Monday Mayhem

Hot.  That’s how my weekend was.  Hot.  The kind of heat that makes you want to curl up inside with a nice book and tall glass of something cold and icy.  Or a good movie.  We’ve had several days of heat alert here, because along with the heat, it’s humid.  It’s the kind of heat and humidity that make it hard to breathe.  So we stay inside and watch movies and read books. 

We have a few favorites around here.  My husband is currently enamored with “Let the Right One In.”  When I say enamored I mean he’s watched it like a dozen times in the last 2-3 mos.  The kids play-act a lot of the scenes now, and can recite them along with the movie.  The MiniNess can do a creepy, spot-on imitation of the main character.  And even I have come to love it.  I wouldn’t watch it at first, thinking it was a horror movie, but it’s not, it’s a tragedy.  I expected gore, but there was none.  I braced for scary music and instead got sad stuff.  I steeled myself for the shocking sudden in-your-face scare scenes and never got any.  It’s a sad tale about a kid who just happens to be a vampire who is trying to survive in a world it doesn’t understand, who was a victim of circumstances it never wanted.  And who weeps when it has to feed.  Watch it, I dare you.  It’s a Swedish film but it’s dubbed in English.  “I’m 12 … but I’ve been 12 for a long time.”  I double dog dare you.

We’re also in love with Kung Fu Panda.  Master Oogway has us all enthralled and we’ll often walk around reciting his lines.  No wiser turtle ever lived.  “One often meets his destiny on the road he takes to avoid it.”  Po, the panda is also beloved here.  “I’m not a big fat panda. I’m THE big fat panda.”  “Skadoosh!”  I am especially fond of Po’s father, Mr Ping, who likes to say, “We are noodle folk, broth runs through our veins!”  Can you say “noodle folk” 10 times without cracking up?  Betcha can’t!  “There is no special ingredient – To make something special you just have to believe it’s special.”  It’s not just a “kid’s movie.”  It’s about trying to do your best, believing in yourself, trust, and loyalty.  And the animation is stunning. 

And I started going through my husband’s story Sharkey again.  I still cry when I read it, just like I did the first time, because I feel like I lost someone I dearly loved.  Sharkey is the father/grandfather/uncle we all wish we had, I think.  I bet if you read it, you’d love him too.  There are a handful of chapters, but I’m pretty sure Darc is thinking of working on some more soon.  *fingers crossed*

You couldn’t pass the harbor when the ships came in and not see Sharkey. Or, more to the point, hear Sharkey. He tried to be mindful of women and children with his language, but Sharkey was a sailor through and through. And his name was a familiar one when I grew up. Visitors came into Oliver’s wide-eyed and shaken asking who that man on the boat was yelling and screaming and laughing, and Alyssa or Joan, or their mom Bev, and now Joan’s daughter Maris, would just smile at them and say, “Oh, that’s just Sharkey — don’t mind him.”

Yeah, don’t mind him. He doesn’t bite. Much.


He was everyone’s favorite uncle, a kindly loving seaman with Thor’s hammer for a voice and the sea for his eyes. That was Sharkey … it was like the sea came alive and walked among us for a while.

So what do you do for those lazy weekend days when it’s too hot to do anything?

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8 thoughts on “Monday Mayhem

  1. whatigotsofar

    I get the heck outta dodge!

    That is an awesome plan! Next time you go, take us with you!


  2. After an extremely wet few weeks we got slammed with the heat. Not as hot as it CAN get, but still pretty hot, and with the humidity it’s pretty much unbearable. My husband has to work in a warehouse all day with no a/c, poor thing, but I just stay inside and try to keep the kids busy. Yesterday I broke out the Metroid Prime, which I haven’t played in a few months, and I let the kids play a lot of computer games.

    It’s the humidity that makes it so much worse. Sometimes I think I can deal with the heat, but add the humidity to the mix and I simply can’t bear it.

    What is Metroid Prime? Is that a computer game?


    • It’s only the most awesome sci-fi first-person shooter game EVAR! Well, I’m sure there’s more awesome games out now, because I’m about ten years behind. lol I love that we can play Xbox games on the Wii.

      Oooh, I always liked shooter games, and driving games. 🙂 Sounds like fun!

      Xbox? On the Wii?


      • Or wait, maybe it’s GameCube…I always get those mixed up. Anyway, it’s fun.

        OH! I know what you mean – you can play games from old Nintendo systems on the Wii – yeah, I d/l an old SNES game when we first got our Wii too. 🙂


  3. I withdraw to my basement where I tackle the mess of the ages. I can’t stand to go down there in winter it is soooo cccold.

    I am a little embarrassed at the number and height of weeds in my back garden but can’t kill myself over stuff like that. I keep telling my neighbors, look, another ice age will come and it will eventually be cared for. I take the long view. 🙂

    The long view – ROFL! Let’s hope your neighbors do too! 😀

    Basements are great for that cool-down, aren’t they? I used to live in a house with a basement, but it was so creepy down there, and God forbid, I just know there were huge gigantic spiders lying down there in wait to pounce on my face.


  4. I pointed my mini-cooler toward my bed and watched TV and movies all day…Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 30 Rock, Ally McBeal, and Where the Red Fern Grows. Yeah, it made me cry again.

    Sounds ideal! I SO wish I could watch TV in bed.

    I rented Red Fern a couple of weeks ago but never got a chance to watch it. Nor did I ever see it when I was younger or read the book. I have only heard good things about it though. A tear-jerker, you say? Just might have to see if I can get it again.


    • TV in bed is a great thing, I love it. And I like reading my Bible in bed too but don’t tell anyone, or they’ll think I’ve gone mental.

      LOL, no worries hon, I won’t tell. Your secret is safe with me. 🙂 I sometimes read my Bible in bed too, so I don’t think you’re mental at all. 😀


    • I watched parts of it on YouTube – Red Fern that is.

      Oh good idea. 🙂


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