If you ever choose to move house, I highly recommend you do this: Don’t.
If you choose to ignore me, then I recommend you follow these steps THREE months prior to removalists arrival:
1. Empty ENTIRE house into front yard.
2. Emtpy every cupboard, drawer, cabinet, shoe box, and that plastic container shoved down the back of the bed.
3. Only take back inside that which you have used in last 6 months, or has sentimental value. No, REAL sentimental value. No Troll dolls or Tupperware.
4. Have a $1-$5 garage sale for everything in the front yard. GET RID OF IT.
5. Now ask yourself how many people live in the house, and how many of your closest friends are ever invited to your house for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Yep, not enough to warrant having an EIGHT piece set of dishes, cups, bowls, small and big dishes. GET RID OF THE EXCESS.
I wish we’d done this. I fear one of these boxes is filled with stuff going straight to landfill upon opening.
For the last four years, pretty much since my first son was born, we’ve visited Cleland Wildlife Park every Saturday morning.
Whilst it’s been for the benefit our boys to (1) tire them out for a good night’s sleep that night so my wife and I can have a peaceful evening, plus (2) to show them Australian wildlife up front and personal. Oh, there’s fences for the Tasmanian Devil, the Dingos, and the DropBears (Koalas), but the Ducks, Potoroos, Wallabies and Kangaroos can be patted easily. Just beware the Emu!
I’ve taken my camera along nearly every time to catch the more ferocious animals in action or asleep.
Unfortunately tomorrow will be our last visit for quite some time. (My regular flat-white coffee will be gotten at Chocol’Art in Kingscote from hereon.)
At least I will have these memories to show our kids how much fun we had together…
… and that we go again later this year! If not, we will be going to the many National Parks on Kangaroo Island as time permits. Watch out for more videos of me and my boys with wild animals around Australia!
This time last year we made a BIG decision: To move our family to Kangaroo Island.
Explaining the benefits to each of our families actually didn’t take a lot, but there are a few who have not yet been there.
Yesterday morning I videoed some of my morning walk. Because of the tranquillity of Kingscote, it required very little editing before upload!
The resulting vlog shows one of the BEST reasons for our family relocation:
My morning walks will now be regular, particularly since I don’t have a 24/7 gym available. I had hoped for daily vlogs, but, well, kids.
My relations stopped buying gifts for “everyone over 18” some years ago. I’m guessing I was outvoted. So because my birthday is within weeks of Xmas, I haven’t received a gift from anyone in about 15-20 years. Now I buy gifts for my boys. So my lounge room is cluttered with both franchised and educational toys.
Oh, I ain’t whinging; I am just creating a segue to my point:
Here are the nominations for the best gifts for Dads/Men in 2017, at least for me. This envelope is full, let’s hope I can say the same for my Xmas stocking or Birthday present:
My tastes have changed. Shorts and short-sleeved shirt are going to be my main attire when we move to Kangaroo Island next month. So I won’t wear a watch much – yet I like the feeling of something on my arm. So a classy leather bracelet would suffice.
I really don’t need anything here, but I wouldn’t be opposed to receiving kitchen related gear. I am getting older and coughmaturecough now, so I don’t care for geekery or nerdism stuff anymore. Unless you got me a table top mini arcade . My 4yo would love it too. Just saying.
I managed to find a few things that would look good in my office. A melting clock would allow me to smile about something other than my children. An inflatable pelican would amuse the kids all day long. A scratchable world map would enable my boys and I to see if we are meeting our bucket-list. [ Which means I would need GoodBeerClub subscription ]
Yeah, the title sounds weird. But it looks cool. Yeah, I would need a PhD in Molecular Engineering to read the manual. But it looks cool.
Of all the sites I found, this one displays the most amazing things that I could seriously enjoy having. Yes, yes, I know I said I don’t like clutter. Yet who in the world would dare say no to these??
- A map of the world where beer caps are inserted into holes over each country – Aha, you read right.
- A lap top laptop work station. Perfect for late nights on the lounge redesigning my website !
- A laundry bag that can be punched for exercise. I think every man has dreamt of this but never dreamed it was possible!
- A toddler bum holder that goes over my shoulders. Oh yeah, I am a Dad.
- A CIA Raid jacket that is literally a baby carrier. Again, the Dad in me sees the value of this.
- Please please please. Gotta have. A Jedi bath robe I have waited my whole life for this!
But since we will be living on Kangaroo Island, this would be my highest preference:
~ A 2 hour scenic flight in a single-wing aircraft.
I have to buy stuff for myself these days. Since I am currently ‘between day-jobs‘, this is not often. My last gift to myself was a box-load of 50 DVD‘s, thankfully most of which I have never seen, for $20 thanks to a Facebook group. Actually, I think my wife paid for that. So, yeah, that was a gift. Thanks Sarah!
Well, thanks for reading, I doubt I will get anything this year. But each time someone asks what I would like, I will send them a direct link to this article. Now, I gotta find the off-switch for the violins …
This story amuses me every time I read it: MissyMwac’s family and friends were gobsmacked when she printed all her phone photos – the concept was completely foreign to them!
Yes, it is satire. Heavy satire.
Yet it is a reminder that very little photography of my children, my nephew’s and niece’s birthdays, nor my family moments, is available to view outside of my archives.
Art is very important, yet printing photography of family & friends enjoying life is the best preservation of history.
With any available finances, I plan to print and frame more of my Kangaroo Island artwork in 2017.
I’m already planning a selection for exhibition either in Adelaide or on Kangaroo Island (or maybe both) during SALA 2017.
1. Some negative opinions are from people with no self confidence.
Some are from people with no imagination.
If you have self confidence and can imagine, then their opinions don’t matter.
2. Most negative opinions are from people who cannot imagine you succeeding.
That is their problem, not yours.
Stay focused on your success.
3. Don’t let the negative opinions of others inpact on your projects / wants / future.
Unless they can put up valid reasoning, and practical solutions or amendments.
If this looks familiar, I posted it just five minutes prior on my LinkedIn page.