the runners wearing kilts. The 8k is open to anyone, so the world record attempt will be a 200 meter run before the 8k. One of the race sponsors is Sport Kilt, and they are offering a discount. I just have to decide which one I want. If I really like it, I might wear it for the marathon on the 17th. We'll see....

In the spirit of the new year, I'm setting some New Year's running goals. I don't "do" resolutions; they don't have the same power that goals have for me. "I resolve to lose weight" is a little wishy washy. So here are my goals (in no particular order).

2013 running goals:

  • Get out of the recliner!
  • Set and stick to a regular training schedule (run 3-4x week, cross train 2x week).
  • Shamrock Marathon! Time goal tbd.
  • Buy a cool hanging thing for my five medals.
  • Mentor at least one beginner running program at Fleet Feet Sports.
  • nOg Run Club every Monday.
  • Yoga every Friday. (Is that cross train or rest?)
  • Buy a kilt. Break a World Record.
Happy New Year!
-k

Design wall Monday: Off the wall

I need everyone to join me in a big "OMG," okay? Here we go....
Me: "My BQE top is finished!"
You: "OH. EM. GEEE."
That felt pretty good.

What's a BQE, you ask? It's my Biggest Quilt Ever. Queen size! I made this one for my very own bed. After making this giant thing, I will never buy a King size bed.

DH is standing on a step ladder in the driveway. This quilt is big!

I started it in January 2012 as part of the Michael Miller Clubhouse quilt along, and it's been on and off my design wall all year. Now it's done. Started and finished all in the same year! It has an appointment with the longarmer in February. I gave myself some extra time, just in case. What size is your BQE?

Click here to find out what other quilters have on their design walls.

Getting it done! Setting four quilty goals for January:

  1. Medallion mystery, month one
    • The directions for month one will be posted on January 1. It's not too late to join! The information can be found at Patchwork Times. Or click the "Back to Square One" button in the sidebar of my blog.
  2. Michael Miller Clubhouse 2013, month one
    • I had so much fun last year that I signed up again. We meet on the first Thursday of each month to get our kits, see a demo of how to put it together, and share our completed projects. My club meets at Wish Upon A Quilt in Raleigh, NC, but you can search for a Clubhouse near you here.
  3. Backing for Casino (the BQE)
    • I have my fabric, so I just need to piece it together. I guess it'll be in three pieces.
  4. Don't fall behind on Easy Street clues
    • We're so close to the final reveal!
Happy New Year!
-k

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The yarn along

A few days ago, I was looking through the photos on my phone, and I noticed something. The photos-of-yarn to photos-of-stuff-made-with-yarn ratio is way out of balance. I need to do something about it. I corrected the photos-of-fabric to photos-of-stuff-made-with-fabric ratio in 2012. No, it wasn't because I stopped taking photos of fabric, smarty pants. I finished more quilting projects this year, and I need to do the same with knitting projects in 2013.

stuff made with yarn

Another blogger posted a link to a weekly yarn along at Small Things. Every Wednesday, knitters share their WIPs and their finished projects. I added a button on the sidebar of my blog. I also set an alarm on my calendar to remind me that I should have something finished to share on Wednesdays. That's motivation.


The next project going on my needles is the Bigger on the Inside shawl. The Bigger on the Inside, TARDIS-blue yarn was sold out for a long time, but Jimmy Beans Wool sent an email when it was back in stock. I have my yarn, I have my needles, and I think I know how to read the pattern charts. This one is probably going to take me awhile.


yarn
something I'm going to make with yarn

I plan to post updates of the progress on all my projects. If I don't post updates I probably haven't made any progress, so call me out on it! Help me stay on track. See you in 2013!
 
Happy New Year!
-k

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Sitting ducks

Bonnie at Quiltville surprised us again! I thought I knew what the next step was going to be, but I was wrong. She is very good at keeping it a mystery. Did you have the correct guess?

Part 5 says that we don't have any more geese to do. Yay! But, as I read through the steps, I realized that what we're making is basically flying geese with big butts. I like how they look (I cannot lie) but I don't think these fat geese will get off the ground. I'm calling them sitting ducks.

