PJ heard the NPR story this morning from Peter Kenyon. His ears perked up–he is PJ’s favorite.
PJ: Peter Kenyon! What’s he doing now?
Me: Sound like he is reporting from Turkey. He always goes where the action is, and right now Turkey has action.
PJ: You mean, like, fighting?
Me: Yeah. They are fighting in the streets in Turkey. They disagree about how things are going there. Peter Kenyon is watching it and telling the rest of us what is going on.
PJ: And then he just runs away when it gets really dangerous?
PJ: Because Kenyans can run really fast, so he just runs when the trouble comes!
My kids would nickel and dime me on the chores if they could. Actually, they ask if I will pay them a dollar for just about anything they do that they find inconvenient:
I’ll take out the recycles if you give me a dollar.
If I pick up sticks can I get a dollar?
I’ll only put on my pajamas if you give me a dollar!
It’s not nearly as charming as it sounds, I assure you. Oh, it doesn’t even sound charming? Agreed. You’d think it must have succeeded once or twice to be so persistent, but as far as I know, it hasn’t. I do see an uptick in these requests after they’ve been around their other, parent, though. I guess that is the perk of not living with your kids: you can avoid their constant attempts to impoverish you while simultaneously annoying the other parent.
Roommate reunion! I had lots of lovely roommates in college, but these are some of my favorites! Kate and I were in from opposite coasts and all four of us happened to have a few of the same free hours. We descended on Jamie’s super cute house to…play cards! Kate’s husband thought we were joking about that, but we showed him. Jamie gave us a refresher course on one of our favorite games and it was a blast, not just because I was leading when we had to stop.
Mormon Bridge/Damn it to Hell
o Deal cards: first hand is one card, successive rounds go up to seven and then back down to one.
o Flip the top card on the deck to get the trump suit.
o Everyone bets on how many hands they will win, using their hand to guess
o Person to the left of the dealer starts, playing card of his choice (on larger hands)—subsequent players must follow lead suit if they can
o Player with highest card in the leading suit OR trump suit wins hand
o Players get scores of +10 for each hand they win that they bid to win
o -10 for each hand you were wrong about
Next trip: Uno!