Mommy Monday

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I try not to let Huff the Babe watch too much TV. But, there are days that her energy levels are overflowing like my muffin top while I’m guzzling Diet Dr. Pepper and just trying to make it through the day. During those times I switch on Netflix, PBS, or whatever I can to get my little ball of perpetual energy to sit still for a few minutes.

Because of this, I’ve seen quite a bit of children’s television. Some good, some just plain annoying. So here is my definitive ranking of kid’s shows (that I’ve seen):

 

#7 Caillou

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We’ve only watched this show once. And it wasn’t even a whole episode. It was like 5 minutes. That is how annoying this kid is. Seriously. Don’t even waste your time.

 

#6 The Odd Squad

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My niece LOVES this show. She watches it all the time during her “tablet time”. But man, the kids on that show… they are…odd (terrible pun, I know). The show is kind of like Mr. Wizard on an acid trip.

 

#5 Tayo: The Little Bus 

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My sister is actually the one that introduce Huff the Babe to this. Its pretty cute, to be honest. Tayo is a cartoon bus from South Korea. The cartoon is awesome because it has horrible lip-dub, but in an endearing way. There are times it gets a little weird though. One of Tayo’s “talents” is playing songs with his farts. For reals.

 

#4 Thomas the Tank Engine

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I’ve been watching Thomas since my oldest nephew was HtB’s age. I loved watching him watch the show. I especially loved listening to him sing the title theme. He would pronounce Edward like “Penguin!”. My only problem(s) is Thomas can be kind of a punk sometimes. And Sir Toppham Hat? That guy’s like the worst boss ever.

 

#3 Sesame Street 

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Y’all, Muppets are my jam. I LURVES them! Especially Sesame Street! These guys were such a huge part of my childhood. They’re still good, I’m just a little sad that I don’t know a lot of the folks (or puppets) on the show anymore. Even Maria is leaving!

 

#2 My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

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My little Gryffindor has just started getting into MLP. This is probably the only show she likes that I will continue to watch after she’s left the room. I can name all of the main ponies. I even have favorites. I guess you could call me a Brony. Or whatever the female equivalent is.

 

#1 Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

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Katerina throwing shade.

Of all the shows we’ve watched, this is by far Huff the Babe’s favorite. The catchy songs Daniel and his friends make up to help with daily tasks have actually come in handy with my little one. I honestly don’t have any complaints about this show. Except Katerina. That cat is super annoying.

 

What about you? What kid’s shows do you like? Which ones do you tell your kids are cancelled?

 

Take a Look, Its in a Book!

Now that Hermione is almost nine months old (can you believe that?!) she’s getting really good at independent play. I can set her on a blanket in the living room with a collection of toys that makes it look like FAO Shwartz exploded in our house and do edits, make a sandwich, or actually go the bathroom.

 

When she was a newborn, I’d turn the TV on to Netflix—mostly The Office or New Girl—and work while she played or napped. Now, I feel like I need to turn on more age appropriate things, because her brain is like a sponge, so I am getting an education into the world of children’s daytime programming.

 

It has really changed since I was a kid! Granted, there’s still Sesame Streetand Arthur, but other than that, I don’t know half of these shows! It really makes me reminisce about my childhood and the shows I used to watch. But, thanks to Levar Burton, I may not need to think longingly about days gone by! Oh yes, that’s right: Reading Rainbow could be making a comeback, people!

 

When Reading Rainbow went off the air in 2006, it was a sad, sad day. But that wasn’t the absolute end for the butterfly in the sky. Burton created a reading app to help kids get excited about reading. However, not every kid has a tablet or an iPhone (although it seems that way). According to Gizmodo, Burton wants to “develop a web-enabled Reading Rainbow for at-home use, create a classroom version along with lesson plans and teacher-friendly tools, and subsidize the cost so any school can use Reading Rainbow anywhere for free.”

 

How awesome is that?!

 

You can join the movement and donate on his Kickstarter site here!

 

And get more info here:

My New Obsession

Since getting Netflix, Huff the Hubs and I have found a new obsession: watching documentaries.

There are probably about 35 documentaries in my Netflix list right now. Seriously.

