Posts Tagged ‘mary pickford’

Caillou, Let’s Talk …

June 21, 2013

My little girl LOVES the PBS show, “Caillou.”


I, however, do NOT. I have quite a bone to pick with that fictional, bald 4-year-old. He teaches her terrible things!!


Source: Comic Vine

Let’s start with the most minute detail – he eats sweets. All. The. Time. In like every episode he’s stuffing his mouth with some kind of sweet, sugary substance!


Source: PBS / “Caillou”

When Lily sees Caillou nomming away on cookies … what do you think she, in turn, wants? A FREAKIN’ COOKIE!


OK, so this is cake, but you get my point. Caillou eats that, too. Little deviant.

But that’s the least of my concerns. Caillou also likes to THROW FITS. It’s even in the opening song for cryin’ out loud!

“Growing up is not so tough, except when I’ve had enough.”


Source: “Caillou”

And Caillou’s mom must be one of those new-age only positive reinforcement types of moms because he’ll be screaming and throwing fits and she’s just like, “now, Caillou.” Then the elderly narrator kicks in, “But Caillou didn’t want to share.” And he doesn’t!!! Lily plays “make believe” with her grandma and pretends to be Caillou. She won’t share with grandma, who she is pretending is Rosie! THAT’S THE GAME SHE MADE UP FROM THE SHOW. Ahhhh!


Source: How To Be a Dad

She also learns terribly annoying habits from the little monster. She learned “Are we there yet?” from one episode … and guess what she asked the ENTIRE way to the store? IT WAS NOT CUTE.

So, if you want your child to grow up to be a bratty bald child who doesn’t share and constantly eats oreos … be my guest. Oh, speaking of Oreos …


Source: Oreo

New watermelon flavor? Yes, please. We can ask Caillou how they taste. He’s probably had a box or two by now. Don’t ask his family, though, he wouldn’t share it with them.




Betty Crocker’s a Fake!

December 8, 2011

So the holidays are officially upon us. For me, that always means it’s time to whip out that old, huge, red Betty Crocker cookbook. It looks a little something like this:


Courtesy: PaperBack Swap

For some reason this year, a question popped into my head: Who was Betty Crocker? I wanted to find out about the woman behind the book.

Hey guess what. SHE’S NOT REAL! I know, right?!


Betty’s “image” has changed many times over the years. Courtesy: MPR

So, do you want to know how Crocker came to be? Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media has the scoop:

“The Washburn Crosby Company of Minneapolis, one of the six big milling companies that merged into General Mills in 1928, received thousands of requests each year in the late 1910s and early 1920s for answers to baking questions.”

So here’s the deal–She was made up to respond to people who wrote the company. “Betty” was considered a friendly, warm first name, and Crocker comes from a retired company exec.


But what about her signature? 


Image Courtesy: Book Marc’s

You see it on everything! Betty’s signature was made by a secretary at the company. Apparently, she entered a contest among other female employees… Can you imagine that? What would that flyer look like?

ENTER TODAY! Calling all female General Mills employees–we need your penmanship! Enter by writing the name of an imaginary character who will become the face of our company!”


Image Courtesy: Cosplay (Warning: This webpage contains vulgar language)


Didn’t she have a radio show?

Yes, she did! This fake Betty Crocker even had her own radio show that was on the air for nearly THIRTY years. That’s a long time for a fake lady! 


Image Courtesy: The History Chicks

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Betty Crocker, and will still buy her cookbooks for many moons to come. I just found it interesting how successful Betty Crocker products became–even without a real person!

Hey, want to know who is a real person?! Sara Lee!  

Happy holidays to all–here’s a proper ending. Watch this 1950s Betty Crocker commercial…it’s perfect for your bridge club! 😉

Signing off!



Image Courtesy: Old Recipe Book

So, Toto…

August 8, 2011

…we aren’t in Kansas anymore. Nope, we are in the middle of Missouri. Hilly, wonderful, tornadic (I made this word up) Missouri.

