This week, I have been staying at a hotel in Orlando. No need to get worried there are no problems on the home front. I have had a conference for work and been staying on site since Monday.
The weekend started out with my return to performing at The Flats. Since Nolin has been born, I have not really played too much, so it was exciting and a bit nerve racking especially since I had been sick for a week leading up to the show.
The show turned out to be great. I had a lot of friends that were able to make it out, the weather was perfect and my #1 fan was in attendance. Nolin has always enjoyed it when I play guitar at home, but he thought this was just too cool. Jenn turned his high chair around and he would just sit, stare and smile at me. From that point on, I was playing for one person.
Shortly before Jenn & Nolin left to go home, my friend Greg (aka G-Ro) got up to play a couple acoustic rap songs with me. It’s always fun to have Greg get up there with me and Saturday night was no exception. This however was just too much for Nolin. He couldn’t control himself and I felt sorry that he was confined to a high chair.
He was bouncing up and down dancing in his high chair and just squealing as we played. It makes you feel really good, when your kid thinks your cool. It almost became difficult to play because he had become the entertainment. I will always support Nolin in whatever hobbies he takes an interest in, but at this point I think music may be something he is drawn too, which is very exciting for me.
On Sunday Jenn, Nolin & Teresa joined me and we spent the day at the pool , headed out to dinner and then called it a night. The pool had a huge waterfall & a slide and Nolin was a fan. Well actually I think I was more of a fan of the slide, but since I was easily 25 years older than anyone else who was riding it, Nolin was my cover. They even had a kiddie pool equipped with water fountains to which Nolin showed no fear as he went exploring all of them. Yep, our son is all boy.
I have definitely missed everyone while I have been gone and will be excited to get back home tonight to spend time with the family before we leave for a mini-vacation to San Francisco tomorrow. It will be a long flight and while I am sure it will be great, I still fear this could be the bad trip. In the end though, it wont matter too much because I’ll be travelling with my #1 fan.
Friday night, Jenn and I had our first date night post Nolin. Our next door neighbors agreed to watch Nolin for a few hours and we made our way out.
So what are young and fun new parents like us to do during their brief escape from responsibility?
- We could go to a nice romantic dinner for two.
- We could go see a movie (although trying to agree on a movie can sometimes prove more difficult than watching after a 5 week old).
- Maybe we could act like we are 24 again and head downtown for a wild and crazy night.
We chose option 4…go to a political dinner for local government officials and individuals who had served on different boards and commissions during the year. Oh my God…it has finally happened…I have turned into my father. They talk about this happening, but you never actually think it will. It is safe to say that I spent the better part of my angst ridden youth (there really wasn’t too much angst, but I tried) rebelling and trying to be different and here it is…I am now my dad. Well I didn’t see that one coming.
Anyway, we arrived at the dinner and immediately just started laughing at the comedy that was surrounding our night. Our good friend George and his wife Sandra showed up a little later so we felt a little less out-of-place. We found ourselves placed at a table with two other residents who had served on various boards and commissions. the deputy mayor and the man who will most likely be our next mayor.
As the night went on, the conversations got more comfortable as we discovered that the deputy mayor had become a grandparent for the 2nd time just four weeks ago, serves on the board for Boys Town, and organization we volunteer with on Sunday nights through Stepping Onward, oh yeah and owned Tijuana Flats the place I have been singing at for the past few years. Although we are regulars there, I had never met him before.
Jenn’s motherly guilt about leaving Nolin with our neighbors quickly came over her, so she left before they handed out the certificates of service to go pick Nolin up. There may have also been some natural guilt because Nolin’s witching hours typically starts around 8:45, and we didn’t want our neighbors to never offer to babysit again. I got a ride home from George and Sandra, and then Jenn and I concluded our date night watching a movie with Nolin and Pancake…all in all I would say it was a pretty successful date night.