There have been so many that I’ve loved! We watched one that focused on an adorable betrothed couple with Downs Syndrome, one about the “real” Indiana Jones, and another about the life of Tolkien! But, out of all the ones we’ve watched, I definitely have ULTIMATE favorites.

 

1. Blackfish

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This documentary was absolutely heart-wrenching. I know it was the director’s intention–I’m not so naive to think that this (or any documentary) is made to not get an emotional reaction from its viewers–but this documentary really struck a chord with me. The main focus of the documentary centers on Tilikum, a male orca now owned by Sea World, and the abuse and neglect he suffered, as well as injuries he caused. I got A LOT of flak for saying that I would never go to Sea World after I saw this film. Which is fine. Not everybody that watched it had the same reaction I did. But that’s the great thing about America, people. We can have differing opinions. This isn’t Panem.

 

2. Planet Earth

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Technically, Huff the Hubs and I watched this pre-Netflix. I actually scored the entire DVD box set on Black Friday a few years ago for cheap! Since we didn’t (and still don’t) have cable, this docu-series was our nightly entertainment for about two weeks. The five disc set covers just about every inch of our planet and discusses the various flora and fauna that inhabit it. Its such an amazing series; HtH and I were constantly in awe of the complexities of nature. I remember him saying, “I don’t know how someone can watch this and NOT believe in God!”

 

3. Miss Representation

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I actually turned this documentary on the other morning to have as background noise while I worked. I got sucked in within the first 10 minutes and subsequently got 2 hours behind on my editing. But it was worth it. This documentary brings to light the under-representation of women in leadership positions in America, and challenges how the media portrays what it means to be a powerful woman in today’s society. There were certain parts of the documentary I didn’t agree with, but all in all, I thought it was great at showing how mainstream media really makes it unfair for women to be seen as more than just “props”.

 

 

4. Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price

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This 2005 documentary didn’t really hit me like the others did. However, it did open up a lot of debate between me and HtH. In The High Cost of Low Price, the filmmaker speaks with former and current Wal-Mart employees as well as small business owners that the national chain has put out of business. I did think there were a lot of things that Wal-Mart did that was wrong (such as asking their employees to donate money for struggling employees–which they did and raised over $9 million–when the Walton family only donated $6K and the openly sexist managers) but there were other parts to it that I didn’t quite agree with. They talked a lot about how the small, “Mom-and-Pop” businesses were being forced to close their doors once a Wal-Mart came to town. Which, yes, it was so sad to see these people who had worked their lives to create a business, have to box up their inventory and board up their windows. However, that’s just the nature of the beast in a capitalist society. Businesses come and businesses go everyday. Would I rather frequent a smaller, family operated store than a big conglomerate? Of course. I think its important to support those businesses. However, if I can get something substantially cheaper somewhere else, I’m more inclined to go there so I can make my dollars stretch.

 

Do all of these documentaries have a bias? Yes. Do they all have valid points? Yes. Are they worth watching? Oh, YES.

You may not agree with my take on these documentaries, and that’s fine! You don’t have to. I think what’s important to remember when watching documentaries is that these films are making us talk. They’re making us think outside of ourselves and take a look at the bigger picture and making us discuss the world around us. Films like these have the potential to bring about change and improvement. And that’s worth watching!

Fan Girl Friday

Happy Friday, Earthlings!

This morning I was woken up by the Great God of Thunder, Thor himself. My windows were rattling and rain pounded against the apartment. This was all at 4:30 a..m. I’m assuming the hammer-wielding son of Odon was just passing through, but I was unable to go back to bed. I contemplated not doing a blog today but I know millions dozens of you would be heartbroken if I didn’t post. So, here I am!

Is anyone else on Sherlock countdown?! I. CANNOT. WAIT for season 3! Rumor is, the show will debut first this fall in the UK and probably January-ish 2014 for us in ‘Merica. To satiate your need for all things Benedict Cumberbatch/Holmes, check out this awesome video of BC reading a little of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s awsomeness:

We have SO many movies/TV shows to look forward to this fall and winter! Including the next Hobbit movie! If you just can’t wait and need to have your fill of something Hobbit-related {whilst improving your spelling abilities} check out this bad boy from Think Geek!