Another thing I realized is that Bonnie was using the two squares and a line method instead of the Companion Angle and Easy Angle rulers that she introduced me to a few weeks ago. I actually don't mind making flying geese using those rulers. Drawing lines on all those little squares seems to take forever and half the time I can't even see the lines when I start to stitch. These are just geese on squares instead of triangles, right? I can make the rulers work, right?

First, I cut strips 3.5in instead of 2in like the others. My plan was to start at the 2in line and cut the top of the strip using the ruler then cut the rest square. It didn't take me long to realize that wasn't going to work.

Next, I cut the strip into squares and tried to use the ruler to cut the corners on the top. The problem with that was trying to get the ruler centered for even cuts. The proportions were all wrong on the finished sitting duck.

So, I went with the old reliable two squares and a line method.

All my pieces are cut, and the right sides are stitched. I'm off work all week, and I'm going to be all caught up before the next clue is posted.

My Easy Street progress so far:
  • Part 1: approx 80 four patches to go. I've been using them as leaders and enders for other projects.
  • Part 2: done
  • Part 3: done
  • Part 4: done
  • Part 5: right sides done
You can see everyone's progress on the Christmas Eve linky here.

In case you were wondering, 24% of the quilt top remains to be revealed. Remember, this is based on the area not on how many weeks we have left. We still need to put all the parts together. Anyone have a guess on the next clue? I hope we make something with our limey greens.

Happy Holidays!
-k

Friday, December 21, 2012

On the needles: End of the world edition

I started this sweater in a "knit your first sweater" class in 2007, and I think I made pretty good progress over the following year or so....

knitted top down

I love the detail on the front.

Then I went back to school for a Master's degree. I thought I would be able to knit my sweater when I wasn't working on schoolwork. As it turns out, I was just barely able to sleep when I wasn't working on schoolwork.

Five years later, I've graduated with an MBA, and I'm trying to finish PhDs (projects half done). Knitting, quilting, cross stitch...there are too many to list. I thought I would be able to pick up my sweater and quickly start where I left off. Problem is, I can't quite figure out where I left off. Along with the pattern, I found this in my knitting bag:


There are four pages of these crazy notes. Thousands of years from now, someone will find this and "decode" it to predict the end of the world. Hopefully my sweater will be finished before then. I especially like that I used the "$10,000 Downtown Puzzle Party" notepad. This is definitely a puzzle for me.

I stopped by Great Yarns, the awesome LYS where I took the class so many years ago, and they said to bring my sweater, pattern, and notes, and they would help me figure it out. I'm going up there after the holidays, because I don't want to get started now and then get interrupted again.

Thanks for stopping by. I enjoy reading everyone's blog posts. You can find them at Patchwork Times.

-k

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Happening now

I'm getting my hair colored and cut. Nothing too drastic, but it has been seven months since my last haircut. Stay tuned....

Yes, that's my hair!
 

 

Update:

 
 
 
I wish I had thought to take a "before" picture. At least five inches are gone!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Mysteries are meant to be solved

Or at least investigated....

Let's look at the Easy Street clues:
  1. The intro said that it will finish at 84" x 84" before borders. That's 7,056 square inches. Borders are optional, so all the pieces we've done should fit in that area.
  2. By my calculations, there is roughly 33% of the area still to be revealed. I'll break it down. Please check my math (or my typos).
    • Part 1: 192 four patches * 3x3 finished size = 1,728 sq in, 24% of the total area
    • Part 2: 128 flying geese * 1.5x3 finished size = 576 sq in, 8% of the total area
    • Part 3: 64 shaded four patches * 3x3 finished size = 576 sq in, 8% of the total area
    • Part 4: 64 flying geese * 1.5x3 finished size = 288 sq in, 4% of the total area (we've already counted the part 2 geese that these get attached to)
    • Extras: b&w rectangles, green triangles, green squares = 1,606 sq in, 23% of the total area
  3. From parts 1-4, we have groups of 192 units, 64 units, 64 units, and 64 units. How many blocks can we make from these? Common denominators are 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, and 64. Having 32 blocks would make the most sense to me. Those blocks would have 6 four patches and 2 each of the other units. We need to add something to the remaining part 2 geese to make them square; maybe flying geese with green wings made in the next part or maybe the b&w rectangles cut in part 2? We would need 4 of a new unit to make a 12x12 finished block. Of course, the units we've made might not go into the same blocks at all. [edited 12/18/2012]
  4. In her blog post for part 1, Bonnie said that she has to be home to do the mystery. A quick check of her calendar tells us that she will be in Texas from December 30 to January 5. The 4th is when a clue would be posted. Does that mean our last clue will be posted on December 28? On the other hand, she said to plan on 6 to 8 weeks.
I know I'm missing something. Anyone else have any clues to add?

