Tonight, Trina and the two older girls had an activity planned leaving me to take care of the three younger children (Tiffany [9], Whitney [6], and Dakota [2]). I am figuring this is part of my punishment from the Precious Moments episode earlier. As Trina was leaving the house she informed me, “You need to go to take the kids shopping for new bedspreads and sheets before the new bunk bed arrives tomorrow.” Oh, great. Besides baby-sitting, I also have to help pick out bedding. How hard can this be? All sheets and comforters look the same, right? I was so naive. As I arrived at Target, I found myself surrounded by Martha Stewart wannabes each looking for the perfect ensemble. After what seemed like an eternity, I finally looked at the cart to find a bizarre assortment of sheets, blankets, bedspreads, pillows, curtains, shams, and pillowcases. Now I don’t profess to be a genius but I am smart enough to know that if I went home with this mess I would be killed. Somehow, I needed to color coordinate everything while making the kids happy. After negotiations that would make the Arab-Israel peace talks pale in comparison, we finally settled on a single matching set of bedroom accessories perfect for any child’s room. Each of the girls and Dakota have matching baseball comforters with sheets and pillows having bats and balls on them. I even went so far as to find Arizona Diamondback wallpaper border for their room and paint that is the perfect match of the baseball bats in the wallpaper. We left the store all pretty happy. Me with three arms full of bedding and the kids each with an Icee and a King Size candy bar. I can’t wait to show Trina how well I did with this assignment.


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In this day and age, baseball players change teams more often than Dennis Rodman changes hair color. The Free Agent Era has produced a boon in several industries. For example, with all the player movement fans are nearly required to buy a game day program just to see who is now on the roster. The team seamstress is now making overtime as well sewing on all of the names of the new players. With the changes, there is also a need for the media to meet and greet these new players. For better or worse, this also gives the players a chance to speak to reporters and give the fans a glimpse into their personalities and thoughts. Sometimes this is good, sometimes it isn’t so good. In the past week, two former Arizona Diamondbacks players were signed by other teams and as part of their signings, they took the opportunity to take some pot shots at their old team and its fans.


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