Monday, December 29, 2014

Monday Musings 12/29

Well, this certainly wasn't the vacation we'd planned.  I figured if I was going to get sick, I'd get one of my colds.  Those are doozies, but I can fight through them when I'm sufficiently drugged up.  I'm currently one day 4 of recovery from the flu, but each day I'm getting better and stronger.  If only we could get a do-over.

The first couple days were fun, and I even got some running in at this altitude.  Boulder's lower than Grand Lake at least, and I felt good and loose when I was on the treadmill.  Tuesday I did 25 minutes on the bike and then 1.5 miles on the treadmill Wednesday.

Y'all have any plans for New Year's?  I'm not much of a New Year's person and I'm honestly quite happy for 2014 to end.  I know it's not good to wish away time, but overall, this year has been frustrating.  I did get this furball,


and I wouldn't change that, but there are quite a few things I'd like to not repeat anytime soon.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

The Land of the Living

Oy vey!  This hasn't exactly been the Christmas I wanted.  The last time I posted, we were all healthy (except my dad, who has a cold).  Remember this?


This is the house used for the outdoor shots of Mork and Mindy.  I'm in Boulder, but the last two days, I've been bedridden.  My mom and I got hit with a vicious, fast-acting form of the flu.  My mom got it Christmas Eve, I was felled on Christmas day, and then yesterday I was still a bit of an invalid.  I'm much better today, but I couldn't have gotten much worse.  I'm about 85% today, and my mom and I are going to run errands.  We're re-joining the land of the living.  So much for that flu shot, the CDC released a statement saying this year's crop does nothing to protect against the flu.

Anybody have a good Christmas?  I did get a Running Skirt and a Garmin Forerunner 10.  I figured I was strong enough to push buttons yesterday so I set it up in English, chose miles, and set up my run/walk intervals.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Not-Quite-Monday Musings 2/21

Not quite Monday since I'm traveling tomorrow.  I'm now on break, and this is basically how I feel:



*****

Sunday: lazy day

Monday: rest

Tuesday: Jillian Michaels' corework

Wednesday: PT

Thursday: yoga

Friday: rest

Saturday: 1.75 miles


Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas Traditions

Friday 5 with Eat Pray Run DCMar on the Run and You Signed Up For What?! is Christmas traditions.


I love Christmas traditions, but some of them have fallen by the wayside in the last few years.  The family's living in different places, but we are fortunate enough to spend Christmas together since I have 2 weeks off from work.  Some things are the same, and the familiarity it very nice.

1) Watch Muppet Christmas Carol while putting up my tree on Black Friday.

2) Watch Muppet Christmas Carol on Christmas Eve.  Yes, I watch it twice every year.

3) Champagne toast Christmas Eve.

4) Open presents while still wearing PJs.  I'm going to bring this one back this year since we'll actually be able to have a Christmas morning without having to rush out of the house for a 3-hour drive.

5) Have a standing rib roast for Christmas dinner.  This one's been moved around a bit with family stuff, but we're having it this year on Christmas.  My grandfather and I will probably be at the same end of the table, guarding that roast.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas Movies

Since I knew my post for Christmas TV episodes would be long, I split my favorite Christmas movies into a separate post.


Love Actually - enough said (at least I think so).  I saw this movie in the theater and loved it.  I've watched it every Christmas since.  I love it so much I feel every big ensemble movie that comes out for a holiday are Love Actually wannabes and are nowhere near the quality.

Muppet Christmas Carol - another one I saw in the theater, and got on VHS before graduating to DVD.  It's the first movie the Muppet Studio produced after Jim Henson's death, and it is quite true to the book.  Gonzo and Rizzo serve as the narrators, and Michael Caine is great as Scrooge.

Miracle on 34th Street - the original, in black and white.  It definitely pushes Macy's, but I love the story.  Kris Kringle is hired to be Santa Claus in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, and is maintained as Santa Claus during the holidays.  When the store's psychiatrist has him institutionalized, a lawyer takes on his case to prove he really is Santa Claus.


the Santa Clause - "The Santa Clause: In putting on the suit and entering the sleigh, the wearer waives any and all right to any previous identity, real or implied, and fully accepts the duties and responsibilities of Santa Claus, in perpetuity to which some time the wearer becomes unable to do so, by either accident or design."

the Holiday - two women switch houses (and countries) during the holidays when each needs a break from her life to recharge.  I much prefer the storyline with Kate Winslet and Jack Black, but Jude Law is easy on the eyes :-) It's also got the great Eli Wallach.

the Man Who Came to Dinner - years ago, PBS showed a broadcast of the Broadway play, starring Nathan Lane and Jean Smart.  It's centered around an acerbic radio personality who is housebound in Ohio after slipping on ice on the steps of the same house he's now stuck in.  He proceeds to wreak havoc within the household and also sue the homeowner for the ice.