On to part 4! I got all the pieces cut for this week, but I wanted to finish part 3 before I started stitching them. (Update: All the part 4 right side wings are attached.)

Easy Street part 4, in process

Easy Street part 3, finished

Also on my design wall right now are the borders for my Michael Miller Clubhouse quilt, Casino. (These are the blocks that you see under my part 4 pieces in the first photo.) I really want to finish the top before the first meeting of the 2013 Clubhouse.

Border blocks for Casino, ready to be assembled

Thanks for visiting! I hope you'll stop by again. Please leave a comment and say hi. I'm linking up with Quiltville and Patchwork Times.

-k

My previous Easy Street reports:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Some like it hot

I was working along with quilt cam Saturday night, and making good progress on the final flying geese of step 2, when tragedy struck. My iron stopped heating. The "ready" light was on, but the iron was cold. It wasn't really a surprise, since I don't even know how old that iron was. It's been a good iron for many, many years. So, after a moment of silence for my old iron, I went back to stitching my geese. I finger pressed the right wing before I stitched the left wing, and then I left them to be pressed with my new iron.

Flying Geese waiting to be pressed

My mission for Sunday went from "finish Easy Street part 3" to "acquire a new iron." I checked my favorite online quilting groups and Googled some reviews before deciding to get another Black & Decker. I really wanted to start part 3, but I knew I needed to get an iron. Dilemma! I found an iron on the Bed, Bath & Beyond website with a pick-up-in-store option! I placed the order for the closest store, then I gave my DH the 20% off coupon and sent him to pick it up. I <3 the interwebz!

On to step 3: There was an intriguing alternate method for making the shaded four patches posted on the Yahoo message group by one of the mystery participants. I wanted to try it, but I remembered that I already had background pieces cut per Bonnie's instructions leftover from the flying geese. So I used Bonnie's method for part 3. All my pieces are cut:

purple squares, turquoise triangles

A question posted on the Yahoo group brought up the topic of how to get a good scrappy look. One of the answers prompted me to rethink my strategy. Basically, she said that she uses a 10% rule to keep the fabrics scrappy. For example, if 50 pieces of a color are required, no more than five of them should be from the same fabric. I hadn't really thought that much about it. My method was to cut a strip, subcut as many pieces as I could from it, and move on to the next fabric. I stopped cutting when I had all the pieces I needed. For the flying geese in part 2, I ended up with 56% of the triangles from only two fabrics and 44% from the other five fabrics. I'm not going to redo what I've finished, but I am going to pay more attention for part 3. I only have seven fabrics, so I can't really follow the 10% guideline, but I can make sure I have a more even distribution of the fabrics I have. I'm looking forward to see how it all turns out.

shaded four patches

My previous Easy Street reports:
Part 1
Part 2

I'm linking up with Quiltville and Patchwork Times.

-k

P.S. In case you were wondering, my new iron is the Black & Decker Digital Advantage, $39.99. I really like it. It has a nice weight and nice digital screen that clearly shows what setting it is on and when it is ready.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

A very zombie Christmas

WARNING: The photos are not pretty, unless you love The Walking Dead.



After 17 years of marriage, my DH should know that my Christmas presents can't be delivered to our house. I try to pretend that I don't see them, I really do. I've seen three packages this week that he tried to sneak by me from the front porch. I let the first two go, but I just couldn't stand it anymore when a big box was delivered today.

So now this is proudly on display in my living room:
 

Stab the zombie in the eye with the screwdriver...
 
 
to open the zombie head! 

