Daily Archives: April 1, 2011

A Giveaway Wrapped in a Survey Surrounded by a Blog Post

Our dear friends Rob and Sherri gave us the gift of Netflix this year, and can I just say what a life saver that was with the kids over this weird and wacky winter? Not only can we receive a couple of DVDs a week, when Jonathan doesn’t need his computer at school, we can stream all sorts of movies and TV shows without limit. (I’d love a Roku so we’re not limited to streaming when Jonathan’s computer is at home. Anyone have any experience with it?) The kids have discovered “old classics” like Blues Clues and The Iron Giant, and newer programs like the Backyardigans and Ni Hao: Kai-Lan.

Very early last semester I laid down the pattern with the mackerdoodle that every other physical DVD arriving in the mail would be a grown up movie, because the expectation became that every time the red envelope appeared in the mailbox it would contain Dora, or My Little Pony or a Disney Princess.

I used my share of the queue to watch the first two seasons of Fringe, three or four episodes at a time. This weekend I finished season 2 (leaving Olivia in the alternate Universe from which I saw her rescued in September. It’s weird to be caught up and still feel behind.) and today I realized that our queue looks like this right now:

  1. Dragon Tales
  2. The Tale of Desperaux
  3. The Wiggles: yummy yummy
  4. Dora the Explorer: Fairy tale adventure

You get the idea.

So I’m throwing the blog open to suggestions. What movies should I add to my queue? What have you seen lately that you think I would love? What about on those rare nights that Jonathan’s home and takes a break from studying for a few hours to let his brain cool off?

Leave a comment here with a movie suggestion and you will be entered to win a coupon for a completely free 20oz Coca Cola product. The giveaway will be open all weekend, and on Monday I’ll have random.org draw a winner from all the suggestions. I will also add the suggested movies to my queue, because that’s the entire point of the exercise, so a comment like, “Oh I love coke!” will be deleted. 🙂 I’m cold that way.

We like most genres (maybe not westerns) and haven’t seen a movie in the theater since Terminator:Salvation so don’t worry about suggesting something we’ve seen. Also feel free to suggest a TV series or mini-series you think we might like. If you have a list, put it all in one comment. The more suggestions, the better.

Thanks for this friends. You will be blessing a (soon to be) nursing mother with evening entertainment while my husband sells chicken and writes papers and learns Hebrew. Not in that order.

(and if you have a comment about Roku, just e-mail that to me. I’m interested to know people’s experiences.)