This, That, and the Other Thing; Baedekers Included

First, this:

Procrastination–I have a big project to complete, so I am finding every manner of activity to do instead of working on the project–blogging included.

Second, that:

The project I am completing involves a lot of data entry. Arrgh. So I am sitting with my laptop on the sofa and watching a movie while I enter the data. When I come to a stopping point, I do a little web surfing. This is not the most time-effective way to complete a project, but it makes me feel less like I am working on a Saturday. I won’t do all the work like this; I’ll buckle down and get it done on time.

I am watching a movie that I love, so I don’t have to really concentrate on it. I can hear it in the background, and enjoy the familiarity, the comfort of it. It is A Room With A View by EM Forster. Say what you may about EM Forster, but I enjoy his books. I can overlook his opinions that I don’t agree with to just enjoy the plot. I’ve read this book multiple times, and I enjoy the movie from time to time. I received it on DVD as a gift for my birthday last year, so now I can just put it in whenever I please.

I recommend this movie highly if you enjoy British period films. Helena Bonhomme Carter plays the principle female role, and there are other British actors that you’ll recognize. My only disclaimer is that it has some brief male nudity that is shot distantly, so it isn’t horribly scandalous. However, once I forgot to mention this to someone when I recommended this movie, and I lived to regret that mistake. Never again.

The Other Thing

The other thing I did today was shop for pants for my eldest son. At the beginning of the school year, a mere 4 months ago, we bought him several pair of school pants and a few pair of jeans. Now, at the halfway point of the school year, he has grown 3 inches! His pants are what we affectionately referred to as “flood pants” in the old days. When he is standing, they rest about a half inch above his high-tops. At his current height, size 18 in boys’ sizes are too short. So, today I went to Old Navy to purchase the smallest waist men’s pants available–28. I am expecting them to be a tad loose at the waist, but hopefully we will no longer have a view of his ankles. He is camping with scouts this weekend, so I have to wait until tomorrow to see if my pants errand was successful. If it was, I will be a devotee of clearance racks at Old Navy. I hardly ever set foot in the store because I can’t really afford clothes from there, but there sale prices were reasonable and the clearance rack was an excellent place for the budget conscious to shop. Mark even scored a pair of pants from the clearance rack and a pair of jeans from the sale selections!

Baedekers included . . . I just threw this in because chapter 2 of A Room with a View is entitled, “In Santa Croce with No Baedeker,” which begs the question, what is a baedeker? If you really want to know, go here.

9 thoughts on “This, That, and the Other Thing; Baedekers Included”

  1. I think you’re working on your project the same way I do our taxes!

    Calvin’s height is just astounding to me. I had to look up to him when you guys were here for Christmas and that happened since we visited you in August!

  2. Glad you found some good buys – and I hope Calvin’s pants will fit him! After a week inside, we all went out, and one of our stops was Old Navy – two of the kids still had gift cards from Christmas to spend there. We hit the 75% off racks too, and walked out of the store with fifteen items for $44!

  3. Mom,

    Don’t even mention taxes! Another aargh just thinking about that.

    Glad you are finally well enough to venture out.

    I didn’t do that well, but I had to buy the jeans from the sale rack, not clearance. But the I bought Calvin 2 pair of khakis he can wear for school and a pair of khakis for Mark for around $25. I was pretty pleased with that.

    Calvin got home from his campout today and tried on the pants. They are perfect in length, and, as I suspected a bit loose around the waist. A belt will do the trick at the waist though, and there’s nothing that can be done about pants that are too short.

    I’m pretty happy with the fit for both the pants and the jeans on Mark, too.

  4. Oh, that scene in A Room With a View is hilarious. As Jon says, “Male nudity is nearly always funny.” And I have to agree.

  5. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Room With a View, but it sounds like one I’d enjoy. Thanks for the mention. I’m glad you found Calvin some pants. Colin is out of pants, too, but not because he’s outgrown them…he keeps putting holes in them – no matter how expensive they were to start. He’s down to a pair of khaki cords and some sweats! I see a visit to Goodwill in our future!

  6. Hmmm, your procrastination dilemma sounds painfully familiar. Sorry about that.

    I’ve clothed all my boys at Old Navy for around $85.00. If your patient you can get just about anything there for $5.00.

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