Friday, May 14, 2010

My Week

Another week down as a single working dad and I'm still alive to tell the tale. How do real single parents manage to do this for real? Are there single parent bloggers out there? Cause I think I only had my computer on twice this entire week. I did keep my camera with me though.

Mother's Day. Supreme Leader is stuck with hospital food so we decided to show our appreciation with a BBQ brisket sandwich bigger than the child she's carrying. Total win.


The boys didn't care about the sandwiches as much as the desert. Notice Connor in the background? He's methodical. Careful bites so he doesn't get messy. Liam on the other hand would happily dislocate his own jaw if it meant he could shove that whole damn thing in his mouth.


My best friends. After feeling like hell for a whole week I finally decided to listen to my wife and go see the doctor. Well, after I started coughing up blood, anyway. Turns out I had strep throat. Nice. Nothing like starting out your day thinking you've either got tuberculosis or ebola.


Of course, this also means that the sickness Connor had a few weeks back was most likely strep as well. Nice catch walk-in clinic. The kids are never allowed to get sick on the weekend again.

I've paid so much in parking at Women's Hospital in the past two weeks that I should legally own a stall by now.


Might be time to catch up on things around the house. Effing grass, I'm thinking for going biblical on it and salting the whole damn thing.


Supreme Leader had another ultrasound yesterday and tomorrow she has another assessment, so maybe, just maybe she'll be home for the weekend. I hope so, because aside from really missing her, I don't think I can go through another week of trying to keep the boys quiet in the pre-natal ward without breaking.

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  1. Tough week! I was just wondering how you were doing.

    There's a Brit single dad who posts pretty regularly and he's pretty damn funny. I don't know how he does it. When you're sitting around doing nothing, you might check out his blog here: http://singleparentdad.blogspot.com/

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  2. Oh wow ... let's just say I really don't envy you. I know that you can 'do eet!' though!!! You just hang on in there!!! Sounds like you had fun with food though, so that's good!

    Well ... someone's just forced a gooey cinnimon roll on me ... best of luck!

    namaste!

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  3. oh oh oh you need a magical nanny right now....where is mary poppins when you need her?
    Tell the S.B. that hard as it may be, this is the last time she gets to lay in bed all day and do nothing. That lil one gets here and it is work work work again.
    So hard as it may be for you and the boys....I pray this rest is good for her. And to keep that bun in the oven a lil longer too!

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  4. I hope all is well- with BOTH of you.


    Now, pass me a cupcake.

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  5. whew...feel for you man...single dadding and sick...hope the SL is doing well...did you make that sandwich?

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  6. Wishing you strength and serenity for you and SL...I've been thinking about you all(handonheartheadbowed)

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  7. I'be been thinking about you - glad you are checking in.

    And, it's pretty obvious to me that you are a really amazing and dedicated environmentalist who's chosen to let his grass go to seed rather than buy chemically treated grass seed from some big box home improvement store, and then feed your grass with fertilizers that are ruining our water table. Good work, Captain. Caring for two young children AND saving the Earth. That's a win, my friend.

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  8. And really, really hoping SL comes home this weekend.

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  9. Don't feel too bad! It's not always simple to recognize strep. We missed it once ourselves (with the oldest) and it turned into scarlet fever. Epic fail!

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  10. When my kids were that little, there was no internet... not like we have now anyway, so being a single mom was not dissimilar to what you're experiencing. I remember my neighbor telling me once that she thought I had to 'pick my ass up to keep it from dragging the ground' walking from the car to the front door every day when I'd come home from work with kids in tow.

    One thing is certain, O Captain, My Captain... you will survive. Truly, one day you will look back and say to yourself "how the fuck did we get through that?!"

    Life is an adventure. Big love to you and SL. ..and the boys too. :)

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  11. Oh my! that poor Grass, just set the boys to it, i'm sure a pair of scissors and a whole lawn will have you getting your blogging time and maybe even the laundry done. It's all in how you spin it. Who can get to the end of the yard first? then of course once they are in bed, you'll have to whip out the lawnmower to fill in the spaces.
    Parking $$? get yourself a receipt that's refundable/rebatable medical expenses, add it to the cost of prescriptions and so on, parking, eating out for going to a hospital further then usual, babysitter.. maybe it can't hurt to try.

