September 2011

Blockbuster Video is closing! Nancy explores what that means for how we get our movie fix…

It appears that we now need another place to get our movies. I know that I should have moved to online quite awhile ago but being creatures of habit my son and I would ride our bike to go pick out a movie on a Friday or Saturday night. It killed two birds with one stone (not that I want to do that) in that we got some exercise and fresh air before sitting through a 90 minute or more movie. But Blockbuster is closing, so I’ve had to do a bit of homework to explore all the new options that have been recently launched in the Canadian market to figure out who’s got what and at what price.

I took some random movies that were recently released and some that were a bit older, to see if they were available and at what price:

And not only do you have to decide from which service to get your movies, you also how to decide how to watch them, since you’re no longer just popping the DVD into the DVD player. My friend Jason from the blog FrameOne is very familiar with connecting technology together and reviews the different products: Mac with an Apple TV, PC and the new up and coming Smart TV.

There are a lot of exciting new ways to watch movies, but still – I’m going to miss those Blockbuster bike rides…


How are you getting your movies for Family Movie Night? Netflix? iTunes? Do you still use DVDs? Will you miss Blockbuster? WHITHER THE POPCORN?

The times, they are a-changin’…

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I Am Mommy Blogger, Hear Me Roar

September 30, 2011

The post that follows is a revised version of a post that I wrote last year. I had been considering writing a new piece about the term ‘mommy blogger’ and to what extent I see that as part of my identity, not least because Kyle and I have been having conversations – partly in jest, [...]

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God Grant Me The Serenity To Accept The Things I Cannot Pack

September 29, 2011

Here’s the thing about moving: it sucks. Well, at least the part where you have to pack up all your stuff into crappy cardboard boxes, which requires organizing all your stuff, or at least having some sense of what is worth packing and what is really better sent to Goodwill and when all that stuff [...]

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The Camaraderie Of Motherhood

September 27, 2011

It’s only a snippet of what was an hour long conversation – you can watch that whole hour, if you want (and if you want to spend four bucks and change, which is less than a single movie ticket to Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, PLUS you get an extra two hours of not [...]

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Me And Camera+, A Love Story

September 23, 2011

I’ve written a lot about Instagram here, I know. But, you guys, it is like a core part of my very being. It is how I am recording my children’s lives. It matters. And it matters almost as much as the Camera+ app. I couldn’t use Instagram if I didn’t have Camera+. I mean, I [...]

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Family Sized Blender: The Beginning

September 22, 2011

Strap in for Jason’s ongoing story. Once a tech obsessed writer/photographer/speaker, he thought he had it all under control – until his family grew six sizes. Now he’s trying to fuse everyone together into a single family. This is Family Sized Blender. How in the hell are we supposed to do all this? We’ve got [...]

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So Far Away From Me

September 22, 2011

It’s my anniversary today. My 15th anniversary. Yeah. We’ve been married a while. We’ve been together for pretty much the entirety of my adult life. We’ve been together for almost half of my entire life. That’s a long time. That’s something to celebrate, I think. But I’m not at home. Well, I am at home, [...]

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And Then A Hero Comes Along

September 20, 2011

Here’s something that I said yesterday: “Being a mom is the closest you’ll ever get to feeling like a superhero.” I said it in response to something that Christy Turlington Burns said about the remarkable experience that one has, when one becomes a mother, of suddenly finding oneself able to move figurative mountains, that moment [...]

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I Am Mother, Hear Me Roar

September 18, 2011

(The post below repurposes, with some revisions, a post that I wrote late last year after TEDWomen. I’ve been revisiting it this weekend as I prepare notes for a panel that I’m moderating tomorrow at the WIE Symposium, on mothers and social change. The discussion tomorrow will be, to some extent, a consideration of the [...]

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You’ve Got The Look

September 16, 2011

Last Saturday night, I went to the Project Runway party at Fashion Week in New York. It was one of those events that seem designed to make you feel uncool, at least if you’re older than 25 and not wearing six inch heels designed to look like cloven hooves. I don’t mean that in a [...]

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