Friday, July 15, 2011

7 Quick Takes: Post Harry Potter Edition

We've entered a new era, folks - the After Harry Potter years (AHP, for short).  Will kids stop reading?  Will booksellers go out of business en masse?  Can anyone think of something to look forward to now that the final movie has been produced and viewed?  Dark times, I'm telling you - we're living in dark times...


Because Larry and I are obsessed with having enough money to live on when we are old and decrepit, we don't tend to take our kids to the movies.  So last night was the first time David had actually seen a movie in a real live movie theater.  While he stood in line for our seats, I visited the concession stand and came back with a tub of popcorn and 2 large cokes (hey, it was a special occasion, all right?).  I handed him his soda.

"What's this?" he asked.

"It's your Coke, enjoy!" I told him.

"But...this is huge.  There must be a quart of liquid in here."

"It was the same price as the small, once I bought the tub of popcorn."

"We're going to eat all this popcorn?  By ourselves?"

"Hurry up," I urged him.  "If you finish it before the movie starts, I can get us a free refill." 

"A refill?" he said, shaking his head as he stared at the gallon of buttery popped kernels he held in his arms. 

Welcome to America, kid...


I made Brian cry this evening by telling him to wash the dishes while I cleaned up the kitchen around him.  And then I pissed off Anna by pulling her out of bed (it was only 8:30) to put up the kitchen chairs and sweep.  "I hardly slept last night!" she protested. 

Hey, sweetheart - same here.  Welcome to adulthood, where you have to do stuff even when you're tired.


No one sits down until we ALL sit down.  That's my motto.


David is feverishly packing for his Boy Scout hiking trip this weekend.  I try not to take it personally, but he does love to get the heck out of here.  That's okay - Theo is coming home from Morocco on Monday, and I'm pretty sure HE'll appreciate living in a domicile where English is spoken and the wireless Internet flows freely.  I've already got him scheduled to cook dinner on Tuesday.  


Larry's going hiking, also.   No, really, that's all right.  I mean, it's not like I'm stuck here by myself with the kids all week or anything.  Oh, wait...


You can go visit Jennifer over at the original 7 Quick Takes.  She's home with 4 kids 7 and under, plus a newborn; yet I bet she wouldn't complain if her husband went on a hiking trip.

[Popcorn image: All New Tips]
[Sweeping image: Clipart ETC]
[Hiking image: Blue Bonkers]


  1. Dude. Check it. The Hunger Games series. Great books currently being movi-fied.

  2. AnonymousJuly 18, 2011

    High five from a fellow Scout mom--and I laugh because I seriously considered making my kids eat enough popcorn for that free refill last week when I took them as a birthday treat to see a new release IN a theater (which never, ever happens here).