Let’s start from the beginning…

I “surprised” my Dad with a housewarming party in St. Louis this past weekend. We hit the road early Sunday afternoon, and were supposed to be rolling in around 5 (central standard time, of course).

We were a little more than half -way home, and were just driving by Sedalia. We could tell we were driving in to a storm…

All of a sudden, out of nowhere, a HUGE gust of wind almost knocked everyone off the road. We were driving and suddenly noticed the trees to our left and right were almost bending over. Bryan was just about to point out a tree that was going sideways when the wind just railed us! It was especially scary because we were right by a semi, also fighting for control.

So we did the smart-person move and pulled over at what we thought was a gas station. It was actually a fireworks place that also just happened to sell gasoline, too… ummmm, yeah.

Image Source: You’re Doing It Wrong!

Once we pulled over, we noticed the place was a giant warehouse… you could hear the rain as loudly as if you were outside! We ran inside (there was literally nowhere else to go…other than a ditch), Lily in tow, and saw  that everyone else and their brother pulled over there, too.

A man yelled, “join the party!” as he held open the door for us to get inside. That was quite nice of him. What happened next? Yeah, that was not so nice.

Courtesy: Examiner

About five minutes into being there and listening to the pounding rain, the attendant announces that if the electricity goes out, everyone has to leave. Store policy. Cue blackout.

Luckily, the lights popped back on…then shut back off…then turned back on. I had decided after that first blackout that she was going to be dragging me out. I was just going to trance on out of there in a severe thunderstorm (hail included!), with my 8-month old–all because the lights went out and that was “store policy”?! Ah, hell nah. 

Image Source: Cheezburger

Since I was trying to keep from freaking out after the three mini power-outages, I started walking around letting Lily flirt with people as I chatted them up.

Anyway, if you can’t tell… Lily has no problem flirting.

I walked up to one little crowd as a Dad was telling his prepubescent girls (one of them informed me she wanted to get pink streaks in her hair) that a semi had gotten picked up by a strong gust of wind and flipped over I-70 W. After searching around online, I can’t seem to validate that claim, but I can tell you that these storms caused power outages for for 50,000 in the Kansas City area! 

Another girl I chatted with said she’d tag-team the fireworks attendant with me if she tried to kick us out. 🙂

Anyway, after about fifteen minutes and two diaper changes, there was a break in the storm and people started leaving. We got back on the highway and were heading toward bright skies and sunny futures when all of a sudden all of the traffic stopped moving. It stopped moving for so long that people were physically getting out of their cars to look:

The above pictures I actually took while we were stopped on I-70. Even though I overheard that guy saying parts of the highway were closed, it didn’t click that was the way WE were going, until we were stopped. There were multiple police cars parked on different parts of the road, but by the time we were moving again, I couldn’t see what had happened. I guess it will remain a mystery.

Anyway, it was smooth sailing the rest of the trip home…until we walked into the apartment…

You’ll never guess what we came home to… A POWER OUTAGE! Yay? So since we were stripped of our electronics and internetz, we grabbed a flashlight and decided to go rogue and use one of those ancient free things called a phone book to call our power company.

Image Source: Eco Convert

Well…apparently since there are 50,000+ people with power out, KCP&L has opted for automated answering services…on all of their lines. So, day 2 without power–w00!

Apparently, storms like to follow me around wherever I go. Here’s another mini-story before I end this post:

This kind of reminds me that one time last month when the water patrol had to “rescue” a Mom, tornado sirens went off, the sunscreen ran out, oh… and when people left looking like this:


Anyway, that night we ended by us abandoning our tent because the tornado sirens went off and there was a lightning show on our campground. I don’t think I’ll ever figure out what happened to that tent.

Well…see you next time!


I feel ya, Mary.

Image: Of Course We Talk

Thar She Blows!

November 10, 2010

Well my dear friends, I am due in 2-3 weeks and I feel like a beached whale.

