Low-key day. Made breakfast for the kids, which included a smoothie. We opened up the fridge, crammed banana, blueberries, an orange, some baby carrots, two icecubes, and some milk* into the cup thing for our brand new immersion blender we picked up at the Supastow yesternight.Â Time to fire that baby up, and see what it can do, yeah?
Oh great and powerful OZ was it loud at 8am. Milk with bits of blueberry was flying everywhere, it was making a huge mess, Tate started yelling “WoooOOOOOOooooOoOoOo” in tune with the blender (are kids trying to do some sorta noise canceling when they yell in harmony like that?)
So yeah, after I cleaned up the cutting block thing, and poured it into cups for the kids, Ripley scarfed his down, but Tate (who’d wanted the smoothies in the first place) wasn’t convinced after maaaaybe one sip.
*Didja spot the mistake I made there?
Watched TV with the kids and alternated between telling them they couldn’t have candy at 9:30 NOR could they play with the computer.Â I’m the meanest dad in the whole wild world.Â Ignored my Saturday Blackberry calendar item that’s been there for about a year and a half that says simply “GO DO SOMETHING” at 10.Â Was probably a bad idea.Â Rubber boots and big puddles would probably have been a good idea for the kids.
Lunch was grilled cheese sandwiches with ham in ’em, but the little tiny sandwich griller iron thing must’ve not been entirely cleaned from the last time I’d made french toast, ’cause lunch had a distinctly cinnamon-y vibe.Â Just… odd.
Also.Â When was the last time I made french toast?Â Couldn’t have been too TOO long ago, ’cause I think I’ve only used it about six times, ever.Â Still, ew.
After lunch, Arwen took the kids out to Richmond mall, and I slept.Â Well, I washed a load of laundry, and put it in the dryer first, but once THAT was done, I lay on the couch “watching” Aliens.Â Seems that I’ve programmed my brain to knock me out cold if anything directed by Ridley Scott is on, ’cause I made it to the landing where the eggs were before I was out, and woke up for a bit just in time to catch the chest buster scene (kept hearing “Hello My Baby, Hello My Darlin” in my head) and then crashed out again until the very VERY end of the movie.
Kids home, I made spaghetti with tofu chunks (Tate’s fave) and Arwen headed out into the night to go visit with the ladies, and do ladies things.Â Good for her.Â Glad she’s out for an evening to have some fun.
9 is a very cool movie.Â Looking forward to whatever Tim Burton’s doing next.Â There wasn’t a huge amount of emotional impact for me, but I was so busy being sucked into the world they’d created, I didn’t have time to feel much of anything in the post-apocalyptic world populated by Matrix-esque badguy machines, and Little Big Planet-like main characters.Â So pretty, but so sad an environment.Â It was like HDR film meets videogame action, with a nicely “but what does that mean?” story.Â Didn’t suck.Â Style for the win.
Alien Resurrection is on.Â Arwen and I saw this as a date in 1997 when it came out, and I remember the gootastic ending, and both Arwen and I walking outta there feeling like we needed a shower.Â Geiger was missing from this one, let me tell ya.
Oh, and Shaw Cable Systems?Â Quit putting editorial content in the first ten words of your synopsis for the Guide for movies and TV shows.Â I’m tired of almost always having to push the Info button to get more plot than “Sigourney Weaver returns as tormented…” or seeing Daily described as “Irreverent skewering of…” while leaving out who the guests are.
With some of the movies, they also will say things like “This deeply terrible film…” or “Unintentionally funny cheese…” and similar things.Â Look, if my job was to write that stuff up, I’d probably start putting in my own editorial comments too, but I’d put them at the end.Â Maybe even a spoiler or a warning “Don’t bother…” “People over 14 will hate this…” but I’d put it at the END of the descriptions.
While I’m providing an irreverent skewering of Shaw, why is the volume on their OWN AD for their own 30 year anniversary set at slightly below 10% of everything else?Â It’s like one of those screamer things on YouTube you see once in while, when then try to get you to turn up your speakers really loud, and then suddenly haveÂ really loud scream, and put a monster picture on the screen.
So yeah, whoever’s in charge of the volume, way to go there, cowboy.Â Doing a heck of a job.
Oh wait, gotta go.Â Dave Matthews is on SNL tonight.Â It’s like Tom Hanks lost his mind and stole Sting’s voice after swallowing Kermit the frog.