Lindsay is FINALLY showing some signs of being pregnant!!! What sign was that last night? Dinner time. For the first time since I’ve known Lindsay, Chick-fil-a didn’t sound good! What in the world is that baby doing?! :P Nothing wrong with Chick-fil-a, of course… not much sounded good. The only thing that sounded good? Chinese food. Being a big lover of Chinese food, I happily obliged.
Also, we watched the Godfather last night for the first time. We had never seen it. People always gasp about that, but there’s a few classics I’ve never seen. Can’t think of a ton off the top of my head, but I haven’t ever seen Top Gun, for example, either :)
What did I think about the movie? Well, I’ve heard from many people that it’s the best movie ever. I’ve heard from Peter Griffin (Family Guy) that “it insists upon itself.” I actually really enjoyed it — but definitely have a lot of movies I can think of that I like quite a bit more. To be fair, I’m told that the second Godfather is even better. We’re both excited to watch it soon :)
Someone on my formspring account asked me the age old “if you could meet anyone, who would it be?” That got me thinking about the question as a whole. Really, this is a great way to find out about a person. Anyways, it was just too hard to figure out one person, so I figured I’d blog about and make it ten people — and I’d make it “who would you be friends with?” instead of just meeting them. You can cheat like that when you run your own blog :)
1. C.S. Lewis. This guy absolutely blows me away. He probably gave me my most definitive answers when I was doing heavy soul searching in my early adult years.
“A man who is eating or lying with his wife or preparing to go to sleep in humility, thankfulness and temperance, is, by Christian standards, in an infinitely higher state than one who is listening to Bach or reading Plato in a state of pride.”
“Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.”
“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.”
I’m definitely challenged as a human being by the writings of C.S. Lewis.
2. Matt Stone and Trey Parker. They almost entirely sum up my feelings on politics and pop culture. They seem to lean conservative — but basically find a bunch of nonsense all over the political spectrum. They also have a total lack of respect (or, to be more accurate, an appropriate amount of respect) for celebrities — particularly the self-righteous ones. They took on nearly every politically active celeb in Team America: World Police (that movie is amazing for that, if nothing else). And they aren’t typically offensive just to be offensive. There’s usually a pretty well thought out message to everything they do. Love these two.
3. Barak Obama. I think he’d be a really cool guy to hang out with. During the campaign, I personally loved how much he spoke of America being the only place his story was even possible. I remember hearing his speech at the DNC during the Bush/Kerry elections — I was talking with my older brother and we both said something like “nice to meet you Mr. ‘I should be the next democratic nominee‘…” I also love that he has no problem candidly saying things like “Kanye West is a jackass…” I bet he’s even cooler when the cameras are off.
4. George Bush. No lie. Not even a little bit. And it isn’t so I could punch him, or something stupid like that :P Considering that the world is smaller than ever now, I think it’s reasonable to say that he’s the most hated man in human history. Sure, he may have done things you disagree with, but that’s very different from actually being evil. Since there are WAY worse people in this world deserving of the title of most hated person (Stalin, Hitler, Kim Jong Il, Mao, Chavez, Castro, Bin Laden just to name a few), I think that he is wrongfully the most hated man — by a long shot. That makes me like him more. I’d love to hang out with him and see what that’s like.
5. Frank Black. So much music wouldn’t exist the way it does without this man. Nirvana, Modest Mouse, Radiohead, and (obviously) the Pixies. Not only is his music incredible, he also doesn’t annoy the living daylights out of me when I read his interviews like so many other musicians do. I think he’s the most talented songwriter in history.
6. Jesus Christ. Cliche, I know… but honestly, who wouldn’t want to sit down with the man who might be God? I mean, the entire way we date our history is built around him! Imagine all that I could find out for myself. Was he God? Was he just a crazy guy who claimed to be God like the bum down the street? Was he a liar who wanted followers? Or was he just a normal guy who never said any of the stuff people say he said?
