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Dressing Well for the World Wide Web

2012 was a monumental year for me, both personally and professionally. One of the things that was transformative for me was learning to dress well after several false starts. If you know me, you know I came from a world of rock tees and torn jeans. Like many guys, the transition to work wear was painful. I struggled with ill-fitting business casual, wore bad shoes and only got it right if I picked the wardrobe out with help from my wife. Jesse Thorn’s Put This On changed all of that for me in 2012.

I don’t remember when exactly I started watching and following Put This On. I devoured Season 1 and have been following Season 2 with great interest. I even bought a Savile Row suit on eBay and had it tailored for me! Quite a leap for a guy who used to wear a torn (and awesome) Sonic Youth “Sister” tee to the office on a routine basis.

Needless to say, the series changed the way I viewed menswear. The message that clothes are important never sank in until I started to see that you didn’t need to spend a fortune to present yourself in a manner that makes you stand out. Just knowing how shirts, pants and jackets should fit goes a long way toward looking better and project confidence. The best part? I already had lots of great pieces hanging in my closet! You may, too.

As my college buddy Tom told me once, “There’s no such thing as being overdressed; there’s only looking good.” It was great advice, and I’m sorry I waited so long to take it. Please take this advice: if you’re a guy who wants to improve his wardrobe and doesn’t know where to begin, please visit putthison.com, watch all the videos and read it every day. You’ll be glad you did.

I Went to the Gym

Not earth-shattering news by any stretch of the imagination, but for this dad, a major step toward getting back in shape after an arduous two-year hiatus.

Now that Charlie’s sleeping more normally, I’ve decided to hit the gym three times per week in the evenings. I’m not quite ready to give up the additional sleep that I just recovered, so I’ll hold off on waking up early to run for the time being.

Feels great to be back in the gym, even if I feel like a stranger there. I kept trying to remember my regimen from, um, sophomore year of college to no avail. If you have recommendations of a decent workout program, be in touch!

Charlie Turned Two!

What a wonderful party in the park! Feels like it was only yesterday that he turned one: the Buttercream cupcake truck; a professional photographer; tons of friends and family and a hot day on Lemon Hill for a very excited (and sleepy) one-year-old boy. Now he’s two and the changes are so dramatic it’s hard to keep up. He’s picking up more language every day, expressing himself more verbally than physically, which is a relief for all persons in his vicinity, especially house pets.

It was so great to see Mark and Erin out with Elena at almost two weeks and to see Armando and Rebecca with Lily when they were just hours from being parents again. Welcome Rio! Charlie was thrilled as ever to see his aunt Eileen and her puppy Jax as well as his “Damma” and Grandpa, not to mention my mom, who managed not to get too lost in Strawberry Mansion before finding us on Lemon Hill. GPS is a wonder except in some urban environments apparently.

It was so nice to encamp on Lemon Hill for a lovely June afternoon spent with friends and family and food. Bittersweet that we say goodbye yet again to our friends Tony and Katie as they embark on a cross-country trip to Seattle for a few years. Can’t wait to visit! I’ve seen a few episodes of “The Killing” so I just know it’s going to be a beautiful place to live and work.

We’ve managed to survive two years of very little sleep to raise a beautiful little boy and I can honestly say I’ve loved every minute, even when I’m awake at 4 am watching reruns of “Golden Girls” on the couch.

We’re Updating Our Kitchen

If you’re a homeowner, then you know how hard it can be to work on the projects you want to versus those you have to. We’ve been talking about making changes in our kitchen since before Charlie arrived. Now the time has come!

It’s hard to tell in this picture, but it’s something of a big, dumb space. It’s a long, wide rectangle with all the cabinets on one side and an open shelf from Ikea on the other. Not ideal.

So we’re working with our friends Chad and Nic at Postgreen to update it elegantly and affordably. I’ll post regular updates on the project, along with tips on how to survive a kitchen remodel without spending a month at restaurants. Get ready for some guerilla recipes out of crockpot, rotisserie and rice cookers, people!

Charlie After Ear Tubes

Charlie got ear tubes last week to help solve his chronic ear infections. Turns out what everyone says is true: his speech improved immediately and he’s much happier now that his ears don’t hurt. What a relief!

Now if he’d sleep past 4:30 in the morning we’d be on Easy Street.