Tuesday, August 31, 2010


You might have noticed that I'm starting to live life a little differently. The Missus claims I'm having a mid-life crisis. This could very well be the case, seeing as men in my family rarely live past the age of 40. However, I just think it has to do with me realizing that I was NOT happy living the way I was living. 

Don't get me wrong, I have a pretty sweet life. Married to the woman of my dreams, good job, decent vehicles, food on the table, and even a Netflix account. 

But I started feeling a little TOO comfortable. 

So I started Tae Kwon Do. I fought for the first time in my life. I got on stage at a comedy club and gave open mic night a shot. I've started trying to push myself into doing things I wouldn't normally do. 

Sometime in the very near future, I'M GOING TO RIDE A BULL. 

However, there is one thing that The Missus and I have talked about doing for a long time, and now the time has finally come. You see, most of you know about our fertility issues and what not. If you don't, ask someone else, don't ask me, because I'm tired of answering questions. We went to a fertility doctor recently, and just for the bare minimum amount of treatment, (a $10 prescription) it would cost around $1000 a month. We just don't really have that kind of cheddar laying around, and if we did, I'd probably be eating it, because hey. It's CHEESE. 

So...drumroll please...

We're going to adopt a child. That's right, this big guy's going to be a dad. We got the paperwork from DHS all filled out and turned in, and right now we're just waiting to go from there. We have references lined up that will hopefully tell everyone how wonderful we are and how big my heart is, and hopefully not that the doctors call that big heart "enlarged." If The Missus gets knocked up afterwards, all you people who said, "Just adopt, you'll get pregnant," will get to say that you're right, and then you get to move in with us and be our housekeeper/babysitter. 

We're making life decisions at the Sloat house, and we're stepping outside of our comfort zone to do it. So I have a question for you. What are YOU doing to step outside of your comfort zone? I'm not suggesting that everyone go out and ride a bull or adopt a child. But what have you wanted to do for a long time but never had the guts to try? Why aren't you doing it? Just about everyone of us can fulfill a dream without being careless, so why won't you try? The payoff is amazing, and you might just find yourself looking at that boring life of yours with a new vim and vigor. 

And you better believe I'll blog about riding that bull. 

Oh. And the kid. 


  1. omg this is so exciting!!!!! what color are you gonna get?!?!

    just kidding. i know you're going to get a ginger and name it mandy. heh.

    i've always wanted to adopt a child. well, not NOW, but in the future when i'm ready to have kids. i think it's amazing. and i'm super freakin happy for you. if you want to write any mundane garbage for some extra cash to buy him/her a mini mechanical bull, you know who to call :)

    you guys will be awesome parents.

  2. That will be one lucky kid! Seriously to grow up in a funny house is a huge blessing if you ask me.

    I'm going to think on your question...hell I might even dedicate a post to it tomorrow...with a link...cause your awesome like that.

  3. Good luck! I hope everything works out well for you both.

    The thing that I had always wanted to do was play the bagpipes, but I started that a year and a half ago. It takes a long time to become proficient at it though, so it's still in the process, but I enjoy every minute.

  4. Travis that is AWESOME I am so excited for ya'll and for the lucky lil one that will soon bless your home.

  5. I rode a bull.

    Not all it's cracked up to be. Except your balls..they crack up pretty well.

    Also, feel free to adopt me. I'm getting kind of pissed at mom and this would show her I have options.

  6. Congrats on the adoption!
    That is fabulous!
    You will make a wonderful father! :)

    And also on that Tai Kwon do stuff. good luck!

  7. OMG Travis! I'm beyond excited for you and The Missus! You are going to be the most wonderful daddy ... I just know it! And though I don't "know" The Missus like I "know" you, I'm sure she is one hell of a woman and will likewise be one hell of a mom. Congratulations to you both!

    ... And it's a good thing you're brushing up on your Tae Kwon Do. You're really gonna need those throat chops now. :)

  8. Yeah!! Congrats, Travis :) Thank you so much for adopting a child in need of a loving family instead of pumping your wife full of gobs of fertility drugs just to have her turn into the next Octomom or something. You're doing a really fantastic thing.

    I've recently joined Big Brothers/Big Sisters, added myself to the National Marrow Registry and started a photography blog...something bit me in the ass, too.

    I kind of like it :)

  9. OMG!!! I'm very excited for you!!! That was our next step before we got pregnant! I'm very happy for you and can't wait to read all about Baby Sloat!!!

  10. That is the greatest thing ever, Travis. If everyone has mid-life crisis problems like you...then they are all super heroes. You rock!

  11. Congratulations to you and the Missus! This is exciting news and I'm thrilled!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The changes I'm making---writing for ME, for my BLOG. No more drama. Not engaging, not getting involved in it. My makeover was just the beginning. My writer is coming out. I'm going to a conference next month in Atlanta where I won't know a soul and I'm scared out of my mind, but I am hoping it will really help me grow and get on the writer-y road.

    keeping you and your sweet missus in my thoughts and prayers!

  12. OMGEEEEEE!!!! Travis, congrats congrats CONGRATS!!! I'm thrilled for you. Best of luck with this process. I know lots of people adopting, if you'd like to talk to/read the blogs of other folks taking that course. You'll make a great dad!

  13. Congrats T! That is amazing! You and The Missus are going to be GREAT parents!! Woot! So thrilled for you!

  14. I'm pursuing a job I love instead of a job I hate but know how to do. Interviews next week...wish me luck!

  15. Oh TRAV!! I loved you before but now I just want to smooch your cheeks!!! All four of 'em!! (Ok that was just for a laugh...don't get any ideas!) I am a huge advocate of adoption!! There are so many children in need of loving parents! I hope the process is smooth and painless for you!! Please let me know if I can help in any way!!

  16. Well, congrats - it couldn't happen to a nicer couple!

    I've noticed the change in you by your writing style. I like it!

    And you know what they say about grabbing the bull by the horns...in your case I see you grabbing the bull by his balls - you're gutsy that way! Good luck in all your new endeavors!


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