Daniel Verastiqui

Conversations With Matador

Scene: Kitchen at sunrise. Smell of bread warming in the toaster. Rebecca Black’s “Friday” playing un-ironically on the Amazon Echo. A wubanub sails through the air and lands at the feet of Daniel (D)...

Walt, the Beaver’s doing math again…

We started with learning the numbers, then counting until we reached 100, and now, despite his mathematically challenged father, our little Matador can now do basic addition. It's wild for everyone involved...

Wassailing: Everyone’s a Critic

Day 962 of El Matador’s life. Yelled at my son today. He kept saying no every time I started to sing a Christmas carol. So I looked that boy in his beautiful innocent face and screamed, “I was born...

Category - Parenthood

All Things Considered

As some of you may know, my wife, Dominique, and I, had a son a couple of years ago. Recently, this son has begun throwing temper tantrums–throwing himself on the ground, flailing on his back, and screaming...

Tracking Well

For some reason, El Matador is really into trains, so this past weekend, we headed out to the Cedar Park Railroad to ride. It was a short 15 minute jaunt around the park and behind some houses. There were butterflies...

Morning Routine

From the day El Matador was born, Dom and I disagreed about how much routine he actually needed. Did he always have to get up at the same time? Did the naps have to be so rigidly scheduled? 19 months later, I can...

Baby Steps

I have become a FitBit. The most important thing in my life right now is counting the number of steps El Matador takes each day. Some days that number is two, or zero, or like the other day, seven. I can't express how...

The Dark Place

One of the things "they" don't tell you about parenthood is that at some point, you may feel like a prisoner in your own home. Your wonderful bundle of joy becomes a tether, and the outside world takes on a magical...

Naps of a Micro Nature

El Matador has begun taking micro-naps whenever the mood hits him. They only last 5 – 10 seconds before he’s up and at it again, but it’s still interesting to see him learning he can control his own...

What I’m Playing This Month

What I’m Playing This Month

Every so often, I see a post on Kotaku titled What are you playing this weekend? And I never answer because A) I don't comment on the Internet and B) the game I'm playing is one of sadness and unrequited desire. Please...

My 10 Greatest Achievements / Failures of 2017

My 10 Greatest Achievements / Failures of 2017

As each year comes to a close, it's important to look back on everything you've done in the last 365 days and tell yourself either good job or you suck. Because what is life without judgment, either internal or external...

Growing Up With Alexa – 6 months

Growing Up With Alexa – 6 months

El Matador has never known a house (or world) without Alexa. By the time he was born, Alexa was almost two years old, and in his first half-year of life, she has been a constant companion, assistant, and soothing voice...

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