The Naughty Elf On The Shelf

Naughty Elf On The Shelf

It’s December so the Elf on the Shelf is back! If you’re like me, pics of this little guy are floating across all of your social media timelines. If you’re not familiar with the Elf on the Shelf, it’s an ingenious little tool for parents around Christmas.  Your elf comes to visit you just after the Thanksgiving holiday (we do it the day after, I know others that wait till December 1st).  Each day the elf … Continue reading

The Missing Elf on the Shelf

Missing Elf On The Shelf

The Elf On The Shelf is an ingenious little tool for parents around Christmas.  Apparently it’s been a thing for years but I’d been oblivious up until the last couple of years when “Charlie” came to our family to watch over G & C.  If you’re not familiar with the The Elf on the Shelf let me tell you a little about it. Your elf comes to visit you just after the Thanksgiving holiday (we do … Continue reading

Honestly? The Doggie Doo?

Doggie Doo Game

I ran across this little gem the other day and it compelled me to write.  Regardless of my social media banterings, I tend to be a little bit slow on the uptake on these sorts of “phenomenons”. I’d never heard of a Leap Pad until the wife told me I had to be at Target five mornings a week before 8:00 AM to get one. I’d never heard of The Elf On The Shelf until … Continue reading

Top Holiday Movies

Scrooged (1988)

Just as the fall is synonymous with horror movies, the winter is for holiday movies (it’d be kind of silly to have a bunch of Christmas movies in mid August wouldn’t it?)  So the first question we need to ask is how we’re defining a Christmas movie.  For the purposes of this list I’ll define them as movies that are either set at Christmas time or are “about” the concept of Christmas. HONORABLE MENTIONS Lethal … Continue reading

David Baldacci Gets ‘True Blue’

True Blue

I was rummaging through my bookcase the other night looking for something to read and came across a hardback copy of True Blue.  Not sure when exactly I picked it up, but if I had to guess I’d say it was for Christmas last year.  In any case, I’d just gotten done reading the latest trade of Fables so I cracked it open. WARNING: THIS REVIEW WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS Mason “Mace” Perry is a former … Continue reading

The Cuteness That Is Children

Ralphie In The Sun

A couple of days before Christmas our dog Ralphie had some pretty serious back surgery.  His entire back had to be shaved and he had an incision about 6 inches long running down his spine.  Luckily he’s recovering nicely but it’s been a long road back for sure.  We’ve got to carry him up and down all the steps, make sure he doesn’t jump up or down furniture, etc.  Of course this is a colossal … Continue reading

And Now That The Holidays Are Over… Snow Sucks

Who's Tired Of Snow?

The first snow of the year is a magical thing isn’t it?  Winter has finally come and everyone is happy to have it.  There’s nothing better than a white Christmas to put everyone in a great mood.  However, when you live in Cleveland you need to know that December snow is just the tip of the iceberg… a HUGE iceberg. Once the holidays are over we typically have at least a good 3 months (sometimes … Continue reading

“Four Christmases” Is Four Too Many

Four Christmases (2008)

The wife and I had an opportunity recently to actually sit down and watch a movie!  It doesn’t happen often where the stars align, we put the kids down AND we’ve got a movie on hand that we BOTH are interested in watching.  I’d like to say that this was an awesome movie and it was time well spent… unfortunately that’s not quite the case.  In fact, we had to watch this one in two … Continue reading

Now I Know How Griswold Feels

Christmas Tree

Growing up we always had an artificial Christmas tree (my mom hated it when I called it “fake”).  Part of the reason we had a fake tree was dad and I were both allergic to real ones.  Each year right after Thanksgiving we’d go down in the basement and pull all the decorations out of the crawl space and within a couple of hours we’d have our home decorated for the holidays. Now that I’ve … Continue reading

Random Thoughts On A Friday Night

Broken Snow Globe

When you take medicine it should make you feel better.  The fact that I had to go BACK to the doctor fucking sucks. Telling a 3 year old not to do something is essentially like saying “please do that”. A snow globe has a ton of water in it.  And breaks into a zillion pieces when dropped by said 3 year old. There’s nothing more frustrating than an Internet connection that’s down. The fact that … Continue reading