8 Things About Me Meme

I was tagged by both Stephanie AND Jenclair, so here it is:

I wanted to take this meme as an opportunity to let my blogger friends get to know me more on the level that my “in person” friends know me…so here’s some of the personal stuff:

We’ll start off with the shocker:

  1. I was kicked out of my high school for using drugs. Yes, this is a shocker to everyone who knows me because of how much I’ve changed since high school. I think that getting kicked out of high school is the best thing that ever happened to me. Why, you might ask? It changed my life. It is the moment in my life where I stepped aside and looked at myself and saw that my life was heading nowhere and needed to change. That day led me on my path to becoming a counselor working with other adolescents who are going through problems and I have been drug free for 9 years now!
  1. I used to be a goth kid. In certain ways I still am. Deep down inside I still hold vampire novels and certain musical bands close to my heart. I just don’t wear all black like I used to. But boy oh boy, I used to wear all black, eye liner, long hair, everything. I was never the depressed goth. I’ve had depression, but I’ve always been happy go-lucky Chris.
  1. I love Asian art and Asian culture. I love the music, I love the art, painting, brush work, tea ceremonies, anime, jrock, movies, all of that stuff. I think that they just have a fascinating culture and I’d love to do an Asian tour one of these days.
  1. On a similar note, I collect Buddha statues and Hindu god and goddess statues. I don’t think that Katrina took any of those. I have a nice little collection, and I’m always keeping my eyes open for them. One of my teachers was from India and she gave me an antique lamp (the genie kind) with a little Ganesh in the middle of it. It’s my favorite piece.
  1. There’s another one! Katrina took away a lot of stuff. I live in Metairie, Louisiana which is a suburb of New Orleans. Katrina brought us 4 feet of water into our house, took all of my stuff, shipped my girlfriend off to Texas and we are now broken up after a 5 year relationship. We’re still friends though and she will be going to Mexico with me a week from today. I’m really looking forward to that!
  1. I have Grave’s Disease. Sounds bad, doesn’t it? It’s really not all that bad. It’s hyperthyroidism. What’s strange is that it’s normally found in women over forty and was first found in me at the age of 19. My doctor said it was the first time he had ever heard of a male under the age of 20 having Grave’s. Strange, huh?
  1. I’ll have a Master’s degree on Saturday!

8. I buy too many books, I smoke even though I know it’s a bad habit, and I get horrible migraines every 4-5 days….wonder if there’s some weird connection between those 3…..

I don’t know who’s been tagged and who hasn’t, so if you’d like to answer this one, go ahead. I’d love to read your answers!!


New Pile-O-Books

Like Quixotic, I got a new pile of books in the mail today, so I wanted to do a quick post to show them off. I’m especially excited about Charles Vess’ Book of Ballads which is beautiful and Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling’s collection, The Faery Reel which has some illustrations by Vess. They’re all wonderful and my bookshelf welcomes them warmly.

I’ve been sweating all day over detailing my car and I’m officially done with it. It seems I’ve been “officially” doing things lately, but I only do things if I make them “official.” I have to tell myself that they MUST get done, or I will not do them. I’ll say “later”. But no more later. At least not for now. So now that I’m done detailing the car and entering the new books into LibraryThing (yes Jessica, I used the scanner), I’m going to put together the 3rd and final bookshelf and then I will OFFICIALLY be done putting together the bookshelves. My, those bookshelves put me in a bad mood. They’re such a pain to put together and I tend to snap at people if they’re around me while I’m doing so. Stay away from me for the next couple of hours….