Saturday, May 03, 2008

Sleepovers! Iron Man! Josh Ritter! Exclamation!

Last night was a veritable whirlwind of excitement in the ole Crankypants HQ. Hang onto your hats ladies and gentleman, Kyle and I went out on a date. Not only a date, but an uberdate. Henry had a sleep over with his friend Hana and we were going to go to a fancy dinner and then to the Orange Peel to see the amazing Josh Ritter play. Halfway to Hana's house, Kyle was struck with a brilliant idea. Instead of wasting time with a fancy pants dinner, we could drop Henry off and rush across town to see an early screening of Iron Man, then rush back across town and make the show in time for Josh Ritter to come on stage. Hmmm... on one hand I had good food, on the other hand I had Robert Downey Jr. So yeah, we went to the movies. And it was worth giving up dinner for. I am not generally a super hero type of girl (unless Buffy counts) but it was a really great, fun flick.

We got to the Orange Peel while the opening act was still on. I don't know who she was, but I recognized one of her songs from an ad on TV. Possibly Target, iPhone, Mac, Volkswagon... I don't know. One of the "Lookit us! We're hip!" kind of ad campaigns. Josh Ritter was beyond wonderful. During the show I was distracted by two things. One: the bass player looked like a kind of goofy, moustachio-ed version of Henry's pediatrician. Two: the girl that was standing directly to my left was texting the whole. time. I kept looking over and wondering what was so important that she had to text her friend in the middle of "The Temptation of Adam". And then I thought how disrespectful it was to be texting in the middle of someone's set. And then I though 'kids today don't know anything but instant technological gratification'. And then I thought 'Oh crap, I'm officially older than dirt. I'd better run home and take my Geritol before turning in'.


OH. And I have a new little thingie over there to the left. If you are reading this in Feedburner or Bloglines you wont' be able to see it, but it's there. Henry and I have stepped up from reading the 28 page kids picture books to chapter books at night before bed. I thought it might be fun to post what book we are reading as we move through them. For our first ever chapter book we picked James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. It is a bit more violent than I remember and there is a bit of name calling and things, but Henry is really enjoying it. If I read fast enough and with enough feeling I can edit here and there when I really need to, though I haven't felt the need to do it too much. Mostly I just wanted to skip over some of the nasty things the two Aunts said to James at the beginning. We're round about page 100 now, so a few more days and it's on to something new. Any suggestions?


Robyn said...

Just a suggestion for your next book: The Wind in the Willows. :) I can't wait to be able to read big-boy chapter books to my son! He's 2 though, so we have a while yet ;).

Carrie said...

Magic Tree House books are great read to me books...

MamaHoldYou said...

I was about that age when my Mom started reading The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe to me.

Yeah ...Roald Dahl had some serious issues..all of his books scared the daylights out of me when I was a kid ...I think Matilda actually gave me nightmares