It’s been quite a while gallivanting here and there throughout the northeast and Nolan enjoyed all of it, from the traffic heading to Long Island at 10:00 pm on a Tuesday night to a ferry ride on Sunday night.
Thanksgiving seemed to last forever but it was a good time – lots of family, food, and football.
Now for a Bucket List item that was never on my BL to begin with but I’ll cross it off anyway – I took in the high school version of “The Game” – Martha’s Vineyard vs. Nantucket. The Vineyarders took home the win (14-0) and the Island Cup for the 10th straight year. Both teams are mediocre at best this year (MV came in 4-6, Nantucket 5-5) but no one told the kids playing – there seems to be some disdain for one another, probably arguing over who drives better cars and has better hair. Around 1600 fans braved the elements for a game being played after the season for nothing more than bragging rights!
It was a long day that started with a 5:45 am wake up call (allowing me to catch this sunrise below) and a 7:00 am ferry to Nantucket (it’s a 2 hour ride). I opted to forego the JV game or breakfast and a walk to Cumberland Farms (my first of many trips) to get a hot chocolate/coffee combination cup.
Thankfully, I was bundled up like Randy from ‘A Christmas Story‘ – it was frigid when the sun went behind the clouds.
The score was only 14-0 but it was actually entertaining to watch. It’s been a while since I’ve been to a high school football game (like 14 years or so).
After the game, we walked back to the ferry to head back over to Martha’s Vineyard. Got to take in a solid sunset from Nantucket just 10 hours after my sunrise views on MV.
It seemed like every single fire engine on the entire island of Martha’s Vineyard had their lights on and horns blaring welcoming back the victors (along with several hundred fans who didn’t make the trip). Truth be told, at least one engine from each town on the island was there. It truly was like they had just conquered the island of Nantucket and claimed it as their own. Nolan was at the dock waiting for us taking in the sights and sounds of this spectacle.
A few hours later, we were on a ferry back to the mainland to a life more ordinary.
Musical Fruit Chili tonight, woooooooo!
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (4-0) @ #16 Florida Gators (3-1), 7:30pm, ESPN3
(Florida -12.5; O/U 136.5)
Last Year: The Blue Raiders were the talk of college basketball last season following a 19-1 regular season in the Sun Belt Conference but fell short in the conference tournament and fell short once again in their First Four loss to Saint Mary’s. The Gators made it to the Elite Eight before bowing out to eventual national runner-up Michigan.
This Year: Kermit Davis‘ Blue Raiders are once again off to a hot start which includes a win over fellow darling from a season ago, Akron. They’ve played every game on their home court at The Murph, a venue that’s provided quite a home-court advantage thanks to a raucous student section, aptly named the “Blue Zoo.” Billy Donovan‘s club, meanwhile, will be playing shorthanded thanks to an ankle injury suffered by freshman Kasey Hill, their top assist man. The Gators were handed their only loss in their only road game, at #20 Wisconsin, nine days ago.
By the Numbers: Florida was averaging 70.8 ppg with Hill on the floor while Middle Tennessee averages 77.8 and has seven players averaging at least seven points per game. Florida will have to turn it up on defense to avoid the upset at home tonight.
P.S.: The Blue Raiders are 0-12 against Top 25 teams over the past ten years.
Prediction: Florida 67, Middle Tennessee 61
Happy 4th Anniversary to the woman who always has my back and is certainly my better half. She also puts up with me even though I have at least one head-scratching/why-did-I-do/say-that moment every day. Four years strong with one cool ass kid!
Now get back home from Virginia!
With Lindsay’s departure yesterday to the great state of Virginia for a few days, it leaves just the three Darcy men at the house — Nolan, Nathan, and me. She’ll be back later in the day on Friday but for the first time in quite some time, I actually have a car to get around with while she’s occupying the other one. It’s like Christmas come early here in the hills of Connecticut!
