April 16th, 2014 — 8:32pm by aaron

The baby from Hastings likes to go to wine tastings.

The baby from Hokianga has learned to draw manga.

The baby from Gore is studying law(r).

My baby likes to sit in boxes.

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What is it?

April 15th, 2014 — 10:33am by aaron

We recently had a visit from some friends completing a tour of the South Island. They deposited a couple of bags of food with us, including these two inscrutable little pottles.

Clearly they are poultry-related. And the “healthy option,” with less salt than the normal chicken-themed sauce pots.

The contents however are dark and somewhat chunky, not light and, uh, chicken-y.

What in the world could it be? It’s certainly not salt reduced chicken salt.

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Not to be left behind

April 7th, 2014 — 9:35pm by aaron

Having watched her sister’s exploits, Marburg the fourth has decided it’s time to get some wheels of her own.

This one is definitely showing mountain bike tendencies.

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Base miles

March 24th, 2014 — 6:56pm by aaron

This weekend I introduced my elder child to two wildly unrelated corners of the road cycling world. On Saturday we went to the school playground and held the first annual Junior Playground crit aka “chariot racing.” I got lunched in the sprint.

On Sunday we went for our first cofeeneuring ride of the year. About 9 1/2 kms round trip to Cafe Procope in Paris, I mean Fendalton. Coffee, fluffy and (gah) Rocky Road slice duly earned.

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(Not) Catching up

February 1st, 2014 — 7:32pm by aaron

Much has happened in the last six weeks.

But rather than worry about that, let’s talk about this:

First of, uh, many.

… and in the interest of “fair and balanced” reporting.

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Parenting is easy, episode #314

December 17th, 2013 — 8:24pm by aaron

Today was the elder Marburg’s last day of school for the year (yay summer, uh, Christmas, uh, holiday break!)

School adjourned at midday (why? to annoy working parents!). So we enjoyed a “special treat” afternoon of lunch out and a trip to the Canterbury Museum. Uh, and a contact high from the street art exhibition which is being, uh, “installed” directly to the museum walls. But I digress.

Halfway through lunch, my child looks over at me and says with great gravitas:

“Well, it must be o’beer-thirty.”

So we had one of them teachable parenting moments.

Mostly teaching that o’beer-thirty is usually limited to Fridays. And some Thursdays. But definitely, mostly, not Tuesdays, with some exceptions.

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Job done

November 29th, 2013 — 10:59am by aaron

Well, that’s the first one off to school then.

Just a few more years and I’ll be done with this parenting thing forever!

Wait … really? Till they’re how old?

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Prison Break

November 26th, 2013 — 8:43am by aaron

I (Aaron) find myself in Hobart for a conference.

Yesterday I hiked up Mt Wellington to take in the beautiful vista over the city

… or not.

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November 14th, 2013 — 8:12pm by aaron





Hey human! Don’t scrumple my library book!

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Say what?!?

November 13th, 2013 — 8:12pm by aaron

I was shocked, shocked! to discover that my child was old enough to go to school.

I mean, just yesterday …

And now …


Well, we can always try harder with the other one.

Or … maybe not.

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