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Christmas Day!!

December 24, 2011 3 comments

First off:

Second:  I went to 9pm service this evening, not mass.  My home-stay family go to the Anglican church in nearby Lindfield, NSW so I joined them this evening.  The service was not much different from a Catholic mass, however the crowd was a bit younger and they had a band leading the hymns/carols with guitars, drums and a keyboard.  It was also a bit shorter with no Eucharist served.  I did a bit of research and the two religions aren’t much different, with Henry VIII being the brainchild of the Anglican Church when he broke away from the Catholic Church.

It was a nice service but there was one curveball “The First Nowell”:

No-well??? Seriously?  Apparently the English found another word they can make in to their own.   My favourite part was that in the hymn book they had the hymn typed out in the Old English, but had the word art “Noel” down the side of the page….consistency people!

OK now time for bed, Santa will be here in the morning.  Yay for NFL and Christmas Day!

Love to all my family and friends back home, I hope Santa treats you well, and I miss you all!

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It’s been a while…

December 23, 2011 1 comment

So I just got introduced to a new blog called Ben Does Life: http://bendoeslife.tumblr.com/

It’s basically a guy that changed his life around by running, which I sort of did last year.

This whole move to Australia has certainly screwed that up and I need to stop making excuses and get my ass in gear again.  I just signed up for the St. Patrick’s 8K in Washington D.C. in March 2012 that I did about 2 years ago with my friends Katie & Katie (Bruckner and Woo) and I am determined to beat my previous time by about 7 minutes, which shouldn’t be hard to do given I ran a 10K last June at a faster pace.

I wouldn’t consider myself a runner by any means but it certainly became addicting, and I need & will get back in to it during my time off these next couple of weeks.  There is no reason to not be and hopefully these 2 weeks will be a good start for the rest of my time here.  I need to set a goal for myself and since the move here screwed up my half-marathon plan of 2011 I will definitely do one in 2012 and my main goal is to run a full marathon in 2013 (maybe even 2012 – depending on what country I am in).  Running is really fantastic and I know those of you reading this who aren’t runners may not believe me, but take it from someone who was 50 pounds heavier at this time last year and it can truly change your life.

All I need is a bit of motivation and hopefully Ben’s story is just what I need to get me back on the road…

 

P.S. – the Blue Sox are now in 3rd place after sweeping the Canberra Cavalry in the last home series of 2011.  Now “off” for the rest of 2011, with Christmas, moms arrival, trips to Cairns & Fraser Island all within the next two weeks, can’t wait!

With 7 more days left in 2011, my goal is to run/workout each day….can’t wait for an early morning run on Fraser Island!

 

 

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Six in a Row…

December 18, 2011 Leave a comment

And we continue the winning streak, boasting an 11-0 game tonight which actually sounds much worse than it was.  I really couldn’t tell you what happened in the game (except a Boss Moanaroa dinger in the 8th inning).  Today we were short some vollies (volunteers), so myself and Ashley had to help with a lot of promotional and on-field stuff with Jess.  Therefore I was either running to figure out what was next, signing kids up for on-field entertainment or making sure the photographers were getting all the right shots.

We also have Aussie T-Ball before the game, so that brought a different realm of things, including the National Anthem Baseball Buddies afterwards.  I was able to “see” the Boss homer as I was waiting underneath the bleachers to bring the kids out for the Schoe Scramble:

This one was 10x better than the drunk guys we had the night before tackling each other on the outfield grass.  At least this time the kids knew they had to get off the field….o the joys of working here.

But yes, we have won 6 in a row, and the boys have the holiay off before they head to Melbourne for an important New Years eve weekend.  This job is always a learning experience, one I will treasure.

We were able to let off some steam tonight as well after the game, some bowling (yes i won have no fear) and some drinks were on the menu.  Had a good time with some “special” people.  More next time..

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Keeping you in the know

December 17, 2011 Leave a comment

So it’s been a full 11 days since my last KC related post…therefore in the spirit of being me, here’s one more.  While I may be missing out on a lot back home with the time difference and the lack of US news, I am certainly still on top of the latest KC news, so don’t you worry about me =)

Just wanted to share the latest KC music video to her song “What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You (Stronger).”  Awesome song mixed with some flash mobs by her fans, her band and kelly:

 

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5 in a Row…

December 16, 2011 Leave a comment

Now tonight’s game is the reason I love baseball.  So many intricacies and strategies in the game, each pitch has a reason behind it, if it didn’t the catcher wouldn’t be giving signs and the pitcher wouldn’t be shaking him off if he didn’t agree.

