I am not the most consistent blogger, as ENS Wifey kindly pointed out a few days ago. I figure that if she can find the time to send words flowing Internetwards between vet bills, personal injury, and the Navy, in its infinite wisdom, deciding that she and her husband aren’t actually married, then I can probably handle taking a few minutes out of my Sunday morning to dash off a few paragraphs. I must say that the relatively relaxed time we’ve been having this summer doesn’t make for nearly the compelling read that ENS Wifey’s saga does, but I hope the Powers that Be don’t take that as an invitation to throw anything interesting our way. My poor readers will just have to endure the tedium of our present tranquility until the Navy sees fit to shake things up for us again.
I still don’t have any curtains up anywhere in the house, and I’m at peace with this fact for the moment. The cats don’t deign to notice. My parents and little brother didn’t care whether or not I had curtains when they came for the weekend of my cousin’s wedding. Neither did my grandparents when they dropped by. My sister-in-law, her husband, and the ultra-energetic, über-sweet, almost-ten-year-old twins won’t turn up their noses at me when they descend upon us later this evening, either.
The “almost-ten” factoid about our nieces is relevant in that their impending visit gave us an excellent excuse to mount an expedition to Toys “R” Us. We did find them a birthday present I hope they’ll enjoy, but I’m not gonna lie, the true purpose at the heart of the mission was to drool over LEGO sets. My husband and I have both been LEGOmaniacs since childhood, so every once in a while we must obey the inscrutable exhortations of our souls (bonus points if you know the source of that phrase) and spend some quality time perusing that wondrous aisle of bricky construction potential. We were impressed with some of the new “=City sets this go ’round, especially the Farm and Coast Guard Helicopter (beware, the linked pages are noisy). The set that came this close to coming home with us, however, was the Pirates Shipwreck Hideout. C’mon, how could I not love the ship’s ribs, the rope bridge, the cannon, and the crow’s nest? It takes me right back to being a kid and playing out elaborate LEGO plots with my brother.
I’m glad that LEGO has returned to its roots with classic themes like City (used to be Town, I guess), Pirates, and Castle. For a few years there, it seemed like the company had completely sold out to licensed tie-ins for everything from Star Wars to Spongebob Squarepants. While I’m not crazy about the continued existence of the licensed sets, it is good to see that LEGO is investing in its own creative ventures with themes that don’t rely on already established characters and storylines.
In the end, the Shipwreck Hideout stayed on the shelf at Toys “R” Us. “The trouble with being an adult,” said my husband, “is that now that we’re grown up and have an income and enough money to get any LEGO set we want, we’re too responsible to do it.” Maturity is totally lame sometimes. Hmm… Chanukah is only four months away, though.