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Monday, December 31, 2012

HAPPY NEW YEAR


Happy New Year to everyone!  I hope 2013 brings each of you joy and happiness.  As always I have sat down and written some of my resolutions for the year.  I stole this from a friend of mine’s FaceBook page and thought I would share it with you.  It is a great concept to base your resolutions on.  Make them S.M.A.R.T, specific, meaningful, attainable, relevant and timely.  Basically, don’t resolve to lose 30 pounds in 2 weeks.  I have resolved to remove certain things from my life, everything from certain foods to people.  I think a trip is definitely in order, and this year I am thinking France or at least somewhere in Europe.  I plan on stop being so insane (doing the same thing over and over expecting different results).  I have been doing something for years now and the results are always the same.  It is time to make a change.  Of course I resolve to be better person, get organized, take better control of my finances, lose the weight I’ve gained over the holiday, yada, yada, yada.  Mostly, I want to be a better friend, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin and mother.  I want to see all of the wonderful things I have in my life instead of the things I don’t.  I am blessed in so many ways, and I know this year will have a lot to offer me.  I look forward to what the future holds.
Tonight I will be ringing in the New Year with great friends and family.  Whatever your plans are I hope they are filled with fun and excitement.  

Be safe and have a Happy New Year!!!!!


Saturday, December 29, 2012

Holiday Movies

One of the great things about the holidays is all of the holiday movies!!!!  There have been so many movies that have been released since Thanksgiving.  It all started with the final chapter in the Twilight series Breaking Dawn Part II which in my opinion was awesome.  At the closing credits I got a little teary eyed feeling as if a part of my life was closing with the movie.  I am sure I won’t feel that way when I watch it again on DVD.  Other movies that have been on my list to see are Les Miserables, Life of Pi, The Hobbit, Silver Lining Playbook, Lincoln and that Cirque du Soleil movie.  Since Angel is with her Dad, and I had nothing better to do, I started scratching these movies off my list last night, starting with Les Miserables.  One thing about the majority of these movies is they are long, really long.  My advice is don’t eat or drink anything at least 2 hours before watching them, get there early to get a good seat, sit down and make friends with the people around you because you will be there a while, but hey at least you are getting your $9.00 worth, right?


I have never seen Les Miserables on Broadway so the only thing I had to compare this film to was my failed attempt of the 1998 film starring Liam Neeson, which I couldn’t get through.  Let me say this if you do not like musicals then DO NOT GO SEE THIS MOVIE.  They sing the entire thing!  I love musicals, and I thought the movie was great.  There was an older couple sitting beside me in the theater and about and hour and a half into the movie the husband leaned over and whispered loudly to his wife, “I am going to go get a Snickers bar.”  30 minutes later the wife leaned over to me and said, “Will you watch my stuff I have to go find my husband.”  A few minutes later the husband reappeared without his wife and I told him his wife was looking for him.  His response, “I know.  I just couldn’t take any more of this.  I had to take a break!”  Of course, I was moved during Anne Hathaway’s performance of I Dreamed A Dream but, when I really lost it was when the character Eponine sang On My Own, which is about her being in love with a boy who is in love with someone else.  (I know exactly how that feels.)  Then I really lost it when {SPOILER ALERT} she took a bullet for her love and the two of them sang A Little Fall of Rain and she died in his arms.  BOO HOO!!!   At the end I wanted to stand up and cheer... that it was over.  No really, it was a really good movie.  
Ladies, take a girlfriend or a gay friend because odds are your men aint  gonna like this one.  There is plenty of eye candy in this movie.  I found my favorite, Aaron Tveit

This morning I got up and did some yoga, had a massage and got by butt ready for The Hobbit.  This movie is over 3 hours long if you include all of the previews which I recommend you see, not because they are any good, but because you want to get a good seat.  I can’t imagine having to watch a movie in the front row for 3 hours.  I was really naughty today and put my coat over the seat beside me so no one would sit next to me.  It works out nicely in case you can’t put your feet up on the seat in front of you, then you can stretch out to the side.  This movie was a great start to The Hobbit trilogy.  Yes, just like in Lord of the Rings there will be 3 movies!  I did not know this until the cliff hanger ending and of course I Googled it.  Again, if you are not a Lord of the Rings fan do not waste your 3 hours with this movie.  The one thing I want to know is what kind of makeup are they using to make these actors look so young??????  Where can I buy this?  I have seen Elijah Woods and he does not look that young anymore.  This movie is more of the same little people fighting crazy computer generated monsters and not getting hurt.  What I really don't understand is why don't the eagles that always appear to rescue the heroines, fly them to where they need to go?  If they had done that in the Lord of the Rings it would have only been 1 movie.  If you are not a die-hard fan wait for it to come out on DVD so you can pause for bathroom breaks. 