Okay…that may be a little dramatic. After doing some quick web research, I’ve the fattest, or at least near-fattest person in the world.

World, Manuel Uribe. Manuel Uribe, world.

Courtesy: Daily Mail

So while this image makes me feel not quite as bad… it doesn’t erase the fact I am super pregnant. I have a 3D image of Lily…are you ready for this?

It’s an up-close shot of her face. Some people have trouble seeing it if I don’t mention that. My Mom says she’s a baby big-head…

But let’s get back to Manuel. Did you know he got married two years ago? No joke.

Courtesy: The Daily Telegraph

I’m having trouble finding any recent information on him – but last I heard he was losing weight and happy. That’s always good to hear. I’ve met some overweight people who were pretty miserable to be around. Then again, I’ve met some thin people who were, too. I don’t think the pleasantness of a person is a direct relation to their weight.

On a happy note, this video is awesome. It’s epic. It made me cry…but that’s probably just because I’m pregnant. I do promise a smile, though!


I think that’s all for today!
Have a great one!

Enjoy the nice fall weather while you can!
Image Courtesy: I Like Old Things

Toy Story 3 = Epic[ness].

June 23, 2010


I saw Toy Story 3 yesterday after hearing all the hype about how wonderful it was. I even heard there was a part in the movie that made grown-men cry (I have it from a very close source that her boyfriend even cried). I was skeptical I would cry, but excited to see the latest Pixar flick.

Barbie and Ken were my two favorite characters during this one, but it was sad that a few of our beloved friends from the first two movies could not make it into the third installment due to being sold at garage sales, etc… I won’t give away which characters, but one was particularly saddening to me.

Spoiler Ahead. Do not continue if you haven’t seen the movie.

I am about to show you the character who could not make it in to the movie. They did not specify whether the toy was broken or sold… but all I can say it: Poor Woody. 😦


Overall, I give Toy Story a 10, but here’s what other sites are saying:

1. SperoNews:

Movie Review: Toy Story 3 Is For Adults

Alright, well not like that… It is G-rated and rightly so (and may I say that there are not enough quality films this year with that rating?) That being the case, Toy Story 3 is one of the more superior movies of 2010 and definitely the best G-rated film so far.”

To read the rest of the review by Shenandoah Butterworth, click here.

2. Rotten Tomatoes:

“It hits every button from laughter to tears and lifts you up on waves of visual dazzlement. And you don’t need to take a kid along to appreciate it… Tag it as one of the year’s best.”

This was posted on Rotten Tomatoes, but written by Peter Travers of Rolling Stone.

The site even ranked it between 98-100% on its Tomatometer… not too shabby! Plus, I really wanted to use the word “tomatometer” in my blog…

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Now, it took some serious hunting, but I managed to find a negative review for Toy Story 3. Here’s an excerpt from SlashFilm:

Toy Story 3 is so besotted with brand names and product-placement that it stops being about the innocent pleasures of imagination—the usefulness of toys—and strictly celebrates consumerism.  … But none of these digital-cartoon characters reflect human experience; it’s essentially a bored game that only the brainwashed will buy into.”

Read more, click here.

So I guess the 98% who have been giving the most positive movie reviews of all time are just braino-washed hippies who can’t see into the underlying cult advertising clearly laid out blatantly across the entirety film…yeah, right. Haters be haters.

I know it’s hard to denote sarcasm via text, but just for my readers’ info – the above sentence is dripping with my sarcastic ooze.


That’s all for now!



P.S. I though it’d be appropriate to end with Pickford on a horse… what with all this discussion about cowboys an’ such. Yee-haw!


What Lovely Weather…

June 8, 2010

Today I am working my web shift for my Capstone. The weather is … well, look for yourself.

I took this right outside KOMU. I’ve actually learned something about people and the weather today, though. Our website views were around 200…a streak of lightning followed by its booming thunder streaked across the sky. The number on our site rose to over 1,000. Whoa. People. Care. About. The. Weather.

Thanks to for this one.

