Games 25-26 Report

A windy day, but not bad overall.

We played the #3 team in our conference. We’re #4, so we really needed to win these two to make our mark.

Alas, we lost both games 2-1 in the 7th inning.

The first game, we were winning 1-0, until a costly error at second and then a bang bang play on a squeeze bunt granted them the win. The second game, a bobbled bunt and a base hit did us in.

Regardless, you still need to score more than 1 run to win most ball games.

I played right field both games. It was fairly uneventful, but I did throw a girl out at first on what is normally a base hit and almost another at third.

I was 1-6 batting on the day. 0-3 the first game, and 2-3 the second game. I had two strike outs, a fielder’s choice, a fly ball, and 2 base hits.

(I did bat in our only run the second game.)

It sucks to lose that way (especially two in a row), but we have 6 more games this week, so we have to keep our heads up and continue to chug along.

Back at home again Thursday.

On to the next ones.

[Record: 15-11 (2-4), Batting: (21-67) .313]

Games 23-24 Report

Saturday was the best day of ball weather we’ve had in a long time. Sunny and 75 with no wind.

(You read that right. NO WIND.)

We also had one of the best days of ball we’ve had in a long time. It was a home game, too, so it made it even sweeter most of the parents got to come and watch.

We won 7-0 and 10-0.

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Weird things to report before the normal stuff…

One of the batters for the other team got a Hit By Pitch to the chest.

(If you get my drift.)

Even more weird though…

I was bunting the second game. The pitcher threw the ball right at me, so bailed. I’m not sure if it tipped the catcher’s glove or if she missed it completely, but the umpire took a ball straight to his… Manhood.

My assistant coach said, “That’s a ball… In more ways than one.”

(Too soon?)

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I played right field both games. I had a couple fly balls hit to me, and I threw someone out at second from a weird assisted play.

I was 2-3 the first game with 2 base hits and a pop up to the catcher. I was 2-3 the second game with two base hits and a pop up to first base. I also racked up a couple stolen bases and a few RBIs.

And we finished our games early enough to get lunch at one of my favorite places Catfish Cove! (It’s not fancy by any means, but it has some of the best food you’ll ever put in your mouth, and it’s a buffet.)

Our next games are Tuesday away. We play Thursday at home, and then we hit the road to Texas for our games Friday and Saturday.

I’m looking for 8 more wins on our record!

On to the next ones!

[Record: 15-9 (2-2), Batting Average: (19-61) .311]

Games 21-22 Report

A little chilly and windy today, but the sun was shining.

We played the #2 team in our conference (who split with the #1 team in our conference) and #4 team in our division.

We lost 6-1 and 5-0.

They weren’t bad, but we definitely have the potential to play with them/beat them.

However, we’ve won 12 of our last 15 games, so I can’t be too disappointed.

I caught three or four innings of the first game before I moved to right field, and then I stayed there until inning 5 of the second game.

I threw out a runner on a bunt while I was catching and also caught 2-3 pop ups, but nothing eventful in the outfield.

I was 0-3 batting the first game with a strike out, fielder’s choice, and a bloop to the short stop. The second game was 0-1 with a sac bunt and a ground ball.

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On a more serious note…

I am proud of my team. I always will be. But I’m starting to lose hope in myself. Please pray that I can keep my head up the rest of this season and some of my confidence returns that has slipped away. Pray I can find faith in myself again and keep the little faith I have now that everything will be okay.

Nonetheless, Saturday is two more.

On to the next ones.

[Record: 13-9 (2-2), Batting Average: (15-55) .273]

Game 19-20 Report

After a week of rain outs and then Spring Break, it was back for another good ol’ windy game day…

By now, you could almost say we’re used to it…

(Almost.)

Our first game was little rocky, but what do you expect after two weeks off?

However, we still pulled out the W after a crucial 3 run bomb by our senior first baseman and a solo home run by our sophomore center fielder in the top of the 7th inning to put us ahead 8-5 after we were down 5-4.

One girl hit a solo home run in the bottom of the 7th, but we held them 8-6 for the final.

I was 0-3 batting as DP with a ground out, fielder’s choice, and pop up to the first baseman.

Coach didn’t play me the second game until the bottom of the 6th inning when I went out to right field for the rest of the game.

The wind blew so hard, I was actually playing right center, but I was on deck when we got our last out on offense for the day, so I didn’t bat again.

We won that game 3-1.

These games marked our first two conference games (and wins) of the season.

They also put us at 12-13 in our last 13 games. (Not too shabby.)

