Friday, May 10, 2013

7 QT: Books and Movies, Movies and Books


1.

A Big Round of Applause to Cari Donaldson for taking pity on my Battle of the Books team and creating this fab design.

Turns out there is an award for Best T-Shirt Design, so if my team wins, we will be sure to thank her in our acceptance speech.

2.

Speaking of Battle of the Books, I am meeting with my team today.  I am rewarding them for correct answers with Swedish Fish (because Whales Eat Fish) and Lorna Doone Shortbread Cookies, because that is what Tucker Mouse is nibbling in the beginning of The Cricket in Times Square, also because they are scrumptious.



3.  Another book from our list of twenty is Reaching for the Moon by Buzz Aldrin.  Buzz was the second man to set foot on the moon.  Reaching for the Moon is a great non-fiction picture book for older readers.

 

We recently watched The Right Stuff, about the first seven astronauts in the space program.  It's a fine family movie if you fast forward the sperm-collection scene and the trampy-ladies-in-the bar scene.

Never mind.  Just watch Apollo 13 instead.  Apollo 13 is shorter and better done anyway.



4.  Now our family is on a big baseball themed movie kick.  Last week, most of us watched The Chef's favorite movie of all time, The Rookie.


He weeps every time the dad gets called up to the big leagues.  He'll deny it, but he does.

Other baseball themed movies on my list are Eight Men Out, Field of Dreams, The Natural (maybe, probably not a family movie), Pride of the Yankees, A League of Their Own (which we watched a few weeks ago), and The Sandlot.

I also own a copy of Champions of Faith, the baseball edition, but this is more of a documentary than a movie.



The Chef complains that most of the movies on my list are not heavy enough on the baseball.  Too much movie gets in the way.

So what baseball movies am I missing?

5.  Speaking of baseball, back to Battle of the Books, TWO kids on my team have declared that Honus & Me by Dan Gutman is their favorite book OF ALL TIME.

I reviewed Honus & Me way back in the day.  You can read that review here.



If you have a boy, or a girl who likes time travel and baseball, Honus & Me is a proven hit with the 4th grade crowd.

Plus, I love that Honus & Me combines sci-fi fiction with actual historical facts about superstar baseball legend, Honus Wagner and the true if bizarre story of his baseball card that really sold for $2.7 million dollars in 2007 to Wayne Gretzky.

Oh yeah.  Me thinks I may have already shoved Honus down your throats this year.  Whatever.

6.  I started watching Call the Midwife.  I came for the period drama, but I'm staying for the retro clothes and musical treasures.



I've already dropped the hint that I would really appreciate the 2-disc soundtrack from the show for Mother's Day, mostly because I love songs like this one.



7.  Happy Mother's Day to all you mums out there.  Another year of trying to be more like her:


and less like her:



down the (Fallopian) tube.  Sorry, couldn't resist.

I read this hilarious and somewhat foul-mouthed list of what mothers' really want.

Here's hoping all of your bathrooms visits will be undisturbed on Sunday, unlike this:


Linking up with Jen at Conversion Diary.  Hasta!



10 comments:

  1. A couple of minor clarifications:

    1. The Right Stuff is awesome family fare if you don't mind your kids hearing "Please God, don't let me fuck up" and "men are such assholes." Since both those phrases are not entirely foreign in our house, the movie works for us.

    2. I don't always cry when I watch The Rookie, but that scene does rule and people should cry when they watch it. People who don't feel like crying at that scene hate their children. And my favorite movie is actually Jaws.

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    1. Ha! Love this response!

      Great design, Cari.

      Jessica, I love #7. Me, too sister. Me, tooooo.

      Delete
  2. Cari did an awesome job. Show the tees when you have them made!! We just finished Pride and Prejudice on Amazon so we are looking for a new series to start. I'll have to check out Call The Midwife.

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  3. For the record, the second of the Champions of Faith is also good. If you really want baseball, I also recommend Ken Burns' documentary, but you really have to love ball to enjoy it. He has even done an epilogue called the 10th inning to cover the history that hadn't been made when he did it the first time.

    We have to be careful about baseball in this house because the lines are drawn in Sharpie. Since Joe is from South County, he obviously carries the Cardinals close (as does our oldest child), but I grew up in Indiana during the Big Red Machine, so the Reds are important to me (and our second born). Everyone else roots based on which adult they are sitting next to.

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  4. Do you know how often I am paralyzed with fear that my kids will always associate me with the witch from "Tangled"? At least 70 times a day. And then that fear is followed by "Please God, don't let me fuck up!" which is as heartfelt a prayer as any.

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  5. Cari is amazing, and I love that hand photo. Happens every.single.time. My husband's dream house is a master bathroom. That's all, just a master bathroom where he can go in peace.

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    1. Whenever there is a conference at the mound, Dh and I always say to each other, "I find that candlesticks make a lovely wedding gift"

      Delete
  7. Another baseball movie we enjoyed The Perfect Game http://www.amazon.com/The-Perfect-Game/dp/B005FJ97BY/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1368472147&sr=1-1&keywords=the+perfect+game
    Sweet movie and family friendly

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Friday, May 10, 2013

7 QT: Books and Movies, Movies and Books


1.

