Monday, December 29, 2014

Getting Ready for Auld Lang Syne

It is almost time for "The Ball to Drop" and sing "Auld Lang Syne". I wanted to remember more than the first few lines of the song and stumbled on an article that gave the lyrics and the meaning. It is a lovely song.

As part of my New Year's tradition, I am looking back on what was memorable this year. It has been an eventful year...with a focus on home and family. As part of looking back, I've compiled the most popular posts from 2014.

Thought I'd share them again here. ENJOY!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Have Yourself a Merry Little....


NYC Christmas TreeThis is the week for celebrations! I'm getting excited about our Christmas Day  plans.  We will be traveling to Wilmington to have Christmas with our daughter and her husband.  Can. Not. Wait. 

Last year was special as we were able to spend time with my husband's family in the picturesque Charlottesville. Lisa's house is the epitome of Christmas cheer. In addition to the lovely decor, there are  sweets and treats galore. If she wanted to, Lisa could run a truly lovely Bed and Breakfast. Danielle were on the phone talking about our Christmases in Charlottesville. A Christmas memory that we make every year we are there is yummy white russians or kahlua and cream. I love, love, love them. And I have no will power when where kahlua is concerned. D. and I were laughing that I usually have a few drinks and they taste just like dessert...and embarrassingly, I often end up a little tipsy. It happens so fast, I never expect it! I'm such a lightweight. 

This year we will be at D.'s house. She's talked about cookies and eggnog and I am so excited. 

I'm going to try to savor the last few days we have left of festive lights and good cheer. In case I don't sign on to say "Hello" between now and then....

I hope you have a  Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Getting Into the Holiday Spirit


I've enjoyed lots of blogs sharing favorite yuletide movies and to get into the holiday mood I found myself actually watching a few. Thankfully, the movies I've watched haven't been too sugary sweet.

The first movie I fell into watching was "Dear Santa" (LifeTime). I was drawn in because I was trying to tell if the lead actress was from TV's "Person of Interest". Turns out, yes, she is the same actress. But on "Person of Interest" she's kind of scary/crazy. Though, I think they changed her character as being "for good".  Still...she's kind of dark in that role.

Anywho, her character was not dark in this movie. You could guess that because it was on the Lifetime channel AND the movie is "Dear Santa". But what I did love was that the character was kind of shallow. Not in a "bad" way but in a kind endearingly unaware way, à la "Clueless". 

There is something to be said about focusing on what color scarf you are going to buy without considering if you can afford it. For me, this is a guilty fantasy moment. The movie begins with Crystal (the lead) window shopping. She is looking at a ridiculously expensive party dress  and her biggest worry is if they have it in her size. 

Later, while her new dress is hanging in her closet, Crystal plays a voicemail from her mother that she half listens to. Mom is saying "blah blah...cut off...no more money...blah blah." I loved Crystal's non-reaction. She calls her best friend and says something like, "It looks like I need to get a job. I really have to focus on that." Then she says, with so much more enthusiasm, "Ooh, you know what else I need? I need a latte," and she tells her friend to meet her at their fav. coffee shop. 

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See how great that is? No actual worry...just a passing thought that is equal in value to the thought of having a latte with a friend.

The movie is a fun Christmas story complete with a Christmas miracle or two. So, if you want a 90 minute pick me up...I recommend this one.

Oh, and I threw in my photo of Radio City Music Hall for extra Christmas cheer!