The Walking Dead complete second season on Blu-ray is stored inside. My DH may not know that he should have my presents delivered somewhere else, but he sure does know how to make me happy!

-k

Friday, December 7, 2012

A gaggle of geese

I need to make something clear. Flying Geese are not my friends. We don't exchange text messages with sideways smiley faces; we don't hang out at the mall. In fact, if I know that Flying Geese will be at a party, I probably won't go.

Don't get me wrong, I admire their work. They make some beautiful designs; pinwheels being one of my favorites. Flying Geese and I just don't work well together. The fit is never quite right, if you know what I mean.

Imagine my delight dismay when I saw step 2 of Easy Street, the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt. We're making 128 Flying Geese? For realz?

But then I watched Bonnie's demo video and saw a technique I've never tried, and I thought I had tried them all. She makes it look so easy. Her technique uses two cool rulers:


The Easy Angle and Companion Angle rulers make the pieces fit together easily with clear edges to line up for stitching.


I can't believe how well my geese are turning out. They aren't perfect, and some are better than others, but they are definitely the best geese I've ever made. Maybe I'll be able to work with these guys after all.

So now I'm trying to catch up with everyone (check out the linky). About 60 percent of my geese are stitched and ready to be trimmed. I'm excited to see what step 3 will bring.

-k

Here's my post from step one.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Did #deathflu kill my marathon plans

I hope some of my running friends are reading this, because I need advice.

Here's my problem: I am slowly (slooowly) recovering from what I've been calling the #deathflu. My last run was Thanksgiving Day, and it was just an easy three miles. I was in week two of marathon training when I got sick, and I don't know where to restart my training.

I've missed two (TWO!) long runs. It was early in my training plan, and they weren't *long* long runs, but still....

So, my options are:

Option 1- Start the training plan over from week one. But that will mean I don't get all my mileage in before race day. I've already registered for the race on March 17, so I can't push the date back.

Option 2- Start the training plan over from week one, but skip the recovery weeks until I'm back on schedule. How important are those anyway?

Option 3- Start training where I should be in my plan if the #deathflu hadn't happened. But after two weeks off, and still feeling poorly, I probably should ease into it a little instead of jumping ahead.

Option 4- Give up on the marathon and sit on the couch eating Cheetos. Okay, that's not really an option; I already paid my registration fee!

Option 5- Here's where I need my running pals. What would you recommend?

Thanks for reading and for your advice!

-k

Friday, November 30, 2012

Everyone loves a mystery

I've started my first mystery quilt along. This means that, except for colors, I have no idea what this quilt will look like. Bonnie Hunter, the mystery quilt designer, posted a list of fabric requirements here. Of course, we're free to choose whatever colors we want, but I decided to stick with her suggestions. Colors aren't always true in photos or on computer screens, so she gave us Valspar paint colors to match. Genius, I thought.

Here's what I got, after a quick trip to Lowes:


And these are the fabrics I picked up:


limey apple greens
blue and red purples
aqua and turquoise
black and white backgrounds plus a grey "constant"

Part One was posted last Friday...192 four-patches from the background fabrics and the grey.

cut 2" strips
stitch them together
subcut 2" segments
my favorite! swirling center seams
Before I can finish all 192 of my little four-patches, I need to finish 20 Goose Creek blocks for a swap. The mailing deadline is Monday.

Civil War repro Goose Creek blocks

Thanks for checking out my mystery project. To see what other quilters are doing with their mystery, check out the linky here. It's not too late to join us! Part two will be posted tomorrow.

-k


Thursday, November 8, 2012

When I win the lottery

I really need to win the lottery so I can fulfill my lifelong dream of becoming a hermit. I wouldn't buy a big, fancy house or an expensive car. I would be happy not leaving the house I have.

Some days I just don't have the strength to leave the house. Sometimes tasks that are basic for most people take a major effort for me, especially this week. This week I ran out of my medicine. I got a refill after a few days, but those days have been rough.

If you've been there, you know exactly what I'm talking about. If you haven't been there, no amount of explanation will make you understand. My husband doesn't understand, and he's witnessed it firsthand. Trying to explain is exhausting.

