December 12, 2005

Mia, A Tree and a Meme

Aside from the The Unbearable Cuteness of Mia - Holiday Edition Christmas card photo session, it was a quiet weekend. There was actual napping and overnight sleeping. Grandparents visited, Christmas shopping was done (I finished mine!) and we even managed to get a Christmas tree.

It shouldn't be any great surprise that I'm slightly incredibly anal about a few things - my music collection (alphabetized, by band then by year), my site (if something doesn't work, I get the shakes like a two-bit drunk looking for his next bottle of Boone's) and Christmas trees. Yes. I'm a little high-strung when it comes to Christmas trees. I hate the process of buying a tree. It's cold. You're in stiff competition for the perfect tree with every other asshat who decides to do the exact same thing. Like a parking spot at the mall, the pefect tree is a valuable commodity and people will do damn near anything to find it. The process this year, however, was painless. We bought the second tree we looked at and it is, I believe, the nicest tree we've ever had. Of course, having said that, it'll turn out to be infested with Nepalese Hissing Ticks or something equally terrifying. Tonight? I get to decorate the tree. Decorating is, perhaps, worse than finding the tree. It's the lights. I'm anal about the lights. Wish me luck.

Also this weekend, my ass got tagged. So, to round out this random Monday morning post, more randomness...

Seven things I hope to do before I die:
1) Write the Great American Novel (or at least, the Pretty Good American Novel)
2) Record an album, even a sucky one.
3) Be the greatest father I can to Mia.
4) Teach
5) Become independently wealthy.
6) Give most of the independent wealth away.
7) Live in Paris for a year.

Seven things I cannot do:
1) Vote Republican
2) Math. Anything beyond your standard elementary school math skillz.
3) Say no
4) Eat meat
5) Support the death penalty
6) Live without music
7) Floss everyday

Seven things that attract me to my spouse (significant other, best friend):
1) Smile
2) Sense of humor
3) Big giant brain
4) Hot smokin' ass
5) Insanity that parallels mine in almost every way.
6) Acceptance. I do some strange shit (like last night when I was dancing around the kitchen for no apparent reason) and she just nods (and, in the example of the kitchen dancing, informs me that that's how I usually hurt myself, which is the truth - there have been some painful kitchen-dancing accidents in the past).
7) She is without doubt an incredible mom. The best ever.

Seven things I say often:
1) Fuck!
2) Indeed
3) Dude
4) Fuck!
5) I love you
6) Hey
7) Fuck!

Seven books or book series I love:
1) "The Sparrow" by Mary Doria Russel
2) "The Bridge" by Iain Banks (and anything by him, for that matter)
3) "Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card
4) "Shadow of the Wind" by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
5) "If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things" by Jon McGregor
6) The Hyperion series by Dan Simmons
7) The Prey series by John Sandford (cheap entertainment is, often, necessary)

Seven movies I could watch over and over again:
1) North By Northwest. Hitchcock's greatest!
2) Logan's Run. Yes, I know it's cheesy 70's science fiction but it captivated me as a kid and still does.
3) Three Amigos. I'll be the first to admit it's a stupid movie. But I love it. I can quote it and even do the Three Amigos salute. Shut up.
4) As strange as it might seem, I'm with Eulallia here - Harvey is one of the greatest movies ever made and it is totally timeless.
5) Any of the Sean Connery era James Bond flicks.
6) Spinal Tap. Without a doubt, the greatest fake documentary about stupid musicians ever made.
7) Philadelphia Story. Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart star in one of my all time favorite films that never gets old.

Seven people I want to join in this “Seven Sevens” meme:
I'm thinking of seven names. Concentrate and you'll know who. Or, if you feel like doing it, do it!

Posted by Chris at December 12, 2005 08:05 AM

You forgot "be careful."

Posted by: Mrs. Cactus at December 12, 2005 08:43 AM

Ender's Game's on my list too. I have never seen Harvey but I've got to.

Posted by: Kris at December 12, 2005 08:43 AM

"my music collection (alphabetized, by band then by year)"

ha, that made me think of rob gordon in high fidelity

Posted by: Denise at December 12, 2005 09:24 AM

Feel free to put me on that list of people to give the wealth to!

I didn't think it was possible but Mia just keeps getting cuter! (I'm sure you know that though)

Posted by: Jeff A at December 12, 2005 09:32 AM

"Nepalese Hissing Ticks"...that made my day!

Posted by: Theresa at December 12, 2005 10:24 AM

oh C.K. Dexter Haaaaveeen!!

