Friday, December 3, 2010

lighten up

It's true, I can be smarter than the average bear. Sometimes. Take last night for example. We stayed home. I did not go learn the rest of the bo staff form. I made scalloped ham and potatoes for supper and we ate all together around the table. Then we moved to the living room where "Game Night" was declared. Rounds of Connect Four, Clue, Crazy Eights and Wii Hunting ensued. Mr. G bagged a big elk. Mr. T trounced me soundly in Crazy Eights. Mr. B took a licking from his pa in Connect Four. We ate some caramel corn and had a bunch of laughs. While the boys got ready for bed I pulled out our stash of Christmas books and we read four of them before tuck-in. It was definitely the right decision, we all feel a little more centered today.

We're heading into a busy weekend with temps dropping and I still have to string some lights outside. Our house looks as crabby as the shut-ins on the corner (who only put up yard signs promoting their favorite conservative politicians, but nary a scrap of holiday decorating). (Yes, I'm totally judging the shut-ins. They never wave--even when you pass them on foot while walking down your driveway along the back of their yard. They never smile. I brought them homemade chocolate cookies the week they moved in! They're a young couple with a baby and a little boy since moving in and you'd think they'd have some instinct for neighborliness or community, but they're definitely lacking it.) I need to channel my inner decorating diva and hop to it!

Speaking of decorators, Anne Marie has a killer eye for decorating and she's about to tackle her master bedroom. I'm anxious to see how that turns out--she is so clever about putting unusual things together and creating beautiful spaces. And you may recall that Anne Marie's NaDa Farm Shop on Etsy is November's FABULOUS. I'm picking one lucky winner out of this week's comment box Saturday--each comment is an entry to win your choice from her shop.

Spill it, reader. Have you carved out some time for peace and quiet lately?
Happy weekend!

21 comments:

  1. And I thought I was the only one with stodgy neighbors!

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  2. I love your ggame night with carmel corn and pulling out the Christmas books. What a wonderful memory for the boys.

    I am reading in a 4 year old pre school and a second grade classroom. Can you suggest a few books for me, please!How about that for a question from a Reading Specialist! It's been a few years!!

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  3. too bad about the neighbors! we had some like that and totally glad they moved. now the neighborhood is very friendly; people actually ask how my husband is doing.

    game night = much fun! sounds like you had a blast.

    ron is coming home from rehab this afternoon or tomorrow morning. after he gets settled in, i'm working on my Christmas cards to mail out, an order for a gift of cards for someone, and a couple of other items. it's my time to relax, even though i'm concentrating on things, it's still very relaxing.

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  4. I have. After working round the clock to get my projects done by December 1st, I have taken a couple of nights off. Tonight we're going caroling and lighting the town Christmas tree in Crandon and tomorrow I'll finish decorating the tree.

    Game night sound really good. Perhaps Sunday...

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  5. Great idea, I love game nights too!

    Do you think 7 year olds could enjoy Clue? I've been waiting to pick it up for Caroline until she's the right age, but would love to get it sooner than later!

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  6. i can't wait till my kids get bigger and we can have "game night"...sounds so fun!

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  7. Game nights are fantastic!!! The boys love deer drive on the wii---my sister has it and they repeat it for days after they come home from visiting her :/

    Scalloped potatoes are on this weeks menu--great minds! There's nothing like cold winter nights to connect and relax!

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  8. We were planning on tackling the outside decorations this weekend, but with all the snow they are predicting we may start in on it tonight. Too bad it is so stinking cold. Boo.

    I love game nights! That is something we will be doing as the kiddos get a bit older. :)

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  9. That sounds wonderful! (Game night, NOT the neighbors) I'm not seeing any quiet time in my immediate future...maybe next week?...

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  10. Our parish mission was this week so I spent an hour in church each evening. It doesn't get more peaceful than that!

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  11. Wednesday night at 2:00 a.m. - oh wait - I guess it was Thursday morning, while I was reading my favorite author Stephen King - nothing was sitrring - not even a mouse. The house sat quiet, until I noticed it started creaking and groaning in the stillness . . .as I read my book . . .

    Full Dark, No Stars

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  12. Try Farkle!

    I really need a couple days to re-charge. I swear this week, if there was something I could royally screw up I did just that. I'm thinking a warm bath surrounded by candles is ideal.

    And then, a Farkle match with my husband when we put our 3-year-old to be :)

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  13. We have a neighbor that had John Kerry signs all over his yard when we first moved in. We just started calling him 'John Kerry' (not to his face). We still don't know his name, but he does wave if he's sitting out when we drive or walk by.

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  14. I was so set on quiet time tonight that I was already in my p.j.'s when my husband came home at 5. That's when he dropped the bombshell that my presence was requested at an impromptu business dinner (spouses here from out of town). I have changed clothes, fixed my hair back up and am just about to leave. But I am crying inside.

    I love reading Christmas books--it was one of my favorite traditions when the kids were younger.

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  15. We had game night last week.......what fun! I like being all tucked in at night now that the weather is colder....I've found some quiet time in the morning to knit before Cubby gets up for school.

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  16. Ah... our house has not seen so much as a pine needle or a shred of sparkly ribbon. The tree decor is still some unknown somewhere in the [new] attic. *Cringe*
    Surely, we can manage to at least get the tree up this weekend...

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  17. As your children and parents get older...I think you become more serene because what really matters is time spent with them.....as the children head off to college and parents age, especially when they live in other states, you just want to be with them and spend the time that you realize is growing short.

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  18. FINALLY getting some balance and quiet time. The past month has been consumed with being upset about work and taking care of Mom.

    I started walking again this week and gave my 2 week notice at work. I am almost caught up on my DVR episodes of Sons Of Anarchy and I can breathe again.

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  19. This year, I have to carve out time for NOT peace and quiet, in truth. We play games and cards every day, lots, so the occasion to get out of the house has me jumping around.

    My prediction for the shut-ins is that they'll get divorced within five years. I'm all wid ya when it comes to judging!

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  20. Most of my neighbors display the same liberal campaign signs that I do, thank goodness. It helps that our state assembly rep lives a few blocks away; we all want her to keep winning and keep representing us.

    Game night sounds awesome. My "boys" play cribbage - with Amigo's braille cards!

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  21. I have had NO peace and quiet at all this weekend and it's why I'm returning to work all scattered and resentful. And unrested.

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Spill it, reader.