We play again in two days at home against the  #2 in our conference.

(If we hit like we’re capable, we just might surprise some people come Thursday.)

On to the next ones!

[Record: 13-7 (2-0), Batting Average: (15-51) .294]

Happy Birthday to Me!

Yesterday, I turned 22 years old at exactly 3:00 AM. I (obviously) wasn’t awake for that, so the festivities began when I woke up around 8:00 AM.

I laid in bed for about an hour before I had to get ready to leave for CrossFit. On my way there, I stopped for Double Smoked Bacon, Cheddar, & Egg Sandwich (guilty pleasure) from Starbucks using my free birthday reward.

CrossFit kicked my butt (as usual), but with the chilly weather, it was a good warm up before practice. We started with speed ladders and dynamic warm ups with line runs, jumps, etc., and then we had the rest of the hour to finish 55 deadlifts, 55 wall balls, 55 jump rope singles, 55 push ups, and 55 more jump rope singles. I finished everything fairly quickly, so I went back through everything again with 25 reps per exercise.

We had an intrasquad for practice that went well. I was 2-3 batting, and I had no balls hit to me.

(Just another day in right field…)

After, a few of us went to the baseball game for a little bit before we got free lunch from Billy Sim’s Barbecue (HOLLA!). When we finished there, I headed home for a shower and a short nap before getting fixed up and driving to the city for dinner at FLINT.

They have complimentary valet. (Considering it is in Bricktown and parking there on the weekends is basically non-existent… *thumbs up*)

The decor inside reminded me of Scratch. Modern and chic with low lighting, but nothing overly fancy. Their website says “causal” dress code, but I would feel uncomfortable if I didn’t at least dress cute causal or business casual.

We started the meal with the Smothered Potato Wedges: thick, crispy, seasoned potato wedges under a sea of beer cheese and a mound of bison pot roast.

(We considered taking a second order to go because they were THAT good.)

Our waitress brought out our cocktails next. I had a Moscow Mule, and my boyfriend had an Old Fashion. My Moscow Mule was good but nothing fancy. My boyfriend’s Old Fashion was VERY strong, but it had a good smoky taste with a hint of orange.

I ordered an off the menu bone-in pork chop over Yukon smashed potatoes with ribboned vegetables in a bacon, barbecue sauce.

I ate everything except for the bone on the pork chop. The meat was juicy and tender. The smashed potatoes were smooth and buttery. The vegetables were cooked al dente, and then the salty, crispy chunks of bacon paired perfectly with the sweet barbecue sauce.

*mouth still watering*

My boyfriend order the daily Seafood Feature which was a literal slab of some type of white fish with crab legs/claws, over a blue cheese polenta (he substituted the smashed potatoes), and asparagus. For the record, he doesn’t even like mashed potatoes, and he ate them all. The crab legs were gold, and the fish was flaky, buttery, and succulent.

(I finished the rest of that also.. *no shame*)

We wrapped up dinner with the warm chocolate stout brownie with ice cream drizzled in caramel gounche. (Y’all know I have a sweet tooth.)

Last event for the night was the movie theater for Gods of Egypt. It’s a 2 hour movie, but things were always happening, so it didn’t feel like 2 hours. The movie was a little cheesy, but overall, it wasn’t bad. However, I would suggest waiting until it is out of the theater to watch it.

Once again, I would like to thank everyone for the birthday wishes, and thank you to my boyfriend for spoiling me.

I am feeling 22, but I’m also feeling grateful. I love you all. 🙂

Elvis Has Left The Building

We flew out of Vegas Thursday afternoon at 1:29 PM their time, and we landed back home around 5:30 PM our time (2 hour flight). This flight was much smoother than the first which was good for my boyfriend’s sake.

It was St. Patrick’s Day though, so after we got back to our apartment, unpacked, and got settled, we went out to Buffalo Wild Wings for some celebratory wings and cocktails.

(Boneless honey barbecue wings are the best and try their Black Cherry Mojito!)

Nontheless, I already miss Vegas. The next thing I have to decide is where I want to go for my graduation trip.

I’m considering Portland, Oregon or Las Angeles, California. My mom mentioned Savannah, Georgia (her favorite place) or a cruise. I would like to go somewhere I haven’t been before, but going back to New Orleans or Chicago is also tempting…

Too many options!

But let me know if you guys have any suggestions or recommendations!

Vegas Day 3 (Wednesday)

I started another morning at the gym, hit the shower, and then we walked over to the Linq to meet my parents and grab something for breakfast at the Nook Cafe.

