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Vlog number 3 – It’s my birthday

I’m a few days late posting this – I should maybe automate the process so when I publish them to YouTube it automatically posts here. Anyhow, here’s a five minute vlog of what I did on my 44th birthday.

A weekend vlog 

With the children being away with my aunt and my mother for a holiday I had a free weekend to do as I pleased, but it turned out to be a wet one. Still, I made the most of it by getting an eye test, fixing a leaking pipe, then going for a night out followed by a day of watching sport and getting in some much needed exercise.

I even found a window in the weather for a skate into town to collect the car and used the opportunity to record some staged video clips. These involved placing the tripod and then backtracking to record myself approaching or leaving the camera. The results were mixed and I have a new found appreciation for video continuity, but I will hopefully get better with practice.

A blog about a vlog

I had the idea for doing a daily vlog whilst Elisha and I were in Chicago & Indianapolis, but as I was already coaching her through updating her own blog I gave up on the idea.

Then, on Monday night, I decided that the next day I’d attempt to do a “day in the life” video kind of thing just for fun. This was before having to deal with plumbing related shenanigans before bed time and, although this somewhat altered the course of Tuesday, in the morning I figured that regardless there’d at least be a variety of things making up the day that might make it more interesting.

Initially it was kind of odd recording myself with no real script, but in all honesty I only did a couple of re-takes during the course of the day. A couple of the takes I managed to screw up right at the end, which was annoying, and another clip I recorded I decided didn’t add much and left it out.

One strange thing I noticed, aside from all the mannerisms I didn’t know I had, is that my accent appears to be all over the place. I always make an effort to tone down my Scottish accent when speaking to a broader audience because I know it can be difficult for people to tune in to at first, so maybe that was in the back of my mind whilst recording some of the clips.

Anyway, I enjoyed the experience of doing the vlog and, for lack of any current daft challenges, I’m considering how much effort it would take to sustain a regular vlog over the course of the next year.


Back in the USA!


After a slog of a journey that began far too early on Monday morning, Elisha and I arrived at the Days Inn, Chicago around 18 hours later. I seem to be a bad luck magnet on my trips to the ‘states and a combination of flight delays meant dealing with rush hour traffic during our drive from the airport. Stressful after barely any sleep, but we got here in the end.

Today’s plan is to see a bit of Chicago before we drive down to Indianapolis. We had intended on visiting the children’s museum, but the weather is way too good for indoor activities so I think we will go to Millennium Park and find a skate park.