We are big game players in our family. A friend brought the game Apples to Apples over last weekend, and we played it for 3 or 4 hours. We liked it so much that we decided to buy it for ourselves and proceeded to play for another couple hours Friday night. Sunday we discovered the variations of play in the directions and tried one. I liked the twist that it gave to the game. We have over 100 games in our game closet. We sometimes get stuck in a rut and play the same game over and over but then get burned out on it. So with all those to select from, we just go choose another one. Sometimes, though, because there are so many choices, we can’t agree amongst the five of us which one to play.
I remember when the kids were younger I’d read in the parenting magazines that giving kids choices was a good thing, but not too many as there could be an overload – they shut down and can’t decide at all. Even as adults, it can be too much: daughter’s softball, sons’ football and cross country, sneek preview of a brand new movie…
Friday was a lucky day around here. My youngest came home from school and showed me a $10 gift card for Barnes & Noble. Their class can enter a drawing each week with each book they read and take an AR (Accelerated Reader) test on; he entered 3 times last week. His name got drawn for reading Green Eggs & Ham. (After his teacher found out which book he had read, she asked him to read on grade level (he’s 11); his next 2 entries were for grade level or higher books, thank goodness.) When the mail arrived, four free advance screening passes to the movie The Express came with it. Fed Ex came next with four free one-day passes to Busch Gardens. I figure there’s nothing to lose by filling out my name and address on those little pieces of paper when I see them in the grocery store.
The movie shows the night before it comes out in the theaters for the general public. The only thing is, my sons have practices and my daughter has a game that night around the same time it shows. Do I let them play hooky and take them along? Do I let my husband deal with the sports dropping-offs and picking-ups and go to the movie alone? Do I give them to my hubby and the boys (it is a football movie) and go be a cheerleader at my daughter’s game? Or do I toss the free tickets to pay $9 a ticket later to see it or $4 when it comes out on dvd?
I’ve sat here at my computer the past two mornings thinking I’d like to type something, but I just couldn’t think of anything all that profound to say. Not that my other blogs are necessarily profound, but I have enjoyed writing each. Am I already having writer’s block?! I could write about all the great places we’ve visited around the world, like Sweden or France or Australia (I wanna go back there!). I could tell a story about the kids when they were younger in Japan or Guam. Instead, I just feel like curling up with another book.
I’ve been on a reading kick lately. It might be my sister-in-law’s fault. I think she’s an addict. She sent me a link to www.goodreads.com, and after finding out what the sight was all about, I immediately added all of the books from our bookshelf that I’ve read. There are countless others that I have borrowed from friends or checked out at the library or are in storage in Florida, but I can’t remember all of them; and then there are those that I can’t even remember if I’ve read them to begin with… I finished Twilight (the vampire book) yesterday. I think I am a romantic sap. I kept thinking, it’s a book about high schoolers. How dorky is it that I am reading it? I actually liked it; it’s one that I didn’t want to put down because I wanted to find out what happened next. And now I am waiting for my oldest son to finish the next one (his girlfriend loves the series and talked him into reading them; I’m curious to see his view of them), so that I can find out what happens… next.
After finishing it, I moved on to a dvd I checked out at the library. (No, I do not just sit around all day blogging and reading and watching tv and eating bon bons!) Thursday is laundry day, and I usually fold (and there is a lot of folding to do here with a family of 5, all of whom change their clothing at least twice a day (ugh)) while catching up on Grey’s Anatomy or something. Anyway, I watched The Jane Austin Book Club, which I found most entertaining, very funny and romantic. It made me want to go out and read all of Jane Austin’s books. I have never read any of them before, only watched a couple of the movies based on them. When the characters discussed the books at their book club meetings in the movie, I was a little lost. I usually enjoy the book more than the movie, so I think those will be my next reads. So I’m off to the book store once again. But first, I’ll do my Friday chores – woo hoo! – the bathrooms.
