I guess I've been a little ranty lately, huh? I actually thought I was going a little nutso this week but then it just turned that I was massively PMSing. I don't know about you, but as I get older I'm finding that I am completely psychotic for about 4 days every month. You should feel very sorry for my family.
On a positive note, I went to my first Bunco game. Twice. I went last night but it was tonight. (It's that psychotic thing, it leaves me brain dead.) I came with $10 and left with $10. I was really hoping not to lose any money. I think I would like to start playing it more, but man those women are hard core. It seemed like they've all been playing together for years and it was really hard to join in on their conversations. Conversations that pick up and leave off once a month, so understandably there is a mad rush to catch up on things.
I'd like to get a regular game going but the thing is ideally you need 12 people every time. And some alternates in case someone doesn't show up. One lady told me she called 27 people just to get 12 confirmed for her party. First of all, I don't know 27 people. Second of all I don't use the phone so...yeah. Chances of this happening are slim. But I do own a Bunco set so it would be fun to try.
Speaking of phone, it's the way school functions and carpools and playdates seem to be most easily organized 'round these parts. I haven't talked on the phone this much since 1986 when my mom put in a phone line just for
us kids me. I sound like a total douche on the phone. And the goodbyes are so awkward. And me leaving a voicemail? How much time you got? I can awkwardly sputter talk until the time runs out. I have to keep telling myself, "You can do this! You can be social! The phone is your friend! It's not just for texting and email!"
The no-cable thing. We're closing in on a week and here's the high/low. The high: the girls have not even noticed that we haven't been turning the TV on. They haven't asked to watch anything. They've been playing. A lot. And very sweetly together for the most part. The scenarios they've created are hilarious and involve Bunny being the mother, Wallie being the "Big Sister", and Big Sister "going to school" which seems to take about an hour and requires a backpack filled with horses, wooden food, and several plates.
We've also been outside more a lot which is also good. While the weather is still gorgeous and warm we are taking full advantage. Now that Bunny is two-wheelin' we've been talking long and rambling afternoon rides around our town looking at Fall leaves and Halloween decorations. She's getting to be quite a careful street rider, and her independence makes bike-riding so much more fun.
The low is that giving up our routine is hard. I don't know if we can wean ourselves completely off of TV even without the cable. For example, I felt very disconnected from the Southern California fire situation this week because reading about it in the paper a day later just isn't the same. J. watched some episodes of The Office (British version) on DVD. (I made him turn on the subtitles [English] because I can't understand the accents half the time.) I read some. Worked some. Cleaned and organized some. And tonight I watched an episode of Private Practice on my laptop because I really just wanted to mellow out and watch something stoopid. So it's not that we've gotten rid of the TV completely, we're just being judicious and not letting it be such a time-suck.
I keep thinking of all those scenes in Jane Austen movies where people just sit in a room embroidering or reading, and when they were bored, taking a turn around the room (now that's just crazy). They also seemed to talk so damn much. I wonder if they thought their days and evenings were fulfilling passing the time that way?
And so there it is. My week comes to an end. I'm feeling a little less crazy, ready to take on Halloween, and waiting for this month to be over.