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May the speed of The Flash be with your router

And it’s strength of connection be as the Bifrost bridge

May the powers of Longshot and Domino be with you

That the powers of probability be shifted to you

May the Goblin King reorder time

That the wait with the spinning blue circle not lull you into madness

May your workspace be as Mars to Dr, Manhattan

And your mind by as Jean Gray’s to keep everyone away

May the stars align, the distractions fade, the children stay quiet and the animals be calm

May the phone stay silent and the workload blessedly grind to a halt

May you see the worlds “Congratulations”! And leave the “We’re Sorry” for another

Blessed is the power of the Epic Waiting Room

May it’s favor shine upon you and give you all you desire

Amen

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Okay, you’ve already heard my rant on toddler programming, and you’ve already read about what shows we don’t like.

Now, as part 3 in the “Toxic Television” series, I’m covering the shows we love.  You’ll see there are many more great shows than there are toxic shows, so that’s reassuring in the grand scheme of things, for sure! Continue reading

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As a mother of two small kids, 90% of my television experience is spread across a vast ocean of talking letters, problem solving foxes, mathematician monsters, alien artists and hundreds more creative, educational and brilliant characters designed for the stimulation of children ages 0-6 years.

That other 10%?  That’s the hallowed “mommy’s TV time” that can only take place in the middle of every afternoon, if both kids sleep at the same time.  So, between the hours of (typically) 11:30am till about 2:30-3:00pm, my phone doesn’t get answered because those are MOMMY’S hours.  Usually paired with housework of some sort, this is my one time of day to watch the shows I can’t watch with the kids.  Supernatural, Walking Dead, Battlestar Galactica, Falling Skies, Continuum, Buffy, Angel, Charmed, Fringe, just to name a few, are on, or have been on the list and in the last four years, this is pretty much the only way I get to keep up on any of the shows I actually really enjoy.

Most recently, I have been making my way through Teen Wolf, an MTV series based on the 1985 Michael J. Fox film of the same name.

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Okay, so I may be a little late to the party on this one, but that often happens when you have two small children and don’t get to go see movies when they come out.

We finally got to watch the Lego Movie last week.  And then we saw it again.  And again. And again…. aaaaaand again. You get the picture.  We saw it a lot.  And while we were watching it ever so many times, I realized I recognized several familiar themes.  Eventually, I realized this wasn’t just because I was being asked by my three year old to “play it again!!” over and over, it was because I already knew the story.

Maybe you already know this, because I’m pretty sure every other person in America has seen this movie… but watching The Lego Movie is basically like watching an animated, Lego version of The Matrix.

Now, I realize I could just be a crazy mom hopped up on too much caffeine and suffering from sleep deprivation, but check this out. Continue reading

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Many years ago, I was introduced to video games.  I had always wanted to play them, but the expensive consoles were never in the budget for my Christmas and birthday lists growing up. ( I also believe my mom had an issue with video games in general and being the youngest of three girls, no one we knew had them…)  I FINALLY broke through when I was 15 and asked… no, begged… for a Sega Genesis and got it for Christmas.  Now, it wasn’t a big win, because I was only given 3 games.. Home Alone, Bram Stoker’s Dracula and The Little Mermaid.  Yeah I know… absolutely no geek cred there, but I was a kid and had no money and those were the “mom approved games”, so those were the games I played. Continue reading

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In every parent’s life, there comes a time when a mother and father must ask themselves a very hard question and then decide, for the future of their family, which choices they will make.  The choice creates a path for their family that cannot be undone.  The questions range from what age is best to which medium is used to share it.  Do you explain it, read it, watch it…?  All the while, knowing that with whatever you choose, a new path for your children will be laid before them and a new set of experiences will shape their futures.

The question seems simple but its complexity is is infinite.  The question isn’t just about age or medium or timing.  It’s about passion and how experiencing such a thing when that passion cannot be fully realized could alter perception and render children apathetic to the entire thing.

The question is important.

The question is… When do we let the kids watch Star Wars? Continue reading

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By now, you’ve heard about Disneyland’s new prices, right?

Here’s the new breakdown as seen on Disneyinsider.com with the percentages of increase:

1-Day 1-Park
$96 $92 $4 4%
1-Day Park Hopper
$150 $137 $13 9%
2-Day 1-Park Per Day
$178 $175 $3 2%
2-Day Park Hopper
$217 $210 7 3%
3-Day 1-Park Per Day with Magic Morning
$226 $225 $1 <1%
3-Day Park Hopper with Magic Morning
$265 $260 $5 2%
4-Day 1-Park Per Day with Magic Morning
$250 $250 $0 0%
4-Day Park Hopper with Magic Morning
$289 $285 $4 1%
5-Day 1-Park Per Day with Magic Morning
$266 $265 $1 <1%
5-Day Park Hopper with Magic Morning
$305 $300 $5 2%
Parking
$17 $16 $1 6%
Southern California Select Annual Passport (170 days)
$289 $279 $10 4%
Southern California Annual Passport (215 days)
$379 $359 (not available)
Deluxe Annual Passport (315 days)
$519 $499 $20 4%
Premium Annual Passport (365 days)
$699 $669 $30 4%
Premier Passports (Disneyland and Walt Disney World)
$1029 $979 $50 5%

I know everyone is all freaking out over this, and I have already read several blogs and articles that explain in great detail why this isn’t something to get all angry about, so I don’t really need to add my two cents at this point, but I’m going to anyway.  Because, well, you know… I just can’t stop myself.

The media is responding to this by interviewing children and parents at the parks and walking around Disneyland who all seem to be up in arms about it and feel like it isn’t fair. Continue reading

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