Fatherhood: Family vs September – the Big Fight!

September 1, 2015 at 7:14 am

2015-08-29-14.26.38-DSCF0426Whilst September has never been my favourite month of the year (that honour goes to December, FYI) it is certainly up there in my top 5. Two pleasant milestones take place during this month, both of which I look forward to throughout the summer heat: the start of Autumn, and my birthday.

But September 2015 looks set to turn all of that on its head, and will certainly be the most stressful and chaotic month of this already-tiring year. This September has all the ingredients of a nightmare month. Let me explain why:

My Year in Photos – September 30th – “My birthday!”

October 1, 2010 at 6:57 pm

As you will probably know if you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, today was my 31st birthday. As most of you will also know, birthday’s tend to become much less exiting occasions when a) you’re older and b) you have to work on the day. But to give credit where it’s due, my boss Tanya Goodin made a LOT of effort to make my birthday memorable this year – in no less than 23 different ways.

Tanya and I have a long-standing joke based on a piece of wisdom Tanya once read in a famous actresses (?) diary – “My birthday today. Insufficient fuss made”. We’re both of the opinion that if you’re going to be made a fuss of any day, your birthday is the prime candidate. So we have regularly attempted to out-do each-other by wishing each-other a Happy Birthday in multiple ways. As mentioned above, Tanya managed a whopping 23 ways, including (but not limited to):

Facebook, Twitter, E-mail, Text Message, Picture Message, In person, on paper, in mouthpicks (see above), via Koala, via Children shouting, via somebody else, in powerpoint – the list goes on and on.

December is going to be tricky!

My Year in Photos – September 29th – “Another ones hits the jackpot”

October 1, 2010 at 6:47 pm

Today saw yet another house on Dukes Avenue in Chiswick – the road I walk along to work – getting some renovations underway. It must be the 10th house I’ve seen starting major renovation works this year alone – since it seemed like a pretty major job, I thought I should take a photo so I could maybe do a “Before” and “After” shot at some point. I’m just sad like that! :D

My Year in Photos – September 28th – “The balloon magnet tree”

September 28, 2010 at 8:09 pm

I think today’s photo marks the third – possibly fourth – time this year when I have spotted balloons trapped in this tree or one of the ones near it. I’m beginning to wonder what makes people let go of their balloons when they walk underneath this tree in particular…

My Year in Photos – September 27th – “Our next dot-com millionaire?”

September 28, 2010 at 7:55 pm

I certainly hope so! I got home this evening to be greeted by Robert sat at our computer desk, pretending to type (and asking me “Where the diamond game?” – I have no idea what that means!) and Sara upstairs getting his bath ready. I couldn’t help but chuckle to myself as he once again discovered a strange keyboard shortcut that I’d never seen before – as he has done so many times in the past. Take THAT Bill Gates…!

My Year in Photos – September 26th – “Quad-Rob”

September 28, 2010 at 7:51 pm

We spent our Sunday in Hereford at my cousin Mark’s house – as we had been the day before too. A generally lazy day included a wander down to their orchard to raid the apple trees – helped out by Mark’s quad bike, which we used to transport our plentiful bounty back to the house. Robert and I had a ride around the fields on it too, which obviously made a good impression on Robs – he immediately clambered back on and tried to start it himself!

My Year in Photos – September 25th – “National TRUST – a first!”

September 27, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Sara and I were AMAZED today – whilst looking round the National Trust property Berrington Hall – as the staff were very… trusting. Usually, walking round a National Trust property with a toddler is a recipe for disaster – “Don’t touch that”, “Keep him away from this” and “Please make sure you don’t go in there” are usually in fine supply. But Berrington Hall seems to be staffed in a different way – as you can see from the photo above. Robert was actually asked if he wanted to get up on the bed in the master bedroom – and even ENCOURAGED to bounce on it! Good work Berrington Hall staff!!

My Year in Photos – September 24th – “Horsing around in Hereford”

September 27, 2010 at 7:45 pm

Today’s photo was the very first shot I took on our arrival in Hereford this evening. The first shot of around 250 I took over the weekend…! While we were waiting for Mark and Fran to hear our arrival (they’ve got quite a big house, and only one small doorbell!) we showed Robert the horses – horses he had been looking forward to seeing all week!

My Year in Photos – September 23rd – “Full house? Yahoo!”

September 26, 2010 at 7:46 pm

After two days in Southwark, I spent Thursday morning at the UK headquarters of Yahoo!, where I (along with my colleague Grant) was giving a talk to the Financial Services Forum. A room full of investment banks, insurers, retail banks and stock-n-shares folk. There were more acronyms than I’ve had hot dinners, and half of it went over my head, but our presentation seemed to go well so I was happy. Yahoo!’s offices are pretty nice too.

My Year in Photos – September 22nd – “Mooooooooooo”

September 26, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Today’s photo is of a sight I used to see every day, but which I rarely get the pleasure of seeing these days. It’s a mural of some cows, painted on the side of the building next to where we used to live, here in Reading. It’s actually on the side of one of the buildings which make up Reading’s Cattle Market and Auction space, hence the cows – it’s really nicely painted, and to my knowledge nobody has ever sullied it with any graffiti or crap like that. Good work, Reading!