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May 1st, 2007
08:59 pm


It may sound like I’m making this up…
File under true, but hard to believe.

So my wife and I went to the Obstetrician last week for her monthly check-up. Part of this was another ultrasound, so that the doctor could check on the baby and we could see the baby. The doc takes some measurements (the ultrasound device is an incredibly cool one. It is one of those medical devices that would be neat, but completely useless to own. Unless of course I felt the driving urge to look at my kidneys) and then proceeded to “pose” the baby so we could see it. When she positioned the baby in order to check and see what gender the child is, the baby pressed its butt up against the uterine wall, stuffed the umbilical cord between its legs and to complete the effect, crossed its legs, making it for all intents and purposes, impossible to find out the sex of the baby.

This in and of itself, is not too unusual. But as is often the case with my life, there’s a twist. The doc then gets a view of the baby’s face. The baby is curled up with its hands near its face and its legs (still crossed, just to make sure we nosy people outside don’t go peeking). As the face comes into focus we see the brow, then the nose, then the mouth. The mouth, which just happens to be smiling. Or more accurately, smirking. And what is the little left hand doing at this point? Waving.

So we know that the baby is healthy, has long legs and my sense of humor.

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April 6th, 2007
05:13 pm


Things have been going fairly well. At work I’ve been busy, but not too terribly overwhelmed. The website that I’ve been working/writing for as a hobby seems to be taking off.

And best of all I have both seen and felt the baby kick!

For those of you keeping track at home its 117 days (give or take) until the baby arrives.

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February 22nd, 2007
05:40 pm


This should surprise no one
Your results:
You are The Joker
The Joker
Dr. Doom
Lex Luthor
Mr. Freeze
Dark Phoenix
Green Goblin
Poison Ivy
The Clown Prince of Crime. You are a brilliant mastermind but are criminally insane. You love to joke around while accomplishing the task at hand.

Click here to take the "Which Super Villain am I?" quiz...

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February 20th, 2007
09:37 pm


An Obituary for a hamster
Hamster Sam Loomis was found unconscious in his cage at 9:16 am on Monday Feb. 19th. The hamster was last seen excitedly running in its wheel the night prior. Born in 2005 the hamster was a resident of PetCo until purchased and moved to a suburban home in Woodridge.

An avid foodie Sam enjoyed corn, flour tortillas, sugar snap peas and carrots. Known for a hyper demeanor and a slow wit Sam was the hamster for which Squeaky Hamster Productions was named. He is survived by Kate (gerbil) and Julie (dwarf hamster).

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February 17th, 2007
10:56 am


Older and almost acting like an adult
Well, yesterday marked the 262,944th hour since I was born. And friends gathered, cards were given, cake was eaten and various online greetings were received (a big thanks to all those well wishers who sent well wished well wishes).

Looking back I've noticed that I could very easily pass for a responsible adult; baby on the way, responsible job, nice car, nice house in the 'burbs, and now I have the age to match.

Of course the fact that most of the evening's festivities centered on playing with play-dough might fly in the face of that.

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February 1st, 2007
06:19 pm


Bdar has sent an interview
An interview Meme that is.

You know the rules, someone requests an interview, they are sent five questions tailored to what is known about that person, the person answers, hilarity ensues.

Here are Bdar's intelligent questions and my rambling responses.

1) Describe your relationship with your unusual name--were you pretty much always satisfied with it, or did you ever have days where you considered changing it or trying to get a nickname stuck on your person instead?

Well, as a child I thought nothing of it. I had met a few other kids with unusual names according to the typical middle American. But after a while of moving around I noticed that I was *always* the only one with my name, and there were usually twelve Mikes and fourteen Jennys. At this point the name became something of a badge of honor, and for my classmates short hand for something odd. During early High School there was a brief time when I toyed with the idea of switching to a nick name, but really by then the damage had been done. And at the time it gave me something of a “stage name” (even though I spent little actual time on any stage).

As I went into college, the name helped me stand out in the crowd a bit and I have to admit I’ve grown somewhat protective of it. I am a bit disappointed that I can no longer honestly say that I’m the only person that I know of on the planet with my name. But I wish the other person (to my knowledge there are only two of us) the best of luck with it.

And as my wife says, no other name seems to fit right.

2) Name up to three things you never ever need/want to see in a horror movie again, no matter how well-executed.

We’ll start with the easy one; The title graphic “Directed by Eli Roth.” My distaste for his movie Cabin Fever is well documented, as is my rather bland reaction to his follow up Hostel. The guy’s movies seem to have great trailers, but all that says to me is that there is really only two and a half minutes of good footage in what he shoots.

