Casey’s First Week – A Retrospective

We’ve been home from the hospital since Monday afternoon, and are slowly finding our day-to-day groove. It’s challenging, but not as difficult as I built it up to be in the months/weeks leading up to Casey’s birth. I’m happy to report that despite a bit of jaundice that we’ve been told should clear up in …

May the Fourth Be With You

Those closest to me during the ride up to this fatherhood thing know how much I was hoping that I’d forever be able to say “May the 4th Be With You” to my kid on his birthday. Well, the geek-fates have smiled on me and yesterday at 12:50pm my son was born. The emotional amazingness …

Act For Mums – a request for signatures

I’ve been getting e-mails from ONE.org for several years now, and whereas many of their actions tend to be too US-centric to allow me much participation, their most recent campaign to hit my inbox touched home on a couple of levels. Subject: The perfect Mother’s Day present If you’re anything like me, you’re thinking about …

Suzhou’s Mr. Softee mentioned in NYT

Just ran across this New York Times article about Mr. Softee in China and wanted to throw a shout out to my friend Turner. Here’s a bit of an excerpt, but definitely go read the full article: It happened almost by accident. An American working as an English teacher was walking around the streets of …

Belly Photos

Yesterday was Qīngmíng Jié (清明节) here in China, better known in English circles as “Tomb Sweeping Day”, and while I have no tombs to sweep in Suzhou, it was nice to use the holiday as an excuse to slack off for most of the day and not feel guilty about it. With the baby coming …

A great baby video

Only a few weeks left before the big day. One of the things I’m most looking forward to with being a new dad is that I get to take loads of baby photos and videos. It is, I feel, my right as a father to annoy friends, family, and thanks to this blog, complete strangers …

Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

Last year in a post entitled “I am an atheist“, I concretely outed myself as an atheist in an effort to put to (digital) paper feelings I’ve had for a long time about religion. It sparked a bit of discussion, and led to a few mentions of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. I always meant to …

Having a baby in China – some links

I’ve heard from a number of people that when you have a baby, you suddenly realize that everyone else is also having a baby. This has certainly been the case with me. From friends and family back home, to friends here in Suzhou, to friends out there in the blogsphere, everyone seems to be popping …

Redesigning Sinosplice

I meant to mention this sooner, but as is so often the case around here, I got caught up doing other things. Most people in the China blogsphere are well-aware of Sinosplice, a blog and Chinese learning resource by Shanghai-based expat John Pasden. Last week Sinosplice.com went live with a completely new design, and I’m …

CNYE in China Lite

Guò Nián Hǎo and welcome to the Year of the Tiger! A couple cups of strong coffee and I’ve recovered from my 5th Chinese New Year‘s Eve in China. Despite living in Suzhou-Singapore Industrial Park (SIP) last year as well, this was the first time we celebrated the holiday in this district. Normally I would …