Dude.  I can’t believe that this was  you at one point – IMG_0156

This isn’t happening.  I remember when you were born, I got to catch you.  Mom had been in labor for 50 hours or so, but it was all worth it.  You were a bit purple, but the doctors checked you out and everything was fine.  We held you for the first time and it was over.  I knew I’d never be the same.  I can’t even begin to think what it was like from Mom’s point of view, but my life was different from that moment forward.

Aidan, you are everything I could have wanted in a son and 10x more.  You’re kind, gentle, funny, and you make me proud to be your father.  You have done so many things that amaze me and I know you’ll continue to do them for years to come.

I love you buddy,


Celiac Disease? Crap!

Let me give you some background if this is your first visit.  My daughter Gillian was having serious health issues in 2007.  Her hair wasn’t growing, the teeth she lost weren’t growing back, her belly was distended, no energy, the works.  My niece had just been diagnosed with Celiac Disease so we had her tested, and it came back positive.  A month or so eating gluten free and she was back on her road to health.

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease where you attack your own body, in this case, when gluten is present in  your system.  Some people get the runs, or constipated, or IBS(irritable bowel syndrome) or sometimes they don’t feel anything.  A blood test is the first step, followed by an endoscopy to see what’s going on.

I’ve been putting on weight in the last few years, mostly due to being a lazy prat, but I wanted to change that this year so I signed up for a Mud Run in May and Tough Mudder in October.  A buddy of mine was on the Paleo diet, so I decided to give it a shot.  I had ready some pretty negative things about it, so to put my mind at ease, I went for a blood panel of tests to check my levels.  I have hypothyroidism – my thyroid doesn’t produce enough of what it’s supposed to – and I wanted to check that, and my cholesterol, and other things.  I had them throw in a celiac test as well.

A week went by and I hadn’t heard from my doctor, so I called and it turns out he was on vacation when the tests came back so they said they’d have one of the doctors check it out and call me.  He called me when I was on the busride home to tell me everything looked normal, but that I was testing positive for Celiac disease.

Called and told my wife, my parents, and my siblings.  Not a big shock, but still it sucks.  Everything I had given up for the paleo diet had been a choice.  Now, the things I loved the most were being taken away.  Thankfully, it’s not 2007, and there are plenty of things in the store, and plenty of restaurants that serve gluten free stuff, so I should be good.

Still?  This blows. 🙂

Keeping it going

So, it’s been about two weeks since I started going Paleo exclusively and I have definitely been feeling better, have more energy, and just generally feeling good.

I’ve been wanting to put some exercise into the mix, especially with my first Mud Run coming up the first weekend in May.

I’ve been getting off the subway a stop early and walking from there, but it’s pretty freakin cold and windy in NYC lately, so it’s been about twice a week.  Today, I got in earlier than normal, so I walked the whole way from Port Authority to my office on Madison and 60th.  It’s about 1.5 miles, and I did it at a good clip.  Got to work, wasn’t sweaty, wasn’t tired, felt good about the whole thing.

Froze. My. Ass. Off.  Oye!  The last few blocks got really freakin cold.  So when I got home tonight, I decided to put some other stuff into my routine by doing some core strengthening exercise to go along with the good eating.  I’m going to try to do it every other day, so we’ll see what happens.  Today was day 1.


Fae and I have been trying to take advantage of the reduced rates that I can get as an employee of Loews since we own a chain of hotels 🙂  (And they’re nice too!)  We had planned to go to Annapolis last weekend, but something came up and we had to reschedule, so Fae took the kids down on Monday and I took the train down on Wednesday morning.  They picked me up in DC and we walked around for a while which was really nice, I haven’t been there in a while.






We went on a ghost tour around Annapolis and just walked around the town, really nice.  We were thinking of going to the aquarium in Baltimore on our way back, but it was so packed we would have waited 2.5 hours just to get in.  Btw, if you’re ever there, go.  The aquarium is one of the best I’ve ever seen.

And when we got home and we were driving back from the park, we saw this.



A balloon landed on our street 🙂