Thomas


img_1574Well, 2016 is almost over and it’s about damn time.  But there’s still time to open presents and relax for a day (or, maybe more, since Veronica and I left work early on Friday after the idiots doing construction at UMass Boston cut the water line to the Mass Archives).  The picture is Thomas opening his annual ornament from Great-Aunt Melinda and Great-Uncle Dave (who is home for Christmas after a rough year, so that’s something good).

img_1575On the left is a picture of our breakfast.  It’s baked French toast, which Veronica baked in her new Dutch oven, a gift from my mother.  Later today, well, later today we will sit around and probably open the pile of presents and later watch some football.  Later in the week, Veronica and I will be headed down to the City, because, you know, HAMILTON!!!!!!  Woot!  And 2017 might hopefully be better, because, you know, Baby Groot!  And more Star Wars (I’ve seen Rogue One three times so far)!

Oh, and as for why we thought 2016 sucked?  Well, part of it should be obvious.  And part of it is made more obvious with the embedded video below, just one of the gazillion people who died this year.

IMG_0336IMG_0334When we began this blog, oh so many years ago, it was the spawn of a graduate school project that Veronica had done.  It was mainly designed to keep our family updated with what Thomas was doing (before my writings about movies and literature took it over).  Well, we still like to give you updates on Thomas, and this is a big one, because he turned 12 today.  So, for all of you who have known him since he was small or even a baby, it’s time for you to feel old.

Veronica made him an Inside Out cake (with a color and sticker for each emotion).  We also measured him and he’s just under 5’2″ which means by the end of the summer, Veronica will go back to being the shortest person in our family.

2015-12-25-bestWe hope you had fun.

As ever, still my favorite Christmas song.  Thank you, John Lennon.

We are not roasting chestnuts on an open fire, because 1 – I don’t particularly like that song, 2 – we don’t have a fireplace, 3 – I don’t like nuts, and most importantly, 4 – because it’s too friggin hot!  It was 70° yesterday!  70!  On Christmas Eve!

For once, all the presents haven’t been opened yet, which is causing Veronica much consternation.  We combine various Christmas traditions – there’s no way she’d go for my family’s old tradition of actually spreading things over 12 days but this is the first time in years I’ve managed to keep some of the presents until after lunch.

So, a Happy Christmas to everyone who celebrates it.  Happy late (C)Hanukkah to others.  If your thing is not one of those two, we hope you enjoy that as well.

We got Christmas Eve on Sesame Street watched last night.  We watched Mickey’s Christmas Carol (which we gave to Thomas this year so we wouldn’t have to keep checking Disney every year to find out when it will air).  I’ll be cueing up A Charlie Brown Christmas after I post this.  We also headed to the theaters to watch The Good Dinosaur, a fun movie but one of Pixar’s weakest. (more…)

Thomas and Alison enjoying their time in the rink.

Thomas and Alison enjoying their time in the rink.

Hopefully in the next few days, I’ll get the next Great Read post up (All the President’s Men), followed by, a planned order of Nighthawk Awards: 1976 (which will prominently feature All the President’s Men), Adapted Screenplay: 1947, Nighthawk Awards: 1977, RCM: Superman, Nighthawk Awards: 1978, the next great read and then the 1979 awards and the Oscar decade post.  Other things might get in the way, especially since we’ll probably hit Christmas by then.  Also I’m working on the 1948 Adapted Screenplay post and that’s the year the WGA began their awards and there’s a lot for me to read.  I didn’t catch up during the Bond posts as much as I had hoped.

As for the Best Picture – 2015, that may or may not get done by the time the Oscars happen.  I still haven’t seen hardly anything.  For most films that’s not a problem, but for films like The Martian or Steve Jobs, which are expected to contend and are now exiting theaters, that’s much more problematic, since if they’re out of theaters before I see them, I have to wait until they’re available on DVD and that might not happen before the Oscars on February 28.

Meanwhile, I may supplement with some things like a Star Trek post (once we finally finish going through the 3rd TOS season, which will be soon since I won’t start watching Jessica Jones until we finish Star Trek and V is really anxious to get her Tennant fix on) or a For Love of Books: Tintin.  The 3.0 version of the Top 100 Directors is taking shape, but there are certain films out (Carol) or coming out (The Revenant) that will play into that, so I can’t imagine it will come out before January at the earliest, and depending on certain films, possibly not until March or so.  The Nighthawk Awards will keep rolling on no matter what.

As for the delay, well, family hit town for this most family oriented of holidays which just went gobbling through and thus we have the picture on the left.  Also, until January, pretty much no work on the blog gets done on Sundays after 1 pm, or on Monday or Thursday nights.  After January 3, that frees up the two nights but the weekends are still pretty much written off.

This picture is the only one where 1 - am not squinting from, 2 - am smiling and 3 - don't look like I'm standing apart from the rest of the family.

This picture is the only one where 1 – I am not squinting, 2 – I am smiling and 3 – I don’t look like I’m standing apart from the rest of the family.

It’ll be a while before I can get another post done.  Last weekend I flew out to the Bay Area as a surprise for my oldest brother’s 50th birthday. (more…)

2015-02-08-w:Mama-Daddy-Alison-skating2015-02-08-w:Alison-skatingBeing so miserable in our current apartment (yellowjackets, ants (twice), piece that fell off the bathroom ceiling, leaking bathroom ceiling, busted furnace, leaking radiator, and that’s not all of it), we had put the kibosh on anyone visiting until after we are able to extricate ourselves from this place.  However, since my sister came to town for a job fair, I wasn’t going to make her stay at a hotel.  She came in just in time for the third snowstorm in less than two weeks – though we basically had a snow-free winter before the blizzard that descended just twelve days ago, we have already had a whole winter’s worth of snow and we might have up to two feet arriving before Tuesday morning.  Still, we found time today to get over to our local ice rink; Thomas has been taking skating lessons for a while now and Alison’s been skating for over 20 years, so it was good for the two of them to be on the ice together.  Now, we can just wait to find out if Thomas will have his fifth snow day in the last 10 school days.

Thomas hugs his newest plush friend - a gigantic Olaf.

Thomas hugs his newest plush friend – a gigantic Olaf.

A very Merry Xmas

And a Happy New Year

Let’s hope it’s a good one

Without any fear

That, of course, is my favorite Christmas song.  You can listen to it here.  Or, there’s the Alarm version.  Or, if you prefer a more angelic voice, there’s Sarah McLachlan.  Or, if you want a bit of a medley, go to the bottom of the post and you have U2 singing it acoustically, followed by their brilliant take on “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” and the video for “Do They Know It’s Christmas”. (more…)

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