The last month has been hard to write anything. I have lots of ideas and things I want to write about, but time is at a premium right now. A man with a family gets real busy around Thanksgiving and it doesn’t stop until after Christmas. I really wish there was some dope out there I could take that would alter the time/space continuum and give me an extra six hours a day. How do things get so out of control during the holidays? I remember being alone in my apartment about 7 years ago before I was married. I had all kinds of time to do stuff. These days I have to micromanage the milliseconds so I can take a dump.
I hate taking a break from writing because I feel like the people (not family) who follow me might not ever come back. It is what it is. Here are some titles of articles that I plan to write about in the future.
“Planes, Trains, and Barfing in Automobiles” This is my take on traveling during the holidays with small children. Me and the wife have done it all. We’ve both flown on airplanes with small babies. My flight alone to Montana with an 11 month old was horrendous. We’ve also done 8 hour trips and the dreaded 12 hour trip to Pennsylvania when we lived in North Carolina. The last one was driving cross country to Montana to visit family with a 5, 3 and 2 year old in tow. That was basically out and back with 4k miles in driving over 7 days.
“Review of Cycling Clothing” I’ve worn a few cycling kits over the past 3 to 4 years. Some have held up great and some have been okay. My recent purchase from Pactimo was kind of a disappointment. The cuffs for the bib shorts that hug your legs basically all came unravelled after the first wash. I’m working with Pactimo right now to get a new set of bibs.
“Nap, Nap, Nap; Screw Your Freaking Naps” This is about the challenges of your toddler moving from great naps to no naps. It’s a period of complete disaster when they don’t want to nap. As we speak, I hear what sounds like a large elk grunting, moaning, and dying as if it was stuck in a trap. That sound is emanating from my youngest’s room as she is refusing to nap today.
“Elf On The Shelf, and Other Worthless Things Parents Do” I cannot and will not participate in this elf on the shelf madness. Where do these parents find the time to do all these weird things with some made up stuffed toy. It taxes my patience along with taking away valuable time where I could be taking a nice dump by myself. You find me an elf that can clean a bathroom or do the laundry, that’s the elf I’ll buy for my house. That elf will get praise all day long on the facebooks. I don’t have time for elves on the shelves.
Have a happy holiday everyone. Even though it gets super busy, we have to cut time out of things that are just not that important. For now, that is my blog. There is a screaming, dying elk upstairs that I have to attend to. When the youngest doesn’t get a nap, we all pay dearly in the evenings.
Time to embrace the suck!