Thursday, March 29, 2012

I Am A Robot (My Geek Daughter)

So, I promise not to turn my blog into a whole collection of "Isn't my daughter the cutest thing ever" posts, but the title is "DADDY Rolled a 1" and I've only really written about her once, so hopefully I can be forgiven a bit.

Earlier this week, I was having a bad day - I woke up to an email from a potential client that I've been wooing for months trying to get their business (things had progressed so far that we'd already negotiated my fees and I'd sent him a full contract to have his legal counsel review) that basically said, "Thanks, but we've decided to go in another direction."  This is about the 10th email like this that I've been in the past few months, but this one hit me pretty hard because I really thought it was in the bag.

Anyway, I was a little down during breakfast with my daughter, Joy, and she asked why I was sad (she's very good at picking up on emotions, even though she's only 2 1/2) and my mom, who was also there to babysit Joy that day told Joy that I was having a bad day.

Card by Joy. (Stickers Provided by Grandma). 
That night, after work, Joy handed me the following card that she'd made with grandma.  Joy loves marching around the house with stiff arms and legs and using a monotone voice to announce, "I am a robot."  She thinks it's hilarious.  So, this card would've been right up her alley.  She's also really into the idea of "rocket ships" right now (apparently they play rocket ships at her daycare) and Joy understands that she could climb into one to fly to faraway places, like the Moon or Disneyland.  Usually she picks Disneyland.

Earlier this week at breakfast one morning, I showed her how we could make a flying saucer by turning one of her little plates upside down, and she thought that was super cool, so we've been playing that a lot lately as well.

I swear I'm not deliberately trying to turn her into a full-fledged geek like me.

Well... maybe a little bit. 
Card Interior

Hanging: Home office (laptop)
Drinking: Tap water
Listening: "The Pan Piper" by Miles Davis, from "Sketches of Spain"


  1. This is super cute. It's moments like this that make you realize a single gesture from this tiny person can make everything in your world right, even when you think it's falling to pieces. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Awesomeness. I say put as many posts about whatever comes to mind as you want.

    I don't know the advertising industry, as I have spent 20 years doing computer programming, but I definitely experience burnout. So often in IT, you are in a situation that has been described as "the march of doom", where you know the project is going to fail but you are not in a position to change its path and in fact, attempting to do so would step on higher ups toes and probably lead to grief.

    I switched to just doing contract work, but that can lead to feast or famine moments. But I like the freedom, and I like having a more flexible schedule so I can be with friends and family. That is what is important at the end of the day.

  3. @Mal - Thanks so much! It's always great to know that you still read my blog posts! When are you going to come back to join our Samoth game? Jeremi just got arrested by the AEtonist Church, after 11 years of game play!

    @Random Wizard - thanks for the comments. I, too, left the corporate world to start my own agency and to work from home, which is a lot of hard work, but it means that my schedule is flexible and that I can re-arrange my workload to spend more time with my daughter, wife, and friends, as you mention. The tough part is exactly what you say - "feast or famine." Not knowing if I'll be able to pay the mortgage next month is very stressful, especially when you consider the stage of life that I'm in and how I should be planning a lot more for retirement. :)

    Glad you're enjoying my posts!


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