Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The Slanket and the Snuggie

I recently saw an infomercial for a blanket with sleeves, called a Snuggie. Apparently it is just too difficult to hold a blanket around you AND get the phone/use your laptop/hold a child/color in a coloring book/use the remote. Really folks? Are we that lazy of a generation?

I chalked it up to a silly infomercial and had a good laugh, until a few days later I was flipping through the SkyMiles Magazine and found, lo and behold, a snuggie, but it wasn’t called a snuggie. It was now, hold on to your hats folks, a Slanket.

Mat mentioned to me that he used the word as a catch phrase yesterday, which got me to thinking. Can you really turn any word you want into a verb? An expletive? Can you turn it into an adverb or an adjective? So to answer my questions I did what any modern sleuth would have done: I searched the web.

Try it. Enter in Slanket and see what comes up. You might find the following words or phrases: The Slankets (maybe they know the Who’s down in Whoville), The Slanket Kids, or my personal favorite, the verb form, slanketteering. Yes, it is now a verb. What do you suppose it means to slanketteer? And when would you do it? Maybe they’ll make a new movie (obviously called something like “Meet the Slankets,” The Slanket Kid,” or “The Slanket, the Snuggie and the Wardrobe”) and a character may yell, “to the slankets!”, or “frankly my dear, I don’t give a slanket!” or “do or do not, there is no slanketteer.”
Just a thought…

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Meet the Parents

Mat came to Moscow to visit over break and it was an entertaining few days...

We went ice skating for FHE and took 7 of the nieces and nephews along. They had so much fun! And let's be did we. Even the twins (who are not yet 4) enjoyed themselves!

The kids just adored Mat. We often had more than three of them with us at all times, which was great!

Most of the break we just hung out around the house or ran errands. Mat fixed Grandpa's computer and TV (which I think lost me my inheritance to him...) and we went to play games at the church. I think the nieces and nephews enjoyed just chasing Mat around trying to tickle him....
All in all, it was a great vacation...I think I've lost my "favorite Aunt/Uncle" status with the kids though... Any ideas on how to get it back?