Rules: Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you.
1. I’ve participated in this meme before… almost two years ago. Only then, it was seven random facts instead of 25. If you’ve not read my last list of random things… you really should. You can find it HERE.
2. I really don’t like kids. Wait, let me rephrase that – I really don’t like other people’s kids. Actually, I don’t like most kids under the age of 10. I love my kids. My niece and nephew are cool. There are a few other people’s kids I enjoy (and in some cases tolerate). But, in normal circumstances I don’t like kids.
3. When Bekah and I first met, she was far more outgoing than I. We’ve since swapped roles. I’ve become more extroverted and she’s become more introverted.
4. I have an analytical personality. I never thought of myself as being analytical until I took an employment profile quiz. I thought I’d be more amiable, or expressive. After taking the quiz, I was a bit confused and read the analytical personality description to Bekah - expecting her to agree with me. She concurred with the quiz results.
5. I believe there is a Biblical calling to moderation in many areas of our lives. In the way we parent our children – we should not hesitate to discipline, but we should not be too harsh. In our finances – we should not strive to be wealthy, but we should not force ourselves into poverty. There are many other areas where we should not take extremes. There is one area, however, where moderation is unacceptable: love – our love for God, and our love for others.
6. Grey is my favorite color. If you tell me that grey is not a color, I will agree with you – it is a shade. But it’s still my favorite color.
7. I’m reading Celebration of Discipline. So far, I’m both encouraged and challenged by the book. The chapters on meditation, prayer, fasting, and study all had applicable tools that I feel like I will have no problem using. The chapter on simplicity is a little harder. I am not a simple creature. I suck at simplicity.
8. I’m beginning to study ancient mythology. I think part of what made the fictional writing of C.S. Lewis and JRR Tolkien so accessible was their fascination and understanding of mythology.
9. I think I have too many interests – writing, playing guitar, video games, photography, architecture, cooking, multimedia production, theater, etc. This may be why I’m good at a lot of things, but not great at anything.
10. I don’t know how to relax. You would think that would make me a driven individual, but you would be wrong. My inability to relax is often a source of discontent and unease.
11. I find more personal satisfaction in helping other people be successful than I do in my own successes.
12. I know we must live by faith, but faith without action is dead. I know this, but I’m not sure I’ll ever understand how to balance faith and action.
13. If I’m around people with an accent long enough, I’ll pick up their accent. It’s a bad habit.
14. Winter is my favorite season. I despise summer. If I could live anywhere in the world (and my wife would let me), I’d live somewhere just like Coeur d’Alene… only colder.
15. The kid inside me still dreams of opening a recording studio someday.
16. I am easily distracted by shiny objects.
17. I like scary movies. Blair Witch Project was not scary. Nauseating… yes. Scary… no.
18. I’m not a fan of romantic comedies. I do however have a great plot line for a romantic comedy (that I may write someday) about a girl who caught a bouquet at a wedding and will do anything to get married before her best friend.
19. I wish I could travel more. I want to take my kids to see America’s great landmarks, cities, and parks; to visit our foreign neighbors to the north and south; to tour Europe and Africa; to trek the Alps and the Andes...
20. I have this weird desire to teach my four year old geography. I don’t know why.
21. Someday, I would love to take a road trip with my wife and drive the entire length of U.S. Route 101.
22. I believe that modern consumerism is a soulless ideal devoid of independent thought. It has created within our society a herd mentality. It has stripped us of our identity. And it has blinded us to our own greed - a greed that is the root of our nation's current economic crisis.
23. Steven Colbert's I am America (and so can You) is on my bookshelf next to the Complete Works of Josephus.
24. I tell people the reason I don't spell "nic" with a "k" is because there is no "k" in "Nicholas." The real reason is laziness. When learning to write my name in preschool, my full name was too long. Like many other kids named Nicholas, I shortened it. However, even the common "Nick" was too long for me. Ergo - "nic." (I tend not to capitalize it for self image purposes, I don't think I'm important enough to be capitalized. nic is me. NIC is a college)
25. I am a living paradox. I hate not being clean shaven, but I hate to shave. I hate house work, but I hate living in a dirty house. This drives my wife batty.
There ya'll go. Facts about me. Again, if you post you're own 25 facts, leave me a comment - either here on my blog, or on facebook - I'd love to read them.