Take me out to the ballgame…

Yes folks, I’m alive.  You see after being cooked up in the house for 3 months, we needed some air.

So I turned in the first draft of the first manuscript (there are two) of my dissertation; and I also ran the data for the second manuscript.  Guess what?  The data did what I predicted it would do!!!! Yipppeeee!  If you have no clue what I’m saying, just now that THIS is a GOOD thing!

Of course, with such good news we went out for the air we needed so much.  We are BIG baseball fans, and BIG RedSox fans (especially Alan) so it was only natural that when we heard Dice-K would be doing rehab starts at Pawtucket PawSox (AAA RedSox) well we bought tickets of course!  Dice who? Daisuke Matzusaka, the Japanese pitcher who helped his team win two World Baseball Classics.  Why not see him at a RedSox game?  Yeah, good luck getting two tickets.

It wasn’t a good day for baseball. It was COOL. It was DAMP.  It was WINDY.  It was DRIZZLING.  How did we fare?  Well just look at me:

Me COLD!

Me COLD!

You think I look funny?  You should’ve seen the people with blankets.  And all the Japanese media that left after Dice-K completed his three innings.  Of course we also took some pictures of Dice-K while he was warming up at the bullpen.  This one is my favorite:

Dice-KWe are sort of a tag team.  Alan takes the pictures; I edit them online.  I don’t have very good editors, only iPhoto and Acorn, the latter of which I’m still getting around.  Once I buy something decent, Photoshop or Aperture, they will be better I promise.  Originally the picture was in color, but I like how the BW treatment gives the picture a sort of ajada look, and fits with Dice-K’s pose.

The game was actually good.  We each had a Smithwicks and a hot dog…..and after bearing the cold, we finally broke down and had some hot chocolate with fried dough.  We only made it to the 7th inning, but we also saw Rocco Baldelli play, which for us was an added plus.  And being AAA we had great seats right behind home plate, which sucks for pictures because the net is in the middle but the view is SPECTACULAR!

McCoy Stadium

As you can see, we’ve also been making use of Alan’s gift.  He literally does not leave the house without it, so I have many pictures of the area to post, so you can get to know this little state that we will be leaving and will be missing dearly.

Yes, yes, recipes to come too.  I have a couple in particular I believe you will like.

For now, PLAY BALL!

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La Recompensa

As you are all aware, we are here in Rhode Island because I had this crazy idea of pursuing a Ph.D. degree.  You also know, that I’m at the end of such a process and that we’ve been working so hard we decided to call our hybernating status life on hold.  I kid you not we’ve been cooked up in this house since February and have just recently started venturing out in an attempt to have a social life.

Why was our life on hold you ask?  Well, Alan – that wonderful man of mine – decided to take it upon himself to create the website that would house the last research for my dissertation.  It was hard work.  He spent every free and awake hour he had working on this.  So it would be ready in time; so it would work; so it would gather the needed data.  And he accomplished it as we released it last week.

As I watched him work so hard, so diligently and so detail driven, investing all this time that was his on my dissertation, I decided he deserved a gift.  Something he’s been wanting for a while.  No, we really can’t afford it right now, but credit cards allow me to throw it a couple of months forward until I can.  So what was this gift?  It was a surprise and it arrived today.

Alan opening his surprise

Alan opening his surprise

I did a lot of research on this; I even consulted professionals friend on this.  I was a bit torn between two brands.  One I’m loyal to, the other was cheaper.  Said professional said to go with the one I’m loyal to, because in my budget it was better quality.  Alan at this point still has no clue of what’s in the box.  I’ve created so much expectation about this that I think he was scared to open the box.

A camera?

A camera?

Yup a camera.  Funny thing is at this point he still has no clue of what kind of camera it is, except that of course it is a Nikon.  See Alan loves taking digital pictures; I don’t.  I’m old school on this.  I own a 1988 Nikon N2020 and I’m considering buying an FM10 especially now that I’ll be working at a university with a School of Photography.  See I’m all about developing film and creating and developing a picture.  Alan is more immediate in his photography.  As you can see from the box I got him a Nikon D90 with a 18-105mm Lens.  He’s been wanting a digital SLR for some time so he can get more serious about his photography.

The Reward

The Reward

I gotta admit I was a bit jealous when I saw the camera; had to keep reminding myself that it was digital.  First thing I did was to make sure my regular Nikon lenses would fit.  They did! Yay! (Thanks Mike for all your help!)  But, you ask, did Alan like the gift????  Well judge for yourself!

The Proud and Happy Photographer!

The Proud and Happy Photographer!

See that smile?  That’s the smile of an evil man plotting and thinking the possibilities of “oh the things he can do!”  So it goes without saying that we immediately charged the battery and once it was ready took the camera out to try it.  Let me tell you this thing takes AWESOME pictures.  Here is the best picture of our outing, taken mind you with the sun behind the object.  Look at the crisp color and imagery!

The American Flag at URI

The American Flag at URI

Cool huh?  However since I’ve created a monster, if you are around us, be afraid.  Be very afraid.