A Big Round of Applause to Cari Donaldson for taking pity on my Battle of the Books team and creating this fab design.

Turns out there is an award for Best T-Shirt Design, so if my team wins, we will be sure to thank her in our acceptance speech.

2.

Speaking of Battle of the Books, I am meeting with my team today.  I am rewarding them for correct answers with Swedish Fish (because Whales Eat Fish) and Lorna Doone Shortbread Cookies, because that is what Tucker Mouse is nibbling in the beginning of The Cricket in Times Square, also because they are scrumptious.



3.  Another book from our list of twenty is Reaching for the Moon by Buzz Aldrin.  Buzz was the second man to set foot on the moon.  Reaching for the Moon is a great non-fiction picture book for older readers.

 

We recently watched The Right Stuff, about the first seven astronauts in the space program.  It's a fine family movie if you fast forward the sperm-collection scene and the trampy-ladies-in-the bar scene.

Never mind.  Just watch Apollo 13 instead.  Apollo 13 is shorter and better done anyway.



4.  Now our family is on a big baseball themed movie kick.  Last week, most of us watched The Chef's favorite movie of all time, The Rookie.


He weeps every time the dad gets called up to the big leagues.  He'll deny it, but he does.

Other baseball themed movies on my list are Eight Men Out, Field of Dreams, The Natural (maybe, probably not a family movie), Pride of the Yankees, A League of Their Own (which we watched a few weeks ago), and The Sandlot.

I also own a copy of Champions of Faith, the baseball edition, but this is more of a documentary than a movie.



The Chef complains that most of the movies on my list are not heavy enough on the baseball.  Too much movie gets in the way.

So what baseball movies am I missing?

5.  Speaking of baseball, back to Battle of the Books, TWO kids on my team have declared that Honus & Me by Dan Gutman is their favorite book OF ALL TIME.

I reviewed Honus & Me way back in the day.  You can read that review here.



If you have a boy, or a girl who likes time travel and baseball, Honus & Me is a proven hit with the 4th grade crowd.

Plus, I love that Honus & Me combines sci-fi fiction with actual historical facts about superstar baseball legend, Honus Wagner and the true if bizarre story of his baseball card that really sold for $2.7 million dollars in 2007 to Wayne Gretzky.

Oh yeah.  Me thinks I may have already shoved Honus down your throats this year.  Whatever.

6.  I started watching Call the Midwife.  I came for the period drama, but I'm staying for the retro clothes and musical treasures.



I've already dropped the hint that I would really appreciate the 2-disc soundtrack from the show for Mother's Day, mostly because I love songs like this one.



7.  Happy Mother's Day to all you mums out there.  Another year of trying to be more like her:


and less like her:



down the (Fallopian) tube.  Sorry, couldn't resist.

I read this hilarious and somewhat foul-mouthed list of what mothers' really want.

Here's hoping all of your bathrooms visits will be undisturbed on Sunday, unlike this:


Linking up with Jen at Conversion Diary.  Hasta!



10 comments:

  1. A couple of minor clarifications:

    1. The Right Stuff is awesome family fare if you don't mind your kids hearing "Please God, don't let me fuck up" and "men are such assholes." Since both those phrases are not entirely foreign in our house, the movie works for us.

    2. I don't always cry when I watch The Rookie, but that scene does rule and people should cry when they watch it. People who don't feel like crying at that scene hate their children. And my favorite movie is actually Jaws.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ha! Love this response!

      Great design, Cari.

      Jessica, I love #7. Me, too sister. Me, tooooo.

      Delete
  2. Cari did an awesome job. Show the tees when you have them made!! We just finished Pride and Prejudice on Amazon so we are looking for a new series to start. I'll have to check out Call The Midwife.

    ReplyDelete
  3. For the record, the second of the Champions of Faith is also good. If you really want baseball, I also recommend Ken Burns' documentary, but you really have to love ball to enjoy it. He has even done an epilogue called the 10th inning to cover the history that hadn't been made when he did it the first time.

    We have to be careful about baseball in this house because the lines are drawn in Sharpie. Since Joe is from South County, he obviously carries the Cardinals close (as does our oldest child), but I grew up in Indiana during the Big Red Machine, so the Reds are important to me (and our second born). Everyone else roots based on which adult they are sitting next to.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Do you know how often I am paralyzed with fear that my kids will always associate me with the witch from "Tangled"? At least 70 times a day. And then that fear is followed by "Please God, don't let me fuck up!" which is as heartfelt a prayer as any.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Cari is amazing, and I love that hand photo. Happens every.single.time. My husband's dream house is a master bathroom. That's all, just a master bathroom where he can go in peace.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Replies
    1. Whenever there is a conference at the mound, Dh and I always say to each other, "I find that candlesticks make a lovely wedding gift"

      Delete
  7. Another baseball movie we enjoyed The Perfect Game http://www.amazon.com/The-Perfect-Game/dp/B005FJ97BY/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1368472147&sr=1-1&keywords=the+perfect+game
    Sweet movie and family friendly

    ReplyDelete