My husband and I watched "Knocked Up" the other night. Yes, I am aware that it was in the theaters like a zillion years ago and we are probably the last people on the planet to see it. Unless, of course, you are also a parent and then you completely understand. I would have to say that both of us liked the movie well enough. In fact, the beginning seemed so promising that my husband turned to me and said, "this may be one we have to own". Ryan Seacrest is particularly funny in his cameo. By the end neither one of us was feeling the love quite so much. It was funny enough, when it wasn't relying as the f bomb as a punch line, and I felt that the casting of Seth Rogan and Katherine Heigl was a great mismatch. It just seemed like it could have been so much more. Funnier, wackier, etc. I don't think they used Seth to his full comedic potential, and toward the end it seemed like it (the movie that is) was taking itself WAY too seriously. O.K. I am finished playing Roger Ebert for all of you now, as this is not the main point of this post.
So here I am finally getting to the main point of this post. I felt that some of the "humor" contained gratuitous "gross out" elements that really didn't add to the funniness of the situation, if anything it had the opposite effect. The first of these situations occurs when the idea of "morning sickness" is introduced. Katherine Heigl's character does not yet know she is pregnant, but it is apparent that she is suddenly feeling quite ill. She dashes to the nearest trash can and well you know what happens. We don't see anything, but there are sound effects which are bad enough. A couple of minutes later, she once again begins to feel ill only this time when she reaches for the trash can we are treated to a visual as well. Why? Why did I need to see it? I got it the first time just fine without seeing it. Totally pointless in my opinion, granted I am a total lightweight when it comes to this issue. When I was in about 4th grade I went to the movies with a friend of mine. The movie was "Meatballs". My friends family became concerned that I might have a bladder infection because I excused myself so many times during the movie. The truth was, I didn't have to go to the restroom, I was terrified that I was going to see or hear someone get sick on screen! ( I had been surprised by it in the film "California Suite" and by golly I was not gonna get sucker punched again!)
The second situation comes toward the end of the movie when it is time for the birth of the baby. They showed the baby "crowning" at least 3 if not 4 times. I did not need to see that! It was done in a totally crass over the top manner, again, in my opinion. If this were a documentary about giving birth, I can see the relevance, but a date movie, not so much! While I am on the subject of birth scenes, another little something that bothers me is how ALL the moms giving birth are screaming like banshees. It's not gross, it just is inaccurate. I am not saying that I was some super woman who loved every second of labor and said nothing but loving, soothing things for the entire process. It is obviously a hard and painful experience, it just doesn't lend itself to screaming at the top of one's lungs. It lends itself more to choice words and phrases escaping through gritted teeth. I'm just sayin'.
That's my two cents for what it's worth. What are your thoughts?
The Southern Living at Home hand painted "Tray and Tidbits". A collection of 3 small ruffled bowls on a tray, all hand painted by pottery artist Gail Pittman. The set comes in two colors, so you may choose which color scheme will best suit your home if you are the lucky winner. The yellow color scheme is called "Sienna" and the green color scheme is called "Provence", because just calling them yellow and green would be boring of course!
The rules, should you feel so inclined as to enter:
1. The contest runs from today, Monday, January 28th until Friday, February 1st at 9pm. Winner will be announced Saturday, February 2.
2. Leave me a comment letting me know you would like to win.
3. You do not need to have a blog to enter, but you do need to have an e-mail address.
4. Your gift will be shipped directly to you at my expense, all you have to do is enter!
Also, be sure to stop by Shannon's Bloggy Giveaways blog for hundreds more giveaways to enter this week!
Lastly, if you are new to this blog, welcome, so glad you stopped by! Won't you stay a minute to get to know me? Here are a few links to some favorites from some of my totally unbiased readers (otherwise known as my family and friends). Who Knew?, The Absorbent, Yellow, Porous, Distraction, and True Story, hope you enjoy them if you stick around! If you are one of my "old faithfuls", you know I love you and appreciate your support very much!
Tomorrow starts Shannon's "Bloggy Give Away Carnival", and I will be participating on this little blog 'o mine. Please be sure to stop by tomorrow when I will announce what I will be giving away and you will have your chance to enter to win the goods.
Hint: The words Gail Pittman and Southern Living might be involved in my give away.
Also, if you could say a little prayer for my technical abilities that would be wonderful. I am working hard to get a lovely picture of my give away piece to post tomorrow, but I think it is going to involve scanners, cropping, etc. etc. and as some of you know, technology is not always my strongest point! As chronicled here, here, and here.
Hope you all have a wonderful Sunday, and I will see you tomorrow for the carnival!
...and I must say Lisa's is impeccable. Why? She thinks I am "excellent" and gave me an award to prove it yesterday! Yesterday was an interesting day for me and the lovely things she said about me couldn't have come at a better time. Thank you so much!
