This is what Shawn Morton would look like if he had been made of LEGO sMoRTy71.com -- the personal website of Shawn Morton
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Big announcement: Mei-li makes 5!
Got some big news in the Morton household. We've decided to add a 5th child to our family. No, this isn't a long lost love child from spring breaks of old. We've finally decided to adopt.

I say "finally" because Amy and I had planned to adopt back in 2007. We ended up getting pregnant with Maddox while we were going through the adoption classes, so things have been on hold for a couple of years.

Recently, Amy received an e-mail from an adoption agency about a little girl in China with special needs. She has a condition known as Arthrogryposis which affects the joints in her arms and legs. Arthrogryposis is treatable; however, she has not received any treatment for the disorder since she arrived at the orphanage as an infant.

Mei-li

Even with her disorder, she is able to walk and play and has a great personality. She also has a bit of a head start on learning to speak English.

We had never really considered an overseas adoption, but, after seeing "Lucy," (the American name they gave her at the orphanage) we felt compelled to make this happen.

We are just getting started on the paperwork, so it will still be close to 9 months before she can join our family. We are going to name her Mei-li (pronounced may-lee) which means "beautiful" in Chinese. We wanted her to have something that recognized her culture while fitting in with all of our other kids' M names :)

We can't wait to have her here and to start getting her the medical care she needs.

Mei-li

Although they don't know her exact birthday, she is almost 3 years old. This will put her close to Maddox's age.

We'll be adding new photos to this set on Flickr as we get them.
Friday, October 23, 2009
My review of The Beatles: Rock Band on TechRepublic
Just a heads up that the review of The Beatles: Rock Band that I did for TechRepublic has been posted. Check it out and let me know what you think.

my review of The Beatles: Rock Band
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
American Advertising Federation October luncheon recap
I made the trip up to Cleveland yesterday morning to speak at the American Advertising Federation's October luncheon.

I was invited to co-present with David Alston, Radian6's VP of Marketing, so I jumped at the chance.

We had a good turnout (150+) and great interaction with the attendees before, during and after the event. We even had decent Twitter back channel conversations happening which is always a good sign. Also got to connect with our partners from Rosetta including Adam Cohen and Dean Skinner.

David did a great job of framing up the overall discussion and then allowing me to share what we've learned through our social media work on Twitter and Facebook at Nationwide.

Thanks again to Lisa, King and Dan at AAF-Cleveland for the invite and to all those who attended. It was a lot of fun.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
FFL 09 Week 4: FTW! 126, Woodlawn Woodchucks 79
When we look back on this fantasy football season, week 4 was when things all feel into place for the future Super Bowl champs (that's me, BTW).

I made a free agent pick up and switched some of my starters around. Now FTW! is a finely-tuned, football (and trash talkin') machine.

We lead the league this week with 125 total points. Had big games from Ben Roethlisberger (25 points), Steve Smith (25 points) and Pierre Thomas (18 points). Overall record improved to 3-1.

Next week, we face the 2-2 Big Times who have 3 starters on a bye. W00t!

About Shawn Morton

Married father of 6; VP of Social Media at JPMorgan Chase; gluten-free; gadget enthusiast; hair metal aficionado; #Movember man View more on LinkedIn.