7. Ricky Gervais. The guy created the Office — an incredible peak into self-deception. I love the American version, but if you’ve never seen the original, you’re definitely missing out. It’s just amazing. I personally grew as a human watching it — wondering “what do I do that everyone else is aware of but me?” Then he goes on to create Extras. Possibly my favorite TV series of all time. Both, if you’ve never seen them, are totally worth the purchase for the box series (both two seasons, six episodes a season, and a two hour special). To top it all off? He seems like he has an awesome understanding of fame — much like the South Park guys. He harped on everything celebrity at the Golden Globes this year (that he hosted) — and I loved it :)
8. Johnny Cash. Been a fan all my life. Became a very serious fan about ten years ago. My brother-in-law used to manage Shooter Jennings (Waylon’s son) and I couldn’t care less about him (nothing against him, but just don’t care about him, that’s all) — but when talking with him, all I could think was that this guy probably sat on Johnny Cash’s lap as a kid. Probably had a Thanksgiving dinner with him. Man, I was jealous!
9. My grandfather. My dad’s father died before I was born. I know very little about him — other than he was born at the turn of the century and, going off of my dad’s childhood, he must have had a very interesting upbringing. I’d be very interested to sit and talk about a ton of things with him.
10. Christopher Hitchens. Hands down my favorite atheist to listen to. He’s all over the place with things he believes (and therefore is loved and hated by those on both the right and left — depending on the issue). I’ve driven a few hours and waited in long lines to see him debate the existence of God (against Dr. William Lane Craig). He’s just got something about him that I love. He’s kind of a bully/brat — but I so enjoy it. Just watch him on Real Time with Bill Maher when he bullies the crowd on how only stupid people laugh at “Bush is an idiot” jokes (video below). The best is when he’s on news shows that have a timeline to keep to. No one can shut the guy up — and it’s almost as if people are afraid to talk over him. He’s about as sharp and quick as a human gets. He’d be fun to hang out with, for sure.
This video has cursing. Don’t watch if that sort of thing offends you ;)
Would love to know who you’d be friends with if you could choose anyone. Doesn’t have to be ten people if you can’t think of that many…
I’ve always been fascinated with passing out. Time going on without any realization on your own part. Same goes for being gassed at the hospital. I, up until yesterday, had never experienced either. Here’s what happened…
I got the flu pretty bad on Monday. Annoying, but I was riding the high of seeing our babies heartbeat — so, like in the Count of Monte Cristo, I told the flu to do its worst :P And then I woke up yesterday morning. Man, it sure did its worst! I felt terrible. I tried sleeping in to get more rest, but I was pretty wide awake around 6am. I found the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon online and watched a few of those while I went in and out of sleep (haven’t seen those in years!). Around 10am, I started feeling like going and sitting in a hot shower would help.
We have an amazing water heater. I love it. I’m not a very wasteful guy — We have MAYBE two lightbulbs on at a time in our house, no AC, no heater — but I definitely take advantage of hot water. Especially when I’m sick. I sat in that shower from about 10am to 12 noon! I figured it was about time to stand up and get on with my day. Right when I stand up, I get light headed and a little woozy. That’s when I forget what happened.
Lindsay was sitting on the couch. She heard what she said was a very loud crash. She said the dogs both sat up immediately and were pretty alarmed :) So she goes to the bathroom where I am. She tries to open the door. It’s stuck. She can see in through the inch crack that is open. She sees my legs still in the shower, but she can’t see my body. I guess I passed out, fell out of the shower, basically blocked the door, and now Lindsay is trying to get me to wake up without being able to come in the bathroom.
Coming to was so interesting. Right when I came to I had no idea where I was. I’m just thinking “where the heck am I?” The shower curtain didn’t fall down — it’s just over me. I start to realize that the shower is running and it’s hitting my legs. “Oh yeah,” I thought. “I’m taking a shower.” I’m still really confused — I can’t tell if Lindsay is knocking on the door or if the door is actually hitting my back (the door was hitting my back every time Lindsay tried to open it). I think, “I’m in the shower… why is she knocking? She knows she can come in the bathroom.” :P Then I start feeling more things. The main thing I felt was the floor rug in front of the shower. I was laying on it. I was also getting really cold — as only my legs were feeling warm water. I’m starting to get it now. I think I said something to Lindsay by this time — but I don’t remember what I said if I said something. I literally just army crawl a couple feet and sort of pass out again. Not fully pass out — I was totally conscious. I just don’t remember much. Lindsay covers me in a couple towels (I was FREEZING as I just had this cold, abrupt stop to this relaxing, hot shower :). Over ten or twenty minutes, I start coming to — eventually able to stand up and make it to the couch. I was there for most of the remainder of the day.
