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Monday, April 30, 2012

Chuck: The Complete Fifth Season is now available on DVD and Blu-ray!!!

Chuck is an action-comedy/spy-drama that is about an "average computer-whiz-next-door" named Chuck, played by Zachary Levi, who receives an encoded e-mail from an old college friend who is now working for the CIA; the message embeds the only remaining copy of the United States' greatest spy secrets into Chuck's brain.

A hit among hardcore fans, Chuck has seen a great following, but unfortunately came to an end in January.  The final season comes out on DVD and Blu-ray May 8.

In Season 5 episode 3, Morgan has been experiencing certain side effects from the Intersect. The beginning of this episode leaves Chuck wondering why on earth his oldest, closest friend had transformed into an obnoxious and petulant man. Have you ever experienced something similar with a close friend? Was there any explanation for their behavior, and how did things end up working out?


I've come to realize that "close" friends are rare.  You usually find that you meet someone and find them instantly appealing, only to get to know them better and realize they are not really the person you expected.  Most of my "friends" have surprised me with how selfish they actually are when it comes down to following through with things or in terms of girls, they forget that friends are supposed to come before boyfriends.  The only explanation is that they are girls... and that's what most girls do.  





"I have been hired by Warner Bros WBWord division to raise awareness for 'Chuck.'"

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Little Things...

I consider myself to be pretty independent.  I don't think I ask for help much and if I do, believe me, I have to swallow quite a lot of pride to do so.  I also think that people can't learn to do for themselves if they rely on others all the time.

However, I have come to realize that unasked for help can be the most appreciated!  When someone does something completely unexpected to help you out, it's gotta be one of the best feelings in the world.  I've often thought of how amazing it would be if I came home from work one day and the house was spotless- dusted, vacuumed, picked up, dishes done, bathroom cleaned, you name it.  Because there's always SOMETHING that needs to be done.  I look at my tub and think, "crud, I need to clean that."  I see dishes start to pile up and think, "crud, I need to do those."  Messes that have to be picked up, leaves needing raked, yard needing mowed... oh, how the list goes on and on.

Well, don't get me wrong, my SO David is one of the most helpful guys I've met.  Yes, he does dishes, he'll clean, etc., but usually I watch him do it, so that's not quite as exciting as coming home to it.  And if I asked him to do something, he'd do it! 

Getting to my point:  in my years of living on my own (and being with my ex-husband) whenever something needed fixed, I usually tried to do it myself if I could.  Now, I wouldn't even attempt to do massive plumbing or fix major car troubles.  But if I can google how to do something and it doesn't seem like rocket science, I'll try.  I've changed flat tires, spark plugs in the lawnmower, fixed toilets, leaky faucets and replaced a couple car batteries.

But yesterday was a first for me and I can't tell you how good it felt to have someone else do something for me because they wanted to.  My car has been having problems starting and the theory was that it needed a new battery.  I got stranded at work on Monday and my car was parked there a couple days.  So yesterday, David (with the help of his dad) went to the town where it was parked and replaced it with a new one!  I didn't have to go along, I didn't have to do anything!  A couple hours later, sweetness, my car was parked in the garage, good as new!

The feeling of knowing something like that got done without me having to lift a finger was equivalent to a week of people cooking dinner for me (not that I know what that feels like since moving out of my parents house, lol)!  I am so appreciative for that "small" thing that I did not have to participate in whatsoever.

And it's the little things like that that truly show how a little helping hand goes a long way.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Seattle

The author of this post is Darius Boone.

We will be moving to the 'rainy city' in April.  April is a month of rain anyways, so I am thinking it will rain a whole lot when we live in Seattle.  I just went to http://www.cabletelevision.net to make sure we have service as soon as we move in because I am picturing the kids won't be able to just run out the door and play in the backyard like they are used to doing.  Even if it isn't raining, it will probably just have quit raining and I won't want them to go outside and get all wet and muddy.  Maybe I will get over my issue with mud when I am surrounded by it.  When I had my son, everyone told me to get used to dirt because boys love to play in the dirt!  I just can't stand it though.  I take wipes to the park and have him wash his hands an obscene amount!  They will definitely have to be able to sit down and watch a movie while I am unpacking.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Fingers Crossed?

I feel completely torn about something.

I was asked to teach a class this summer at work and of course I said yes.  At the time, I'm pretty sure I knew that I was pregnant, but my memory is awful, so I don't remember.  Being my third, I know what it's like to juggle responsibilities and a baby.  I also know that within about a week of giving birth I was ready to take on the world!  So, unless for some reason I ended up with a c-section, I don't imagine having to take more than a week off.  My job isn't physically demanding and equates to sitting at home talking for a couple hours.

