Hello everyone! Winter has well and truly arrived here in New Zealand. It is blowing hard from the East this morning. So hard in fact that I needed to get up onto the carport roof in my pyjamas to screw down a sheet of roofing that was threatening to fly off! (Luckily it was polycarbonate and not sheet metal!) To be truthful, such an event was not entirely unexpected as I had personally put the carport roof up only a few months ago. I was surprised that it took this long to threaten to come off actually…

Anyway, we have a piece of good news to share with you all today: Shannon is pregnant. Yes, number two is with us and is due to be born in mid-November. (Just think of it as our contribution to the overpopulation of the planet, the depletion of natural resources. We’re just selfish that way I guess…)We are off to have a scan tomorrow (21 weeks) to see whether we’re having a girl (name sorted) or a boy (name not sorted). We are of course excited and apprehensive, we’re not sure how Thomas will take it – he’ll be around 25 months old when the new one comes along! Hopefully he will be the helpful big brother and not the jealous big brother…Shannon is keeping well and we’ll keep you posted on news and developments.

Today I have a fantastic infographic from HomeCare Technologies (website here) about the world’s growing life expectancy. Apparently the world’s average life expectancy has doubled in the last 200 years. Which is pretty impressive – although not nearly as impressive as the claim that the first person to live to 1,000 years old will be born in the next two decades! Quite frankly, I find that hard to believe! And besides, who would want to live for that long anyway?

 

PS As I contemplate the newest impending addition to my family, I found this great quotation from comedian Jim Gaffigan about having five children:

“Well, why not? I guess the reasons against having more children always seemed uninspiring and superficial. What exactly am I missing out on? Money? A few more hours of sleep? A more peaceful meal? More hair? These are nothing compared to what I get from these five monsters who rule my life … each one of them has been a pump of light into my shriveled black heart.”

I think I’ll cling to this quotation for a while… 

Marcus Roberts was two years out of law school when he decided that practising law was no longer for him. He therefore went back to university and did his LLM while tutoring. He now teaches contract and...