Sunday, June 19, 2011

67. Forgive Me Readers, For I Have Sinned

It has been 212 days since my last confession. Here's a list of random things I have done since my last post:

Became an online minister and married a friend on a tall ship.

Received a gong as a birthday present.

Helped my daughter catch her first fish. We let the little guy go, unharmed.

Bought a sombrero at a thrift shop.

Started a weekend film festival in my neighborhood. I’m the projectionist, and we are fully licensed.

Met one of the Lisas.

Sat with my mom as my dad had surgery to remove a cancerous tonsil. Have watched him receive chemo and radiation for the past few months. That stuff is no joke.

Shopped at an Asian market. Ate durian on my back porch.

Sprayed a nest of yellow jackets.

Got my nipple bitten by a fish while swimming in a lake.

Wrote a poem about a time traveler. And one about a cowboy who wears a nine gallon hat.

Rented a cotton candy machine and ate until I could eat no more. Also, I had cotton candy all the way up my arm like a mummy. Figured out you could dip a banana in the unused sugar the next day for a semi-healthy treat.

Learned how to juggle four balls for like two seconds. But still, that’s a start.

Got a gold tooth. A molar, not an incisor. I have SOME class.

Found Rudolph’s bell-laden collar on our front steps on Christmas morning. Somehow he lost it.

Went to a hog festival. Saw no hogs. Ate hogs, though.

Took my daughter to see a musical. Shrek, if you must know. I’m not a big fan of musicals or Shrek, but it was entertaining. I could have done without the fart jokes.

Got up at three in the morning to watch falling stars.

Bought that “Friday” song, mostly because I felt sorry for the poor young singer who became a joke instead of a star. There’s a fine line between the two.

Made button rings with my daughter.

Decorated the entire sidewalk in front of the house with sidewalk chalk. It was a pretty awesome sight for the hour it lasted before the sprinklers washed it away.

Still didn’t cut off my hair.

Taught my son to press his cheek against mine on command.

Started a fire with one match.

And that’s about everything noteworthy. Life is just chugging along.

*P.S. Immediately after posting this, I pulled my daughter's first loose tooth. So let's add that to the list.


Leah S. said...

I MISSED YOU!!!! Will you be sticking around, or is this a hit and run post? Since you last posted, we adopted a new little boy (10 years old, with DS, from Serbia) Made TWO trips to Serbia (only one was adoption related) Got my motorcycle fixed up so I can ride again. (lack of funds last season due to the adoption) Put one kid through Spinal fusion because of AAI, and sat across the table from my children, one in a halo brace, the other wired up for an ambulatory EEG, and it occurred to me that our "normal" is not really normal!

DownTownDan said...

I'll stick around. I've got some fun videos and pics to post, and maybe some new thoughts to share.

Your life is way more exciting than mine.

Crittle said...

Welcome back! I was just wondering if perhaps Lisa(s) gave you a few motivating words related to blogging and then *poof* here you are, you mind reader, you.

chris said...

Nice to hear from you again! Looking foreward to the pics from the little man...
Christine & Joshua from Germany

Lonnie Bruner said...

Love it.

How'd you like the durian?

DownTownDan said...

I was fully expecting durian to be the most awful thing imaginable. And yes, it does smell bad. Really bad. But if you can ever get past the smell and actually get a piece into your mouth, you realize why people eat it. Durian has a super sweet taste, almost like artificial sweetener. It doesn't taste at all like it smells. It's not something I would go out of my way to eat regularly, but I understand how people who grew up eating durian could crave it. Durian lovers are not completely insane, but I wouldn't want to share a kitchen with them.

Lisa said...

Yaaaaayyyyyyy! You're back! SO so glad! The internet is not the same without Down With Oz :)

Tara said...

I was just thinking of you the other day. And here you are! So glad you're back. Now post pics. :)

Monica said...

It's been a long 212 days... so glad you've caught us up in your activities. I know which Lisa you met ;-) cuz she's my local friend... isn't she great? The fish biting your nipple sent shivers through my body, though. And a chuckle. Anyway, welcome back. Now let's see some updates of your little man :-)

DownTownDan said...

Yes Monica, she is great. And I promise I'll post stuff this week.

Lisa said...

You also had a long phone convo with another one of the Lisas about Down syndrome advocacy :). That's some pretty exciting stuff you've been through and accomplished this past 212 days. We can always count on you for some entertainment along with some of the meatier topics. Going to check out the videos of Oz right now. Great to have you back!