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thetullybadger · 10 days ago
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Hi, is this the support group for caffeine addicts?
Hi, is this the support group for caffeine addicts?
I’ve given up Caffeine… sort of. It was an emotionally difficult choice to make but coffee has become something of an abusive lover. I drink it because I want it, but it’s no good for me. The more I drink thinking it will change, the more it resists and the more disillusioned I become. This may be a slight exaggeration of course but I’m not had a great relationship with it. I’ve found myself…
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thetullybadger · a month ago
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An Emotional Retraction to the Norm.
An Emotional Retraction to the Norm.
It’s weird how you change when you have a child. I’ve always been quite emotionally detached… comes with the job. I’ve seen a lot of death, grief and suffering thus far in my career. It’s rarely fair and frequently heartbreaking. I’ve seen those who were ready to die but weren’t allowed. I’ve seen those who didn’t want to die but went regardless. From those that should but wont, to those who…
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thetullybadger · 2 months ago
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All the Gear, a Vague Idea.
You ever have a child and wonder what you did before they came along? I’m at that moment now. Having spent the last year in and out of lockdown, I struggle to remember how I actually filled my time. Now I can’t remember having time, free time, to do with as I please. Life now dances to a different routine, not my routine of choice, but one that suits Baby T. He now runs this household and I jump…
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thetullybadger · 2 months ago
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“The Vegans are coming!”
“The Vegans are coming!”
It’s a weird concept being allergic to Cows milk protein. I suppose it’s more of a weird concept that we actually drink cow’s milk in the first place. Vegans Unite! Not really, I do love dairy. It’d be the one thing I’d struggle to give up. Not even milk, it’s the cheese and yogurt I’d struggle with. Now, you can buy some lovely dairy free yogurts but I’m yet to find an alternative cheese; a…
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thetullybadger · 3 months ago
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Say No to undigested cow’s milk protein.
Say No to undigested cow’s milk protein.
Cows Milk Allergy. Abdominal pain, Eczma, Congested breathing, reflux/vomiting, sneezing etc. We read the list and it’s everything baby T has. He came off the breast after five weeks, for which he’d been a mixture of breast and formula. Sal had still found the breast feeding uncomfortable, even at 5 weeks in, and he was just too hungry to stay breast alone. The last two weeks have been on pure…
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thetullybadger · 3 months ago
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PPI anyone? (Proton pump inhibitor that is)
PPI anyone? (Proton pump inhibitor that is)
Welcome to 2021, it’s much the same as 2020. We are already back in lockdown not a week into it. We spent the new year watching Britain’s angriest orphan shoot people on tv (Skyfall) before popping Jools Holland on to see in the new year. I doubt the man has ever had as good a viewing figure. We were in bed half an hour later. It’s the least rock and roll new year I’ve had. 2019 we were over in…
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thetullybadger · 4 months ago
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Hello Caffeine my old friend. I’ve come to talk to you again.
Hello Caffeine my old friend. I’ve come to talk to you again.
Baby T turned 2 weeks the other day. That’s him there in the photo. I am not longer sure why people say they slept like a baby. I’m currently living my child’s sleep routine and I’m knackered. Baby T is still following his three hour cycle. He sleeps for three hours, wakes, screams for a boob / bottle and then guzzles it down merrily. Post boob or bottle he gets grouchy until he’s had a good…
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thetullybadger · 4 months ago
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Sleep, wake, feed, poo, feed and repeat.
Sleep, wake, feed, poo, feed and repeat.
Baby T is 5 days old today and he’s already the boss. He knows what he wants and he knows the best way to get it is to scream. Something Priti Patel knows only too well.
The last 5 days have been a bit of a blur and yet it already feels like I’ve being doing this a lifetime. After a few tentative nappy changes, a few messy bottle feeds and some awkward holding, Fatherhood strangely feels like…
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thetullybadger · 4 months ago
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Baby boy!!
Sal had a C-section delivery. We were at 41weeks and 2 day when he arrived.
We had opted to go down the induced delivery route. A scan (pre-induction) showed the babies legs were off the chart (??) and he was weighing in at approximately 9lbs. At the time we still didn’t know the sex but came to the conclusion we must be having a frog.