Now, here comes the ambivalence.  The closer it gets, the more I'm hoping the class gets canceled.  I don't want to leave the baby with a stranger right away (if I have to at all) and I can't rely on family to babysit.  Plus my older kids would have to go to daycare and paying for 3 kids in daycare would pretty much wipe out my entire paycheck!  So, it would make the most sense for me not to teach the class. 

But here's my one reason to teach it: I don't want to look bad to my boss.  I'm afraid if I turn it down or say I can't do it that I will come across as unreliable and it will affect his offering me more classes down the road.  I'm only an adjunct, so there is no real job security for me.  Plus, I know it would put him in a bind finding someone else to teach it.

HOWEVER, he told me that for the class to stay on the schedule there have to be 8 students enrolled.  Right now there are 2 and summer classes start May 30.  So I kinda feel like I'm secretly keeping my fingers crossed that I won't have enough students enrolled.  But then I feel like that's wrong of me.  YOU can keep your fingers crossed for me though... and if you don't tell me, I won't have to feel bad!

What would you do if you were me?

Victorious: The Complete Second Season Available Now on DVD!!!

To be honest, my kids probably watch Victorious the least out of the afternoon Nickelodeon shows.  I'm not sure if it's because the storylines are a little more advanced for them or that the plots aren't as cheesy and the acting isn't so hammy... but they just don't get as excited about it.  Sure, they'll watch it if there's nothing better on... but anyway.  I find it to be tolerable, but I don't really feel that the characters are as relateable or likable as say iCarly.

Nonetheless, that doesn't mean everyone shares our feelings!  If you're unfamiliar with the show's premise, it's about Tori Vega, who is an aspiring singer and the quirky characters that surround her.  She attends a high school for the performing arts.

In season 2, we experience Tori having a love interest, special guest appearances (including Ke$ha who I am a pretty big fan of), rivalry with competing classmates and other expected plots based on the previous season's antics and characters.



Victorious: The Complete Second Season Episode Synopses:

Disc 1:
Beck Falls For Tori
After exaggerating on her resume, Tori lands a job as a stunt double.  Her stunt? To fall off a building!

Helen Back Again
When Principal Eikner leaves Hollywood Arts, the school hires a new principal who makes all the students re-audition in order to keep their spots.

Locked Up! (Parts 1 & 2)
Tori scores a free trip to Yerba for everyone, but the vacation goes from bad to worse when the gang ends up in prison.

Tori Gets Stuck
Jade wants Tori’s starring role in the school play. Meanwhile, Robbie gets rushed to the hospital. Is this another one of Jade’s schemes?

Tori Tortures Teacher
The kids take Sikowitz to the theater to celebrate his ten-year teaching anniversary, but something happens that sends Sikowitz into a deep depression.

Jade Gets Crushed
Andre spends time with Jade working on a song and ends up crushing on her!

Disc 2:
Who Did It To Trina?
A big accident on the opening night of Tori’s directional debut sends Lane on a mission to find out what really happened.

Beggin’ On Your Knees
The cutest boy in school wants to perform a duet with Tori, but she finds out some shocking info about him.  Is Tori having trust issues or is this guy bad news?

Ice Cream for Ke$ha
Tori has to be Trina’s assistant for a month, and the only way she can get out of it is by winning a private Ke$ha concert.

Prom Wrecker
Tori rallies the gang to have a prom at Hollywood Arts, but the event ruins Jade’s art project and now she’s out for revenge.

Terror on Cupcake Street
While driving their giant cupcake float to the “Parade Parade,” the gang gets a flat tire in the middle of a bad neighborhood! Help, anyone?

Blooptorious
Christopher Cane, the actor who plays Rex, hosts an in-depth look into the stars of Victorious, and their hilarious bloopers and outtakes.

Family Time Factor:  Although it says it does well among ages 6-17, I think it would be more preferred by 9 and up.

MOTR Grade: B-

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Nickelodeon Favorites: Dance to the Music DVD Available Now!!!

I just love when Nickelodeon comes out with these compilation DVDs.  This way my kids feel as though they are actually watching the cartoons as they would be shown on TV in the mornings.  The line up is fantastic and there is not one show on it that my kids don't like! Wonder Pets is my personal favorite. (Nickelodeon’s top-rated preschool show Bubble Guppies is making its DVD premiere in this collection and as an added bonus kids can enjoy two Bubble Guppies karaoke music videos)

 



Nickelodeon Favorites: Dance to the Music! Synopses:

Dora the Explorer – “La Maestra de Música”
Boots’ music teacher (la maestra de música) needs to get to school in a hurry but her bicycle is broken.  Dora and Boots join her on a musical adventure through the town, over Musical Mountain, and finally to the school just in time to greet the students with a song.

