April 16, 2010
My husband and I had a rare night without our son Teddy. I dropped Teddy off at my mom's house and then met Pete (hubby) in Brooklyn at a Dr's appointment. This is where my short version of Date Night started. I found a great parking spot and was walking up the block. I felt good, my hair was newly straightened, I like the jeans I was wearing and it was beautiful out. Halfway up the block I turned around to lock the car and freaked out. WHERE WERE THE KEYS? In the car of course, locked safe and sound, where else would they be? My husband had called me two seconds before I was about to leave the car and that was enough to distract me. I had to call him, he came down and we kind of just looked at each other. This is where it could have gotten ugly. I could have blamed him for distracting me, he totally could have blamed me for locking the keys in the car (I mean, I did), I could have brought up the time he locked the keys in the car while it was still running (1 week before our wedding). But no, we laughed and two quick checks on the Blackberry (I love my Blackberry) I called Geico and found out that this was indeed a covered service. So we went back in, waited for the appointment, and then met the fantastic mechanic who came to save the day. We were lucky. Phil and Claire Foster were not that lucky--it seems they were luckier.
Steve Carrell and Tina Fey star in Date Night as, you guessed it, Phil and Claire Foster. They are comfortably married, predictably boring and complacently happy. They have the requisite two movie children who wake them up at 5:40 am every morning, friends who are separating (a surprising cameo by Mark Ruffalo--one of the first surprising cameos) and date nights in the same place every week where they make up narratives about the people around them. Then one fateful night they go into the city and I guess it pushes them to their limits.
The thing is Steve Carrell and Tina Fey act married. At least movie married. They are totally on each other's team. You can sense the chemistry and the fun they had making this movie. It seems that Tina Fey can seriously crack up Steve Carrell and he kind of looks at her with a respectful type of wonder throughout the movie, it was sweet. The plot in a nutshell is they go into the city to an uber trendy restaurant, pretend they are someone else and then get into a huge amount of trouble. The Fosters use their wit and guile and a lot of help from a fantastically un-shirted Mark Wahlberg, and get out of the trouble.
It is the fun they are having onscreen that really translates into the fun you will have when you see it. The humor flows freely through most of the movie in varying degrees. There are times when you will smirk, chuckle and knowingly smile and there WILL be times when you laugh so hard that you slap your leg and the people in front of you tell you to be quiet (they were about 16--they just didn't get it). While Tina Fey and Steve Carrell are great, it is the surprise cameos and co-stars that really make this movie a multi-layered, well thought out escapade. It's nothing groundbreaking but it is well worth an evening with your favorite date.
Staten Island North's Only Weekly Events Newsletter
Hi there! After a few stops and starts and some emails that got away before I knew what to do with them, I would like to officially welcome you to the (drumroll please) Staten Island North Macaroni Kid Weekly Newsletter. Staten Island's only weekly events newsletter highlighting events for children--infant to teens--on and off the island.
This is a brand new venture for me and I am already having fun with it. I now have the perfect reason to strike up a conversation with random moms and dads--not that I really needed an excuse before, but it helps. I am also getting to know the Island's event planners at places like Clay Pit Ponds Park State Preserve and owners of establishments such as JW Tumbles--both on the south shore. The best part is my son Teddy and I get to meet all of the adorable kids that call our Island home.
Over the course of the Spring I will be starting to grow the newsletter into a place where Island Moms and Dads can turn to to find the very latest news on what is happening on the island (and slightly off of it as well). I will also be hosting a Parent's Forum where you can chime in on a variety of topics from Potty Training to Getting Ready for the Prom (It's coming up!) as well as a Macaroni Kid Blog where I can air out some Dirty Laundry or at the very least get some good venting done. There will also be contests, product/movie/book/toy/school reviews and many more.
I hope you will like what you see and if you do please do not hesitate to forward it to a friend. If you would also like to post an event, please email me at [email protected]. Otherwise have a great time exploring the island this Spring and get out there and meet some new friends!
Nanine Iengo Blomstrom
Where: 700 Rockland Avenue at Brielle AvenueWhen: 10:00 AMWho: Willowbrook Park and PlaNYCHow: Pre-Registration is required and children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.Cost: FreeFor more info: For more information, or to register, call (718) 667-2165 or email [email protected].
Where: Tompkinsville Park @ Bay Street and Victory Blvd.When: 12:00 PM - 9:00 PMWho: Sponsored by the Everything Goes Book Store/Cafe and supported in part by Partnerships for ParksHow: Open to the Public and appropriate for all ages.Cost: FreeFor more info: www.stgeorgedaysi.org
Where: Starting at the Staten Island Mall's Parking lot on the Richmond Avenue side of Macy's.When: 8:00 AM (Walk starts at 9:00 am)Who: March of DimesHow: Sign up to walk or donate at www.marchforbabies.orgCost: Donations are encouragedFor more info: www.marchforbabies.org or call the Staten Island chapter at 718-981-3000
Where: 1617 Richmond RoadWhen: 10:30 AMWho: Dongan Hills LibraryHow: Pre-Registration is required.Cost: Free.For more info: Call 718-351-1444 to register.
