Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Tuesday 5: Food Fights and Han Solo

1. This morning, Arthur Dent, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and I had a playdate with a friend we met while we lived in California. Her husband has a similar job to The International Man of Intrigue, but just different enough that she’s done some things like evacuate the Embassy in Tunisia with her four kids (including infant twins) in tow. We live about 20 minutes apart now, and go to the same church, but don’t see each other nearly enough, as I realized after hanging out with her this morning.

2. I decided to take a shortcut on cooking dinner after our morning playdate and a quick trip to Target to get some birthday presents for parties the kids have this weekend. I bought a pan of Stouffer’s chicken enchiladas and rice. My kids were appalled. The second their plates hit the table, the whining commenced. “Eeeew. This looks disgusting! What IS this? I don’t like it! Is it spicy?” I got frustrated and said, “It’s boogers and barf in a tortilla. The next person who complains about it can brush their teeth and go to bed.” You see, in The Intrigue House, we have a strict eat it or starve rule. I don’t go in for food battles, but I don’t make special orders. I cook dinner and put it on the table. I won’t fight them to eat. We learned that the hard way with an epic chicken battle when Gertrude Bell was about two. It involved ketchup and vomit and screaming. We’ll leave it at that. Basically, a Little Explorer can eat what’s for dinner or go to bed hungry, but it’s their choice to make. In the end, Amelia Earhart ended up enjoying it and cleaning her plate. Gertrude Bell took it upon herself to apologize after dinner and offer extra help cleaning up. Arthur Dent still hasn’t eaten a bite, an hour and a half later. He’s sitting at the table coloring. I imagine he will be hungry in the morning.

3. We watched the new Star Wars trailer with the kids the other day. At the very end, when Amelia Earhart saw Harrison Ford, she said, “Han Solo is OLD!” Out of the mouths of babes…

4. Does anyone here do a “capsule wardrobe?” It’s basically like one of those magazine articles entitled, “10 Pieces, 27 Outfits!” only that’s it. You get rid of your entire wardrobe except for those mix and match pieces and lots of accessories. I’m really, really tempted to give it a try by creating a capsule wardrobe and just putting the rest of my clothes in boxes for a set period of time as a trial run. 

5. Watching: Season two of “Orphan Black.” If you haven’t seen this show, it’s good! The main actress, Tatiana Maslany deserves an Emmy. Seriously, why hasn’t she won an Emmy?!? Reading: “The Big Over Easy” by Jasper Fforde. It’s a crime/detective novel about the death of Humpty Dumpty. For real. It’s fun. What about you?

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Tuesday 5: Imaginaries and Phonies

1. Arthur Dent has imaginary friends. Yes, friends. Two. One is a robot named Robot. The other is an imaginary brother named—you’ll never, never guess this one, Fellow Adventurers—Spaceship. Yes, an imaginary brother named Spaceship.

2. Arthur Dent is on a roll lately. Tonight he was talking on his pretend phone to “The Professor” (another imaginary friend?) and said, “Yes, my big sister Amelia Earhart is weird. There’s something wrong in there.” I’ll just leave that there with no further comment.

3. I just finished reading, “Ladies’ Night” by Mary Kay Andrews. I used to love her books- chick lit mysteries. This was definitely a light read, but it was also predictable. Oh, here we go, the protagonists are finally together. Well, there’s still a third of the book left. I’m sure there will be a misunderstanding that causes them to break up or fight. Yes. There it is. So, it was a nice mindless escape, but no great read.

4. Speaking of literary things, I saw a t-shirt today that said, “Holden Caulfield thinks you're a phony.” That’s genius.

5. How is your Easter? Sunday was a lot of fun. We got up super early and went to sunrise Mass, then came home and took a nap. We had another family over for lunch and instead of cooking a giant meal, had a make your own panini bar. It was low stress and everyone was sure to like their sandwich. Today, I went to Target and bought new plastic eggs. We have a hodgepodge collection of eggs from many years of egg hunts and school parties. Now that our kids are getting a bit older, they’re getting more competitive about finding eggs, so I bought the cheap single color dozen in four different colors, so everyone can have their own color to find and no one will be able to find most of the eggs.

BONUS: The International Man of Intrigue and I have been watching “Arrested Development” and, while we find a lot of it funny, for the last few days, we have been laughing hysterically at Bob Loblaw’s Law Blog. (Even if you don’t watch the show, say that out loud a few times.) Sometimes we just say it and laugh. HYSTERICAL.