Archive for the ‘TV and Movies’ Category

‘Dancing’ Gossip, Christmas Lights and Tim Gunn

November 30, 2007

Editors note: I recently moved my blog to a new server. You can find this same post (and all my others) at the new location: BalancingMotherhood.com, where I post daily.

I’ve been working on the next version Balancing Motherhood.com for the past couple of days; it includes a redesign that I hope to launch in the next couple of days. In the meantime, enjoy some random links I found while taking a few breaks.

Old School ‘Sesame Street’ vs. New School ‘Sesame Street’

November 21, 2007

I’ve been wondering what happened to the “Sesame Street” that I grew up with. The version I’ve shown my son is very different. All the characters are different: Bert and Ernie are rarely on, and if they are, they aren’t together (did they have a fight? are they not friends anymore?), Grover is second to Elmo and Oscar isn’t quite as grouchy. But the thing that drives me crazy is that Snufolofogous can be seen by everyone, not just Big Bird. Now he’s even called just “Snuffy.” That’s what 30 years does — changes things.

In a recent article in the “The New York Times, ” Virginia Heffernan explains all of the changes that “Sesame Street” has gone through. It’s interesting to read about some things that you never expected were bad for you. Remember when Cookie Monster used to have a pipe, then eat it? Gone.

The timing about the old episodes is because the DVD is now out, titled “Sesame Street: Old School.” Yup, we’re old school. Elmo didn’t exist. I just learned that he’s been around for more than a decade. He’s now the most popular character among pre-schoolers. Back in the day (um, that’s old school) Grover was the popular one. Now, he barely gets a scene.

Go ahead, read the article, learn how evil “Sesame Street” used to be. As a grown up, who watched Sesame Street as a kid, I think some of the changes are overblown, but as a parent to a toddler, I’m very cautious about what my son watches and I can see why some areas of the show have been changed. I wonder what version of “Sesame Street” my grandchildren will watch: I suspect it will be something about that Mr. Noodle guy.

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Grover and Elmo

Clutter Control Your Home By Respecting Your Favorite Items

November 16, 2007

Yesterday I watched part one of “Oprah’s” two-day episode on hoarding. The show features a woman who lives in a 3,000 square-foot house, filled to the brim with stuff. It’s not filth, but stuff. Everywhere. In every corner, everywhere you turn around. One of her grown sons hasn’t been inside the home, where he grew up, in five years. He’s mortified. You really have to see the episode to understand the severity of this woman’s problem. It’s tragic.

It takes a team of 100 people, 8 weeks to clean through the house — it’s no longer a home. The importance of a show like this isn’t for to be a voyeur, but to see how clutter can take over anyone’s life. Yours. Mine.

I’ve been a fan of Peter Walsh, organizing expert, since I first saw him on TLC’s “Clean Sweep.” He understands that’s it’s an emotional journey to get rid of stuff. We all have that junk drawer, or the out of control closet. For some of us it’s a garage, but for many it’s worse. I’ve seen episodes of “Clean Sweep” where families can’t get to the dinner table because it has so much junk on it. Or entire rooms with so much stuff in them that the room is unusable, it’s a storage unit.

My favorite part of Peter’s advice is that if you really love an item, especially those that contain sentimental value, then you must give it a respectful place in your home. He finds objects that people claim they can’t give away, but he uncovered it from layers of dust. Not respectful. It really makes you think. If it’s that important, it needs to be taken care of.

We purge items from our home about every 6 months. It’s an emotionally draining exercise, but gets easier the more we do it. I have to admit that we do it from necessity, not because I’m anxious to get rid of stuff. My house just isn’t big enough to keep everything that comes though the front door. I keep Peter’s advice in the back of my head so that I don’t loose sight of what’s important: I want a home, not a house full of stuff.

*UPDATE*
After watching part two, last night, I was wrong about the house not being filthy. It’s not that the woman was unkempt, but there was no way that house was livable as a clean space. In the end, they had to remove all the flooring, furniture and even the drywall because it was a health hazard. Mold had taken over and the house was a mess. I’m still amazed that two people lived in this house. It makes me really want to evaluate my “things” even more.

Writer’s Strike — My Soap Therapy is in Jeapordy

November 5, 2007

I can certainly understand why Hollywood writers would go on strike. Seems they are getting the short end of the money stick these days. But, this is really going to affect ME! Especially, my soap opera.

You see, I’ve been watching The Young & the Restless for more than 20 years. Probably closer to 30 years. It’s sad how long I’ve been watching this show, before I should have been watching it for sure, because I’m not that old! At any rate, I do watch it. Every day. Sometimes I save several episodes so that I can watch them together and have a soap marathon.
Sure, it’s like a Harlequin romance novel, but it’s mine. It’s time I spend unwinding from the day, realizing that my world isn’t so bad. Watching a soap opera makes you realize that your complaints may be minor in comparison to your neighbors. After all, how many of us have fallen in love only to find out the man of our dreams, who we almost had a baby with is really our biological twin brother lost at birth?

Thankfully, most of us only have to worry about work, our kids not listening to us when we tell him to stop playing in the kitty litter, or how to get to the grocery store today with a sick child. I’m not worried that my husband’s brother’s daughter’s cousin just got amnesia and doesn’t remember us, I just have to figure out what’s for dinner tonight.

Quote from TV

November 2, 2007

Today’s TV quote comes the character Summer from TV drama, “The O.C.” Summer is one of the popular kids, not too smart, but not stupid either. She make an interesting point for us to ponder …

“There are different ways to be smart.”

— Summer

“The O.C.”
January 13, 2005

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