Giveaway

Giveaway- Dani Press Father’s Day Cards

June 10, 2015

I was recently lucky enough to connect with Dani of Dani Press, a Toronto-based photographer and card-maker. Her aesthetic immediately caught my eye- the use of basic typewriter font paired with simple-yet-catchy verbiage is just my style. Plus the handcrafted, made-with-love component is so important to me.

She is doing great work, and I think that so many of you will be able to relate to her messages. They are simple, yet powerful. And she includes equally powerful quotes from past and present authors in her shipments, which is such a nice touch.

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These cards have such a great feel to them. They are thick and sturdy, and will make an immediate impression when the recipient receives one.

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Fatherhood

Summertime Means Summer Hats

May 28, 2015

Today I did a little work in our new garden, which is going to be quite the little adventure. The last time I tried to be a gardener, I built a box in the corner of the yard, planted some tomatoes, and proceeded to watch them die over the course of a month. 

Turns out I built the box in the absolute least sunny part of the yard. But I hadn’t considered that because I had never done any gardening. So my plants died, and a little bit of me did as well. 

I thought I wasn’t a gardener, and I hung up my gardener gloves for good. That part of me was dead. 

Or so I thought. 

Watch out gardening world, because now I’m back. And I’m not going to ruin my chance at a comeback. 

I built boxes in a very sunny area, I filled them with dirt, and am about to put some things in there and watch them grow. Mostly peppers. Which now I’m thinking isn’t a great strategy because what do you make with peppers? Jalapeño salad with ancho slices and thai chili flakes? It seems like you need lettuce in there somewhere. But that’s for a chef to figure out. I’m just a gardener. I grow things. 

Speaking of growing, Lela is growing and loves to come outside and watch me and her mom work. But with summer creeping in, we need to keep the sun off her face and body. 

No worries. Lela has a summertime hat. Because that’s what we wear in the summertime. 

  

Food

Lela Tries Avocado

May 17, 2015

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Today we took a huge step forward, and introduced Lela to solid food. Avocado is apparently a mild first food for little babies, so that’s what we fed our little baby.

We imagined how she would react. We guessed it would be somewhere between “OH MY GOD THIS IS AMAZING” and “DEAR GOD WHAT IS THIS DEVIL FOOD?”

After 5 long months of eating only breast milk, this would be a mind-blowing experience one way or another, right?

Wrong. She ate it, perhaps enjoyed it, and moved on with her life.

Better luck next time. Perhaps some pickled radishes will pique her interest.

 

 

Photography

Feliz Cinco de Mayo

May 5, 2015

We’ve been pretty busy lately. Between all the teaching, coaching, and printing, there isn’t much time for writing. 

I’m not abandoning the project. The blog will go on. 

But for now I’m spending my non-work time hanging out with this chiquita. 

I’m sure you understand 🙂

  

Fatherhood, Photography

Lela The Mathy Scientist

April 26, 2015

Today I came into the bedroom to play with Lela, and yet again she was wearing her math/science glasses, doing mathy/sciency things. 

She is always doing mathy/sciency things. It seems like that’s all she’s into nowadays. 

We talked about science and math and life as it pertains to sciency and mathy things. 

As I was about to leave, she looked at me, smiled, and said “dad, I want to tell you a joke.”

Me: “Ok honey, go ahead.”

Lela: “Why did Snooki do her math homework on the beach?”

Me: “I don’t know. Because she was drunk?”

Lela: “No. Because she was trying to find a tan gent.”

Me: blank stare

Lela: “It’s funny because…”

Me: “No, I get it. A tangent is a math thing. I teach math.”

Lela: “…and a tan gent, in terms of Snooki, is…”

Me: “No that’s fine, I understand that too. I watched every episode of the Jersey Shore.”

Lela: “…#mathjokes”

   
     

Fatherhood, New Baby, Photography

Lela Turns Four Months

April 25, 2015

On Monday Lela turned four months old, and I still can’t believe that much time has already passed. 

That means that just four short months ago, I was pulled out of class to go meet Meghaan and my mom in the hospital. Hours later, we met Lela. And our lives were changed forever. 

It has only been three months since this photo shoot. Back then she was all skin and bones. She just cried and slept and pooped and sat there, staring at us and wondering if we knew what we were doing. And we wondered the same thing. 

