Friday, March 10, 2017

Living your life in 2 hr block

There was a remake of Battlestar Galactica. It's a sci fi show about how a group of humans was attacked by a race of robots that they had created (it's a long story) called cylons. Only a few ships made it off the planet and they are wandering in deep space being pursued by the cylons. The attacks on the cylons are relentless, because every 33 mins, they will find out the location of the entire fleet and everyone will have to be battle ready. The pilots have to fly out to meet the cylons in space dog fights, while the commanders and staff at the command center will have to coordinate the hyper space jump of the entire fleet so that they can escape.

Cylons from Battlestar Galactica. They are also known affectionately as toasters.

Every 33 mins for the last 150+ hours it's like that. Relentless. Fatigue sets in and they will make a mistake or two, like leaving a ship behind because of the wrong coordinates for the hyper space jump. Or a pilot gets killed in the dog fight. So every 33 mins, after they had successful accounted for all the ships of the fleet, they will reset the timer and prepare for the next cylon attack, taking whatever rest they can afford.

Why do I tell you this sci-fi series? It's because my life is sort of measured in 2 hours block now.

My baby 'cylon' needs to be 'fended off' almost every 2 hours like clockwork. Each feeding/diaper change cycle presents different difficulties that throws your routine out. Once he starts wailing, then both me and wife will have to figure out what's wrong. Is it because his diapers are soiled? Is it because he needs to feed? Is it because he needs to be carried? It doesn't matter if it's the day or the night, because the baby 'cylon' will come every 2 hours, rain or shine.

This had been our routine since our confinement lady left about a week ago. While we could certainly do with more sleep, I think we're happily taking it in stride. The philosophy of appreciating all experiences, whether they are good or bad, is important for mental strength and fortitude. I guess for me, that's what being a parent is about. I don't want to know the good times only. I want to go through all the bad times too.

It's a cliche but it's very suitable here - Life's rainbow is made up of rainy and sunny days.


Sillyinvestor said...

A... LP,

That T-shirt? Really exists of you created ??

Last time I meet with a cylon attack, I took a long while to fend it off. And hence the resting block is 1 hour or less. Then I realize the weapon to the attack is Andy Lau Singing of the Macau tourist advertisement. It just stop him from crying and slowly get to sleep.

Maybe deep voice is smoothing

Lizardo said...

Try playing the theme music piece from BSG. Maybe it works too! Muahahah.

la papillion said...

Hi SI,

It really exists!

Ya, sometimes the cylon attack more frequently, sometimes less frequently. But roughly about 2 hrs haha :) I didn't know music can sooth the cylons! I shall try it next time haha

la papillion said...

Hi Lizardo,

Didn't know you're a fan :) It keeps haunting me, that melody, even up to now :)

Unintelligent Nerd said...

Jia you LP!

la papillion said...

Hi UN,


simplefolk said...

perhaps you should try uberman sleep cycle :)

Four Pillar Freedom said...

I think this is hilarious...I'm enjoying your chronicles of parenthood and it seems like it's keeping you busier than ever haha!