Listography queen KateTakes5 is, er, taking five this week to focus on setting up the new Netmums blogger network. If you haven’t already joined, you should check it out. It’s a great showcase for your blog but also a fantastic shortcut to other people’s. I can’t believe it hasn’t been done before, but it’s here now, and I think it will have a huge impact on the way people access the blogging network.
Anyway, after my
resounding success just about adequate job of guest hosting Kate’s world famous Listography a month ago, she’s asked me to I asked her if I could step in again while she’s busy on other projects. So here I am…
The biggest thing on my mind at the moment is the imminent arrival of the school summer holidays. Many kids break up this week; others next. And after that, the summer break will stretch on for anything from 6-8 weeks. That’s nearly two months to either have the most amazing time of your and your kids’ life, or very nearly kill each other before school’s back in again.
But look on the bright side. What are the 5 THINGS YOU WANT TO DO THIS SUMMER?
Here are mine:
1) CELEBRATE OUR FIRST WEDDING ANNIVERSARY IN STYLE
This time last year, we were putting the finishing touches to our pending nuptials. But they were clouded by something that neither of us had told our families about: that I’d been made redundant two months earlier. We didn’t want to worry them; didn’t want to spoil the big day. And besides, I thought I’d stroll into a job in no time at all. I didn’t, and haven’t, which is why my wife and I swaped roles and I became a Reluctant Housedad. I can’t believe it’s only been a year, but for our anniversary I want to make sure we celebrate it in style – in a fancy restaurant, with fine company and fine wines. Hell, we’ve already booked the babysitter (our good friend, Amy).
2) TEACH THE KIDS TO COOK PROPERLY!
Regular readers will know that I am passionate about cooking and I want to instill the same thing in my kids. However, I’m not the most patient teacher – and I hate mess, too! It’s not a great combination for teaching children how to break eggs and dust flour. So instead, I’ve booked the two oldest chldren (my stepdaughter, nine; and son, six) on a week-long cookery course. If only there were ironing, dusting and vaccing courses, too, my life would be complete!
3) RECONNECT WITH MY YOUNGEST
Me and my wife’s role swap coincided with our three year-old son going to nursery for the first time. As a result, I never got to experience that much-heralded quality bonding time with him. He’s an assertive little sod, so he doesn’t exactly get overlooked in our household, but still, one-on-one, father-son time with him is share and I’m very much looking forward to it just being the two of us while his brother and sister are at their various camps and activities. He’s four in August, and then he goes to Big School. Time goes so quickly and I want to make the most of it with him while he’s still a baby, albeit a big one!
4) NOT GO ON HOLIDAY
We can’t afford it, so it’s best not to want it in the first place. We had the most glorious honeymoon in Corsica last year – a holiday of a lifetime that will compensate for the lack of a summer getaway this year. Aside from that, my wife can’t get the time off work. But we’ll do something equaly special, like go and visit our elderly folks 200 hundred and 300 miles away. Them having time with their grandchildren is far more important and precious than lying on a beach in Calor Gasorca.
GET IN SHAPE. CUT DOWN ON MY DRINKING. GET A JOB. JUST BE ME AND ACCEPT WHO I AM AND THE LIFE I HAVE, BECAUSE I’M VERY LUCKY
I have tried the first three on-and-off this past seven months, but none of them have come to fruition for one reason on the other.
• My motivation for getting in shape fizzled out when I realised I’d lost a stone since I was mde redundant, due largely to the fact that I barely eat anything during the day and I burn off a fair few calories on the housework;
• I had a go at cutting down on the booze, but then realised I would have no friends at all if I carried on – all my mates exist in pubs, and my wife likes a drop of wine after a hard day at the Padded Shoulder Coalface. I smply can’t deprive them of my company: it would be cruel and wrong, especially as I know how funny I am when I’ve had a drink
• I need a job because we can’t live on my wife’s income forever, so I continue to scour the market and apply for ones that I’m qualified for. I guess being a housedad isn’t the most attractive prospect for a prospective employer, but I’ll keep trying – once the kids have gone back to school.
So, what 5 Things Do You Want To Do This Summer? You know the drill: write your post, and click on the Slinky McLinky below.