Now she’s older, chunkier, and so much more interactive. She loves to play, smile, and kick her daddy in the groin. She’s a real kick in the pants.

She loves to look around at the moving objects overhead and different faces in the room and any bright lights. She really enjoys long walks with her mom and their friends Brighid and Jackson. Sometimes Blanca the golden retriever comes and walks with them. Lela loves when that happens. 

This has been an incredible experience. An incredibly frustrating, rewarding, challenging, positive, life-changing experience. 

And we wouldn’t trade it for the world. 

   

     

Education

The Price of Teaching

April 21, 2015

Something tells me that many people don’t fully understand what it means to be a teacher, and what the profession can end up costing you.

It’s now 11:30 pm and I’m in bed, about to go to sleep. I have been working for almost 16 hours.

Today I got up at 5:30 and taught from 7 until 3.

Right after that I had a track meet until 6:15, and I got home around 6:45.

When I got home I put some pizza in the microwave and Meghaan and I talked for about 30 minutes about our days. Lela had a doctor’s appointment, so we had a lot to talk about. She got some shots, she was weighed, and she is doing really well, according to the doctor.

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And then Meghaan asked me a question that, when looking back on it, breaks my heart. 

She asked, “do you want to hold Lela for a little bit?”

I replied, “I want to, so much. But I have to go to work. It’s almost 7:30.”

It killed me to say that and it’s still eating me up as I think about it.

I had to go into the basement for 3 hours to print some shirts. And the reason we print shirts is so we can afford to have Meghaan stay home and raise our daughter. Before Lela, we just printed to pay our bills. Don’t get me wrong- I love the creative process and I enjoy all the great opportunities that have come from owning Moreland Print. But after a long day, the last thing you want to do is pull ink through a screen for hours.

We really only print because we have to. Because teaching does not pay a living wage for a family.

There’s nothing normal about passing up an opportunity to hold your baby so that you can make enough money to pay your bills. Especially when you’ve already been working for 12 hours at that point.

Teaching comes with a significant cost to me and my family. I love it and I think I’m really good at it. But when you only bring home a little over $2000 a month, you have to find a way to make some more money. So all of our “time off” is really spent finding other ways to make money.

Now the cost is becoming way too high for me. I don’t ever want to be the father who is too consumed by his job to be with his children.

Sadly, my profession forced me to be that father tonight.

And I don’t think I can do that again. I can’t do that to myself, and I absolutely cannot do that to Lela.

Family, Photography

Family Photos

April 8, 2015

Meghaan, Lela, and I are spending my entire Spring Break in Boise with Meghaan’s family. We left Vancouver immediately after school got out on Friday and will head back home 8 days later.

If you know me, you know why this is a big deal.

I like my routines, I like my own house, and I like being able to do what I want, when I want.

I’m pretty particular that way.

Even though I am never really doing anything, I’m always doing something. You probably know what I mean. My life is a series of small tasks, some of which I actually complete. But usually, I start a project, get distracted, start another, and then give up on all of them because I can’t remember where I left off.

Regardless, I value my freedom and my ability to do something or nothing and not bother anyone else.

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Running

Training for a 5k- Week 5

April 5, 2015

Nice one! That’s 4 full weeks of training to date.

Cool!

At this point, this will all seem pretty familiar. And it will be- you are no longer a rookie. You are now an expert.

You know what? Let’s not get too ahead of ourselves here. We still have a lot of running to do before our old lazy selves catch back up to us.

So, let’s talk about our plan for week 5 of training for a 5k.

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Running

Training for a 5k- Week 4

March 29, 2015

Can you believe it? If you are keeping up, you have completed 3 weeks of training for a 5k.

Wow!

You are about to notice something. You body may not necessarily look different, but it will probably feel different. That’s because you have been burning fat, adding muscle, and increasing your overall fitness level.

You runs should start to feel a little easier. That old hill that used to torture you is becoming less of a monster. Running for 2 or more miles may suddenly feel like a warmup.

You are a runner now. Admit it. You run.

Don’t start dancing just yet. We still have lots of work to do.

 

So, let’s talk about our plan for week 4 of training for a 5k.

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