Since my significant other’s surgery last week, he has had a lot more time on his hands. He wants to talk politics with me, since I am always around asking if he’s okay or needs another round of meds. I have always been one to stand back and watch a situation before jumping into it. I don’t know who I’m going to vote for and may not until I mark my ballot in November. The e-mail forwards are in full force right now, and I usually peruse them and then press DELETE. I don’t forward much of anything. I don’t believe that I’ll be struck down by a meteor if I don’t or that my e-mail address will make its way back to Bill Gates and consequently be paid $1B, so if you don’t hear from me after this blog, I was wrong.
I’ve been trying to find a new book to read since last week. I ordered Twilight on line (my daughter borrowed it from a friend and then decided to start buying them with book #2, so I’m waiting on a backorder). I’ve been searching my bookshelf because I often buy a bunch of books by one author when I’ve found a book by them I like. I just can’t remember which ones I’ve read and which I haven’t. Kind of sad, huh? As I was perusing, I came across Politically Correct Bedtime Stories, a book that was published back in the 90’s. I love fairy tales and I found this book a riot when I first read it. I decided to find out if the author had put out any other books (or “processed tree carcasses,” as he calls them). His website says he’s got 4 others, and 3 are out of print. I should check if the local library has them, but my husband and I are book fiends, so I’m checking Amazon as I type here. There’s a teaser about his most recent book, Recut Madness: Favorite Movies Retold for Your Partisan Pleasure, just enough to make me want to know what happens next. So, they are on their way, hopefully not backordered so I don’t have to wait until Christmas to read my next book. I guess I could read one of the books on my shelf; if I’ve forgotten whether or not I read it in the first place, I guess it won’t matter much.
My husband and I love to read and have encouraged our children to escape into the same world of the printed word as well. Although my husband likes non-fiction more often, I usually prefer to escape from reality into another world through fiction. Today I finished the book Standing Still recommended to me by its author Kelly Simmons. At first I found it perplexing, but then as I got further into the story, I couldn’t put the book down. I think I read it in less than 24 hours. It moved back and forth from the present to different times in the past which was needed to explain the reasons the main character reacted to things the way in which she did.
So now I am searching my bookshelf for a new read. I have been told the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer is excellent. My daughter has read all that are out and cannot wait to see the movie. I thought since she read them, they are more for teen-agers. But now my friends are telling me how good they are. So now I am curious. I am not into vampire stories whatsoever, but then I don’t think my daughter would have been either. And it’s a love story; you forget there are vampires…
With Halloween coming, maybe it is an appropriate book to take on next. I love Halloween and making costumes for the kids each year, although there have been a couple of times that I’ve given in and gotten the store-bought ones. We are going to a family Halloween party this year and are trying to decide what to go as. My youngest son suggested the Flintstones, which I think would be kinda cute, but my husband and I want to be a little more unique. My daughter piped in and said that we can all be elves – I’m not so sure about that for a family whose heights range between 5’8″ and 6’3″, plus I’m not so keen on the pointy ears. My husband thought of Little Red Riding Hood; he could be the wolf, one son could be the woodsman, the other a squirrel (think Hoodwinked!), our daughter could be Red, and guess who gets to be Granny? – I was sort of hoping for something a little more glamorous. So the search continues.
A bonus for Halloween this year is that our good friends from Sweden are coming for a 2-week visit around that time. We’re excited about showing them how we celebrate. And to show them where we are from in Florida. My husband’s family owns a large farm (where we will stay for part of their visit) and is the perfect place for the Halloween party. I am from the panhandle and hope to show them the beautiful sugar white beaches I grew up on. We met them while we lived in Paris, and we got to visit their home in Sweden during one of the vacation periods. It was so interesting to see similarities (and differences) first-hand of how we all live in the world. Before we got to travel outside of the US, all the stories about other countries seemed magical to me, kind of make believe. But now we’ve got real stories and memories to share with each other.