Where: 75 Bennett StreetWhen: 3:00 PMWho: Port Richmond LibraryHow: Pre-Registration is required.Cost: FreeFor more info: www.nypl.org or call (718) 442-0158
Where: 2 Hylan BoulevardWhen: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (You MUST pre-register!!!)Who: Alice Austen House MuseumHow: You MUST pre-registerCost: $100 for four sessionsFor more info: Please call Sara Signorelli at 718-816-4506 extension 10. Remember you MUST pre-register!!! Dates may be subject to change.
Where: 83 Nielsen Avenue
State Island, 10309When: 10:00 AM (Call for different programs)Who: Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve.How: Call for specific start timesCost: FreeFor more info: 718-605-3970 or online at http://nysparks.state.ny.us/parks
Where: 614 Broadway Staten Island 10310When: 1:30 PMWho: Staten Island ZooHow: Registration is in personCost: FreeFor more info: Call 718-442-3101 or online at www.statenislandzoo.org
Where: 222 Poillon Avenue, Staten Island 10312When: 2:00 PMWho: Blue Heron ParkHow: Call to registerCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 967-3542 www.preserve2.org
Where: Richmondtown Library 200 Clarke Avenue Staten Island 10306When: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PMWho: S.I. OutLOUD: A Community Dialogue and Performance ProjectHow: Pre-RegisterCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 668-0413 www.nypl.org
Where: 83 Nielsen Avenue Staten Island 10309When: 2:00 PMWho: Clay Pit Ponds State Park PreserveHow: Pre-Registration is necessary.Cost: FreeFor more info: 718-605-3970 or online at http://nysparks.state.ny.us/parks
Where: 210 New York Avenue Staten Island, 10305When: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PMWho: Fort Wadsworth Visiting Center, GNRAHow: Call for more info or just come on byCost: FREEFor more info: (718) 354-4500
Where: Clove Lakes Park Playground at Clove Road and Victory Blvd.When: 2:00 PM (Subject to change so please call a day before)Who: Urban Park RangersHow: Call ahead to confirm times.Cost: FreeFor more info: 718-967-3542 or go to http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2010/04/18/arbor-day-celebration
Where: 75 Bennett Street Staten Island, 10302When: 4:00 PMWho: Port Richmond LibraryHow: Pre-Registration is required.Cost: FreeFor more info: (718) 442-0158
Where: 21-25 Robin Lane Staten Island 10305When: 4:00 PMWho: Hosted by the South Beach LibraryHow: Pre-registration is requiredCost: FreeFor more info: 718-816 5836 or http://www.cerealism.com
Where: 2550 Victory Boulevard Staten Island, 10314When: 10:30 AMWho: Todt Hill-Westerleigh LibraryHow: Pre-Registration is required and an adult must accompany their pre-schooler.Cost: FreeFor more info: (718) 494-1642 or www.nypl.org
Where: 7430 Amboy Road Staten Island 10307When: 2:30 PMWho: Tottenville LibraryHow: Call to see if Pre-Registration is required.Cost: FreeFor more info: http://www.nypl.org/locations/tottenville or call us at 718-984-0495
Where: 2351 Veteran's Road West
Staten Island, 10309When: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PMWho: Clay Pit Ponds State ParkHow: Call to check timesCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 967-1976
Where: 2351 Veteran's Road West Staten Island 10309When: 2:30 PM - 4:00 PMWho: Clay Pit Pond State PreserveHow: Pre-Registration is required, this is not a Drop off Program, adults must accompany their child.Cost: $5 donation for materials in the form a check payable to "Natural Heritage Trust"For more info: (718) 967-1976
Where: 1617 Richmond Road Staten Island, 10304When: 4:00 PMWho: Dongan Hills LibraryHow: Pre-Registration is advisedCost: FreeFor more info: 718-351-1444
Where: 200 Clarke Avenue (at Amber St.)
Staten Island 10306When: 4:00 PMWho: Richmondtown LibraryHow: Pre-Registration is required.Cost: FreeFor more info: (718) 668-0413
Where: 309 New Dorp Lane
Staten Island 10306When: 4:00 PMWho: New Dorp LibraryHow: Pre-registration is requiredCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 351-2977 or www.nypl.org
Where: 830 Huguenot Avenue (at Drumgoole Rd., East)
Staten Island 10312When: 10:30 AMWho: Huguenot Park LibraryHow: Pre-Registration is requiredCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 984-4636 or www.nypl.org
Where: 614 Broadway Staten Island, 10310When: 10:30 AM - 4:00 PMWho: Staten Island ZooHow: Pre-Registration is not needed.Cost: Included in regular admission price which is: $8.00 for adults (15 and over), $6.00 for Seniors (60 and over), $5.00 for children (3-14) and free for children under 3 years of age and for all membersFor more info: 718-442-3100 or www.statenislandzoo.org
Where: Richmond Road and Arthur Kill Avenue, Staten Island 10306When: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PMWho: Historic RichmondtownHow: Adults will receive a chili tasting kit with paid admission to our site.Cost: $8 for adults $7 for SIHS members $5 for students 17 yrs. and under (student ID required) Children under 48 inches are freeFor more info: Please call 718.351.1611, ext. 236.
Where: 3080 Arthur Kill Road
Staten Island, 10309When: 7:00 AM - 8:00 AMHow: Please call to register.Cost: FreeFor more info: 718-948-4800
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