We have been taping Mythbusters every week and watching it as a family on Friday nights, but there hasn’t been a new episode in a while so we’ve had to come up with another activity to celebrate making it through the week. Thus began a brief period of trial and error, wherein we discovered that laundry is perhaps not quite celebratory enough, while body shots may be just a tad overdoing it.
So last night we decided to play Uno. Otto announced that it would be cutthroat Uno, meaning that everyone was expected to play to win, which the kids took to mean that the first time they each had to draw extra cards they should cry. After a quick pause to explain that anyone who couldn’t suck it up and draw cards without sobbing could go to bed early, instead, we then launched into a very merry round of cards indeed.
Otto asked me several times if the kids had been drinking. I don’t know WHY everything was so hilarious, but there is something about Uno that lends itself to a hilarity disproportionate to a fistful of Reverse cards.
After being nailed for neglecting to announce “Uno” on her last card, Chickadee nearly worked herself into a snit, but managed to recover by calling out “UNO!” every single turn thereafter, even when she had well over twenty cards in her hand. In fact, the more cards she had, the more hilarious it became to holler Uno.
* Shouting “OCHO!”
* Laying a green 2 on top of a yellow 6
* Protesting in LOLspeak; including but not limited to “I can not has any red cards!”, “I is having a twelve?” and “Please to not be skipping me!”
* Laying down a wild card and declaring that the new color is purple
* Asking “My turn now?” every single time ANYONE plays a card
* Telling other players to “go fish.”
Who needs poker when you’ve got all of this?