Posted by: jodi at December 12, 2005 10:30 AM

Yep. With ya. My music is first according to genre, then alpha, then by year.

Posted by: Heather at December 12, 2005 10:30 AM

as a fellow spouter of the word, "Fuck!" (spouting loud and often, i might add) i have to warn you that someday soon, you may want to cut this out of your vocab. at least when around Mia. for example, i had to stop dropping the F-bomb when it became my son's second word... :)

Posted by: misi at December 12, 2005 11:15 AM

p.s. alphabetized, by band then year is the only way to do it.

Posted by: misi at December 12, 2005 11:17 AM

Musical suggestions- Imogen Heap

Posted by: stephanie at December 12, 2005 11:28 AM

Hey, you did it! You are so cool!

From one "Harvey" fan to another, the best quote from the movie: "My mother used to say to me... 'In this world, Elwood, you must be oh, so smart or oh, so pleasant.' For years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me."

Words to live by, folks.

Posted by: Eulallia at December 12, 2005 11:55 AM

Just FYI, but Mia is p/m my desktop at work now because EVERYONE MUST DIE FROM CUTENESS.

Posted by: Rhonda at December 12, 2005 12:11 PM

Happy randomness. We've decided to do the falsey tree from now on. I know, I know--we all love the real tree scent, but they have candles that smell that way, so problem solved!

Posted by: Ginny at December 12, 2005 12:11 PM

North by Northwest & the Philadelphia Story - we have such different tatses I was shocked that you love two of my loves.

Made my day with the Nepalese Hissing Ticks.

Luck! May the safety goddess guide you successfully through the holidays!

Posted by: That Girl at December 12, 2005 12:28 PM

Fine. I'll do the 7-7 meme later today. Gosh. Stop thinking about me already goddamn it. You're making my ear twitch...

Posted by: Oakley at December 12, 2005 12:38 PM

the only movie on your list I have even heard of before, is the three amigos.. funny movie for sure :)

Posted by: Soniclibra at December 12, 2005 01:36 PM

North By Northwest - yes, very much so. Also, Vertigo and Rear Window.

"Jefe, would you say I have a plethora of pinatas?"

"Great... you shot the invisible swordsman. It's like living with a six year old!"

And, you already know I sympathize with you on the tree.

Posted by: Mr. Big Dubya at December 12, 2005 01:51 PM

I HATE putting the lights on the Christmas tree. Ugh. Oh, and by the way, I loved The Three Amigos. I used to be able to do the salute too once upon a time, but I forgot how. *gasp*. Please don't judge me. ;)

Posted by: Colleen at December 12, 2005 03:07 PM

so with you on Harvey and The Philadelphia Story -- and as for The Three Amigos, for me it's The Jerk (go figure)

Posted by: Kathryn at December 12, 2005 03:49 PM

You wrap the lights around each and every branch, from the trunk out, right? And need a blood transfusion afterwards?

Our personal best was 7,500 lights. The whole neighborhood dimmed when we turned on our tree. We could see the insides of our eyelids. But it was beautiful.

Posted by: bhd at December 12, 2005 04:19 PM

Hahah, you're too cute.
I'm looking forward to seeing the pictures of the decorated tree :)

Posted by: ava at December 12, 2005 05:36 PM

I understand your anal-ness. I, too, and severely anal when it comes to picking out the tree, and decorating the tree. Decorating is a "Family" event; at least until the children are fast asleep and mommy spends the next six hours re-decorating the tree to make it look "just so". Yup. Good luck!

Posted by: Jade at December 12, 2005 08:59 PM

The fact that you can quote the Three Amigos and do the salute (to boot!) just rocks my socks off!!

Posted by: Brooke at December 12, 2005 09:16 PM

Loved Ender's Game. I also read his Seventh son series. Thought that was good too. I agree on the movies.

Posted by: Nina at December 12, 2005 10:30 PM

Boy, I skip a coupl'a days and there are like 6 posts... :) Like your list. Spinal Tap? I bow to the altar of Christopher Guest.

Posted by: Marilyn at December 14, 2005 08:43 PM

you must say fluff instead of the f-bomb

this fluffin' dress won't fit Mia anymore
my fluffin' boss is kicking my fluffin' butt
fluff off
fluff you
wanna fluff?

oh and for sh*t you say snow
and for ass you say alagator
try it.
we have four children who cuss like...well like happy old women on prozac.
Fluff this, you're snowin' me, I'm gonna kick your fluffin' snow eatin' alagator.

Posted by: speckledpup at December 15, 2005 04:30 PM