I suppose it was inevitable, but the jumps household is rapidly turning into a house of Nerds.
Over the last few weeks Henry has mastered the levels of mouse control needed to operate the CBeebies Website unaided. Daisy is excitedly discovering the wonderful world of the CBBC Site, Horrible Histories is a particular favourite, and Ruth and I are fully paid up members of the Simultaneous laptop, TV/Radio club.
The only problem last week was we ran out of computers! Henry was on the PC upstairs, Daisy was on my laptop and Ruth was on hers, so I was computer-less.
I then spent far too long resurrecting the very old laptop with the dodgy power supply – which now much to my nerdy shame is running Ubuntu.
So yes we are terrible parents and there are times in our house when the house falls silent, as we all stare blankly into our individual screens; but you know what it’s quite nice.
One of the happy side effects of Daisy’s new bedroom is my new study, we’ve swapped the rooms so Daisy has the large room (and is loving it) and I have the smaller one. What we’ve attempted to do is stuff everything that use to be in the larger bedroom into the small one; except that wasn’t really possible so we’ve left quite a lot of stuff under our bed.
Today I did some working from home and it was the first time I got to seriously work in my new study, with it’s nice clean desk and window with at least some sky for me to gaze at.
My New Study - Still clean and full of computers
I actually prefer the smaller space, when you’re working quite intently at a computer screen having some walls close by is comforting.
I am however coming to the sad realization that if I have to do any significant amount of writing at a computer that I’m a desktop man not a laptop boy which is a bit sad considering how many laptops we have floating about.
Both my main home and work computers are laptops, and despite one running shiny windows 7 and being vastly superior to anything else, I almost always find myself sitting at the creaking windows XP machine typing g away – and enjoying it.
I don’t know if it’s the keyboard comfort or the mouse over the touch pad (i suspect a bit of both) or indeed the big old monitor. but it just seems easier some how – even the thinking about what words to type bit.
this week is decorating week @ the jumps – after many years of debate Daisy is to get the big second bedroom, and our study is to be relegated to one of the box rooms;
we are woefully bad at decorating, and after 10 years in the house we still haven’t decorated every room, in-fact we’ve done 6 rooms – so we’re not even managing one a year. It’s mainly inertia coupled with the knowlage of our own DIY failings with a pinch of old house, so it’s taken quite a while for us to organise and motivate ourselfs into action.
First things first – the moving of what is probably the most cluttered room in our house into the rest of the upstairs, and when you have two children this actually means the hallway and your bedroom; at least we won’t have a cat making noises under the bed for a while – and I am sure there are some advantages to having easy access to stationary in the middle of the night.
The room it’s self isn’t going to be pink – we’ve been lucky on that front when we decorated Daisy’s first room (come to think of it, it was actually her second room – she’s nearly had them all!) she was in a orange is my favourite colour room, so we gave he a yellow room with an orange wall; in between then and now – we’ve had quite strong pink phases but not for this room – it’s going to be blue (light) with blue (dark) bits.
As I type we are mid decorate – we’ve stripped the walls, had a massive chunk of plaster fall off, patched it (with help obviously) – filled all the holes, and done the wood work ; now if the big patch will dry out we can wallpaper, and then paint – hopefully all before Daisy explodes with excitement and Ruth has a nervous breakdown from all the clutter.
It’s that time of year again; a trip to the garden centre to buy some plants, and a nice rainy day for us to get soaked in the yard filling the window boxes and small bits of soil with the things we’ve bought.
This year, in a reflection of the current economic climate, we are going for a much more produce-based garden. We’ve bought a strawberry plant, three tomato plants, some carrots (baby, to grow in a window box), and a blueberry bush. It’s not a big yard, so we’re not going to get a bumper harvest, but it’s a start, and we’re seeking the smug feeling of growing stuff, more than the actual food.
I have a bit of a master plan to use guttering to make more space – but I don’t think I’m going to make it this year. For now we just have the three window boxes and the raised bed I made (that is still standing!).
Daisy loves worms – and snails, as well as putting here hands in the dirt. Not sure she gets the growing bit yet.