Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Breaking It In

With a gift certificate to the Boston Pro Shop, I got a plush Bruins blanket:

Here it is, on the couch. 
You can kind of see the couch under it, right? It’s a big blanket!

Tonight, Maggie came to check it out on my lap. She was initially skeptical.
But she settled down.
And after a while, she granted it conditional approval. Thank goodness.












Monday, October 25, 2021

This Again

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

For Want of a Nail

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

Maggie Time

Who needs to see some cute Maggie photos? I've got you covered. (Or, more often, she's got me covered.)













 

Friday, October 15, 2021

Pins!

Look what I got in the mail the other day!

And it was indeed happy! (Thanks, Mary Ellen!) Cute pin 1:
And cute pin 2:
Another pin that I got recently is this Murderbot error code one, which I adore:
I have a bunch on pins on sachets on my desk, which is good for looking at regularly, but sadly prone to tipping over from the weight of the pins. There was no way that adding more was going to work.
However, in World Market last weekend, I found this banner in the clearance section:
And its fabric is strong enough to hold the pins!
See how cute?

I have to decide where best to hang it, but I'm quite pleased with it. 

Saturday, October 09, 2021

Remember October 9th

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

Startitis

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

Before Work, After Work

Maggie this morning:

Maggie tonight (when it was 90 degrees, just saying):
I had to boot her off both times, for work and for the Bruins game. 

Sunday, October 03, 2021

Truly

I ran across this in my Facebook memories today, and it makes me laugh!



Friday, October 01, 2021

October: Let the Birth-Month Celebrations Begin

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

Of Car and Hockey

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):


There's one more in the mail, which leads me happily into hockey season. Training camps started yesterday, and preseason games start this weekend. Hockey news fills my Twitter feed again.

And! guess what! Our cable provider has a package of extra sports channels, and it included NESN (the New England Sports Network), which I didn't think was even available down here! All the Bruins games! With my favorite, homers-and-proud-of-it, announcers! I signed up for that so fast. I'm very excited. Go Bruins!

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Hockey Is Coming

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

Damn It

Sure, enough, I got my period. So soon after writing about how long it had been! Though honestly, if the cycles came 12 weeks apart, instead of 3 or 4, that wouldn't be so terrible.

But better to have none, of course. 

Monday, September 13, 2021

More Maggie (and other) Photos

How about some pictures?

I got a new carrier for Maggie, and while she was skeptical at first:

I left it in the living room, and sometimes she goes in there for a nap.


Lap cat, part 87042.



And box cat, part 42087.

File this under Duh, really?
Ohhh, this is so true.

Visited Norman Love this weekend; good chocolate! And funny sign on the display case:
It was a beautiful day (as opposed to now, when it's thundering and pouring rain).

Who could be cuter?