Lego of me!

I’m still traumatized by last night’s episode of Downton Abbey.  While I “knew” the end was in sight for Lady Sybil (I’ve got spoiler sources, and I’m not averse to spoilers, because I like to see how it all plays out), I was still upset when it happened.

As a result, I’m having a lack-luster day, and am going to rely on yesterday for today’s blog fodder: an adventure in Legos.

Thing 3 is a fan of Legos.  Unfortunately, we don’t have any.  The vacuum got them all during Thing 1’s tenure in childhood.  So when my town’s historial society was offering an event “Build Glen Ridge in Legos, ” I eagerly signed Thing 3 and myself up.

This is going to make me sound like a grouch, but generally, I hate events like this.  First, many parents (and I was one of these for Thing 1) assume their very young children have a lot more talent and capability and attention span than they actually do, so at events like this, which are really appropriate for the 7-13 yr old set, in my town, you’ll find a lot of 2 and 3 year olds.  The task at hand is generally beyond their grasp, and the result is crying children and upset parents.

Second, I’m not a big fan of background noise.  Never have been.  So we were going to be rifling through bins of plastic-y legos in room (high school cafeteria) with amazingly loud acoustics.

Three, if I’m going to spend my time on creative endeavors, I want it to come out good.  I don’t like wasting my time to produce garbage.  In the back of my head I was incredibly worried about my Lego-building capabilities.

Well, it went much better as planned, and I had more fun than expected.  Upon entering the venue, we were able to choose a photo of the building we were supposed to recreate in Legos.  Ours was former school building near our home made of sandy bricks with a orange tile roof.   We gathered a few of the appropriately colored Legos (and there were plenty), and found a table to ourselves in the back of the room where the noise was manageable.  Once we started building, I quickly discovered that Thing 3 has absolutely no idea how to build.  She wasn’t staggering the bricks, so our building became quite unstable.  I seized control, and made her the “finder of the yellow and orange bricks” and sent her on her way to the Lego bins.

90 minutes later:

Central School

To the left of the amazing Lego rendition, you’ll see the photo of the actual building.  Not bad, if I do say so myself.  Yes, I know the roof isn’t complete, but we were out of time, so as I brought Lego Central School over to the map, I announced that the roof had been lost in Hurricane Sandy.

The best part was placing the buildings on the map.  The Historical Society had reproduced a town map scaled to Lego size, so the entire town looked pretty grand when it was all set up (even if some of the buildings were not as beautifully done as mine).

Lego GR


A nice way to pass a Sunday afternoon!

Today in Janathon world, it was a rest day–clams, squats, hamstring curls, some new activities with my balance ball (which is truly a misnomer, at least in my case), planks, kettlebell swings, lunges.


  1. My kids play with my childhood lego’s – most are over 40 yrs old (the Lego’s, not he kids lol). Lego’s are timeless and it looks like you had a great time. I agree, the background noise would of gotten to me, also.

  2. I am so glad I found your blog on Another Mother is always nice to know there are knitter-runners out there! My younger son is a true Lego fanatic, and I feel your pain when it comes to Lefo events…luckily I have only had to go to Brick Fair once. Your activity sounded pretty fun though, and your house looked really good!

  3. “even if some of the buildings were not as beautifully done as mine”

    hahahhahaha. Seriously, that is one cool project. And I agree about Downton Abbey. My parents and I were just talking earlier that we had a very down day as a result and the weather certainly didn’t help matters. I ended up knitting the whole day away, coming up with a new hat pattern. One way to comfort oneself, I suppose. Certainly very appropriate for the weather.

  4. Ohhh….I love Legos…or used to. Well, actually my daughter had Duplos…which were the LARGE version for the 2 – 3 year old set. (They can’t swallow what can’t fit in their mouths lol.)

    Ok … errrmm… “even if some of the buildings were not as beautifully done as mine.” …. errr… what happened to me and Thing 3?!?!? Hahaha.

    Anyway … omg on Downton Abby … I was sooooo sad I was crying. (I did think it was well done though…excellent acting all around again. And by the way, I detest that Dr. Phillip person!) I too saw a spoiler (though inadvertantly). I am soooooo addicted dedicated to that show!

  5. Downton A…..maybe she could have died in Ireland and spared us some of the grief and tension. I’ve been watching each week’s episode twice (since we now have cable and can find it on other stations) but you can be sure I’m only seeing that issue the one time. I too knew the ending but was down about it the next day, too.

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