Three things I’m loving this week

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1. Scallywags, Erie’s Pirate Ship. So…I somewhat reluctantly boarded Scallywags with all my in-laws for my MIL and FIL’s anniversary (50 years!) celebration on Sunday night.

I thought it was going to be silly. Pirate ships are for children and we were mostly grown adults. I didn’t want to wear a paper pirate hat or say “arrrrgh!” or shoot the water cannons. They assured me that the sunset cruise was for adults, too. (“There’s a bar on board!”).

I have to tell you that we had a blast. The sunset was amazing. The crew were fun. The water cannons were a blast. And the drinks were strong. By the end of the night I was, indeed, talking like a pirate, sipping a tropical vodka drink, and doing the Electric Slide on deck (which may or may not have had to do with the vodka).  For $20 (tax included)…it’s well worth rounding up some of your pirate friends and setting sail.

2. The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman. A friend has been suggesting that I read this book for years. When I saw it on the list of the Philadelphia Free Library’s available audio books, I placed a hold. The book is 20 years old and I was still 5th in line to borrow it, which speaks volumes about the timeless messages contained in it.

It was a pretty fascinating, and I knew my “love language” — and Dan’s — pretty quickly, and realized that many of our arguments/irritations are born out of the fact that we speak two very different languages.

It also made me think about the girls…and how best to “speak” to them according to their native “love language.”

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3. Lil’ Fishys. If you have a pool or a kid who is into fish, or who just loves tub/pool toys, these Lil’ Fishys are a fun (and cheap) gift. They are $10 at Amazon, but I bought the girls some at WalMart for about $7 and they were one of their favorite birthday gifts this year. Sam loves them, too…and chases them around the pool as they swim, dip and dive. Word to the wise: Get rechargeable batteries — they burn through batteries quick.

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4. Box of Light Studios. The girls are at a “Minecraft Modding” camp at Box of Light (in the Bethany Outreach Center on E. 10th St.) this week and they absolutely love it. Box of Light offers really cool classes (Minecraft, stop motion animation, digital animation, robotics) that really engage kids in learning. Also, they are totally laid back there. They don’t freak out if you drop the kids off 10 minutes early or pick them up 5 minutes late, which gives working parents a little much-needed wiggle room in handling drop-offs and pickups.

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5. Lake Erie sunsets. Seriously….do you have any idea how truly blessed we are to live in a place that puts on such spectacular sky shows more nights than not?

Things I’m not loving this week

1. Bill Cosby. There are too many to ignore now, Cos’. We were duped…and, yet, I’m not surprised, I assume people in positions of power and wealth are corrupt.

2. More senseless deaths in Erie. And, worse, young teens. This. Has. Got. To. Stop. I don’t know what the answer is. Some say it’s drugs, some say it’s bad parenting, some say it’s guns, but everyone seems to agree that the citizens have got to talk to the police, but if you look at that argument from another angle you have to wonder why they are so afraid/reluctant to talk to the police. There’s a fundamental lack of trust that has to be addressed if things are going to get any better.

3. Stifling heat. Yep, I’m going to complain about the heat & humidity…and, yes, I know it’s brief and temporary here in Erie, but I hate it. Humidity makes me mean. You’ve been warned.