Archive for October 2015

Halloween 2015 Trend: Princesses Out, Superheroes In

Halloween 2015 Trend: Princesses Out, Superheroes In
I went to my daughter’s preschool’s Halloween concert this morning; and, based on scientific research done while observing one, single, solitary class of four-year-olds, I can tell you definitively — Ariel is out. Wonder Woman is in. Last year, in three-year-old preschool, my daughter was one of only two girls who didn’t dress up as... Read more »

What Toys R Us got right and wrong in this year's holiday catalog

What Toys R Us got right and wrong in this year's holiday catalog
The Toys R Us catalog arrived at our house yesterday and my daughter circled all the stuff she’d like to see under the Christmas tree this year, i.e. literally everything on every page. (You’ll see in the pictures. Everything is circled.) I opened the catalog with some trepidation. In years past, Toys R Us has... Read more »

Put your damn Ws away

Put your damn Ws away
What about the past century+ do people not understand? These are the Cubs. I mean, they are (or they WERE before this terrible NLCS series) happier, less angst-ridden Cubs, but they’re still Cubs. We’re still Chicago. We still get all het up when things are going well and we retreat into despair (and boots full... Read more »
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Sports Superstitions: Great Excuses for Antisocial Behavior

Sports Superstitions: Great Excuses for Antisocial Behavior
Earlier this year, we all suffered through the playoff beards of hockey fans and players alike. The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup, so obviously the superstition worked. Their winning had nothing to do with skill or stick-to-itiveness. It was the beards. I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but the Cubs are in the playoffs right... Read more »

The Martian Is So Good, It May Just Win Best Picture

The Martian Is So Good, It May Just Win Best Picture
THE MARTIAN Genre: Sci-Fi Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 142 mins. Premise: When a freak storm separates him from his crew, Astronaut and botanist Mark Watney (Matt Damon) finds himself stranded on Mars.  While NASA and his crew work to rescue him, Watney must “science the shit” out of his situation in order to survive until... Read more »

The Walk is a movie for the whole family, except for this one thing

The Walk is a movie for the whole family, except for this one thing
Last night John and I took the kids to see The Walk, the new Robert Zemeckis film about the dude who walked on a wire suspended between the Twin Towers. John saw the movie (which is rated PG) on Thursday night and thought the kids (who are four and seven) might be interested in it.... Read more »
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