Marbles In The Brain

  • I’d like to thank Javier Lopez for guaranteeing me another night of 5 hours sleep tonight. Yay! I would also like to thank Nathan & Zachary, who slept an extra 40 minutes this morning. It’s like they knew I needed the extra time.
  • We have heard that if you put the kids to bed earlier, they actually sleep longer. That came from a book about infant sleep that we’ve been reading since Steph was pregnant.  The book is a miracle. The boys have been sleeping, on average, from 6:45pm to about 6am since they were about four months old. Not bad at all.
  • Is it vain to want to get a new license because you don’t like the picture? Mine doesn’t expire until May 2010 and I don’t know that I can wait that long. Sounds too vain to me.
  • October remains my favorite month of all time. You want to talk about sleeping weather? Perfect. Lots of good rock shows? Check. Foliage – obviously. Playoff baseball…..yep, that too. NHL starting? Well, I used to be more excited about that, but it’s still good enough to add to the list.
  • Anybody watch Dirty Sexy Money? We’ve been watching since the first episode aired and it’s just a fun ride. Peter Krause is a sharp actor. You may remember him as Nate from one of my favorite shows ever, Six Feet Under. But the whole cast is solid – Donald Sutherland as the head of a obnoxiously rich, screwed up family is very good.

Random Musings

I Twittered it earlier, but it bears mentioning that I went and picked up a new snowblower last week (Thursday) and within the first three days of owning it, used it four times. There are certain things I don’t mind doing outside, but there are two that I avoid at all costs – shoveling snow and raking leaves. I just won’t do it. Not when there’s machines that can do it for you. A old roommate of mine in Somerville once said “if I can do anything to make my life a little easier, I do it.” Godspeed. If you can afford a snowblower, or a leaf blower, or an air conditioner or whatever – but it. OK? Good.

I guess I’ll be posting my top 10 music list sometime soon, but it’s so hard to find the time to really launch a big post like that, complete with music samples and all. I might have to suck it up and stay up past 10pm one night to do it. It was another pretty rich year for music to these ears.

How about this stat – The three Boston teams currently in mid-season (Bruins, Celtics and Patriots) have a combined record of 52-13-3, a .764 winning percentage! When you add in the recently completed Red Sox season, you get 148-79-3, for a .643 winning percentage. The whole thing is pretty unreal. You sorta get the feeling we’ve sold our soul to the devil and it’s coming back soon. For now, we enjoy! That I can even include the Bruins in there is a miracle unto itself.

The passing of Dan Fogelberg was but a footnote yesterday as much more juicy stuff hogs the headlines as usual – Christmas, meaningless elections, steroids LindseySpearsLohanBritney. But The Boston Globe’s Joan Anderman penned a nice tribute to a guy whose music was probably a skeleton in more closets than you can imagine. For me, “Run For The Roses” was never a song I turned off. And of course, “Leader of the Band” was one of those songs about fathers and sons that always get me. I don’t own any of his music, nor did I ever buy an album, but I rarely turned it off if it was on. Maybe that explains my recent appreciation for Jack Johnson’s Curious George soundtrack.

Now playing: Tim Easton – I Wish You Well
via FoxyTunes

One Of These Things Is Not Like The Other

So exciting to see another Red Sox World Series victory. The question to the Red Sox organization which I kept hearing last night during the postgame was the one about comparing this one to the 2004 victory. To a man, each member who had been there for both flatly stated there was no comparison. This one wasn’t better, it was just different. It’s true.

That’s true for me, too. When I wrote about the 2004 victory, I was reflective, remembering all the people I loved who weren’t able to experience it. As I watched the 2007 team, I couldn’t help but think that this team is positioned for a run like no other in Red Sox history. We’re looking at a core of young players who didn’t appear to be even remotely fazed by the grand stage they were performing on. Other teams should be afraid. And yes, the Red Sox spend more than 28 other teams and I do hate that. Because like it or not, it sullies the victory. I so wish that there was a salary cap in baseball, because I think the Red Sox would still be contenders given the core of young players they have.

I watched these playoffs with much less invested, too. No matter what anyone says, I can’t imagine anything topping the 2004 run. The way they did it and the whole 86 years thing, that will just never be repeated. I had no problem shutting off a game midway through during these playoffs. In 2004, I was GLUED. I’m not sure if it was just the novelty of 2004 that kept me glued, but while I enjoyed the ride in 2007, I wasn’t as…….captivated. Just extremely satisfied. The Red Sox, idiots in 2004, were so methodically dominant during the World Series, it just took all the suspense out of it. The most exciting moment of the 2007 series was the very first at bat of game 1. After that, you just knew.

Now playing: Anders Parker – Under Wide Unbroken Skies
via FoxyTunes

Random Musings


  • If I could find a place that had weather every single day of the year like we had yesterday, well, I’d volunteer to be mayor of that town. It was a perfect New England day here, spent at the old farmhouse of some local friends. The occasion? A celebration for two people who are about to go to Ethiopia to rescue/adopt two adorable little children, a brother and sister. They already have three kids of their own as well. How’s that for noble and righteous? Dem’s good beeble, as a certain Austin, TX band might say. They walk the walk.
  • I threw the dice on Saturday night, stayed up late and watched the Red Sox/Indians tilt. Bad move, Jeffro. The Indians put up a 7-spot in the 11th inning and the Sox went down in flames, along with my being alert and awake the following day. So it goes. Up until that point, it was a HELL of a game to watch!
  • Just got tickets for Band of Horses in Providence on November 3rd. I haven’t been this excited about a show in some time. There’s only one word that comes into my head whenever I hear or think about this band: epic.
  • Ever heard of Torticollis? Yeah, me either, until a few weeks ago. We noticed at about week 7 or 8 that our twins were always sleeping with their head one way. Know why? It’s because they couldn’t turn their head the other way. They could go part of the way, but not enough to sleep comfortably. I guess it’s common in twins – the uterus is only so big, so in cases with twins when there’s less room, the babies heads tend to turn to one side and that’s how the neck muscles develop. This is what happened to us and it has caused some minor flatness on each of their heads because they’re always sleeping on one side. The solution? Helmets! Now, I admit when I first heard this I was mortified, thinking that it would be impossible for them to sleep or do much of anything and that we’d get strange stares from people. There’s nothing we can do about the latter, of course, people will think whatever weird things they want, but the kids don’t even notice them! They sleep just fine, they still laugh a lot. It’s like nothing has changed. They’ll need to wear them another 6-8 weeks, but thankfully it’s been pretty seamless, other than the added chores of cleaning them, etc. Exhibit A:

    Nathan in his helmet