Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Pieces of Eight

We had to spend a few pieces of eight for breakfast this morning, but it's always worth it for the BDBIT (Best Darn Breakfast in Town--for those keeping score at home: eggs scrambled, cranberry coffeecake). The smiley faces were free, both the one on the plate, made from bananas, strawberries, grapes and whipped cream--one more reason to love Hobee's--and the smiley face on 3B as he devoured the one on the plate.

So, that's one thing that we don't usually get...actually three things at once: a meal out, a meal out with 3B, and a meal with Sister #1. Not only that, but the baby boy didn't cry, scream, or throw anything, and neither did 3B. It helps that they kept my coffee cup full.

Another thing that we don't usually get is the chance for a hot date, but tonight Sisters #1 and 2 bathed 3B and put him in bed, so Mama and I went out to a movie. OK, so perhaps Love in the Time of Cholera isn't exactly a hot date, but still, it was a movie, and for a couple of hours, we were transported away, with each other.

That means that we can cross those two events off our list of things to do before we die, but here are eight other unfinished tasks to continue this week's meme.

Eight Things I Want to Do Before I Die:

  1. Develop patience for others and myself.
  2. Maintain a regular Buddhist practice.
  3. Travel again with Mama and 3B, and not just home for the holidays, but trips like the one we fell in love on, which took us throughout Spain and Morocco.
  4. See 3B grow up to be happy.
  5. Speak Spanish fluently.
  6. Follow le Tour through France.
  7. Remember how to relax.
  8. Become immortal.

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  1. I can't wait until we can take a real vacation with our kids, not just flying out to see family.

    Watch out for that immortality wish: didn't you ever read any Anne Rice? You gotta wish all your loved ones immortal too!

    I like the idea for three wishes in a John Crowley book (possibly Love and Sleep), paraphrased from memory:

    1) have enough money to not have to worry about money, coming from doing something you love,

    2) never be ill until the day you die,

    3) never know that you achieved 1 and 2 from wishes, so that you never have to think about what else you could have wished for!

  2. good luck with those.
    ...but #8....do you really want to be immortal? live forever?

    hopefully MOST of those will come true!

  3. Anonymous12:30 PM

    9. Party like aging rock stars with the King and the Akeman in Vegas.

    TCB on R and R in Sin city.

  4. Anonymous12:30 PM

    Henitsirk Nice wishes.

    TCB on not being a Highlander.

  5. Immortality sometimes means that everyone remembers you forever. For good or for ill. Of course writers achieve a certain sense of that as long as readers live.

  6. Excuse me, Papa. I know I am not the most frequent of your readers, but that "baby boy" is looking more and more like a man, baby! I can't believe how adorably toddler-like he is!

  7. I'd hate to be immortal. Who's got the patience?