Monthly Archives: December 2009

the ben commentary track to wii fit soccer

For those of you who somehow missed this, the Wii Fit Soccer game is actually all about hitting balls with your head. You have to shift your balance to meet the ball…or dodge the cleated shoes or DECAPITATED PANDA HEADS (they also look like soccer balls…sick mind soccer balls) that fly at you.

Ben, in his attempts to be Just Like Mom & Dad, wants to play on the Wii Fit…but, being a toddler, doesn’t know how. So after he lets me weigh him using the “Baby Stats” in Wii Fit Plus, I let him “play” soccer. He stands on the balance board and wobbles a bit, and will eventually make the connection between the screen and his movements. But in the meantime, it’s hilarious watching him…and listening to the commentary:



“BALL!” (with pointing for emphasis)




“Uh-oh.” (when shoe hits head and the game makes the buzzer noise)


By the way, the new Wii Fit Plus tracks Ben’s weight by weighing us together and deducting my most recent weight. I usually weigh myself immediately before for accuracy. Ben has a Mii on the system, so he shows up in Wii Fit Plaza, as a baby on the floor, along with all the other players on the game, and the game even shows an image of my Mii holding his Mii when he’s being weighed. It’s a lot better than the old “repeat the weigh in test, oh, I see you are holding something weighing 12 pounds!” system on the former software…now it tracks Ben’s weight just like it does mine, with a calendar and graph. (He’s 27 pounds exactly, for the record. Perfectly average height and weight)

I still get such a kick out of seeing him react to the soccer balls though. Maybe I will have to get him a WiiWaa when it comes out (Promo video made more awesome by using track by J.U.S.T.I.C.E.)

the best commercial remix since the diabeetus dance mix

How the hell is it I never saw the Slap Chop Autotune Mix before now?

I’m trying to update my blogs on a more regular basis, even if it is inane crap like this. Tonight, I didn’t have to cook dinner (yay, leftovers!) so I came home, put Ben to sleep, and then jumped onto the Wii to go through another EA Active workout. I now have the sequel to the EA Sports Active game that came out last year, and I’m actually pretty into it. I like having the new exercises, and I like that the sensitivity issues with the Wii controller seem to be less prevalent than they were on the original. If there’s two things I’m trying to do daily in 2010 they are:

1) Blog more again
2) Work out on the Wii

There. So here you go. Inane commercial remixes I find brilliant and humorous. Now daily!

holiday recap

This year, my family was wonderful.

This year, they came to us.

Paul, Ben and I have barely recovered from the trauma of Traveling To Pennsylvania last month. And while I would have gladly loaded my family onto a plane to go to Victoria, when my sister suggested Christmas in L.A., I jumped at it. When she came up with the plan for us all to stay in Santa Monica at a rented house on the Venice border, I was delighted. Not only would we get to spend Christmas with my family, but we would get a little beach vacation out of it!

So Paul and I moved our little family out to a rented artists’ cottage just northwest of Lincoln & Rose for the last few days before Christmas. We brought three carloads of Mostly Unnecessary But Fun stuff, including the Wii. Grudge match “The Price Is Right” video game playing ensued. Presents were exchanged and opened. My mother’s traditional perfect turkey was cooked. It was a haze of family time, eating and holiday fun – exactly what the holidays should be. Oh, and beach walks through Venice, which I have sorely missed since moving east.

One of my favorite moments was watching Monica decorating the Christmas bush (a shrubbery!) with Ben. She would ask Ben if a decoration should go on a certain branch and he would say “no” until his aesthetic sense dictated it should be hung where she was indicating. Then he held up gold ribbon bows – not the easier to reach silver ones – for her to add. Ben has indicated that he actually understands color groups! And he was babbling away and chatting to Monica in Ben-speak and having a wonderful time with her. It was adorable. After watching Jon do the same thing with him the next day, I was ready to check their luggage to make sure they didn’t take off with my toddler.

Sample gifts:

FROM MONICA & JONATHAN TO BEN: A large toy dump truck, with realistic dumping action, made out of high quality German engineering
FROM US TO MONICA & JON: A pair of Roombas, a regular one and a Dirt Dog
FROM MOM TO HER DAUGHTERS: Nana’s jewelry, which Mom had appraised. Not only are they beautiful pieces, but it was a piece of our grandmother’s legacy that my mother passed on to us, making them officially priceless
FROM ME TO PAUL: Super Mario Brothers for the Wii, which he is playing now
FROM MONICA AND ME TO MOM: A tiny, cherry-red Acer netbook she can take to the Starbucks when she’s hanging out in WeHo
FROM US TO BEN: A crapload of Duplo, which we will find shoved everywhere for years to come
FROM NANA TO BEN: The “Llama Llama Red Pajama” trilogy, which he loves
FROM MONICA AND JONATHAN TO BEN: Thomas the Tank Engine dishes, which result in a delighted cry of “Choo choo!” whenever he gets to the bottom of a meal

However, we had to break up the happy gathering on Friday, Christmas Day, when the rental house went to another renter. Monica and Jonathan flew back to Ontario, and we loaded up the cars and drove back to SiFi by way of WeHo. Mom is now here for her winter in L.A., which runs through the first week of February. She has a little sublet house in West Hollywood, where Ben and I dropped her off on Christmas Day. She even has a borrowed car that goes with the house, so she can re-learn the city she grew up in. (“Oh, the Troubadour! I went to shows there! How is it still open?”) For now, she’s happily ensconced out in WeHo, where she feels perfectly at home. Seriously, it’s like BC out there – gay couples with their kids, legal marijuana…just like English Bay in Vancouver!

Paul and I then spent the rest of the weekend recovering and unpacking. Well, not so much with the unpacking. As always, I will probably have a suitcase on the floor for a month after my return home. But for now, I’m telling myself I’m going to put it away during the next 4 day weekend, which starts Thursday. Winter holidays are awesome.

my ancestors invented the turducken!

I thought the Turducken was a more traditional recipe from Paul’s side of the family (his father’s family being from Louisiana) but no! Here’s a recipe from Yorkshire from 1757:

    “A Yorkshire Christmas-Pye.
    First make a good Standing Crust, let the Wall and Bottom be very thick, bone a Turkey, a Goose, a Fowl, a Partridge, and a Pigeon, season them all very well, take half an Ounce of Mace, half an Ounce of Nutmegs, a quarter of an Ounce of Cloves, half and Ounce of black Pepper, all beat fine together, two large Spoonfuls of Salt, mix them together. Open the Fowls, then then Goose, and then the Turkey, which must be large; season them all well first, and lay them in the Crust, so as it will look only like a whole Turkey; then have a hare ready cased, and wiped with a clean Cloth. Cut it to Pieces, that is jointed; season it, and lay it as close as you can on one Side; on the other Side Woodcock, more Game, and what Sort of wild Fowl you can get. Season them well, and lay them close; put at least four Pounds of Butter into the Pye, then lay on your Lid, which must be very a very thick one, and let it be well baked. It must have a very hot Oven, and will take at least four Hours. This Pye will take a Bushel of Flour; in this Chapter you will see how to make it. These Pies are ofent sent to London in a Box as Presents; therefore the Walls must be will built.”
    —The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy, Hannah Glasse c. 1747

32 seconds of me and ben being adorable

This is a video of me dancing with Ben to hellogoodbye’s “Here In My Arms” earlier tonight:

From 09-12-08 Ben Dances with Mama