Chapter 48: Preparing

I don’t really remember if I mentioned too much about my training to become a driving instructor. So, let’s talk about that!

The ADI (Approved Driving Instructor) exam, is in 3 parts. The first being an ADI theory test, which is very similar to the standard theory test, except there’s questions about teaching thrown in too and you can only get 15 faults or you fail.

The part 2 exam is a driving test, to make sure that you can drive professionally. It’s similar to the standard driving test but you are only allowed 6 minor faults. This is the exam in taking in a few days.

The part 3 exam is a teaching exam. You need at least 40 hours of training with a driving instructor after passing your part 2 exam. Then an examiner will sit in the car with you while you teach a lesson. I’m not sure how this is graded yet though.

The part 3 exam also has an option of extending your training by 20 hours but you get a trainee teaching license so you can start teaching people how to drive. Which is what I’m planning on going for once I’ve passed the part 2 exam.

It’s been a lot of lessons just to get me to have the confidence to drive well enough to do the part 2 exam. It’s also not quite as scary as I had imagined. I have taken it once before, about a month ago and failed, I ended up receiving a major fault thanks to another driver, although yes I know there were other things I could have/should have done.

So as it is at the moment, I’ve got about 5 more hours worth of driving lessons before my exam and while I’m confident I’ll pass, I also know that this past month my driving has slipped. I’ll keep this all updated anyway.

Chapter 47: Telling Me Something

Whenever I start to write a blog post my brain likes to start with the word “So”. It feels natural in my head but I also realise that starting off a blog with the exact same word seems kind dumb (as I look up and notice every blog post starts with Chapter).

So *internal screaming* I’ve been listening to a lot of Spotify at work lately rather than podcasts. Well, today I was looking through the recommended music to add to a playlist when a song showed up. It was called ” Okay 2 B Gay” by Tomboy.

I am straight, although I’ll be first to admit I’m pretty camp at times… just letting you all know that. But Spotify seems to think that I’m not. I told my wife this and her response was “Doesn’t surprise me anymore”. I’m starting to think Spotify and my wife are trying to tell me something!

Anyway, I told my friend about it and he said ‘Is that a challenge? Get her to go to the shops and when she comes back set up a horror house full of shocks. But instead of a monster jumping out. It’s just you plowing different dude whilst screaming “Surprised now!”. It looks like everyone knows more about me than I do!

Chapter 46: The horror of bedtime

My daughter, my funny, cute adorable daughter… Is a huge pain in the backside when it comes to getting her to go to sleep. I wish there was a reliable parent manual out in the world somewhere.

I just got her into bed and it’s already a bargaining game with her. First, she wants to watch her tablet for bedtime, it’s a school night so no. Then she wants a bedtime story, which is what she gets every night. Her favourite is Aladdin, but 3 sentences in and she interrupts me.

“Daddy, is Aladdin going to be at my birthday party?”

“No, sorry beautiful he lives too far away”

“Oh, can I go see Aladdin? I like him”

“Of course, when you’re older”.

It’s so sweet but it’s all ploys to keep herself awake. She would interrupt me every few paragraphs asking me questions or telling me things. In the end, I just closed the book and told her we could cuddle until she falls asleep.

And we’ll, now I’m sitting on the sofa as she decided to keep playing instead of trying to sleep. And I’ve still got stuff to do so yeah, I’m not playing when it’s bedtime. Kids are tough cookies.

Chapter 45: Playtime

How do you spend your time with your kids? There are a lot of things you can do to entertain them… Oh boy, do kids need to be entertained constantly. So what’s a good way to keep them happy?

My daughter loves to sing, dance, jump, scream and laugh as loud as possible. So my wife often sings nursery rhymes with her or we play music to see her dance and laugh.

One of my favourite things to do with her is play in her room, she has this large canopy over her bed that makes it look like a house. So we tend to play shops or pretend it’s a castle and she is a princess.

My daughter also loves old black and white movies so every Friday night she cuddles into bed with us and watching them.

My son? Well his favourite game at the moment is rocking him back and forth while we sing row row row your boat. Huge grins all around!