So, it's been another fairly useless, fairly crappy sort of weekend. The Rangers managed to at least split the first two games of the ALCS at home with the Yankees, but now they need to go back and play three in a row in New York. One of the things that disheartens me a bit about their games is that they blew a 5-run lead in the 7th and 8th innings of that first game. They did manage to keep the Yankees down to only 2 runs in the second game, but they managed to make even a 6-run lead in that game seem like it might be a little precarious. I guess we'll see how they do tomorrow, when they play game 3 at Yankee Stadium.
Ernie has been down to the dog park both yesterday and today. The weather was very nice, and we had a few other places to go, so it was an opportune time to take advantage and get the little man a bit of exercise. Yesterday, the weather was particularly gorgeous, so we expected to find the park full of people in the late morning. Instead, when we got there, the little dog section of the park was entirely empty. We hadn't ever brought him over into the big dog area, mostly because he's always been so docile with other dogs. But after pretty much sitting around for a few minutes with nothing at all happening in the small territory, we took the plunge and let him run with the big dogs.
It turns out that he did just fine. He mostly just puttered around like he usually does. He makes friends with the people and mostly just ignores the other dogs. I'm not entirely sure that most of them know what to make of him, since he just sort of shuffles around like a big furry tank. In any case, we were both quite happy to see him do his normal thing in this new territory, but we're hoping we don't really have to take him back to the large dog section in the future.
After the dog park, we went down to the girlfriend's mom's house to feed their fish and pick up a couple of folding tables and chairs for a wedding we're attending next weekend. Unfortunately, her sister-in-law had not yet returned most of the said tables and chairs to the mom's house, so it was in large part a wasted trip down there. But that's all right. We still had to feed the fish, and the little man still got to get out and run around in the back yard for a while.
After we got back home, we had to get ready to go to a combination Halloween party and baby shower. Because of that combination, everyone was supposed to go in costume, but the little twist was that each costume was supposed to incorporate a pregnancy. The girlfriend and I were going to go as Lucy and Desi, but I really have nothing at all in common with Desi, so instead I went as the grim reaper. Of course, it was a pregnant grim reaper. So, as one of the other guests mentioned, I was sort of the whole circle of life all rolled into one.
The shower/party ended up going a lot longer than we had expected, so we didn't get home until about 9:30 in the evening. By which time I was pretty well exhausted, not being used to the whole baby shower experience. I actually spent about the last half of the shower trying to keep myself awake. In any case, it doesn't seem that anyone noticed that I was nearly nodding off, which was good.
This morning, I slept in a lot later than I expected. On Friday, I won tickets to go see the Schola Cantorum of North Texas perform at a Methodist church down in Fort Worth, so we had planned to head down there in the afternoon and see that. We decided to go back down to the dog park in the morning, though, since we expected to leave him in his kennel by himself for a fair chunk of the afternoon. It was another nice day today, and we were pleasantly surprised this time to find a large number of little dogs in that section of the park. We thought we were only going to stick around for about half an hour or so. It was about 1:00 when we got there, and the show we were to see began at 3:00. So, with driving time and getting dressed and such, we figured leaving there by about 1:30 would give us enough time. But we wound up having so much fun talking to the various people and playing with their dogs that we stayed until closer to 2:30. And so, we didn't make it to the show. But we've found out that one of the couples, who have a tiny little corgi named Conchita, are probably going to be there next Sunday around the same time, so maybe we'll have an ongoing play-date for Ernie. We'll see.
Since we got back home, I've been mostly watching football, as well as tinkering a bit with some of my music. We didn't have band practice again this weekend, because the drummer (who hosts) has a work project that he's preparing for. I'm hoping to get together with the guitar-playing brothers sometime this next week, but we'll have to see about that. For now, back to football and MIDI...
Labels: baby shower, baseball, Ernie, Halloween, music