Elf - in a bit of a spoof or homage to Rudolph, Will Farrell stars as Buddy, a human who climbed into Santa's gift bag as a baby, and was raised as an elf at the north pole.  When Buddy finally finds out he's a human, and where he can find his father, he sets out to New York City, where the spirit of Christmas is suffering in the real world.

a Christmas Carol - Alistair Sim stars as Scrooge, in what I believe is the most loyal adaptation to Dickens's book.  There are a few minor additions, but they add to the storyline, and let me tell you, the Spirit of Christmas Future is quite creepy looking in black and white.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Bookworm Wednesday: the Courtier's Secret

Published in 2009, the Courtier's Secret by Donna Russo Morin came out during a time of Tudor fiction hysteria (in my opinion).  Half the books I read during a 2-year period had something to do with the Tudors, and this one and a couple other books were a breath of fresh air.


France, 1682.  Louis XIV, the Sun King, is at the height of his power, his court dazzles with opulent glory.  For many privileged young women, Versailles is a paradise.  For others, it is a gilded and bejeweled cage.  Jeanne Yvette Mas du Bois is unlike most other courtiers and the flavor of decadence tastes bitter upon her tongue.  Her thirst for knowledge and purpose entices her father's brutal wrath, but her Uncle Jules encourages Jeanne's independence, secretly teaching her the art of the sword in the palace's labyrinthine basement...

When two of the king's Musketeers are beset by criminals who are mere feet from Jeanne's fencing lesson, she intervenes, saving one of the Musketeers' lives.  Hidden behind her mask, Jeanne is mistaken for a man.  As "Jean Luc," Jeanne is admitted to an inner circle where she learns of an assassination plot against the Queen.  As Jean Luc, she is permitted to bring her intelligence and swordsmanship to bear.  And as Jean Luc, she is free to love the mean of her choosing... even if she can never have him.  Now, with the Queen in jeopardy, and her own double life making her privy to the tangled intrigues at court, Jeanne is in a powerful - yet increasingly perilous - position.

When I discovered this book, I hadn't really found any fiction set in France during the reign of Louis XIV.  The details in the book bring Versailles to life, and research obviously went into finding out what the courtiers' lives were like, the fashion that was in, and what it takes to fence.

Jeanne herself is spirited, yet her spirit clashes with her father, who is trying to gain prestige with the King and fears she will embarrass the family.  She is very much a 21st-century woman but her surroundings dictate she be a simpering female.  I'm drawn to books with strong heroines, and this one is no exception.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Running Year in Review

TOTR with  April, Patty, and Erika.

Today's post will be my recap of the year.  I had a rough year thanks to my injury, but I'll recap nonetheless.  I'll be on vacation after this week and posts will be spotty.

1) WDW Half marathon.  I crossed the starting line and finish line.  Was it a good idea?  No, but I'm beyond stubborn, and that's an understatement.  I wanted that bling.


This was my slowest half to date since I walked it, but dammit I got that medal!

2) Renamed the blog.  It was a name I thought of after initially publishing my blog under the old name, and I kept going back and forth with the name change.  I finally committed so I could talk more about non-running stuff.

3) Cortisone shot.  That wasn't fun, and it didn't work, but I got prescribed PT sessions and a recommendation for Airrosti.  50/50 if you ask me.

4) PT sessions.  I was told I was in the wrong shoes (despite being fitted for neutral shoes the previous summer).  I bought a pair of Brooks support shoes since I'm still staying clear of ASICS.  They made me mad last year, and I don't forget.

5) Airrosti.  Thankfully I went to this place.  After 6 sessions, I've been able to run pain free, but I still have to be careful.  I'm at 2 miles, done twice, pain free.  Building will continue next year.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Monday Musings 12/15

Ever watched a food movie and then had an intense craving for the food they were cooking in that movie?  Last weekend I got Chef through Netflix and when the movie was over, I had a craving for a Cuban sandwich.  But I live in Dallas, so what's a girl to do?  Actually, turn to Yelp and discover there's a Cuban cafe in the town I live in, so I got my Cuban sandwich :-)

This Sunday I actually decided to take an extra rest day.  I've been feeling run down with the final push until Christmas break, so instead of doing my usual weight lifting, I watched the broadcast of the Dallas Marathon, snuggled with Allie, then proceeded to veg for the rest of the day.  I wrapped up weekend errands before parking myself on the couch.


