13 beers in 13 miles

My brother sent this to me. It’s hilarious.

My alma mater

I often rail against the University of Texas sports to my family, who in part live in Texas and are fans. Mostly, I’m not a fan of the money that gets poured into the University’s football program. I realize that a lot of that money generates more money, which enables so many other sports to ...

A note on sleep 2

I arrived home from work around 530pm, dropped my stuff on the floor and immediately went to say hello to the two women in my life. Big M on the couch smiled and said, “Look who it is!” Little m on the floor looked over at me and her face lit up, those two dimples ...

Parenthood: The second week

It’s been a full week since I’ve even thought about writing for the blog, longer since I’ve thought about writing at all. Our little one is 6 months-old, but the energy required to care for her saps all the strength out of me. At the end of the day, the last thing I’m thinking about ...

Parenthood: The first week 1

Parenthood: The first week
We have been home with our daughter for one week. All three of us have made some remarkable strides in the last seven days. Little m went from complete silence all the time to spending most of her waking hours talking. By talking, I mean she’s oohing and aahing and making noises like an extinct ...

One fine day in the Emerald City 3

I hope I’m a better parent to my daughter than I am to my cat. All week, I’ve gone to bed no later than 9pm and have woken at 4am when little m wakes. She goes back to bed shortly thereafter, whereas I lay awake staring at the star balls floating in the air over ...

Coffee Ceremony 3

I have delayed writing about our last day in Ethiopia in part because having a kid around the house makes life significantly more hectic; also, I’m still jet-lagged and have been going to bed at 8pm and getting up at 4am when she wakes up. Today, she’s still asleep, and I feel I have enough ...

Running with Ethiopians, part 2 2

On our last day in Addis Abeba, I ran for a second time in Ethiopia. Another father who had come to adopt an eight year-old came with me. He’s a much slower runner and so when we arrived at Meskel Square, we separated. I took off at a pretty fast clip, though not too fast, ...

The Return 3

Have you ever been so tired that your fingers start to get numb? Your legs stop functioning the way they normally do, the muscles react but it feels like they react in slow motion. As of right now, I haven’t slept more than six hours in the last 48. M put it best: “I feel ...

Birth Family meeting 3

We left Awassa at 8:00am, after making a quick detour to pick up two social workers who would be joining us. In addition to Barry (name changed), the driver, there was C, the government social worker who was there when little M was given up for adoption by her mother, and B, who works for ...