It is my understanding that I am now to bequeath this award the 10 blogs I think are excellent.
I know that she has already received this award in order to pass it on to me and others, but I happen to think Lisa and her blog take90west are also very excellent. Hey, you can win more than one Grammy, why not more than one E is for Excellent. So my friend here is a little more "bling" for your bloggy mantel.
Next, I will pass this on to Jenny from Chicago at Chased by Children. Lisa gave this award to her as well, so she is now a multiple winner, but when you're good, you're good. She is articulate, funny, smart, and I am lucky to call her my friend. Not to mention the fact that if I don't give it to her she will probably write an entire post on the fact that I didn't. Who needs that?! Who loves ya baby? It's me.
My next choice will probably seem a little unorthodox, but I am awarding it to Dragon Lady. She doesn't have a blog, but her comments are ALWAYS "E for Excellent", and her friendship can't be beat. Plus Jenny and I want her to start a blog, and this way she has an award before she even gets started. Also, she will no longer be the Dragon Lady after this weekend as she is giving away her (actually her son's, but we all know how that goes) Bearded Dragon so I figure she could use a little extra love.
This "E for Excellent" goes to Dixie Chick. I love her style and sass, AND she adores "Dancing with the Stars" as much as I do, what's not to love! You will should check her out, I promise she will make you smile when you do!
Lynette get over here and claim your award. You are truly excellent and very funny. You simply must check out the picture of the "Tacky Sweater" get together she hosted for her mommy's group the other day. Very clever and looks like it was so much fun.
When I grow up I would like to be chilihead. She is exceptionally funny, a total rock star in the blogosphere AND she understands the technical stuff of what we are doing here in cyberspace. This is her main blog, but be sure to check one of her other endeavors, Blogging Basics 101 for easy to understand answers ,to dare I say, all your blogging questions.
A mom to three, a college student (yes, she is doing something for herself!), and a blogger Tired Mama is excellent and then some. Although she lives in Canada, which may actually be more of the frozen north than even I inhabit, I feel that we are friends across the miles. Thanks for the smiles you give me!
Pregnant with twins, mom to Racecar, and Ariel (go wish her a happy birthday today), dealing with health issues, and maintaining a smile through it all, Beth at I Should be Folding Laundry (shouldn't we all?!), absolutely deserves the "E is for Excellent" award. I first "met" Beth as she was training for a 5K charity run that she was not only running in but organizing. While that is truly a noble cause it was her love of queso that really got me. When I heard her wax poetic about queso I knew I had found a true soul mate.
Last, but certainly not least, and also not really last 'cause there are more that I love and read out there, but rules are rules and I am only supposed to pick ten. So my last "E is for Excellent" goes to...Keli at Counterfeit Humans. She chronicles her encounters with the "stupers" (people that may not be quite as smart as others) and her encounters are not only hilarious, but make each of her readers feel just a little bit better about themselves after reading her stories. In other words, if you feel like you have done something monumentally stupid, go to Keli's blog she is certain to have found someone who has done something even sillier!
That's a wrap on my choices for the "E is for Excellent" award, congratulations to all the winners and thanks again for adding so much to my life!
Remember Monday is the start of the Bloggy Give Away Carnival! Make sure you stop by to see what I am giving away (it's really good I promise!) and enter for your chance to win something fabulous for your home!
It is an age old question. Which battles are truly worth fighting with your children. I am still in the arena of little kid battles. For example my 5 year old daughter has decided that she MUST sleep with mommy and daddy every night. Mommy and daddy don't necessarily agree with this particular philosophy. Some nights we are very firm about her staying in her own bed and other nights we "jelly" and let her stay in ours. Heck, she is only 5 once, she will eventually not want to sleep with us anymore ever, and she is a really great cuddler. My 9 year old son has decided to adopt the longish shaggy hair that is so in vogue right now. It drives me a little crazy, but in the grand scheme of things it is no big deal, so he is currently sporting said style.
Yesterday, however, presented me with an interesting question to ponder. After school on Tuesdays, my son stays late for basketball. A friend of his from his class stays too. The friend's mom and I have agreed swap pick-up duty each week. Yesterday was my turn, and actually the first I have picked up the boys. I'm kind of a chatty mom so I was asking the little boy about his family. Turns out he has an older sister and an older brother. His brother is 16. He informed me that he thought his mom was going to take his brother to get his ears pierced that afternoon. To which I replied, "I don't know about that, she mentioned getting his hair cut, but didn't say anything about getting his ears pierced." Sure enough, when we pulled in the driveway, the little boy asked his mom if his brother had gotten his ears pierced and she said, "yes". Then looked at me and rolled her eyes saying, "at least I got him a haircut too." I laughed, wished them a good evening, and pulled out of the driveway all the while being extremely surprised by the conversation we just had. As I was backing out of the driveway, my son said, "sweet!, can I get my ears pierced when I'm 16?". "Absolutely not."