In other news, I went to Chicago this weekend – woo-hoo! It was my good friend Emily’s 21, so Andrew and I drove the 9-hour trek to make sure she had fun! Here’s a picture of the windy city itself, taken at Navy Pier.

The Windy CityInterestingly enough, my Irish-bred and Chicago-raised friend told me it isn’t called “The Windy City” because of actual wind, but because of all the hot air the politicians blow out over the city.

An article from the Huffington Post agrees, but also says the claim is controversial. Read it, here.

So, of course, I found the USA Today article mentioned in the Huffington Post… it claims the reason it’s called The Windy City is unknown. It says the windiest city in the nation is actually in Kansas.

Speaking of older movies, let’s go back even further and talk about my obsession with Mary Pickford… I usually put a picture of her after every post, but I don’t think I’ve ever explained why.

Let’s do that, shall we?

I won’t start with the boring facts, let’s get right into the nitty-gritty of why she’s important to the film industry even today. You know those little things called ‘camera angles’? Well, she helped bring them to modern cinema.

Audiences of the silent films thought they weren’t getting their entire money’s worth if they didn’t see the actor from head to toe. Pickford helped changed that and often incorporated different angles in her films.

She also created United Artists with Douglas Fairbanks and Charlie Chaplin. She was the highest paid actress of her time and also won an Academy Award the first year it was given for a talking film.

She was the first superstar, the first to feel the fall from movie fame and the woman who, as titled in a 1997 biography, made Hollywood.

To check out the book, click here. Pickford also wrote an auto-bio called Sunshine and Shadow, which I’ve had the delight to read. Click here for that one.

For more info on Pickford, check it out, here.

See you next week!



Capstone Craziness

May 20, 2010

Hello, World! I know it has been too long when I forgot my username. Who does that? This kid!

So now that I have that part of my life back on track , let me tell you about my Capstone Craziness…capitalization intended.

Ms. Jen Reeves is the instructor. Let me introduce you.

Jen. Audience. Audience, this is Jen. Doesn’t that picture make her look so professional? It’s amazing what you can find when you Google Image someone’s name these days. Thanks, Google!

Anyway, it’s back to the basics of B2 for this class…at least when it comes to blogging. Once a week. Yipee! So watch out, world! You have to listen to me randomly ramble once more.

So, for this capstone class, I am building a professional website. I am mostly finished, I just need to add my print/video resume. You should check it out, here!

While on-duty for class, I am also in charge of web content and its Twitter page! You can follow KOMU, here.

That’s a lot of info all at once, so lets take a break and take a gander at a funny picture, shall we?

Now, I’m not exactly sure where in the world this had to be posted…but apparently the ladies were just plum tired of guys whizzing on their seats, or leaving them up! I’ve met some women who would kill a man for leaving up a toilet seat…I just don’t think it’s that big of a deal. I guess I could be wrong?

Well, have a good night, folks! I am tuckered out from my web shift and other duties of the day. I now must attempt to stay awake…I am designated driver for the night. Woop!


Now, if only I were this awake.

Goddess Diet on a Dime – Results!

January 26, 2010

Christine’s Post: Long time no update, but with Mom training for a new job and with me starting school again, things are hectic! We have been successful so far on our diet – we hope you have, too! I cooked dinner with my friend Brady about a week ago and am very proud of myself. We made Spinach and Artichoke dip and Cheese ravioli. I got the recipes from Anybody Can Cook, a cookbook by Better Homes & Gardens. The dip was only 58 calories for every 2 tbs. – pair with Baked Scoops and you’re set!

Spinach and Artichoke Dip


3/4 cup finely chopped onion (I did not use this)

2 cloves garlic, minced (I also did not use this – I hate garlic)

1 tablespoon butter

2  8-oz. packaged reduced-fat cream cheese, softened

1 1/2 cups grated Parmesean cheese (I used shredded)

1/4 cup milk (I used skim)

1/4 cup light mayonnaise

1/4 cup light dairy sour cream

1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

3 cups chopped fresh spinach leaves (I used Popeye canned spinach – not dry)

1 14 oz. can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped

Sea salt bagel chips, Baked! Scoops, No fat sour cream & onion pringles, just whatever you want to use to dip!