    Supreme Leader, I hope all is well on the inside, just keep growing that human.

    Sleep, you all need sleep. I've heard good things about Benedryl but it might be harder to get the kids to use the scissors on the lawn.

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  12. Dude, that's an awesome shot of your boys. Says it all. Plus they're both in focus. How do you do that?

    Ellie

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  13. Man, all this PLUS Vancouver succumbed to the Hawks. I think you're gonna need more brisket and cupcakes...

    Sorry Captain.

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  14. I've been tempted to salt my lawn before...seriously. It's just grass. Long isn't going to end the world.

    Hope Supreme Leader stays strong...and you stronger. Hold on to your sanity!
    Well...what's left of it anyway

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  15. I'm hoping SL does get at least a weekend pass. Keep up the good job!

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  16. Oh my brisket..that looks delicious! Love the photo of the boys, looks like you captured both of them in their natural states.

    Here, here to SL coming home this weekend!

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  17. I believe that sandwich would even make these Texans around here hungry, looks fabulous! LOVE the shot of the kids and the cupcakes!
    Man O Mine keeps threatening to pour cement in our yard and then paint it green.

    Hope SL is able to come home this weekend! Some of your stories sound very familiar, that year of single parenting while Man O Mine was on his tour de ancient Babylon sucked!!

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  18. You should pave over your yard and charge for parking. And what's with all this healthcare? Tell your wife I think she's a wimp if she doesn't get back home and into the kitchen until the baby is actually emerging from her body. And then she should just walk it off.

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  19. You should pave over your yard and charge for parking. And what's with all this healthcare? Tell your wife I think she's a wimp if she doesn't get back home and into the kitchen until the baby is actually emerging from her body. And then she should just walk it off.

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  20. Hang in there. Have another cupcake, maybe.

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  21. I'm with Liam here, that 'damn thing' looks so delicious!

    Aw... :3 you're missing your SL, how cute of you to say that! ❤

    Oh, and... when I read a post like this, I am glad to be Single & childless, AND a freelancer. ;)
    Get well soon, both you & the mommy to be.

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  22. I can't imagine doing all that even without the strep throat. Hang in there and get well. Hope SL gets to come home.

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  23. It's Friday now. I hope SL is home. And that a goat snuck into your yard and trimmed your grass.

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  24. Strange how life always seems to throw bricks all at once. Hang in there. Keep dodging. Hope SL gets to come home.

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  25. It does seem like the cupcakes will only keep them quiet for 2.4 seconds. Go Liam!!

    I'm glad you don't have ebola!

    Feel better and I'll keep my fingers crossed that SL is released from her hospital prison - I mean, room. :)

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  26. Fingers crossed!
    (I love that cupcake pic. Funny how different sibs can be!)

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  27. That is a mighty nice sandwich you have there, Cap'n. I like the meat to bun ratio. Are those cupcakes from Cupcakes?

    You should buy the kids pet goats to eat the grass. Your Supreme Leader will love that! ;)

    Hang in there, daddy-o!

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  28. Can't believe kids today don't appreciate a good brisket.

    Hope things improve, CD.

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  29. I've been a single parent for 18 years so I can relate to the week you've had! It's a wonder I've made it through all these years with my sanity in tact. Oh wait, just kidding, I lost that long ago.

    But, I wouldn't change it for the world, I love being a mom.

    So nice of you to bring Supreme Leader and Bun such an awesome sandwich! Those cupcakes look nummy too!

    I hope you feel better soon!

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  30. God Bless you! I hope your wife gets to come home soon. And things get back to normal.

    Now I am hungry for BBQ.

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  31. Totally different circumstances but having had a spouse in the hospital for 3 months several years back I understand most of what you are going through. Only difference I didn't have two darling boys to add to the distraction.

    This time next year once most of the sleepless nights from #3 are over this will just be a distant bad memory.

