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Chanukah Waxes On

Here we go: Night #2

Here we go: Night #2

When I look at this photo of my younger son lighting his menorah Sunday night, one thing pops out at me: Wax. Lots and lots of the sticky stuff all over the back of the candelabrum. Obviously, we don’t do a good job cleaning them once Chanukah ends. Talk about your waxy buildup!

Nestling the shamash back in place.

Nestling the shamash back in place.

Maybe we’ll do a better job this year.

But probably not.

The kid loves Cookie Monster!

The kid loves Cookie Monster!

I always like when I can surprise my sons with their gifts. My younger boy didn’t have this warm cap on his list, but I knew he’d want it, because he likes anything warm (he hates being cold). Plus he’s a huge Cookie Monster fan!

Yet another videogame for my older son

Yet another videogame for my older son

Of course, a list is the best way to ensure that you’re giving the kids things they want. My collegian put together a collection of desires from videogames for all our current Nintendo systems  to ones for his and his brother’s hoped-for big present: The new Wii U. As well as a watch, books, and gift cards.

Little bro’s list was smaller, but one item stood out very large: A Pedro Martinez jersey. He didn’t really care which team it was from (the three-time Cy Young Award winner and eight-time all-star played for five of them) . . . but I did! There was no way I was going to allow anything with the words “New York Mets” (aka the sworn enemy of all Cub fans) in my house. No way!

The kid shows his Skyping big bro his gift.

The kid shows his Skyping big bro his gift.

Fortunately, I was able to score a used (but it looks new) Martinez Boston jersey via eBay. Pedro helped the Red Sox win the 2004 World Series.

He likes it!

He likes it!

The kid is a Red Sox fan, making his third-night gift very special. Pat on the back for mom!

The third-night candles are burning low.

The third-night candles are burning low.

So what will tonight bring? One thing’s for sure: Even more wax on the kid’s menorah!

Movie Triple-Header

There are lots of British stars in “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.”

The Mister and I put the old AMC Stubs card through its paces last weekend, as we enjoyed three movies together. Our sons joined us for one of the films . . . let’s see if you can figure out which one (it won’t be hard).

First up was “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” featuring a bunch of wonderful British and Indian actors. Even though there is a love story between two attractive youngsters, Dev Patel (the hotel’s part-owner and manager) and Tena Desae, the flick definitely is skewed towards the older generation. The main cast of Brits are all in their 60s and 70s. There probably wasn’t anyone younger than age 45 in the theater (especially at an early matinee)!

All of these aging Brits are facing retirement, some with little money. All are drawn to (Jaipur) India’s Marigold Hotel, which is misrepresented as almost palatial in its brochure when it’s as rundown as they all are.

Maggie Smith sheds her Professor McGonagall persona.

I especially loved Judi Dench (as always) and Maggie Smith in this movie, which was delightful. You’ll exit the theater smiling.

“Men in Black 3”

1969 and present Agent Ks sandwich Agent J.

Yep, this is the one our sons were anxious to see . . . us, too. We’ve enjoyed the MIB series so far, and we weren’t disappointed by this most-recent effort.

Agent J (Will Smith) travels back in time to 1969 to try to stop Boris the Animal (Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement) from killing his partner, Agent K (a very aged and tired Tommy Lee Jones). J deals with the younger K, amazingly played by Josh Brolin, who nails the future K’s mannerisms.

My only gripe (and it’s a big one) with “MIB 3” is that a subplot involves the hated, hated New York Mets, who overcame my beloved Chicago Cubs’ huge lead, not only winning their division but also the World Series in 1969. No Cub fan needs to be reminded of those dark days.

Otherwise, this is a must-see for MIB fans.

“What to Expect When You’re Expecting”

A bevvy of pretty actresses are expecting babies.

All women who are or have been pregnant know one basic truth: “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” is THE must-read maternity bible. Still, it’s hard to believe that a movie was made based on Heidi Murkoff’s manual.

The just-okay flick follows five couples as they navigate the murky waters of having or adopting a baby. The best character was breastfeeding advocate Wendy, superbly played by Elizabeth Banks, who discovers that it’s tough to feel that elusive pregnancy “glow” when you’re so big that you’re zoned as a condo, and nothing feels normal. I could so relate to her experience . . . times two!

The dudes group, led by Chris Rock, was a nice touch, as the dads bonded with each other and their kids. But overall “What to Expect” is one for the Netflix queue.