Sunday, May 31, 2009
1. Aggravation: this game was responsible for teaching my son to count. As they get older they learn to use strategy - especially if they are uber-competitive like my freak husband, who makes it his goal to knock as many people's marbles out as possible, regardless of whether he gets his marbles home or not.
2. Uno and Skipbo: Colors, numbers and matching. You can take the deck anywhere. And it's just good fun.
3. Scrabble and Scrabble Jr.: Really self explanatory. Probably the most played games here.
4. Yahtzee: Serious numbers and counting practice. Way to practice different combinations of numbers.
5. The Garden Game: I think this one is only available online, but it is a very cool and educational game. My dad got it for Monkeybutt's birthday 5 years ago when he showed an interest in gardening, and not only is it fun, but we have learned a ton. Composting, pests vs. beneficial animals, earth stewardship...there is so much to be learned. If you can find it, get it. I will say, though, it's a lot easier if your opponent can read - otherwise you spend a lot of time reading the cards aloud.
We've played Candyland, Life, Chutes and Ladders, etc. as well as one of the 6 different Trivial Pursuits (in teams, obviously) plenty of times, but these are the games we keep pulling out over and over. Give some of these a try - I'll bet your kids will surprise you by how smart they are and how much fun they can be.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
These lilacs smelled lovely.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
I read Twilight last year. I didn't think much of it, but I knew, since I read the first book, I would have to read the rest. But honestly, it kind of reminded me of "Party of Five" with vampires and no dead parents. You all remember "Party of Five" right? The show that launched Jennifer Love Hewitt, Matthew Fox, Neve? A show so full of teen angst, I felt like I'd regressed to 15 every time I watched it? That's the way I feel about Twilight. I had to keep reminding myself that the main characters were teenagers, and I still wanted to slap Bella - multiple times.
Anyway, I just finished New Moon last night. I almost didn't read it - my Twilight-loving friends all told me it was the worst book in the series and I would probably hate it. I didn't hate it - but it reinforced my dislike of Bella.
Let me clarify, before a slew of avid Twilight fans storm my blog and, possibly, cause me bodily harm - the stories are pretty decent. I have no major problem with any of the other characters - it's just Bella. She is the whiniest character since Holden Caulfield and Raskolnikov. Both characters I wanted to slap around.
During one amusing moment in the book, Bella the whiner is comparing her relationship with Edward to the doomed lovers of Romeo and Juliet. And I couldn't help but agree - because I found Romeo and Juliet to be two of the most pathetic characters in literature. Even in high school - I mean, come on. They were teenagers. Kids - and they certainly acted like it. "oh, no, she's dead, I'll just go ahead and kill myself right here." and then "oh, no, now he's dead..." you get the picture. Understand, I am not the least romantic person alive, but come on. And yes, I am dissing another favorite character in literature - Holden Caulfield. What a whiney, elitist little punk. I never understood Kyra Sedgwick's character's love for him in "Singles"...and the funny thing, my guess is the author meant for the character to be annoying, and what a hoot that so many American girls loved the guy so much. I mean, what a comment on our culture.
Wow, I totally went off topic there. I disliked "Romeo and Juliet", "Catcher in the Rye", and "Crime and Punishment" - three of the world's most popular and best loved works of literature. And now we're discussing...right, the Twilight series, more specifically, New Moon. The entire meat of the book consists of Bella whining for Edward, and developing a relationship with Jacob...and by the way, what is everyone's beef with Jacob? He can't help what he is, and, more to the point, other than the Cullens, the vampires are a lot more deadly than the werewolves. He acts a lot more mature than dumb Bella, and she has pretty much said she isn't going to be leaving Edward. I thought Jacob and his group are a very cool addition to the story, and he could get a heck of a lot better than Bella. Why do these characters love her so much, anyway? She's kind of a twit.
Ok, this was pretty disjointed and crazy-sounding. I just wanted to get this all out before it slipped away. And don't attack me - I'm just as entitled to my opinion, darn it.
Have a nice day. Watch out for mythical creatures.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Yesterday we went to see the new Star Trek movie. Most of you know this movie was about Kirk, Spock, and the rest of the crew as young cadets. Great effect, a decent storyline, and I loved the actors - especially Karl Urban as Bones (oh he is yummy) and Zachary Quinto as Spock (I love him anyway - Heroes is my favorite show and he is an excellent bad guy - and he looked, sounded and acted Spock.) The clever bit of the movie is the plot twist that will allow them to make future installments without contradicting the series. I won't go any further, but I do recommend checking out this movie. My kids even enjoyed it. Monkeybutt thought it was great, and the Girl Child was probably a bit young for the more mature plot points, but she loved the action, the aliens, and watching for the "Giant Cheeseball" which makes her day each time she watches the opening credits of the various series (several of the planets look, to her, like giant cheeseballs. A child of vast imagination, my Girl Child.)
Anyway, we really loved the new Star Trek movie. We think you should see it.
Live long and prosper.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
On a brighter note, check out the Mouthy Housewife link I added to the side. I found it reading Denise's blog. Brilliant and funny, a lethal combination.