Speaking of DVD I recently watched the movie The Words on DVD and thought it was pretty good, but then there are no movies that have Ben Barnes in them that I don’t think are great.  The ending was a bit confusing like that of Inception, but still worth the watch at home. 

Tomorrow I think I will scratch another one off my list.  Perhaps one of the shorter ones I don’t think my rear end can take anymore long ones.  

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Merry Christmas


Merry Christmas to everyone!  I can’t believe that it has been almost a month since my last post.  I will admit that I have been a bit uninspired but have still had plenty to write about.  It has been a crazy busy month for me.  Of course getting ready for the holidays, shopping, parties, etc. and my job has been keeping me very busy as well.  Did I mention that I had the flu?  Oh yeah got that while traveling to Phoenix.  NOT FUN!  I do not recommend getting sick in a hotel room.  $14.00 for a glass of orange juice and some really awful chicken soup.  All I wanted was my Mom and a sedative; instead the emergency room gave me some amoxicillin and a pain killer that is 1 degree over Tylenol.  Angel was at her Dad’s which gave me the opportunity to sleep for about 18 hours straight and recuperate before she got home.  I am better now, but that was awful!
I mentioned that I have been uninspired which is true.  I have heard people say that they don’t like the holidays because it makes them sad or they get depressed when Christmas rolls around and I never understood that.  How could anyone be upset during the most wonderful time of the year????  I never understood that until this year.  The holidays can be tough on many people, perhaps they lost a loved one during the year that won’t be there to celebrate with them, they are financially stressed and the thought of buying gifts is overwhelming, or they have no one to share the season with.  I was sad this year because I am still single (this may sound silly to some, but it has been difficult for me).  I try not to write about this part of my life too often, but this is on my heart.  It all started when I got out my Christmas decorations and found the extra stocking hangers that I had bought last year.  Last year after Christmas I went shopping to get some new Christmas decorations at 50% off and found stocking hangers which came in packs of 2.
I remember standing in the store looking at them and thinking in my head, should I buy 1 pack or 2?  Of course 1 pack would be sufficient for Angel and I, but what if I am married this time next year and need another 1 or 2?  So I bought 2 packs because I had an entire year to meet someone who would fall in love with me and Angel and we would all spend Christmas together.  That, obviously, did not happen. 
Yes I know that Christmas is not about me anymore, it is about Angel.  I did everything I could think of to make Christmas magical for her just as I will do every year, but I did spend Christmas Eve crying on the phone with a friend who told me over and over, “You don’t need a man!”  No I don’t need a man, but did you NEED any of the gifts you received this year? Probably not.  I want a man and not just a man, a man that will love me for me and love my sweet Angel.  Then yesterday after a full day of present opening, great food, spending time with my wonderful family it was time for me to take Angel to meet her Dad.  Along the way I saw 4 other families exchanging their children (I guess 3:00pm is the standard time), and I thought how unfortunate for all of these children to have to leave their gifts on Christmas day.  Please don’t get me wrong I am not judging and I am thankful that Angel’s Dad loves her and wants to be with her, but still wouldn't it be nice for us all to be together?  I know in many cases that is not possible, but I would do anything to make possible for us.  I cried the entire way home after dropping her off.  Not only was my house going to be completely empty, but Angel and her Dad had to drive through some awful weather to get to his house.  (In case you have been under a rock the Southeast where we live was hit by severe weather including tornadoes on Christmas Day.)  I watched the Weather Channel until I knew they were safe, hitting my knees praying nothing would happen to them, by God’s hands we are all safe and that is a Christmas blessing. 
I do hope that all of my readers had a wonderful holiday season.  I did, even though I didn't open the 2nd pack of stocking hangers.  I guess there is always next year.