I’ve always wanted to experience something like this! I mean, from what Lindsay said, I fell REALLY hard (or at least really loudly). I literally remember feeling lightheaded, then comfortable. And that’s it. I got a cut on the back of my arm, clearly fell like a sack of sugar, but I didn’t feel a thing! So fascinating. Obviously, I’m thankful that I didn’t hurt myself when I fell — and now that I’m fine (I’m still pretty flu sick), it’s so interesting to look back on. I’m trying SOOO hard to remember what happened in between the standing and being on the ground — but nothing is there. So interesting…
Anyways, that was my day yesterday :) Don’t worry. I’m totally fine — and almost glad I finally got to feel what something like this is like :)
We walk the dogs past the local high school everyday. But this day the whole school fields were empty! The dogs had a blast :)
We just got back from our first ultrasound. Wow. The thing I love about expecting a baby is that it just keeps building up and up. I’m nowhere near the realization of “I’m a daddy!” yet — it’s still hitting me — but days like this really continue the feeling that it’s happening soon.
I’ve never been one to force emotions — I don’t mind if it takes me a while to feel attached to my child, for example. I’ll let these things progress naturally. But I’m just so excited that all this is still happening! Every once in a while it feels like we’re hoping for this to happen. As if we’re currently trying to get pregnant… sort of like if you got a big break for a job you want — and now you’ve cut to the front of the line in the interview process. You feel so excited that you’re that much closer — but you don’t feel like the job is yours yet. I’ll go through stages like that. Almost as if we’re still waiting to find out for sure that we’re pregnant :P
Anyways, the ultrasound. This little baby is like the size of a bean! Even though there weren’t a ton of physical traits we could make out (like hands, feet, mouth, etc.), the one thing that hit us was seeing the heartbeat. Lindsay shed some tears of joy — I was just speechless. If you see Lindsay, she’s just a normal girl. She doesn’t really feel anything different. This makes it so easy to forget she’s pregnant. Seeing our little baby’s heart beating was such an awesome reminder that no one is playing a joke on us — this is the real thing. It really was a great day for us.
Is it twins??? Lindsay apparently has twins all over her family history. And I guess the older you get, the more likely twins become if you’re already genetically inclined to having twins. I would welcome twins with loving arms if we had/have them — don’t get me wrong. But let’s just say I’ll be thrilled relieved if it’s just one baby. Remember, as excited as we are about having a baby, we weren’t planning for one! So if we ended up with two when we weren’t even trying for one?! Needless to say, I rushed to my first question — “Is it to early to tell if there are or aren’t twins???” After looking around — no twins!!! Woohoo!!! Again, if it ends up there are twins and we just couldn’t see the other one hiding, we’ll love the living daylights out of the two of them — even if my wallet doesn’t :P
We also found out that our due date is October 12 and that the baby isn’t as far along as we thought (7 weeks on Wednesday of this week). Anyways, we are soooooooooooooooo freaking excited to watch this baby grow inside of Lindsay, constantly talk about baby names, go back and forth between if it’ll be a boy or a girl… we’re just enjoying the whole process :)
Lindsay getting jellied — about to lose her ultrasoundinity.
So for the last couple weeks, Lindsay and I have been forcing ourselves to wind down and have some chill time in the evenings. With having a baby on the way, we definitely want to take advantage of the last few months of “no responsibility” left :P
Anyways, we’ve had several nights where we try and try and try to think of a good movie to watch — only to come up with nothing! So I figured it’d be AWESOME to make a “you have to see this” movie list. The only thing? I need your help! Here’s how this could work.
Tell me a few of your favorite movies. One, two, ten… however many you like.
Tell me a few movies that you think most probably haven’t seen that you enjoyed.
Feel free to bookmark this post for later when you can’t think of a movie to watch :) I’ll start (in no particular order — and these aren’t a real “top ten” — just off the top of my head).
1. Reign over me
2. Black Snake Moan
3. Pan’s Labyrinth
4. The Orphanage
5. Team America: World Police
6. Man on the Moon
7. The Cable Guy
10. Kill Bill (both)
11. Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels
So let’s hear yours! Just some of your favorites, ones you like that you think I might have missed, or classics that I’ve probably seen — just forgot about.