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Sunday night - fall in love with Beauty and the Beast all over again

I've always known that Belle was my favorite Disney princess, and I say all the time that I'm very much like her (just without the talking household objects and the hot, tortured prince in love with me). But I've never felt it more deeply than Sunday night.

This past weekend, the national touring production of Beauty and the Beast: the stage musical came to town, and I went and saw it last night with Lauren. The show was beautiful, and seeing it unfold right in front of me "fleshed out" the characters (if you'll pardon the pun). I almost cried a few times, Belle and the Beast (I refuse to call him Adam) were so convincing.

Monday morning - Buster Posey gets named National League Rookie of the Year

The perfect cap to the Giants' World Series win was the prospect of also nabbing a few of the individual awards (well, that and rubbing it in the faces of Dodger fans). Some of their fielders got robbed in the Gold Glove awards, but ever since Buster came up from the minors, the vote has been pretty well split between him and a player from Atlanta, and the argument became which was more worthy - a player who was phenomenal all season, or a player who was just as phenomenal in half the time. I'm so happy to see Buster get his due. The man was a joy to watch to play.

Tuesday morning - Prince William and Kate Middleton announce their engagement

Looks like I wore my tiara earrings for a reason today (even though it appears they've been engaged since last month)! Seeing as we know very little about her, I don't know how well she can handle the work aspect of royalty - seems to me she can't hold down a job, as her wealthy millionaire parents have pretty much made it so she doesn't have to - but she and Wills have managed to last 8 years together (with one small breakup), and I'm pretty sure that William doesn't want to have a repeat of his parents' divorce. I know that Buckingham Palace has been putting Kate through "Princess Lessons" for a while now. So all in all, I think they'll be happy, and HRH Princess William of Wales (as her legal style and title will be) will adjust.

This is a great time to be a royal watcher: Swedish royal wedding back in June, Danish royal twins(!) due in January, a Monagasque princely wedding in July, and a British royal wedding sometime in spring or summer!

I wonder what tomorrow will bring...

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Legend has it that in 1885, after a particularly thrilling victory over the Philadelphia Phillies (of all teams), manager Jim Mutrie stormed into the New York Gothams' locker room to praise his team. "My big fellows! My giants!" he exclaimed. The new nickname stuck, and from then on, the team was known as the New York Giants.

Fast forward 125 years, and those Giants have stood as one of the greatest teams of the old guard. More players have been inducted into the Hall of Fame as Giants than any other team, and the Giants have the most National League championships. They are also the first baseball team to win 10,000 games. But alas, their glory days have existed in the past, in memory and in stories handed down from generation to generation. The notion of a world championship was a dream, since the Giants hadn't won a World Series since 1954, when they were still in New York. Since moving to the West Coast in 1958, the team had played in three World Series, only to lose each in heartbreaking fashion.

1962. Lost to the Yankees when Willie McCovey's line drive was spectacularly caught by Bobby Richardson, prompting Peanuts artist and Giants fan Charles Schultz to draw his strip's hero, Charlie Brown, crying, "Why couldn't McCovey have hit the ball just three feet higher?"

1989. Game 3 was postponed ten days by the Loma Prieta earthquake that shook the Bay Area. But it may not have mattered much, since the Giants never held the lead in any game, and the Oakland A's swept the series.

2002. Five outs from a six-game win in Anaheim, Giants manager Dusty Baker calls for a pitching change. In the interim few minutes, the Angels played footage of a "rally monkey" that excites the fans and the team, and the Angels rallied with a three-run home run to win the game and force a Game 7, which the Giants lost.

The Giants have had some ghosts to exorcise, and years of mediocre teams have only served to hold them in place while Linda Blair spews split pea soup all over their nice clean uniforms. So who would have thought that a team comprised of handfuls of rookies, young phenoms, and allegedly-washed-up players plucked off the scrap heap would combine to dominate the playoffs and stand at the top of the game?

