Wednesday, May 11, 2016

A kernel of offseason fantasy advice

It's strawberry season in Tennessee, which is basically what I live for all year. Oh and football. But seriously: strawberries. Fresh strawberries are epic. My oldest son and I could probably eat our body weight in strawberries, so we frequent the local produce store often these days. I was in there with both my boys yesterday afternoon ("don't touch anything!" "that's not your produce!" "hands to yourself, don't squish the berries!" "be good, we can't be banned from this store!"), which is like herding cats to get in and out safely with the store still intact. We get in the car and my 5-year-old has a funny look on his face and he holds something tightly in his hand, which he claims to be a corn kernel that he found on the floor of the store near some bins of dry goods. I considered having him march back into the store to return this kernel to its rightful place but 1) everyone was already back in their car seats (enough said? need I go on?) 2) I don't even know that this is a corn kernel since it is so tightly grasped in his hand that I haven't been able to see it 3) why would they have dried corn in a bin? No for real, what does one do with that?! So after getting an earnest promise that in the future we won't just take things from a store because we want it, we drove home, and the boy slithered out of his car seat and ran straight for his shovel. He planted the "corn kernel" in our front yard. Before bed last night, he requested a lengthy discourse on how that corn kernel might grow into a gigantic corn stalk given the right amount of sun and water. So this morning when we walked out into a light rain, he cheered "My corn! This rain is great for my corn!"

My boy is an optimist. A gardener. Focused and delighted with the little things. And it makes my heart happy. As do all of you who sent me e-mails and commented on the blog here, letting me know that posting once a week is enough. That you'll still come back for more if that's all I can give this year. I'm deeply appreciative of your loyalty. I've got a handful of links below, but go forth today and find that "corn kernel" that fills you with a 5-year-old's sense of joy and purpose.

Thursday, May 05, 2016

It's been awhile...

Hellllllooooo! It has been nearly 6 months since I last posted. Let's get that out of the way since I know that is a new record. I hope this finds you all well and relishing the approaching football season. All is just fine in my world with a 5.5 year old that is obsessed with playing and watching any and every sport (currently completely into baseball), and a 2.5 year old that is tyrannical and also somehow completely adorable, as most are.

Okay, cold hard truth time, my friends: my heart hasn't been in this blog for awhile now. Surprised? Didn't think so. But the thing is, I can't quite seem to completely walk away and call it done. I have loved this blog, it has brought me so much enjoyment, made enough money to cover an extensive coffee habit, and I've met some incredible people. And learned a hell of a lot about fantasy football along the way.

So here we are at the precipice of another fantasy football season and I feel the itch to blog again - but as you have probably figured out, my energy and enthusiasm for it seems to wane as the season continues. I don't want to let you all down mid-season so here's what I need to know from you - even if I just post once a week, is that still valuable for you all? Should I keep this train going? Or call it quits?

Mull that over while you read some post-NFL draft links and previews of the season: