Okay, I’ll admit it. I have a beautiful family. My son, Harold, is a really happy guy (except at night when he screams because he can’t figure out how to get back down again.
My daughter, Violette, is a rockstar. She is 4 and change, and really loves anything to do with moving fast, thinking fast, and coming up with funny things to say. In this picture, we’re at a park in Newburyport, and she’s really taking a quick break before climbing that tree in the backround again.
The #1 thing people asked me when they heard I had a new job that involved travel was: “Does your wife know?” I laughed a thousand times over that. “No, she thinks I went out for bread and got lost.” Katrina and I are trying to manage it such that I have two trips a month, and I’ve told her that whenever I travel when I should be home, I’ll stay home the day I get back, to let her catch up. Sure, there’ll be exceptions, but overall, it will work out.
When I’m not making movies or talking about new media or flying around meeting videobloggers, I’m hanging out with this really cool bunch. Katrina and I like to tease each other and tell really weird jokes. Harold and I play games involving him standing up by grabbing hold of my shirt (and I like biting him). Violette and I do a million things, from going on walks to drawing together to doing “fight games.”
When I’m home, I really like to relax with my family, sprawl out on the couch with the kids and watch Curious George or something, and I love just talking with Katrina late at night. Oh… she and I watch Ze Frank and G4’s The Daily Nut together. We like to store up four or five episodes and really watch them. We are big fans of Battlestar Galactica, but we haven’t seen the end of last season, and unless I blow a few bucks on iTunes, I won’t see this gripping opener I’m told about for some time.
Violette has a few food allergies, so it’s a trick to find things that are good for her and that she can eat without feeling the effects. Harold, on the other hand, eats everything. Dirt. Small rocks. I tend to eat a lot of Chinese take-out when Kat’s not in the mood to cook, but I shoot for the healthiest of the not-so-entirely-healthy. My favorite food, for the record, is leftovers.
What do I do with my own free time? Lately, I grab my iPod and I go for walks. Im’ trying to get back into a habit of fitness, and walks right now are about all I’m guaranteeing anyone. I used to read all the time, just endlessly. I haven’t been making time for that, because I’m doing more and more media editing and creation. But whatever. I’m reading a few things and enjoying myself.
So there it is, a portrait of life with my family when I’m not doing new media superhero rockstar work. It’s my secret identity, and it’s what makes the other stuff all worth it.