We are currently mid-way through a 4-game series against the Canberra Cavalry.  We won the first game last night via a 1-0 pitchers duel.  Tonight’s was also a pitcher’s duel but a few more runs were scored and it ended up 3-2 in our favor.  It didn’t look like that was going to be the case all game as the Sox did not capitalize on scoring chances inning after inning.  Canberra was up 2-0 after 6 and by the bottom of the 9th I thought we had no shot.  But the bottom of the order got things rolling and by the end of the inning the game was tied 2-2.

This team just finds a way to put a decent inning together and survives.  Then in the 11th inning Tyler Collins, our man from Texas drew a 2-out bases loaded walk to force in the winning run….then he almost forgot to walk to first base which would signal the final out of the inning, but luckily our smart shortstop Michael Lysaught yelled at him to get down the line so they could celebrate:

 

SMP Images

 

While this is only the second season of the ABL it seems as tho we have a bit of a heated rivalry brewing against Canberra.  In the 9th inning, after we tied the game up Collins flew out to the outfield and some words were exchanged:

 

And what wasn’t caught on film was the benches clearing after this.  No punches were thrown but it definitely awoke the Sydney side and gave the fans something to cheer about.

Here are a few other antics that happen on the field besides baseball:

Royalty Dance Crew pre-game

Pie-Eating Contest

He won

 

Mascot Race

 

Such a good night of entertainment and baseball – benches clearing, tie it up in the bottom of the 9th and go on to win it in the 11th…wow i love this game!

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Adventures…

December 13, 2011 1 comment

All countries and continents have their “must-see” sights and sounds.  In Sydney it’s the Opera House…check, Harbour Bridge…check, Bondi Beach…check, Manly Beach…check, Blue Mountains..check.  But there is so much more to Australia than Sydney.  I saw Brisbane and some of the Gold Coast while I was here including Surfer’s Paradise, but was never able to make it up to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World.

This time I have my chance and just booked a day tour to the reef on January 2, 2012.  With my mom headed here in just over 2 weeks (crazy!) we just finalised our travel plans which will begin in Sydney, be in Sydney for New Years, then head up to Cairns on January 1st, down to Fraser Island on the 3rd, and back to Sydney on the 5th for a Twilight Bridge Climb.  It’s going to be a lot, but I can’t wait.

If you have never heard of Fraser Island before you are seriously missing out.    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fraser_island

I made it up there in 2006 with my study abroad group and it was one of the highlights of the trip.  So I knew I had to take my mother back there so she can see it all.

Things on the Sydney adventure are the typical city stuff, the Rocks, Botanical Gardens, Hyde Park, etc.  And then we’ll head out to the Blue Mountains one of the early days which isn’t too far out.  Maybe stop at Featherdale Wildlife Park on the way out so we can hang out with some kangaroos.

Christmas is right around the corner, but I am looking forward to my mom’s visit, as seeing one of the 7 Natural Wonders is a priceless gift for everyone..

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Rain outs…

December 11, 2011 Leave a comment

Just as we had hoped, the final game of the exhibition series was rained out.  But not until after we all made our way out to the ballpark.  Got out there around noon, watched the guys play some cricket in front of the dugout for their warmup.  I should share some video of this soon, but here’s a glimpse of the happenings around the stadium…all footage and editing are courtesy of my colleague Ashley:

 

 

So yes another Sunday with rain and only 9 more games left…for the home games at least.  We have Canberra this coming weekend, which equals no off days until next week.  But then we have a long break until the final home series which isn’t until January 15-18th.  So hopefully I will be able to enjoy Australia for a bit, with my mom’s visit (headed up to Cairns and Fraser Island with her for a bit), and a trip down to Canberra to watch the Sox take on the Cavalry the first weekend of January.  Can’t believe I’ve been here for 3 months already, time flies when you’re working your butt off and having fun.

There’s definitely  a different dynamic in our office now and it can’t really get much better.  As you can see by the lil excerpt in the video we all have a good time, and I believe Reece Mastin will forever remind me of the Blue Sox…thanks Ash!

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