Posts Tagged ‘fatherhood’

We’ve always been very lucky when it comes to our kids sleeping patterns, by and large they have slept through the night and well into the morning from a very young age with nocturnal disturbances normally only brought about by illness.

I am a good father and not at all like the father in this post by the genius demigod of parenting Amber Dusick

http://crappypictures.com/what-it-is-like-to-not-sleep-at-night-illustrated-with-crappy-pictures/

Whaddya mean you’ve never read her site, go there now, come back here later, I’m pretty boring anyway.

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Oh good you’re back now as I was saying for the last four nights in a row though our very nearly three-year old Monkey Boy has fought us over going to bed to the point where one of us is forced to sit with him until he eventually falls asleep. This would not be so bad if he didn’t then repeat the process and awaken his younger brother with vast amounts of wailing and sobbing again at two in the morning.

I don’t know if he has picked up on the impending changes in his life or if he’s just over excited about Christmas or simply over tired. I do know though that these late night thrombies are fraying the nerves of both Mrs BC and I.

We’re at a loss as to what to do, threatening him doesn’t work, the naughty step doesn’t work, removing Scooby Doo doesn’t work, smacking him doesn’t work, ignoring him makes him louder and disturbs his brother even more, begging doesn’t work, shouting doesn’t work, crying doesn’t work, cajoling doesn’t work, I’m out of things to try short of putting my pillow over my head and hoping Mrs BC comes up with a solution but even that doesn’t work because it results in acts of violence being meted upon me.

Any tips for a fractious sleep deprived family gratefully accepted.

TTFN

Mr Bunny Chow

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G’day to you all dear readers,

as you know my last post was a bit of a rambler well this one has pulled in some material written in the same sessions but I thought would be more relevant as an individual post.

So anyway, since the arrival of boy number two I have come to realise that our purchase of a sensible family estate (station wagon) car (namely my beloved Audi) after the birth of our first son did not take into account that having a second child would render the backseat into little more than a repository for two car seats with a miniscule gap in between them and what once seemed a cavernous boot space is now almost entirely filled with the double buggy.

It also means that should we want to go anywhere with more than just the four core members of the family it means taking two cars. I know a lot of people would say that’s just tough for anyone else but our social life has been battered as it is by our little bundles of mayhem and disease. We love taking our friends like The Kiwi with us even if it’s just for some shopping and some lunch and this is now difficult.

There is also the problem when friends and family visit from overseas, we managed to insure my father on one of the cars while they were here but being from the other side of the world we fairly regularly have visitors, although whether they come to see us or the kids is debatable.

We also need to take into consideration that for most of the time there is no need for us to have two cars, certainly while Mrs Bunny Chow is working her car spends 99% of its time depreciating on the driveway whilst racking up the insurance, tax, evaporated fuel and maintenance/MOT bills for very little return in use.

Funny how the most manly thing you can do i.e. producing progeny can go such a long way to removing any vestige of testosterone you possess from changing nappies and singing nursery rhymes to having dull but practical cars.

I think this is where you can see the return to the title coming into this post, I have realised that in order to overcome these irritating dilemma’s that as soon as Mrs Bunny Chow returns to work from maternity leave both cars have to go and we will have to use them to fund something even more sensible and boring than a japanese hatchback and german estate. Whisper it horror of all horrors maybe even an MPV.

I’ve begun doing a little research into the matter and there are a huge number of 7 seaters on the market although I am able to disable most of them straight off the bat. As always there will be no French cars on my driveway so that rules out the Renault Espace and Citroen Mad Spaniard. I don’t even know or care if Peugeot make such a thing as I’m not buying one.

We can also rule out General Motors products so the Vauxhall Zafira is out as is any Chevrolet that might fit the 7 seat bill.

Toyota would normally be my first port of call for a sensible, reliable, well made, practical car but their local dealer are incredibly useless to the point where they tried to persuade us against test driving a car last time we visited as it was too expensive, despite not having asked our budget. Their parts department also couldn’t be bothered to reply to my requests for a rear windscreen wiper until I took some leave to visit them. I’d have gone elsewhere but no one makes a pattern part rear wiper for an 2002 Corolla. Besides, the Verso is heinous and I’m terrified of the running costs on the Land Cruiser which seem to be the only options on the regular UK market.

I’m intrigued by the Koreans and would appreciate the thoughts of anyone who has experience with either Hyundai or Kia, they don’t appear to be especially cheap but I believe their reliability is good now and their warranties are very attractive with a three-year old Kia potentially still having four years to run on theirs. Their newer 4×4’s are also rather handsome.

Mrs Bunny Chow has said a point-blank no to a Defender which to be honest with I’m not overly gutted by as it would be a pig to drive in traffic and painful on the motorway which is 99% of what I do anyway. The Discovery is attractive but expensive and there isn’t much boot with the rear seats in place, I also have concerns about their reliability and running costs.

