I am recording my first guest appearance on another podcast tonight! I’m excited and a bit nervous. I will be speaking with John Wilkerson of The Wired Homeschool podcast and we will be talking about open source alternatives for homeschoolers. This is going to be a great opportunity to get some visibility for my show, as well as passing on my passions for open source software to a new audience.
Check John out at http://thewiredhomeschool.com or follow him on twitter @wiredhs!
This afternoon, I have the great fortune to be sitting at Java Beach in the Ocean Beach neighborhood of San Francisco. I am struggling with a sore on the bottom of my right foot, which the doctor tells me will only heal if I stay off my foot. Now, as you may imagine, being an at-home dad does not lend itself to staying off my feet. 🙂 However, as it turns out, my wife took a full week off of work this week so we could celebrate her birthday. So, I am being blessed with some help this week so I can rest my foot.
So, this happened. My dad and I drove my 4 year old daughter to preschool last week. The way the program works, We pay extra if we drop her off too early or pick her up too late. So, if traffic is particularly good or if we leave earlier than normal, sometimes we arrive before the drop off time. On these rare occasions, we sit in the parking lot and listen to whatever audio book the kids are into, or sing the Frozen soundtrack another time.
So it happened that when my dad and I took TJ to school, we arrived early. So, TJ was in her seat reading a book and my dad and I were in the front seats talking. A “woman” pulls into the space next to us, drags her child out of the car, and takes the child inside. When she comes back to her truck, she looks in through the drivers side window, pulls a sort of disgusted face and says, “You know, you two guys look pretty creepy just sitting in a car outside of a daycare.” Then she put her sunglasses back on, jumped back into her truck and tore a$$ out of the parking lot.
We just kinda sat there in stunned silence.
The National At Home Dad Network is a non-profit organization and their annual convention is being held in Denver, CO this year. The mission of the At Home Dad Network is simply this: “to provide support, education and advocacy for fathers who are the primary caregivers of their children.” (from the website)
I am really looking forward to going to this convention for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I am hoping to connect with other at home dads and become part of a support system. Secondly, it will be the first time I have had more than a day or two to myself in about 4.5 years.
So, on Sept 17, I will be flying from Sacramento to Denver. Some of you may know that I lived on the north side of Denver for a couple of years and I am excited to see some old… er… longtime friends and soak in the beauty of the Rocky Mountains. On Thurs the 18th, the Denver Dads Group is hosting a meetup at the Colorado Rockies game. This promises to be a great time to meet new people and settle into “convention mode”. The convention runs Friday and Saturday and I will fly home on Sunday morning. Follow me on twitter (@sahg33kdad) for updates on the trip and activities. If you are interested in the keynotes or breakout sessions, I will be attempting live blogging as I am able. Check the link in the sidebar for “Live Blog”.
I would appreciate prayers and good thoughts for myself as I travel. I will be putting myself (deliberately) into social situations which will be difficult for me (read: scare the crap out of me). There are also the logistics of flights, hotels, rental cars, etc). Also, there is the dreaded “con flu” to watch out for. More importantly, however, I ask for prayers and good thoughts for my awesome wife, Shannon. Shannon will be in sole charge of the kiddlets for the whole 5 days I will be gone. If you know Shannon (or even if you don’t), drop her a note of encouragement at her facebook page.