February 4, 2014

If you like 1) Harry Potter and 2) cake - and I know that you do - you should head over to my lovely and talented wife’s baking site where she’s revisiting some of her original posts on this, the one-year-blog-birthday of her site.

Happy blog-birthday, wifey! And you know who Sirius Black would want to come over to your site right now?

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johnettelopuszynskibakes:

Drew read all of the Harry Potter books in first grade, and for his eighth birthday decided on a Harry Potter theme…

(via johnettelopuszynskibakes)

February 1, 2014
My Movies for iPad Pro

I’m not sure you’d even be interested in an endorsement-kinda post from me, but ah well.

I recently started using My Movies on my iPad at home to catalog my DVD and Blu-ray library. What was happening a lot is that my family would be hanging out wondering what we should watch, yet we’d have no easy way to review everything we have, at a glance, to see what would pop out and offer itself for our evening’s entertainment.

This is partially because I group our movies in the cabinet by genre. Kooky!

So I sought a way to make our movies easily referenced, listed, and scrollable, and My Movies really does the trick - and then some.

You enter your movies into its database via UPC code number, so that there’s no need to choose which version of a given movie you might have. Once the app finds the movie artwork that corresponds with the UPC code, you simply tap it and it’s added to your digital library. Instead of entering the code numbers, you can also simply take a picture of the UPC code with your iPad or phone (we entered the numbers manually because I have the first iPad without a camera). The app displays all your movies on a shelf-like interface or other ones that you can choose.

AND! You can follow links from your movies to the IMDB site, categorize movies on a wish list, or classify them as being borrowed or on loan to someone else. And a cool feature for someone dopey like me is that the app lists all the actors and moviemakers in your collection - so if you find yourself staring at the ceiling at 2:48 in the morning and you’re thinking

"Gosh, I wonder how many movies I own with Frankie Faison in them…?"

The app will tell you, lickity split.

(I own two movies with Frankie Faison in them)

(because I know you were wondering)

Anyway, if you’re interested in organizing your home movie library, I quite like this app - and my collection is modestly-sized. I’d imagine for some of you folks out there with thousands of titles, this kind of thing would be pretty useful. I don’t usually purchase apps; I prefer the fun, free ones or the ones I can buy with the gift cards I steal borrow from my boys - but I shelled out a few bucks for this one because I found it to be well-designed, with robust functionality (you can try a free version, too, but it only holds 50 titles).

For what it’s worth.

January 28, 2014
There’s Going To Be A True Romance Festival In Burbank This Year
From the angle of that picture, you juuuuuust about see the apartment I lived in for about 8 out of my 10 years spent in Hollywood.
In addition to True Romance, the Safari Inn was also used as a brief establishing shot in Apollo 13.
(via FilmDrunk: TRUE ROMANCE FEST | BURBANK, CA)

There’s Going To Be A True Romance Festival In Burbank This Year

From the angle of that picture, you juuuuuust about see the apartment I lived in for about 8 out of my 10 years spent in Hollywood.

In addition to True Romance, the Safari Inn was also used as a brief establishing shot in Apollo 13.

(via FilmDrunk: TRUE ROMANCE FEST | BURBANK, CA)

January 17, 2014

HOLY CRAP A MOVIE SHOT ON CAMPUS AT SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY.

And I had to carefully freeze-frame this at the :33 mark to see if the blue duplex in the trailer was my third-year off-campus apartment. 

It’s not - unless my brain is fuzzier than I thought - but it’s real damn close.

popculturebrain:

Trailer: ‘Adult World' - Feb 14

Directed by Scott Coffey, starring Emma Roberts, John Cusack,  Evan Peters, Armando Riesco, Shannon Woodward, Reed Birney, and Catherine Lloyd Burns.

All I can say is LOL Cuse.

(via laughterkey)

November 14, 2013

(the above was her response to this earlier post. ain’t she sweet? as well as being a fantastic judge of character?)

(The Abyss GIF via joiningtheliving)

June 28, 2013
johnettelopuszynskibakes:

A Random Act of Kindness
About a month ago, my friend Christine brought me over this jar of cinnamon because she knows I bake with cinnamon a lot - and she did it just to be nice! I thought about the cinnamon and how I could use it this summer to find a “teachable moment” with my boys. I have always talked about kindness with them, and it’s been one of my goals since they were little to teach them to be kind to other people. I know as a parent, I often second guess myself, but I am truly proud of how kind my boys are to other people.
But I also thought that it would be pretty great if we could use this cinnamon as our little symbol for kindness this summer and we could watch it grow into something bigger. So at dinner tonight, we talked about how Christine brought it to me just because she knows I love to bake. She did this just to be kind. I explained that this was a random act of kindness. Then we talked about what each of us in this family can do to reach out or bring a little happiness to someone else. We had a big brainstorming session, and the boys came up with these ideas:
Drew is spending his own money to buy flowers for someone in the hospital we live near. He wants to drop them off at the information desk and ask a volunteer to give them to someone who needs them.
Jack wants to visit an ice cream stand near our home and pay for someone’s ice cream with his own money.
Sam wants to make a women who lives alone in our neighborhood some cheerful cards throughout the year.
My husband and I came up with some things we thought the boys could relate to. Alan is going to hide some dollar bills in children’s library books and return them to the library so that the next child who checks it out gets a pleasant surprise. I told the boys I would buy a bunch of glow sticks that they could pass out at the park where we watch fireworks on July 4th.
And here’s what we’re hoping now: that maybe after reading this, you too will be inspired. If you’ve got a random act of kindness that you’ve recently done or are planning to do, just reblog this post and tell your story - and see how far it’ll go!
They boys and I would really be touched if we could spread a little kindness your way and beyond.

