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The Happiest Baby on the Block: DVD Review

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The Happiest Baby on the Block, by Dr. Steven Karp

We  watched The Happiest Baby on the Block over the weekend.  Not sure now where I’d first heard about this book or DVD, both with the same name, but it worked out really great to get it in video form so we could watch it together.

Just over an hour long, the main points of the video are techniques on how to sooth a baby, especially a fussy baby, in the first 3 months of life, which the author calls the 4th trimester.  These small maneuvers trigger the baby’s inherent “calming reflex”, and he made it look easy and mostly natural.  Some parents probably already know these things, or have figured them out on their own, but for us it was really valuable information.

I was surprised at how tight a proper swaddle needs to be, and also, that when one Shh’s a baby, the “SSHHH”  needs to be at least as loud as the baby is crying, which can be pretty loud.

Again the DVD format is great because besides being able to watch it together, it allowed us to see the  multiple soothing techniques, and visually watching them used together made it all very clear.  Even if we don’t have too many baby meltdowns, it’s comforting to know we have some tricks in mind if we need them. A definite recommendation to other new or soon-to-be parents.

Written by Kat

August 16, 2009 at 5:57 pm

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Saturday night movie

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No, we didn’t see Twilight, turns out it doesn’t come out here until Dec 4, which is odd because we saw another movie that did just open, everywhere, this weekend, Body of Lies, the Leonardo DiCaprio/Russell Crowe offering by director Ridley Scott.

Leonardo plays CIA agent Ferris, who is “in the field” in Iraq and Jordan, trying to uncover a terrorist leader. He works with/for Hoffman played by Russell Crowe, who is mostly calling the shots, over the phone, from somewhere in the USA.  Lots of black cars, scenes with people speaking Arabic, of course guns-galore, and a fair amount of bloodshed.

I honestly don’t know what I think about the movie.  Strange?  To be fair, I think it’s a good movie for this kind of movie.  I didn’t get lost, in a fairly complex sequence of events, or get names confused.  The acting was good, I really liked both Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe in this one.  Leonardo, in the past few years, has grown on me.  Russell Crowe gained alot of weight, when I got home tonight I just had to check if this was on purpose for the role – he did.  Cheeseburgers for breakfast to get his fat middle-aged look he’s got going in this movie.

While just visiting the ever informative imdb.com to make sure I spelled DiCaprio correctly, and that Rusell has two ‘l’s’, I read that:

It’s ironic to think that the last time these two actors shared the screen was back in 1995, with the clichéd-but-entertaining The Quick and the Dead.

Wow, that’s true.  I liked The Quick and the Dead, even though it seemed to get replayed every weekend on USA or TNT for years.

Written by Kat

November 23, 2008 at 1:02 pm

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Movie Review – Assassination of Jesse James

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by the Coward Robert Ford.  Long movie name.  Long movie too, 2.5 hrs long.

The Good:

Excellent acting, excellent cinematography, excellent sound track.

The Bad:

Too many names, and surprisingly, for a movie this slow-paced, I had no idea what was going on during the first half of the movie – and I’m usually good at this kind of thing.  My dearest boyfriend said something funny/fitting as we were watching it, “understanding is overrated.” So we just continued watching it.


There were bad guys.  And bad guys killing bad guys. It was a very bleak film.  One friend commented, when I described it, that it sounded like There will be Blood. I haven’t seen that one, but maybe it’s in the same vein.  Parts of it were extremely awkward, as intended, and I thought the guy playing Robert Ford did a super job.  I just found out this is Ben Affleck’s brother.  I guess I’m out of the loop on that one. Anyway, he was excellent in the part. Brad Pitt plays Jesse, and he did a good job there too, of course.  And by the time it was (finally) over, I did learn a fair amount about the infamous Jesse James. Boyfriend looked him up after the movie and confirmed the film stayed close to the facts.

I can’t decide if it was a yay or nah for me.  Lots of everyone loved it so if you think you might like it, go ahead and check it out.

Written by Kat

October 20, 2008 at 9:01 pm

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Book Review – I am Legend

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I am Legend
by Richard Matheson

“Come out, Neville!” Robert Neville is the last man unaffected by a plague that has turned everyone into blood-thirsty vampires. He’s lost his wife and daughter, and his now-vampire/undead neighbor visits the front of his house nightly, taunting him to come outside. I really liked this novel. It’s much more a psychological story than a horror story. I ordered it, thinking it would be good to have a scary read for Halloween ( I love Halloween), but the book came late, and that is just fine. The author creates great tension in the book, and while I think I would have preferred another ending, a longer one maybe (the book is 160 pages), I’m impressed with the level of detail. Matheson provides just enough detail to make the character and the scene understood, but leaves just enough left unsaid that the reader’s mind gets to fill in the rest. To me, this is storytelling at its best. There have been two movies based on the book, and a third is coming out in December. I just watched the trailer on youtube and from what I saw it seems loosely-based on the book.

Written by Kat

November 16, 2007 at 10:09 pm

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