Seven things

I’m picking up this meme from Marriages
. I don’t do memes very often,
but it’s been a really long time since my last post and I can’t think of anything
to write. Anyway, here are my answers to the Seven Sevens meme:

Seven Things I Want To Do Before I Die

  1. Play with my grandchildren.
  2. Meet an angel.
  3. Publish a book.
  4. Visit Malaysia and all my Malaysian friends I’ve yet to meet.
  5. See the northern lights.
  6. Provide my family with a house and a yard.
  7. Coin a word that makes it into the dictionary.

Seven Things I Cannot Do

  1. Dance.
  2. Laugh at lame jokes.
  3. Touch my nose with my tongue.
  4. Take Keanu Reeves seriously.
  5. Watch a daytime soap opera.
  6. Enjoy going to the laundromat.
  7. Throw away a Bible.

Seven Things That Attract Me To My Wife

How ’bout a hundred?

Seven Things I Say Most Often

  1. "Hey."
  2. "I love you."
  3. (to Mrs. Happy) "You’re so beautiful."
  4. (about Tater) "He’s so amazing!"
  5. "Dangit."
  6. "I can’t find my shoes."
  7. "I need a catchphrase, or at least a watchcry."

Seven Books, Or Series, That I Love

  1. The Chronicles of Narnia (I have some reservations about the movie from
    what I’ve seen of the previews. I’ll be upset if it strays too far from the
    original intent of the books.)
  2. The Winnie-the-Pooh books
    (Not the Disney cartoons. Disney deserves some sort of eternal punishment
    for those cartoons. See
    for more info.)
  3. Madeleine L’Engle’s Time quartet
  4. The
    Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  5. All Creatures Great and Small and other books by James Herriot
  6. Pretty much anything by Dean Koontz, but especiallyOdd
  7. Imagine: A Vision for Christians in the Arts by Steve Turner

Seven Movies I Would Watch Over and Over Again (and have)

  1. The Princess Bride
  2. The Muppet Movie
  3. The Shawshank Redemption
  4. Raising Arizona
  5. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  6. Serenity (actually, I’ve only seen this once, but it’s going into my DVD
    collection when it comes out)
  7. This is Spinal Tap

Seven Things I Often Wonder…

  1. Who are all these people and why are they making such an effort to get
    in my way?
  2. Why is living on Long Island so expensive?
  3. Is my baby really the cutest ever, or is that just my biased opinion?
  4. What’s going to happen here?
  5. Does God’s omnipotence preclude humans’ free will or make it possible?
  6. How did this crap make it onto the radio?
  7. What will my baby be like in 5, 10, 15, 20…years?

Modest dreams

I don’t want much for Christmas. I just want a house. I just want a house
that has a dishwasher so
that I don’t have to do it by hand anymore. I know that people in the past—and
in some places
even today—have had to do without running water, so maybe I shouldn’t complain.
I just hate when a chore takes me away from the precious few hours (when I’m
fortunate enough to have a temp job)
I could be spending with my wife and child. I’d also like for my house to have
a washing
machine and dryer
. Going to the laundromat takes me so far away from
Mrs. Happy and Tater that I can’t even call to my wife in the living room or
hear my baby cry.

I’d also like my house to have a TiVo so
that I can watch specific TV shows during my son’s naps. I hate when I’m watching Law
& Order
look down into his deep blue eyes as I’m feeding him. Crime shows feature such
depravity that I fear I’m corrupting his sweet innocence just by letting them
play. I wouldn’t feel so guilty if he were asleep. Yes, I do have
a VCR and yes, I do use it so that I, as an adult, can watch entertainment
intended for adults while my child sleeps. It’s just that TiVo is so much cooler.

Furthermore, I want a house where I can set up my
in a more accessible
area than the attic. If I had that, I wouldn’t have to effectively sequester
myself just to blog. I also want to have a house where
I can
up an area for table
. Mrs. Happy
if we
a table
our own, I’m afraid Tater may never learn the game.

I am thankful for my small rented apartment with hot running water and a VCR,
but I wouldn’t say no to a 50-inch
plasma TV