Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Scary Movies

Tyler asked me a few weeks ago when he would be old enough to watch a scary movie. Good question son.  I've been thinking back, trying to remember my first scary movie. I recall watching various Saturday monster movie programs when I was a kid. Double features like Mothra vs. Godzilla and Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman...they were not scary to me in the slightest. Really, they were cheezy, at best; but I loved watching them. I was 10 or 11. I don't know if Tyler would like those old fashioned monster movies. He is a little more sophisticated in his tastes than I was at his age. He is very particular about what he likes.

I can't remember which "scary" movie I saw first. They all sort of run together. I do, however, remember the first movie that SCARED me. I mean, really and truly made me want to hide my face and gave me nightmares for years. I have no idea what it was called. I remember it was about this unattractive fat girl that everyone made fun of. They tormented this poor girl to the edge of madness. Then she was in this horrific accident that nearly killed her and basically destroyed her face. Because of the extensive reconstructive surgery, her jaw is wired shut for a long time. She loses a ton of weight. Then the plastic surgeon does multiple surgeries to repair her face. In the end, she is transformed into this slim but psychotic beauty. She vows revenge on all the people who tormented her. That's when things turn crazy scary. The stuff she does to those people! This one girl gets buried alive in a box. That scene has haunted me all my life. If anyone recognizes this movie and can tell me the name, please post a comment.

I don't want to watch it again! I just want to make sure my kids never see it. Ha! But seriously, I have given some thought to which movie would be a good "scary movie" introduction for Tyler. I think he might get a kick out of some of the old Japanese monster flicks. They are the origin of Pokemon, after all. Nothing too creepy or potentially psychologically damaging. Just cheap thrills with tons of extras running away in panic. With popcorn.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Trial and Error

Tyler surprised us yesterday with a sudden request to try Subway. Subway?! Really?!?!?! Apparently all those commercials about getting what you want had gotten to him. He wanted a lettuce sandwich. Yep. Just bread and lettuce. He didn't find any of the other "stuff" appealing. So, five dollars later, he had a 6 inch lettuce sub in his hot little hands. I held my breath as my notoriously picky child took his first bite...and promptly spit it out.


But hey! He tried something new. That is always a momentous event. His verdict was that the bread was too "strong." John had agonized over which type of bread to pick and finally settled on Italian. I am thinking the honey oat would have been more mild, but I know Ty would have freaked out at any sign of actual oats on top of his bread. We'll see how many months go by now before we can convince him to try something else.

Meanwhile, today was Max's turn to shock and surprise. He wanted to try a TACO. You could have knocked me over with a feather when the boys announced they were headed to Taco Bell. Mmm...crunch wrap supreme for Momma!

Max arrives home with a taco in his hot little hands - beef and lettuce only - and I held my breath again as he took his first bite. He liked it! Kinda. After a few bites, he ended up dumping out all the lettuce and most of the beef. He likes the shell the best. I told him I think he would really like nachos. He nodded sagely and said  "next time."

Oh boy! There will be a next time!

Stay tuned, gentle readers.

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Basking in the Glow...

Max went shopping with his Dad a couple months ago. They came home with a shirt the likes of which I haven't seen since circa 1986 or so. It is this amazing shade of neon chartreuse. Yesterday he was standing by the back door looking down at a beam of sunlight as it struck his chest, completely mesmerized. "Mom! Am I GLOWING?!"

Yes, Max. You sure are!

The photo doesn't capture how bright this shirt really is!
That is closer! See?! He's glowing! :D