Saigon at Midnight

Thursday April 21, 2022 // Past Bedtime

The last international trip I went on was in November 2018. As a self-proclaimed jet setter, this is torture. Having a baby then a global pandemic will do that to you though. It’s been three and a half years without a trip even out of my time zone.

This has had me thinking a lot about travel. Darn near everyday I’m lost in a daydream. Heck, even my dreams are often about travel these days. It’s a scratch I need to itch. But this scratch is in that one spot on your back that no human can possibly ever reach.

2022 will be another year of non-international and only Eastern time zone travel. Our eyes are trained on 2023 and with any luck, making a trip happen. When and where… that’s a different question.

With all this travel on the brain and no trip on the horizon to plan for, why not venture down memory lane?

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What We Lost

Monday March 7, 2022 // Past Bedtime

We’re roughly a week shy from the two year anniversary of the day life got turned upside down for virtually everyone. Two years ago my little guy was 9 months old. He had just started crawling. Actually, he was doing this thing where he’d basically butterfly stroke forward rather than a traditional crawl. Today, he’s a (mostly) talking, leaping, jumping, iPhone-using, amazing tiny human.

Moments ago I was doing the usual late evening scroll through the socials and was reading some thread on the bird app. It was about, shocker, the pandemic, getting back to normal, and “reclaiming what we lost”.

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The Unpredictability of Sleep for Toddler Dads

Tuesday December 14, 2021 // Pre-Dawn Hours

Outside of a handful of odd nights, since beginning WFH last March (~20 months ago) I’ve been able to sleep until my body naturally wakes me up at around 6:45-7:00 AM. It’s been glorious. Since I graduated college more than a decade ago, my job + commute has had me waking up in the early part of 5 a.m. hour.

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Newborn vs. Toddler Fatherhood Challenges

Saturday September 4, 2021 // Naptime

A good friend of mine recently had a baby. He sent me a message with a picture of the little guy a few hours after delivery. I welcomed him to the dad club in my response back to him. A week later I got a message saying, “Where did this week go? Time is meaningless… Coffee is life…”

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Where Do We Go From Here?

Monday July 19, 2021 // Well Past Bedtime

I’d like to believe every parent of a toddler has had the same life-fulfilling experience I’ve had over the past 16 months of being at home with my kid all-day, everyday. That’s not reality though. People are begging to get out of the house. Go back to normal. Get back to their old lives. Not this guy though.

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November 2020 Challenge Start and October 2020 Challenge Recap

Sunday November 1, 2020 // Evening Hang Out

Let’s not bury the lede. 🎆I completed my October 2020 Challenge 🎆. It was a moderate challenge for myself, pretty much exactly what I was looking for. This article discusses the October 2020 Challenge and how I’m adjusting and adding to these habits for a November 2020 Challenge.

Here’s what my tracker ended up looking like:

Google Sheets of my October 2020 Challenge Habit Tracker

Let’s go through each habit/goal briefly.

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October 2020 Challenge

Saturday October 3, 2020 // Afternoon Nap

Anyone in my inner circle or who has been following my online writings for a long time knows I’m deeply into habits and routines. Long before James Clear rose to his popularity, I was habit stacking and habit tracking. Not trying to tout myself as some guru or anything. I’m most certainly not. I just want to set the stage for anyone new to me.

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