    PS have you looked into purchasing a long term parking pass - as soon as you do Supreme Leader will be discharged.

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  32. I hope she gets to go home soon! Have a great weekend :-)

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  33. Best wishes hopefully the planets will align. You could always turn your yard into a beach.

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  34. Aw, man. I've been thinking about you guys. Don't feel too bad, my grass looks like that and I have neither strep throat nor a spouse in the hospital, so I think you're doing okay.

    Crossing fingers that SL gets home soon!

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  35. Haven't checked in for a while, so I had no idea Supreme Leader was even in the hospital! That is so rough!! I was a single parent for a week when my hubby was on a business trip--and I went into labor with our 3rd one (too early) while he was gone! Good news: NICU's are awesome these days. Bad news: Being apart and not knowing if little bun is going to stay in there long enough SUCKS!

    Hoping she can come home soon and baby stays put until well-done. Hang in there!!

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  36. I hope SL is up and running by now. Well, maybe not *running*, being pregnant and all. You know what I mean.

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  37. Since you are going through the trials of Job, I say the "biblical on the lawn" is a good idea! And don't get me started on the walk-in clinic diagnosis...sheeesh. Hope all goes well with the fam.

    http://www.apackalipsnow.blogspot.com

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  38. Keep up the good work, SL! Cap'n, I'm sorry for your situation, it thoroughly sucks, but I have to ask, is the icing on Liam's cupcake green? As in mint green? (Where can I get one???)

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  39. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm BBQ. Thanks for making my stomach growl.

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  40. Shit man! Want me to come up there and help you out? I love the looks Liam gets on his face. I'm cracking up at the cupcake picture. Tell SL Hi for me and I hope she's on her way home soon! Glad it was only strep... you do realize you'll bleed out from ebola in less than a week, right?

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  41. Shit dude! Although I do feel really bad for you -- and you have my sympathy -- I really REALLY want that sandwhich -- and that cupcake.

    It seems kinda selfish not to share...I'm just saying...

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  42. Need help keeping your kids quiet?

    Duct tape.

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  43. As a single parent in blog world, I feel your pain. Kudos to you for keeping it together. Right now I'm battling my oldest's head to toe poison ivy, my youngest's "permanent pest" syndrome, and the rent-a-husband's need to demo MY house, not his own. Luckily, Duct tape works for all three. :)

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  44. You know, you would have been FAR more interesting with ebola. And just think of the blog-to-book opportunities. What a waste....

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  45. I survive single parenting by stuffing my face with cupcakes in the same manner as Liam.

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  46. That's a pretty rough week even for a "non-single" parent.

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  47. Whoa boy. You're having a doozy of a time. That's right, give 'em cupcakes. The sugar will do them some good.

    Really, I am in awe. You're doing all this while stressed about your wife AND sick with strep. Hang in there!

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  48. Why didn't you tell us, strep throat, that is
    truly evil. Glad SL made it home last night.
    Just make sure she rests, even if it means duct
    tape for the boys-to keep them quiet and still...and duct tape for SL for same reasons.
    Hang in there Cpt. Dumbass, I'll be down for
    when the baby comes...

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  49. It would be nice if you could tell grass to just stop growing.

    The single Dad thing must be hard. If my wife leaves for just the day, I'm exhausted.

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  50. I had not been here in a while and I saw "single Dad" and was like WTF? I hope that everything is okay with your wife.

    Strep throat is terrible. I used to get it a lot when I was a kid.

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  51. I suffered multiple bouts of strep over the Winter and it kicked my ass. Tough stuff. I hope you are feeling better soon man.

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  52. Thank God it's not Scarlet Fever. I've been worried sick.

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  53. Holy crap, you do have a lot going on. Glad SL is doing better (I'm reading backwards here) and glad your throat isn't literally falling off. That would just look weird.

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  54. TB or Ebola- serious stuff- oy.

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  55. That is an impressive sandwich. My dinner looks sad now...

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  56. beautifully orchastrated into pure enjoyment...thanks for sharing..I am new to blogging and loved coming here to read your stuff..

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Come on, sailor. I love you long time.