It's easy to veg when this girl wants to snuggle most of the day.  She even put me to sleep at one point before lunch.  It was fun watching the Dallas Marathon on TV, and I saw Ryan Hall pace his wife Sara to a PR half marathon finish.  It was nice to have the race back after an ice storm cancelled the race last year.  Trust me, Dallas cannot deal with cold weather at all so it was nice to be able to go outside and do stuff with clear roads this weekend.

*****

Sunday: strength training

Monday: rest

Tuesday: 1.5 miles

Wednesday: PT

Thursday: yoga

Friday: rest

Saturday: 2 miles

Friday, December 12, 2014

Winter Activities

Today's Friday Five is favorite winter activities but let's be honest, winter and me just don't mix.  We just don't.  I get cold and cranky and I just want to be inside.

Source
 I know those activities can be fun, but I'd rather be inside with a cup of hot chocolate and a good book.  But just for fun, here are some pictures I took when the family took snowboarding lessons back in 2005 at Winter Park.





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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas Specials

Similar to my favorite Thanksgiving episodes, I'm having fun trucking through my favorite Christmas episodes on DVD.  There a lot more Christmas episodes so I'll post a separate write-up about my favorite Christmas movies.

Frasier:
Frasier Grinch
Perspectives on Christmas
Merry Christmas Mrs. Moskowitz

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer



Big Ban Theory:
the Bath Item Gift Hypothesis
the Maternal Congruence
the Santa Simulation

the Bob Newhart Show:
I'm Dreaming of a Slight Christmas

a Charlie Brown Christmas

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Mickey's Christmas Carol


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Bookworm Wednesday: India Black

Another first book in a series, India Black by Carol K Carr.


When Sir Archibald Latham of the War Office dies from a heart attack while visiting her brothel, Madam India Black is unexpectedly thrust into a deadly game between Russian and British agents who are seeking the military secrets Latham carried.

Blackmailed into recovering the missing documents by the British spy known as French, India finds herself dodging Russian agents-and the attraction she starts to feel for the handsome conspirator.

Who would've thought to write a mystery series whose protagonist is a Madam?  It is certainly a different approach from other books I've read.  I read a series that focuses on the aristocracy, I've read books that have the police as protagonists, but never a Madam.  It's certainly a different prospective, and the author does a really good job at providing descriptions of the environment, but nothing that is NSFW.

What I really like about these books is the narration is in first person, so we're in India's head.  It has her tone of speech and blunt personality.  A madam would not have the grace and poise of someone raised in the aristocracy, and India offers no apology for what she does or what she thinks.  Her type of thinking is do it and apologize for it later.

This is the first book in the series.  The other books are India Black and the Widow of Windsor, India Black and the Shadows of Anarchy, and India Black and the Gentleman Thief.  There are also two novellas, India Black and the Rajah's Ruby and India Black and the City of Light.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

My Bling

Tuesdays on the Run with with April, Patty, and Erika.  Today's topic is "show us your bling."  Here's my bling, and I use an Allied Medal Display that I ordered last year.

It's not hung crooked, I just couldn't get the phone straight :-p
Since I've been sidelined for quite a while, the display is not overflowing yet.  Allied Medal sells the display bars by themselves, so I can just add them on if I need to.  It was easy to hang and since the nails included were small, I didn't need the other stuff it came with.  Those just would've poked a bigger hole in my wall that I would need to repair when I move out.

All of them hold a story, but my favorite is the Princess medal.  That was my first half and I had all the firsts during that race.  I thought I would cry when I crossed the finish line, but I somehow kept it together.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Monday Musings 12/8

I found my new favorite dessert, and I have to learn to make these.  I went to the Allen Americans game last night and Rockey Mountain Chocolate Factory has a small kiosk where they sell goodies, including these:


Apples covered in caramel covered in pecans.  I can't tell y'all how good this is.  They use Granny Smith's, which is perfect to hold up with the caramel and pecans.  I cannot have this every day, but at least I can fool myself into thinking this is healthy :-p

*****

Sunday: strength training

Monday: rest

Tuesday: Jillian Michaels core work

Wednesday: PT

Thursday: yoga

Friday: rest

Saturday: 1.25 miles, 4/1 interval

Friday, December 5, 2014

Christmas Favorites

Friday Five with Eat Pray Run DCMar on the Run and You Signed Up For What?!


