My dear son (the one with Asperger’s Syndrome) “forgot” to tape the results show of Dancing with the Stars for me. I guess he was too busy reading or watching TV or using his computer to remember. So this morning, instead of watching the result show, I’ve been searching around online to find the results. I found a synopsis of the show that was helpful, though not as much fun as watching.
Synopsis: Recap of mens’ competition; encore performance of cha cha by Sabrina & Mark; 2 couples safe: Sabrina & Mark, Jennie & Derek; Dolly Parton sang; additional 2 couples safe: Helio & Julianne, Albert & Anna; tap dancing by Savion Glover; Dolly sang again; comedy sketch by Kenny Mayne; more couples safe: Mel & Max, Cameron & Edyta, Jayne & Tony, Wayne & Cheryl, Marie & Jonathan, Floyd & Karina; Bottom 2 couples: Josie & Alec, Mark & Kym. Eliminated: Josie & Alec.
I feel bad for Alec, but he didn’t have a prayer with Josie as a partner. There’s always one in every season that you just know will not make it. She was the one this time.
We did have fun at the hockey game though! Wednesday is my husband’s half day of work. When he got home, he spent some time raking up acorns from our 2 huge oak trees. A lot of acorns this year – does that foretell a wicked winter? We’ll see. They are falling earlier and faster than I can recall, probably due to the dry summer. He picked up 3 wheelbarrows-full of acorns in a small back yard. At least the squirrels will be happy – they can visit the acorn super-mart behind the garage instead of foraging!
After he finished up, we set out for dinner and hockey. We made a stop at Bed, Bath & Beyond to pick up some sheets that were on sale. They usually sell for $35 for a full sized set. They were half price ($17.50 for the math challenged) and we had a $5 off coupon. So, with tax, we ended up paying about $13 for the $35 sheets. Love a bargain. We continued to Nashua, NH because we planned to eat at the Bugaboo Creek restaurant. The traffic wasn’t too bad at that time of day, even Rte 495, which can be brutal.
Dinner was great. I love eating mid-day, when there aren’t many others in the restaurant and it’s quiet enough for conversation without shouting. I had Trapper Pete’s Chicken with Linguine – chicken, steamed broccoli & pasta in a light Alfredo sauce. Couldn’t finish it all – I think that’s a good sign for my weight loss effort. My husband had a French-dip Roast Beef sandwich with fries. When we finished eating, we still had an hour before we had to leave for the game. What to do …..
Shop! It actually wouldn’t usually be my first thought (I hate shopping in general) but there was an LL Bean outlet store in the plaza. I can’t resist LL Bean. We walked in and I headed to the outerwear section. They actually had plus sizes in the outlet store (it’s hard to find them in the main store in Freeport, ME). I picked up a parka in my size, tried it on, it fit and the rest is history. Very economical history! The original price of the parka was $109. The outlet price was $69.95. And while we didn’t have out LL Bean card coupons with us, they found them on line – one we hadn’t even received in the mail yet. Take off another $20! The final cost to us was $49.95. Even my husband had to smile at that bargain.
We set off for Lowell, MA to see the New Jersey Devils play the New York Islanders. Our first live-action game of the new season – well, pre-season, actually, but pre-season is better than none. The New Jersey Devils are the “parent” team of the Lowell Devils, their AHL (American Hockey League) affiliate. So the minor league team was hosting this pre-season game between their parent club and one of it’s local NHL rivals.
Looking at the rosters, two things became apparent. There sure were a lot of Devils available to play and Long Island had, disappointingly, left a number of it’s better known stars off the roster. It showed in the game, too. The Devils had Martin Brodeur in goal for 2 periods. All-Star, future Hall of Famer. I personally don’t like him but I can’t quibble with his talent. He is starting to get a bit “long in the tooth” – hope he doesn’t try to play too long, like say, Roger Clemens.
The first 5 minutes of the game, the Islanders forgot to play – or at least their goaltender did. The Devils scored 3 times in the space of about 5 minutes! That certainly made the home crowd happy. After that, the game settled into a more even pace, although the Devils still kept the puck at the Islanders end much of the time. There were only a few penalties and a couple of short, unexciting fights. We did have experienced officials, with refs Don Koharski and Don van Massenhoeven. The Devils won by a final score of 5 to 1.
It was surprising to see that the arena was only half full, at best. Tsongas Arena in Lowell is a small arena, seating about 7,800 and great sight lines. Tickets were only $35 for any seat for an NHL game. We sat in the 17th row (out of 18 rows – better for my knees to avoid the stairs) at center ice and there were plenty of seats around.
I had forgotten, unfortunately, how terribly uncomfortable arena seats (all of them, not just in Lowell) can be for a SFG with fibromyalgia. I felt pretty good when we got there – sore feet from shopping but nothing else too bad. By the end of the first period, my low back, neck and hips were beginning to complain. Being short, my feet don’t reach the floor if I sit back in the seat and my back hurts if I sit forward too long. Being fat, my hips press on the arms of the seats, causing pain in my legs. Maybe it’s a good thing we didn’t have very many others sitting near us. Gave me free rein to wiggle, fidget and otherwise change positions to try to accommodate my friend fibro. By the end of the second period, my legs were really complaining. During the third period, my hips began to send referred pain up to my shoulder blades – really weird! It’s never happened before. I told my husband that’s what I love most about fibromyalgia – you start to think you’ve got it figured out, that you know all it’s tricks and voila! It throws you something new – a curveball or sinker, maybe – to push home the truth that you’ll never get it all figured out. I guess I have to figure out how to get my body in “arena seating condition.” Losing weight would likely help.
I’ll be working on that tonight. I’ll be attending the first of my required “support group” sessions for those dealing with both pre- and post-bariatric surgery weight issues. I’ll let you know how that goes.
Things are going to get a bit more eclectic for a while now. We’ve got hockey, a new TV season, vacation coming up in a week, health issues, family issues, holiday issues and issue issues, I guess. Ever notice that the more you use a word, the more unsure you become of it’s proper spelling and the more odd it looks or sounds.
I think my brain is starting to get silly, so I’d better get going before I lose my way back.