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?