Yesterday morning we went to breakfast at a local spot before Linds hit the road for her 10+ hour trip. Nolan had himself a monkey pancake that he absolutely devoured. Truth be told, we shouldn’t have let him eat as much of it as he did — the thing was enormous. He waved goodbye to mommy and there we were, two dudes in the middle of the country in search of an adventure.
With the temperature a blustery 40° and clouds covering most of the sky, we knew where we were going — shopping. I wanted to go to the playground but the winds were howling and both Nolan and I had boogies dripping out of our noses. We got the necessary bounty while out shopping to complete Lindsay’s anniversary gift — it’s a three part gift. We got home and had some lunch, watched a little Mickey Mouse Club House and some Big Block Singsong, a short little song about random things which I find rather amusing. Nolan, however, hated them and was scared to death of them until he saw the one yesterday about a rapping owl. He went down for a nap and it was time to relax.
Linds finally got to her destination and we got to see her via FaceTime, which assured Nolan that everything was going to be alright. From time to time, he has a breakdown when one of us is gone. Crisis averted.
Today we went over to a local farm for a playgroup for the first time, since we was previously relegated to navigating through the neighborhood. He had a great time tooling around with like 30 other kids and the best part was it’s free. Damn right! I also discovered that there are nature hiking trails around the farm that we may have to hit up a little more often, weather permitting.
He had a great time playing and singing songs.
He’s upstairs napping which allows me to get back to writing, something I’ve gotten away from a bit.
On to my next order of business and something I have never done — Black Friday shopping.
I was just perusing Yahoo!’s home page and came across an article titled, “Nine Products to Not Buy on Black Friday” and took a look. Here’s the list for those of you too lazy or uninterested to click through.
- Winter clothing
- Holiday decorations
- Higher-end HDTV
- Electronic accessories
- Fitness equipment
- Home improvement supplies and tools
- Gas grills
- Automotive supplies
This leads to one question. What the hell should we buy? Seems like an awful lot of things are not really as discounted as I though. Oh well, looks like another Black Friday I won’t be participating in.
Have a great hump day.
…as a parent when you’re son/daughter is sick and they know they’re sick? The answer is no. I’d rather be sick for 100 days straight than have him sick for just one.
Towards the latter part of yesterday afternoon (after three and a half grueling hours at the DMV with Nolan), his sickness began to set in. His nose was running, he was blowing snot bubbles and sucking them back in. He was coughing a little bit but nothing too bad. His voice began to get a tad raspy and gruff sounding.
We got home from the DMV despite getting nothing accomplished because the guy who helped me at a different branch last week when I went told me I needed two documents–turned out I needed four. I administered some treatment to the little dude, some pain and fever reducer, which he loves taking. It seemed to help a bit as he was in good spirits the remainder of the day. Dr. Dad to the rescue!
He went to bed at his normal time despite the urge to put him in a bit earlier because he was under the weather. His coughing was beginning to intensify but it wasn’t to the point of me worrying that he was going to need a trip to the doctor. I asked Linds to stop and get some cough medicine on the way home to be safe.
Right around 3:00 in the morning I heard a raspy little voice coming from his room interrupted by some coughing. I went in there and he wanted to go downstairs but I denied his request. I also didn’t even–not for a second–think to take him into our bed even though we do have a king bed thanks to the lovely ladies over at Butlerish. Instead, I asked him if he wanted some medicine–he happily shook his head yes. Cough medicine it was and he slept for another three hours while I laid in bed half-awake anticipating some more conversation and coughs.
Today he woke up and immediately proclaimed, “Nu Nu neck hurt here,” as he pointed at the back of his neck. His neck continues to bother him today and he has to turn his entire body to the right to look that way (although he prefers to turn all the way to the left until he can see what he’s looking at). We spent the better part of the day reading on the couch and watching a few episodes of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and he remains in good spirits as he fights through the pain.
I called the doctor this morning to explain to them the symptoms and they seem to think, that because he has no fever, he might have slept on it wrong or slightly tweaked a muscle in his neck because of the coughing. Works for me, I mean they are the professionals.