In a summer that nobody could have predicted, a fall that nobody saw coming, and a five-game series that saw a team that scrabbled for nearly every run all season become offensive juggernauts, the misfits from San Francisco took the crown.

My big fellows, my Giants, are World Champions.

((Yes, I cried when they won. Yes, I got a bit teary when I was writing this. No, I do not care. :D Thanks to everybody for putting up with my Giants-induced euphoria this past month. As you can see, this was a postseason run that was worth writing about. I think I can safely say there will be hardly anything baseball worth writing about until at least April, lol.)

Mood jubilantMood jubilant
Tags: let's go giants, squee!!!
middlegirl [userpic]

I can't decide if I want to laugh, shout, or cry. Maybe all three.

After much fussing, fretting, casting aspersions, and planning a one-girl takedown of the National Passport Agency, I have been issued a passport, gotten the number, and started working toward completing my London 2012 application! I just need to hash out my availability with the rest of my London Olympic expeditionmates - namely, three of Lauren's friends, two of whom I've only been introduced to once. At least they're nice (and Christians), as we could feasibly be living together in a foreign country for several weeks, and interpersonal issues would not be helpful. There was literally little time to spare, as the deadline is midnight Wednesday London time, which is sometime tomorrow afternoon over here.

In other news, the Giants are going to the freaking World Series! Sunday night was another almost-nailbiter, as the Giants' bullpen didn't allow a single run after the faltering starter allowed 2. They ended up winning 3-2, which coincidentally (or poetically) was the count to the final Phillies batter Ryan Howard. The Giants closer could have walked Howard, which would have kept the game going, a base hit could have tied the game, and a double or better would have won the game for the Phillies and forced a Game 7, because of course Wilson let runners get to first and second. That's just how he rolls. He's a drama vampire - he feeds on it. Another seven games of torture start Wednesday - because of course it's going to take seven games and cause all sorts of ulcers (that's just how the Giants roll) - except this time, there's a big shiny Commissioner's Trophy on the line!

And finally, I abandoned my Halloween costume plans once more - I found a perfect, gorgeous gown at a thrift store, and so am going to be a princess for Halloween... at least unless/until we go to the corn maze two towns over (or it rains), in which case I'll change into comfortable clothes and be Kate Beckett. Of course, there will be pictures.

The gown is beautiful and fits like a glove. It's a floor-length ballgown that I'm sure was someone's bridesmaid dress. It's strapless and has all the little pick-ups in the skirt. (If it were yellow, it'd almost be a modern version of Belle's gown in Beauty and the Beast. As it is, it's almost a pistachio/mint ice cream green.) I can't stop getting excited about it - it really does fit like it was tailored to me and it makes me feel like a princess.

To sum up... yay!

middlegirl [userpic]

The Giants beat Atlanta tonight, taking the National League Division Series 3-1.

They face the Phillies on Saturday.

Their best - Roy "Doc"/"I pitched a no-hitter" Halladay


Our best - Timmy "The Freak"/"The Franchise"/"Tim the Enchanter"/"Big Time Timmy Jim"/"Watch out, I can throw 15 strikeouts easy" Lincecum

It could be good. It could be bad. It could end with the Giants getting steamrolled. It could end with the scrappy Giants ekeing out a win or four. (In a competition of (real) nicknames, Timmy takes it easily.)

But no matter what, it's going to be interesting.

A hardcore fan posted this to YouTube yesterday. Of course, it's Giants-centered, but hopefully any baseball fan will appreciate it.
Awesomeness behind the cut )

(Please don't mind the flag-waving. Starting tomorrow I'll be worried about the Giants offense again. But I'm going to enjoy the heck out of this night.)

middlegirl [userpic]

So, I really owe you all a post about how awesome my Paul McCartney Experience was. Because it was so awesome, witness must be paid to said awesomeness. Yes, it was that awesome. (Think I've used "awesome" enough times so far?) But to be honest, between continual temping and trying (and failing) to get my next book review filmed, I haven't had a lot of time to sit and collect thoughts on much of anything. I've had about two or three fairly good ideas spinning around my head, but I haven't even been able to squeeze more than two or three sentences about each one. But tonight I'm making myself do this, because I really want to be fairly emo about today, but I want to focus on good things first. The whining will come later.


