Where did August go?

Woah it’s September!

The last month has flown by, and unsurprisingly I haven’t kept the blog up-to-date. I have some good excuses though.

I became a Dad 👨‍👩‍👧

My wife and I welcomed our daughter into the world. Lily Grace Jarvis was born on 17 August at 14:00 and weighing a healthy 8lbs 5oz.

They’re both doing wonderfully. And whilst the last few weeks have been a bit of a blur, it’s also been filled with some of our happiest moments. I’ve also learned some things about Fatherhood.

I got older 🥳

I celebrated my 31st birthday on August 7. No it doesn’t feel any different, stop asking that.

I read a bunch more 🤓

This one might seem a little at odds with the whole having a baby thing, but at the end of July I overcame my aversion for consuming digital books and picked up some new titles to read on my iPhone.

After struggling through the first couple of days, I am now fully onboard with reading books on a handheld device. I have increased my reading rate by about 300% which is pretty crazy. I’m currently reading (or have recently completed):

I really wish that I’d forced myself to do this sooner.

I got a new camera 📷

I love photography, but I’ve never thought myself any good. It’s also a fairly expensive hobby (if you let it be, which I absolutely could see myself doing).

I wanted to challenge myself to become better so I decided to bite the bullet and pick up a mirrorless camera. I went with mirrorless because DSLR’s are just too chunky for me and I think I’d seldom use it.

After some toing and froing, I picked up a Sony a6000. Whilst it’s a fairly old camera (which Sony finally upgraded 1 week after I purchased), the reviews are really good. Also:

  1. It was on sale for almost 50% off
  2. The Sony e-mount system really appeals to me. I can purchase better lenses and avoid upgrading the body until/if I outgrow it
  3. The Sony firmware seems pretty good. This might not be a deal-breaker for most people, but it was important for me
  4. It’s really popular. There’s loads of YouTube videos and articles about this camera, and that appeals to me especially as someone new to mirrorless and APS-C sensors

Next up ➡️

That’s it for now. I have a very busy September ahead, and hope to add a couple of new (more interesting) posts later this month.