Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Dad Day: Take One

I am self employed with a home office. Nicole works for a fertility clinic, and she also writes for In today’s economy, we cannot afford to live on one salary, so we have negotiated a deal with Nicole’s employer that allows her to return to work for 20 hours a week, and take calls from home for a portion of the week. At the same time, we both want to raise our children without a nanny. This equation results in me being Mr. Mom on Tuesday mornings, Wednesdays and Fridays. Since my schedule is very flexible, I will readjust my time to make this arrangement possible.

In anticipation of this major change, I started taking over Wednesdays today. It was an interesting and tiring day filled with tears, crying and more tears. I am completely exhausted, I feel totally unfunny and unmotivated. Jackson enjoyed approximately 30 minutes of the day. The remainder, he spent puking his reflux stomach goo all over me, my sofa, my clothes, and his baby wrap. I spent the majority of the day attempting to write a comedic song to use in one of the upcoming shows of FUCT. It was challenging with a crying baby. The challenge was further enhanced by the flop of a scene that I presented at last night’s meeting. Comedy can be a real bitch. As a comedian, I know that the majority of the things I write will suck. If I get one great scene out of twenty attempts, I should be happy. However, it is still tough to bomb, even in front of your troupe. I am incredibly lucky that I have such a supportive team. It has been a while since I have presented material, and they are extremely forgiving, as a great troupe should be. Comedy partners realize the challenge of comedy, and make it easy to bounce back.

Thankfully, Jackson went to bed early tonight, which is where I am headed shortly. I am looking forward to getting back on the comedy saddle, as I know I have great product in this twisted mind. I am also excited about Day Two of Mr. Momhood, as I am sure it is similar to comedy, where the more I do it, the better I will become.

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