As promised, I will give a break down of yesterday and how we ended up at last nights post.
Most of yesterdays day was spent in the water. We took Eli down to the pool and spent all morning with him. Between wading in the kiddie pool and splashing in the large pool, he was in heaven. Around lunch we headed back up stairs and ate some lunch and then it was down for a nap. Mom was nice enough to stay with him while he napped so that Noah and I could go attack some waves.
I am not exactly sure who won, us or the ocean. We bobbed on waves and on the larger ones, we would decide if we were going to try to go over or under the crashing wave. Going over them they seemed to lift us like little children being thrown by their parents. If we managed to dive into them at the right spot, it felt like the ocean was giving us an amazing, I’ll be it quick, full body massage. There were some that we gauged all wrong and it was in those moments, the ocean seemed would push and pull us every direction it wanted. I have the battle scars to prove it. But it was worth it. Every scrape and bruise is just a reminder of how indestructible I used to feel before I was diagnosed. I knew the risk going in, but it did not seem to matter. When I finally felt like I could not take it anymore, we stopped. I wanted to push but I knew I had pushed already. I was not going to tempt fate.
Later that night mom watched Eli so we could have a date night.
Noah and I used to vacation at Garden City. It is our favorite beach because it is not commercial but also not so yuppie. Basically, we fit right in! There is a small bar/restaurant that we go to, an arcade we play at, and the Pier is always within walking distance and they have live music almost every night. So, in an effort to capture our fond memories and make new ones, we set out on our 20 min drive to Garden City.
Well, half way there we realized that our favorite restaurant had closed! We were devastated! I LOVE crab, but no one else in my family likes seafood. This was the one place we could get crab and a burger and not go broke! I was heart broken. I was confident that we were going to leave the beach and I was not going to get to eat crab. But Noah saved the day! He quickly looked up a place to get crab and basically told me that regardless of price, he was going to make sure I got my crab. We went to one of the local Steak and Seafood restaurants that gave us more food than we could have possibly wanted. This may sound like a great thing, but for those who have vacationed at the beach, you know you pay for all of the fixings and that was something Noah and I never cared much about. I was mortified by the price of everything. I felt like I was once a “cheep date” and now he was not going to walk away without paying at least double what we had thought. But he never seemed to care. He made me feel like it was no big deal. He gushed over everything telling me over and over how it was worth every penny. My heart was full. And so was my belly!
After dinner we went to our favorite Put Put place where I promptly had my ass handed to me. I put up a good fight, but once again, I was not coming out on top. Never the less, we had an amazing time. We closed down the place. Little did we know that would not be the first place we would be the closing customers. As we were driving home, high on our wonderful dinner and Put Put adventure, we decided we would grab a night cap at the bar next door to our condo. We walked in and the place was hopping, despite the fact that it was midnight. Normally I am not one to want to hang out in a bar. I am not much of a bar fly, I don’t like to just sit and drink, and large crowds make me nervous. For the first few minutes I was anxious. So, feeling a need to DO something, I kept ordering drinks. And that’s when things either got fun, or went wrong. Depends on who you ask and at what time of the day.
After a quite a few shots, a pool table opened up. I have never been great at pool but it gives me something to do at the bar so I always enjoy playing. Noah and I ordered some sippable drinks and started playing. Well one game/drink turned into two, turned into three and the next thing I know I hear “Last call!”. And that’s when I realized that I had been in a bar for 3 hours! I looked over at the other pool table where a group of guys had been playing and they were gone and one was asleep on a bench near the door. I didn’t remember them leaving. Now it was one loan DD who was playing himself in pool while his buddies closed out their tabs.
I went to go close our tab and the manager and part owner came out and shook my hand. He had an amazing Irish accent! He told me how much he appreciated seeing people like us, loving couples, playing pool and truly enjoying them selves in his bar. Then he gave us one last shot “for the road” as he told me that he was heading back to Ireland and gave me the name of his pub over there. He said if we ever make it over there to look him up and he would be happy to buy us a drink. It really was the perfect way to end our night.
Hammered, but still loving and laughing at each other.
P.S. – Yes. We were responsible. We drove no where drunk and one of us was up and with Eli. We did take shifts napping, but that’s what a partnership is. Right? Getting drunk and then taking turns watching your kid.
P.P.S. – No. We do not get drunk every night or every time we go out. If you are judging me, then don’t read my blog. So there. (Writers say things like that, right?)