August 22nd, 2006

Our Mother

One step forward, two steps back?

Today, I finally took some action on this goal – I went around my home and counted the various types of lightbulbs (even brought a couple of samples along with me), and headed to IKEA. So, I am now in posession of several energy-saving lightbulbs! (That’s the step forward).

The steps back are: IKEA only had two of the types I need; I still need to find globes and ones for the recessed lighting fixtures in the house. But this isn’t nearly as bad as the other giant step backward – my roommate suspects that we have some sort of wiring problem in the house (we tend to go through lightbulbs a lot quicker than normal). And I don’t really want to install all these (not cheap!) new bulbs, only to have them blow out very quickly. So, I think an electrician needs to be called before I can go much further with this goal! WAH.

Although . . . there is something I can do. I’ll cross-post this to my LJ, so that my friends there will hopefully get inspired to change their lightbulbs, too! (And will hopefully all have happy wiring in their homes, so they can actually do it sooner rather than later). :D



Here's some info about Million Bulb Swap Out, btw (I pledged to swap out 35 bulbs):

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Film Challenge

Titanic


I did see this film several years ago, after it came out on video, and thought it was good, but not worth all the hype (but I find that to be true with almost all films that are touted as “the greatest ever.” They almost never live up to the hype, do they)?

I decided to watch it again this week, though, since my son has become interested in the subject after we saw an exhibit with artifacts brought up from the wreck of the Titanic a couple of weeks ago. Watching it again, keeping in mind the historical facts of the tragedy, made this a really moving – and difficult – film to watch. So many lives lost, and mostly from poor judgement on the part of several people. In any case, it is well worth watching (even if the romance is a bit over-the-top for my taste). My son enjoyed it, as well, and I think it gave him a good visual idea of what it must have been like – the special effects were impressively done.

So sad, though, and not because of any trick of the filmmakers. It’s such a tragic story, and still seems so today, in spite of the fact that all those people would be dead by now, one way or another. Somehow, that doesn’t seem to matter.

Homeschool

#77 - Tonight on the Titanic

by Mary Pope Osborne

This is the first in the Magic Treehouse series that we’ve read (although we have a couple of others floating around here somewhere). I picked this one up today for my son, since he’s become interested in the Titanic. We read it aloud this afternoon – it was a short book, only took maybe 45 minutes to get through.

My son enjoyed it (although it made him feel sad), and I thought it was fine. Not wonderful, but interesting enough. In the story, Jack and Annie (featured in all the MT books, AFAIK) use the treehouse to go to into a book called “The Unsinkable Ship,” not realizing that the title was not accurate. Only too soon did they realize that they were aboard the ill-fated Titanic. Rather than leaving immediately, though, they decided to stay – they knew they couldn’t save the ship, but maybe there was some other way they could help.

One thing the book did do, IMO, was get across the tragic aspects. I was particularly moved by these lines at the end:

“Time might have stopped for the Titanic,” Jack said. “But books and memories keep the Titanic alive, don’t they? It’s a true story, but it’s almost like a myth now.”

“Yeah,” said Annie. “And every time the story’s told, we wish it had a different ending.”

Jack nodded. That was exactly how he felt.

That’s exactly how I feel, too. 7/10