A Royal Night

The day is here.  Game 7 of the World Series.  The first World Series that the Royals have played in in 29 years!!  Heck, the first time they've been in the playoffs in 29 years...the first time they played postseason baseball in 29 years!  It's kind of a big deal.  And perhaps the wildest and craziest roller coaster ride that brought them to where are are now...

Let's recap:

A Wild Card win on September 30 versus the Oakland A's after overcoming a 4-run deficit. In extra innings...12 to be exact.  Did I mention they were down four runs in the 8th inning?  Oh, did I also mention I missed it because I had accepted the fact that they were going to lose and I went to bed in the 8th.  (Note: I didn't give up on them, I just accepted they weren't going to win and since sleep is high on my priority list, I went to bed.  Biggest.mistake.ever.)

Swept the LA Angels in three games (best of five) of the ALDS, the first two of which were played in Anaheim. The first two of which also went into extra innings.  And because they were playing in the Pacific time zone, it meant extra late nights again.  You better believe I stayed up this time (or attempted to anyway...my eyelids may have closed once or twice).

Swept the Baltimore Orioles in four games (best of seven) in the ALCS, the first two of which were played in Baltimore.  And one of which went into extra innings...again.  We were in Vegas for the first two games of the ALCS, which made it even more exciting!

Then, the World Series...what a series it's been!  Game one was a landslide and went to the Giants, game two also a landslide, but this time the Royals were the big winners, game three in San Fran - Royals, games four and five - Giants, which meant the Royals needed to win game six to continue playing. And that they did - ten, zip!

Which brings us to tonight.  Game 7.  Winner takes all.  The great thing about baseball is that it's not about just one game...until it is.  Like tonight.

Win or lose, it's been an amazing season.  The Royals still competed in the World Series...something not a lot of people would have ever predicted.  Like ever.  And not only that, but they made it to game seven. They've shown the nation that they deserve to be where they are now.  They want to be here and it's obvious while watching them play.  These players have played their little hearts in what's been known as Blue October 2014.

To say it's been a fun time to live in Kansas City is a huge understatement.  The fountains are blue, the lights are blue, and there are tents set up at every other corner with shirts that read "Sh*t Just Got Royal." The atmosphere, the spirit, the excitement, the energy - it's all been so amazing and I'm not sure I've been a prouder Kansas Citian since moving here seven years ago!

Two weekends ago, we headed to the plaza to check out the blue fountain.  Craig wasn't initially thrilled about the idea ("It's just a fountain."), but I insisted.  I wanted Brantley and Holden to look back years from now and have some pictures to "remember" the year the Royals played in (won?) the World Series.  And boy, am I glad I did!  I love them, Craig loves them, and I hope the boys love them 29 years from now!


Let's do this, Royals.  Take the crown!


Sittch Fix #2

It's been 6 1/2 weeks since my first Stitch Fix, which meant one thing--it was time for another!  I purposely didn't sign up for monthly fixes, because well...let's be honest, I don't need to spend that much money on clothes that often.  So instead, I choose a date 6 1/2 weeks later.  Well 6 1/2 weeks turned into seven because my fix was three days late!!  Talk about a disappointment.  Nonetheless, I couldn't get home fast enough on the day it was delivered.  It about killed me to have to stay at work until 5 and finish all of my planning...

I will say, I am much happier with Fix #2.  Sort of.  Looking back, I loved the items in my first fix, just didn't love the prices.  I mean, $78 for a cotton maxi skirt?  No thanks.  I requested items under $50 this time.  And they did a pretty good job at following my request.  I also gave feedback after my first fix and asked for items that weren't so plain Jane...and to my liking, they obliged!

#1: Murray Paisley Print Sleeveless Blouse
I love the paisley pattern, and I know I could wear it under a cardigan, but I'm kind of over sleeveless tanks right now.  It's fall.  Bring on the sleeves.  Besides, it was satin-ish and it seemed to show every curve and roll in my post-baby belly.  (Sorry for the horribly blurry photo.)
Price: $48

#2: Brinley Corduroy Straight Leg Pant
 I was skeptical when I saw a pair of pants included in this fix.  I'm curvy with a big booty and very picky about pants.  I tried them on, with very low expectations.  But to my surprise, they fit!  And they were quite comfortable.  I thought the side-view was even more flattering than the front.  I was still undecided because of their price, but partially sold due to the fact that they're work appropriate and can be worn with heels or flats.  Stay tuned for my decision...
Price: $78

#3: Dustin Mixed Print Graphic Print Top
This is what I was talking about when I asked for items that are unique.  I love this print!  I love the colors.  I love the fit.  The back is plain navy.
Price: $54

#4: Nadia Graphic Print Short Sleeve Blouse
Another super fun print that I could have only dreamt of.  Love the colors.  Again.  And the pattern.  Again.
Price: $48

#5: Ontario Mixed Metal Layered Cuff
Nothing special.  I don't dislike, but I also don't love.  I was less than thrilled about this item and would never spend $28 on something this basic.
Price: $28

So, the verdict?  I would have loved to keep items 2, 3, and 4, but didn't love the idea of spending $180 on just three items.  So I kept the pants and made myself choose just one of the two tops.  I choose #3 - the orange/blue graphic top.  I've already checked out online...and good thing, because otherwise, I'm sure I'd be trying to convince myself to keep the purple top, too.  Maybe next time...

Speaking of, I signed up for another for November 20!  A Thursday.  That way, regardless of whether it's on time or a couple of days late, I'll have the weekend to decide!  It was a bit stressful this week trying to find time to try on, make my decisions, and stop by the mailbox with the craziness of school.  But I will say, it sure gives me something to look forward to!

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