We had had no signs of labour post 40 week, so…
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thetullybadger · 5 months ago
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Induction
Sal went into hospital yesterday to be induced. Supposed to be a quick in and out but the Doctor was AWOL. The Consultant Midwife hadn’t bothered her arse writing in the notes from her last appointment either. This meant the planned induction via a pessary was delayed. Sarah went in a 6pm but by the time the midwives managed to locate a doctor to prescribe said pessary, it was 4am. She was bedded…
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thetullybadger · 5 months ago
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I'd like my baby well done please Midwife.
I’d like my baby well done please Midwife.
Well, still no baby. And that is not for the want of actual trying. Sal’s done every old wives tale going. She even took to drinking caster oil yesterday, which I’m sure was delightful. Especially as it was blended with the above (picture). Thankfully though she didn’t get the shits, which is supposedly common after ingestion.
We had a midwife appointment today at the hospital. I’m still not…
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thetullybadger · 5 months ago
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Friday the 13th. Still no Baby.
Friday the 13th. Still no Baby.
We’re 2 days past our IVF due date and the wee bairn isn’t ready the world. I can’t say I blame him/her. I’m fast approaching 40 and I’m still not ready for the real world. People would always ask if I would like the baby would come early. I always said I would rather it didn’t, I was too busy kicking the arse out of my last days of freedom. I was only joking of course, we’re quite blessed to…
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thetullybadger · 5 months ago
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Quantum Deep: Part 4 - Geordie Racer
Quantum Deep: Part 4 – Geordie Racer
Transitioning is a strange process, thought Scotty. He was transitioning for the third time and although each time the sensations were similar, they had each had their own uniqueness depending on the body and situation he was in. People and creatures all feel the world differently and Scotty experienced this as he became them.
As the transition progressed, a feeling like you’re full of…
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thetullybadger · 5 months ago
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The IVF due date
The IVF due date
No baby yet. We’re 5 days past the Scan-predicted due date of the 6th. The IVF due date is today.
We’ve been getting a lot of phone calls and texts to check up on us, which is both sweet and annoying.
“No news yet,” I tell them.
And now that the Wife (Sal) is 40 weeks, you can’t ring anyone either without them thinking you’re calling with news of the new arrival.
“No, just saying…
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thetullybadger · 5 months ago
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Baby on the way
Baby on the way
Last Friday my wife passed her due date. We’re on standby.
‘Are you ready for this?’ I ask.
‘I love the way you say, are we ready for this. You’re not pushing anything. I’d prefer it if you were doing some of this.’ Was the shortened version of the reply.
‘I’ll remind you of that when you wake me in labour,’ I say. ‘Crack on, off you pop to hospital.’
It’s all light hearted.…
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thetullybadger · 5 months ago
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Back to it. The master of procrastination. Today, I was supposed to fix my wordpress site. It won’t allow me to display more than three bits of work in one go. So that last blog I wrote on there (randomly) has removed the 1st episode of Quantum Deep. It’s probably the way I’ve got it configured. So today was the day to fix it. I’m in local lockdown as well so I’ve ball all else to do. Did I do it? Did I shite. I walked the dog three times, watch The Gentleman on Netflix, fixed the leaking toilet, ate and avoided annoying the heavily pregnant wife. Standard day. Still breathing.
As for writing. I actually started writing part 4 of Quantum Deep, clearly feeling inspired by the missing part 1. This of course is despite have two other short stories on the go. So I’ve three unfinished now, and I’m working Monday Tuesday so I’ll do bugger all then. Eating and sleeping is about all I’m capable of after a 13 hour day.
Anyway, I’ve enjoyed part 4 thus far so I’ll get it finished Wednesday, ideally, and then try and knock out the other two before baby turns up in a few weeks. It’s doubtful but a man has to set his goals.
As I’ve said before, the characters are established in Quantum Deep so it’s easy writing. The other two, (one political and topical, the other a rewrite of history) take a bit more research. It’s always when I’m doing the shitty bits like research I feel inspired to write my book. So I spent a half hour on that before jumping back to part 4. It interlinks with the book this episode, randomly. Borrowing a few characters from it. I’ll say no more.
I did call the brother today. He bought me a book a year or so ago, called something ambiguous like getting things done. I remember thinking at the time, what things? Well, he randomly asked about it and my reply, ‘yeah, never finished it.’
Says it all. I should dig it out.
