There's an expression you don't hear too often anymore...ho-hum. I'm pretty sure if you check the dictionary for a definition you'll find the words 'January weekends' written beside it.
Wait, it's February, isn't it?
Why does it still feel like January?
On Saturday we trekked to Home Depot in an attempt to replace three of the approximately seven million CO detectors in our house that were dying slow and painfully annoying deaths. Seven million may be a slight exaggeration, but not by much. I know the law now requires smoke and CO detectors in all new construction, but I'm not sure if it specifies how many. We have over a dozen in our house, and the three CO detectors upstairs all died last week. It says right on the device you need to replace them every seven years so it was time. When the previous homeowners installed the originals they put big giant nails in the wall to attach them.
We were hoping to find replacements with the same hole spacing on back as the ones we were replacing, but no such luck. Do you know how many options there are for smoke and CO2 detectors? It made my brain hurt. Ho-hum.
Afterwards we spent an interminable amount of time in GNC while hubs looked at the eight thousand varieties of protein powder of some such nonsense. I distracted myself by repeatedly taking my blood pressure in the free checker outside the store. Ho-hum.
It was still early afternoon so we decided as long as we were out we'd see a movie-Silver Linings Playbook with Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence (or Katniss Everdeen as I like to call her, but I digress). We didn't know anything about it before we went in, but we both really liked it a lot. The film and both leading actors have been nominated for Oscars this year and I always like to see the nominated pics. I don't think they'll win, but the movie was good. Of the nominated films we've seen Life of Pi, Lincoln, Les Mis, Argo and Silver Linings Playbook. I really liked them all, but my pick is Argo. Not even a little bit ho-hum.
We had plans to meet friends for dinner on Saturday evening. They live about a half hour from here, on top of another mountain which normally isn't a big deal, but of course it started to snow about an hour before we needed to leave. We braved it and went anyway and we were fine. They salt the roads to excess here (not complaining!) and they also spray something on the roads that leaves white lines and makes them less slick, so most of the time you can get out when it snows. We went to a little Mexican place and had a wonderful meal and a great time catching up. It was not ho-hum, although maybe reading about it is. Ha!
Sunday evening was dedicated to football watching. What a crazy game! Did anyone else find the lights going out after half time a little depressing? It felt like some sort of metaphor for America in 2013, but I won't go there today.
The game was pretty ho-hum prior to half time, but it definitely got interesting after. Yowza-that was a nail biter! I thought most of the commercials were just ho-hum, but I did love the Bud ad featuring the Clydesdales. They never fail to tug at my heartstrings and make me smile. My favorite ad was the one from Chrysler featuring Paul Harvey in a voice over about America's farmers.
Gosh I miss the quiet wisdom of Paul Harvey. Raise your hand if you think America could use a heaping helping of quiet wisdom right about now. We're more like resounding gongs and clanging cymbals which I find completely exhausting.
Back to the ho-hum...we stayed home to watch the game, sat on our comfy couch, ate fabulous chili we'd simmered all afternoon, and were happy to see the Ravens win, even if they did make us squirm in our seats until the final two minutes of the game.
What did you think of the halftime show? Ho-hum? I can think of a lot of words to describe it, but ho-hum would not be among them. I've been married close to 30 years, and I'm (almost) old enough to be Beyonce's mother, but that doesn't stop me from singing along to Single Ladies.
Also, I'd like a day with her personal trainer.
So that was the weekend.
Like I said, ho--hum.
We do have a couple of fun things on our February calendar and I'm glad. I don't know about you, but this time of year I need to have something to look forward to. I feel like I spent the biggest part of January on the couch, which couldn't be helped, but still...I'm not really a sit around kind of girl.
I'm thankful for the lovely ho-hum days of ordinary life.
Thankful too for a sprinkling of extraordinary when ho-hum just won't do.
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