I had a deliciously flaky and slightly sweet Almond Crossiant dusted with powdered sugar. (It didn’t even make it through my wait in line for coffee… *no shame*)

After, we walked down the hall and caught the elevator to the 5th Floor where we found the Auto Show.

Truth be told, I’ve NEVER seen this many classic cars in one place. I saw cars I’ve only ever seen in pictures or read about, and all of them were for SALE.

The most expensive car labeled was a Rolls Royce Phantom at $1,500,000. However, they had another Phantom labeled INQUIRE, so you know that one is worth the big bucks.

They even had some historic cars like Marilyn Monroe’s Cadillac and the convertible JFK road in a few hours before his assignation. Although, the most memorable car was Johnny Carson’s green, 1930s Chrysler.

It was his first car. He took his date to prom in it, and all that good stuff. His family sold it, but later, he tracked the car down and bought it back. The funniest part of all this though was that he sold it to the Auto Show for $1.

The next stop for us was the Palazzo Hotel and Casino. It was GORGEOUS, but we didn’t stay long.

We walked across the road to the Fashion Show Mall, and it’s probably the biggest mall I’ve ever been to. (Mall of America is still on my list.)

We got our makeup done at the Urban Decay counter in Macy’s, and we made friends with our makeup artist. But we didn’t purchase anything besides my boyfriend picking up my early birthday present…

A new ring from Swarovski! It’s so beautiful and sparkly and I love it!

Back on track… We visited the Wynn Hotel next. It was so opulent and elegant. (You’re definitely spoiled if you ever stay there.)

After making our way back to home base, my boyfriend and I killed some time gambling, and grabbed a giant slice of pizza from Fulton, before going back upstairs and getting dressed up for Paris.

We walked down to Paris with plans to go up to the top of the Effiel Tower and watch the Bellagio’s water show. However, we couldn’t redeem our vouchers to get tickets, so we didn’t get the chance to go. *sad face*

(But my parents got to use them Thursday afternoon while waiting until time to catch their flight, so it worked out.)

We shrugged it off and walked back to Harrah’s, changed, and met back up with my family.

They went back over to Rio while we went to Paris. My dad went to gamble, and my mom and sister went to attend a Chippendales Show. (They said it was fun but not quite worth the $90 tickets.)

Anyway, we met them at the Harrah’s Piano Bar. My dad sang “New York, New York” and “Pretty Woman”, and my mom sang an Olivia Newton John song. They had a good time, and they weren’t bad. I just enjoyed the people watching.

It was 2:00 AM on St. Patrick’s Day. People definitely came to party.

Vegas Day 2 (Tuesday)

I slept in a little later than usual, and then I headed back down to the 4th floor to hit the gym. I went back upstairs for a shower, and then my boyfriend and I got ready to meet up with my family.

While waiting, we shared the huge peanut butter fudge brownie I bought the night before from Fulton. It was so good but so rich. I only had a few bites before I passed it off to him to finish.

Shortly after, we met my family downstairs and took the shuttle over to Rio. They don’t do the Carvinal in the Sky anymore, which was disappointing, but it is still a cool, Mardi Gras atmosphere.

Rio’s Buffet is one of the best and BIGGEST buffets I’ve ever been to. It’s technically two buffets, one regular and a smaller one for seafood, but we just went to the regular one.

It’s a stretch of stations with Chinese, Japanese, Soul Food, Salad Bar, Mexican, and Italian with a bar in the middle, and then ANOTHER separate island just for desserts.

(I had two plates just from there… *awkward laugh*)

But we definitely had happy bellies when we left.

The rest of the day we spent gambling our lives away at Rio, Linq, and Harrah’s.

(They don’t call it Lost Wages for nothing!)

While at the Linq, my sister wanted some chocolate covered strawberries, so we went on a hunt to two cafes, but they were all sold out. Luckily though, the nice (and cute!) guy at the small cafe gave us a free pastry, so it made things better.

We found some fun new machines to play. True Blood (like the show) and Battleship. I played my always wonderful Buffalo machines, and they treated me well. My dad and boyfriend had luck with the Bejeweled machines, but they kind of trip me out because they are 3D.

Let me tell y’all something though…

The best place for the late night munchies is Hash House A Go Go at the Linq.

HANDS DOWN.

I ordered a Frosted Mint Latte which was both beautiful and delicious, and then my mom and I shared their famous Sage Chicken and Waffles. Even after the split, I barely finished my portion.

(The waffles also come with large slices of thick cut bacon cooked into them.)

