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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Telephone Pictionary

TODAY'S QUOTES:


"One picture is worth a thousand words."


~Fred R. Barnard


"Observe Everything. Communicate Well. Draw, Draw, Draw."


~Frank Thomas, Disney Animator


"Half this game is 90% mental."


~Danny Ozark, manager of the Phillies


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Thanks to Mamaglop, our family learned a new game last week, and spent not one, but TWO evenings around the dining room table, laughing our way through it. The game is pretty simple: You start with small pieces of paper. Each player recieves a stack equal to the number of players at the table (adding or subtracting to make the number odd). Each player numbers his stack, then writes a sentence on the first page. Then, everyone passes their stack to the next person. Each player reads the sentence on his new stack, transfers that page to the bottom of the pile, then illustrates that sentence on page two. Then, everyone passes their stack to the next person. Each player views the illustration, transfers that page to the bottom of the pile, then writes a sentence, explaining the illustration. Then everyone passes their stack to the next person.


This process continues until the stacks are complete - you want to end with a sentence, not a drawing. We found it was funnier that way. The stacks should be back with their original owners, at this point, and here the fun begins: Each player in turn reveals the sentences and drawings on his stack of papers, sharing how the starting sentence in the sequence becomes mutated as it it passed around the table in a sentence / illustration / sentence / illustration frenzy.


Let's just say, there's nothing like laughter to draw a family of four teenagers and two adults together.


Here are two samples of our funniest sequences. As the night went on, the sentences got more creative, as players realized it could be funnier.



Example 1:


Sentence page 1: The meteor shower hit the earth at 3:00 am; we watched it while eating a box of oreos and wearing solar suits.


Sentence page 3: While we were packing egg cartons, a meteor shower hit the earth at precisely 3 o'clock.


Sentence page 5: Global warming and the greenhouse effect were the worst of thier problems, as a meteor was heading for earth in less than 3 hours.


Sentence page 7: The kids played soccer in the back yard from 2:59 until 3:00; they broke three balls in that time period.


Example #2:


Sentence page 1: The moustache guard in the coffee cup kept Grandpa's moustache dry.


Sentence page 3: The golden star service at the Flying J (a truck stop) fed the moustached man bread and jam from an enormous teacup; midgets or elves watched closely.


Sentence page 5: Waiter, there's a fly in my soup and a dwarf bothering me.


Sentence page 7: The bartender was angry because the customer had no table and the waiter couldn't see anything.


Funny how things can get twisted and intentions can be misunderstood. When each player would read their original sentence, you could hear collective "OH!"s from around the table, as the light finally went on. I've never laughed so much since the last time we watched Sarah watching America's Funniest Videos on television. Her uncontrolled laughter is more entertaining than the videos themselves.


Laughter truly is the best medicine - How will you get your recommended daily allowance?

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Thankful Thursday

TODAY'S QUOTE:

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens;
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens;
Brown paper packages tied up with strings;
These are a few of my favorite things.

Cream-colored ponies and crisp apple strudels;
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles;
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings;
These are a few of my favorite things.

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes;
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes;
Silver-white winters that melt into springs;
These are a few of my favorite things.

When the dog bites,
When the bee stings,
When I'm feeling sad,
I simply remember my favorite things,
And then I don't feel so bad.

~ Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rodgers

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Featured Grownups' current topic is "I am Happy When." Since I'm happy when I remember to be thankful, and since I currently joined the Thankful Thursday" meme hosted by Sting My Heart, I thought I'd kill two birds with one stone, (not really, I love birds), and post a list of fifty things I'm thankful for. My Xanga friend, SimpliciTea also does a Thankful Thursday list, and it inspires me every week.

