The New Normal: Life After Going Back To Work

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Back to life, back to reality.

Ever since my gig called parental leave ended a few weeks ago, our home has been in a bit of chaos.

The entire goal of the day now is to survive and get to the end. The mornings are different. The day is different. Thankfully the nights are pretty much the same other than the fact that we are much more tired.

Everything changed when dad went back to work.

Four different people. Four routines changed in a blink of an eye.

Video: Canon’s Project Imaginat10n Turns You Into The Director

Thanks to technology, we all at some point think we are a big time movie director or professional photographer.

Welll, photographers and video geeks of all skill levels were invited to participate in Project Imaginat10n, a film festival inspired by your own photos.

Ron Howard and his daughter, Bryce Dallas Howard, both acclaimed directors, were tasked with picking the winning photos.

The images submitted were then considered to have short films based on them directed by high-profile celebrities who aren’t established directors.

This One Goes Out To The Fans

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Well the blog has certainly seen better days. The last few weeks of transitioning back to work has left me tired and uninspired.

This covers all the bases. Cooking, cleaning and of course blogging.

Who knew two boys would be so much work. (Ha, says all the people with at least two kids.)

Before the blog had a hook. I was a dad on parental leave. I was doing something very different and worth reading about.

Now? I am just a dad who goes to work in the morning and comes home in the evening and tries his best to spend time with the family.

That is pretty boring.

It’s Man Up Monday – Check Your Balls Guys

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It’s Man UP Monday!

You did not get the memo? Yep, I am helping out the parent blogging community with a simple post that is chalk full of valuable information.

I’m proud to be a member of the Team Single Jingles Man UP Monday PARENT BLOGGING TEAM!
Today, I’m doing my part to spread an important message about Testicular Cancer.

Did you know that Testicular Cancer is the #1 cancer in young men ages 15 to 35?
Did you know that Testicular Cancer is highly survivable is detected early?
Did you know that young men should be doing a monthly self-exam?

What can you do?

What I Miss About Parental Leave

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Well I have been back to work for one week now and it seems like just a distant memory since I was home with the kids on parental leave.

Obviously I miss the quality time with Charlie and I really enjoyed being a temporary stay at home dad. I think I run a good house.

But work came calling and we need two incomes to get back to the comfortable life we enjoy.

Finding time to blog has also been hard to come by. Sure, there is actual time to do it, but when those moments happen, I am pretty content just to sit on the couch and do nothing.

Working and parenting again has taken a toll on me and most likely my family for this first week. We crave routine and it will happen soon enough.

Trips, birthdays, holidays, colds and all the other outside variables are gone, now we can just settle into a new normal (whether we like it or not).

While I have this 10 minutes before catching the bus, I wanted to make a quick list of a few things I really miss about my parental leave.

I also just wanted to check in and make sure you were still there.

Here goes.