The Peanut has been sick for the past few days.
So instead of having a hyperactive fireball of a toddler, BossLady and I are experiencing what life would be like with a sullen teenager. The Peanut barely speaks to us, lies sluggishly on the couch all the time, and hasn't cracked a smile for days. At any moment, I almost expect her to start smoking clove cigarettes, putting on black mascara, and trying to steal the car keys.
It kills me seeing my little daughter so down in the dumps. Yesterday, I stayed home to be with her and I tried EVERYTHING possible to try and cheer her up. I put my clothes on backwards and did silly dances. I put peanut butter on my face and let the dog lick it off. And, since I can practically fart on command, I played the "pull my finger" game with her for almost an hour.
Not even a chuckle!
The whole time, the Peanut just stared at me with this weird Darryl Hannah-like half smile on her face, the one that says the lights are on but nobody's home.
Dejectedly, I flipped on the TV and asked the Peanut what she wanted to watch. She replied "music movie, daddy." Since BossLady had stayed home from work the previous day, the two of them watched "The Sound of Music" together and apparently the Peanut is now completely hooked on it.
Since I'll do anything for my daughter, we watched "The Sound of Music" at least 3 times yesterday. Back-to-back! over 9 straight hours! I haven't watched the movie in 20 years and I really forgot how amazing it is.
Some quick thoughts...
(1) I never realized that Captain von Trapp was played by Christopher Plummer. It's a sad reminder of how most of today's leading men are waifish girlie-men. Even though he's 78 years old now, I'll bet Christopher Plummer could still beat the crap out of Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom, and Colin Farrell. All at the same time. With one arm tied behind his back.
(2) My mom is a huge fan of "The Sound of Music." She used to play the songs on the piano and sing them to me all the time. One year, we took a family vacation to Austria and she insisted that we spend an entire day in Salzburg doing the "Sound of Music" tour. Being one of those aforementioned sullen teenagers, I naturally decided that I was way too cool for a "Sound of Music" tour and instead spent the entire day in a record store. What a freaking idiot I was. Kids, listen to your mothers!
(3) I wondered what the von Trapp kids were doing now and how they handled the transition from being child stars. So naturally, I Googled them. (How did people settle bar bets, stalk ex-girlfriends, or find free porn before Google?) Anyway, here's an update on all the kids. Amazingly, not one of them turned out like Dana Plato.
(4) I can't get the song "Edelweiss" out of my head. I also can't stop running around the house singing, "High on a hill was a lonely goatherd. Lay-dee odlleeo, hodlodlleeoay!!!" around the house. I think the BossLady's getting ready to beat me on the head with a strudel.
(5) For those of you who never understood the sheer brilliance of "The Simpsons," one only has to watch the episode when Homer drives his car into a statue of a deer, whereupon Homer shouts: "D'oh", followed by Lisa: "A deer!" and then Marge who concludes: "A female deer."
Other highlights from the MetroFamily Tivo:
I'm glad to see the real Jack Bauer is back. For awhile, "24" was starting to turn into a soap opera and I was getting bored watching Milo's pubic-hair face. By the way, when Jack wickedly whispers "Say hello to your brother," and then kills Fayed? Chilled me to the bone. When will the producers of the show realize that the focus needs to be on Jack all the time.
For those of you who might have been wondering---yes, I do sing the theme song to "Silver Spoons" every time I see Ricky Schroeder onscreen ("Here we are, face to face. A couple of Silver Spoons. Togethhhhhher!") If you're under the age of 35, you probably have no idea what I'm talking about. Don't worry. This is how I feel whenever my dad starts talking about Ed Sullivan. Ed WHO?
And why aren't all of you watching "Friday Night Lights" yet? It's the best show about contemporary life in America on television and reflects all the best that television as a medium can offer us. The ensemble cast is brilliant and, as a whole, this may be some of the best story-telling and character development being done on television. Although the show has earned huge critical acclaim and a coveted Peabody Award, its struggled to find an audience, meaning that there may not be a second season. If this show gets replaced by "Flossing with the Stars," I'm going to be pissed.
Raindrops on roses, my friends. I'm out of here. The Peanut is asking to see "The Sound of Music" again.
So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, good night!