*Daphne is coming into town next week (YAY!) and a bowling date meet up of Portland area friends new and old has been set up. I haven't been bowling since I was probably 14 years old. It will definitely be interesting. We shall see if I'm still the reigning Queen of the gutter ball.
*Last week I found this Orla Kiely for Target serving tray at Goodwill.I paid $2.99 for it. I just sold it on ebay for $46. So if you're ever out thrifting and see any Orla Kiely stuff, snatch it up. Or leave it for me to find, that's cool too.
*I have a new favorite show and crazily enough, it's on the Science Channel. (I'm going to be totally up front and tell you that I didn't even know I got the Science Channel until I heard about this show.) It's called An Idiot Abroad and it's from the mind of Ricky Gervais. (Love him.) Every episode centers around Ricky sending his friend, Karl Pilkington-a sort of high functioning simpleton-to see one of the seven wonders of the world. Hilarity ensues. (Go here for more info.)
*A few weeks back, Jessie shared with me an older issue of the parenting magazine Brain, Child. At first I didn't know what to think because I'm totally over parenting magazines. They just seem so heavily influenced by advertisers that even the 'articles' seem like advertisements. "Want your child to succeed? Buy these toys!" Whatever. I don't need that kind of guilt and pressure. Anyway, last night I finally got around to reading the magazine and I really like it. There was one article by Catherine Newman that I can't stop thinking about. It was called Bored Again and it was basically about the beauty of boredom and how boredom is such a luxury. The way Catherine writes is so unapologetically honest that I'm completely drawn to her style. At one point she writes, "I am not trying to sound like one of those crafty-mama blogs that makes you want to kill yourself, the kind you bookmark one day because you think that putting out a wooden bowl of felt gnomes sounds like a good idea, but then you unbookmark it the next when you realize that the bowl is supposed to get refilled every morning with a different inspiring and wool based activity and it is just too fucking much to deal with." Bravo!
*To go along with the above thought, I fear my kids are caught up in some weird technology loop that they can't get out of. Last night I announced that we were going to have a tech-free 15 minutes while I cooked dinner. Honestly, they both stared at me as if I was speaking Chinese.
When we do things as a family, we're fairly outdoorsy. We go to parks, we hike, and we all love traipsing through the woods. But when we're just hanging out at home the kids go from computer to tv to ipod to video games. The other day, for whatever reason, all those things were shut off willingly and I was so proud of my kids. Then I looked over at my son only to see that he was playing a bowling game on his phone. Seriously? How fun can that even be?!?
So now I'm stuck trying to figure out how to teach my kids (my pre-teen son specifically) the difference between entertaining yourself and having something entertain you. Are any of you dealing with something similar at your homes? Any thoughts, ideas, solutions? I like the idea of having some time every day devoted to no technology, but last night when I set up the aforementioned tech-free 15 minutes my son asked, "Why are we being punished?" Hmmm...am I fighting a losing battle?