I am Neuroscience PhD, a humanist, skeptic, feminist, avid reader, science enthusiast, woolly-liberal über-nerd, and, as of October 2015, father to the Lykketroll.

I moved from England to Norway in January 2012 and live in Lørenskog with my wife, the Lykketroll, and our two aging rescue cats, Socrates and Schrödinger. 

I am on paternity leave from the 4th of July to the 18th of November. 

The job I am on leave from is as an  Associate Professor and Head of Studies at the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences. My background is in child neurodevelopment (my PhD looked into the relationship between fatty acids like omega-3 and cognitive development in young children) but I now work on a hodge-podge of things roughly within the field of Universal Design of ICT 50% of the time, the other 50% of my time I am Head of the 'General' Studies (Allmenn in Norwegian) Unit, which is comprised of around 24 academics within a range of fields, including mathematics, physics, Norwegian, and technology and leadership.

In between working and doing the usual dad things,  I like hiking and running in the beautiful Norwegian outdoors, cooking and playing video games. 

If I believed in souls I would say that mine was born in Norway. 

I plan to sleep when I'm dead.

Don't Take it Personal (Just One of Dem Nights)

Most evenings, once the wife and Lykketroll are in bed, I try to give myself 30 minutes of down-time, which usually involves repeatedly having my ass kicked at FIFA. To drown out the mouth-breathers who don't know how to turn their mics off, I usually have Spotify playing in the background. For last couple of days I've been on a nostalgic 90s R&B binge and Monica's Don't Take it Personal (Just One of Dem Days) has buried itself deep in my earballs and just won't quit.

Monica's official music video for 'Don't Take It Personal (Just One Of Dem Days)'.

The other evening, after a particularly tricky time getting him to sleep, I found myself singing it to the Lykketroll, spontaneously tweaking the lyrics as I went. Here's what I came up with: 

It's just one of them nights, when I don't wanna sleep on my own
It's just one of them nights, when I don't wanna be all alone
It's just one of them nights, don't take it personal
I don't wanna sleep on my own, so I think I'll keep you up

I don't wanna take some time out and sleep the whole night through
I know it always feels like I'm doing it wrong
but I'm so in love with you
I don't understand that I'm over tired and I really need to sleep
So have no thought that I'm going to sleep and daddy hold me please

Just one of them nights
That a kid goes through
When I'm angry inside
And I'm gonna take it out on you
Just one of them days
Don't take it personal
I don't wanna sleep on my own
So I think I'll keep you up

Don't take it personal
Daddy daddy daddy daddy, don't take it personal

I lie and think about everything we could do
And I find myself in mysery and that ain't cool
Hey now, I'd really like to sleep the whole night through
But the way my brain's developing keeps me confused
As I swing back from mood to mood it's not because of you
I never want you to be insecure,
so won't you understand that when I'm really cranky, you're the only one I need
I'll be wide awake soon as you shut the door, so daddy don't you leave

Just one of them nights
That a kid goes through
When I'm angry inside
And I'm gonna take it out on you
Just one of them things
Don't take it personal
I don't wanna sleep on my own
So I think I'll keep you up

Just one of them nights
That a kids goes through
When I'm angry inside
And I'm gonna take it out on you
Just one of them things
Don't take it personal
I don't wanna sleep on my own
So sing me another song

Don't take it personal
Daddy daddy daddy daddy, don't take it personal
Don't take it personal, yeah , don't take it personal

Just one of them nights
That a kid goes through
When I'm angry inside
Don't want to take it out on you
Just one of them days
Don't take it personal
I just wanna be all alone
And you think I treat you wrong

Don't take it personal daddy
Personal baby, personal daddy, personal daddy
personal baby, personal daddy

You find the original lyrics here

What the Lykketroll eats on an average day

What the Lykketroll eats on an average day

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