I am thankful for:

1. A big glass of ice water when I'm thirsty.

2. A church that feels like home, with a pastor who is personal and prays for us.

3. A faithful husband who is willing to work two jobs to help pay our bills.

4. A full night's sleep.

5. A great arts program at the local community college, and discount tickets because my daugter is a student.

6. A great barbeque restaurant within walking distance of home that's willing to employ two of my teenagers.

7. A knock-you-down bear hug from my seven year old neice.

8. A new game for family night called "telephone pictionary" that I learned from my Xanga friend, Mamaglop.

9. A pot of hot stew on the stove, and the yummy smell wafting through the house.

10. A stack of books waiting to be read on my bedside table, and a bookcase full of old favorites in my library.

11. A world-wide community of bloggers who are funny, smart, and my friends!

12. Amazing jazz from Chris Botti's trumpet.

13. Beaded book marks.

14. Candles burning all over the house.

15. Christian Women Online Magazine.

16. Dove dark chocolate.

17. Fresh cut flowers in a winter wonderland.

18. Fresh vegetables.

19. Hearing my almost eighty-year-old grandfather tell stories from his life before I was born.

20. Inspiring poetry from my friend a_wrinkle_in_rhyme.

21. My Bible.

22. My favorite comfy pair of blue jeans.

23. My leather coat.

24. My mother, my hero, my friend.

25. My new bathrobe as I step out of the shower.

26. My new ScanDisk Sansa MP3 Player

27. New sharpened pencils and a fresh journal.

28. Photographs.

29. Red chotchkies.

30. Rogers and Hammerstein musicals on DVD.

31. Sitting in front of the fireplace in my den with chocolate brown walls and laminate flooring we did ourselves.

32. The chance to parent and homeschool my 16 year old step-son for at least a year, maybe longer.

33. The ocean.

34. The privelege of being a "billboard of mercy".

35. The privelege of spending each day in my own home, educating with my children.

36. The sound of thunder rolling across the sky.

37. The tick of analog clocks.

38. The way my husband whispers against my neck.

39. The way my oldest son hugs me every day when he comes in from work.

40. The wedding ring quilt on my bed that my husband bought on our honeymoon.

41. Three australian shepherd dogs who lay at my feet, when I let them in the house.

42. Three cats who love to use my lap, keyboard, book, or feet as their beds for a little nap.

43. TiVo and fast-forwarading through commercials.

44. Two daily cups of hot tea.

45. Vacation with extended family in Durango Colorado.

46. Waking up knowing my day is in the hands of Someone who can handle it so much better than I can.

47. Weekly family nights with all of my children and my husband.

48. When my husband calls me every day on his lunch hour and when he's heading home from work.

49. When my nineteen year-old daughter sits on the foot of my bed at night and tells me all about her day.

50. When my sixteen-year-old daughter calls me mommy.


What favorite things are you thankful for?

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Precisely My Cup of Tea

TODAY'S QUOTES:

"I always fear that creation will expire before tea-time."
Sidney Smith

"Ecstasy is a glass full of tea and a piece of sugar in the mouth."
Alexander Puskin

"Thank God for tea! What would the world do without tea! I am glad I was not born before tea."
Sydney Smith

"If you are cold, tea will warm you. If you are too heated, it will cool you. If you are depressed, it will cheer you. If you are excited, it will calm you."
William Gladstone

"Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors."
Alice Walker

"There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea."
Henry James

"There is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Scented steam wafts from the warm ceramic I cradle in my hand. My fingers warm, my heartbeat slows, my body relaxes, and I melt into the comfort of a cup of tea.

What is it about this centuries old beverage that gives me pause in my crazy, hectic day, and allows me to grow still and quiet inside of myself?

As part of a decision to eat healthier this year, and severely limit my caffiene intake as sleep becomes more and more precious, I have been drinking at least one cup of black tea, and one cup of green tea each day. It's not easy to find decaffienated tea bags, with good flavor, but I've fallen in love with Tazo; especially their decaffienated chai.

The flavor is enjoyable, and the health benefits valuable, but for me, the thing that keeps me coming back, twice a day, every day, is the calm, the warmth, the peace that comes from quieting myself for twenty minutes.

I don't go into a trance, pray or meditate, or even focus on any particular thing. I just slow down and relax -- and it makes all the difference.

I know people who cannot stand silence. Why is that?

My sweet husband braved frigid winter temperatures, and icy roads yesterday, to stop by the store and pick up some groceries on the way home from work. Along with milk and bread, and other staples, he brought me three new boxes of decaffienated tea. I can't wait to try them.

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