Tuesday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

In case you missed it, DH came out in the Sunday New York Times with the kids. They were pictured in our backyard. Funny story: the Times photographed Eli from behind because she was crying. She wanted her Papi to push her and did not understand why he was sitting on the ground instead. Ari, of course, does not pose for pictures so Markos had to tickle him. I have to say the photographer, Peter DaSilva, was awesome.

MSN listed the 8 best college towns based on the most “colorful history, an array of cultural festivals and residential experiences that score plenty of lifestyle points.” They were:

  1. Athens, Georgia
  1. Burlington, Vermont
  1. Chico, California
  1. Ithaca, New York
  1. Lawrence, Kansas
  1. Missoula, Montana
  1. Northampton, Massachusetts
  1. Oberlin, Ohio

Do you agree? Would you put your own college campus on the list?

The Catholic Church hierarchy is in deep doo-doo as hundreds of victims of molestation in Europe have bravely stepped forward, according to the Guardian in the UK. If this does not hobble the church permanently, I do pray it is reformed. Women clergy and marriage for priests, please.

Poor Uma Thurman. Her film Motherhood made only $132 on opening weekend in the UK, according to MSN Movies. I did not know this, but it bombed in the United States last year when it garnered only $60,000 — although it took in more than in Britain. I looked up its rating on Rotten Tomatoes and it got only a 20 percent. (Ouch.) But I was reading through the reviews and could not help but notice they were largely written by men. No offense, but what the heck does a working man know about stay-at-home motherhood? Also, I wondered if the movie bombed because mothers simply do not have time to go to the movies. Perhaps we are the worst demographic to target at the box office. I know, speaking for myself, the movies I get out to see nowadays are animated or kid movies. Not only is seeing a movie expensive once you factor in the price of childcare, but finding childcare for the evening is a pain in the butt. What do you all think?

Puerto Rican heartthrob Ricky Martin is out of the closet. He declared on his website, “I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am.” Good for him.

In not-so-sexy news: Levi Johnston — yes, he is still in the news — is shopping around an idea for a reality show in an RV. RadarOnline.com said of the RV, “Stunt or just keeping it real, you decide.” I vote for the former.

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?

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Tuesday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

The recession is having an impact even on Wal-Mart. According to MSN Money, foot traffic at U.S. stores fell slightly as customers grappled with unemployment and less money to make purchases.

Attention Bay Area moms: a Chilean friend of mine — our Poppygirl’s husband — just created a website to help Chileans in the aftermath of the earthquake. It is a place for people in the Bay Area to host events to help the people of Chile.  

Laurie Puhn over at the Expecting Words blog doled out tips on how to save money on maternity clothes. Where did you buy or acquire your maternity wardrobe?

US News & World Report ran a profile of a mother and sociologist who doled out these two tips to increase parents’ happiness: eat dinner together as a family and change your morning routine to avoid conflict.

As our Katy over at Non-Toxic Kids pointed out, the Senate and House will be holding hearings to possibly reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which regulates the introduction of new or already existing chemicals. The law has not been updated since 1976.

In case you missed it, D.C. now allows same-sex marriage, according to CNN.

In disappointing news: the Catholic Archdiocese in Denver just barred the child of lesbian parents from attending a Catholic school, according to Pam’s House Blend blog. I was heartened to read of the many Catholic protesters on the ground in Denver and Boulder condemning this decision, which was clearly motivated by prejudice. After all, the church is not expelling the students whose parents have fornicated, been divorced, practiced birth control, committed adultery — all which go against church teachings, too. I pray the progressive Catholics on the ground keep the heat on Father Bill and the archdiocese.

In somewhat related news: the moms over at Mamapedia recently doled out tips on how to get your 6-year-old to sit still in church, or at least “enrich” the experience for her. Of course, many of the moms said there is no way to get a 6-year-old to sit through a sermon. What do you think?

Also, did any of you catch movie critic Roger Ebert on the Oprah Winfrey Show last week? My husband and I were in awe at how technology has evolved to help him sound like himself. Ebert had his thyroid, salivary glands and jaw removed due to cancer four years ago. He hasn’t been able to speak without the aid of a computer. A company in Scotland developed a program that helps him speak — and sound — like his old self. Amazing.

Alice in Wonderland, starring Johnny Depp, earned a $116.3 million in its opening weekend — a record for a movie in 3-D, according to the Associated Press. Will you watch it?

Hybrid Mom magazine had a video trailer of the upcoming movie Motherhood, starring Uma Thurman and Minnie Driver, that made me smile.  

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Late-Night Liberty: Q&A With Uma Thurman

Parenting magazine recently interviewed actress Uma Thurman who will appear in a comedy to be released on October 16 called Motherhood.

Here is what Thurman had to say about being a mom to two in real life:

Parenting: So what do you do to keep from being swallowed up in the role of mother?

Thurman: I do my best to try to stay on top of work, but I feel like I’m always falling behind. I was given an incredible script, but I didn’t get to it, and I missed out on an amazing opportunity. It’s difficult to fully pursue your career and be fully at home. You feel like you’re losing in every department. And then there’s the guilt of just going to a yoga class. I’ve been to, like, two in the past two years. But now that the kids are back in school, I’m hoping to do more yoga and I’m determined to get better at time management.

Parenting: In one scene in the movie, Eliza tells her husband that the small household chores that make up her days wear away at her passion and ability to think of bigger things, like politics, or to dream of a better life. Amen! It seems petty to complain about those little things, but they add up, don’t you think?

Thurman: My kids are older now, but I had years of those mornings when you’re just going mad, suffering the humiliation of having to walk in [to preschool or daycare] and being the late mom. There’s a lot of pressure. Even if you have help, and I do, it’s tough. I’m not a morning person, and my kids go to different schools, so as a single mother, it’s been challenging.

Will you be watching Motherhood? I can’t wait to read the reviews when they appear. Parenting said it is an accurate portrayal of a mother’s typical day.

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