Today's theme is favorites.  That leaves the door open for just about anything, so here goes:

1) If you're a regular reader, you know I busted out the Christmas music before Thanksgiving this year.  It was 20 degrees when I drove into work that day, and it just felt right to put on Holly Jolly Christmas.  Now I can listen to it whenever I want.

2) Christmas shows: the local channels are showing Charlie Brown and Rudolph, and other movies.  Since I have those on DVD, I use those and skip the TV commercials.  I grew up on a recorded VHS from a TV Charlie Brown, and it wasn't until I got the DVD when I realized some small segments were cut for time.

3) Speaking of which, anybody busted out Christmas movies yet?  I watched Muppet Christmas Carol last Friday and am waiting on the original Miracle on 34th Street from Netflix.  After that of course is Love Actually, another Christmas Carol (well two when you count Mickey's version), and the Holiday.  As I mentioned last year, I can't stand It's a Wonderful Life, and I found some coworkers who feel the same way I do about it.  George Bailey just whines throughout the whole movie.

4) Since it's Christmas, I can wear my candy cane charm from Tiffany's.  Today I'm wearing that, snowflake earrings, and I'm wearing a short sleeve shirt at work.  Thank you Texas.

5) If anyone was guessing a week before the tree came down, y'all would be correct.  Allie knocked it over a little before 5am this morning.  It's standing again, so we're onto round 2.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Christmas By Allie

It's almost been a week and by some miracle, my tree is still standing.







I don't know how much longer it's going to last.  She's also been in the tree but I haven't gotten a picture of that yet.  She sees the camera and jumps down.


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Bookworm Wednesday?

I'm thinking of a new theme for Wednesdays because I seem to be out of travel pictures to post!  My parents have physical pictures of trips we took when I was a kid, but I've posted all the digital ones and have run out of destinations!  I'm hoping this new theme will hold me a while because I LOVE to read.  Whether it's historical novels or mysteries, you'll usually find my nose in a book if there's nothing worth watching on TV.  I seriously need a monthly Amazon budget just for books.  I'll feature books here, and you can find them listed on my Bookshelf page as well.

First up, I'll review my most recent read, the Anatomist's Wife by Anna Lee Huber.  This is a new-to-me mystery series and I quite enjoyed it.  I did call the whodunit about halfway through, but it was still interesting to see the motive and how it unfolded.


Synopsis:

Scotland, 1830. Following the death of her husband, Lady Darby has taken refuge at her sister's estate, finding solace in her passion for painting. But when her hosts throw a house party for the cream of London society, Kiera is unable to hide from the ire of those who believe her to be as unnatural as her husband, an anatomist who used her artistic talents to suit his own macabre purposes.

Kiera wants to put her past aside, but when one of the house guests is murdered, her brother-in-law asks her to utilize her knowledge of human anatomy to aid the insufferable Sebastian Gage--a fellow guest with some experience as an inquiry agent. While Gage is clearly more competent than she first assumed, Kiera isn't about to let her guard down as accusations and rumors swirl.

When Kiera and Gage's search leads them to even more gruesome discoveries, a series of disturbing notes urges Lady Darby to give up the inquiry. But Kiera is determined to both protect her family and prove her innocence, even as she risks becoming the next victim...

I found the book is easy to read, I like the characters, and it's a different setting than most UK historical mysteries.  This one takes place in Scotland, while most UK mysteries I've read take place either in London or the English countryside.  The main theme is Lady Darby's late husband cut up bodies to try to create a manual for physicians, and the subject of that, even in the 19th century, was still taboo.  The subject basically hovers over Lady Darby the entire time.  Nothing gruesome, that can't be found in other mysteries, but society frowned on that kind of stuff.

There are 2 more books published in this series and I'm trying to be good and space them out.  I have a tendency to rush out and buy all the books in a series I like, so I'm trying to read other series to make this one last.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Healthy Over Thanksgiving

Another Tuesday on the Run, with April, Patty, and Erika.


Staying healthy over Thanksgiving can be daunting, especially if you're traveling.  I stayed in DFW and was able to keep up with my normal schedule, though I did swap yoga from Thursday to Friday.  I did 2 miles (!) on Saturday and then strength training Sunday.  I always try not to indulge too much on Thanksgiving, but this year there was so much good food, I had two helpings, and barely had a dinner.  I did come home with leftovers, but I had those for dinner Friday.

