November 28th, 2006

movies

I've reached that level of time-to-catch-up that we've been watching movies. _Chicken Little_ was amusing, but I'm glad I Netflixed instead of buying it. The first stargate season 9 dvd I'd seen most of those episodes, BUT I got to catch a section at the city of Celestis that I'd missed AND I finally saw how they got Daniel and Vala back. I really should have listened to everyone who said I shouldn't bother with Blade 2. Ow. That was horrible. Even fast forwarding through large chunks of it it was horrible. *sigh*

But the dvds that have been sitting around for months are now all (about to) head out the door, and the membership has been reduced to 1 at a time/2 a month, and that should get me through the next two months quite nicely.

I read _Liberated Parents, Liberated Children: Your Guide to a Happier Family_ by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. This is really good, partly because I like Faber/Mazlish (How to Talk so Kids will Listen etc.). This book is a fictionalization of their time spent in Ginott's parenting group, so we get to here a little bit from him (Haim, heh), too. In general, I find that I like books that "show their work" better than those which just describe the domain without explaining how the authors came to understand the domain. While prefaces/introductions/afterwords/epilogues/notes can do a lot, it just isn't quite the same as the process being depicted. For one thing, when the experiences are included, you can learn things from those experiences that they might not think to include in a summary. The material is dated in some unpleasant ways (stay at home mothers, work-out-of-the-home, uninvolved fathers) and there's the usual assumption of bottle feeding (which is minor, here, because this is about older children almost exclusively). There is also a level of acceptance of constraints that I think is ludicrous (Grandma's must have dinner on the dot of six), but you could rewrite that particular anecdote to something where I wouldn't niggle about the constraint. Good book; worth a read, as long as you take the time frame into account.

I'm in the middle of _The United States of Arugula_, which is great fun. I'm realizing that I am no longer the foodie that I once was; I have instead become what I would call an everyday cook. I think I like the transition. A lot. It took a long time to accomplish, but apparently just having a kid forced the issue.