In the months before my son was born last year, I worried having two kids would reduce my time for creativity even more than one had. To combat what I felt was a loss of creativity, I decided to write a haiku every night. In my mind, it was Minimum Viable Creativity. Before we went from a family of three to a family of four, the haiku were about TV or food or the like, but when my son was born, he was the subject the first night, and the second, and before I knew it, the nightly haiku was now a nightly parenting haiku – or a haidad. It turns out the nightly parenting haiku is not only Minimum Viable Creativity, but also an opportunity to journal milestones every night without having to figure out what to say. Journaling is easier when it’s 17 syllables a day.
Here is the first year of haidad, all in one place. Some of these were originally posted with an accompanying picture, but, um, I took the pictures off for publication here.
This is my baby
Callum, born today at 2.
Mom and babe are good
How to care for a newborn.
Swaddle game rusty.
If you need a day
Bed in a pinch, you can use
A laundry basket.
Grace taught us that one
When we needed one for her,
But she fit better.
Only 3 days old
Already louder than his
Sister ever was.
Not even a week
And I’ve already gotten
His poop on my clothes.
This little dude has
Now woken up my daughter
Four times in three days.
I hope I never
Forget the faces this kid
Makes at six days old
We made it a week
The last seven days a blur
Time marked by diapers.
A once beloved
Toy jettisoned for something
New is heartbreaking.
My sleepy little
Boy is starting to wake up.
It’s gonna get late.
He gained weight back so
Fast, we don’t have to go back
For his two week check.
I asked, “Hey, bud, can
You stop kicking the seat?” “But
My feet want to dance.”
Zero degrees and
My nutso daughter wanted
To go to the park.
I’ve made Oreo-stuffed chocolate chip cookies before, but I’ve been getting so exhausted of having my stuffed cookies only be stuffed with one cookie. I took it to the next level by stuffing the Oreo with chocolate chip cookie dough before stuffing that into another chocolate chip cookie. By getting three cookies in one, I’ve finally achieved cookie Turducken status. I used Double Stuff Oreos because that’s what I had, but they’re a bit aggressive. Regular Oreos would be just fine in this situation. Here are the steps:
Step 1: Carefully separate the Oreo cookies leaving the filling intact.
Step 2: Flatten a small amount of cookie dough in your palm and put it on one side of the Oreo.
Step 3: Put Oreo back on, and wrap in cookie dough. You’ll need about 1.5 cookie’s worth of dough.
Step 4: Bake for about twelve and a half minutes depending on your altitude and cookie recipe. (So they say)
Step 5: Eat that thing.
I would have preferred there to be more delineation between the various cookies, but they taste pretty good. Next time I’ll probably try a little more cookie in the middle.
I’m very happy to announce Up Up Down Down: Side Projects That Give Us Extra Life, a mini conference-like event I’m putting together in a few weeks at Commonwealth Cambridge. I’ve been toying with the idea of putting together something like this for a year or two, so I’m excited it’s finally coming together. There are currently 3 speakers, Carolyn Sewell, Darius Kazemi, and Chris Piascik, but very shortly more will be announced. The idea of a day of talks dedicated to side projects appeals to me because everything I’ve got going on is a side project. The projects that make up the bulk of my income still feel like side projects because I’m (luckily) never stuck working on one thing too long. That’s how it feels anyway. A lot of the people I know have other stuff going on, and I was lucky enough to convince them to come talk to us.
Whiskey Rebellion is another event I’ve wanted to do for a long time. It’s a showcase of American brown spirits, mostly rye and bourbon, but also some American single malts. Whiskey Rebellion tickets went on sale today and sold out in a few hours, but the first 20 people who buy a ticket to Up Up Down Down will get a free ticket to Whiskey Rebellion, too. UUDD attendees will also get lunch and probably some snacks and/or beer. That’s still up in the air.
The UUDD name is a nod to the Konami code and the extra lives the code gets (got) you in Contra. And like most my events, I came up with the name before really having an idea for the format of the event. Thanks to Kevin, Garrett, Sarah, and even Richard, actually to pretty much anyone I talked in the last three months, for helping give shape to UUDD. Special thanks to Andrew Simone for the yeomen web design and to Chris Piascik for the logo.
Please let me know if you have any questions. It would be great if you came out!
One of the reasons I’ve been posting here less frequently is a little tiny baby, the other is the side projects and events I organize are happening more often and I’ve started doing them regularly in other cities. To that end, here are a few things coming out of my events that might make good gifts.
First up, shirts from the Bacon and Beer Festival. The onesie really is cute. There isn’t a ton of black baby clothes available.
Super Precious Art Gallery produces its fair share of food related art, but the shows lately have been really great. The latest, Punctuation and Grammar, is up right now at Bloc 11 Cafe in Union Square, Somerville, and there’s an opening party on Sunday with coffee and prints.
…And it’s driven me crazy. There aren’t any links in this post, but after several years of faithful link blogging, I’ve earned the right to talk about myself once in a while, haven’t I? On to the Fitbit. Because of our 5 month old, I operate at about 40-70% capacity depending on the day and how the night before went. This morning, I took the baby when she woke up early so my wife could sleep in. The baby is sleeping in our room at the moment, so when it was time for a morning nap, I got her ready and we took a nap on the couch. I checked my Fitbit before falling asleep to see how much walking and rocking the baby had taken to get sleepy, and while sleeping I have a vague memory of hearing the Fitbit falling on the ground.
When the fellas testing the fire alarm woke us up by testing the fire alarm, I reached my hand to the ground looking for the Fitbit. When I didn’t find it, I got on my hands and knees, and looked under the couch and the coffee table. Then looked in the cushions. Then looked in my clothes to make sure it wasn’t there. Then I got on my hands and knees, and looked under the couch and the coffee table. Then looked in the cushions. Then looked in my clothes to make sure it wasn’t there. Rinse. Repeat.
It’s gone. The only thing I can think happened is the Fitbit somehow fell off and became a cat toy. It’s not in any of the places the cat toys end up, though. I looked in each of those places about 6 times, and there are plenty of toys, but there are no Fitbits. I don’t think the cats ate it because A) They seem fine and B) The steps haven’t increased at all since it disappeared. I understand the inside of a cat is probably hostile territory to a Fitbit, but I’d expect it to register at least a few steps before it stopped working.
So that was this morning, and I haven’t been able to do anything all day. This is ridiculous. I’m trying to figure out how to put it to words, but basically, the missing Fitbit is occupying just enough of my brain I can’t focus on anything. There’s two parts to this. First, where the hell did it go? Imagine falling asleep with your keys, or your phone, or a quarter, or an orange, and then waking up and it’s gone. You looked everywhere, and it’s just completely gone. Second, after wearing a Fitbit for over a year, I’m used to tracking my steps. Pretty much any time I moved today, I had the nagging feeling of, “Hey, these steps aren’t being recorded. Do they event matter? They don’t matter. Just stop walking and take a seat.” Again, this is ridiculous, but that’s where my head has been all day. Thank you for letting me share.
I’m doing my first San Francisco event, the San Francisco Bacon and Beer Festival, on August 25th at the Fairmont SF. It feature 45+ restaurants and breweries with proceeds going to Sprouts Cooking Club. I’m pretty psyched for this, but I don’t really know anyone in the media out there, so we need a bit of help. Please tell anyone you know in the Bay Area, or you can invite them to the Facebook event page. Also very helpful is clicking the Like button.