Archive for February, 2007

Japanese Potty Training video works!

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007


Last week, my buddy Joe Schwab sent me this video of a Japanese potty-training cartoon. It’s pretty funny and good for a chuckle. I can see how people without kids would see this as bizarre. But I thought I’d give it a chance and I showed it to Cricket. It was love at first sight. She watched it again and again and again. She even learned how to hit replay on YouTube, so she would watch it for hours on end.

So I took advantage of the situation and suggested that she go pee-pee on the potty like the little tiger boy. She was super excited and totally did it! We were so excited!! So we got a special toilet seat for kids and some dum-dums and little toys to bribe her with. It’s been working out great and Cricket’s been using the potty for a since Saturday! We’re stoked. 50% less dirty diapers around the house.

Thanks, Joe and thanks PANTS MAN!!!

Oscar Week Film Festival pt. 6

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

The Last King of ScotlandThe Last King of Scotland – After the bad taste in my mouth leftover from Dreamgirls, I decided to cleanse my palette, so I threw on “The Last King of Scotland”. Boy am I glad I did. In fact this has probably been my favorite movie so far on my Oscar Week Film Festival.

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Oscar Week Film Festival pt. 5

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

DreamgirlsDreamgirls – I love Motown, and I love the Supremes. I was really interested in seeing this as it is a thinly-veiled retelling of their stories. Dreamgirls opens at an Amateur Night battle of the bands in Detroit with various performers representing BB King, James Brown, Martha Reeves, etc. when Jaime Foxx meets these three girls and offers them their big break. Well, it’s basically all downhill from there.

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Oscar Week Film Festival pt. 4

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

BabelBabel - Babel is up for a ton of awards this year, including Best Picture, 2 Best Actresses, Best Editing, Best Score, etc. etc. If I weren’t so lazy (or had a more reliable internet connection), I’d go look up how many. So with time running out for my film festival, this one became a priority.

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Oscar Week Film Festival pt. 3

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

The Good ShepherdThe Good Shepherd

So I decided to watch the Good Shepherd last night in hopes to break this heavy/depressing pattern my film festival has been in. I started late (after Grey’s Anatomy of course). The Good Shepherd was directed by Robert DeNiro, so obvously it’s pretty promising. It started out interestingly enough. Matt Damon is recruited by the government to spy on people, he’s initiated into the Skull and Bones Society, gets a deaf girlfriend (and that’s DEAF, not DEF) but then knocks up Angelina Jolie.

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Friday, February 23rd, 2007


This picture is so cute I had to share it. John K has more cuteness.

Oscar Week Film Festival pt. 2

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

In my tireless mission to complete this silly Oscar Week thing, I stayed up until 3:30 last night watching a movie on my computer. I got started at a reasonable time watching “Babel”, but about 20 minutes into it I realized I was watching a Spanish version! Well that’s what I get for stealing. Maybe I’ll it on Saturday, but at this rate, it’s out of the festival. So I started Blood Diamond,rent but had to take an intermission to watch LOST (who promised all sorts of “answers” but really gave none!! gah!). Tonight shouldn’t be much different because Grey’s Anatomy is on. I really hope Meredith dies. She’s the most annoying part of the show. AHEM. Ok, so here’s my review from my screening last night.

Blood DiamondBlood Diamond – I picked this one because I thought it would be an action/adventure and possibly a break from these heavily emotional movies I’ve been subjecting myself to. Boy was I wrong. Blood Diamond is HEAVY.

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Oscar Week Film Festival pt. 1

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

Being the movie geek I am, I look forward to the Oscars every year like it was Christmas. As much as it annoys me to see celebrities pat themselves on the back for being so wonderful, I still can’t help but get sucked into it. I love movies almost as much as I love food, and that’s a lot.

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Cricket’s Mermaid Dress

Friday, February 16th, 2007

Current Mood:Happy emoticon Happy

This is the most beautiful dress I have ever seen!For Valentine’s Day, Grandma Mary Barnum sent the kids $5 each to pick out a present for themselves. Cricket got herself this beautiful mermaid gown on clearance. That’s a bargain at any price!

Buster picked out his two favorite things in the whole wide world — a ball and a toothbrush, of course.

Thanks Grandma and Grandpa Barnum!

What’s wrong with people??

Friday, February 16th, 2007

Current Mood:Alarmed emoticon Alarmed

This is a screengrab of the top 5 movies at the box office this week. (courtesy of Rotten Tomatoes). The percentages represent how many good reviews vs. bad reviews the movie got. notice how they’re all “rotten”? That means these movies suck! Collectively, they don’t even add up to 100%. That’s horrible. What’s wrong with people? Why do they go see stupid movies? Look folks, if you dont want hollywood to keep cranking out garbage, don’t go see it. it only encourages them! Forget Iraq, I’m sad to live in a country that makes “Norbit” #1.