I must admit ,though, it did get me thinking and remembering. Thinking about the battles you choose to fight with your kids and those you choose not to fight. Remembering my step-sister. When she was 13 she managed to convince someone at a piercing facility to pierce her belly button without parental permission. She was obviously in a huge amount of trouble, but my dad and step-mom were also understandably concerned about her health and the cleanliness of the establishment that would do that to a 13 year old without parental consent. My step-sister was fine, but it was a very contentious situation to say the least. Then, when my she was 17 she managed to convince someone at a tattoo parlor to give her a "tramp stamp" on her lower back that is about 7 inches wide and two inches tall, kind of like this:
So I guess the question is, if you have great kids all around and they want their ears pierced, do you allow it so it is done safely and on your watch, or is it a battle you choose to fight? What about tattoos, or hair length? What are your absolutes? Do your absolutes match those of your significant other's? I know for sure that tattoos and certain manner of dress fall into the "over my dead body" category. All the others I guess I will take as they come. I must say I am grateful that I am still in the arena of little kid battles at least for a few more years!
I was very profoundly saddened yesterday when I learned of Heath Ledger's untimely passing. No, it is not because I have a school girl crush on him, I truly don't. It is more that is just seems like such an incredible waste. It was probably all the more poignant for me because "A Knight's Tale" has been one of our family's favorite movies for many years. My son was obsessed with knights and jousting as a little guy and we all enjoyed the movie tremendously together. My daughter called it the "we, we" movie when she was about three because of the song "We Will, We Will Rock You" that starts the movie. He was a talented man, the father of a cutie patootie of a little girl that looks just like him(albeit out of wedlock, but that is another post), and he was only 28 years old. I am sad that a little girl is going to grow up without her daddy, I am sad that someone that has brought joy to many people is gone, and I'm sad at this stunning example of a life burned too brightly. It seems it is time for Hollywood (yes, I know he lived in New York. I am speaking of "Hollywood" as a culture not a place) to take a good long look at itself before too many more stars burn so brightly they fade to black completely.
Recently on a few of my favorite blogs I have noticed the request for readers to "de-lurk". In other words, if you stop by and read anyway, why not clap a howdy on us while you're here. Comments really are one of the most wonderful and gratifying parts to blogging. It is like getting a visit from a friend. So I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you that have made the decision to "de-lurk" and become a part of my life. You are very appreciated and you gave me lots of smiles during the chaos of last week.
I , like most twenty-somethings o.k. fine, the latter end of thirty-somethings love, love, love us some Target. However, I have had my heart broken. I used to think that Target was "all that". They gave us presents on Black Friday. They give my kids cookies from the bakery for free when I go shopping.
What, what's that you say, you can't have a cookie today. Yes, it's true. I took my daughter shopping with me the other day to my local "Super Target" promising her a cookie while I shopped. I walked up to the bakery counter, stood patiently, and waited. "Can I help you?", said the bakery worker. "Yes, could my daughter please have a cookie?". "No, we don't do that anymore". "What!, Really!, when did that start"? "January 1, 2008." "Oh, well, thanks anyway."
At the same time my daughter burst into tears, as I had been assuring her through all our other errands that a cookie at Target was in her sights as long as she behaved. Who knew I was wrong.
It is a very sad day indeed. I figure that every cookie they give out costs them a maximum of six cents and since it is a well documented phenomenon that no mother worth her salt can leave Target without spending at least $100.00 per visit, I would say Target is making out like a bandit on the deal, so what gives?
It, my love affair with Target that is, has always been, at least I thought, a mutually fulfilling relationship. I was so unprepared for it becoming an unrequited love, and so was my daughter. What's a girl to do?
Thanks everyone for all your well wishes. My son is doing much better! Yeah, happy mommy. He doesn't have Mono or Strep, so it was probably just a virus that needed to run its course. At least, that is what I am hoping since the other possibility is that he is just someone prone to headaches. I am not choosing option number two thankyouverymuch.
Anyhoo, I am probably going to continue being a slacker blogger for the rest of the week, as my deadlines are pressing down on me. I'll try to visit, but I make no promises!
Crazy errands for dinner and meeting today. Field trip with fourth grader, pre-school conference for the 5 year old, and book club for me tomorrow. Friday both kids home from school (cause they needed another day off?), dinner for 35 at my home. Saturday, is basketball pictures for son at 8:00am, basketball game at 8:50am, and meeting at office for 150 at 10:00am. Saturday night, I go back to breathing!