Aside from that, I’m think the long dark hair on the pale ghostly girl has been played out. I’d like to see some ghosts with more creativity to the design. Maybe the Queer Eye people can do something for these aesthetically challenged spirits.

Aside from those two I’m open to seeing the clichés played again and again. There’s always the chance that they might improve on what we’ve seen again. Then again, maybe not.

3) So...you're about to become a father. (Congratulations on that, by the way; I don't think I ever got around to saying as such before now.) What knowledge do you most wish to impart to your son or daughter that you hope they too would pass on to their own children someday?

Thanks for the congrats.

As for the knowledge that I’d want to pass along, I’d say I most want my child to know that if they are curious about something the information about it is out there somewhere. So I basically would want to instill a sense of determined curiosity in them, so if they come across a topic that they want to know about, that they know that they can find out more if they put in the leg work. And just as important, that my wife and I aren’t the only possible source of information.

4) Through the miracle of time travel, you're able to spend a year observing the work of any entertainer you choose, in the prime of their career. Who do you observe, and why? (Note: Only pick one--if you go for the Marx Brothers, specify only one of them.)

Frank Zappa. No doubt about it. The reason being the man influenced so much of American music and had an interesting life beyond music (political activism and he was a generally funny guy).

The tough part would be deciding what year was his peak.

5) Did you have any preconceived notions about married life going in that were dispelled within the first 12 months? If so, what were they?

The only preconceived notion that I had was that there would be some sort of radical change in the relationship between my wife and I. And aside from moving to a new place (the second time she did so, the 27th time I did) the relationship stayed the same. Most of the major changes had more to do with buying our first house, or cars, or changing jobs, on like that. But the actual relationship was pretty stable by the time we married. Of course we had been dating for six years at that point, so that might have something to do with it.

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January 26th, 2007
06:19 pm


Well, the word is in from the insurance company, my trusty faithful car of six years is totalled.

On the bright side, we were going to be looking into a new car since we have a little one on the way, and of course everyone in the accident is okay.

But that was a fun car.

Oh well,

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January 24th, 2007
10:41 am


On my way into work today I ended up in a (relatively) minor car accident. I'm okay, the other person is okay and her car is okay, but my car has seen better days. That and the whole experience shook me up much more than I was expecting.

I guess I just have to do something to keep my adrenaline going (don't worry, I'm only thinking of renting the movie Crank not acting it out) or else I end up shaking a bit.

That or, you know, I could let myself calm down.

Current Mood: annoyed

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January 21st, 2007
08:33 pm


On-line time wasters (there is some "language" in this entry)
I had some free time so I went to www.quizfarm.com took some choice quizzes.

Which tarot card am I?

Well color me surprised, I was expecting fool.

"You scored as XIII: Death.

Death is probably the most well known Tarot card - and also the most misunderstood. Most Tarot novices would consider Death to be a bad card, especially given its connection with the number thirteen. In fact this card rarely indicates literal death. Without "death" there can be no change, only eventual stagnation. The "death" of the child allows for the "birth" of the adult. This change is not always easy. The appearance of Death in a Tarot reading can indicate pain and short term loss, however it also represents hope for a new future."

Okay then, how about horror movie villain?

"You scored as Jigsaw.

You are Jigsaw. You don’t enjoy killing people at all. You instead love to see how far people will go to live. However if it ends in a bloody death, you still sleep with a smile on your face. You are intelligent, and know how to outwit just about anyone. And that spells bad news for anyone who falls into your games of death and torture."

Alright, enough with the gloom and doom, how about action hero, what action hero do I score as...

"You scored as The Amazing Spider-Man.

After being bitten by a radioactive spider, Peter Parker was transformed from a nerdy high school student into New York's greatest hero. Peter enjoys the thrill of being a super hero, but he struggles with the burdens of leading a double life. He hopes someday to win the heart of his true love Mary Jane, the woman he's loved since before he even liked girls. Right now, he just wants to make it through college and pay his bills."

Now who does that surprise?

Okay, how about some big deep questions, what religion best suits me according to this unimpeachable, always correct, on-line quiz?

“You scored as agnosticism.

You are an agnostic. Though it is generally taken that agnostics neither believe nor disbelieve in God, it is possible to be a theist or atheist in addition to an agnostic. Agnostics don't believe it is possible to prove the existence of God (nor lack thereof). Agnosticism is a philosophy that God's existence cannot be proven. Some say it is possible to be agnostic and follow a religion; however, one cannot be a devout believer if he or she does not truly believe.”

