It seems like every few months I swear to anyone who will listen that we are getting rid of cable television once and for all! I go on about the unnecessary expense and the shallow programming, the depressing news, and how we won't miss it once it's gone. I never carry out on those threats. Mostly because I am addicted to The Science Channel, H2 (History channel's second channel), National Geographic and BBC America.
After watching yet another news story about a missing child, I went on another rant again about how we're getting rid of cable! I get terribly depressed hearing about missing child after missing child (especially knowing there are so many more out there that never have the benefit of getting national news coverage for whatever reason that might be.), and also a bit paranoid.
Gaby happened to be home from school today with a horrid case of pink eye; the 7th one in her Kindergarten class to come down with it, and so I shut the horrid, huge, digital beast off, and instead we made forts in the living room, sang made up Christmas carols, and colored several of the ponies in Gaby's "My Little Pony" coloring book, what can only be described as gruesome colors. After her doctor's appointment late this afternoon we found out Gaby has to stay home again tomorrow (oh the weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth - from both of us!), I decided that tomorrow will be spent watching festive YouTube videos, making Reindeer Food, baking cookies, and dragging out the Christmas decorations all in the spirit of inviting a more merry vibe into the house rather than a soggy, scary one that always happens after watching the news - or TV in general!
In the spirit of sharing more of the merry and less of the scary, I thought I'd share some of my most recent YouTube favorites. All are safe for work!
The first one is actually a video of a flash mob put together by writer/blogger Loraleee Choate from Loralee's Looney Tunes. It's beautiful and amazing. I love flash mobs and thought this was really wonderful!
The next video is from one of my all-time favorite Christmas films, The Snowman. The song always sends chills down my spine with it's haunting yet beautiful melodies. I love to sit and watch this with Gaby, over and over again.
This video, and Fred himself, never fail to make Gaby giggle harder than anything. I tend to argue a bit with Fred's sentiment that "Christmas is Creepy" but it's a bit of silliness that we've grown pretty fond of nonetheless.
I'll end with a video that has become one of my all-time favorites. It's not holiday related but it's funny as hell, despite having watched it now about eleventy billion times! If you've never seen the hilarious British voice-overs of these animals filmed for various BBC nature shows, then you must watch this!
I hope you enjoy the videos as much as I do!
Take a busy mom with four children who has a blossoming new business making hand-crafted tutus and hair bows who has more orders than she knows what to do with, then toss in some pink eye and vomiting with no chance to run out to the store to pick up anything like paper towels, disinfectant, ginger ale, or trash bags, and for fun make sure she has not a drop of coffee in the house and you have the perfect makings for a domestic disaster of epic proportions.
A little before 1AM this morning I went through all of our excess around here including ginger ale, paper towels, trash bags and disinfectant, wrapped it all up in several extra trash bags and took it all by and dropped it off for the busy mom. I sort of did a doorbell ditch type of thing sans ringing the doorbell. Aforementioned mom happened to be on Facebook, still wide awake on vomit-watch, and I left her a message letting her know to go and check outside her door. Someone has done something similar for me in the past and I wanted to pay it forward. Of course, I'm also sitting here hoping, especially now that Gaby has managed to get pink eye, that she doesn't also get this nasty tummy bug that's floating around. There's nothing more miserable than being sick during the holidays!