Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Basketball, Bowling and Blazing...

When it comes to weekends that make for good blogging stories, this one takes the cake.

Saturday afternoon D, his parents and I went to the last SU basketball home game of the season.
Not only did SU win, but it was the 700th win for coach Boeheim. It was also Senior day where all the seniors of the team were honored with framed jerseys. If I had started being into this whole basketball thing earlier, I might have teared up seeing them play their last game.

So what happened Saturday night??? We went bowling baby! All those fashion gurus better look out because we were sporting some very classy shoes….

Seriously, they’re all the rage. I have a sneaking suspicion that this particular bowling alley is known for it’s rock ‘n bowl or as they call it “Cosmic Bowling” where they turned down the lights, turn up the music and let the black lights shine because after closer inspection of my bowling shoes I noticed the stitches had been colored with a highlighter so they would glow under the black lights. You just gotta love the look… And the off-white shoes…those are D’s. Let me clarify, those are D’s father’s bowling shoes from the 60’s or early 70’s. He was definitely stylin’.

It became quite apparent to me that I am not what you would call a “good” bowler. I’m not even a mediocre bowler. I noticed this at the end of our third or so game when D had bowled a 197 and I bowled…..

Yeah, a 69. My high score for the evening was an 87. I'm not ashamed, I realized that I was demolished in that game and that someday... someday I will break 100. A girl can dream right?

But when all was said and I done we had ourselves an excellent evening.

Now Sunday’s story is funny, only because no one was hurt. Otherwise, I’d be writing you telling you how upset I am…

It was a gorgeous day Sunday. I spent most of my time in the living room knitting while D slept off his exhaustion from being so great at bowling the night before (apparently it’s tiring to be that good) While I was knitting I had a nice yankee candle going to spruce up the living room.

A few hours had gone by, D got up and I went with him to the kitchen. Of course while I was leaving the living room I thought to myself “maybe I should blow out that candle” and then I thought “nah, it’ll be fine, I’m only leaving it unattended for a few minutes…” Hindsight’s a bitch isn’t it?

I got caught up in doing something, of course at this point it slips my mind what it happened to be, but as I was walking back into the living room I smelled something funny. It took my brain another few seconds to realize what the smell was…. Burnt hair… Why the hell does it smell like burnt hair?!?!

You want to know why?!?!? This is why…

Poor Ramses thought it was a good idea to check out that burning candle and didn’t realize until it was too late that his tail had caught on fire! I’m telling you it was charred. Luckily not too badly and not even close to his skin (which is why this story is acceptable as “funny”)
If you didn’t get a good look here’s a better one next to a look at his big fluffy tail prior to burning it…

It’ll take a little while for it to grow back in, but he’ll be fine and hopefully he’s not scarred for life. I can’t imagine being a cat, looking behind me only to see my tail in a blaze of flame!

As for knitting news I worked exclusively on my clapotis this weekend… that is until I ran out of yarn…

Here’s how much I have left to do…

I was slightly worried I wouldn’t have enough but I was optimistic… Funny how optimism isn’t always enough isn’t it?
I love this yarn, look at it close up…

Wouldn’t you love it too? Luckily Patternworks came through for me and I was able to order one more skein to finish it. Yep, I'm a lucky, lucky girl...


erica said...

Erin, my mom's Persian cat, Lucy, set her tail on fire too about 5 years ago. Lucy was so unphased by it, she's our little space cadet anyway, and my mom said she's learned her lesson, only burn candles in high places that Lucy and the other cat won't go. Lucy looked quite funny with her squared off tail, I don't know how long it took to grow back normally. I'm sure it wasn't as bad as when my little sister decided to square off all four of the animals' tail fur with pinking sheers. That took about six months to grow back on Lucy.

You and D look very cute together. Love seeing the photos. And, oh, the days of college basketball excitement. I went to KU (Kansas) and during basketball season, the whole campus was a buzz. I remember crying many tears on senior days.

I am still a terrible bowler, my highest score is 103. So don't feel bad about your score. I always bowled with friends for fun and not for the competition.

Your Clapotis is beautiful. What yarn did you use?

Lauren said...

Hey Erin! These pictures are just fabulous--you do look like your little cartoon :) very pretty!

Wow, bowling rules. I went last weekend, and I got to rock those awesome shoes too (I wish mine had had rainbows though!) I have to say that D's shoes are just too cool... never seen white ones!

Poor little Ramses and his burnt tail. I bet my cat would do this same thing--I should watch out!

Have a fantastic week, E, and I am so glad you had a great weekend. I love reading your weekend with D recaps :)

ErLeCa said...

The yarn I used for Clapotis is called Odyssey by Reynolds. It's 100% merino wool, it feels great and looks awesome! The colorways they have it in are pretty awesome too!

Laura said...

HAHA! That definitely qualifies as funny! My Karmann had some singed (sp?) whiskers as a kitten, before I learned to put candles up out of reach, too. I thought animals were supposed to be afraid of fire? Glad to hear you had such a fun weekend!

um said...

oh no, poor ramses! that is quite a tail/tale! was he meowing? i can see this visual (again, funny b/c he wasn't badly hurt) - meow meow meow! running around in circles with a flame on his tail. aww! i'm glad he's okay.

what fun pics of you and d! does he read your blog? b/c we know all about him :D i love how happy you two look together. how sweet!

wow, your clapotis looks awesome. i like the odyssey you used. that's beautiful!

hope you have a great day!

CrazyFiberLady said...

I've had a cat singe whiskers on a candle when he tried to sniff it. Fortunately he wasn't hurt, just funny looking until those whiskers fell out. I've seen those video programs where cat after cat has had his tail far too close to a flame.

Cool bowling! I guess my bowling shoes from the early 80's are stylin' now. Go figure. I was on the bowling team in high school and had a 175 average. Yeah, I'm a geek.

Your clapotis is beautiful.Glad that you were able to order more yarn.

amy said...

clapotis is looking great! i can't wait to get started on mine. the yarn you chose is beautiful.

sounds like you had a grand weekend (except for the kitty 'issue'!). the pics of you as a couple are very sweet. now we can all put a face to 'D' :)

Kim said...

Basketball, Bowling and Blazing.... You know, in some circles, that means you were getting high! :)

That was my first thought when I read it!! I thought that would be odd for you, and then finally I connected it to the cats&candles story!!

Too funny! Glad kitty is ok!

kmckiernan said...

Poor Kitty, glad to hear she's okay! The pictures from basketball are awesome, it looks like your having so much fun!
Love your clapper, can't wait to see it when it's finished.