Team Umizoomi – “Butterfly Dance
Milli can’t wait to go see her friend Sophia dance in her school play, “The Big Bug Show,” but the Umi Team learns that Sophia’s butterfly costume is missing some parts!  Milli, Geo, and Bot zoom to Sophia’s school to find the matching wing, discover a pattern of jewels to make the costume sparkle, and track down Sophie’s lost antennae.

Bubble Guppies – “We Totally Rock”
Are you ready to rock?  The Bubble Guppies are totally amped and they’re taking it to the stage.  Get ready to learn everything about rock and roll.

Go Diego, Go! – “The Iguana Sing-Along”
The Iguana sing-along is about to start but one of the iguanas is missing.  Iggy the Iguana is lost inside a cold cave and iguanas can’t move in the cold.  Diego races against the setting sun to get Iggy back home in time for the sing-along!

The Wonder Pets! – “Save the Beetles / Fiddler Crab on the Roof”
The Wonder Pets journey to Liverpool to save a band of mop-haired Beetles who are trapped in a Yellowish Submarine.
In their next adventure, The Wonder Pets travel to a small village in old Russia to save a Fiddler Crab on the roof of a small house. 

Ni Hao, Kai-lan –“The Ants Dance
Today there’s a big talent show in the backyard. Kai-lan and her band are excited to play their new song, and to see the ants perform the big dance number. But when a bossy ant makes all the choices about the dance routine, Kai-lan needs the viewer’s help to convince the ant to let everyone have a choice so the show can go on!

But seriously, when they say that Nick, Jr. is like preschool on TV, they are not kidding.  My kids learn so much from watching these shows that it amazes me!  Each show features different learning skills and techniques.

Family Time Factor:  Even though it's geared towards preschoolers, I find that younger and older kids can enjoy it too.  And adults can learn some interesting stuff watching it!

MOTR Grade: A

Wow Wow Wubbzy: A Wuzzleburg Tale Available Now!!!

Wow Wow Wubbzy has been one of my favorites that my kids have watched for several years now.  I used to find myself sitting and watching it with my daughter, knowing I had things to do, but wanting to see what was going to happen.  Wubbzy often finds himself in sticky predicaments because he doesn't always make the wisest decisions.  He's a cute little creature with a crooked tail who has several friends who are there to help him out (sometimes not so helpfully!)  

 



"Throughout the six charming adventures in 'A Wuzzleburg Tale,' Wubbzy and his best pals, Walden, Widget and Daizy, encounter different fairytale characters, situations and challenges that all lead to social skills-building fun! Preschoolers will travel through the Enchanted Grove with Wubbzy and Daizy as they search for a pickleberry bush for Widget in 'Once Upon A Wubbzy'; solve the big mystery of why Wubbzy’s closest friends go missing on his birthday in 'The Big Birthday Mystery' and try on a whole new size with Wubbzy and Daizy as they shrink themselves down with Widget’s Shrinky Dinky 3000 in 'Welcome To The Dollhouse.'

Additional episodes on the DVD include: 'Happily Ever After,' where Wubbzy is delighted by the fairytale of the Hopping Dipple-Dop; 'Too Many Wubbzys,' when Wubbzy learns that being in two places at once can pose a problem and 'Focus Wubbzy!,' in which Wubbzy learns the importance of responsibility, listening to instructions and paying attention. The new release also delivers to Wubbzy fans 'wubbtastic' coloring and activity sheets and music videos that will have them singing along!"

And today is the last day to vote for your favorite Wubbzy episode on their Facebook page!   
Family Time Factor:  I'd say it is enjoyable by anybody that likes cartoons, despite seeming as though it's mostly geared towards preschoolers and toddlers.

MOTR Grade: A

Pound Puppies: Homeward Pound DVD Available Now!!!

I always get excited when DVDs come out of shows that I was a fan of when I was a youngster.  It's nice to be able to share them with my kids now and of course the graphics quality  has increased by leaps and bounds!  When I was young although I don't know what channel Pound Puppies was on, I think I saw a cartoon of it here and there, but I was mostly excited about the stuffed animals- especially the Pound Purries!  I can describe the exact Pound Purries and Pound Puppies my brother and I had!