Dinner?  Well, it was two pieces of toast with peanut butter.  I didn't feel hungry, but I knew I'd need something so I wasn't starving when I woke up Friday morning.  I was on break, so no need for an alarm, and if I woke up early, I could go back to bed after feeding Allie.  Trust me, if the cat knows you're awake, you won't get any rest until they're fed.

We do have a number of turkey trots in DFW, especially the YMCA Turkey Trot.  That one I think has 40,000 runners.  I'm not up to 3 miles yet, only 2, but those 2 miles were painfree!  For the first time since pre-March 2013!  Of course I'd love to be at 3 miles, but I'm not there yet, and I'm not gonna make my December goal race :(

And just for fun, here's what it's like having a Christmas tree with a cat.  I am waging this very battle.


Monday, December 1, 2014

Weekend Wrap-Up

Whew!  Did you miss me :-p  I took all 4 days of Thanksgiving break off from blogging.  Thanksgiving Day itself was nice and relaxing while I spent it with friends.  2 of my friends host the "orphans" in the group - those of us whose parents are out of state.  My parents did offer to fly me up to Denver, but I'm a nervous flier and I hate airports.  It's a recipe for disaster if someone wants me to fly the day before Thanksgiving.  I did not do any workouts on Thanksgiving itself, save some core work.  I did core work to try to make up for the food I was going to eat.


I made 2 desserts for Thanksgiving, pecan tassies (which were a huge hit!) and a peach and raspberry crisp.  I even brought ice cream to go with the crisp, and that's what I really have left, just the ice cream.  I had two rounds of the food, one with sides and turkey, and the second with additional potatoes and then some ham.  It was enough that the only thing I had for dinner was two pieces of toast with peanut butter.





Friday I did yoga, and the rest of the weekend was back on my normal schedule.  Friday I put up the tree, with some feline help, and I watched Muppet Christmas Carol.  I'll watch it again Christmas Eve.  I only put up the softer ornaments since this is my first Christmas with Allie.  I've already had to move some ornaments to higher ground, and I've had to tell her to stop eating the branches.  I haven't put up the breakable ornaments yet, and I probably won't.  With all the soft ornaments cowering on the top half of the tree, there's no safe zone for the breakables.  I'll need to get something for work since those ornaments are great and I want to have them out.


Then I met up with friends for a painting class Friday night.  The place we go to, Carefree Colors, is different from Painting with a Twist, because each person can paint their own choice.  I like that instead of being told what to paint.  They will help us with chalk outlines, but we can change colors from the template we chose, or we can bring in our own template.

Now that Thanksgiving is past us, I have 3 work weeks until Christmas break, and I'll be pretty busy during that time.  It's amazing there's only one month left of 2014.

*****

Sunday: strength training

Monday: rest

Tuesday: 1.25 miles

Wednesday: PT

Thursday: Thanksgiving

Friday: yoga

Saturday 2 miles!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Top Thanksgiving Episodes

It's always fun to watch TV episodes centered around Thanksgiving.  I know this list only covers what I watch, and there are many others on shows I didn't watch when they were on, or don't watch current shows.  This is my version of Friday 5 since I'll take a 4-day vacation from blogging.

WKRP Cinncinati "Turkeys Away" - the radio station owner is bored and comes up with a Thanksgiving promotion.

the Bob Newhart Show "Over the River and Through the Woods" - Emily is away in Seattle and Bob spends Thanksgiving with the guys.

Everybody Loves Raymond "No Fat" - Marie's high cholesterol gives her a health scare and she decides to make a meatless Thanksgiving meal.


Frasier "A Lilith Thanksgiving" - Frasier and Lilith must interview for Frederick's private school application.  Niles is stuck cooking the turkey.

New Girl - all of them.  There are 4 Thanksgiving episodes.  1) the group discovers their neighbor has died, 2) Jess tries to get her parents back together (Rob Reiner and Jamie Lee Curtis), 3) the group goes camping and Jess ends up in the hospital, 4) everyone brings a date for another person in the group

Northern Exposure "Thanksgiving" - The Indians in Cicely celebrate by throwing tomatoes at white people, Joel learns he must serve another year on his contract, and Chris reminisces about the Thanksgivings he had while in prison.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A Runner's Gift List

TOTR with April, Patty, and Erika.


