It’s starting to get cold around Casa de Dummies.
It’s my least favorite time of year.
We call it “The Darkness”.
But, only just because of the weather.
Because I LOVE the holiday season.
Back when I was a California girl, I honestly looked forward to “winter”.
Because in LA, “winter” pretty just meant you got to haul out your cute “winter” jackets, and your cuter “winter” boots, that you wore because they were cute.
They didn’t have to be warm, or waterproof, or wind proof, or anything proof.
They only just had to be cute.
On the few days of the So. Cal. “winter” when you may have actually needed some real winter clothes, you just stayed home.
Where last year it snowed so much that I couldn’t leave my neighborhood for days and I
considered, seriously considered, gouging out my ear drums with the turkey baster to escape my screaming, stir crazy children just wished I never moved here to the Darkness, the holidays are tainted a bit.
Tainted with fear.
Because, now, instead of looking forward in joy to the delicious food I intend to stuff into my already-chubby gut, and the special evenings with family, and the desperate making of lose-weight New Year’s resolutions I have no intention of keeping, I’m dreading it.
Dreading the possibility that I will get snowed in before I make it to the store, forcing my family to eat the stupid cheese and meat gift my husband’s boss sent him for Christmas dinner.
And, dreading the fact that should a blizzard hit, I could be stranded on the compound with Mimi and Papa for 17 days during the holidays. Which would mean sharing a room with The Dudes and a house with my parents. Which would lead me back to the turkey baster scenario I described previously.*
I guess nothing could really come in the way of my need to resolve to lose weight, or my inability to stick to said resolution, but still. I don’t want another Snowpacalypse to ruin my happy pre-pretending-to-lose-weight food fest.
But, aside from all this suck stuff about winter, there is one little thing I sorta do look forward to when the mercury drops…
At Casa de Dummies, we LOVE movies (and books, and video games).
And, when it’s cold outside, and The Dudes are out of school, and sports related activities have slowed down, you can find us huddled around the big screen watching a flick together.
And we like the classics best: E.T., Home Alone 2 (not sure why my kids like the second one so much), Goonies.
That sort of thing.
We got a new oldie in the mail this week, so when it rained enough to cancel soccer
woohoo we got out our leftover Halloween candy and tested out Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!**
I’m a little embarrassed to say that, despite the fact that the film is older than I am, I’ve never actually seen it before this week.
Not sure what I was waiting for because I really liked it.
It was cute and funny. The music was engaging and catchy (yep, we were singing Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Toot Sweet all evening). Plus, I already love Dick Van Dyke thanks to Mary Poppins (although I still can’t figure out why he and his lady in the film didn’t have English accents even though they were in Britain and everyone else did???).
Best part, though, was that The Dudes (not including Dumb Dad who dozed off, so guess we know what he thought of it!) enjoyed it too.
It’s really hard to find movies you can watch as a family that don’t make you want to vomit in your popcorn bowl (warning: do NOT watch Old Dogs. It’s pretty safe for kids, but it’s not at all safe for parents).
except for Dumb Dad who doesn’t count because he hasn’t enjoyed a PG rated film since he was 10 was on board with this one (think the flying car and the pirates did it for The Dudes).
So, we’d like to share it with you!
So you can have a happy-snow-day-partially-English-accented-musical to enjoy when you’re hiding from the elements (or home sick like we are today thanks to the first virus of the creeping-up-on-us winter season).
They just re-released Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in a DVD and Blu-Ray combo pack. It’s been all gussied up in hi-def and what not.
You can buy it (or download it) here: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Blu-Ray
Or perhaps you’d like to win a copy?
Just leave a comment telling me your favorite classic (I consider anything made before 2000 to be a classic since chances are The Dudes haven’t seen it) movie, and you’re in!
We really need to beef up our cold-weather collection so I appreciate all of your good suggestions. Although, it better not snow any time soon, or so help me!
I’ll move back to California.
If I can sell my house.
And, get Dumb Dad a job.
Blast! Thank you suck-economy-that-is-stupid-and-sucky, I’m trapped here!
Preparing for The Darkness.
With my nicely expanding movie collection!
*We love Mimi and Papa bunches, but I can’t even begin to imagine having to be stuck on their compound, that doesn’t get plowed and only has 1 TV for more than two days. And plus, I don’t live at home for a reason!
**pBd Admits it’s Free Disclaimer: They send me the movies for free. To review them. They don’t pay me to say nice things about them. I just choose to only write about stuff I like. The suckin-it stuff doesn’t even make it onto my shrine of awesomeness.
***Want to see more awesome stuff? Like the first entry on my holiday gift guide? Course you do because it’s a Sesame Street video game for your Wii, DS, or PC playing pleasure!