Yesterday I baby-sat two of my grandkids; well, it's not exactly baby-sitting, since Nickolas is 10 and Allie is 7. We played Monopoly. On the living room rug.
News flash: I am too old and heavy to play Monopoly on the living room rug. Lowering this carcass to the floor risks the need to call in a crane to lift me back to an upright position. But, sit on the floor, I did. (I'm nothing if not a good sport!)
Playing Monopoly with two kids who are just learning the game is a challenge, as well. I hadn't played in 40 years---I can't remember all the rules, And I could not rely on my 10-year-old shyster grandson, who also acted as banker, either.. And Allie had to be watched, because every time she took a turn, she would skip streets or double up on them--whichever suited her efforts to avoid paying rent or going to jail.
I don't know where those two sneaky siblings learned this stuff; I never cheated at board games! We played for about 3 hours...my legs were falling asleep from sitting on the floor, while Nick assumed the Lotus position without difficulty, and Allie alternated between sitting and rolling around in some acrobatic move between her turns. Mercifly by that point, Allie ran out of cash and Nick wasn't grasping the concept of mortgaging property, so we agreed to call it quits.
I crawled over to the couch so I could help myself back up to a standing position, since no one had phoned for the services of a crane. Then I made grilled cheese sandwiches and French fries for lunch, which they barely ate. Being grandma, (or the French equivalent "Memere," as they call me), I then made chocolate chip cookies for dessert.
Allie and I watched "Animal Cops" on tv while Nick played a computer game on my laptop after lunch. Then we took a 50 minute drive to their home town where Nick had football practice.
We hugged them goodbye and I came home and collapsed on the couch in front of Bachelor Pad, totally wiped out.
Needless to say, I'm behind on my blogging and will try to get caught up today! Thanks to those of you who read and commented on my guest post yesterday at Untypically Jia's. Apparently I offended someone because no warning was given that it involved adult content, for which I am deeply sorry. So if you haven't visited it , stand warned in advance!