He’s upstairs napping now and I haven’t heard any coughing. I went up and checked on him a few times and man does he look comfortable.
I’m sure he’ll have some snot pasted to the side of his face when he wakes up and I’m guessing his neck won’t have gotten that much better, but I’m hoping the little dude feels better in a day or so.
So, to recap the title and this post, there is nothing worse than seeing your child suffer through a sickness.
I am the definition of a stay-at-home dad.
For the better part of the past five months, I’ve been without a car. You heard right, no car. Well, we have two cars, but the one that’s up and running is the one Lindsay takes to work every day while the other one sits in the driveway collecting pollen, leaves, bird crap and dents from Nolan smacking it with a rake, a golf club and various other things he picks up and swings.
Last weekend, we headed out to Long Island to see my folks and pick up a new used car for me to get around in, a 1999 Chevrolet Malibu. I drove Bu-Bu for a few minutes, from my dad’s shop to their house and it ran great. Sure it’s an old ride, but it’s a car, a commodity I’ve all but given up on. And thanks to Glenn for getting the beast up and running once more!
Fast-forward to the next day as we’re loading up the cars ready to make the trek back to the woods of Connecticut. Everything is all ready to go–or so it seemed–and I throw the car in reverse and BAM!! The brake line busted. Car gone. Until tonight!
I am hopping on a Peter Pan bus from Hartford to the Port Authority, making the walk down to Penn Station then hopping aboard a LIRR train to pick up the car…again.
Saturday I have to head out early to get an emissions test and then get to the DMV to turn in the paper temporary plate for a pair with dark blue embossed numbers on a reflective sky blue gradient fade with embossed border line. Stoked.
I’m always curious as to what letter/number combination I’ll get and immediately try to figure out a way to remember it with a catchy phrase or jumble of words. It never works, but it’s fun to try. Yes, fun…
…which is exactly what Nolan and I will be able to have outside the friendly confines of our very rural neighborhood here in Connecticut. Ya see, we don’t exactly live in a spot where parks are within walking distance. Our park is the cul-de-sac at the top of the street. There are no kids his age around the area within walking distance but there is a playgroup on Wednesdays that I fully plan on attending so that Nolan can meet some new buddies. I mean, he’s got me, but he really needs to branch out. There is also a few parks within a 15 minute drive that we’ll be sure to hit up regularly, even though the weather is dipping well into the twenties at night and rarely getting into the sixties during the day. We are outside everyday regardless of the weather but it’ll be nice to let him run around a little more.
Anyway, I just wanted to inform everyone of my (hopefully) soon-to-be freedom, at which point I will be sure to increase the variety and volume of posts here on the blog.
Let’s just pray it all goes according to plan tonight and tomorrow. Freedom awaits.
With Week 10 of the NFL season creeping closer (a
mammoth game between Washington and Minnesota awaits us on Thursday night), I thought I’d take a page from every other sports blogger out there and throw together a mid-season awards list.
Offensive MVP of the Midseason: Broncos QB Peyton Manning
He couldn’t keep up his superhuman numbers all season, but he has the Broncos at 7-1 heading into their bye week and has amassed some eye-popping numbers. 2919 yards. 29 TD. 6 INT. All of his interceptions have come in the past four games, but he’s also thrown 13 TDs in the same span. The one knock on Manning is his -26 rushing yards.
Defensive MVP of the Midseason: Colts LB Robert Mathis
A tough call over Kansas City’s Justin Houston but Mathis has the Colts atop the AFC South at 6-2. He’s got an NFL-leading 11.5 sacks including four multi-sack games and three forced fumbles. The guy is a game changer for sure and one of the biggest reasons the Colts are the only team to beat the mighty Broncos (he had two sacks in the win).
Offensive Rookie of the Midseason: Packers RB Eddie Lacy
It seems the Packers finally have a solid ground game thanks to rookie Eddie Lacy. He is fourth in the NFL in YPG (85.1) and eighth in rushing yards (596) despite missing their loss to the Bengals. The Pack are locked in a three-way tie for first place in the NFC North and will need Lacy to keep producing if they expect to stay there with QB Aaron Rodgers sidelined for a while.
