Wednesday, May 27, 2009

summer has officially started...

For me, summer has officially started. Not because last weekend was memorial day weekend. Nope. And not because the heat and evil, evil humidity have descended upon this fine flat city. No, no. I know summer has arrived because lawyers league softball season has begun. For the last five years, it just doesn't feel like summer until the summer law clerks flock to local firms like the salmon of capistrano and the festivities surrounding their arrival ensue.

*milo at the first softball game of the season, he usually doesn't take his eyes off of ed, i was bribing him here! ed is in the background at first base.*

So within the last week, it felt like summer has officially arrived. The softball season started last night, and it didn't disappoint. Stormy weather, cold beer, fierce competitiveness from type A personalities, and degrading yells from opposing council--I mean players.... ahhh the sounds of summer. So if you are thinking I am so excited for all of this because I'm a killer and key player for the firm team then you would be quite wrong. Oh HECK no. I turn into the town idiot when you get me near a ball. I am there simply to consume beer, distract players and wait for the fried deliciousness that follows each game. It's delightful. I'm pretty sure Kristen the Running Lawyer and I have a sole purpose during softball season, to make sure the proper food and beer are ordered post game.

*ed playing first base.*

*storm clouds hanging out over the fields.*

*i had to include an action shot. our team did win the game, which is not typical.*

However, thanks to my healthy lifestyle, it's going to take some re-conditioning for our summer Tuesday night fare of fried goodness, tacos and beer. Because Kristen, Ed and I all agreed this morning that our stomachs HATED us thanks to dinner last night. Although Kristen and I are doing far better this year than we were last year. Ed's imitation of us post games last summer is hands down one of the most entertaining things you will ever see. Basically he mocks us for our fine fried food and beer inhalation skills. However, Kristen and I kept clear of most of the fried goodness. I give us mad props for NOT downing an entire basket of jalapeno poppers on our own. A weakness for us both. We were good little runners and only had one popper each. Runners = 1, Poppers = 0! Score. We'll see how long that lasts, we have many weeks to go.

Like I said, in addition to softball, summer doesn't feel like summer unt
il the festivities begin. Last week marked the 5th Annual Wine Tasting. It is always a fun event, there is plenty of wine to taste and it's always interesting to see (coughahem...taste) what everyone brings. I'm personally always tempted to sneak a box of wine into the party. Ed and I brought a randomly picked Australian Shiraz that I can't remember the name of, something with Gnarled or Oak in the name. But apparently we are wine geniuses because WE WON for best red.
*edder and i at the wine tasting.*

*kristen and i being blahg-arific at the party. really i just followed her around all night being all.. whatcha doin' where you goin'... and taking pictures. not at all obnoxious.*

*i think i interrupted a VERY important conversation to take this picture..... mmm-hmmm, i think they were actually contemplating where to play street craps. classic.*

Kristen hosted the event this year at her beautiful and amazing new house. It takes a lot of guts to host this group, trust me. But I think her house fared okay. The party was tame in comparison to past years... past years where I can't be positive, but there may have been yoga push up-offs (the clap during the push up move) between Kristen and I and one of the partners, while we are in, of course, dresses. There was also no making up haiku's for partners this year, that's pretty much my wine tasting party standard.

*uhhh yeah, there sure was a chocolate fountain at that party....
runners = 0, chocolate fountain = 58.*

*everyone loving the chocolate. yum!*

Mmmmm summer is here and I love it!

14 comments:

teacherwoman said...

Yay for summer festivities! We started softball and volleyball and I am pumped!

D10 said...

I love chocolate fountains, so good! Looks like you have a fun summer ahead. Let the festivities begin.

Ashley said...

Now I'm hungry for tacos, poppers, and chocolate....thanks.

I've been looking forward to summer for like 2 years (I was pregnant last year, so I pretty much missed out...) and now that it's here, I'm missing out again. :( Booooo!!!

Sounds like you're having a great time, tho! :) Hopefully by July, I'll be getting the full summer effect as well! ;)

Mel-2nd Chances said...

bring on summer! Great pics :)

RunningLaur said...

You know how to do summer!
Now I want lots of fried food for breakfast!

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

"I turn into the town idiot when you get me near a ball" CRACKING up as always. You and Kristen look amazingly adorable, laughing again that you were following her around. I have a dress almost like yours.. Enjoy those foods baby, you have earned the right to EAT!!

IzzyBubbles said...

oh hellz yeah - we are the MASTERS of food ordering! next week a picture needs to be taken of our fried food-taco-beer feast and the wide swath of destruction left behind after 20+ lawyers have torn into it.

Marlene said...

Softball sounds like so much fun! I've played the last two years on some fun teams but have to sit out this year due to a recent should injury. :( I think I should follow your lead and join them for the beer & food anyway!

californiameaghan said...

1. your dress is freaking adorable.

2. i would love to join team robinson so i can officially cheer for ed for BAK. what day does it start?

3. next tuesday you should try empanadas = fried goodness plus BEEF :D

J said...

I love summer too! I haven't had chocolate fondue in years! So yummy! now you just need some corn on the cobb!

Rookie on the Run said...

Great post! It was fun looking at the pictures-- I felt like I was there. Was I? I try to be anywhere there is lots of wine.

Yay, summer!!

Ace said...

Ahh summer softball...don't forget the extensive injuries that will no doubt be incurred! Does that field actually have dirt or is it all grass?! Looks like good times...

Chad in the AZ Desert said...

Of course softball is about the beer and food - that's the only reason the sport exists. Let the summer begin!

Irish Cream said...

Whoa, why don't any of my workplace events involve chocolate fountains?! Jealous. But hooray for summer (minus the hellish heat/humidity when running, obvs)!