Scrabble, Shire-style.

Scrabble, Shire-style.

It also comes with “adventure cards” to shake up the game play! Its like Catan meets Scrabble!

If you know me/have spent five minutes around me, you know I hate noise. Some say I’m just a crabby patty, others say I suffer from Misophonia. I say I just don’t have the patience to deal with your loud voice/annoying noise-related quirks. Evidently I’m in a world of hurt when the baby gets here. (Did you know they cry? Like, all the time?!) So when I saw this pacifier from TG, I rejoiced! I think I may get one for Hermione. I wonder if it really works…..?

Just don't turn it to 11.

Just don’t turn it to 11.

And speaking of my soon-to-arrive-spawn… Sigh. It seems a day can’t go by without people getting all judgy/having something to say about the fact that we’re naming our daughter Hermione or that we’re doing her nursery in Star WarsThe reaction I hate the most is: “Star Wars? For a girl?” Bah. That makes me want to choke them with The Force and drop them on Hoth for a wampa to deal with. But this week, while perusing Pinterest, I found this awesome video. Which, made me even more proud of the decisions Huff the Hubs and I are making in regards to our little one, but it also made me tear up a little. My favorite quote? “Don’t tell my daughters that Legos, robots, and superheroes are just for boys.”

What’s a Zombie to Do?

Warning!

{River Song voice}

Spoilers. 

If you haven’t watched the latest episode of The Walking Dead, do not read on. Unless you want some stuff ruined. But really, not that much happened. So I guess you can read on. If you daaaaare!

So far, this season of The Walking Dead has been pretty good. I mean, we finally got rid of Lori whining about everything and sleeping with everyone. We watched as Rick lost his mind and went Chuck Norris on some inmates. We breathed a sigh of relief when Carl left the house and actually did some good. And fangirls everywhere squealed with delight when Daryl cuddled with baby Judith.

After Michonne left Woodbury and Rick’s gang got Glen and Maggie back, I can’t help but feel as though the writers have started taking naps and using pages from the “How to Write for Soap Operas” handbook. I feel like nothing has really moved along and everyone’s at a stand still.

These last three episodes we have left better be some doozies. I want to see the bad guy get taken down and some zombies lose some limbs. I feel like those lifeless biters have really taken a back seat on the show. That’s why when I saw this, I cracked up and thought, “You got that right!”

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Here is what I want to see before the season ends:

1. Andrea kill the Governor (and stop walking like an idiot).

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I’m sorry, but I can’t stand the way Andrea walks. Her walk is so unbelievably uncoordinated, even the Ministry of Silly Walks wouldn’t give her a job.  She can redeem herself from her ridiculous saunter if she takes out the Governor. I love that Carol told her to give him a night he’d never forget and then kill him. She should’ve done it! Then Daryl could’ve given her a cool nickname like The Black Widow that everyone would laugh about over rainwater and canned peaches.

 

2. Merle save his brother and tell him he loves him with his dying breath. 

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In season one, I couldn’t stand Merle. Season 2, I forgot about him; but I couldn’t shake this feeling he was waiting in the wings. So when season 3 came along and Merle showed up I found that my feelings…well, the hadn’t changed a bit. Guy’s a douche. Especially after what he did to Glen. However  I do think that like Daryl, Merle will be able to redeem himself. Its obvious Merle loves his brother and would do just about anything for him. My prediction/hope is that Daryl will be cornered by one of the guys from Woodbury, only to be rescued by Merle. I honestly think Merle is going to give his life to save his brother and everyone will talk of Merle like a hero.

 

3. Herschel finds an artificial leg. 

"Let's have some sweet tea and talk about this on the porch."

“Let’s have some sweet tea and talk about this on the porch.”

It really freaks me out that Herschel has only some crutches to keep him up. I mean, seriously, he basically has a sign on his back that reads: “Zombie food, made to order!” I really like Herschel because I feel like he’s the only one that can bring Rick back from his crazy delusions about dead people calling him on the phone. Plus, I feel like Herschel fills the moral compass gap that Dale left when he got himself eaten.

