So this past weekend Brian went out of town to visit our Navy friend W., and I was at home by myself with 2 kids. I think there was a 30-minute span one afternoon when they were asleep at the same time, and it was sheer bliss to take a bath in the total silence. I've kind of forgotten what that's like.
We had Movie Night on Friday, and Helen looked forward to it all day. We made popcorn after Alice went to bed, and watched a sequel of The Little Mermaid, which is more like one of those Star Wars "prequel" things in that all of the action in this straight-to-video number takes place prior to the giant movie release from my high school years. "Ariel's Beginnings" I think it was called.
Side note: Some of you non-parental types who have seen the first Little Mermaid movie may dimly recall that Ariel was one of 7 daughters of King Tritan. Nowhere was her mother to be found in that first movie. We learned in the prequel that at a very young age, Ariel's mother was smashed against the rocks by a pirate ship that happened upon the mer-people's day of fun along the shoreline. Yes, I had to watch this with my daughter. Holy crap, Disney. A little bit of warning, huh?
Side note, sequel: "After Further Thought": My parents took me at age 4 to see my first movie in the theaters, which turned out to be a Disney double feature: Bambi and The Rescuers. I'm pretty sure between those two gems of (1) onscreen parental murder and (2) adoption gone awry, complete with alligators, my parents had some 'splainin to do, too.
Anyway, the music is awful in this Ariel movie. There's not much to recommend it, especially when compared to the original release, and I wouldn't watch it again if I was paid. Helen on the other hand, has already scheduled another viewing for this evening. Argh.
I also rented a musical by the name of "Annie." Oh, don't roll your eyes at me! Watching this movie again for the first time since, well - dang, I think it's probably been 20 years - was truly fun. I had forgotten how funny Carol Burnett was, and how young Albert Finney looks! For comparison, watch "Erin Brokovich" and really stare at Ed Masry. Yeah, that's him. His eyebrows have positively taken on a life of their own.
Annie was a lot cuter to me this time around. Must be more of a threat when you're a kid; you probably take the whole concept of orphanhood more personally.
So when we talked to Brian on the phone Saturday night, I made sure Helen asked if he was her Daddy Warbucks. Apparently, the answer was no. I will have to remember that, and see if I can return these movies on time. Oh, and buy more lottery tickets.