Cooking vegan chili for a LLL conference our chapter is hosting tomorrow (other ladies are cooking the meat batches)--thanks to Harris Teeter and Trader Joe's for the donations!
I finally went over to the dark side: I asked Chris to buy me a portable DVD player. I'm the one who has a DVD player in the ceiling of my van and I've forbidden anyone from telling the children what it is. When John asks, I just say that it has buttons in it that turn on lights (which is true). So far, I have foregone having the kids zone out to movies on our long trips to Atlanta because I know my children and I suspect that I will suffer with them begging for TV every single time we get into the van. But, anyway, it finally dawned on me that I see a difference between the vehicle scenario and getting a portable DVD player for when I take airplane flights. How many airplane flights have I taken across the country by myself with one or both children? And there has never been a movie for them to watch. So we suffer, we try to entertain ourselves, I am exhausted, they are wretched. If I could give them a soporific drug on those flights, I would . . . and I've realized I can! I can give them the zombie drug of our favorite wholesome DVDs played on this ever-so-light DVD player! My plan is that when we're not on an airplane, the player will be hidden away in a closet and forgotten about. But we had to try it out today to see how it works! The kids and I are flying in a couple of weeks, so I will report how blissful the flight is . . .