I tried my boyfriend’s mushroom Swiss burger as well, and it was one of the best I’ve ever had. Plus, their fries were bomb.

My sister and dad each ordered a “Basic”, consisting of eggs, sausage, hash browns, and two huge slices of toast. Neither of them finished. My sister order the Old School Hot Chocolate, too. It was a bowl sized cup of house made hot cocoa garnished with 3 large marshmallows and a dusting of cocoa powder.

Vegas Day 1 (Monday)

You can’t go wrong when you start the day off at the spa. I rolled out of bed, cleaned up a bit, and made my way to the 4th floor for my 8:00 AM massage.

The receptionist showed me inside, and I changed into my fluffy robe. The spa itself was nice, but nothing super fancy. They had clean bathrooms, a jacuzzi, a sauna, dressing room with lockers, and individual showers.

The only downside? I saw WAY more of other women than I wanted to see that early in the morning… *look of horror*

(THAT in mind, I’d say it was like an upscale YMCA.)

After all the trauma, the massage therapist rescued me and took me to my room where I left reality for a little while.

It was a 50 minute massage with two enhancers, so I picked the Tired Foot Escape and the Hot Rocks (Recommend!) 

From toe nail to pony tail, I was in Heaven.

When the massage ended, I went back into the spa for 20 minutes in the sauna, rinsed off in the shower, got dressed, and hopped on the elevator to go downstairs.

I went back to the Fulton Food Hall to grab my boyfriend and myself breakfast. Their giant cinnamon rolls stared me straight in the face, so I got one of those and a maple bacon roll for him.

The rolls themselves were flaky like crossiants and then smothered in icing. So good.

We cleaned up again and met my family at the Purple Zebra. Ryan was working, so he hooked us up with a Black Cherry Hurricane with an extra shot (AMAZEBALLS), and then we were back on the strip.

We saw Paris. We saw New York, New York. Planet Hollywood. MGM. But we ended up at the Exclaliber for lunch.

Buca di Beppo Italian restaurant. I ordered the lunch portion of Baked Ziti which was still enough to feed 2-3 people. It was cheesy, panko crispy, and carb loaded, so you know it was amazing.

We then made our way back to home base, but we couldn’t resist stopping for dessert at the Monte Carlo’s BLVD Creamery. I sampled the lusciously smooth Horchata ice cream which reminded me of coconut Jelly Bellies, but I ordered the Not Your Father’s Float that was to die for. (Plus, the give you the rest of the can to enjoy!)

The final stop for the day was Caesars Palace, and I forgot how extravagant it is. The architecture is just as beautiful as the designer shoes and bags in the clothing stores within it.

We did some shopping, grabbed another daiquiri at Fat Tuesday, and slammed down some juicy Smash Burgers.

The rest of the night was gambling at The Linq and Harrah’s until exhaustion finally set in. Back at Fulton, I ordered a delicious toasted bacon, egg, and cheese crossiant, and then it was back upstairs to the comfy king.

Vegas Night 1 (Sunday)

We landed earlier than expected. The flight was basically perfect until decent when we hit quite a bit of turbulence. We waited for our luggage, caught a taxi, and then made our way to the hotel.

Harrah’s is a cool place. Modern but elegant. My parents surprised us with a very nice suite, so now we have an open glass shower, fancy rectangular bath, two button toilet (Small button = #1, Big button = #2), and plush king size bed for 3 more days.

We headed back downstairs and walked over to my parent’s hotel The Linq. My mom said, “It’s a nice hotel, but it’s for a… younger crowd.”

(That made me laugh.)

The Linq also features a famous bar called O’Shea’s. The bar used to be a tiny casino, but it has now turned into party central, complete with not only a full bar and black jack tables, but 6 legit beer pong tables as well.

After walking through O’Shea’s, we made friends with Nate and Ryan, the guys who work the Purple Zebra Daiquiri Bar, and then we hit the strip.

We walked down to the Venetian, piddled our way around for a bit, and then we slowly made our way back to Harrah’s. We visited the Flamingo hotel, but most of the trip back became designated people watching.

Before heading up to bed, I stopped by the Fulton Street Food Hall downstairs for a late night sweet treat. I picked out a cupcake with Twix candy on the top, and it was the best decision of my entire life.

Chocolate cake bits marbled the vanilla cake for a perfect balance. The chocolate whipped frosting was light and velvety without being too sweet. And the Twix on top… Self explanatory. Not to mention, it was about twice the size of a regular cupcake.

I could eat one of those every day forever.