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Lucky 7

Posted on 2006.12.06 at 11:27
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: Holly Golightly - Charm
Today is Meret’s 7th birthday!
After school we are taking her to see ‘Happy Feet’ and then to dinner at the Rainforest Cafe.
Check out this cake that Stefanie baked her, according to Meret’s specifications:


shullie at 2006-12-06 16:31 (UTC) (Link)
hope she has a great day but....which cake???? and where???
theservant at 2006-12-06 16:32 (UTC) (Link)
OK, there it is now...
shullie at 2006-12-06 17:00 (UTC) (Link)
than you.... and its rather wonderful... :) and looks very very yummy!!!
theservant at 2006-12-06 17:24 (UTC) (Link)
Stefanie says thanks!
lilchiva at 2006-12-06 21:22 (UTC) (Link)
you have such a nice family. congrats!
theservant at 2006-12-07 19:12 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! I am lucky to have found them.
(Anonymous) at 2006-12-07 00:22 (UTC) (Link)
happy birthday to meret!!!! stef- the cake looks SO much better than the one we tried to make for lucy with socks on it... i sort of wish we had photos of that disaster... it's beautiful. does meret have wrinkles yet? seven is pretty old.
- balissa
metalclarinet at 2006-12-07 04:16 (UTC) (Link)

Nice cake

That looks rather tasty.

A very fast decorated dessert can be created by placing Hostess Twinkies in a baking dish, filling in the gaps with Cool Whip, and then Decorating with Cheese Whiz. Adults generally dislike cheese whiz on cake or any dessert. In fact, most won't eat Cheese Whiz if other adults are watching. However, serve this concoction to 9 year old boys and you will be a hero.
jonnymoon at 2006-12-07 18:01 (UTC) (Link)
Happy B'day to Meret! My g/f was on the 2nd, and my mom was on the 4th...

BTW, I'm considering taking my daughter to Happy Feet, but I got a review from another friend on it that pretty much told me it had all kind of snide shots at the current administration...

What did you think of the movie? More importantly, what did Meret think?
theservant at 2006-12-07 19:11 (UTC) (Link)
Meret liked it. There was one bit with a seal attack that was a little scary/intense, but it turns out OK.
I just asked Meret for a quote; she says "I thought it was awesome!"

I was going to blog about the other matter, but I guess I can address it here. The outrage that has been aimed at this movie, starting from Fox News, I think, or maybe Glen Beck on CNN, I forget, is WAY off base. First off, there is NOTHING about global warming in it. Zip. Nada. Bupkus. No stretch of the imagination can make it about global warming.
There are some environmental messages in the movie, one to the effect that if you dump plastic garbage in the ocean, it might end up where the penguins live. One of the birds has a plasic thing from a six-pack around his neck. The other message is that overfishing can hurt the penguins' food supply, and that if we care about the penguins, we should try and not deplete their food stocks too much. That seems kind of basic to me.
I guess that there is another message which is that if you take a penguin and put it in a zoo, it might miss its home. Maybe that is overly anthropomorphosizing penguins, but it isn't a major plot point.
Mostly it is a pretty typical Disney/Pixar kind of thing, with beautiful computer animation, and Robin Williams goofing around and doing a bunch of accents and silly voices. The fact that the fishing boats are depleting food stocks is a major plot element, and there is a brief scene in which various world leaders (if any body is shown in a bad light, it is the U.N.!) argue endlessly about whether or how they should protect the penguins' food; I really didn't see any shots at the current administration, and I enjoy shots at the current administration.
For stupidness on the liberal side, I saw a discussion of the controversy over it, and someone from the Huffington Post was arguing that global warming was true, and we needed to educate about it, etc. etc., but what they didn't say is that THERE IS NOTHING IN THE MOVIE ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING!!!!!
That really annoyed me.
Anyway, I think it is good children's fare.
(Anonymous) at 2006-12-07 21:27 (UTC) (Link)
i think anthropomorphosizing is one good way kids learn about animals, and learn not to exploit stuff, and just use what they need. i remember when meret was really little, she came home from the market with stef, and told me that she really wanted the soup with the picture of a chicken on it. she said that she liked the chicken on the label, but her mom said something to the effect of, "well, if you like the chicken, maybe it's best not to eat him." she managed to decide on her own that she liked the chicken better in the picture than boiled and plucked. anthropomorphic? yeah. overly sentamental? maybe. something the hard-assed republicans who would eat inner-city babies for dinner if we let them could learn from? (baby- the other-other white meat...) hmm....

plus- can we really be concerned with the penguins worrying about their food? we have them dancing and rapping. presumably people can make the distinction of real and imaginary themselves...

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