Yesterday was pretty great. What more could you want out of a vacation day spent shoveling mulch and mixing concrete?
Me, some guy, Josie, some other guys and Rhea
You should all come to the Kaboom Caps playground build next year, but only if you’re prepared to work your butts off. We had a great time building equipment, even if it took a few tries, and doing manual labor on a gorgeous day. Team Tiana – obviously we were assigned to a Princess team – included me, Jen (who refers to Nicky B as “Hanson” and then takes off singing) and the awesome Josie (@jgoggs23) and Rhea (@raedanda).
Sure beats a day at the office.
Mike, Nick and Brooks arrived around 1 PM, did a bunch of interviews and then got right to work. I don’t know why that impresses me so much because they look capable of lifting my car, but they were shoveling, carrying, raking and sweating with the rest of us. Nicky accidentally shoveled mulch all over Josie – not exactly what she meant by “getting dirty,” but she’ll take it.
Josie and Nick make a great team.
One of the ladies who lived in the development said, “Hey, hockey player, let me get your autograph!” and he said, “Just the hockey player? That’s her then,” and pointed at me. It was all chipmunk cheeks and talking about yard work – seriously, he’s Piglet. He is also STRAPPING: that is the only word for him and must be in all caps at all times. There should be a few !!!!!! too.
Sometime later, Mike grabbed a rake and started helping me. It wasn’t even Monday! I said, “Hi Mike,” like I’m a normal human and not the King from The King’s Speech trying to get all those words out at the end with the whole world listening. Really impressive stuff.
Me and Mike, doing work.
He asked how I was and I replied, “OhmyGodIloveyourhair!” (or something) and we talked about the playground. I managed not to put the rake through my leg.
Like I said: impressive.
I was almost a chalk outline on this patch of mulch.
He was soft-spoken, really nice and was just so… Mike Green. Hormone tsunami warning. Later we carried easels and on the way back, I asked him for a picture.
If you’re keeping score at home, that’s two coherent conversations.
All roads lead to Mike.
He even smiled! I’m pretty sure gravity multiplied and a bird dropped straight out of the sky. He’s tall and healthy and gorgeous and scruffy. His hair’s all long under that hat, I know it. Please season, start on time….
Okay, now you just want more pictures:
Passing the weight limit test
Brooks speaks perfectly about being perfect.
Skinny jeans, construction edition
The playground turned out beautifully, the day was really well-organized and there were lots of snacks. The kids all got off the school bus to a totally revamped park and they were tiny balls of running and shouting happiness!
At the end of the day, Rhea won a jersey signed by the whole team:
And Nicky said, “Give me a hug.” How lucky can one girl be?!
It was great to meet Stacey, Alli (@alliknode) and her son Connor, who knows the way to my heart is through an awesome fauxhawk. He was the hit of the party! Check him out in the Caps Playground Build video, along with Rhea and Slapshot dancing. Also District Sports Page has a ton of photos, including our group shot above and great one of Connor, Mike and Brooks. Capitals Outsider also features Connor, of course.
Thanks again to Robin (@rockinredbirdie) for sending this in time for us to sign up! I owe you some beers, girl.Tags: brooks laich, mike green, nicklas backstrom, washington capitals