Now, aside from ebay, I'm not sure if you can purchase Pound Puppy paraphernalia, but you can buy the cartoons!  Enter Homeward Pound:




Catch Lucky, Squirt, Cookie and the entire Shelter 17 gang as they find homes for wayward canine cuties. There's 5 puppy-rific episodes and a Learn to Draw Lucky bonus feature to engage a preschool audience. 






Episodes Include:

Homeward Pound
My Fair Rebound
Quintuplets
K-9 Kid
Zoltron

Family Time Factor: I think this appeals more to kids maybe 6 and under.  It didn't quite captivate my daughter or son, but I think it's best for preschoolers.  Plus it's not a real commercialized program anymore so you have to have kids that are willing to familiarize themselves with something new.

MOTR Grade: B-

Veggie Tales: Robin Good DVD Available Now!!!

So, if you're unfamiliar with Veggie Tales, you're missing out!  Veggie Tales feature Bob the Tomato and his good pal Larry the Cucumber.  They have a slew of other vegetable friends (and some fruits) that help them tell their stories.  All their stories have a religious overtone, but it is not being shoved down your throat and it helps teach kids great morals!

"In this Veggie-version of the classic tale, Larry the Cucumber stars as Robin Good, a fearless man who roves the town of Bethlingham with his band of merry men to help people by fundraising from the rich and giving to the poor! But when a greedy Prince starts stealing the townspeople’s hams, donations are down and Robin’s friends take off and decide to give robbing from the rich a try. Feeling rejected, Robin thinks things can't get any worse, until he finds out that the ham-hoarding Prince has also captured his friends.


My kids love watching Veggie Tales and as a parent, I love that it teaches them many good qualities and traits about life without being disgusting or obnoxious like a lot of the current cartoons are.  
 
Family Time Factor:  Personally, I think it can be enjoyed by all ages, but I'm biased.

MOTR Grade: A

Friday, April 6, 2012

Spice Up Your Parties with Farm Rich Queso Bites

I don't know too many people that don't like a good party.  Of course, the kind of parties I prefer tend to be of the old-fashioned, good, clean fun variety.  I absolutely love surrounding myself with friends and laughter.  Of course I've had small parties for my kids' birthdays, but those don't require as much planning and preparation as for the get togethers with my friends.

I've been raised on the theory of good hospitality and good hosting.  So, I always make plans to have food, drinks and entertainment involved.  No matter what I serve, I usually try to cook one thing that requires some skill on my part.  Everyone likes a home cooked meal and it also gives me a chance to show off my cooking skills.  So, generally I will do a meat dish or main course of some kind and then have appetizers and sides that people can eat the rest of the night.  I'm pretty excited to try including Farm Rich Queso Bites at one of my next parties (if I can ever find them at a local store- believe me, I've looked!)  I'm a self-proclaimed cheese lover and also a pretty big fan of jalapeno poppers, so these sound delicious!

"Farm Rich wants to help you spice up your parties and create fun, lasting memories. Farm Rich Queso Cheese Bites are not too hot, not too cool, but just right. These little guys are creamy white, queso-filled, breaded, bite-sized happiness, packin’ just the right amount of heat to perfectly spice up any occasion. They come out of the oven or fryer in just minutes, crisp and toasty on the outside, meltingly tender on the inside, and ready to serve for an after-school snack, party appetizer, or just anytime hunger calls. The wholesome snacks also are a good source of calcium, and each portion contains just 180 calories and 0 grams trans fat per serving." 

Along with food, cocktails (I'm not a big drinker, so it tends to be byob) and friends, I usually like to play it nerdy by getting out a board game.  We love trivia here and it gives me a chance to make people think I'm smart.  From Scattegories to Trivial Pursuit to Cranium and occasionally Monopoly, that's how we tend to pass the time  while chatting, joking and letting music play in the background.  Although our parties may not seem wild or extreme, it's nice to have friends that can have fun in this kind of way!

"Between March 19 and May 4, play Pesos 4 Quesos for a chance to win a $3,500 'Fiesta Grande' from Farm Rich. Visit the Farm Rich Facebook page and click on Pesos 4 Quesos to play and register to win weekly $200 gift cards plus the chance to take home the $3,500 grand prize—worth over 44,000 pesos! By reaching certain game levels, players can also earn coupons to try the new Queso Cheese Bites. The grand-prize winner will be announced on May 5."  This game is actually really fun and kind of addictive.  I've played it every day since it has been available.  I'll get to a level and get stumped and have to tell myeslf, "it's a game, you can quit anytime!"  Normally I don't play FB games, but this is one I've actually had fun with!

 
 
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Monday, April 2, 2012

Music Monday: Pearl Jam "Betterman"

Sometimes a song comes to mind that reminds you of exactly how you are feeling at that very moment...