Expanding My Mind… Groovy…

Thanksgiving vacation is quickly coming to an end. Five days in a row of sleeping past 8:00 will be a thing of the past until Christmas break. Tomorrow will be the beginning of just another week and life will resume its routine.

Our friends, the Stenmans, invited us to share Thanksgiving with them since we don’t have any family around here and we were happy to accept. The food was delicious and the company was so enjoyable. After dinner some of us played Bananagrams:

Have you played it yet? It’s like Scrabble only better. I love Scrabble, but it can get tedious while you’re waiting for your turn. (I never claimed to be incredibly patient.) But you’re on your own when you play Bananagrams so you don’t have to wait on anyone! (I think somebody in my family should get it for Christmas.) Not only did I leave the Stenman’s feeling pleasantly full and happy at spending a nice day with them, I think I may have left a little smarter, too.

Friday and Saturday were spent baking, cleaning the kitchen and working in the dining room. Katie and I were able to prime above the chair rail and I’m hoping to get the bottom part primed this week. I’m going to have to re-paint all the woodwork, which I’m pretty sure is going to be a pain in the rear, and my plan is to start painting next weekend. We’ll just have to see how that pans out. By the way – I love the smell of primer and mineral spirits. I just hope they didn’t kill any new brain cells I may have amassed at the Stenman’s Thursday.

Today was an enriching day at the theater. I mentioned about a month ago that Katie and her friend, Alexis, sang “Sisters” for their voice recital. It turns out that the Broadway production of White Christmas is currently in Philadelphia.

So Katie, Lexie and I left church after first service, had an early lunch at the King of Prussia Chili’s and then headed into Philly for a matinee. (If you’d like to see what we saw on our drive into the city you can reference my last post. And just for the record – I did not take any of those pictures, though I wish I could take credit. I just got them off of Google Images.)

Our seats were in the very last row of the beautiful old theater. It doesn’t look nearly as tall from the outside as it feels when you’re walking up, up, up the stairs. And the actors’ faces were pretty fuzzy from way up there, kind of like when they block out faces on the television to protect their identities.

Still, it did provide a different view. For example, we got to see the beautiful chandelier from the top before they raised it for the performance.

The play itself was delightful, even if we couldn’t make out any features on the cast. Katie and Lexie enjoyed it and they held back when “Sisters” was sung on stage. I was a little worried they might get up and sing with the performers!

After the play we walked a block or so down Broad Street and got our overpriced beverage and pastry on at Starbucks. (No, I’m not dissing Starbucks. I’m just telling it like it is.) Then it was time to come home. Who knew the Eagles were in town today? I didn’t. And I chose the wrong route to come home and ended up in horrendous traffic. Heinously horrendous!

But we did finally make it home and we’re enjoying the last couple hours of our break by eating chocolate crinkles and watching “The Amazing Race”. Well, the family is watching “The Amazing Race”. I’m typing. Obviously. I just hope that all this culture and brain calisthenics will make me sharper tomorrow at work.


  1. Lynilu on November 29, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    Bananagrams, huh? No waiting? Sounds like a free-for-all!! My kinda game, too!! I just commented elsewhere that I don't play Monopoly because it takes too long, and I have no patience. Or attention span, perhaps!

  2. Becky on November 30, 2009 at 12:00 am

    Gotta get me those Bananagrams. Sounds a little like speed Scrabble.LUUUUUCKY!! "God help the mister, who comes between me and my sister…" LOOOVE that one!!

  3. Terri on November 30, 2009 at 1:27 am

    The girls showed remarkable restraint, as I would have been singing along to all the songs! "White Christmas" is one of my favorites, and a "must see" every year. I'd love to see it on stage sometime. And "Amazing Race" was disappointing tonight… the team I was rooting for got bumped. Bummer. Good Luck with the Dining Room. Is Todd on a trip or are you braving the re-do while he's home? (I know you usually start these projects when he's gone.) I'm ready to start on my Laundry Room, but can't get David to leave long enough to get started without his "help". lol

  4. Jenster on November 30, 2009 at 7:53 am

    Lynilu – I'm the same way with Monopoly! It takes forever and I can never make it all the way through.Becky – It's exactly like speed Scrabble! Good call!Terri – I watch it just about every year, too! It must be our good upbringing. And no, Todd is not out of town. Can you believe it?? But he barely sets a foot in the dining room because he knows it's just not worth it.

  5. Monnik on November 30, 2009 at 10:44 am

    oooh, I want to see White Christmas!.Sounds like fun!Except for the traffic part.

  6. Gretchen on November 30, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Ah, what a fun weekend! Jenster, you really must move to Seattle, so that we can theater gallivant together with our daughters. Forget about uprooting Katie. I'm sure she would love it here. ;)I'm with you–we must decide upon another date. xxxooo

  7. Zeek on November 30, 2009 at 5:52 pm


  8. Jenster on November 30, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    Monnik – the traffic is so NOT fun.Gretchen – why don't you all move here?? Or why don't you just become bicoastal!?Zeek – that's so much better than "Dump!" lol

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