Archive for September 2014

The work/life balance of the work-at-home mom

The work/life balance of the work-at-home mom
My kids have been in school for about a month now. I thought there would be this immediate “look how much I’m accomplishing!” catharsis. I thought I was going to be bored by the end of the first week because I’d’ve already done all the things. But six hours goes a lot faster than you... Read more »

A mom reviews a video game: Who are the best Skylanders characters?

27. Super Gulp Pop Fizz<br><br>I've never really gotten into this guy, even though we've gotten all his upgrades. He always tends to get hit by the enemy when he's taking time out to drink his potion. But he's voiced by Bobcat Goldthwait, so he's got that going for him.
After Lego (maybe sometimes even before Lego) Skylanders is the commodity we’re most excited about in this house. I wish I had been the brains behind Skylanders because I would be a billionaire right now and I’d be drinking my coffee out of a cup made of diamonds. Skylanders is the biggest money-grubbing racket around... Read more »

Scandal premiere review: "Randy, Red, Superfreak and Julia"

Scandal premiere review: "Randy, Red, Superfreak and Julia"
Scandal is back, gladiators. Put on your white hats, pour a glass of wine and a bowl of popcorn. Things have CHANGED. First of all, we need to talk about the hair. When Olivia boarded that plane last season, she headed off to a remote island somewhere near Zanzibar with only Jake and her wine... Read more »
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Parent Shaming and the National Hearing and Vision Screening Test

Parent Shaming and the National Hearing and Vision Screening Test
I paid twenty dollars this month to have my daughter’s eyes and ears checked at school. Apparently it’s mandatory? At this point I just write checks without question. Her hearing checked out fine, which is confusing because she never hears me when I ask her to pick up her toys. As far as the vision... Read more »

Fall TV Review: Black-ish

Fall TV Review: Black-ish
BLACK-ISH Airs: Wednesday 9:30/8:30c on ABC Premise: Newly-minted upper-level advertising executive wants his family, living in a predominantly white neighborhood, to remember their black roots. I think. Behind the Scenes: Larry Wilmore of The Daily Show was initially showrunner, but he left and now it’s run by…someone who is not Larry Wilmore. The show stars... Read more »

Fall TV Non-Review

I was out at a concert last night (Sam Smith at the Riv; he was great), so I was unable to watch Gotham, Scorpion, or Forever (though I think I had already seen enough of Forever on On Demand to make an informed “no” decision). I watched some of Scorpion tonight, and no. I just... Read more »
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Fall TV Review: Madam Secretary

Fall TV Review: Madam Secretary
MADAM SECRETARY Airs: Sundays on CBS, after football and The Good Wife Premise: Ex-CIA analyst turned professor, wife, mother, and horse owner is tapped as the new Secretary of State, after the old Secretary of State dies in a plane crash. Behind the Scenes: The series was created by Barbara Hall, of Judging Amy fame(?),... Read more »

Guest Movie Review: This is Where I Leave You

Guest Movie Review: This is Where I Leave You
Our friend Erin Luy went to the movies last night (a real feat!) and saw the much-anticipated This is Where I Leave You. She was kind enough to write a review. Here it is. Thanks, Erin! Genre: Drama/Comedy (though I’d argue the comedy portion) Rating: R–Language and sexual situations Running Time: 103 minutes Premise: After the... Read more »

Take several seats, Blossom: Why I hate Mayim Bialik's article about hating the movie Frozen

Mayim Bialik is a smart woman. She can boast that she is both a doctor and an actress on one of the biggest shows on television. She’s also, apparently, a parenting expert. But aren’t we all? Isn’t that what the internet is all about? Your experiences + the way you live your life = you... Read more »
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Fall TV Review: Red Band Society

Fall TV Review: Red Band Society
RED BAND SOCIETY Airs: Wednesdays at 9/8c on FOX Premise: The Fault in Our Stars meets Glee. Kids with terminal illnesses live in hospital; hijinks ensue. Behind the Scenes: Stars Oscar winner Octavia Spencer. She had been lined up for a Murder She Wrote reboot; but when that fell through, she read the pilot script... Read more »