I’m on the fourth day of my summer break. This is part of what I love about my day job. We get breaks. But so far, it’s been a double-edged blade.
On the up side, I have lots of time with my kids. I swear, they grow up every time you blink! It seems that every other second they’re able to do something new. The safety of items on our dining table has expired. Apparently, Gray is now a couple of inches taller than the table, and all he needs to do is tiptoe to see what’s on it. Grabbing things near the edges of the table is expected, but he showed us recently that he can use other objects as limb extensions to get to the items in the middle of the table. It’s always a perplexing thing to think about. I’m betwixt being a proud father to a smart cookie and being fearful of the implications of his new-found skills. Did I mention he can now use a fork to spear morsels of food and nimbly bring them to his mouth? Yeah, we’re afraid. We’re very afraid, especially when he has that mischievous smile on his face like he knows something we don’t.
Rune is also growing up fast. How well she can articulate her thoughts is amazing! Sometimes, she says things and uses expressions that leave us dumbfounded. Not that they’re inappropriate, it’s just that we have no idea where she gets them. She’s also becoming more and more independent. Okay, she did get an award for being the most independent in her preschool two years ago. But we always thought it was just a euphemism for being excessively willful. It may be partly true, but she’s also living up to the title. She can pretty much survive on her own. She’s also been a big help to us over the last couple of months. We can count on her to be a big sister to her brother, and she is very open to helping out around the house… sometimes to a fault. But I’m not complaining. I can’t wait until she’s a bit older, so I can teach her how to draw properly and how to play the guitar. Who knows, I may have a complete studio by then. I’m sure she can learn to play drums and keys too.
On the downside, I don’t really get any more time with the missus since our summer breaks hardly overlap. They start their school year in a couple of weeks, which means she is now busy preparing for that. I, on the other hand, was really busy with the closing of our school year for the most part of her break. It sucks, but we make the most of it. Though we can’t go out as often as we’d like at the moment. Maybe soon.
Another downside is that, outside of the family-man aspect, I feel very, very bored and unproductive. Don’t get me wrong, I am in complete agreement with my esteemed colleague, Dr. Etlevs S. R. Wolf, on his definition of boredom. I’m all for grabbing life by the testicles and really living (excuse the metaphor, it’s Bob’s fault) . However, my problem is that I don’t want to grab life by the testicles in just any way. I am very particular about the manner… okay, maybe we should just drop the testicles? I meant the metaphors. To put it in more concrete terms, I want to continue recording my material for my one-man band, Tandem. The problem is, that endeavor has very specific requirements. Requirements that I cannot fulfill at the moment.
On top of the list is one necessary purchase. I found out a month ago that all support for my external sound card have been dropped by the manufacturer. This complication requires some new hardware. I was able to go around Araneta Center (which I love because it is home to 6 music stores. Six.) and found the audio interface that will suffice. What’s more was that it will be on sale for the month of May. I have the money too. Win, right? Wrong. There was some mishap regarding the name on the check, which made it impossible to deposit or cash in. This pushes the availability of the funds back considerably. And guess what, it’s the last day of May. Which means I’ll have to buy the interface at regular price. Boo!
And then there’s the time requirement. Recording audio needs a significant block of uninterrupted time. We’re talking a minimum of 2 hours here. Mixing and mastering is more flexible because it’s mainly tweaking stuff on the computer. But for recording tracks, you need enough time to do several takes just in case you don’t nail it in one go. And since I am by no means a real singer or a very good guitarist, I’ll need those extra takes. Also, that uninterrupted block of time has to be a silent block of time. That’s a tall order considering there is a toddler and a preschooler in the house. I also don’t know if belting it out in the wee hours of the morning is a sound idea (See what I did there?). Ho *expletive* hum. But not to worry, I’ll find a way. By hook or by crook. And I am a good crook. I can make pretty good hooks too.
Well, got to go. Thanks for reading!
And, no I have not seen the movie whose title I am ripping off. Just saying.