4 bottles of opened salsa. Sometimes, I amaze even myself.
Well, it's taken over 16 years; but I finally had to take a kid to be fitted for eyeglasses today. I'd begrudge Theo the expense, but he never did require braces; so I'm still getting off fairly inexpensively with him, I believe. Also, he only required 10 minutes to pick out a set of frames. A teen girl (any teen girl) would have required at least 3 hours of agonizing deliberation before settling on a pair of frames that she would later claim she "looks ugly" in.
Larry has persuaded me to try a family camping trip (tent, no camper for us) for a few days this month with all the kids. I only agreed for 2 reasons: we can't afford anything else, what with fun items like root canals and eyeglasses clamoring for a piece of the household-income pie; and we're making Anna come along, which should provide quite a bit of amusement.
Well, 3 reasons, actually; let's face it, the trip will be fun to blog about. Only, I don't have a laptop to take along. And I strongly suspect that buying one for the occasion would negate any money-saving aspects of this particular family vacation.
So I'll just have to take copious notes. Or maybe there will be a public library with internet access that I can sneak into from time to time. Air-conditioned, of course.
Book Giveaway #3 - Leave The Building Quickly, another book of memoir-type essays by Cynthia Kaplan. What can I say? It's great. She does have one essay in which she defends her atheism; but it is more shallow than offensive to any God-fearing reader. The other essays all entertain with her trademark sense of self-deprecating humor, and I guarantee you'll be looking up a YouTube rendition of Brown-Eyed Girl after reading Chapter 2. That's what I did, and here it is:
Rules are as always: Leave a comment telling me you are interested in the book. The winner gets to review the book on his/her blog and then pass it on to one of their readers.
Oh, wait - deadpan, not self-deprecating. The Amazon review describes Ms. Kaplan's humor as "deadpan." What the heck does that mean, anyway? Whatever - it's a good book. I'm going to reread it before I have to give it away.