Saturday, November 10, 2007

Seven + Seven

Sometimes you're just walking down the street minding your own business when POW! some dirty ninja jumps out from behind a dumpster and zings you with a damn ninja star. And then, as if you weren't already bleeding all over the pavement, another ninja swoops down from above an awning and pops you with yet another ninja star.

So it was that I got tagged not once, but twice for the same meme by two different people, Cami and Sybil. It's that seven things meme where I'm supposed to tell you seven random facts about myself, and seeing as how I get dosed twice, it appears that I have to come up with seven + seven things to share with you. Since I've been letting the old blog get cold with neglect, I'm going to cheat a little bit and use some of those seven + seven things for updates on the latest in the wide world of the Holmes.

1) For those of you who don't read my wife's blog, first of all, shame on you, and second of all, it looks very much like we will be moving in a couple of weeks. No, you didn't miss anything, our place has been off the market for a while now, but that didn't stop it from getting an offer. Here's hoping it all goes through.

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3) Speaking of which, I have to pat myself on the back just a wee tiny bit because I realized that this time around on the higher education trip, I'm taking the whole thing much more seriously. Part of it, of course, is that I'm paying for it myself, along with all the support I get from my wife in giving me time to go to class and do the work I need to do. Plus the fact that I feel pretty compelled to move towards this line of work. They say you get out of education what you put into it, and I have to confess, I slacked a lot on the putting in part when I was in college. I got decent grades, sure, but there's more I could have done. But I had a great time.

4) My son is crazy. Or rather, he's cwazy. No really, he'll tell you so himself. One of his latest things to inform us is "Henry cwazy! CWAAAZZY!" Then he'll run real fast, fall down, lift up his adorable little head, and say, "Cwaaazy! CWAAAAZY!"

5) I crave real true community, the kind where people know and care for each other. I'm still trying to figure out exactly what this means to me, and how to find it, but I sometimes feel really disconnected from my fellow earth dwellers.

6) The Catcher In The Rye was the first book to change my life.

7) Between getting sick a few weeks ago and the demands of school, I haven't done anything resembling exercise in about a month. My clothes still fit, so I can't complain too much, but I find that with decreased physical demands being placed on my body, I'm more susceptible to eating sweets, particularly donuts. I asked my friend Brandon about this, and he filled me in on the fact that as you lower your amount of exercise, your body actually starts to smell like a donut, leaving you more vulnerable when actual donuts are available. Who knew?

8) I mentioned my wife's Hollywood crush a while back, which prompted her to ask if had any such crushes, which made me realize I sorta don't. My only famous-person crush would have to be Liz Phair since she sings dirty songs about love and pain and is hot while doing so, though I don't think she counts as a celebrity since I've never seen her on Famecrawler.

9) My wife sometimes accuses me of being ghetto because I'll do things like eat a half-piece of toast that's been sitting on the counter for a few hours, but she's the one who wants to keep chickens in the back yard at our new place. Chickens. In the middle of the city. Now who's ghetto?

10) I don't know all that much about Scotch, but I know enough about it to know that if you want to buy me a bottle of liquor for a gift, a bottle of something single-malt would be well-received and shared.

11) I'll spend a lot of time thinking about trying to accept people as they are, faults and all, without judging or stereotyping or hating, and I'll think about how people are the way they are for a reason, and people each have their own strengths and weaknesses, and how even though somebody might do or think something that I absolutely loathe, I might very well be just like them had I walked in their shoes, and I'll get to thinking about all this stuff and get this warm fuzzy love the world vibe going, and then some jackass in a Beemer will cut me off or tailgate me and I'll instantly shove that person into the profile of someone I hate.

12) I made up a playlist of all my favorite heavy music to listen to when I'm by myself, but I find that on the rare occasion I am by myself, I rarely listen to it. Kids are loud enough.

13) As regular readers of this blog know, I started a masters program in counseling at a seminary last spring. As the first class day was approaching, I pulled out the pink sheet of paper with the schedule printed on it to get some piece of info, and realized that I had missed the first class day! Holy shit! Not how I wanted to start out my graduate career! Frantic, I looked up the professor's email address in the school directory and went to email him, though I don't recall what I was planning to say. But when I pulled up my email, there was a message from the director of my program stating that the first day of class had been cancelled due to the sudden death of the professor's mother. So you can imagine the series of emotions that hit me in the next split second. I started to blog about it back then, but just felt too, I don't know, too weird about it.

14) I dislike dancing, so don't ask.

I'm supposed to tag seven people now, but there's no way that's happening. I'll just tag Ashley since she needs a good taggin.


CamiKaos said...

I don't read her blog because I don't seem to recall you MENTIONING her blog previously. Dude. NOT COOL.

Jenn C. said...

Re #1: Good luck with the move!

Re #5: I hear ya. Let me know if you figure that one out.

Re #11: Jackasses drive all sorts of vehicles, mostly Hummers. I drive a BMW, because they're safe cars, engineered to avoid accidents and to keep one safe if there is an accident. I try not to tailgate or cut people off. Have I shown you the scar on my forehead where I cracked the windshield of my dad's Mustang with my head when I was a kid?

Bubblewench said...

Gotta love that post.. and I read your wife's blog before I even came over here.... so how's that for ya???

radioactive girl said...

When things like #13 happen to me, I feel all spooked and like sometimes things were just meant to be.

I love your list, and ALSO I had no idea your wife blogged, so I headed over there and I love her. No surprise, just letting you know.

Whit said...

Hey, I'll put Liz on FameCrawler as soon as she gets big and pregnant! Thanks for the link.

That's a weird story about your professor.

I had a professor tell me he was going to drop me from a class once, per my request. When I received my grades it showed that I had failed not withdrawn. I went back to talk to him and he had died shortly after our talk. Needless to say the grade stayed on my record.

I know it's not the same, but your story just made me think of it.

sybil law said...

Well done, well done. But that wasn't two ninjas, it was two hookers. Don't try and make everyone think you're all manly he-man-like, now!
1) Haven't clicked on any links, yet. But I plan to. Warn your wife! Haha
4) Takes after you, huh?
9) That is just funny - both things. Haha
11) I try to think all postive like, too. I try to think, "Well, who knows how their life's been, what happened to them today", etc, etc. But most people just suck, and aren't near as considerate, so I give up. Well, some days.
13) Freaky.
14) Good. I hate dancing, too.

Jeff said...

Holy cow you're all over the place here! Feeling a little skitzo today?

Life As I Know It said...

This was a great meme.
Good stuff.
Off to check out your wife's blog...

Keith said...

#2 - My son reads my blog and he's four.
#4 - I can relate. I'm a little cwazy myself.
#5 - See above.
#6 - Awesome story. I read it as an adult and I thought it was phenomenal.
#7 - I'm fat but it's not the time of the year where I can care.
#9 - Your wife is kind of ghetto, while you are just a guy.
#14 - I don't dance. And yes I'm black.