Articles by Pat Lemieux


Why I am jealous of my 1-year-old

on July 22, 2013, at 8:57 p.m.
Life is good. Or at least it is it would be if I were a toddler. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t have it that bad. I have a home, food in the fridge, a family that loves me and most of my hair. But still I can’t help but …

What changes about your social media when you have a child

on July 19, 2013, at 9:22 a.m.
Having a child changes everything about you. It changes who you are, where you go, what you do and how you think. Some changes small; getting up earlier in the morning for example. Others like buying a bigger house or quitting smoking are much more significant. If you are in …

Maine’s best bands come together, including the Rustic Overtones, Mallett Brothers and Spose

By Pat Lemieux on June 11, 2013, at 4:17 p.m.
Friday, July 12, 2013 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Location: The State Theater, 609 Congress St, Portland, Maine For more information: State of the State   Rustic Overtones, The Mallett Brothers Band, Spose, The Wrecking, The Other Bones   Fri, July 12, 2013 Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm State …

How long can I use ‘new daddy’ as an excuse?

on June 06, 2013, at 10:59 a.m.
I have watched my son Tristan grow from a helpless blob of baby goo into a sweet and silly toddler. That’s right. He is a toddler. He walks, talks (well, he thinks he is talking) points, plays, laughs, is sweet and can cause all sorts of trouble. He is 15 …

Has becoming a dad made me dumber?

on May 24, 2013, at 9:13 a.m.
It’s 8:30 pm and the house is quiet. My one year old is asleep in his crib, dinner is done, the dishwasher is running and all my son’s toys are picked up. It’s time to open the laptop and get some work done. Fast forward about an hour and I have …

When beer guys have kids…

on May 21, 2013, at 3:50 p.m.
So a few months back I met a man named Chad Lothian. Chad is something of a beer connoisseur. In fact he may just be the most knowledgeable beer aficionado I have ever met. My first thought was to build this man a blog (my old job) and give him as a gift to …

Maine Civic Hack Day

By Pat Lemieux on May 21, 2013, at 8:25 a.m.
Maine’s first civic hackathon is set to happen June 1 and 2, in Bangor  and Portland, in coordination with the National Day of Civic Hacking. This nationwide event is being coordinated by Code for America (think Americorps for programmers) and Random Hacks of Kindness (an international hackathon group). Locally, the event is being planned by …

Emma and Mason rank at top of Maine’s baby names in 2012

on May 16, 2013, at 8:52 a.m.
If you had a baby last year and named it Wyatt, Hunter or Chloe than you are not alone. Today the Social Security Administration released the top names for both boy and girl babies born in Maine in 2012. The top name given to boys born in the Maine in 2012 was …

Facebook isn’t cool anyway, so feel free to overshare

on May 03, 2013, at 8:52 a.m.
Recently, I happened to read a review for a book titled “STFU, Parents,” written by Blair Koenig. For those of you who do not know, STFU is Internet shorthand for “shut the F up.” Now since I don’t : 1. have the money to buy this book and 2. can’t …

Spring cleanup, who has time for that?

on April 26, 2013, at 2:17 p.m.
I bought my home in Bangor a few years ago, in the late fall. In that first spring before all the snow was even gone I was out raking the esplanade. I felt pride in the fact that my front yard was the first on the street to be raked. By …

Social Media Breakfast Bangor

By Pat Lemieux on April 26, 2013, at 9:34 a.m.
Thursday, May 2, 2013 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Location: Richard E. Dyke Center for Family Business, One College Circle Husson University, Bangor, ME For more information: Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, e-newsletters, email, banners, websites, signs and digital displays. There are so many options for communicating and interacting with your …

Kid Central Festival

By Pat Lemieux on April 26, 2013, at 9:21 a.m.
Saturday, May 4, 2013 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Downtown Bangor, bangor, Maine For more information: Mark your calendars, Kid Central Festival returns to Downtown Bangor on Saturday, May 4! Activities: Saturday, May 4 is the date for Kid Central Festival and with it comes some fun Star Wars activities courtesy of your local …

BDN Maine Outdoors Expo

By Pat Lemieux on April 19, 2013, at 12:38 p.m.
Experience the great outdoors in the heart of Portland at the BDN Maine Outdoors Expo – May 4th and 5th at the Portland Expo. This is Maine’s premier display of gear and accessories for bikers, hunters, kayakers, hikers, rock climbers, surfers, stand-up paddle boarders, and fishing enthusiasts. Enjoy Gear demonstrations, indoor climbing …

100 ways to tell if someone has a small child

on April 19, 2013, at 8:56 a.m.
So this is my 100th post in this blog. For those of you who have read them all, my deepest apologies. They range in topic from my societal gripes, simple pleasures, self absorption and emotional shortcomings as I struggle/succeed at being a first time father. To look at me today, I am a completely different person that I was just a few years …

What advice do you have for a dad-to-be?

on April 12, 2013, at 1:33 p.m.
Recently, I found out that a good friend was going to be a father. When I heard the news, I smiled. I thought about how wonderful my son is and what a big part of my life he has become, and I was genuinely happy for my friend.  I rushed out to …

How redirection works for father and son

on April 03, 2013, at 10:36 p.m.
No matter how many fun toys, interesting books or cute stuffed animals my son has, there seems to be one “toy” that he loves more than any other. It isn’t his Little People Amusement Park or his Batman Race Car. It’s not his cement mixer or foam building blocks. His favorite toy …

When toddlers take napping into their own hands

on March 27, 2013, at 9:52 a.m.
Anarchy. Pure chaos. Armageddon. These are all ways to describe what happens when your child decides that they would like to make a slight modification to their napping schedule. For the last six months, my son has been an exceptionally good sleeper. Credit for this should be given to his mother …

BDN Maine Garden Show and Spring Fling

By Pat Lemieux on March 19, 2013, at 2:51 p.m.
Come see all your favorite parts of the garden show April 5-7. Enjoy the music, vendors and beautifully landscaped gardens on display in the Bangor Auditorium. Plus this year the show is expanding to include a spring and summer showcase. Be  blown away with added attractions such as: Golf demonstrations and simulations with …

What you can expect to spend more (or less) on in the first year of parenting

on Feb. 25, 2013, at 9:43 p.m.
So it’s been a year and its time to take a look back. Not at all the cute photos, sleepless nights or special moments. No, it’s time to look at the financials. As a parent you fully expect to be broke from the time your child pops out to the …

Why is your child’s first birthday about them?

on Feb. 19, 2013, at 3:50 p.m.
This past weekend we celebrated my son Tristan’s first birthday. Even with high winds and snowfall it was a party not to be missed. Friends and family gathered to celebrate, comment on how time flies, take photos and eat cake. The party lasted two hours, roughly the same number of …
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