'And the first one said to the second one there, I hope you're having fun...' )

Mood tiredMood tired
Music Take On Me - A-ha
Tags: adventures, argh, squee!!!, yes i'm a youtube addict
middlegirl [userpic]

Just found out that I got my unemployment deferment from Sallie Mae! God is good! (I now have 6 months to find a job before I have to start paying for my student loans again...)

I also got to have a Mini Middleman Marathon today, and probably drank too much Pibb Extra/Dr. Pepper for my own good.

To quote Dr. Zoidberg, "Life was bad but now it's good forever!"

Mood hyperMood hyper
Music Great DJ - The Ting Tings
Tags: middleman, my god is a total show-off, squee!!!
middlegirl [userpic]

(Crazy day deserves a crazy icon.)

Wow... so, I've finally decompressed from today (I think), and now it's time to blog.

Today started out like any normal day... sleeping in 'til 10:30 (it's nice not working/working only in the afternoons), then spending the rest of the morning in my pajamas surfing the net. Shannon asked if we could go out to lunch since there was nothing in the house, but then Mom and Dad came home and said we were going to go to Taco Bell. Of course, it's always nice when the parents pay, so off we went. Okay, I was still in my pajamas. So, while I got dressed, Mom told us that she had gotten a call from Grandma and Grandpa while she was at work. They had gotten the call from UCSF saying that they had a kidney for him, and they were headed to the hospital! His surgery is tomorrow, at 5 am.

I draw your attention to something I posted on New Year's Day (don't worry, this should be the last time I reference this):

I know the chances of him getting a kidney transplant this year are low, so I'm not officially putting that on the list, but I also believe in a God who does big things... and likes to show off a bit

Of course, back then, I had no idea that I'd have all of this by May! What did I tell you? God loves to do big things, and He loves to do things so that He gets all the glory. So naturally, He gets all of it, and I'll just sit back in awe at how God works. Prayers are appreciated, and please pray for the donor's family, too, since they've just lost someone dear to them.

After all that, I called my temp agency this afternoon to double-check when I needed to be at my temp job tomorrow. He (a very nice guy with an unmistakable Aussie accent) told me that he hadn't heard anything from them in a couple weeks, and the job might have gone cold... meaning no sweet 6-week job for me. Then he called me back to let me know he had left a voicemail for the lady at the County. Then he called to let me know everything was ironed out, and I'd be working for the Facilities and Maintenance Department (???), when I had been told I'd be working in Purchasing. Nothing against Facilities/Maintenance (my dad worked as a custodian for years, and is now the Facilities Coordinator at church), but I'm not sure what they'd need a temp for. Anyway, he couldn't read his own notes, so he said he'd call me back. Then he called me to say everything was ironed out: 6 weeks, starting May 26th at 8 am (ew), in the Stanislaus County Purchasing Division. Yay. Every time, there would be no less than 20 minutes between calls, and a few times it would only be a few minutes... it started to get kind of funny after a while.

So, that was my crazy day. Lots of good news, and hopefully more tomorrow.

Location daybed
Music Get on Your Boots - U2
Tags: my god is a total show-off, prayer requests, squee!!!, work
middlegirl [userpic]

Went to the Newsboys concert tonight (last night? argh, whatever), and boy, do I have some stories for you... but right now I need to catch some sleep make it to work on time, so this is a work in progress until I'm coherent enough I get a chance to really tell it well.

Cut b/c it's ber long, but you gotta read this. )

As always, this thread is worthless without pics! )

Mood exhaustedLocation daybed
Mood exhausted
Music Boycott Hell - Newsboys
Tags: adventures, argh, seriously?!?, squee!!!
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