Why Can’t I Get Up In The Morning?

Now this is a problem.  A significant problem.

It’s been a month now since the boy joined our family, and I still haven’t figured out a routine.

I need to get into work for about 7.30am, for this to happen I need to get out of bed at a reasonable time (this is not happening), sort out breakfast for myself and the daughter.  At the same time assist the wife in feeding, changing and preparing the boy for the day.  Doesn’t sound difficult, does it?!

Then why can I not do it?

I know it’s not going to be an overnight change, I mean this is the first couple of weeks where I have had to go to work since the new addition, so there was always going to be a bit of a period to figure it out.

But, it’s not happening.  I end up waking at about 7, turn over and put the TV on cbeebies for when the daughter rises and joins us in the bedroom.  This is where problem number one starts.  Why is children’s tv so compelling?  Why am I stuck there watching Chuggington?  I mean, a cartoon about trains learning to be trains, from what I understand.  Then there’s the Octonauts.  Which is just down right weird.

Anyway, by the time I get bored of these programmes, it’s 8.15am. Bugger.
I’m late as usual.

I need to make sure I am up and out of bed before I turn the TV on, that way I won’t get sucked into it.  Mind you, that also depends on me not turning them on downstairs whilst eating my breakfast.

Can someone please help me, I need to break the routine but can’t!  I am being overrun by children and their television!  I’m thirty years old for gawd’s sake!

It’s lucky, really, that my job are understanding and recognise the seriousness of my problem.  Cbeebies syndrome is a serious disease…

Octonauts - cbeebies


The Detectives – TV

Jasper Carrott and Robert Powell play the bumbling detective constables Bob Louis and David Briggs. They were hopeless at their job, to the despair of their “super” Frank Cottam (played by Sewell). However, they usually ended up solving their cases and retaining their jobs, though they came close to being fired on occasion. Louis was more downbeat, whereas Briggs tried to emulate the gung-ho cops shown on TV and in film. (wikipedia)

I’m a huge fan of Jasper Carrott and have been for a while (starting ‘coz my old man has a passing resemblence!) and I love this series.

The acting is tremendous, Jasper has a ‘Mr Bean’ quality about him, being tall and silly not the ‘backwards’ feel, and Robert brings the serious acting due to him being a classicly trained thespian.

It’s not groundbreaking or mainstream, but if you do enjoy good honest British comedy from the ’90s, this is definitely worth a watch.

They’ll never get caught. They’re on a mission from God.

Blues Brothers (1980)

Yes, I know this film was made two years before I was born, but I am a sucker for the classics.  And this film sits high on the top, soaring above all others.

You can probably tell that this is my favourite film of all time.  No exception.

The incredible casting is out of this world and showcases the awesome talents of John belushi and Dan Aykroyd.

Ok, some of you may not have seen this film (shame on you!), here’s a quick overview:

After the release of Jake Blues from prison, he and brother Elwood go to visit “The Penguin”, the last of the nuns who raised them in a boarding school. They learn the Archdiocese will stop supporting the school and will sell the place to the Education Authority. The only way to keep the place open is if the $5000 tax on the property is paid within 11 days. The Blues Brothers want to help, and decide to put their blues band back together and raise the the money by staging a big gig. As they set off on their “mission from God” they seem to make more enemies along the way. Will they manage to come up with the money in time? (IMDb)

Now if that doesn’t get you out of chair and make your way to the video shop (old school!), nothing will!

Full of great musical numbers, comedy performances and dance routines, this ticks every box for a true comedy fan.

Why not read my Essential List on films.