2012 Could’ve Been Worse (and Better)

Happy New Year, Charlie Brown

Well, we’re down to less than 12 hours left in 2012. It’s been a bit of a rocky year over here. Some good. Some bad. And lots of meh. On the negative side, we’ve cut back family expenses a lot and I’ve been aggressively looking for a full-time permanent job. I’ve had a few interviews but no […]

My Pittsburgh Steelers Damn It Doll

Steelers Damn It Doll

Today is officially the last day of the NFL season. Week 17. Next week starts the crazy roller coaster known as the playoffs. And today for the first time in a long time, the Pittsburgh Steelers are playing a completely meaningless game. They were having a fairly solid season, getting real strong at the right time and […]

We’ve Got to Go Back to the Lego Future!

Back to the Future Lego

Lego continues to out-cool itself on a regular basis. First Star Wars. Then Batman. Then Avengers. And recently, Hobbit Lego sets. We are truly living in a Lego Paradise. So what’s the latest and greatest theme that Lego is embracing? None other than the entire Back to the Future franchise! Great Scott! Lego has officially […]

Merry Christmas! And Don’t Put a Hole In Ma’s Washtub!

Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas

Christmas time means one big thing for me… Christmas Movies! Growing up, I always loved Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. How could you not? That crazy animation. The elf who wanted to become a dentist. The scary (yet lovable) Bumble! Pure timeless awesomeness. And then there’s one of the funniest films of […]

Happy 69th Birthday, Mom!

A Diabetic's Worst Nightmare

Today is a really special day celebrating a special birth. Yep, I’m talking about my mom. Who else did you think I was referring to? My folks live upstate in the Albany area, so we spent the weekend there to celebrate a late Hanukkah mixed with mom’s birthday. My sister lives up there with her […]

Win a Scotties Facial Tissue Care Package ($20 value) Ends 1/5/13

Daisy Box

There are some things from the “olden” days that are just completely charming, yet are pretty much rarities these days. I’m talking about things like pocket watches, typewriters, and even handkerchiefs. Although to be honest, I’ve never really understood the handkerchief. So you blow your nose and then stick the… uh… gooey, remnant-covered cloth back in […]

Innocence Lost – The Tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary


I haven’t written in a few days. Not since I first heard news of the tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut. I’ve wanted to write. Get my feelings down but it’s all been a complete jumble of emotions, I didn’t even know where to start. Anger. Shock. Disbelief. Grief. Horror. I can’t even fathom what it’s […]

How to Make a Marshmallow Dreidel

Allie with dredels

This weekend we had our annual family Hanukkah party at our house. And yes, I’m still ridiculously full. Latkes were eaten. Candles were lit. Prayers were sung. And a good time was had by all. Every year Allie outdoes herself with some crazy new desserts. This year she decided to have all the kids make […]

Win Scribblenauts Unlimited for the Nintendo 3DS (Ends 12/16)

Scribblenauts Unlimited for 3DS

When Scribblenauts first came out, I remember thinking, “This is not just cool, it’s actually kind of educational!” Mixing imagination and creativity in a video game where spelling counts is pure genius. Scribblenauts Unlimited, the newest release in the line, continues the fun with young Maxwell trying to solve complex puzzles and challenges with the […]

Family Movie Night: The Three Stooges

Family Movie Night: The Three Stooges

Just about every Friday night, the family gathers together on the couch to watch a movie. Lately we’ve been watching some of my favorites from the ’80s like Back to the Future, Karate Kid, and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Not to mention The Goonies, Jurassic Park, Spider-Man, X-Men, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. […]

How About Some Hannukah Humor?

Keep the Han in Hanukkah

This Saturday (December 8, 2012) marks the first night of Hanukkah. Or Chanukah. Take your pick. It’ll be a night filled with candles, potato latkes, chocolate gelt, and whiny kids screaming, “Is it present time yet?” To get you in the festive mood, I’ve scoured the internet high and low for all sorts of Hanukkah ha-has. Sadly, […]

Building Toy Memories One Block at a Time

Octotunes stuffed toy

I had a lot of great toys when I was a kid. I fondly remember waiting for my dad to come home, so we could eat dinner, light the Hanukkah candles and then rip open our presents. Every year at Hanukkah was always the same. My sister and I would each get one huge present […]