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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

A Lazy Crazy Hodgepodge







Hello, dear friends.  The above picture says it all when it comes to how I am feeling this morning.  It is snowing like crazy outside as I type this dressed to the nines in my PJs.  At some point, I will have to talk myself into standing up and walking over to the coffee machine to refill my cup.

That'll be my cardio for the day.

If it's Wednesday, it's time for Hodgepodge.














1. What keeps you blogging?


Besides the seven-figure income?
















I would have to say that the wonderful ladies that I have met along the way inspire me to keep blogging.



2. Some people like to travel in the winter months. Do you enjoy the beach in winter? According to Southern Living the best U.S. beach towns to visit this winter are-

St Simons Island (Georgia), Hilton Head (South Carolina), Bald Head Island (North Carolina), Seaside (Florida), Bay St. Louis (Mississippi), Cape San Blas (Florida), South Padre Island (Texas), Folly Beach (South Carolina), Chincoteague (Virginia), Duck Key (Florida), Nags Head (North Carolina), and Fairhope (Alabama)

Have you been to any of the towns listed (in any season)? Which on the list appeals to you most this winter?




I have not been to any of those towns mentioned.  My first choice would be Fairhope because then I could meet one of my favorite bloggers, Leslie Anne and take in all the sights in the beautiful town of Fairhope.

  


3. What's a song you're embarrassed to know all the lyrics to? 




Years ago, my girls would always blast the song "Don't You Wish Your Girlfriend Was Hot Like Me" whenever it would come on the radio, and I would sing right along.  My crazy girls surprised me by installing that catchy tune on my phone as my ringtone.



Are you really embarrassed or do just think you should be?



Knowing the words to the song was not the embarrassing part.  That part came along when my Doctor was knee-deep into my annual exam, and my phone rang.  And rang.  And rang.

I don't know who was more embarrassed... the Doctor or me.




4. When you were a kid what's something you thought would be fantastic as an adult, but now that you're an adult you realize it's not all that fantastic?




Driving.



5. Share a quote you hope will inspire you in 2018.




It's better than last year's quote....





6. Insert your own random thought here.




If you think that I watch TV 24 hours a day, you are pretty close to correct.  Just goes to show you that everyone's an expert at something.   

If you appreciate breathtaking cinematography of the English countryside, mouthwatering food, and enjoy an intriguing storyline, Delicious should be on your menu.  It is on Acorn and is only four episodes long.  Perfect for the commitment-phobe. 

You can find a taste of my new favorite show du jour here.
 


Until next time...








Sunday, January 14, 2018

Movie Reviews & Other News




Hello, dear friends.  Happy National Dress Up Your Pet Day!  I am sure you are not at home reading this, but instead out celebrating this auspicious holiday.

As I perused my social calendar, I realized that I have some great TV to look forward to in the next couple of weeks.  When you are housebound due to bone-chilling temps such as myself, this is sweet news to your ears.

We begin with my somewhat razor-sharp movie reviews.  






Wow.  Molly's Game is a good one.  The film is based on the true story of Molly Bloom, a former Olympic skier.  After retiring, she starts her own high stakes poker game.  The players are billionaires and famous movie stars.  Jessica Chastain gave her usual stellar performance, and the story is nothing less than fascinating.



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Spielberg, Streep, and Hanks.  How could they miss?  Both actors gave their usual stellar performances.  Spielberg took a semi-complicated plot and weaved it into a provocative story.

Between you and me, I thought Meryl stole the show.
I smell Oscar! 




Murder on the Orient Express meets Taken.  I give it a C, and the Mister gives it an A-. 

Sidenote:  During the film, the Mister sweetly whispered into my ear that he decided to skip the train tomorrow and opted to drive to work instead.




I really enjoyed the first season of Divorce.  David Haden Church is magnificent as the sympathetic, somewhat goofy ex-husband of SJP.  Molly Shannon brings her A game with her comic timing and delivery of the well-written lines.

The second season of Divorce begins tonight on HBO.  If you don't have HBO, or you are out painting the town with your dressed up pet, you can watch the first episode for free here.  
Just tell them Katie sent you.

Side note: The Mister is always on his best behavior when he sees Divorce is on my watch list.  Probably because I told him that it is an instructional video.






Anna, from Downton, steps up and takes the lead role in this psychological thriller.  The Mister and I finished watching Liar last week.  The 6-episode series kept us on the edge of our seats.  

We took advantage of the free week trial that Sundance TV offers.
If you're looking for a series to binge watch, this one should be on the top of your list.





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I love David Letterman and his new talk show on Netflix features 5-star guests.  We watched his insightful and entertaining interview with President Obama last night. 

No question about it, Letterman has not lost his touch.
But I wish he'd lose the beard.




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I'm going to tell you a secret.  I enjoy Grace and Frankie tremendously.  But the real hook that draws me in is the gorgeous beach house and Jane's wardrobe.

The fun begins on January 19th on Netflix.





This show goes under the heading of now I've heard everything.  Before you watch this whodunit, you have the option of downloading the accompanying app that allows the viewer to choose different narratives in order to solve the crime.  
It seems like too much work to me.