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a 10-inch skillet cook onion and garlic in hot butter over medium heat for 3-4 minutes or until tender, stirring occassionally. Set aside to cool. I skipped this step because I didn’t use any of these ingredients.

2. In a large bowl, stir together cream cheese, Parmesean cheese, milk, mayo, sour cream and pepper. Stir in spinach, artichoke hearts and the onion mixture. Spread cheese mixture in the bottom of a 10-inch deep-dish plate.

3. Bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until heated and top begins to brown. Serve with bagel chips, etc. Makes about 40 (2-tbs) servings!

It was absolutely delicious! I brought this over to my friend’s house once and her mom loved it so much I became known as “that girl who makes the really good spinach dip”. 🙂

Signing off,

~The Future Goddesses

The Surgery of Knee.

June 4, 2009

Hey gang!
Long time no update…sorry about that! I had knee surgery May 28. Want to see some pictures? Sure you do! I wil give you all a warning, what you are about to see may make some queasy. There are also some pics of some kitties benefitting (I looked this up and it turns out this word, benefiting, can be spelled with one ‘t’ or two! Interesting!) from me being stuck in bed. Here we go!

I have decided to make a “True Friends” list. The list is comprised of people who visited me during my bed rest. You will be surprised of what a person stuck in a bed for most of the 24 hours does to keep herself entertained. I have started making crafts…this should scare you. I have also figured out a way to turn on light switches with my crutches and read two books from the Twilight series in two days.

Twilight and New Moon, the first two books of the Twilight series.

They are about 700 pages each. I have also bonded with the cats. All 20 of them. Yes, you read that right.

Our little kitty, Onyx.

🙂 Next post I will make a list of all of our cats and try to get pictures of them all. This will be a big project, but…what else do I have to do but watch movies and weave my crafts?

Until next time,

One day I can stand again, too!

Ai Shiteru…

April 30, 2009
My picture for one of my KOMU stories

My picture for one of my KOMU stories

Did you like my little confession to the profession of journalism up there?  My worries from last week are gone!  This is exciting because I feel like I am back on track to becoming the journalist I would like myself to be.  Last week I was slightly distraught because I had trouble with my first assignment at KOMU.  Since then I have done three more and am able to use the software with much more ease.  Another exciting thing?  News at the state Capitol last night!

I usually work in Jefferson City Mondays and Tuesdays, but I swapped this week so I could do a package for KOMU.  I went in to the Capitol on Wednesday this week and guess what happened?  I finished with my radio stories for the day (they were on a bill about motorcycles high and low beams, read them here) when the Governor announced he was holding a 6 p.m. meeting about the swine flu.  My editor, Phill Brooks, immediately climbed into his excited shoes and began ranting about how the first case of swine flu must be in Missouri.  Some of my co-workers were  a bit skeptical, but it turns out Phill was right!  Instead of going home, I began to Twitter, Facebook and blog about the night’s events for the next two hours!  Two of our reporter’s went to the Gov’s meeting and were updating us as the words were spilling from Nixon’s mouth.  What an exciting use of technology to get the word out to people right as it was happening!

At KOMU this and part of last week, I’ve done two more stories.  One was on a presentation about the forgotten Ioway tribe which once reigned Missouri and the other was on a growing and disturbing new 21st century addiction:  internet addiction.  Read and watch my story about the Ioway here and read/watch my story about internet addiction, here.

I am still sick, but it is now confined to just my nasty cough. I finished my strep medicine yesterday morning, but I think it may be something else since I am not 100% yet. I missed my Broadcast 2 class this morning (sorry Greeley!) to rest and hopefully feel good enough to go to class by 1 today. Speaking of, I better get on the move since it is about 12:12 now.

Until next week,
Christine Slusser