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thetullybadger · 5 months ago
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Blogging - life as it is
Blogging – life as it is
I just wrote on Twitter some gibberish about DNA testing kits and how they are probably bollocks, and how my results would come back and tell me I’m equal parts British, Bangladeshi and Carrot. On a serious note tough, this reason for my intrigue is that I would like it to come back and say I’m part viking. Other than being awesome I could justify having a massive beard to my wife. This came to…
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thetullybadger · 6 months ago
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You ever have one of those moments when you just need to let go? When you put down anything and just take time. Selfish time. Dancing time. The pen goes down and you move. It’s just you and a playlist vs the world. And just so you know, fuck off world. I’m just back from on those moments. Stopped writing, put the dog out the kitchen, Spotify on. Why is it always the kitchen? 90’s Ibiza Dance classics. I was a kid in the 90’s, never went to Ibiza until until 2017 on a stag. But this is my elective for movement. And move I do. All manor of coordinated and uncoordinated shapes and patterns erupt, with the kind of endeavour only seen in the animal kingdoms during mating season. You see, fundamentally, dancing is not about rhythm, it’s about expression. And you are free to express yourself however you fucking choose. Granted, if you want to make a career out of it, then learn the steps and practice the rhythm. It’s easier for some than others. However, if you just want to let go and express energy, then just go for it, embrace the soul nectar. It’s your time and you know what, thankfully (not sadly) you are the only person who really cares how you dance. But your opinion doesn’t matter right now, like arseholes everyone has one. So shut your fucking face and bust. You only live once, enjoy these moments. They don’t come around that often.
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thetullybadger · 6 months ago
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So, I finally got around to completing and publishing the 3rd enstallment of Quantum Deep. It’s on here or Wordpress (same name) if you fancy taking a look. It’s taken longer then the other two episodes and I fear that the next thing I publish could take a longer again. I’ve managed to knock out parts 1 to 3 in consecutive months, but as I’m taking a break from Qauntum Deep to write something else, it means starting from scratch. It’s easier to continue on with something when you have idea and the characters established. Being short stories the characters are minimal, as are the sub pots within each. Starting a fresh idea will mean going through that creative process and ironing out what does and doesn’t work within the story. Don’t get me wrong, i love the creative burst of starting a new idea, I just fear the longer it takes to keep publishing, the longer it takes to get noticed. I had this discussion with the brother and his advice was quality over quantity , which is always the case I reckon. However, in a digital age when there is so much new material coming at readers from all direction, you need to be punchy to keep an audience. Not that I even have one yet. This will probably be ready by a handful of people, some of which wont bother to finish it. But that’s starting out for you.
Another reason for the gradual delay in publishing is that my wife is closing in on her due date. This in turn means nesting. I’ve painted the kitchen, build two changing station - he first she didn’t like, so it went. I’ve boarded out part of my loft and most of the crap from our office has now been relocated op there, along with the masses of neglected clothes, sheets and shoes that were taking up valuable cupboard space. The office itself is now mostly a nursery, bar the computer and a few essential files which are still needed. I’ve also built a ‘Next to me’ crib, put up shelving and surfed my way through (almost) every baby website in search of prams, car seats and all the other such accessories. This is all on top of me working full time and trying to read anything I can get my hands on to prepare me for the inevitable moment when baby arrives. My go to two books are Commando Dad and Man vs Baby. Both brilliant in their own different right. So yeah, baby due November... I best get cracking and hone my time management skills or it could be 20 years before I pick this up again. Imagine!
I’ve put out a call for feedback on my three episodes of Quantum Deep to the masses on social media. I feel I could do with some feedback to help keep me motervated and improve my writing. I did ask twitter and got but one like, which in itself is quite amusingly ironic. If you fancy giving me any feed back, I’ll be sat here on the sofa with the dog (pictured) watching Sarah Beeny radically improve the layout of some lads home for a fraction of the cost of moving, allegedly. So write away, the dog and I eagerly await.
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thetullybadger · 6 months ago
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Quantum Deep - Part Three: Sugar Tits
Quantum Deep – Part Three: Sugar Tits
“Relax Scotty, you’re still transitioning. Focus on the task in hand”.
Twiggy’s monotone voice was trying hard to sooth a raging Scotty. He was running. Running harder and faster than he’s ever ran before, and he was a top National Division North footballer. The reason for all this running is that he’s being chased. He is being chased by what he would later describe as several, massive as…
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