Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Board Search

I have been looking for a new snowboard for A and have come to the realization that it will not happen this season. It would have been cool to have had the board to try at least once this year, but alas, it was not meant to be. Besides, we've lost a lot of steam for winter sports, though I get a sense that N is always ready to hit the slopes. What complicates this whole affair is my need to be frugal, which is rooted in both practical and personal issues. Lord knows I have more than my fair share of issues.

I could easily drop a few hundred dollars and just get her the board of her dreams, but I am somewhat philosophically against such actions. I really don't think a board is worth that much money, especially at this stage of the game. Conversely, looking for a cheap used board is frustrating and severely limiting in terms of selection. Besides, used boards are not that cheap, anyway. I see people selling used boards for $400-500, which I think is crazy, but most people don't think like me.

I don't, however, want to make the same mistake that I made this year, which was to wait too long, thus forcing me take action and limit the selection. Bad planning on my part. Since we have until next season I have time, but again, this happened to me before and I got complacent. I will continue to scour the yard sales and Listen, but there's a fair amount of junk there. As it is with hockey equipment, at some point you've established that the kids are interested in the sport and buying cheap, used stuff is not the best route. Plus, there's the ever important cool factor.

So I'll keep my eyes open. Since skiing is winding down, there are already some good options that are popping up. The question is, do I go for it, or wait to see if something better shows up? I think we all know the answer to that one.

Until the next time, thanks for reading, and thanks to Master Slave for the pic.

Exhausted but Happy

So Mom returned from her big trip and it sure is nice to have her back home again. We were all excited about it but it was a bit of grueling day picking her up. The problem we ran into was that the kids had all sorts of things going on that day, and her flight landed on the late side. She arrived in Boston around 7:30PM and caught the shuttle home around 9:00PM. The ride is about 3 hours, so that meant a midnight arrival here.

Talk about a logistical nightmare. The kids had all sorts of things going on that day and evening, and N had a game the next day at 7:00AM, which meant a 5:30 wake up for him and a 4:30 wake up for me. I picked up mom around midnight and it was great to see her again but it was late and we were all tired and weary. I knew she'd be hungry so I brought her a sandwich, and we got home around 12:30. We both went straight to bed and I got up about 4 hours later and took N to his game. Then it was back home in time to take A over to her babysitting gig. At some point I was able to lay down and take a nap, but I can't really remember when that happened. Go figure.

That's what happens when you're old, tired, and your heads in the clouds. Until the next time, thanks for reading, and thanks to Krissy Venosdale for the pic.

Monday, March 23, 2015

A Boy and His Bike

Speaking of spring, we got N a new mountain bike (MTB) because that's his other burning interest, and for years he rode on a hand me down from a friend. The bike was nice, nicer than anything else we had, but hardly a MTB fit for a mountain bike shredder like N. The key components that he was looking for were disc brakes and larger wheels. His old bike has old style brakes, which slip and slide when wet or muddy, and had 24" wheels. It was time for him to graduate to a 26" or 27.5" like the big boys. I have 26 inch wheels, but my bike is over 20 years old.

Whatever be the case, we got him a sweet new ride and he's totally stoked about it. He literally can't wait for the snow to melt so we can hit the trails, though mud season will set up back some more. I'm glad he's happy with it, we ended up getting it new at EMS, and it was 20% off because it was a 2014, last year's model, whatever that means. It was the last bike in his size that they had left.

Needless to say he's been riding it around the driveway and yard, despite the snow and ice. He's a trooper, that's for sure. Now I just need to get myself a bike that was made in this millennium and we'll be good to go.

Until then, thanks for reading, and thanks to JP for the pic.

Mountain Shredders

The ski season is winding down and while I'm ready for some warmer weather, I'm sort of bummed to say goodbye to ski season because the kids have made such great strides on their snowboards. They've become mountain shredders, and I'm glad they're enjoying it. Snowboarding opens up new avenues of adventure because trails that they had mastered and maybe had become bored with on skis are suddenly an adventure on a snowboard. I think this adventure will last at least a couple of seasons, so we can return to hills that may not challenge us as much and have loads of fun. I love when that happens.

For now they are satisfied with the boards they have, but I'm thinking A needs a new one with cool designs, and eventually N will outgrow his, though he really likes his current board. That will give me something to work on during the spring, summer, and fall. Hopefully I won't fail miserably like I did with A's skis.

Until then, thanks for reading, and thanks to Image Studio for the pic.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Sick Winter

In addition to the long cold winter, with record cold temps and plenty of snow, we had our usual bout of illness. To be honest, I am still not 100%, maybe around 99% and for the most part feeling fine, but I still have a tiny bit of congestion and a cough. How much of a drag is that? This happens to us every year, and the boys seem to get harder than the girls. Why is that? The kids usually get it first, and for A there is a day or two of severity, and then she tends to heal well. R doesn't really get that sick, ever, but N and I get hit harder.

Actually, not so much harder, but it tends to linger longer. Last year I literally coughed for 6 months, and N coughed for a stretch. This year we didn't get hit as hard, but again, it hung on. We were back on our feet pretty quickly, but the bug never completely left. I think N is pretty much back to 100%, and even when he was a little sick, he is still highly functional, unlike me, who becomes a basket case when ill.

The cold weather didn't help, but that's the beauty of being a parent. No room for whiners and you have to just deal with it. Maybe a little whining, but that can't stop you from taking care of business. It's funny, because we went to meet an orthodontist and I was sick, so I asked for a face mask. When the orthodontist came in to meet me, I think he was taken aback by some guy wearing a mask in his office. Can't say I blame him.

Until the next time, thanks for reading, and thanks to Imonjarazbravo for the pic.

Just The Three Of Us

We've been riding without mom these past couple of days. It's a definite drag but we're glad she's doing some cool stuff. She's out of town until this Friday, so it's been just the three of us. Aside from the practical and logistical load that I've had to assume, it's tough when you're partner in crime (and life) is away. You're emotional and practical support is not there, and it definitely leaves a bit of hole in your life. We'll be glad when she gets back. Fortunately, I've got the domestic drill down, so I'm not completely clueless and lost... well, maybe just a little.

We've been using technology to KIT, with regular Skypes at least once, often twice a day. It's sort of fun, though we'll be happy to have her back in the house and eating with us at the table. Even though I'm waiting for hockey season to end, that and skiing have been keeping us busy, so we don't have time to pine... then again, there's always time for that when it comes to mom.

I guess we'll just have to ski more until she returns.

Until then, thanks for reading, and thanks to Tambako the Jaguar for the pic.

Put To The Test

This winter my mojo was really put to the test at my new job. I spend a lot of time on my feet delivering these posters around town, and when I think back on it, there were a lot of days where it was either arctic cold or snowing, or better yet, both. As I mentioned, it was a record cold February. I remember going to places that were closed because of the weather, and yet here I was, on the job. Sort of like the US Post Office, whose motto is something about "neither snow, nor rain, nor sleet, etc." Either way, it's sort of funny, but sort of not. I'll tell you one thing, shoving push pins into a board isn't easy when your fingers are becoming frostbitten.

Then again, this is New England, and there ain't no room for sissies, especially when you're training to be a real man, right? I'm curious to see how I feel about the job once the weather gets warmer.

Until then, thanks for reading, and thanks to Tiomax80 for the pic.