(Note to reader: This post starts with housework but is actually about kids' DVDs.)
When it comes to housework, I tend to be a bit all or nothing. Weeks and weeks can go by, and I'll just do the barest minimum, and then I go crazy-mad and clean just about everything in sight. Like, the other day, I walked into the bathroom just intending to give the vanity a quick wipe, and ended up not leaving till I had cleaned the ceiling, scrubbed the floor, and attacked just about everything else in between. And as if that wasn't enough, I then walked into the living room, took one look at the couch, which looked frighteningly like this couch* --
-- and realised I couldn't live with it a single moment longer and cleaned that too.
It seems I'm a bit the same with blogging...no posts since before Christmas, then all of a sudden, three posts in (almost) as many weeks!
Anyhoo...this post isn't actually about housework**, it's about kids DVDs. See, I noticed something the other day while I was popping DVDs back on the shelf... a whole cohort of the TV heroes and heartthrobs of my youth have taken to making -- (wait for it... )
-- pony movies and shaggy dog tales. Ya huh.
Remember Luke Perry from Beverley Hills 90210? Well, he's swapped dreamboat for dad in Black Beauty (a modern retelling of Anna Sewell's classic story -- though Miss Missy and I thought the stories don't have that much in common apart from the title). I know he was a teen heartthrob and all, but really, Luke Perry makes a better dad anyway -- remember Dylan's prematurely receding hairline and wrinkled brow? Luke Perry also stars in A Fine Stepopens a new window and K9 Adventures.
What about Kevin Sorbo from Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, remember him? Who could forget those open shirts and woven leather pants? No more mythical Cretan Bulls for him -- he's now roping rodeo bulls in Rodeo Girl.
Apparently Kevin Sorbo actually auditioned for the role of Superman in Lois & Clark, but of course Dean Cain got that role -- and now you can see him without a cape in Horse Camp and The Dog Who Saved Summer.
Does anyone remember Ricky Schroder from Silver Spoons? My big sister had a bit of a crush on him, as I recall. No more spoiled rich kid for Ricky, now he's playing the rugged cowboy father in Our Wild Hearts.
I was too young to actually watch Miami Vice, but nothing says '80s TV quite like Don Johnson in a white suite, pastel t-shirt, and shades. Well, he's dropped the white suit, but he's still wearing shades in Moondance Alexander. Although it's a pretty a typical girl-finds-horse-overcomes-odds story, Miss Missy and I did enjoy watching it.
Lastly, even though it's not a pony story, I have to tell you about A Little Game, which stars Ralph Macchio, otherwise know as The Karate Kid (sorry folks, we don't have the original at the library, we've only got the Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan version). There's no "wax on, wax off" in this one, but it's a similar tale of a young protégée and an older mentor, but instead of teaching karate, he's teaching chess -- and of course a few life lessons along the way.
So if the kids are getting bored over the holidays (especially if the rain keeps up!) why not give one of these movies a try? We've got plenty of new DVDs for kids, and they're free to borrow!
*Minus the books propping up the corner. Of course I would never do that, what kind of librarian do you take me for? BTW, if you liked the Crappy Picture, you might enjoy Amber Dusick's ebooks
**If you actually wanted a post on housework, I wrote one on clutter awhile back