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Green Room - Week 17 - Day 5

It's Doomsday!!

Sorry, I mean today is the last deadline before the Top 75!!! http://community.livejournal.com/therealljidol/438035.html

You make it through this and it's eternal fame and glory! Or you know, trying to get to the Top 50. One of those two. Maybe both. I can't guarantee the fame and glory part. But stranger things have happened.


Last night I went to my niece's softball game. She's been concerned, because she really hasn't been doing very well on the field. But she's only been playing about a month and the majority of her team has been at it for years now.

She got up to bat twice last night. The first time the coach called for her to bunt. She did.

They went to throw her out, and the ball sailed over first base. The coach was screaming his head off to "run". Everyone was. She made a simple bunt into a triple.

The next time they started with a bunt, but after a couple balls, told her to swing.

They've never told her to swing during a game. Only practice.

She took the first swing of her life during actual game conditions - and drove that thing right into left field. I can still hear the "whack" from that hit.

Why am I mentioning this? Other than being overwhelmingly proud of my niece? Because even what you see as something simple can be made into a something great.

And of course sometimes you just have to *swing* when you see that ball coming at you. Even if you don't think that you can.

In that first case, she ended up being out. Why? Because in her excitement and inexperience - combined with her coach, standing next to first, jumping up and down so amazed and excited for her yelling his head off, she missed touching first base!!
The ump felt horrible - he was excited too. But he had to do it.
Everyone got a good laugh about it.

In the second - they threw her out at first.

Hers was the last play of the game - and her team wasn't anywhere close to winning. When that last out was called on her, the entire team ran out of the dugout to where she was and were hugging her and acting like she had just hit the game-winning home run.

Why am I am mentioning this? Other than being overwhelmingly proud of my niece?

In the first case - details are important. You can make the best hit you can, and make the most out of a situation. But make sure you touch all the bases. :)

In the second - it's how you play the game. It really is. Winning is great. But doing well, when you thought all hope was lost - and giving it your all anyway, that's something truly worth celebrating.

It's the last day before the Top 75. What are YOU going to do today?


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Mar. 15th, 2011 12:30 pm (UTC)
First this morning? :)
Mar. 15th, 2011 12:30 pm (UTC)
drat!! I wanted to be first!!!! *throws tantrum*

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Mar. 15th, 2011 12:35 pm (UTC)
*knocks on door*...

This is the quietest Green Room Ever...
Mar. 15th, 2011 02:46 pm (UTC)
*Opens door and peers out*

Hullo? Anyone there?
(no subject) - worldofcharlie - Mar. 15th, 2011 03:22 pm (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 15th, 2011 12:37 pm (UTC)
I am going to write my ass off to get an entry in, I guess ;)
Mar. 15th, 2011 01:45 pm (UTC)
That's what I have to do, too (in between work, etc.!)
Mar. 15th, 2011 12:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, man. This is gonna be an iiiiiiinteresting run this week around. A really fun spread of entries thus far and (at the time of commenting) about a third left to go.

-bites nails-
Mar. 15th, 2011 12:53 pm (UTC)
What am I going to do today? Well...first on the list is finishing and submitting my entry.

...and trying not to fall asleep. Had a massage therapy session last night and it wore me out!!! That stuff is not to be taken lightly.

Oh, and I have chorus practice tonight...oh, and I should work on my Web site and do some professional reading...and....and....
Mar. 15th, 2011 12:59 pm (UTC)
Yay for your niece! That is exciting. ♥

On this last day before the top 75 I am going to make myself busy at work and NOT THINK about my entry being up. I've done what I've done, it's not up to me anymore.

Of course, I'm also going to EVENTUALLY shave and put on pants and go to work. Yes, I'm still having issues with pants. It's a life long struggle for me. But then during my lunch break I think a friend and I are going to go to Border's and see if there's anything left we want to buy in their store close out sale. AND THEN AFTER WORK IT'S TACOS, BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS ON TUESDAYS.

All of this, of course, is subject to me not killing one of my neighbors in the next 30 minutes for blaring his shitty bass from his shitty car speakers at 9am. REALLY? IS THAT WHAT WE'RE DOING NOW?