So I'm ready to live the dream life of a hermit. Of course all that lottery money will make me a recluse or eccentric or some other fancy word. I just hope it means that I get to stay home.

-k

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Overcome all the excuses

"If ________ were easy, everyone would do it."

As the official start of marathon training gets closer, I'm beginning to wonder if I really want to do it. This isn't my first marathon, so I know what it takes. Am I willing to make the necessary time commitment? Not to mention the changes I'll need to make to my not so healthy diet?

To make it extra terrifying, I've set a time goal for this one. Usually my goal for longer races is just to finish, but my goal for this marathon is 4:30:00. Not only does that make for some hard training, but it also creates an opening for failure. Scary stuff.

Someone suggested that I need to have five layers of goals. I'm not exactly sure what that means, but this article from the November 2010 issue of Runner's World suggests having at least one goal that isn't defined by the clock. If it looks like I won't meet my time goal, then my goal will be to feel great at the finish line? Maybe. The article also gave a pre-race benchmark (defined by the clock)....

Target Race: Marathon
Workout: 3 x 3 miles @ marathon pace with 30-second recovery jog
Time Before: 4 weeks before

Since I ran a 10k at my marathon pace last weekend with no training, I feel pretty good about my goal. Now I need to decide it's important and find a way. No fear, no self doubt, no excuses.

 
-k

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Craftalong for Sandy relief

Still on the lookout for ways to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy, I found this easy and fun way for fiber enthusiasts to put their skills to good use.
 


It's getting cold in NJ and NY, and a lot of people are without heat. The craftalong organizers are asking crafters to knit, crochet, or sew warm clothing to donate. They even provided some free patterns, if you're looking for inspiration.

I love knitting hats, and I have more than I will ever wear. I'm working on a hat right now that will be very warm. Once I finish it, I think I'll try the mittens pattern that they've provided.

cable hat WIP

What warm items are you working on? Participate in the Sandy Craftalong and donate what you've made. Invite your friends!
 
--k

Monday, November 5, 2012

Virtual race for real help

Most of the races I've run raise money for a charity. Sometimes I don't even know what that charity is; I just want to run the race. But sometimes I sign up just to support the charity. This is one of those times.
 

 
This race will benefit the Red Cross and Hurricane Sandy recovery. You can choose your race distance and even pick a race any day this month. It really doesn't get any easier. The registration fee is simply a donation of your choice. I registered for the virtual 5k, and I donated $20. That's less than most 5k registrations.
 
I'm probably not going to register for a "real" race. My scheduled training run next Tuesday is three miles, so I'll just add on an extra .1 to make it a 5k. Don't want to run? You could walk a 5k or create your own couch potato race. Click the link and register under "other." It's all about helping people, right?
 
--k

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Brainwashed

The Discovery channel has a show on Sunday nights called Curiosity. It's a fascinating show, and I recommend you watch it if you get a chance. Each episode explores a different topic through research and experiments, kind of like a more serious Mythbusters.

The most recent episode was about hypnosis. The researchers and scientists were trying to find out if someone could really be brainwashed into becoming an assassin. They started with more than 100 volunteers. There was a series of personality tests and mental stability assessments along with exercises to determine if the volunteers were susceptible to being hypnotized. Some went under pretty easily, it seemed. Some weren't hypnotized deeply enough to qualify for the experiment. I was surprised by some who played along and pretended to be hypnotized to make the researchers happy or maybe to get on TV. They even went as far as to take their clothes off in a restaurant under "hypnosis." The things people do to get on TV.... Finally, there were some people who weren't hypnotized at all. They either didn't respond during the initial tests or balked at taking their clothes off.

So I started thinking.... How would I respond to hypnosis? I don't know what determines if one person is hypnotized and another person isn't. I don't know if it's a matter of strength or weakness. I imagine it has something to do with trust. Trusting the person doing the hypnosis, and trusting the process itself. Based on this theory, I don't think I would be hypnotized. I don't trust anyone, ever, especially not in some group experiment-type setting. I don't want to wake up in a restaurant in my underwear. I don't even trust those white noise recordings that are supposed to help you sleep; they could have subliminal messages in there. I guess that sounds paranoid.

