Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas


This Is It, originally uploaded by Robbi Baba.

We had a nice quiet family Christmas. I made soup and Krista made a green salad and a steamed kale salad. The browns provided really good French bread, a homemade cheese cake and lots of yummy appetizers. Aside from Zephyr here, the orgy of gift giving was somewhat contained.
We got in quite a bit of laughing and story telling. I'm wearing the lovely alpaca sweater and organic cotton socks Joyce and Jerry gave me. How cool is that?
Tomorrow we may get to go for a hike, if the weather holds.
I hope your festivities were as warm and loving and, well, festive.

Dangerous!


Dangerous!, originally uploaded by Robbi Baba.

I got Krista a gun for Christmas. A ray gun. It's really cool. It makes a very loud series of sounds and all kinds of lights flash. I bought it in Santa Cruz.
I also got her tickets to see Cracker this Saturday at the Mystic Theater down in Petaluma. I get to escort her!

Germ Dolls


Germ Dolls, originally uploaded by Robbi Baba.

Actually, they are called Ugly Dolls, but Eden calls them germ dolls. She wanted them. Badly. Got 'em.
I had offered to put one of her old dolls in the gutter--you know, for the germs. She didn't think that was funny. One of the amazing things about these Ugly dolls is how freaking expensive they are! Hoo boy. You gotta wonder what those Chinese factory workers must think of us.

My LIttle China Doll


My LIttle China Doll, originally uploaded by Robbi Baba.

This is one of the (few) things I had on my Christmas list. I thought it might help me with my EFT studies. I had quite forgotten about it though, and was delightedly surprised by Krista.

Secrets


Secrets, originally uploaded by Robbi Baba.

Someday you will be a REAL girl!

Black Balloons

This comes from Australia (of all places!) but I'd like every American to see it. Eden and I watched it and she's still pointing out the black balloons.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

My Loony Bun is Fine Benny Lava


Okay, this is just silly. Some guy 'translated' this Bollywood dance number, by making subtitles for what the lyrics sound like if they were English. Funny and very weird. My favorite combination.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Magic Highway USA


Eden and I stumbled upon this astonishing clip this morning. Here's what the YouTube poster had to say:
An excerpt from the 1958 "Disneyland" TV Show episode entitled "Magic Highway USA". In this last part of the show, an exploration into possible future Transportation technologies is made. It's hard to believe how little we've accomplished on this front since 1958, and how limited the scope for imagining such future technologies has become. Witness an artifact from a time where the future was greeted with optimism. Note the striking animation style here, achieved with fairly limited animation and spectacular layouts.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

The Golden Compass


We just saw The Golden Compass in the theater. It was fantastic. The casting was superb, especially Lyra and Mrs. Coulter--Nicole Kidman did such a good job of being evil! I thought the special effects really supported the story rather than being the main attraction. And they were faithful enough to the book without being slavish.
They did stop the story before the book's majestic but very dark and traumatic ending. I thought this was a really good idea on their part!
The only disappointing thing was the half empty theater. I have no idea how well the movie is doing. I usually don't pay attention to such things. But this was a damn good production of a really good story. I hope enough people see it so that they'll do the second book!

Several people have told me the "religious right" is up in arms over the film. I find this astonishing and hilarious! If they want to identify themselves with the evil and megalomaniacal Magisterium in the film, well, I guess they know what they're doing. I hadn't made that connection myself, but if the shoe fits and all that, I guess.
This is one of those rare films you can see before reading the book, in my humble opinion. It is a bit violent in parts, maybe too much for younger children. Eden handled it okay, though she covered her eyes in parts and said it was a little too loud.
I hate to admit it, but I'll probably go see it again. It's the kind of film that really makes use of the big screen.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Darth Vader Blues

Apparently this one has been around for a while, but I just saw it. Maybe you haven't seen it either! Such an emotional scene. Very touching. Especially when Luke puts the helmet back on. Enjoy.

The Tumbleweeds









Our playgroup (The Tumbleweeds) makes a calendar every year featuring the kids art. This is our first year contributing. Although I had lots of input from my kids, I pretty much commandeered the project and spent an absurd amount of time putting this together.
Click here to see a bigger size, if you dare.