Defensive Rookie of the Midseason: Bills LB Kiko Alonso
The 46th pick of the 2013 NFL Draft is putting on quite a show up in Orchard Park, a far cry from the college life in Eugene, Oregon. Alonso is second in the league with 89 tackles for the 3-6 Bills to go along with two sacks, four interceptions, a forced fumble and four passes defended. You can make a case that he’s the Defensive MVP, but the Bills just aren’t winning enough games.
Coach of the Midseason: Chiefs head coach Andy Reid
Is there any doubt that Andy Reid hasn’t already locked up the NFL Coach of the Year? (I think he locked it up in Week 6). The Chiefs were tied for the worst record (2-14) and were dead last in the NFL in point differential (-214) in 2012 and have Reid to thank for being the lone unbeaten remaining in 2013. Their next game…a showdown with the Broncos following this week’s bye.
Agree? Disagree? Think I’m a jackass? Let me hear your thoughts.
According to the World English Dictionary, a toddler is defined as such:
toddler (n): a young child, usually between the ages of one and two and a half
This definition is rather vague and nondescript. And wildly inaccurate.
That face can often be misleading. Nolan, who I guess is technically no longer a toddler by about two weeks, is much more than a young child, in fact, he’s more like a humanized Hurricane.
His head is like a bowling ball and to be honest, if he was in the NFL, he’d have already been kicked out of the league for leading with his head way too many times!
His elbows are pointy and always find their way into my ribs or back, so he’s really more like an Muay Thai-trained MMA fighter.
His propensity to leap also poses quite a threat. He routinely jumps off the ottoman onto my back or into my arms but occasionally he misfires, landing squarely on my nads.
One thing for sure he isn’t lacking is energy. The kid eats like a beast and doesn’t gain much weight, probably because he is non-stop moving from the minute he wakes up until the minute he goes to sleep (and most times, several minutes after we place him in his crib).
So, while he’s steadily inflicting pain upon Lindsay and/or me, we laugh with him on the outside while crying and living in fear on the inside. I think it’s hugely important to make sure that he’s happy, smiling and laughing — he doesn’t have to know we’re also partially afraid of him and what he might do next.
On a lighter note, he loves reading and urges me to read to him or take him near street signs or anything else that contains letters and numbers. That seems to be one of the few times he “relaxes,” but at least he’s productively learning.
Off to ice my groin.
If you’re anything like me, a big part of being able to get through the day is coffee. Good coffee. Not the cheapest variety but something good. And let me tell you, I stumbled upon something solid. Fair Trade Certified. I’m not a fan of how regular coffee tastes but this Fair Trade coffee tastes way better than any other regular, non-flavored coffee I’ve had. And I got it free through BzzAgent! Double win.
And if you don’t have a Keurig by now, do yourself a favor and get one. I know some days call for an entire pot of coffee, but let’s be honest, K-Cups are so convenient it’s sickening!
OK, back to enjoying a cup of coffee before the monster wakes up.
The leaves continue to fall and the weather continues on the same path: chilly in the morning and awesome in the afternoon. Fear not, we venture outside at all hours of the day regardless of weather. Fall is a great time for outdoor activities of all types, and besides the fact that we haven’t gone to an Oktoberfest event, we still are having a great time.
We went pumpkin picking with Uncle Jesse and Aunt Julia:
We painted some rocks and acorns:
We even jumped off the rock and landed in a leaf pile we raked up and proceeded to lay in it staring at the leaves falling:
We went for a stroll today and saw what was left of a burned up ride-on lawnmower and enjoyed the leaves falling off the trees (again):
Sometimes I sit back (when he’s napping) and think how lucky I am to spend every day with this little dude but part of me remains intent on finding a job so I can help ease the burden Lindsay bears by being the sole provider. In the meantime, I’ll continue to enjoy my time with Nolan.