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Wanted: Mary Twelveponies

Sunday, August 31st, 2008
By raincoaster

Thelwell, patron saint of pony ridersThe more elderly and Equiphilic of you will vaguely recall the famous (or infamous) Mary Twelveponies, an Amazonian Californian of indomitable spirit and somewhat cloying self-expression who rose to fame through her ability to train ponies and horses heretofore considered completely untameable and explain them with an “oh gosh” enthusiasm which charmed her audience, even as it left her often-nameless and robotically obedient human students in tsunami-like floods of tears off-camera. Not that I would know anything about that.

The elderly (and apparently still-extant) Mary Twelveponies had better watch her back. They are coming for her.

The lawyers.

As we learn from a contentious divorce case on the fascinating Simple Justice blog, the enlightened state of Kansas has enacted a law stating that no child is entitled to more than three ponies.

…the Kansas “Three Pony Rule,” which states that “‘no child, no matter how wealthy the parents, needs to be provided [with] more than three ponies.'” (quoting In re Patterson, 920 P.2d 450, 455 (Kan. App. 1996)).

Though applied to the needs of a child, this should be a life rule for all of us, along the lines of not eating anything bigger than your head.

Pony rationing! What will they think of next!

Listmania! Best Animated Foreign Films for Kids

Sunday, August 31st, 2008
By Glinda

Unlike my last foreign film list, this one features only animated movies. Yes, Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks and other US movie studios seem to have quite the monopoly going on the animated front. But, there are more than a few movies from other countries that deserve our attention as well.

PhotobucketMy Neighbor Totoro Sisters Satsuki and Mei must go live in the countryside with their father while their mother recovers from an illness in the hospital. They find their new “neighbor” is a magical forest spirit, and this movie about their adventures together is pure magic.

PhotobucketSpirited Away Yet another movie directed by the legendary Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki (you’ll find most of the movies on this list are his), a young girl named Chihiro is forced to work for an evil witch. She finds inner strength, and is eventually able to free her parents and her friend, who have been under the witch’s spell.

PhotobucketWallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit Brits Nick Park and Steve Box have created two of my favorite animated characters. This movie finds Wallace and his dog Gromit battling a mysterious Were-Rabbit. Can they save the vegetables from the hungry Were-Rabbit in time for the annual vegetable contest?

PhotobucketKiki’s Delivery Service Kiki, a thirteen year old apprentice witch, must find her place in the world.

PhotobucketHowl’s Moving Castle The evil Witch of the Waste turns young nineteen year old Sophie into an old woman. In her quest to end the curse, Sophie finds love as well as her true self.

PhotobucketChicken Run– Aardman Studios, who brought Wallace & Gromit to the world, made this movie about chickens who are trapped on a chicken farm. They dream of leaving, and after many escape attempts, the situation becomes especially dire after Rocky the rooster lands among them. Can the super-smart Ginger, along with Rocky, who promises to teach them how to fly, lead the way out?

PhotobucketCastle in the Sky Inspired by Gulliver’s Travels, the story follows orphan Sheeta and her friend Pazu as they outwit the evil Muska. Watch as they travel through the magical world of Laputa with some rowdy sky pirates.

PhotobucketNausicaa of the Valley of the Wind A thousand years after a devastating war, Princess Nausicaa is humanity’s best hope for survival, as she is the only one who understands the importance of saving the polluted forest which borders the lands on which they live. The first of a long series.

PhotobucketWallace & Gromit in Three Amazing Adventures Two of these adventures won Best Animated Short Oscars, and one was nominated. These are three hilarious short films with claymation characters that will have you and your kids rolling on the floor.


Saturday, August 30th, 2008
By raincoaster

Nothing more than a reminder not to lose the inherent joy of childhood. And nothing less.

From Wholphin.

Hot Mama Tip

Saturday, August 30th, 2008
By Glinda


The last product I’m going to review for this summer of Stila is the Eyeshadow Quad in Marrakesh.

And I can sum it up neatly in one word- beautiful!

Now as I age (ahem) gracefully, my ability to wear super-shimmery colors is getting a bit tenuous. Nothing shows up crepey eyelids like a bit of shine. The shadows in this quad have a teensy bit of shimmer, just enough to look awesome, yet not enough to highlight any signs of advancing closer to forty, or uh, (cough, cough) thirty-seven.

The colors can be worn together, alone, or in any combination. They would be extremely flattering to pretty much any skin tone. I love this quad, and I think you would, too!

As for the Super Fantastic Stila Giveaway Part Deux, we are going to carefully judge the haiku over the next week, and the winners will be announced on Sept. 6, 2008. Thank you to all those that entered, it’s going to be a tough decision! You all blew me away with your creativity!

Friday Caption Contest: Rafael Smith Edition

Saturday, August 30th, 2008
By raincoaster

On the right is four year old Rafael Smith. On the left is some civil servant dude. Captions in the comments, please. The winner will be decided by a secretive cabal of wealthy influence-peddlers. Or maybe by whoever brings me a pound of Godiva caramels first…

Rafael Smith and some dude

Celebrity Dad Faceoff

Friday, August 29th, 2008
By Glinda

Oh Ewan! Are you unstoppable?

You managed the beat the very handsome Blair Underwood by a very large margin, so you seem to be on a bit of a roll.

But, enough with the actors, bring on a musician, says Glinda. The frontman for the British group Bush, he is better known in the States as Mr. Gwen Stefani. I don’t blame Gwen at all for defecting, not with that great hair!


And remember, tonight at midnight (Pacific) is the deadline for the Super Fantastic Stila Giveaway Part Deux!

Invasion of the Snowbacks!

Friday, August 29th, 2008
By raincoaster

Actually, this has nothing to do with parenting, but in the face of a rather large earthquake and a blogiversary on top of that I discover myself to be overcome with emotion and thus, just feel like sharing this with you.

This is remarkable video of one of LA’s most secretive police units, ICE: Illegal Canadian Enforcement. They sweep the streets clean of Canuckistani invaders, tipped off by nothing more than a glimpse of an NHL jersey, a whiff of maple syrup, or even just a whistled bar of “Snowbird.”

from EvilBeet

I think it’s a beer commercial, but with Canadians it’s so hard to tell. I need more back bacon and poutine…

First Blogiversary!

Thursday, August 28th, 2008
By raincoaster

Diaper cake

Yes, we’re a whole year old! Walking on our own, fully toilet-trained and we even have a substantial vocabulary. Who’d have predicted it?

Following Glinda’s lead, here’s my list of the best posts of the past year:

The Frugal Indulgent Manifesto

Garage Sales of the Elder Gods

Love’s Labour a Liability

The Very Bearable Uncle Karl

The Un-Dark Knight

Day of the Ninja Approacheth, Stealthily

Baby Baldie? Try a Baby Toupee!

Halloween Costumes of the Great Old Ones

Xtreem Kid’s Parties: Xtreemly Cheap!

and, of course

everything Elmo! HE MUST BE STOPPED!

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