Tuesday, April 22, 2008

First Royals game of the season

We went to our first 2008 Kansas City Royals game on Saturday, April 12. The team was premiering their new powder blue uniforms. It was frigid and windy, and we had many, many layers on. Katie and I threatened Dave & Eric that we were going to take one of the cars and go home to watch the game from the comfort of our own warm homes if it got too cold.

We had about 20 people for the game and pre-game tailgating. There was a ton of food, games (cornhole & washers),

and of course, Eric mugging for the cameras.

Kauffman Stadium is being renovated, and this was the first game we'd seen with the new high-definition scoreboard. They haven't put the crown topper back on yet. It is currently the largest high-definition video board in the world, but when the new Dallas Cowboys stadium opens, it will lose that claim to fame. The scoreboard is so much better than the old one, but unfortunately it had little good news to show this night- the Royals lost to the Twins 2-0.

We got to our seats and huddled together under blankets in the upper deck, and at first it didn't feel too bitterly cold. We were also kept happy by a fantastic cache of snacks provided by Mrs. K. But it did start getting really cold around the 6th inning, and began snowing a few innings later. Here's Luke dressed in his layers, and Russ, Katie, and Cara trying to keep warm.

I believe I was wearing a grand total of 6 layers of clothing, plus the blankets. And at the end of the game, I was still shivering. I love baseball, but I think I'm going to let Dave represent the Olschki household by himself at any future April Royals games.

Friday, April 18, 2008

How can you not smile at this?

To be honest, I'm still not entirely sure what a Chumby is, or how one would use it. But I am in love with the Chumby puppy.

To see the whole thing, go to chumby.com. Click on the left arrow beside "General Overview"

and you will see "Surprise."

Click on the ham (yeah, I don't know why they chose that), and you can watch the adorable Chumby puppy! Enjoy!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

New desk!

I finally got a new desk this weekend. I had a large corner desk for several years, but knew it wouldn't fit in this house, so I left it in Columbus. Since I moved here, my iMac has been sitting on an old desk from my dad's elementary school, while my printer has been on an extra Rubbermaid. The school desk is lovely, but it's way too small for a computer desk. After looking around at several places off and on for months, I decided on a desk from Target. Dave & I put it together today and it looks quite nice. The color also matches well with the headboard on the guest bed which shares the room. The middle drawer is a pull-out keyboard tray that works much better than holding the keyboard on my lap, as I have been doing! I think I will try to find some of those velcro ties to corral the unruly computer cords at the back.

At some point, I may get the printer stand/file cabinet to allow me to move the printer off the desk and have some writing room. Picture from Target's website:

To come later: Royals game photos and Em's upcoming trip to Branson with the 427 Irving girls!