Dean and I had a trip to my parents' house planned this weekend, but Mom called yesterday to say they are both under the weather. Dean had a live flu vaccine (the mist) this week and is a little more susceptible to catching a cold, and I just got over the stomach bug or food poisoning of death and doom, so we'd like to avoid sickness if at all possible. We stayed home. I had already promised Dean he didn't have to go to preschool on Friday, so our change of plans did NOT change his mind about that! I was scheduled to teach a webinar to some lovely theatre students in Louisiana at 10:00, so I set Dean up in his tent with a fun tv show to watch, a few snacks and lots of toys. He entertained himself quite well while I did my Skype session upstairs, which is more than I can say for my cat who made several cameo appearances.
After my "class," we headed to the library, our favorite place in the world lately. We go nearly every day. They have a nice collection of DVDs, wonderful books of course, and a decent selection of music CDs. Dean recently discovered books on CD. I grabbed the CD of Dr. Seuss's "Horton" books for long car rides, and he's been really enjoying it. (Dustin Hoffman reads--how could you NOT enjoy that!) We picked out some fun Halloween-themed books, a classic Mickey Mouse DVD and a Veggie Tales CD. On Fridays, the cafeteria at the university where Marcus teaches has "Fried Chicken Friday." I often eat with him when I'm able. The cafeteria also provides lunch for Dean's preschool, which is on campus. A nice man named Mr. Keith brings their food over each day. They once took a little field trip over to the cafeteria, which they call "Mr. Keith's Restaurant." Marcus invited us to join him for lunch and Dean was so excited he could hardly stand it. He devoured a plate of food--2 chicken drumsticks, fries, orange Jello with whipped cream and an ice cream cone. (So healthy.) He also flirted with every single college-aged lady he met.
After lunch, we headed to Dollar Tree. Dean has recently re-discovered Dollar Tree, when we went last week to buy trinkets and things for his school's Halloween party. We put together treat bags late last week. Since I'll be back at work full-time when Halloween actually happens, I thought it best to go ahead and put our bags together now. He was a great helper, methodically filling each bag with stickers, plastic spider rings, chocolate eyeballs, and Tootsie Pops. Yesterday, we picked out some fun Halloween decorations to help make our house look "Haunted." We got an orange skeleton for the bathroom door, a vampire for Dean's room and a little kit to make door hangers. My crafting prowess ever obvious, I put one of the door hangers together upside down. Who does that? ME, that's who.
Today is Saturday and we've got tickets to see THE GINGERBREAD BOY at Birmingham Children's Theatre. We may hit a movie or the museum at some point, and I imagine we'll end up back at the pumpkin patch. Sometimes it's fun to rediscover the simple, fun, inexpensive things to do in your own town.
Have you ever done a "stay-cation?" What fun things do you like to do around your own town?