Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Spring Fever

This hasn't been much of a crafter's blog lately has it? Fear not, I have not abandoned my creative pursuits. I have a couple of projects in process. Unfortunately, they are large and are taking quite a bit of time to complete. They are also gifts, so I can't post details just yet. But stay tuned, friends. I hope it will be worth the wait.

In between my projects, I'm beginning to look forward to spring...far away as that may be for us Minnesotans. Hope springs eternal that maybe somehow, spring will come early this year. In preparation for the warmer, less-snow-shoveling weather, CT and I have joined a fantasy baseball league at mlb.com. It's a free league for us amateurs just wanting to try it out. CT and I are big baseball fans and this allows us to participate a little bit. We had our draft for our team this past weekend. It was a little nerve-racking, I have to say. We tried to do our research and pick our favorite players over the past couple of weeks, but I'm not sure it was really all that helpful. And CT seemed to get a little bored at times. But our line-up is set and now all we have to do is sit back and see how we match up against the other teams in the league.

Here's what we ended up with:

  1. Catcher
    Bengie Molina (C , SF)
    .284 avg 19 HR
  2. 1st Base
    Paul Konerko (1B , CWS)
    .313 avg 35 HR
  3. 2nd Base
    Freddy Sanchez (2B,3B,SS , PIT)
    .344 avg 6 HR
  4. 3rd Base
    Brandon Inge (3B , DET)
    .253 avg 27 HR
  5. Shortstop
    Nick Punto (2B,3B,SS , MIN)
    .290 avg 1 HR
  6. Outfield
    Hideki Matsui (OF , NYY)
    .302 avg 8 HR
  7. Outfield
    Coco Crisp (OF , BOS)
    .264 avg 8 HR
  8. Outfield
    Ichiro Suzuki (OF , SEA)
    .322 avg 9 HR
  9. Pitching Staff
    Minnesota Twins (P , MIN)
    3.95 ERA
  10. Bench Players
    Ross Gload (1B,OF , KC)
    Henry Blanco (C , CHC)
    Mike Lamb (1B,3B , HOU)
    Moises Alou (OF , NYM)
    Jacque Jones (OF , CHC)
    Nick Swisher (1B,OF , OAK)

The averages listed are for the 2006 season. I don't think we did too bad. I guess we'll find out. Our first match-up is the first week in April. I'll keep you posted on how we do.

While CT and I are looking forward to baseball season, PK is just itching to begin this season's geocaching adventures. We tried this new hobby a couple of years ago and PK has been hooked ever since. If you've never heard of it, it's like a game of high-tech hide-and-seek. People (a lot of people) all over the world hide little treasures (called caches) in public parks and wilderness areas. In fact, you probably have at least one or two little hoards at your nearby city park and don't even know it. Anyway, the "hiders" input the exact coordinates of their hidden cache into the website using their portable GPS systems to get the correct position. Then the "seekers" use their GPS units to download coordinates from the website based on the areas they want to search (for instance, caches hidden within a 30 mile radius of home). Next, you pack up and head out for a enjoyable day int he fresh air searching for hidden treasure. Once you've found a cache, you sign the log book to note that you were there. Then you're welcome to take one little piece from the cache provided you leave something in return. It's really a lot of fun. The hiking is good exercise and the hide-and-seek is sometimes quite challenging.

We've found that this is a good way to explore the parks and nature centers around our home...some we didn't even know existed before! We even took a trip last summer to Kansas City and spent the weekend geocaching around the city. I have to admit, it wasn't a great success, though. We ended up forever trolling around the not-so-pleasant parts of KC and not finding much. We did discover that possibly the only restaurant in all of Kansas City is Church's Chicken. It could've been the same Church's Chicken we passed over and over again, but I'm skeptical!

So, as you can tell, we're all quite ready for spring. That being said, I've just heard another snow storm is heading our way today. Oh well, that's the price we yankees pay to live so close to the north pole. On the bright side, I really love hot chocolate.

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