It's been nice. It's been...
As much as I monitored the kids' tv-watching it was still on more than I'd like it to be. Even I would find myself stalking the time for when something I wanted to watch would be coming on. Now, there's no sense of urgency to get things done in time to watch a tv show.
And there's no commercials.
I'm embarrassed to admit oft-times I'd find we'd all dispersed into other rooms of the house. And now, as I type, we are all in the common area together being quizzed on social studies or eating a late dinner or wrestling or somersaulting between the couch and the coffee table. (I am doing none of those, I am sitting here writing and editing photos, trying not to be wrestled.)
This is not an anti-TV rant.
We do have the Internet. And you can watch pretty much whatever you want on the Internet. Just not as much (in our case) and it's nice.
It's more quiet.
And we do things we wouldn't do before, like visit the library for books and movies on DVD and music CDs. I used to watch stupid stuff while washing the dishes. Now I am listening to something new every day on my undercounter cd player. I even got some audio books. It's nice. And somehow, even though there is something going on in my ears, not having the visual all the time makes things seem more
I ran my fingers down the stacks of plastic cases on the rotating rack. A man whispered obnoxiously to his friend at the row behind me and it made me laugh.
I remember when I could spend forever in used CD stores, looking for old imports, rare finds, my favorite bands even though I already had that album- I would be shocked someone sold it but at the same time happy that it was there for someone else to discover.
You can check out ten at a time and so this week I chose albums by The Weepies, Belle & Sebastian, Beastie Boys, Wilco, Erykah Badu, Ben Harper, Andrew Bird, The Beatles, and two by the Killers.
I took home-made (smashed by hand!) guacamole and tortilla soup to my grandparents today. It was so good. If I could remember how I made it I would totally share it. I kind of made it up as I went along. When we got home Gray and Ivy both asked for another bowl.
I am trying to take them a meal every week, and maybe more often soon, and don't want it to always be soup. Do you have some suggestions for good meal ideas I could take? Something that makes a large batch so I can have enough for our family, too? Have any favorite dish that's your thing?
Also, what is your favorite album or musician (of any genre/era) that I should look for at the library?