I would be interested in trying hypnosis, but I'm pretty sure that isn't going to happen (see above). When the hypnotist woke the people up, he told them they would "be refreshed and feel great." I want to be refreshed and feel great, but not in my underwear on TV.

**Spoiler alert** In case you're wondering, only one of their volunteers passed all the qualifications and made it to the final test. He was given instructions to shoot a foreign diplomat (actually a stunt man) after receiving certain triggers. He didn't remember anything about it after he did it. Even though it was one guy in one experiment, it seems that brainwashed assassins could happen. Plausible, as the Mythbusters would say.

--k

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Nothing to see here

I finally saw Magic Mike tonight. I enjoyed it, but that was mostly because of my hilarious friends. It was like watching with MST3k live. We got a little crazy tonight, too. We even mixed four kinds of M&Ms in one bowl. Milk chocolate, pretzel, peanut, and peanut butter! You don't know what you might get!

On to more serious matters....It's almost 11:30 and I haven't decided what to wear for the Old Reliable Run tomorrow. The weather forecast is 40 degrees and raining. I think I'll be okay with shorts, short sleeves, and a jacket. I can tie the jacket around my waist once I warm up. Long pants would probably be good after the finish.

Now that my attire is decided, I'm off to pin my race number and lay everything out for tomorrow morning. I want to get to bed and take full advantage of the extra hour of sleep. Hooray for the end of Daylight Saving Time. (My dislike of DST may be a topic for another post.)


Good luck to all the racers tomorrow. See you at the finish line!

--k

*This exceptionally boring glimpse into my life was brought to you by #NaBloPoMo.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Goals and aspirations

As I commit myself to writing a blog post every day this month, I wonder what else I would like to accomplish before November 30. Turns out it's a pretty long list.

Quilting:
  1. Michael Miller Clubhouse borders
  2. Goose Creek swap blocks
  3. 1930s sampler top
  4. "modern not Mod" sampler top
1930s sampler blocks



Knitting:
  1. Mystery hat
  2. Overcome second sock syndrome
  3. Hats Four Ways class
  4. Restart my sweater
Fitness:
  1. Under one hour 10k finish
  2. Start marathon training
  3. Kickboxing at least 2x week
  4. Get back under my goal weight
Homebrew:
  1. Update the brew log
  2. Brew the Australian IPA
  3. Brew Bob's Yer Uncle ESB
So I'm going to be busy this month. What are your goals for November? Put them in writing, and we can hold each other accountable.

--k

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Quotes

Today is the first day of NaBloPoMo, National Blog Posting Month. My poor, neglected blog deserves some attention, so I'm going to try posting every day in November. This could get really interesting or really boring.

The first suggested topic is my favorite quote and why. I'll get to my favorite quote in a minute, but first I want to talk about my least favorite quote:

"My bad." --the guy who knocked me down in the parking lot today
 
Maybe it's just me, but "my bad" isn't an apology. What it says to me is "I know I did something inappropriate, but I don't care." He spilled my drink! I was mad that he ran into me and kept going, but  I was furious that he didn't stop long enough to give a crap. What happened to manners? At least have the decency to pretend to show some remorse.
 
Enough of my rant. I'll move on to my favorite quote now.... what? I ran out of time? My bad.
 
--k

Friday, October 26, 2012

Of anger and loyalty

I don't think any fans are surprised that the NHL cancelled the November games. What we are is angry, frustrated, disappointed. Season ticket holders are asking for their money back, and I feel like doing that, too. But I know I won't.

If I leave them now, I know I'll go running back as soon as the season starts. I'm a sucker, and I love my Canes. If I cancel my tickets on principle, I'm only punishing myself. I'll be the one sitting home watching games on TV, and then I'll be the one buying tickets at full price without my STH discount.

So I'll stomp my feet and shake my fists and say I'll never go to a game again, but for me, loyalty to my Canes will win every time.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Everything old is new again

Well lookie here. I have a blog! With two posts, even. Do I have a short attention span or what?

Maybe I'll give this another go. I should probably fill you in on what I've been doing the last 18 months. But that's a post for another day...maybe.

-k