It Doesn’t Feel Like Christmas

The BOY made this statement last night and I couldn’t help but agree.  There’s no snow, it isn’t particularly cold, and I can’t say there was much pomp and circumstance to my day.  I worked Christmas Eve morning to afternoon and then met my trainer at the gym.  After a few days of indulging in holiday treats, I knew a serious strength session was what I needed before the long weekend.  He agreed with a tabata style workout…ugh!  I had a few errands to run and so I got them done before arriving home at 5pm to a sleeping BOY and excited kitten.

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Our big Christmas eve plans involved dinner and a movie.  Since we had no food at home and I knew it was too late for a dinner reservation, we thought a movie at the fancy theater was the perfect solution.  We arrived early for a drink and then grabbed turkey sliders to go into the theater to watch MockingJay Part I.

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To be completely honest, MockingJay was my least favorite of the 3 Hunger Gamess books, so I wasn’t sure how the movie would go.  Curled up with my blanket on a recliner with popcorn and red wine, the movie kept my attention and didn’t disappoint!  The BOY and I returned home to an adorable Cooper ready to play while flipping through TV and sipping on green tea.

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It’s that exciting time when Trader Joe’s has my favorite holiday night cap!

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I was looking forward to sleeping in Christmas morning, but the BOY had other plans to meet his family.  My family’s plans…meeting my mom at the yoga studio for a 10am class.  All great days don’t go as planned. My mom skipped yoga (I still went and loved the fun, yet challenging class under the Christmas lights) and the BOY’s mom wasn’t feeling well.  My mom, the BOY, and his dad all ended up meeting for lunch at the deli.

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After lunch, we all went our separate ways.  The sun was shining and it felt like a glorious fall day.  I found an open grocery store before a planned ME day.  Well, actually a me and Cooper day.  I had tons of laundry to do and was looking forward to finally doing some holiday baking.  With a Lifetime movie in the background, I had the most wonderful day!

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I was most excited to make a loaf of fresh baked gingerbread!

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Which looks FANTASTIC!

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Meanwhile, I also made a gluten free Christmas favorite White Chocolate Puppy Chow.  Then I retreated to the couch to fold laundry and catch up on the DVR.

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Even though the lack of blistery cold and laid back vibe made the day seem less Christmas like, it made it all WONDERFUL!

Wishing you all the merriest of Christmases!

 

Gingerbread Loaf

From Tastes of Lizzy T’s

Ingredients

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1½ teaspoons ginger

¾ teaspoon nutmeg

½ teaspoon salt

¼ cup sugar

½ cup molasses

½ cup butter, softened

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup buttermilk

powdered sugar for dusting the top, if desired

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a mixing bowl, thoroughly stir together the flour, baking soda, ginger, nutmeg, and salt. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, beat together the sugar, molasses, butter, eggs and vanilla until well mixed.

Add the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk, stirring just until blended after each addition.

Spoon the batter into a greased 9×5 inch loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes.

Cool in the pan for 10 minutes.  Remove from pan and cool.

Hungry Day

I have been talking about this day for months.  Okay, not this day exactly but the weekend that the Hunger Games movie would come out.  I have to admit I was probably pretty late on the Hunger Games bandwagon, but I joined with full force and have read all three books. I loved them!  And by the time I finished book 3, the trailer for the movie was already out. 

 

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A little confession, a coworker lent me the People Magazine special edition which I read cover to cover on Thursday night.  I learned that Jennifer Lawrence beat out tons of other actresses for the part by auditioning the scene at the reaping (which I have heard is very emotional) and many of the actors and actresses were fans of the book before landing their roles in the movie.  To eliminate any chance of disappointment, I made reservations at the fancy theater one town over earlier in the week (iPic Theaters). 

 

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They were sold out of the best seats (pictured above), but I was able to get two regular, yet still slightly fancy seats for the 8:00 show.  The BOY and I headed out early for a cocktail and dinner.

 

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Between the new movies and the basketball games, the theater’s bar/lounge was packed.  It is definitely a neat place to hang out before a movie, and it was still pretty crowded when we left at 10:30pm.

 

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I promise I won’t spoil anything for your, but my initial feeling towards the movie…Well Done!  I thought the scenery was beautiful (I did not picture the forest that green), the costumes were exciting, the special effects surprising, the music was moving, the acting was good, and the story true to the book.  I had a few moments where I wanted to pause the movie and shout out to the audience back story from the book that was left out, but instead I just whispered it to the BOY.  I was interested to hear his thoughts having not read the book and just come along for the ride (aka to support my excitement).  He thought the movie was good but that the some of the emotional scenes were brief and could have been better supported.  I enthusiastically filled him in on missing pieces and plot plus Katniss’s every thought during our 10 minute ride home.  The movie is definitely worth seeing, but moves quicker than the book (especially in the arena), so I would recommend reading the books first.  I always find it hard when you get to read and feel all of the main character’s thoughts in a book and that can’t be translated to the screen.  However, additional scenes sharing more of the country’s history and the character’s thoughts were done well and followed the book.  Overall, it was a great movie, and I am even more excited for the next two!

 

It’s been a long day full of fun activity, so I am happily off to bed!

 

Did anyone else see the movie?  What did you think?