With a gift certificate to the Boston Pro Shop, I got a plush Bruins blanket:
Monday, October 25, 2021
I got my period again this weekend, ugh, so I fired off a message to the gynecologist that was all gimme-shot-now-please. This weekend was a complete dud in terms of getting anything done, other than lying around feeling like crap (which hardly counts as getting anything done), and enough already.
Today didn't start out much better (feeling any better than yesterday is a low bar to clear, let me just say), and a bit of a headache to boot, but in the end I got through the work day okay (majorly flagging by the end, though), despite the report I'm working on being a rush job and showing plenty of signs that it was rushed. Ah well. The job pays the bills. And now I can relax.
Thursday, October 21, 2021
Wikipedia tells me there are many variations of this, so I'll just pick one:
For want of a nail a horseshoe was lost,
for want of a horseshoe a horse went lame,
for want of a horse a rider never got through,
for want of a rider a message never arrived,
for want of a message an army was never sent,
for want of an army a battle was lost,
for want of a battle a war was lost,
for want of a war a kingdom fell,
and all for want of a nail.
Why I am thinking of this today? Well, let me tell you.
For the last umpteen years, NHL games have been televised on "the networks of NBC," meaning mostly NBCSN, sometimes on NBC itself. I get both of those in my cable package, and also subscribe to NHL Network ($), and then during the season I also get Center Ice ($), which covers all the remaining games (for the whole league, not just the Bruins). It gives way more games than I actually need, but means I can watch every Bruins game (if not always from the Bruins/NESN broadcast).
That NBC contract ran out last season, and the league signed a primary deal with ESPN, and a side deal with TNT. So some games will be on those networks, no big deal, right?
Well. Except that some few games are only on ESPN+/Hulu, which are streaming services. So while I have cable to give me ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, NHL Network, even NESN ($) (though it's blacked out for games), and I subscribe to Center Ice ... I still can't get those games.
Well. ESPN+ actually has exclusive written content, too, and I've seen links to hockey stories before that were behind the paywall, so I decide I'll subscribe to that, and this way I'll get those as well as the few games. (I already subscribe to The Athletic for hockey news, but what's one more source of in-depth hockey stories?)
I subscribe ($). It works on the computer*, but of course I don't want to watch games on the computer, I want to watch on the TV. I go to the TV to get ESPN+ on that, and hit a wall.
*At least, the streaming does, although when I try to read an article, it tells me I need to subscribe to keep reading, even though the drop-down menu shows that I'm logged in. I have to go to the app to read the articles.
There's just no way that I can find to get it there. I google the TV I have and everything says I should go to the app store on the TV and then ... but there is no app store anywhere.
I put out a cry for help on Facebook, and my most tech-savvy friend tells me that if I get a Roku, that will let me get it. Sigh. So I order the Roku ($).
It arrives today. I hook it up to the TV. It powers up! I connect it to the wifi, no problem. And then it makes me set up a Roku account (whyyy). In order to do that, it required my birthday (whyyy) and my GENDER (whyyy) and a credit card (whyyy). I have to choose a password and a PIN. It wants me to tell it my interests and add channels and sign up for free trials and it needs to know what room the device will be in, and it makes me name it (I believe I named it "I fucking hate roku" but I was so mad that I may not be remembering that exactly right). And now I have another damned remote control to juggle (we're up to 4).
All this to get those few games a year ... but damn it, I want those games! It just makes me crazy that this is what's required to get them. The NHL really does think all fans have the money, don't they? I mean, clearly I do, but I know that not everyone does. And I'm mad on their behalf.
Also, I will report back on whether I see noticeably girlie commercials on the streaming games.
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Friday, October 15, 2021
Look what I got in the mail the other day!
Saturday, October 09, 2021
When I was a kid, I had a button that said Remember Oct. 9th. If I'm remembering right, my dad's sister gave it to me--but then, I thought I remembered that it was for the opening of a Broadway show, and according to google, it was an anti-Vietnam war message, so who knows. I just remember how much it pleased me to have my birthday on it.
I was thinking of it today when I realized how much it pleases me to see the date on everything today. Talking yesterday to the friend who has known me the longest (we were 5 when we met), she said that I'm one of her friends who most enjoys celebrating birthdays, and I guess that's true. I really enjoy my day. It's been a good one. Happy my birthday to you.
Friday, October 08, 2021
I've been working on a knitting project for a while (it's a gift, which is why it hasn't shown up here), and it's going pretty well, but I'm at the point where I am, frankly, a little bored with it, and feeling the pangs of startitis. This yarn or that pattern will catch my eye and I find myself thinking about putting the gift aside, just for a little bit. I haven't so far--I want to get it done, after all--but the sneaky thoughts took a different turn this week.
"You know, this is really good social knitting, and it's fairly portable...and you're going (COVID willing) on that trip at the end of February, when you should have some knitting time, but you won't want to be hauling around something big, or checking a pattern or counting rows all the time. Wouldn't this project be perfect for that? Wouldn't it be only sensible to save it for that trip, and cast on something else now?"
Insidious thoughts! There are so many things I want to make. It's a temptation.
Wednesday, October 06, 2021
Sunday, October 03, 2021
Friday, October 01, 2021
Welcome, month in which I was born! Let's celebrate all month long, shall we?
I've actually opened a birthday present already, because it came in the mail the other day and was perishable. Can't let that sit around! But I do like to spread out the celebrating. I'm not one of these people who gets their nose out of joint if I get a present 'late': no such thing! You gave me a present? Excellent! I love presents! Thank you! Oh, my birthday was six weeks ago? Who cares? Let's celebrate today!
(None of this is meant to be a hint, by the way: I am celebrating the joy I take in celebrating, not suggesting *you* should be sending me a present. I don't keep track of who does what; that sounds like a lot of work to no purpose.)
I love it when family and friends send cards or gifts; when restaurant reward programs give me a free something for my birthday; when anyone wishes me a happy birthday. Well, except that I do not, most emphatically NOT, want to have happy birthday sung to me by servers in a restaurant. No, no, no. Not my thing. But other than that, sure. Bring it on.
How do you feel about birthdays? Like, dislike, neutral?
Thursday, September 23, 2021
Yesterday I had the new car in at my mechanic to be checked over, and he rotated the tires and said everything else was "like new," so it's officially a keeper! Whew. I didn't really think he would find anything, but it's a relief to be past that point.
And you know what that means: bumper stickers. Here's what I have so far (I may end up getting others, of course, but this is a good start):
Sunday, September 19, 2021
Here comes hockey season!
The Bruins prospects played in a mini-tourney against the Buffalo and New Jersey prospects this weekend, which I was able to watch part of online (part of both games, that is, around other things I was doing: Boston 5 to Buffalo 2, and NJ 4 to Boston 3). Unfortunately, neither game was done by the Bruins announcers, so there was more of a focus on the other sides, but still it was fun to have real hockey going again.
And this week, full training camp starts, which mean exhibition games start next week. And, according to the Bruins, one of those games will be televised! A week from Thursday against Philly is supposed to be on TNT. The rest, well, they'll be on Bruins radio at least, so they'll be talking about the players I want to hear about.
Hockey, hockey, hockey...
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Monday, September 13, 2021
How about some pictures?
I got a new carrier for Maggie, and while she was skeptical at first:
Norman Love this weekend; good chocolate! And funny sign on the display case: