Brady Ernst – Family Man Since 08/01/2015

wedding_smallBefore my wedding I had to slave away… working long hours… not taking lunch… but now I have a family.

It is no longer Brady+Girlfriend+Cat = 0
It is now Brady+Wife+Cat = Family Man

While my home life didn’t change, I have now been inducted into an exclusive work club that entitles me to certain obligatory benefits:

  • 8-5 work days
  • Extra long lunches for “Family” matters
  • Now the #1 priority of my life is my Family and that is OK… expected even… which is great because I love my Family! Furthermore, my job now is just a means to an end – an obligation even, and I don’t have to pretend to care because everyone knows family comes first.

    So long late hours working past 5.
    So long spooky noises alone at my desk until midnight.
    So long calling the cops because the aforementioned spooky noises were disturbingly loud and I thought there might have been a vagrant stomping around up on the roof.
    So long making the Bozeman Daily Chronicle Police Reports because the incessantly loud vagrant turned out to be just hungry crows.
    So long non-Family Man Brady Ernst.

    Now I don’t have to make up excuses to go home at 3:30 to feed my cat.
    I am a Family Man now and if my cat wants an afternoon snack, I can leave anytime I damn well please!
    The wife is out of town for the day. “See you guys! I have Dad-Duty this afternoon” – somebody needs to pet the cat and give her tasty crème crème by 3:00pm – I’m a Family Man now.

    The only burden is that I now have to update my business card and all of my social media profiles. I can no longer refer to myself as a mere Baby Architect. I now have to refer to myself as Husband. Architect. Family Man. 


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    1 Technically, I am now Husband. Baby Architect. Adopted Cat Step-Father.

    This post is part of the #ArchiTalks series in which the multi-faceted architect Bob Borson, of Life of an Architect, selects a theme and a group of us other (architectural) bloggers all post on the same day, on the same topic. It’s similar to those 3rd grade art projects – where every classmate gets the same piece of (photocopied) paper with identical squiggly marks as a starting point – and then all the students use their creativity to produce an original masterpiece. This month’s theme is Work/Life.

    Bob Borson – Life of An Architect (@bobborson)
    Work | Life – Different Letters, Same Word

    Enoch Sears – Business of Architecture (@businessofarch)
    Work Life

    Matthew Stanfield – FiELD9: architecture (@FiELD9arch)
    Work / Life : Life / Work

    Marica McKeel – Studio MM (@ArchitectMM)
    Work/Life…What an Architect Does

    Jeff Echols – Architect Of The Internet (@Jeff_Echols)
    The One Secret to Work – Life Balance

    Lee Calisti, AIA – Think Architect (@LeeCalisti)
    work | life :: dance

    Mark R. LePage – Entrepreneur Architect (@EntreArchitect)
    Living an Integrated Life as a Small Firm Architect

    Lora Teagarden – L² Design, LLC (@L2DesignLLC)
    #ArchiTalks: Work/life…attempts

    Collier Ward – Thousand Story Studio (@collier1960)

    Jeremiah Russell, AIA – ROGUE Architecture (@rogue_architect)
    what makes you giggle? #architalks

    Jes Stafford – Modus Operandi Design (@modarchitect)
    Turning Work Off

    Eric T. Faulkner – Rock Talk (@wishingrockhome)
    Work/Life — A Merger

    Rosa Sheng – Equity by Design / The Missing 32% Project (@miss32percent)
    Work Life Fit: A New Focus for Blurred Lines

    Michele Grace Hottel – Michele Grace Hottel, Architect (@mghottel)
    Work Life

    Drew Paul Bell – Drew Paul Bell (@DrewPaulBell)
    Work / Life

    Michael Riscica – Young Architect (@YoungArchitxPDX)
    I Just Can’t Do This Anymore

    Meghana Joshi – IRA Consultants, LLC (@MeghanaIRA)
    Architalks: Imbalanced and uninterrupted

    Amy Kalar – ArchiMom (@AmyKalar)
    ArchiTalks #12: Balance is a Verb.

    Stephen Ramos – BUILDINGS ARE COOL (@sramos_BAC)
    An Architect’s House

    brady ernst – Soapbox Architect (@bradyernstAIA)
    Brady Ernst – Family Man Since 08/01/2015

    Brian Paletz – The Emerging Architect (@bpaletz)
    Father, Husband, Architect – typically in that order

    Tara Imani – Tara Imani Designs, LLC (@Parthenon1)
    On Work: Life Balance – Cattywampus is as Good as it Gets

    Jonathan Brown – Proto-Architecture (@mondo_tiki_man)
    Architecture: Work to Live

    Eric Wittman – intern[life] (@rico_w)
    midnight in the garden of [life] and [work]

    Sharon George – Architecture By George (@sharonraigeorge)
    Work = 1/3 Life

    Daniel Beck – The Architect’s Checklist (@archchecklist)
    Work Life Balance: Architecture and Babies – 5 Hints for Expecting Parents

    Jarod Hall – di’velept (@divelept)
    Work is Life

    Anthony Richardson – That Architecture Student (@thatarchstudent)
    studio / life

    Lindsey Rhoden – SPARC Design (@sparcdesignpc)
    Work Life Balance: A Photo Essay


      • brady ernst

        Thanks Enoch.

          #1 Architecture
          #2 Architecture
          #3 Architecture

          #1 Cat!
          #2 Wife
          #3 Architecture?

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