Monday, October 10, 2011

The 'Cuse

So, we had a busy weekend.  I guess busy is usually good because it also generally means fun and eventful...and that was certainly the case.  However, I'm heading into another brutal week of work and I have caught Jacob's cold, so perhaps rest would have been better...but in the end, I suppose it was all worth it.

Saturday we went to Syracuse.  Despite the fact that Craig went to Syracuse for grad school, I had never been there.  The boys went last year when my college roommate Mary came to visit, and it was for the same thing we went to this year--alumni lacrosse games.  I was actually excited to go to the Carrier Dome, since I've seen it so much here and there (from afar).  It was a pretty limited audience for this event, but I can only imagine what it's like when it's full and rockin'!  We were pretty much there because Craig wanted to interview a few Knighthawks' players who were participating.

Jacob barely napped on the way up, but other than having ants in his pants for a good portion of the time we were there, he was pretty good.  He did well with the potty and didn't stray too far from where we were sitting.  He did take one little spill down a couple steps where we were sitting because he wasn't watching where he was going, but other than a lot of crying, he was fine.  He kept asking to wear a different pair of shorts (his Nike shorts) and really just wanted to go play lacrosse, but all in all I can't complain.  I was getting fidgety too, to be honest!  The game lasted so long that Craig even decided to just interview one guy who played in the earlier, less formal game (the one we watched was the current team vs. the most talented alumni) rather than stay through the end to get the guys he ideally wanted.  Still, it was cool to see.  I couldn't help but wonder if we'll be among the ranks of the very-obvious parental supporters for something like this in another 15-18 years.  For some reason seeing the real deal made it just a little more realistic in my mind.  I'll be proud of Jacob regardless of what sport(s) he ends up playing, though.

I got a couple pictures of Jacob while we were hanging out, and while they're both similar, I like 'em both for different reasons.
Doesn't he look like such a big boy here?  Holy cow that freaked me out!  Maybe it's just the new sneaks.
He's actually looking at the camera and smiling.  A real smile.  Amazing how that works.
In the end the game lasted so long that walking around the campus didn't work out, as we were eager to grab some dinner and get on the road back home. We did drive around a bit, and it was interesting to see things around campus. The kids, of course, look younger than ever. The reality of the fact that one year of their education is more than pretty much my entire college education combined boggled my mind a bit. I mean, that's a lot of money, a lot of debt, and a lot of pressure to make good use of that degree.  However, I can't help but wonder if the students themselves realize the situation they're in.  Regardless, it underscored the fact that Jacob either needs to get a fantastic scholarship or he should attend a state school.

The campus itself was interesting. There was a mix of classic older buildings and fancy new ones, all in a city street setting (at least, the area we were in). It was sometimes hard to tell what was an academic building vs. a residental building. It was a far cry from Geneseo, where all the academic buildings are basically in one big cluster around a couple grassy quads, and the dorms are all clustered on the outskirts in a few distinct areas.  No cars, no streets...just a few simple paths.  In case I wasn't already, that sure made me grateful for my college experience, where I just had to note the locations of a handful of buildings on a simple campus map...because God knows the college experience was enough of a change/challenge that I didn't need "finding my next class" to be a lesson in city street navigation as well.
We finished off the trip with a gluttonous visit to Cici's Pizza, which you may remember from our trip to the NLL All-Star Game in the spring and our detour through Erie on our return trip from Pittsburgh last summer. And of course, the was also that fantastic, bottomless-pit-while-pregnant visit when we went to Orlando in December 2007. That was the BEST. No, it's not the highest quality pizza, but it's still good and the variety is a nice change of pace.  And Jacob eats for only 99 cents, so that's cool too...even if he did eat enough to more than justify the price.
We had an uneventful drive home with the boys watching movies in the back seat and me catching up on some of the new, free music I added to my iPod over the past couple weeks from a couple sites that offer free downloads of independent artists or sneak peek songs from established artists.  It was a peaceful night that ended with the usual Jacob tantrum at bedtime, but all in all, it wasn't a bad day. 
We ended up having a spur-of-the-moment-ish fun Sunday, which I'll report on soon :)

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