Nissan make several handsome 7 seater 4×4’s that seem to fit the bill including the Pathfinder, Patrol and the ubiquitous cross over Qashqai+2, does anyone out there have any opinions on any of these options? I’ve heard both good and bad things about Nissan so am curious as to others experiences.

I’ve never liked the Mitsubishi Pajero or it’s derivatives for no particular rational reason other than that I think they are dull and ugly but still I am not going to look there, the Honda FRV is also dull and butt ugly so is out. Budgetary constraints also rule out any of the big three german offerings even though an older M-Class might work the thought of trying to run the thing and big repair bills should anything go wrong pretty much rule them out of the running.

Ford have a couple of offerings and I must confess that I am strangely drawn to the S-Max, which is based on the Mondeo platform just bloated. I’m very keen to test drive one. The Galaxy is another option as basically an even more stretched S-Max but they are available in lower trim levels so can be found cheaper than the S-Max, they are also more commonly fitted with an auto gearbox which appeals to me as mentioned before I spend 99% of my time on the road either in traffic or on the motorway. Yes a manual is more fun but only for those rare occasions that you can give it the beans and anyway if I’m going to emasculate myself I may as well do it properly.

I’m sure there are other options out there that I’ve not thought of, does anyone have any ideas for alternatives to look at or experience of any of the above mentioned cars?

I look forward to your mocking and jeering as well as any practical advice short of a vasectomy that you can give me.

TTFN

Mr Bunny Chow

G’day to you dear readers,

I apologise for the rambling nature of the below post it has been written in dribs and drabs over the last week or so mostly in a fug of sleep deprivation whilst sitting on my throne so if it seems disjointed and rambling that’s why.

Firstly I’d like to discuss Social Media and my use of it.

I’ve been a Facebook user of some addiction for a good number of years now and partially through the intervention of Mrs Bunny Chow and partly through self realisation I have realised that it was impacting in a negative way on my real life relationships not only with my friends who I never see but also on the amount of quality time I have been spending with my wife and kids so I have begun taking steps to change this. Firstly I have deleted the Facebook app from my phone which stops me checking and reading random posts from people I barely know a hundred and fourteen times a day. Thus far I have also managed to resist the urge to log on via a PC and check through the same random posts. I have not turned off notifications though so if I am sent a message or tagged I will still get an email letting me know and allow me to deal with it if you feel it really is the way you want to interact with me although the email address rantingmrbunnychow@gmail.com is probably easier. I also still have the ability to post to Facebook through my phone although this will most likely be limited to letting people know there is a new post on this blog and major life events.

Twitter and I have always had an off again on again relationship, I do post stuff up there having just passed my thousandth tweet and I interact with a few people I’ve met through the site but mostly I use it as a way to follow the Zimbabwe Cricket team and the odd break to check out which random minor celebrity has said nothing interesting.

I love google+ but find myself using in a different way to the aforementioned social media sites. Yes it’s great for sharing pictures and random stuff off the internet with your friends and family but what I really love about it is the ability to create circles to follow and the amount of incredible photographers I have been able to interact with and learn from without having to bore my friends and family with my levels of geekery.

Outside of traditional social media I have since beginning this blog begun using google reader to follow other bloggers something I have previously ignored in my explorations of the internet and discovered some fascinating reading material varying in topic and levels of geekery/interest. I won’t bore you/embarass myself with my full reading list but I’d like to mention a few of my favourites.

Firstly there is the genius that is Crappy Pictures which I won’t explain other than to say read it/look at the pictures. The woman has an insight into children that is creepily uncanny.

Next up are our friends Caroline and Craig whose blog Damn Fine Food talks about their exploration of Sydney’s finest eateries and is great if you’re looking for a little inspiration for dinner or just some food porn to make you jealous that you can’t afford to eat out as much as them. They also chuck in a couple of their own recipes and the odd book review to keep things interesting.

Lastly I’ll add a plug for another food blog that tickles my funny bones Cooking for Assholes is an American (that’s why they can’t spell arse) food blog who’s recipes are simple and wholesome but written in a hilarious style designed to be accessible to all. 

In other news, both kids are still mildly infectious with coughs and snuffles meaning restless nights, with the poor long-suffering Mrs Bunny Chow taking on the worst of it as I still need to come to work and at least try to look like I am doing something constructive. The Bug is going for his 8 week check today (he’s actually 9 weeks this week) and his first round of jabs so fingers crossed that will boost his immune system and we’ll begin seeing less disease in our house.

My working week has actually been pretty interesting if stressful and carried out under the inefficient fug of exhaustion, I have been organising an art competition for junior school and nursery kids or in fact five art competitions taking place in each of our showrooms. This has involved tracking down and persuading teachers/head masters etc to take part, chasing up on the artwork once completed, collecting said art work and arranging display panels, flyers, invitations, competition prizes, kids entertainment etc etc. Not my normal line of work but it has been great fun although I look forward to it all being over.

I’ll leave this ramble there for now as it’s all tied together fairly cohesive way, at least in my head, and put together another post of shorter rambles over the next couple of days. 

Take care all and as always

TTFN

Mr Bunny Chow