I guess they were too lazy to write anything about this deadly sin.

"You scored as Sloth."

I was really expecting a different one there.

Is this really something to congratulate someone about? Well okay then…

"You scored as Unipolar Depression.

Congraulations! You are depressed! You know just how it feels to bear all the world's burdens, and the value of a 19-hour night's sleep. And you really hate that circle-guy thing on your Zoloft pill packets."

Wow, this one is dead on accurate, which South Park character am I, I'm...

"You scored as Stan Marsh.

You're Stan Marsh! Probably the sanest of the group, you're the mastermind behind the good plans and can easily resolve problems. To you love is amazing, and you're probably already in it. You can be a smart ass and don't have a problem saying what's on your mind. And you're probably an activist. Dude, this is pretty fucked up right here."

Just to confirm...

"You scored as Spider-Man.

Spider-Man can cling to most surfaces, has superhuman strength and is roughly 15 times more agile than a regular human. He has been able to lift 15 tons under optimal conditions, but his current strength level after his rebirth has yet to be determined. The combination of his acrobatic leaps and web-slinging enables him to travel rapidly from place to place. His spider-sense provides an early warning detection system linked with his superhuman kinesthetics, enabling him the ability to evade most any injury, provided he doesn't cognitively override the autonomic reflexes."

Pirate, me? No…

"You scored as Captain Jack Sparrow.

You are definitely quirky and often mistaken for mad but if anyone is truly paying attention they can see there is method to your madness. You try really hard to be bad but in the end you tend to do the right thing."

And now let’s rock it old school, 19th century old school to be exact.

"You scored as Frankenstein's Monster.

You are Victor Frankenstein's hideous creation in Mary Shelley's classic novel. A grotesque conglomeration of disembodied organs, you ravage the countryside in search of your maker. Although you have a gentle and curious soul, civilization refuses to accept you as one of their own, driving you to acts of bestial wrath. Yours is a life of loneliness and devastated optimism."

So according to these quizzes, I’m an agnostic combination of Stan Marsh, Spider-Man, Jigsaw, Frankenstein’s Monster, Jack Sparrow and the tarot card death.

How about that?

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January 11th, 2007
06:38 pm


Better Announcement, Big Yet
Well the news is public, it has been told to the close family and friends, co-workers have shared their congratulations and I’ve even posted the news on-line elsewhere, so why not here too.

My wife and I are going to have a baby!

Understandably, I’m excited.

And to of course everything should have a FAQ so here is the New Baby FAQ

1. Are you going to find out if it is a girl or a boy?

I certainly hope that I’ll be able to tell the difference when the baby is born, but we’re definitely going to wait until the baby has been born before we find out. I’ve heard of too many instances where a baby was gendered via ultrasound and the ultrasound was wrong.

Besides, either way, I’m happy.

2. When is the baby due?

August 1, 2007, give or take.

3. Have you picked out any names yet?

We have a few ideas, and I’m fairly happy with them and so is my wife, but again I’ve heard stories where names were picked out and then changed at last minute. As an example, one of my wife’s co-workers had a name picked out for their baby (they knew it was going to be a girl) and when she was born the mother looked at the baby and said, “She’s Jenny.” Which wasn’t the name that they picked.*

So I’m going to say that we have some names in mind, but leave it at that for now.

4. If it is a boy will you name him junior?

Not likely. While I’m fond of my name (I can’t really think of another that would suit me) it is kind of unsettling being so easily located. That and I’ve grown somewhat protective of my name. In fact when I found out that there is someone else out there with the same name** I was disappointed. I had grown very accustomed to the idea of being the only one.

5. Are you planning on having more than one?

Right now I’m still wrapping my mind around the idea of one, but I can see good reasons for just one and good reasons for more.

6. Is it twins?

Nope. At least not according to the doc. And my wife certainly hopes he is right.

7. Were you trying?

No, we were walking down the street one day and I tripped and all of a sudden…

Yes we certainly were.

I’m sure more questions will occur to me over time and as they do I’ll update the FAQ.

And of course if you have any questions feel free to ask, I’m more than happy to answer.

*But a fine name overall. One that I’m fond of, but not one of the names we’ve picked.

**This is true, I found this out while having lunch out with my wife and her mom. Some of her mom’s friends saw us and stopped by to say hello and told me the story that one of their friend’s sons is dating a girl with the same name as me. To her I say, good luck.

Current Mood: ecstatic

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