Monday Haiku and what I learned this weekend – 25 June 2012

Almost as useless as the real thing?

This weeks weekend relevant prompts for Monday Haiku are:

  1. Rearranging my son’s bedroom – My wife and I rearranged my 18 month old son’s bedroom making it more baby safe for him to play in there. This involved a little bit of getting rid of old wires, patching holes and painting. Some moving of furniture, and some new additions. He did get some new toys to play with as well which more reflect his age and development, so it was a good day for him.
  2. Fifa Euro 2012 (PS3) – In Europe everyone will know the European championships are happening. For US readers who probably don’t know, it is the second largest International football (soccer) tournament after the World Cup. It is quite a big deal in sporting terms in Europe. After spotting it on offer, I downloaded the add on to Fifa 12 to have some games on the PS3. I’m a bit crap at it, I start getting in a strop at it.
  3. England football team – Played their quarter final on sunday after topping the qualifying group. They lost on penalties (no surprise there), to Italy, and are now out of the competition. Typical Roy Hodgson tactics, concede the ball too much, lump it forward all the time, and hope something will happen. Nope, players clearly fatigued in the second half, and worse in injury time. That is what happen when you use the same team, and it spends most of the games chasing after the ball, trying to get back possession.

So here we go:

Summer day alter

we secure bedroom for fun

a new look for you

It was a nice little change for him. He has a new rug with animals on it.


how many chances are missed

thumbs won’t score a goal

Related to England doing this (without the many chances):

England no surprise

Nothing for forty six years

Why expect change now?

Bonus Haiku is looking at the weekend post from this blog right here, focusing on what makes a popular post, and something I called “the search phrase experiment”. As a note to this post, I think there will be a follow up post in a few days time with some more points to add, plus some more search phrases to experiment with, prior to posting the results of said experiment. –  Bonus Haiku between the lines below:


Well I wonder, what

makes a popular posting

here in blogging world

part 2:

Oh for large viewings

idiot experiment

with search term nonsense


Things I learned this weekend:

  • I have more jobs around the house to do.
  • “Priscilla, Queen of the desert” is a funnier film than I remember. Got to like those ping pong balls.
  • Mega blocks are more fun for me at the moment than my son (maybe).
  • I can write one blog post, realise I have forgotten a bunch of stuff, then realise that I have enough for a “part 2”
  • I need to plan out my time a bit more and get on with writing a book. Hmm…
Have a fun week.

Lexicon word of the day: avowal.


7 comments on “Monday Haiku and what I learned this weekend – 25 June 2012

  1. Margarita says:

    “Priscilla…” is a very funny movie, and it sneaks in its social commentary as well! I did not see the musical production on Broadway…I did that with “The Full Monty” another film gone to stage, and while I enjoyed the stage version, I liked the movie more. Same happens with books gone to film: If I read the book first, don’t enjoy the movie as much.

    • Elliot says:

      I think most books that became films are better in book film, purely because there is more detail, and more room for your mind to form it’s own details. In film form, we’re given it, and either like it or don’t.

      • Margarita says:

        I agree. If I remember, I try to hold off reading the book until I see the movie, if that’s an option, because then I’ll have a more enjoyable experience of each. “Seabiscuit” comes to mind as a recent example of that. Enjoyed the movie, REALLY enjoyed the book! 🙂

  2. jmmcdowell says:

    That’s the funny thing about houses. When you start a project, more seem to crop up…. 🙂

  3. DyingNote says:

    England going through would’ve been a miracle.

    You’re having more fun with your son’s toys (at least some of them) than he is, huh? I sometimes think that parents, particularly fathers, buy things for their kids that they themselves would like to have a go at. We don’t have children, but I do that with my nephews in cahoots with their fathers.

    • Elliot says:

      With the England manager having been a previous Liverpool manager, I had good experience with what his tactics and awful style of play is like. I was telling everyone there would be an emphasis on defending, little possession, and too many long balls. Terrible to watch. I did wonder though whether they might be the right tactics at the right time, which indeed they were until a point. The point where it went to penalties, and England showed the improved accuracy on their passing, but not by much. They got what they deserved. – I hope Spain win purely because of the quality of the players in their squad and the way they try to play.

      I’m looking forward to my boy getting to three years old, that’s when he starts hitting the age group for all the cool toys. He’ll likely be more interested himself by then,

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