Wednesday, November 4, 2009

What are Best Friends For?

So while I think I have the Swine Flu, Lori assures me that it's just a fever. I don't think I'm going into work tomorrow as a result of my fever and overall aching body. If this keeps up perhaps I'll go to the doctor tomorrow afternoon to make sure I'm not battling H1N1. Wikipedia lists the following symptoms of Swine Flu: fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. I actually have all of those. We'll see.

Josh was extra nice to me tonight and seemed really sad that I'm sick. He took time to write the note you see below (asking mom for spelling assistance). Note that he threw in a comma within the last word as I was just teaching him about commas today (apparently two years too early).

He sure has a lot of caring in him for a 5-year-old. I know he's hoping I can get better so we can enjoy the upcoming Guys Weekend. More on that later this weekend as Becca and Lori head north to visit Kristin in Massachusetts.

Oscar's Odd Couple

As if 10 Best Picture nominees wasn't enough, the 2010 Oscars just got even weirder. The producers of the Academy Awards telecast have been frantically searching for a host to fill in for Hugh Jackman. Jackman did a good job on last year's show but declined the invite to return as host. Yesterday, news broke that Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin have been picked to co-host the event.

I assume this pairing was made due to both actors' association with Saturday Night Live (Martin and Baldwin have hosted the show individually a record 15 and 14 times respectively). Although going with co-hosts is a risky idea (the last time it was attempted was in 1987 with Chevy Chase, Goldie Hawn and Paul Hogan - yes, Crocodile Dundee himself), I think it could work. I'm a bit curious about the Baldwin decision though. Martin has hosted the Oscars twice before on his own and I think he was a solid host both times. I'm not sure why the Academy didn't want to go with solo Steve.

Baldwin is definitely a funny guy and will probably fill the role well but is he really a movie star these days? Baldwin's best work in his long career in Hollywood has come in the last 10 years on TV. Between 30 Rock and his SNL stints, he's resurrected a fading career by coming one of the best television comedic actors working today. I could see Baldwin as host of the Emmys but something doesn't fit with him and the Oscars.

It's possible that the Academy wanted two hosts because of the expanded Best Picture format change. Martin and Baldwin could split up the duties of announcing the 10 nominees. All in all I think the Academy could have done worse with their selection. Isn't it time for Billy Crystal to make a return appearance? As long as Whoopi isn't hosting I'm OK with it.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Trick or Treat

Halloween was a big success for the boys as I took them around the neighborhood for a short but fruitful candy hunt. Josh kept wavering over the past few weeks on whether he wanted to be Batman or Robin for Halloween. Thankfully he settled on Batman and Lori found a costume for him. It was a little big for him and the cape was a tad long but overall it did the trick. I tried to get him to talk like Christian Bale does in The Dark Knight but he was having none of that.

Alex is very particular about what he wears (he has already shunned the new red Crocs that Lori bought him). Because of this we didn't get a costume for him in advance. As the witching hour approached on Saturday night, we told him he had to dress up to go trick or treating with Josh. Lori suggested that he go as a Redskin (that may be the scariest costume of all this season), but Alex replied "I want to be a Baxketball playor." So Lori dug out the old Michael Jordan Wizards kids jersey and some basketball shorts. It barely fit Alex but he looked the part and "Wizards" does have some Halloween connotations.

The three of us set out to some nearby houses. At first there was a slight drizzle but the kids didn't seem to mind. This was Alex's first trick or treating effort and I had to give him a quick crash course on what to do. He initially wanted me to come up with him and hold his hand. But he quickly got the hang of it on his own and actually enjoyed saying "Trick or Treat!" The only assistance I had to provide was to hold his bag between houses.

The rain came down a little stronger towards the end and we had to cut our journey a little short. Alex had a great time though and even though he was soaked (in a jersey without any jacket) he had a lot of fun. He became very chatty towards the end too. At a couple of houses after getting candy put into his bag he would ask "what are you guys doing in there?" Alex is on a big "what does this and that do" kick right now. Yesterday I brought home ketchup to use for dinner and Alex interrogated me:

Alex: "What's that?"
Dad: "It's ketchup Alex, you eat it all the time"
Alex: "What does it do?"
What Dad wanted to say: "It manages several high yield mutual funds."

Josh of course had a great time getting candy as well even if his Bat Cape got soaked. The two of them had quite a haul for only being out on the street for 20 minutes. Of course the majority of their candy will be consumed by me but we did let them eat a few choice pieces Saturday night (and will distribute more for special treats). Josh even tried a box of red hots and claimed that he liked them even though they were spicy. The success of the night made up for the disaster that was pumpkin carving during the day. I brought home a pumpkin and carving tools from work (left over from our Oktoberween party). Josh and I tried to carve a particularly intricate design (similar to this) but I botched the ghost's hands and eventually punched the entire design through accidentally while trying to carve the eyes and mouth. We were left with a big circle and I decided to trash the evidence before Lori got home. I'll stick to designing on computers.

Bonus shot of Ms. Rebecca as a flower! So cute.