Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Lowell Spinners

Double S affiliate of the Red Sox. Gotta love a minor league baseball team with a fiber-related name!

We went to the game on Sunday and had a great time - it was my first minor-league game (I've been to Fenway many times!), and it was a complete riot. And both kids got Jacoby Ellsbury bats (he's so dreamy! lol, channelling my inner 17-year-old).

Bella is all set to give them a helping hand (they could have used it, they got smucked by the Batavia Muckdogs).

Little Man fell asleep on the way. (I'm wearing my Sox cap, of course, old and beat up from years of gardening while wearing it.)

It's really a very pretty little park - our seats were down the third base line - you can see Wannalancit Mills in the background.

Just waking up...

Bella liked the making noise part.

Tickles for Conall from Papi.

Fun was had by all. :)

Friday, August 7, 2009

A Funny Thing Happened at Open Studios...

Last Saturday was Open Studios at Western Avenue Studios (slow, as I expected it would be, it was a gorgeous summer day, finally!). Slow is actually kind of nice, sometimes, since I got quite a bit of work done.

WAS is an old brick mill building and sits alongside one of the canals in Lowell. The studios are really quite nice, and I'm lucky enough to have one on the canal-side...

Here it is, standing by my windows, looking back towards my door and the hallway. It's starting to get stuffed to the gills! Eeks!

Here's the view towards the windows.

And this is the view down the canal if I stick my head out the window.

Wait a minute. What's the HUGE crane doing there on the opposite side of the canal??

You have *got* to be kidding me...

Yup. They're actually pulling a pickup truck out of the canal!! Good grief. The scuttlebutt was that somebody parked it up the hill a bit (there's a parking lot there, offices, shops and such, it's a mixed-use neighborhood) and forgot to put the parking break on. Not sure if you can even see it, but the chain link fence that lines the bottom of the hill obviously isn't strong enough to stop a pickup truck. LOL!

Even more funny was when I poked my head out to take photos, everybody else was poking their heads out too, like a giant game of Celebrity Squares (the building has five stories, 20+ studios on each level).