 

4. Rick takes over Woodbury…. 

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I’d really like to see the Governor dethroned and Rick take over the town. I think Rick could do a lot of good there. However, that would probably slow down the pace of the show, sort of like the farm did in season 2. However, Shane was still making problems and so was Lori, so season 2 wasn’t a total bust. But still, if Rick took over Woodbury, it’d be  great victory for him, but probably not so much for the show.

 

5. …Or they have to take their chances on the road. 

Seriously.

Seriously.

We didn’t get to see what the winter months were like for the prison folks. All we know is that they were constantly on the move. To be honest, I’ve kind of missed the days when they were constantly look for refuge. I felt like there was more action and zombie-killin’ when they were nomads. Plus, with Judith added to the mix, I could see many a bated breath in season 4.

 

No matter what happens, I’m sure I’ll still stay glued to the tube with at least one eye closed, waiting to see what happens next. Unless Daryl dies. Then I’ll stop watching. Just kidding, I probably won’t. I’ll keep watching just so I can triumphantly say things like, “SEE?! If Daryl were here, THAT wouldn’t’ve happened!” or “Gah! If only Daryl were here, he’d know what to do!”

 

I Love My TV…All My Friends Live There

I am so glad its fall.

The leaves are changing; the house fills with the spicy aroma of pumpkin-filled treats; and best of all, MY TV SHOWS ARE BACK!

Yes, its the time of year when the magical black box in my living lets me have a fly-on-the-wall view into the lives of my favorite fictional friends. I am so excited for this new season. And even though some have already begun, I’ll give you a run-down on what will be showing in the Huffman Home this fall:

1. How I Met Your Mother

Teddy Westside and the Gang.

I honestly hope this is the last season. After a seventh season of Ted still pining after Robin and Barney still womanizing, and still not GETTING TO SEE THE FREAKING MOTHER, I was about ready to call it quits. But those clever producers hooked me when I heard through the blogosphere that next season will most likely be the final season. Now I feel like I have to see it all the way through. It’d be like me eating almost all the Pringles, but still having three left in the can… you can’t just stop. Eat the whole thing!

2. Once Upon A Time

Oh snap! She got a sword! It just got real.

I was a little skeptical about how this show could keep going after the main problem of the first season was resolved in the season finale. At first I was like, “Oh, well that was a nice movie that lasted for six months.” But, when I watched the season premiere last week, I was excited to see that the magical mystery tour of Storybrooke was just beginning! I’ve heard that many more favorite fairy tale characters are going to join the cast (Mulan, Sleeping Beauty, Captain Hook) and I can’t wait to see how the writers put a new spin on the classics!

3. The Vampire Diaries

She’s gets TWO Salvatores AND has hair that pretty?! Not fair.

After last season’s cliffhanger (at which point I said, “OMG, finally!”) I was counting down the days until October 11th! I love this show so much. Not necessarily because of the whole vampire thing (the are so 2010) but because the season starting will bring even more shirtless Ian Somerholder into my life. And I think everyone could use a little more of that.

4. The Big Bang Theory

Achk, mohck! (I said no Klingon, Sheldon!)

Who didn’t shed a tear when Howard and Bernadette got married last season? I mean, this little creepy candy-coated engineer finally got the woman of his dreams (and it wasn’t Katee Sackhoff). Now that Bernie and Howie (and his mother) are riding off into the sunset, where does this leave poor little Raj? And what about Penny and Leonard? I swear, if they break up again, I will go to L.A. myself and kick Chuck Lorre in the molecules. He could, however, redeem himself by having Amy and Sheldon make out. Come on, Chuck, Amy needs some sugar.

5. Doctor Who

Bowties are cool.

Sadly, the season for Doctor Who has already come and gone just like the Ponds. (Sidebar: I’m going to miss the Ponds. Not necessarily because of Amy, but because of Rory. He really was the epitome of the sweet boy next door.) Those Brits really like to tease us as much as they can by whetting our appetites for these shows (a la Sherlock) and then taking them away from us for months on end. Le sigh. I’m already counting down the days to the Christmas Special.

What about you? What fall shows are you looking forward to the most?