I have been a little under the weather, two separate occasions with barely any time at all between them. I have thus been slacking on anything “ericanichole” related and I was itching to get something up, but a) since I have not been doing much, there’s not much to post and b) since I have to go to work soon, I really think I ought to nap so I don’t feel like double crud before a long shift. So, I wanted to make this short and sweet. This photograph was taken a week or two ago when my husband and I went to our local coffee shop with Rudy Mae for a quick pick me up (chai tea for me, hot chocolate for him, and a blueberry muffin for all).
There are a few things that I am notorious for, and I would surely say that one is being a board game lover and another one is being an all-things-Tolkien lover. I will have to show my board game collection some day; I own well over 100 board games (yikes). I also own quite a number of Tolkien’s books and related items. This being true, I can understand, and am incredibly grateful for, my sister-in-law Lynn snagging me a Trivial Pursuit: Lord of the Rings Edition when she saw it for sale. When she first gave it to me, Caleab, the boys, and I read a few of the cards for a sampling, but we were out of town and had a 3 hour drive ahead of us, so we decided “Later, later…” Then of course, life happened and we never play our board games as often as I wish we would, so we still, until this day, had never sat down and actually played it.
When Rudy Mae went down for her nap, I knew we had at least 2 hours, possibly 3, so I suggested giving it a whirl. The boys were busy with their own versions of games (one was on the computer, one was on the PS3) so it was just Caleab and I, but my word, we had such a wonderful time. When she awoke, we had to just call it a game without it officially ending, but Caleab was the winner with 5 pie pieces to my 4. I can guarantee you that we will be playing this one more often. Not only was it terribly fun, but being the one who introduced Caleab to Middle-Earth, I need my chance at redemption!
Once the boys were home, Operation Make Up For Lost Time started. That very first weekend, Caleab took Ziven and Calum to see “The Amazing Spiderman” at the theaters. Although I would have loved to have shared that with them, I had to be with Rudy Mae, and anyway, I really like that they get some special alone time now and then. So what were Rudy and I to do? Stay at home and be bored and lonesome? Not likely. The theater which the movie viewing was to happen at was at a beautiful outdoor mall called The Greene. It was an absolutely gorgeous day out, so I chose to tag along, drop the men off at the theater, and walk around with Little Lady taking a bazillion photographs because apparently that’s what I do. Here for your viewing pleasure, all raw and unedited, are the results of Miss Mae’s photo shoot. (If I had time to doctor these up, they could be just divine, but due to the subject, even as unedited photographs, they are still pretty dandy.)
We love our local library.