O Me of Little Faith

O Me of Little Faith

Ovid, Tattoos, CrossFit, Snow Cave

I’m back. I’ve missed you, blog. I’ve missed you, too, blog readers. But as the great Roman poet Ovid once wrote, “What is without periods of rest will not endure.”

Random fact related to Ovid #1: Ovid is generally ranked alongside Virgil and Horace as one of the canonical poets of Latin literature. Now you know.

Random fact related to Ovid #2: Around the time I first heard of Ovid (at some point in high school), I began to read more scholarly-type books that had footnotes and endnotes. In scholarly writing, when you give a reference the first time, you list all the title/author/publisher/page number info. If you then reference the same publication right after that, you simply write Ibid., p. 43 or whatever. It’s an abbreviation for ibidem, a Latin phrase meaning “the same place.” During that span of time, there was a period where I confused the poet Ovid with the reference Ibid., and the result was that I kept reading books and thinking, “Man, this Ibid guy gets quoted everywhere! And about everything! I’ve gotta read some of his stuff.”


My teenage fascination with the incredibly popular and well-rounded Latin poet Ibid was brief but intense. Also very, very dorky.

Well. That was a really weird way to ease back into blogging for 2009. Anyway, my Ovid-inspired period of rest is over so now this blog can endure. Tomorrow I will list my new year’s resolutions and invite you to do the same, so be thinking about that.

But today? Today I want to tell you three cool things I experienced over my Christmas and New Year’s break and invite you to list the three coolest things you experienced.

The Three Coolest Things I Did Over Christmas and New Year’s:

1. I accompanied my mom to a tattoo parlor, where she got her first tattoo. My mom, oddly enough, has long desired a tattoo. For at least the last ten years or so. (She is cool that way.) So for her 60th birthday in November, my brother and sister and I treated her to a tattoo. With everyone in town over Christmas, we took her to a local tattoo place where she got a tiny little daisy on her foot. My sister got a matching one.


2. I did a CrossFit workout with my sister. I’d read some stuff about CrossFit — it’s a highly intense, full-body, overall-fitness workout system-slash-philosophy that’s popular with military personnel and law-enforcement types and really well-rounded athletes. My sister, a former gymnast, is NOT in the military or law enforcement. And she just had a baby in June. So I expected, being a sort-of triathlete who is still in decent shape, to be able to hang with her. But I could barely keep up. I was limp-limbed for the rest of the day. And I was sore for the next week. CrossFit may be controversial, and it’s not exactly what I’d describe as fun, but I can certainly see how it might be beneficial.


3. I dug a snow cave. My family and I spent the last couple days of 2008 and first day of 2009 at our good friends’ cabin in Angel Fire, New Mexico. Behind the cabin was a pile of snow nearly five feet high, where the results of a recent 30-inch snowfall had fallen from the roof. My two kids and I looked at that big pile of snow and thought: Let’s dig a big hole. The hole turned into a cave. The cave turned into a tunnel. The kids and I could all fit in it at once, side-by-side. We could have survived an avalanche in that thing. It was awesome.

So…those are my three most different and cool holiday experiences. What were yours?

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posted January 5, 2009 at 12:12 pm

1. I sold bras. I worked at Victoria’s Secret for the month of December while I was on break. Best moment: dressing the manikins like sluts. And helping a guy buy panties for his girlfriend.2. I spent all my free time reading books I should have already read (Franny and Zooey by Salinger, The Beautiful and Damned by Fitzgerald, Anthem by Ayn Rand …) and watching the movies I should have already seen (Little Miss Sunshine, The Truman Show …).3. I organized my iPod. Perhaps this doesn’t sound as fun and exciting for you as it does for me. I organized songs by genre and found all the album covers I was missing.

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Bill Archinal

posted January 5, 2009 at 12:30 pm

1. Played with McKinzie, my granddaughter2. Played with McKinzie, my granddaughter3.Played with McKinzie, my granddaughter

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posted January 6, 2009 at 11:01 am

1)12/23/08 – Watched my buddies in MadisonEast ( rock out in front of a packed house at Peabody’s here in Cleveland.2)12/25/08 – Made my wife happy with not 1 but 2 necklaces (one with little diamonds, and another from SUBBI, that I got from – Started the New Year at the big breakfast with everybody at Chucko’s, finished the day with CatchPhrase for 3 hours (with Gramma and the rest of the family)!!!

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Susanne Barrett

posted January 6, 2009 at 9:39 pm

1. Got back in touch via Facebook with four of my former bookstore coworkers from 20 years ago. So cool to communicate with my fellow bookish geeks again. :)2. Finished filling one journal on Dec 31 and started writing in the new journal on Jan 1. Perfect timing! 3. Celebrated Christmas for all twelve days. A perfect excuse to leave up the tree and decorations through Epiphany.

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April Easterling Mauldin

posted January 7, 2009 at 12:54 pm

I miss Christmas in Angel Fire. My family spent several Christmas there before we moved to East TExas. I have tried to share my snow stories with my children, but they can’t comprehend real snow. The closest they have experienced was a few years ago we got a few inches and everyone sled down the hills on trash can lids. It was fun, but not like my childhood in Amarillo.

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clarissa h.

posted January 23, 2009 at 9:43 am

okay so this is it, i must truly get off the internet….holiday things on my list: spend endless time with family! YAY!!!!

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