Thursday, June 26, 2014

Interview with a Husband

While we're away in NYC for the week, I figured it'd be fun to steal a blog post out of Kendra's book and copy her "getting to know the family" interview series. Since our family is just me and John, you only get one, but I promise it's pretty good...

King of tacos.

State your name.
John William.

Ok, I hear you're named for that American composer who wrote that epic music for Star Wars. Are the rumors true?
I would say it was more like he was named for me, retroactively in time and space. 

Walking his parents' dog, Cholmondeley (Chum-lee).

Alrighty then, let's continue with nicknames. Do you have any?
The Bear.

And this nickname comes from?
It comes from your youth group. We were doing a "sharing is caring" activity and we were talking about what our spirit animals would be. I said that clearly my spirit animal is a bear because, well, reasons.

Facial hair. Love of berries.


You do have a lot of hair. What's up with that?
I gotta grow it out while it still grows, man. I don't wanna look back on my life and say, "I wish I had grown my hair out, just one time." I can cross that off the bucket list now.

Do you like your job?
Yeah, I really like my job. Like anything, there are ups and downs and good things and bad things. But it's mostly like being a camp counselor at a camp where all the kids have serious infections.

Doctor, doctor, give me the news!

Tell us a little more about what it's like to care for sick kiddos in a hospital.
You know, a large part of it is remembering that the baseline state of all parents is that of intense paralyzing fear for the well-being of their children. A little bit of sensitivity to that and compassion for that goes a long way. And the ability to provide that makes it kind of all worth it.

What's your favorite meal to come home to after a long day of work?
Ice cream.

Is that really what you want to say?
No, I would love to compliment your cooking. You do make some killer mac and cheese.

Memphis BBQ & banana puddin'

Do you read my blog?
I do.

And what do you think? 
Well, it's got a spot on my favorites screen on my web browser on my phone. And I think it's beautiful and wonderful and funny. But then again, I'm biased.

He was a sk8er boi...

If you had your own blog, what would it be called?
Be Excellent to Each Other

And what would it be about?
Exploring societal themes through interpretive dance. *Giggles a little.*

No, but what would it really be about?
Well, they always say write about what you know, right? So, it'd be about how awesome my wife is, video games, puns, bears, and exploring societal themes through interpretive dance.

Playing a round of Agricola.

*Rolls eyes.* How about you tell us about some of your less-than-usual interests.
I don't know about less-than-usual, but we love to play board games and I'm pretty sure everything I like is awesome. So, I don't know what's unusual about it.

Ok, but are you maybe not telling us about a little fashion obsession you've had as of late?
There may be a small amount of style obsession. I like being well put together and men's clothing is kinda different from women's clothing. You can kinda get a whole wardrobe together without too many pieces and then play mix and match 'cause most things go with each other, come up with fun combinations. So, it's fun trying to find a good deal on nice, high-quality things that'll last a long time.

The fashionisto hanging out in the snow.

So, what you're really telling us is you're good at shopping the J. Crew sales rack and skimming through GQ for fashion inspiration?
I don't know if I'd say I'm good at it, but I enjoy it.

Cool. A man who doesn't mind clothes shopping. I kinda like that. Have I told you yet that I kinda like that?
You have!

Let me serenade you...

Good! Let's move on. Let's say you have an hour of free time and you're not feeling like you need a nap. What do you do?
Well, probably play some Spelunky [translation: nerdy video game] or work on learning some more Lua, a programming language, or do a little working out, or if it's warm enough, bask like a lizard beside the swimming pool.

Who's on your dream dinner party guest list?
Pope Francis, Bob Marley, Indiana Jones, Sir Patrick Stewart, the queen of England, Doctor Who (take your pick on which one), and a circus bear. That's a dinner party.

And if you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would that be?
Somewhere with Caribbean blue waters and white sand beaches. Bahamas today, tomorrow... who knows!

Aruba honeymoon

Tell us how you're feeling about your future adoption right now.
Feelings on this subject are always very complex. There are a whole lot of different emotions all bundled together. There's fear and anxiety and sadness over infertility and the loss of that possibility mixed in with hope and happiness and joy at the idea. It's kind of a big tangled mess. Complicated question.

We built a crib!

Woah, that got heavy. Anything else you'd like to tell us?
I don't know if you can tell from the blog, but my wife is awesome. You could probably tell.

Ok, now this time without all the cheese...
You know, it's all cheese. That's all I got. Thanks for reading!

Rockin' at the role of husband since July 2011.


  1. I love you guys. You're traveling again? When are you coming to Hershey? (No seriously, if you're driving home from NYC its probably on your way?) I can promise you roller coasters and board games and ice cream! And Hershey chocolate. :-)

    I love what John had to say about being a peds hospitalist... seems like such a hard job, so good for him!

    1. Now I wish we had driven, but it would seriously be like an 18 hour drive for us. If we ever drive through, I'll be sure to let you know! Roller coasters and board games and ice cream and chocolate sound fantastic! Oh, and seeing you guys too! That would be awesome. :)

  2. Too cute. Looks like you've got a keeper there!!!

  3. Aww, sweet post! Hope you're having a great time!

    1. Thank you! We sure did have a great time. :)

  4. You two sound like such a fun couple! Hoping your family will greatly expand so you can keep doing these bios :)

    1. I hope so too!! And I hope the same for you guys. :)

  5. Y'all had me at board games - DH and I are boardgame lovers too. Agricola is fun. :)

    1. YES!! We LOVE Agricola and a bunch of others... like Pandemic, Bohnanza, and Munchkin. What do you guys like to play?

    2. Bohnanza!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That bean game is my favorite game ever. I don't even have a good reason WHY. I just all of those little bean cards SO much. lol. Another of my favorite is Ticket to Ride. DH likes things a bit more in depth like Puerto Rico and Pandemic. Several of my friends are board game makers, so we have gotten to play so many different games (either games they published or just games from their huge collections!). I think the last round we all played Love Letter and Tsuro, :)

    3. YASSS! Another Bohnanza fan?! I LOVE it! It's so true: those little bean cards are fantastic. :) We've heard of Puerto Rico, but haven't played it yet. It's on the list. We played Ticket to Ride recently and thought it was fun, just wished it was a little more interactive (amongst the players). You have game maker friends?!? How neat is that?!

    4. I love me some Ticket to Ride! We have the original and Europe versions, and then I play online all the different versions. It's very interactive online with more players who really have strategy!

  6. This cracks me up! You guys are HILARIOUS! Could you next do an interview with the stuffed animals who play board games with you? =)

    1. Ha! It's a possibility, if they'll cooperate. :P

  7. My husband would be jealous of your facial hair, it always takes him so long to grow a beard. Love ice cream too!!! Can I come to your dinner party with pope Francis?

  8. Serious sweet post! And I second Ecce Fiat's request for a stuffed animal interview... Or maybe I should just steal that idea...

    1. YES! Please do!! I would LOVE to hear what your stuffed animals or cats have to say. :) :) :)

  9. Great post! I didn't know DH was a doctor! My spirit animal is a Sasquatch, in case anyone was wondering.


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