As those of you who have read my blog previously (you know back when it was regular) will be aware I really really like reading,
With the arrival of my Son this is a hobby I am desperate to pass on to him, and a passion I am keen on instilling in him. I have a ton of books of varying age ranges that I can’t wait to share with him but with the exception of the brilliant “Green Eggs and Ham” none of them are really suitable for him yet.
Since he was a month old I have insisted on reading him a bed time story, this is part of our nighttime ritual and whilst for the first few months I am guessing it was mostly for my benefit nowadays he sits content on my knee listing to the various stories with wide eyed interest, and he only occasionally tries to eat the book.
We have a pretty large selection of books this again is more for my benefit than his there is only so many times that you can read “Night Monkey, Day Monkey” and stay a sane human being. One of the most prevalent series of books for very young children are the Usborne Books, these come as you can see in all shapes and sizes Joseph’s favorite is
Following on from the present I got her last year – Go the F**K to sleep this year she treated me to a few adult parody’s of Josephs favorite books.
Nothing to thought provoking today just a rather amusing (banned) advert from New Zealand to brighten up your evening.
Cant see Ronseal taking the same approach.
As I mentioned previously we bought our first home this year, I say our but as I am sure any of you men out there who cohabit with a female know what I really mean is that we bought Wife’s first home this year.
Regardless of if your name is on the lease or the mortgage when it really comes down to it, its her place and she just lets you stay over. The shades of paint, the design of the furniture and placement of all of your stuff is her choice and hers alone. I mean she will ask your opinion whilst you stand in DFS or Ikea but if it differs from what she thought it will be quickly discarded.
That being said there is generally at least one part of the house that she will (kinda) graciously hand over to you. The size of this space will depend on the size of your property, how long you have been together and most importantly how much she needs that walk in shoe closet,
It starts with the “Man Drawer”, this exists in even the smallest of households, I could explain this, but to be honest Michael McIntyre does it way better than I ever could.
Following this is the “Man Cave” this could be a spare room, the Shed, a loft extension or as it is in my case a simple cupboard. Its larger than the average cupboard to be honest, I should be pretty happy with it but I was kinda banking on the second bedroom. I tried to convince Wife that we could give Joseph the cupboard as a bedroom and tell him he was a Wizard, but apparently that didn’t wash.
Anyways the reason that I bought this up at all was that this weekend I was tasked with hanging some pictures, we got a lovely piece celebrating our moving into to our new house and also the birth of our son but also I was given permission to take a couple of things out of the “Man Cupboard” and hang them in the house.
Over this last year I have managed to get even more geeky than before. This is surprising considering the arrival of Joe and the lack of time that this has given me, but perhaps it is his arrival that has pushed me further, I genuinely cant wait to start sharing these hobbies with him as he is growing up.
We both sat up in the early hours of the morning watching the League of Legends World Championships (the one time his wake up call worked in my favor), and the Saturday ritual has now settled into father son geek TV time.
Alongside getting back into Warcraft, rekindling my love of Stargate (Atlantis as I never quite finished that one), my ongoing dedication to League of Legends and a fledgling dabble in Hearthstone I have also gone back to a hobby that I had sold up and abandoned about a decade ago, Magic:The Gathering.
I have also subscribed to Marvel Unlimited and started to catch up on all the story lines that are feeding into the MCU, and after a recent rewatch of an episode of Big Bang Theory I have even considered splashing out on a Dungeons and Dragons starter kit and seeing if there is a group of people I could get involved with.
Over the coming weeks and months as I get back into the swing of blogging I am sure I will go into a more details on all of these an the many more geeky hobbies of mine.
Setting the alarm last night was somewhat painful, but not as painful as getting up this morning.
After a full week off over the Christmas period, something that despite being entrenched into the office life style now, my old Store manager self still cant quite get over, today was the first day back in the office.
Thankfully it was a pretty quiet day, a large portion of the office was still enjoying the festive time off and had taken the sensible action of taking the lone working day after new years off and this allowed me to re-accustom myself slowly with the daily grind.
The last 12 months work wise have been extremely positive, with a lot of changes within my role and my team, and I am predicting that this year will see an equal amount of opportunities, so whilst it might have been painful to get up this morning I am hoping it is a good start to what will be another enjoyable year.
So another year has passed, as far as blogging goes a quick look over last year shows I managed to write one and only one entry, with that in mind this isn’t going to be some grandiose statement or new years resolution that I will post every day/week/month.
Instead I am going to mark the occasion, and see where we go from there. In my equivalent post last year I mentioned how it had been one of my top three years, well this one is most definitely the top.
If my Son being born didn’t already top anything else I can think of, me and Wife also bought our first property. I am hopping this upward trend continues but i’m not to sure what 2015 can do to top it, but here’s hoping it manages to surprise me.
Much to my wife’s dismay I have long list of questionable role models, but of the list she pulled together Phil Dunphy is probably the one I would most like to be like.
I have often joked with her that ABC should release a “Phil Dunphy’s Guide to Parenting (or Peeranting)” and if they did I would be the first in line to buy it, I already plan to use the show as a educational tool to how I bring up our soon to arrive Son.
With this in mind and a recent re-run of Modern Family series one on SKY One she suggested the idea of re kindling my blog by tying it in with our re watching the show and the lessons and suggestions that I have taken from it.
Today’s episode was the Pilot and is when we first meet Phil and the rest of the gang, we are introduced to the various parents and differing relationships based on their ages and the age of their kids.
Each day I shall post a summary of the key learning points along with my own thoughts.
- Baby Oil has many uses outside of the bedroom; you never know when or why you will need it.
- Never ask Wife publicly where she put the spare batteries.
- Your kids will pretend that it’s embarrassing when you are “down with the kids”, secretly they love it.
- It’s important to stay up to date with the latest trends and dress and speak appropriately, especially in front of their friends.
- Every action has an equal or opposite reaction, when thinking of punishments, make sure it’s as much fun for you, as it isn’t for them.
- It’s important to show how physically and psychologically stronger than your kid’s friends, boyfriends and girlfriends you are.
- They hunt in packs; you need to establish yourself as the Alpha male.
- Remember as a Dad, your son should be your favourite. Obviously he likes all the things that you do.
- I can’t wait to get back to watching, Bucky O’hare, Dungeons and Dragons and Thundercats from the beginning, with Lumpy of course.
- It’s important to want your Son to achieve, but its important if/when he/if he ever beats you, to go best 2 out of 3.
- Show him all my LQ trophies as encouragement. If he/when he/if he wins, ask him many trophies he has.
If you haven’t yet watched Modern Family make sure your next stop is Netflix to grab series one and two, you can thank me later.