Day 1 - Pride. Seven great things about yourself.
Day 2 - Envy. Seven things you lack and covet.
Day 3 - Wrath. Seven things that piss you off.
Day 4 - Sloth. Seven things you neglect to do.Day 5 - Greed. Seven worldly material desires.
Day 6 - Gluttony. Seven guilty pleasures.
Day 7 - Lust. Seven love secrets.
one I've given some thought to.
1. Money, again. It's not about having hot and cold running $100 bills from each faucet, it's about having enough to have choices in this life. I'd like to be able to pay for babysitting and take my wife out on a date night from time to time1
. I'd like to go to Lowes and pick up whatever lumber I need for whatever project needs doing - or to pay someone else to do it. We learned this morning that one of Katie's meds is no longer covered by insurance. This is a medicine that has given us a "normal" daughter and is, by that criteria alone, non-negotiable. We can't afford it without insurance, and cannot afford to be without it. Choices. Satisfy this need, and the rest of the list goes away.
2. A larger, better constructed house. I don't need much more than what we have, but I do have some rather specific requirements: one thousand finished square feet more (making, in total, about two thousand five hundred square feet); thick, insulated interior walls; over-built joist-work so the floors don't flex underfoot; electrified to twenty-first century electrical needs2
; a garage I can actually park two vehicles in; with a huge kitchen (no surprise there). Take every room we have and expand each by two feet in every direction, then arrange the rooms like they're that way on purpose instead of cobbled together out of whatever was available at the time. As long as we're fantasizing, I'd like this house built in Lincoln, Nebraska, on the Northwest side of town, entrance facing East/Northeast so that the sun sets over my back yard.
3. A larger car. I like the Civic I'm driving, it's reliable and gets me where I need to go. However, it's a bumpy ride, low to the ground, and hard on my joints. I'm looking for a smoother ride I can get into and out of without pain.
4. Time and money to travel. We want to visit every restaurant ever featured on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives
. We want to return to Ireland. I'd love to visit Wales, Michelle wants to visit Germany, and we all want to go to Disney World.
5. Jewelry: A proper engagement/wedding set for my wife. Plus a birthstone mother's ring for her. A wedding ring that fits my abused ol' hand.
6. Pretty much anything from this page
, plus the equipment to manage the post-production, starting here
, loaded with this
7. A head worn wireless mic
and either, A. an instrument mic
or B. Taylor Expression System
for my 510.
1 I know that there are several of our friends who have happily volunteered for this duty, but many of you live many miles away, and we are loathe to ask anyone to drive to Independence.
2 Most modern electrical codes were written before the era of the PC, rechargeable devices, and fully macking electronic entertainment systems. Most houses aren't configured to accommodate the sheer volume of gadgetry most Americans use on a daily basis: the "power strip" was invented specifically for this need, and they're continued use and popularity is proof that codes haven't caught up yet.