This year I don't have as much running gear on my Christmas list as I have in the past.  Sure, I've got gift cards on the list, but the only specific thing I have on the list is another Running Skirt.  Since I'm slowly easing my way back into running, I don't need anything new, but that Running Skirt caught my attention months ago.  It might've been the first item on my list.

I'm trying to get more color in my wardrobe other than the obvious gray and black running bottoms.  I've already got 4 Running Skirts and I love them!


I know for my birthday, I'll ask for the Garmin I've been looking at.  I've seen good reviews about Garmin, so that's the brand I've chosen.

In the past, I've also asked for Sweaty Bands.  I've had issues in the past to find something that could corral my hair and keep it out of my face.  It wasn't until I discovered Sweaty Bands that I actually found success.  Pre-wrap always failed, and regular headbands hurt my head.  I've got a number of Sweaty Bands in my inventory, and I use them all the time.


Last year, I gave GUs as stocking stuffers.  I knew they'd be used, so why not?  GUs, chews, body glide, anything small can be perfect for stocking stuffers if you have a runner in the family :)

Monday, November 24, 2014

Monday Musings 11/24

I know Halloween races are over, but post-Halloween is normally the time I get ideas for running costumes.  Too bad I'm awful at executing ideas.  Needle and thread?  Hahahaha!  I can cook and bake but I have no skills when it comes to sewing.  If anyone wants some running costume ideas, here's my list:

Hoop Dee Doo Review.  Google the characters, you'll see some great costume inspiration.

The Sanderson Sisters.  Seriously, I can't believe I haven't seen this idea in any of the rD videos.  You'd need 3, of course, but just think of the fun.  This one hit my brain because of the talk of a sequel.  I don't know how they'd do a sequel because the ending of Hocus Pocus seems pretty final.

The Princess Bride.  Think about it, how fun would it be?  Buttercup, Westley, Humperdink, Count Rugen, Inigo, Fezzik, and even Miracle Max and Valerie.  Maybe even the Impressive Clergyman.

*****

Sunday: bike 30 minutes

Monday: rest

Tuesday: 1.50 miles

Wednesday: PT

Thursday: yoga

Friday: rest

Saturday: 1.75 miles

Friday, November 21, 2014

Favorite Fall Foods

Fall means getting out more complex dinners that take more time to cook.  Since it's not hotter than Hades anymore, I don't mind cooking more.  Most of these are one-pot meals, which makes clean up so much easier.  In do particular order:

1) Turkey chili - this one is a new one for me this year but I loved it!


2) Tortilla soup - A must during the cold weather in fall and winter.

3) Cheddar corn chowder - with bacon, 'nuff said

4) Skillet rosemary chicken - I do not use a skillet, I use a Dutch oven to cook the chicken and then throw in the rest of the ingredients

5) Boeuf bourguignon - I cut out the bread base and do some other adjustments, but another great Dutch oven meal.


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Thursday, November 20, 2014

I Don't Feel Guilty

It was COLD COLD COLD last week and I broke out the Christmas music.  I figured the weather matched Christmas so why not?  I usually wait until after Thanksgiving when I'm putting up my tree, but I changed it up this year.  I'll still wait till Black Friday to put up my tree, but I've listened to my Christmas playlist already, in the car, and while working out.

Those are some good songs to workout to, but of course, I have other favorites.  I actually have 3 Christmas playlists.  One for working out, one just for the Nutcracker, and the other for all the ones I love.  Here's a slice of what's on that big list.

Muppet Christmas Carol - a must!  I saw it in theaters and watch it every year, when I'm putting up the tree, and on Christmas Eve.


The Grinch Who Stole Christmas - I found the entire movie, soundtrack style, on iTunes.


Raffi's Christmas Album - this comes from my childhood, and there's only one song, Petit Papa Noel.  I don't speak French but I love his singing and the music on this song.


A Coral Reefer Christmas - one song is on my workout list but I have the whole album.


Nat King Cole - he's another singer I could listen to all day long.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Where in the World: Submarine Voyage

I'm switching things up a little bit and going with a theme park attraction.  Why?  For my family, this ride is tied to the Little Mermaid.  The Little Mermaid just turned 25 years old, and I'm feeling old.  It hit theaters Nov. 17, 1989, when I was four, and a couple months later, my parents took me to Disneyland for the first time.  What happens when Mermaid is on the brain and you take a darling 4-year-old on a Disney submarine ride?  She looks for Ariel the entire ride, and provides the submarine with an impromptu script, all by herself.

The ride itself was closed in 1998, and later refurbished with a Finding Nemo theme.

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