Sooooo tiiiiiired.
Mar. 15th, 2011 01:48 pm (UTC)
I have tacos on Tuesdays too. For lunch. Moe's has the best chicken tacos and the Tuesday lunch special is 2 tacos for $5! I'll be heading that way in a couple of hours!
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Mar. 15th, 2011 01:05 pm (UTC)
Gary, I love that story! How old us your niece? If that were an entry, I'd vote for it, being that I'm a sucker for a good baseball/ softball tale! 

I'll be dodging raindrops (again), working and going to Zumba.
I will also be doing the Job Dance in hopes of that long term sub job.
Everybody keep boogin' with me, OK?
(hangs up big disco ball)

Mar. 15th, 2011 02:23 pm (UTC)
I love that story too :)

Keeping my fingers crossed for this job for you!
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Mar. 15th, 2011 01:15 pm (UTC)
I am continuing my friending frenzy and being super productive at work.

Frenzy is here for those who are interested: http://phoenixejc.livejournal.com/99723.html

After work, I'm going to get a funky hairdo and then finish my taxes. One really does need a funky hairdo to make up for having to do taxes, methinks.

Edited at 2011-03-15 01:16 pm (UTC)
Mar. 15th, 2011 06:46 pm (UTC)
Are you going to do the Funky Chicken once you get your funky new haircut? :)
Mar. 15th, 2011 01:21 pm (UTC)
Today we went food shopping and now we have food! It's such an affluent feeling, having food.

I also managed a nap, which was good because I had almost exactly 2 hours sleep last night, and find it hard to function on that much.

That was the good. The less fun thing involved a no-longer-constipated, yet nappy-free, toddler and the neverending poo that ensued. Really: ugh. At least she's no longer constipated, right?
Mar. 15th, 2011 02:40 pm (UTC)
It always makes me feel good to stock up on food even as I despise grocery shopping.

Oh a nap sounded very necessary then! Glad you managed to get one in!
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Mar. 15th, 2011 01:23 pm (UTC)
Laundry and my application for the DragonCon Art Show.

And YEAH for your niece! That is how the game is suppose to be played with kids. You cheer for the good things and work on the things that don't work.
Mar. 15th, 2011 05:28 pm (UTC)
Oooh. You'll have to let those of us who do Dragon*Con know what name your booth will be under so we can find you.
Mar. 15th, 2011 01:33 pm (UTC)
What am I doing? Working my second of six 11 hour days in a row, trying to front-load some overtime before the end of the fiscal quarter. Yay.
Mar. 15th, 2011 04:02 pm (UTC)
Yuck- hope you can slow down soon!
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Mar. 15th, 2011 01:38 pm (UTC)

You're welcome.
Mar. 15th, 2011 01:48 pm (UTC)
Still trying to get the hang of daylight savings time *grumbles* and not punch out any of Carrie's co-workers today (or her manager for that matter)

Edited at 2011-03-15 01:49 pm (UTC)
Mar. 15th, 2011 03:11 pm (UTC)
Yeah, this time change is messing with me too. I'm staying up later and hating getting up at 5 am. I was doing so well!
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Mar. 15th, 2011 02:15 pm (UTC)
What am I doing today? Getting to work late, finally getting a vague idea of what I could write for this week if I had enough time left, and juggling half a dozen issues going on at my job that need my attention asap. Happy Tuesday!!
Mar. 15th, 2011 06:44 pm (UTC)
It's the Ides of March - what did you expect?
Mar. 15th, 2011 02:44 pm (UTC)
I'm so excited for your niece. That's just awesome, and she will just keep getting better and better with practice! I know how frustrating it is to feel like you're surrounded by people that are all better at something...and then knock it out of the park. It's a great feeling. I'm glad she got to experience that :)

My day? Work and more work. I'll scramble to finish my entry tonight after work. The morning has been stressful and let's just say when parts are no longer attached to your car that should be (at 7 am), it's gonna be a looong day.

But I colored my hair a much darker red and I have a new look going for me at least. I think I miss the more natural lighter red though...but at least it's hair and the color can always fade :)
Mar. 15th, 2011 04:03 pm (UTC)
Oooh, hoping we can see some hair pictures soon!
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