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Walking and Listening

Today I’m having one of those days, mainly due to the fact that I had a very restless night last night. I am aware of having at least two nightmares, both of which involved me not looking out for my children and both of which had me reacting angrily to myself after the event.

I put it down to the fact that I am subconsciously dwelling on this ‘life’ question, although I’m not entirely sure why I am dwelling on it or to what end. I have always had an interest in the topic but never really thought about it as much as I’m doing at the moment.

I blame Douglas Adams in part. This, due to the fact that I am re-reading his ‘Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ “trilogy”, as a consequence of turning 42 next month and the relationship to that number and the meaning of life, the universe and everything.

I also blame Wax Tailor and Archive for their wonderful albums ‘Dusty Rainbow from the Dark’ and ‘With Us Until You’re Dead’, which have both focused on the meaning of life and our roles in the great scheme of things in different ways.

Dusty Rainbow from the Dark

I had three lessons today and was a little apprehensive before all of them, not for any other reason than my lack of sleep last night, certainly not anything to do with lesson planning or the groups themselves, just that something felt “off”, out of place, displaced, disjointed.

Lack of sleep can do that.

Last night I continued my walking and listening sessions with a trip to one of biggest supermarkets in town, not the most scenic route but a productive one. The walk there was much easier, due to the fact that I had a rucksack filled with about 30 kilos of shopping on the way back (maybe not 30 but quite a bit).

My music choice was a bit of a mix: some EL-P, some Lecrae, some Wax Tailor (see above) before finishing of with Museum. A nice mix and a nice walk.

Today should be floorball (innebandy) but I just don’t feel like it, my energy levels are so low. Sometimes you just have to accept the fact that it’s not the right day/time.

I think tonight I just want to spend time with the kids before trying to get myself an early night.


Children cycling indoors…not a chance!

Etina and I were chatting about our role as the perfect (theoretical) parents after Etina had heard about her cousin’s son cycling around in their house at Christmas. Etina’s cousin stated that she never thought she would allow an action like that, but stated that you realise how much softer you are on your children when they are in the world.

I smiled knowingly at Etina and said ‘Not a chance!’. She of course ever the more realistic one in our marriage answered ‘Don’t be too sure Mark’. When I said ‘I am sure’ she was forced to inquire as to why this was a point I was convinced about. I then gave her my triumphant nod and uttered ‘Number one: The Shining and number two: The Omen’.

Of course the fact that Etina has watched maybe one horror film in the whole of her life meant that my words could as easily have been spoken in Old English for the blank look they received.

You know what I mean though don’t you…don’t you?