Wednesday, December 31, 2008
*Scrabble: we own the deluxe turntable one. I'm not always in the mood for a long word game but when I am this is the one of choice.
*Syzygy: (Isn't that a great word? Look it up in a good dictionary, or check online) This game is like Scrabble in that you're making a crossword puzzle. But for this game, the players are each racing to create a crossword in front of them. Here's the website: http://www.thatwordgame.com (tell them I sent you, maybe they'll give me credit and I can start giving the game as wedding gifts)
*Scattergories: (what is it with all the "S" names?) We play both the junior and the regular editions. Oh, that timer makes me jump every time.
*Boggle: Hints & Tips that have worked for me: +write as many of the small words as you can and as fast as you can. Quantity might win you the round. +If you find the word "tea," see if you can also get "ate" and "eat." +When you find a small word, look for consonants to go in front; for instance, from oat, you might also get boat, goat, bloat, float, etc.) +Notice letters that are blends: th, st, tr, kn, str, sp, spr, etc. and look for words using them. +Make the plural, too. If there's an "s", check each word as you write it down to see if you can create the plural form. +Write down words that MIGHT be real. Okay, you're not sure if it's in the dictionary. So? Write it down. First of all, it saves time if another player writes it, too--you don't have to look it up in the dictionary. Second, it just might be in the dictionary and you'll get points. Yay!
*Oh, Scrud: There's not too many of us who have this game because it was my father-in-law's cousin (?) who created it. My FIL gave us one a long while ago. It's a word card game similar to gin but you make words for your sets. I think the game Quiddler is similar.
Stop reading. Go play.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
On Dec. 13th, I got to play Mrs. Claus next to my husband's Santa--he makes such a good one. I have such fun being Mrs. Claus because I get to be nice to everyone. My usual self is to get exasperated with situations (and, I confess, people--sorry, I'm trying to overcome impatience right now!) So, anyway, I get to be everyone's favorite "grandma" and they treat me ever so nice, too. It really is fun.
At this particular gig, there were lots of adults I knew. So I went around saying, "hello, dear" and giving hugs. When the children came to sit in Santa's lap with me next to him, a 10 year old girl I knew from an after-school drama class came up. She was so surprised that we knew what school she attended and that she liked drama. She did finally realize who I was. She was impressed with my acting ability :)
Friday, December 26, 2008
This morning I typed it up, along with another idea that came to me. Yay! I'll take them to my writer's critique group next week, let them rip up the stories, edit and re-write, and submit it.
I would love to reveal the title and such of the story, but that will have to wait a couple of years, while I try to sell it.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
I first read the Phantom Tollbooth with my mother when I was about 11 or 12. We read it aloud to each other. I've always had a copy with me since then, even when I went to college. My roommate (and good friend) and I read it out loud together. Even then there was one thing in the book that I had missed all these years and she pointed it out. It was a no-duh but for some reason I didn't get it until then.
When my kids were old enough, I read it aloud to them. I just finished reading it out loud to our last child at home. She's 12. We enjoyed it.I loaned my worn copy to a good friend. The copy had a rubberband around it to hold the pages together. Finally, even I had to admit it was time for a new copy. I got the new copy but it was smaller (in size; it wasn't condensed) and it was hard to read the map so I tore the map out of my older book and tossed the rest. Now I have the smaller copy with a loose map stuck in it but I've decided I need to get a better copy, maybe a hardbound. I prefer paperback because I like to READ my books, enjoy them, use them. Which means, I bend back the pages, I dog-ear the corners, and sometimes I write in it. I don't feel guilty about it if it's a paperback. I think books should be comfortable. It's hard to be comfortable reading them when you have to be careful so it always stays pristine.