There are just three things I would add to this:
My wife is a far, far kinder person than I am, and my kids are kind because she’s teaching them to be kind. Any kindness I have is because they hug me and it rubs off a little.
My original idea for the library books was to hide slices of cheese.
You should do this and reblog about it because it’s fun and you’ll love yourself a bit more when you do. Doesn’t have to be something huge or earth-shattering. It just has to be kind, which is absurdly simple.

johnettelopuszynskibakes:

A Random Act of Kindness

About a month ago, my friend Christine brought me over this jar of cinnamon because she knows I bake with cinnamon a lot - and she did it just to be nice! I thought about the cinnamon and how I could use it this summer to find a “teachable moment” with my boys. I have always talked about kindness with them, and it’s been one of my goals since they were little to teach them to be kind to other people. I know as a parent, I often second guess myself, but I am truly proud of how kind my boys are to other people.

But I also thought that it would be pretty great if we could use this cinnamon as our little symbol for kindness this summer and we could watch it grow into something bigger. So at dinner tonight, we talked about how Christine brought it to me just because she knows I love to bake. She did this just to be kind. I explained that this was a random act of kindness. Then we talked about what each of us in this family can do to reach out or bring a little happiness to someone else. We had a big brainstorming session, and the boys came up with these ideas:

Drew is spending his own money to buy flowers for someone in the hospital we live near. He wants to drop them off at the information desk and ask a volunteer to give them to someone who needs them.

Jack wants to visit an ice cream stand near our home and pay for someone’s ice cream with his own money.

Sam wants to make a women who lives alone in our neighborhood some cheerful cards throughout the year.

My husband and I came up with some things we thought the boys could relate to. Alan is going to hide some dollar bills in children’s library books and return them to the library so that the next child who checks it out gets a pleasant surprise. I told the boys I would buy a bunch of glow sticks that they could pass out at the park where we watch fireworks on July 4th.

And here’s what we’re hoping now: that maybe after reading this, you too will be inspired. If you’ve got a random act of kindness that you’ve recently done or are planning to do, just reblog this post and tell your story - and see how far it’ll go!

They boys and I would really be touched if we could spread a little kindness your way and beyond.

There are just three things I would add to this:

  1. My wife is a far, far kinder person than I am, and my kids are kind because she’s teaching them to be kind. Any kindness I have is because they hug me and it rubs off a little.
  2. My original idea for the library books was to hide slices of cheese.
  3. You should do this and reblog about it because it’s fun and you’ll love yourself a bit more when you do. Doesn’t have to be something huge or earth-shattering. It just has to be kind, which is absurdly simple.

June 7, 2013
johnettelopuszynskibakes:

Today is National Donut Day! Our grocery store has really cheap donuts, so we’re going to pick some out right now and then we’re going to have a donut picnic in the park. 
I love summer!
(delicious donut picnic GIF by Burbanked [my husband!])

AW YEAH DONUTS
(hope they save six a few for me!)

johnettelopuszynskibakes:

Today is National Donut Day! Our grocery store has really cheap donuts, so we’re going to pick some out right now and then we’re going to have a donut picnic in the park. 

I love summer!

(delicious donut picnic GIF by Burbanked [my husband!])

AW YEAH DONUTS

(hope they save six a few for me!)

May 30, 2013

Anonymous asked: do you like movies?

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May 28, 2013

johnettelopuszynskibakes:

May 27, 2013 - Drew, you may not wear superhero costumes anymore, but you have grown into a real superhero…

Following a weekend eatapaloozafest celebrating my son Drew’s 10th birthday, my wifey has posted a pair of pictures of his Captain America shield-cake that she made, as well as a rather wonderfully-written tribute to his superhero-like personal qualities.

You should hit the link above and read it if you feel like staining your keyboard or mobile device with awestruck tears of humble, grateful joy, as I do.

It’s not pretty to be reduced to blubbering while at one’s desk at work, away from one’s family. But I’m willing to do it on selected* occasions.

*usually between 2:15 - 2:42 each day

May 24, 2013

johnettelopuszynskibakes:

May 19, 2013 - We are having a big Memorial Day family celebration to celebrate Drew’s 10th birthday…

Happy Memorial Day, U.S.-based Tumblr-Pals! Hope everyone has a safe and fun weekend. As my lovely betrothed mentions above, we’re hosting a birthday party for Son #2, and at his party I plan to:

  • Eat seven hotdogs
  • Drink six-point-two cans of sodie pop
  • Cake. Chips and dip. Cake and dip. Chips and cake. Dip and dip.
  • Take any leftovers from that red and blue icing, smear it all over myself to fashion a Superman suit, climb up onto my roof, and recreate moments from the Man of Steel trailer for my family and friends. No need to thank me, Warner Bros.!
  • IT WILL BE EPIC.

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