December 28, 2004

Back in the Saddle

Well, sort of. See, there was travelling. And then there was cleaning. Baseboards. With Clorox Clean-up spray and a toothbrush, because I have these weird hyper-cleaning frenzies that usually occur in conjunction with family get-togethers. Then there was cooking. And wrapping. And family. And leaving two cookies and a glass of iced tea on the front porch for Santa (The Boy hasn't grokked the whole "he comes INSIDE the house" thing yet), and Christmas morning. And Power Thomas. And the catapult (coolest toy ever--even has a counterweight for hurling those tiny rocks at the castle). And opening presents. And eating. And cooking. And more eating. And then snow. And sledding. And stir-craziness. And shopping. And staying up way too late watching all the extra footage in Return of the King. And red wine.

So I'm back. And kind of relieved about it, frankly.

Posted by Big Arm Woman at December 28, 2004 01:21 PM

Catapult? Please tell us more.

Posted by: Michael at December 28, 2004 06:39 PM

She might be referring to something from these guys. I've been eyeing one of those beauties myself.

I'm also glad to know that my wife isn't the only sufferer of the cleaning frenzy.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at December 28, 2004 07:31 PM

Michael -

The Boy received the seige castle (with breakaway drawbridge and fearsome dragon accessory) from Play Mobil. The catapult is not, alas, as cool as the ones AOG posted--thanks for the URL, btw, AOG! I've always wanted a trebuchet!--but it is sufficient to wreak all sorts of havoc on not only the brave knights atop the castle, but also upon the peace-loving denizens of the Island of Sodor. Oh, and the cat. And eventually, I'm sure, someone's eye...

But what's Christmas without the threat of grievous bodily harm?

Posted by: BAW at December 28, 2004 09:06 PM

Just to be perfectly pissy, a trebuchet isn't technically a catapult since it doesn't work by storing energy in a spring of some sort,usually twisted ropes.

Posted by: PersonFromPorlock at December 29, 2004 01:10 PM

How about "siege engine"? Will that do?

My husband and daughter built a trebuchet that works pretty well, although I only let them fling water balloons (aw, Mom!). This after she built a little tabletop one with clay and popsickle sticks that only worked twice before it sagged too much.

Posted by: Laura at December 29, 2004 01:37 PM