I got hooked on a really cool book this weekend. It’s this book about a geeky boy who isn’t all that appreciated by his aunt and uncle. Somehow this boy has inherited heaps of mystical powers. Yes, I’m talking about Harry Potter. And yes, I know I’m late on the uptake, but I started the first book this weekend. I’ve seen the movies, but figured I best learn what it is about these books that drives the readers bonkers. People of all ages rally around J.K. Rowling’s masterpieces. Even I get excited about the books and I haven’t read them. Well done J.K.!
I thought about the hype when the first book came out in 1998. Of course that was the year my wife and I met. I recall going to New York City to see her dad and how he was all about an unknown kids book. He couldn’t stop talking about someone known as Harry Potter. We kind of shrugged it off, but her dad insisted and bought us the book. Ignoring the hype, you could feel the momentum building with the release of the second "year" and the rest is history. Mrs. Lessinges has read all the books to date and is making her way through the final one now. Our copy arrived on Saturday to our doorstep and was quite exciting. The best part is today’s my wife’s last day at work for the rest of the year so she can read Harry Potter before little Anna arrives. What a great way to kill some time. (I hesitate to use the word "kill" based on what she’s told me about book seven already). Oh yeah, we watched the fifth movie last night and I dropped the box of Rasinets.
In other news, the baby still isn’t here. Tomorrow is two weeks away from the due date. Yep, two weeks. My wife’s belly seems like it’s about to burst so at any moment we could become parents. We love to say to ourselves, "this could be our last movie, dinner, (etc.) sans enfant". I’m not sure how many times a day we say "we’re going to be parents?" and "we’re going to be parents!". I would guess it’s an excess of 10 times. Along with this came a freak out. The period before becoming a parent isn’t without anxiety by any means. My wife and I had a tearful chat on Saturday talking about how our lives are going to change. It’s great to know we both understand when we’ve been stretched too far and when we need to reel it back in. It was a heartfelt fruitful discussion.
We did get some baby time at our friends on Saturday. Their son is now six weeks old and is growing in leaps and bounds. Soon enough we’ll have one those little things who’s 100% dependent on us also.
– video conferences using Skype : 1
– hours slept last night: 4
– times I said "Harry Potter" with an English accent: 20+
– coats of primer applied to basement bathroom : 1
– hours spent watching le Tour de France: 4
– trips to bathroom between 10pm Sunday night and Monday morning : 6
– most recent blood pressure reading: 141/80