expanding on a couple popular concepts
"men should think with their brains"
"men should think with their brains"
This short film is really cool...look for a blond wig. I like the music too.
Thanks to all for the happy birthday and baby wishes.
We found out last week that Arabella may be pregnant with twins. The ultrasound image certainly looks that way, but confirmation will be made by listening for two heartbeats. The doctors are going to listen for them on Thursday of this week. As a male masculine man, I am ecstatic about the prospect of having twins. 2 for 1! Bonus baby!
My wife seemed a little less thrilled. She has described it as being "terrified." To me it looked like a case of catatonia complete with the blank stare and repetitive rocking movements. But hey she'll be fine! I'll help with the laundry, honey! Move along, nothing to see here.
It turns out that Arabella is very enamored of her flat tummy (I like it, too). She showed me a website with photos of womens' abdomens after having twins. It looks like some did very well and others got stretched a bit, but none -- I mean not one -- looked remotely as bad as Star Jones. There isn't much I can say to make Arabella feel better about the esthetic risks of pregnancy except that I will love her whatever happens. And whatever she wants to do about it -- including nothing -- is fine with me.
I have my own issues. I have appointed myself Chief, Infrastructure and Systems. My job description is to create a fixed and functional infrastructure that will make possible the efficient feeding, changing, laundering, and playtime activities of newborn infant(s). A goal will be to allow at least 5 minutes per day of "grow up person time" or as some people call it "sleep." I know, I know...fat chance.
Once must lead by example. I will start with "my office." Because it is next to our bedroom it will become "the nursery." It has a big metal file cabinet, a tall overstuffed book shelf, two desktop computers and two printers. There are many wires and cables. That means a lot of books and office stuff headed to the basement for storage which means constructing an enclosed storage area in the basement. This enclosed area will just happen to have enough room for a barcalounger and mini-fridge.
I like to imagine that a thousand years ago, somewhere in Europe, my male ancestor was busy gathering brush and sharpening his flint cutlery in preparation of the arrival of his first born. I hope he wasn't as nearsighted as me 'cause I don't think they had eye glasses yet.
Arabella had elective surgery today, a laparoscopy to explore her reproductive system and possibly correct problems they might find. Thankfully the surgery went well and she is home resting comfortably. She should be back to normal within a week. They found some moderate issues but nothing too serious. The doctor said she will be able to conceive and that is great news.
Knowing she was going to have surgery has been pretty stressful. If we were on one of her favorite shows -- 'Dr. 90210' -- before the surgery I would have said, "Arabella is having a laparoscopy today and I'm pretty nervous about the surgery." After the surgery, I would have said that "I'm glad the surgery went well and I think Arabella will feel better knowing that we can have children. I'm really happy." Here I will say, "I'm glad Arabella's home so she can watch The Golden Girls and eat Brooklyn Blackout Cake."
I was not enthusiastic about Arabella having this surgery. I like to let nature take its course. I am a very lucky man to have a wife so brave that she would have an operation just to see what is going on down in Cooterville. Arabella gets my loving vote for The Best Wife in the Universe, Ever.
One way you know life is going well is when you have sufficient resources to buy a refrigerator, not to preserve life-sustaining food, but to store wine. This past weekend we brought home a 32-bottle wine refrigerator. I wanted to maintain my reputation for being value-conscious by buying a Kenmore, but what clinched my choice was the fact that it received a best rating in a 2005 Consumer Reports review. We even went to Sears and brought it home ourselves to save the $80 delivery fee. I am a humble oenophile of the people.
From time to time I will be able to purchase a bottle of fine red wine, at a cost of $25 to $75, and put it aside for a special occasion knowing it will not be damaged by seasonal changes in temperature. I can also chill bottles of sparkling or white wine and save room in our primary refrigerator.
I have always wanted a hobby. Since I am a contemporary American adult, that usually means doing some research about a class of things you can buy, and then buying those things on a regular basis. The shopping and the buying is fulfilling in and of itself, of course. But it is the research that provides both the patina of hobbihood, and something to talk about with friends and family besides your job, your kids, or your dreary politics. Depending on what you choose as your hobby, and how and how often you choose to discuss it, they might actually be a little thankful.
I am now officially a "wine collector". How I love the sound of that. In pursuing my hobby I will continue my subscription to Wine Spectator magazine so I can get tips on great bottles of wine. Most importantly, I will go wine shopping on weekends, while on vacation, while casually strolling the streets of Manhattan on my lunch hour. The "challenge" will be to remember the names and attributes of the wines I purchase so I can tell people about them at social events. If they are fortunate, and if they politely listen when I talk about wine, I may invite them over to taste some of the wine. If they don't drink, or utter words suggesting that they consider an intellectual interest in a fermented grape beverage to be pretentious, I will instead tell them a very long and detailed story about my job and then perhaps segway into a exegesis about Congress, the Constitution, and the institutional aspects of pork barrel spending. This might inspire to them to taste several large glasses of Barolo or Cotes du Rhone and like it very much.