Tuesday, February 23, 2010


  • You'd think that cooking lentil stew and pot roast at the same time would make the house smell weird, but it didn't...the house smelled wonderful. Bacon, and onions, and garlic, and tomatoes, and a hint of beefiness. It was magnificent. We now have a ton of food in the house.
  • You'd also think that an eight-year-old child couldn't hold his own against his parents in a rousing game of Scrabble...but you'd be wrong there too. The grown-ups were not allowed to use words with less than 4 letters. MM won by one point.
  • Bananagrams! We love it. MM is great at it. He has real stick-to-itiveness and a terrific vocabulary.
  • The snow is beginning to melt. It's nice to see grass again!


Madeleine said...

Congrats on finding a way to properly handicap multi-age Scrabble. That eluded me.

Bananagrams works well for us -- our house rules are: Limit of one abbreviation at a time per person. Only one two letter word at a time per grownup (kids, unlimited). One word in French. One word from your favorite online time suck virtual pet site (kid).

liz said...

Excellent Bananagrams handicaps! We allow any word that appears in the Oxford American Dictionary (single volume edition).

Ending board for grownups can not contain 2-letter words. Pokemon names are not allowed for anyone. Asking "Does this make a word?" is allowed for people who are not me. Frequent reminders that "qat" is a legitimate word are encouraged.

Madeleine said...

We also permit "Is this a word?" though we get a little testy about hearing it for the fifth time when we were trying to think.

We found a Banagrams puzzle book at the toystore that includes a list of two and three letter words.

I'm amused that you needed a Pokemon exclusion. (Our rule is for Neopets names.)

jo(e) said...

Lentil stew is on of my favourite meals.

ccw said...

I have looked at Bananagrams but have yet to buy it; I was not sure if it was as fun as it sounded. Will have to buy next time I make a Target run.

I have a small amount of visible grass but for the most part the entire yard is still covered and there are still immovable piles of snow/ice at the foot of the driveway. Throw in the missing mailbox and the ugly temp one that is missing the door (Thanks city plow for both!) and my house is very sorry looking.