Saturday, June 18, 2005

So I'm getting better at MarioKart each time I play...

...we moved up to 100cc today, and amazingly enough, I like it better. Natha's become attached to riding shotgun with Ed and just throwing whatever he can... he's gotten really good at it, too - he knows when to throw each possible item at the best time, including pegging people with turtle shells. Ah, it's always cool when family time is video game time. :)

I made tortilla de potata last night for the first time in forever - I haven't made it since I took it to Anne's going-away luncheon at school. People looked at it funny at first and thought it was quiche (shows what they know - quiche has more stuff in it and is in a crust of some sort) but they liked it. I've become very attached to it, and was honestly a bit disappointed to not have the rest of the tapas with it - we didn't have any chorizo or olives I like, nor any jamon (pig leg). Ed needs to order more stuff from La Tienda. Natha even wanted some chorizo, and really liked the tortilla. The best kind is when I make it with the buttery potatoes (they have butter flavor grown into them) - it makes it even richer than it already is. I've gotten to where I can make it in about 30 minutes and don't even need a recipe... so we had that and bread with tomate for dinner. I'm sure Ed and I will rumble over the last two leftover pieces, even though I wrapped him up a tortilla sandwich with the other piece. I'm the only source of spanish food for him outside of his mommy - it's always great to see him get all excited when I make something spanish for him - he doesn't quite giggle like a schoolgirl, but it's not far off.

We're watching the movie Dinosaur - I remember when it came out - Kazu and I were going to see Almost Famous because we were arguing about which movie to see and I just picked one, and until that movie started, we went in to see Dinosaur. Now that I'm thinking about it again, we should have just stayed in for the rest of Dinosaur - Almost Famous wasn't *that* great. Plus the animation in Dinosaur is really good.

I'm now going to list my favorite kids movies, just in case you were wondering (I knew you were - don't ask me how):

Top five:
1. Chicken Run
2. Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
3. Ice Age
4. Monsters Inc.
5. Osmosis Jones

Honorable Mention:
The Emperor's New Groove
A Series of Unfortunate Events
The Harry Potter movies
The Incredibles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (the first one)

Now, a list of 'adult' movies I find mostly approved for children's viewing (they're Natha's favorites, too):
Monty Python & the Quest for the Holy Grail
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
Little Shop of Horrors
anything by the Three Stooges
Mystery Men
The Indiana Jones movies (particularly the Last Crusade)
Pirates of the Carribean

Movies that parents should not have been dragged to just because of commercials the kids saw on cartoon shows:
Robots (which was sad, because I love Robin Williams)
Jungle Book 2
anything Barney
The Scooby Doo movies that came out in the last 5 years

Can ya tell I'm in a listing mood?

Here's the last list - good foreign movies that you can watch with little kids around since the most objectionable things are language, and they're subtitled/ hard to understand:
Ma Vie en Rose
Monty Python's Flying Circus
La Vita E Bella

When Natha was really little and not paying attention I used to watch all kinds of movies with the soundtrack on a foreign language (usually en francais since that's what I can understand) and the subtitles in english so he could hear the foreign language with native pronunciation. Not to mention it's a hell of a lot more interesting than Baby Einstein when you're having to witness it as an adult, too.

I'm still running into things that I did as a habit back when it was just Natha and I, and I'm not snapping out of it as much as I would have thought - like how I buy the versions of margarine, orange juice, and peanut butter that have extra calcium added - when that isn't good for Ed. Or like ordering pizza on friday and watching a bunch of movies.

Man, if you're a biology nerd, you need to catch Ozzy & Drix on Cartoon network - it's a spin-off of Osmosis Jones and is a good way to get kids interested in what happens in their bodies, in that cartoon kind of way. Natha really likes it, and I do too - although it's no Sheep in the Big City. Ooh, I want Sheep to come back. That was some prime pun-filled 20+minutes. It was also the first song Natha sang along with - he would sing the 'Baaa' in the theme song. Oh, those were the days. Now Natha bursts out saying either 'Freak Out!' from Le Freak, or 'I like big butts and I cannot lie' from Baby Got Back. He cool, though. He my dog, G.


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