I followed my own advice. To spend an evening playing a board game with youngest Offspring, and yes, the Resident IT Consultant, will always prove to be more of a winner than doing more chores.
Whereas I’d expected us to watch a film or something, the request was for a game. We even went to our own games cupboard, for a more ancient selection. In the end it was the Penguin Bookchase that won.
Well, really, it was the Resident IT Consultant who won, because he ‘always’ wins. Or so it seems. But in this Trivial Pursuits style book game he only just reached the goal first, immediately followed by Daughter, and surprisingly immediately again, followed by me. None of this endless playing for runner-up.
We even learned a thing or two. I was under the impression we’d done it enough, and we knew most of the questions, but we didn’t. Maybe there was a second stack of cards, which would explain why we’d not encountered every single question already. Though asking the Resident IT Consultant to name the year of Magna Carta was a bit… He knew.
But Daughter got to quote Macbeth, and I knew of an author neither of them had heard of.
Then, to take my own advice further still, I read a book until my eyes got too tired.