Friday, July 26, 2013
Fun on a dime. Or rather, a tank of gas. (And a winner)
With income/budget cuts and changes over the past two years, I've gotten pretty good at coming up with fun things that don't cost much more than a tank of gas to get there and back.
Last week the kids and I had been cooped up at home at lot and I came up with a "free" Friday night activity for when Adrain got home. Let me just say that it's really easy for me to return home with a minimum of fifty photos on my camera from nearly any outing. I only came home with 117 photos. (Don't worry I'll narrow it down somewhat for you here.) You're probably wondering what on earth I came up with that didn't cost us anything but some gasoline in the car, and somehow allowed for over a hundred photographs.
Well folks. It's called the "Left-Right game." You should try it.
It was fun and we will definitely be doing it again soon. The idea is... you fill a big envelope with pieces of folded paper that say either "left" or "right."
I know. You may want to write that part down so you don't forget.
Then you drive out to a starting point, or middle of nowhere or something, and when you come to cross streets or intersections someone draws out one of the folded pieces of paper, and you turn left or right according to what the paper drawn said. It may take you a few times to understand this incredibly complicated game. Just keep trying and eventually you will get the hang of it.
If you hit a dead end, you must automatically turn and go the opposite direction. It's a rule and must be strictly adhered to.
Hey, I don't make the rules.
Oh wait. That's right. I do.
(Please check for traffic before completing this maneuver.)
Anyway. We saw lots and we listened to really loud music together and made frequent stops so I could hop out and photograph baby cows. The locals laughed at me one time. I laughed back. Baby cows should be documented. (I kept my distance because of course I don't want any big mamas charging me.) Then my man laughed because they aren't technically "baby cows" they are baby steers or bulls or something or other. Well, I'm still calling them baby cows alright? And they should be documented!
So should wee little donkeys. And draft horses. And hay bales. And railroad tracks. And barns. And tractors. And mountains. And fields. And irrigation sprinklers. And... well, you begin to see how a girl can end up with over a hundred photos. I'm just saying.
Sometimes it's good to get lost for a while and see where to road takes you.
** Also, the winner of the 163Design Co. giveaway is, "Msmoozy." Congrats and give me a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize.
Today, I am thankful for:
Time with my kids on a Friday night that took us on an adventure.
No meltdowns when plans were flexible and not pre-determined.
A son who grilled hot dogs by himself for us for dinner.
Figuring out how to replace a light fixture by myself.
Not electrocuting myself.