One of my favorites, Beau Bridges and the Mister's favorite, Sharon Stone star in this one, so everyone's happy.



Too bad Sharon let herself go. 

Mosaic begins on January 22nd on HBO.





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Call the Midwife is coming back next Sunday!  I positively adore this show.  You might even consider me to be a bit of a stalker.  I follow the stars on Instagram.  They all seem as sweet in real life as their characters. 




This season will go on without these lovely ladies.

Here's a look at what the stars look like in real life.







Btw... did you know that these Trixie and Rev. Tom have a baby together in real life?
I wonder what the nuns think about that!







What are you watching these days?


Until next time...




Again, my good wishes to all on this groundbreaking national holiday.


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Friday, January 12, 2018

His/Hers Favorite Things







Hello, dear friends.  Happy Friday.  This is the first week in awhile that I actually knew what day it was.  That holiday schedule really threw me for a loop. 

Every so often I will receive a note from a reader asking about a product or book that I had previously mentioned.  Due to my failing memory, I usually have to go through my posts to find the item they were asking about.  Because of this, I have added a tab at the top of my page called My Favorite Things which will link you directly to my Amazon page where I do the majority of my shopping. 

When I was working on this post, I asked the Mister if he had any items that he wanted to mention.  He said he had a few.  So because I feel that age should precede beauty, we will begin with the Mister's latest faves.   




This cap is the newest addition to what the Mister calls his "Snowmageddon Survival Kit."  I know you're thinking that this little gem of a hat could not get any better but fasten your seatbelts, it can.  It has foldable ear flaps.    

He loves this hat.

Don't tell him this, but he reminds me of someone...






The Mister stocks up on these"Hot Hands" as soon as he sees the first leaf fall.  He's got a pair of these in every coat he owns.  He believes in always being prepared.

Would it shock you to find out that he was an Eagle Scout? 






I gave him a pair of these just in the nick of time for the bomb cyclone.  He says that they are super warm and waterproof. 

Can you tell that the Mister has anticipated a bitter winter?





The Mister got a Sous Vide from #1 for Christmas.  I had never heard of one of these before, which doesn't say much.  I can't really tell you how the whole thing works, (you can read about it in the link) but I can tell you that the results are positively delicious.


Every year The Mister tells me NO FLEECE when sharing Christmas wish lists.  He doesn't believe clothes should be considered presents.  Only toys, technology, and items for his winter arsenal are acceptable gifts.

As usual, I didn't listen to him, and I gave him this little Patagonia number.  Now I refer to it as his weekend "uniform" because he hasn't taken it off.


The Mister says nothing warms things up more than a great Nelson DeMille novel... especially when it takes place in Key West and Havana.  DeMille is one of the Mister's favorite authors, and this one did not disappoint.




*****



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I mentioned this little gem of a body cream six years ago.  If you have super dry skin, Gene's is for you.  I have even used it on dry patches on my face and my turkey neck, and it works wonders.  I first bought it at Sam's Club at my #2's suggestion.  I don't know whether they still sell it there because we are out in the boondocks and don't have a Sam's near us.   Another bonus:  it's reasonably priced.






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Last Fall, I went to my eye doctor with what I thought was an odd complaint.  One of my eyes felt like someone poked me in it.  It was a little red, but not exceptionally.  My Doctor diagnosed me with dry eye and told me to take two of these vitamins a day.  Ever since I started taking these, my symptoms have disappeared.  
Added bonus:  these are also good for the heart as well as the brain.  I feel that I am getting smarter by the minute.







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About a year ago, my buddy Hoda of The Today Show fame talked about how much she loved the UGG robe that she got for Christmas.   The Mister surprised me this year with one under the tree.  I have never loved a robe so much.  

It's got a touch of spandex in it which gives it a good fit.  But the best part is that it is lined with the softest fleece in the world.   




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I just finished this fast-paced psychological thriller.  It is cleverly written by two sisters that live in different states.  The book is jam-packed with twists and turns and keeps you guessing throughout the pages.




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I've been using Sparkle Bright jewelry cleaner for years.  It keeps my wedding rings sparkling along with my gold jewelry.  The bottle says that you can use it on all jewelry - including pearls, but I wouldn't take the chance.  They also make a fabulous tarnish remover which works wonders on my silver serving pieces.





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With all the rain and snow we've had, I have ordered a few more candle warmers.  My house had taken on the distinguished odor of wet dog.   Instead of burning candles, I place the candle on a warmer.  It takes awhile for the aroma to become known because the wax has to melt.  I turn mine on in the mornings and have a sweet-smelling house all day.  

Now the Mister doesn't have to wake me out of a sound sleep to ask me if I blew the candles out.  






Mid-afternoon I like to have a little treat to keep my motor running.  I tried these yummy bars a couple of months ago and boy, are they ever delish!  Not all grocery stores carry them, though.  They are definitely worth the search.


What are your favorite things?


Until next time...





When I walked into the nursery laundry room this morning, I found my two crazies in one bed, which is a rarity.


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