Thursday, October 16, 2008

Huh.

Now that the fall television season is underway, I've been enjoying the Global television commercial-break series of "Huh" snippets - things like, "The actor who plays the Haitian on Heroes grew up in ... Haiti. Huh." So I thought I'd do my own snippety post of things that make me go, "Huh."

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A newspaper article this morning claims that the Conservative victory in the federal election was determined over the Thanksgiving weekend. Polls last week showed that the Liberals were narrowing the gap, but by Sunday night, the polls indicated a shift blue-ward. (In Canada, blue is right-wing and red is left. Go figure.) Pundits say that the election was settled over Thanksgiving dinner as people talked through the issues and came to a decision. All I can say is poor Jack Layton - stuck at the kitchen table while the election was being decided just one room over around the dining room table.

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If you owned this poster and planned to put it up on a wall in your house, which room would you put it in?


If you said, "The baby's nursery, of course, where I can pair it with a disco-ball and a magic-mushroom nightlight for an Alice-in-Wonderland-goes-psychedelic theme," then you are exactly the mom Cookie magazine is apparently aimed at.


After blinking dazedly at the photo spread, I looked for an online equivalent and found this:


Same room, but no magic mushrooms and no Angela Davis print. What do you think happened? Burglars? A delayed-onset bout of sanity?

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Bub and Pie were playing with marbles in the living room this morning when Bub complained that the "chairs" were in his way. I tugged the two ottomans aside, but then realized that I had foiled his plan to lounge across the ottomans (ottomen?) while shooting marbles from an elevated position.

"Ugh," Bub grunted as he struggled to move them back into place, "that witch moved my chairs!"

22 comments:

Mary G said...

Indeed. The think I object to most about Layton is his habit of referring to himself in the third person. Your comment is funny-always.
The nursery? Boggles the mind, what there is left of it after reading election coverage. My decorating mag shows, this month, a Christmas decoration of a chair with three big glass balls on the seat.
My offspring used almost the same word, but with a 'b'.
You are a delight to read.

minnesotamom said...

I sez...you be trippin'. It is interesting that they would move it for an online shot.

I hope Bub meant witch in the I'm-playing-in-my-mind-that-she's-an-evil-witch and not the I-call-my-mother-nasty-names-when-I-don't-get-my-way sense.

Bea said...

Mary G - I just bought the same magazine! We'll see if it has anything to equal the mind-altering-drugs-for-you-baby theme.

MinnesotaMom - He was totally calling me names. And so unjustly! When I called him on it, he said, "Did I hurt your feelings? I'm sorry I hurt your feelings." Which pretty much sums up the best and worst of kindergarten - new vocabulary, new social skills.

Beck said...

Oh boy! Not only are we getting another 70s style recession, but we're also getting their abominable interior design back! Huzzah, I say. Like I didn't have enough shag carpets and gas shortages in my freaking CHILDHOOD.

Jack Layton has creepy little girl hands and a too-sensitive moustache. It's off-putting.

Anonymous said...

Hey witch...humbling, ain't it?

Thank goodness they are only young once!

(Your) Anon

Bon said...

babies love Angela Davis. proven fact. but really i think that nursery looks more like a college kid lair.

and @ Beck...i agree Layton's stache is nasty...but too-sensitive? looks more to me like he's trying to make his upper lip all red blooded and Tom Selleck. ergggh.

Stimey said...

Cookie Magazine is largely out of touch with everyone but the very rich, and apparently very insane. I saw a spread in there once about cost-effective kids' room furniture. There was a children's table for $400.

Merle said...

I'm still laughing... Bub's comment to you is absolutely hilarious! He sounds like a 16-year-old. Certainly a moment to make you go Huh?

Lisa b said...

I know the name calling will break my heart but I am owed from my behaviour as a child.
The baby room is odd.

allysha said...

"Huh" indeed. Plus, really funny and worth a chuckle.

Patois said...

Love his reaction to the moving of the ottomen.

Veronica said...

For one brief, frightening moment, I thought you were really asking us where you should hang your Angela Davis poster.

I don't think I could have answered that one.

Magpie said...

Ooh, you're a witch?!?

That thing of the two rooms is very peculiar...

Karen said...

maybe that room was meant to be shared: a subtle message to two sisters sharing both a room & mushrooms?

kittenpie said...

Ottomen. Ha!

And I would totally put that poster in, say, a foyer...

No Mother Earth said...

Ottomen.

And that baby room just makes me feel sad. Is that the look they were trying to achieve?

Mad said...

1. At least Thanksgiving was a gorgeous weekend. Layton didn't have to worry about his kitchen table being out in the cold.

2. It is a known fact that newborns can focus on stark black and white images. And so, your problem is...

with the mushrooms, of course. Kids hate mushrooms, that must be it.

Mad said...

Ottomen? Sounds like my husband's extended German family.

Mimi said...

I'm now going hm right along with you ...

Janet said...

Funny, my Angela Davis poster is hanging the room where we smoke up.

Speaking of Jack Layton's 'stache, did you ever see this from the Rick Mercer Report?

Kyla said...

"that witch moved my chairs!"

Hahaha! Oh Bub.

bren j. said...

Argh! Cookie magazine lost me when they were trying to convince me that $200 pajamas for an 8-year-old is a GOOD idea. Good grief! The target market of that magazine must be VERY small nowadays.

Also...are you sure Jack Layton wasn't sitting at the kids' table?