Friday, July 31, 2015

7 Quick Takes about Games from the 90s, Making Waves on Facebook, and Entertainment in Quarantine

It's 7 Quick Takes Friday! The last 7 days told in 7 quick takes.


Did you play M.A.S.H. when you were younger? If you did, you were probably a kid/teen in the 90s.

I don't remember all the details of how to play, but I do know that you could end up living in a shack married to Jared Leto (or insert similar 1990s heartthrob) and that was OK with me! Do kids still play this?

Another thing we did:
  1. Name your favorite animal. Describe it with 3 adjectives.
  2. Name your favorite color. Describe it with 3 adjectives.
  3. The adjectives you used to describe your favorite animal are really words that describe you. The way you describe your favorite color is how you'd like to be.
Just the other day I tried to explain this to Phillip but I mangled my explanation. He paused, then said, "Got it. So you take your favorite animal, divide it by your age, multiply by your favorite color, and that's how long you're going to live."

Close enough.


Three cheers for Unremarkable Files breaking 1,000 likes on Facebook!

Okay, so I can't take credit because I didn't personally do anything. But thanks to all you readers who did.

I'm absolutely loving reading all your hilarious and thoughtful comments over there. Keep up the great work, guys!


I'm all for giving kids choices, but sometimes discussing the day's plans with a 3-year-old isn't terribly helpful.

3-year-old: Can we go on a hike?
Phillip: Maybe. Where should we go? What do you want to see?
3-year-old: Animals.
Phillip: What kind?
3-year-old: Elephants and chickens and... zombies. Wait! Zombies are scary! I don't wanna see zombies!


Right now there's a very strange dynamic in the Evans household: our oldest two left to visit their grandparents in Minnesota and have been gone all week. 

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Totally bored at the airport.

"It's going to be so weird when you're gone!" I told my 11-year-old a few days before she left.

"Yeah," she answered, "but probably not as weird as when I'm here."

Did I mention how much I miss those guys??


While the older ones were gone we had all sorts of plans with the younger three, but we had to cancel most of them because the kids got sick, one by one.

We had fevers, we had throwing up and exhaustion... the kids were in rough shape. I may or may not have found one of them in the bathroom, sleeping face-down and pantsless on the rug in front of the toilet.

It's sort of like living in a frat house, but without the Greek.


Since we had two healthy kids and a sick one for most of the week, it presented quite a logistical issue: how to entertain in such a scenario?

We couldn't really go anywhere without giving the plague to everyone, but the healthy ones were bored and stir-crazy. So we had to get a little creative.

One day we decided to do ice racers, by freezing action figures in Tupperware containers and sliding them down a piece of plywood.

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It's 7 Quick Takes Friday! How was your week?  {posted @ Unremarkable Files}

It's 7 Quick Takes Friday! How was your week?  {posted @ Unremarkable Files}

I was expecting it to kill more time than it did. In reality, it was over in a half hour and this is how it shook out:

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At least it was free and it didn't make a mess.


Currently my knee is killing me, I think I slept on it wrong. 

Half the time I'm not sure exactly how old I am, but apparently I've reached the age where you get hurt doing nothing. Good times.

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Jenny said...

Ice racing, that is a great idea. I can see my triplet niece and nephews loving that forever. But like you said, it probably doesn't last as long as you really think.

Planning the day out with our 4 year old doesn't happen. Because if plans fall through, a big fit happens and its just not worth it. So we keep as many "plans" quiet until we are getting ready to go. That way when she asks it's not going to be some aweful thing if it falls through.

Jenny Evans said...

It didn't take long for me to figure out that you shouldn't tell little kids about plans until you're already in the car on the way there - but now that I'm in the habit, it's hard to break and remember to tell my older kids in advance about stuff. Their friend at school will ask, "So you're coming to my birthday tomorrow, right?" and they're like, "Huh??"

Anonymous said...

I like Phillip's explanation of the game! Haha
Poor sickies.
I completely understand about hurting yourself doing nothing. Sometimes I'm afraid to breathe hard! Lol

Rachel said...

The Zombie animal concern cracked me up. My mom and I just dropped off the 18 year old at the airport to head back to college in the USA today--many tears were involved in that, and yes, it's weird when kids aren't around for any period of time. I never played MASH as a kid, but I've recently seen it used as an activity for ESL lessons, that was my first introduction to it.