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Watch, Drink and Be Merry

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I woke up Black Friday absolutely giddy. Why? Not to get the latest deals, but  because I felt like I could finally start watching holiday movies. And not just any holiday movie. The treacly, predictable, emotionally-questionable made-for-TV movies that are in abundance this time of year. I feel like Freeform (fka ABC Family) really got this genre going with movies like Holidays in Handcuffs (not nearly as NSFW as the title suggests), but the Hallmark channel has really embraced it with gusto. This year, they have 21 new movies premiering (this isn't a paid post, though, Hallmark, hit me up!).



After you've seen 10 or so of these movies, you really notice, um, trends. So, to pass the time while watching these flicks, I present the 12 Rules ofHoliday Made-for-TV Movies (Which can also be a drinking game. All rules=one entire drink unless otherwise noted)


1.The movie opens with an aerial or skyline shot of a big city (usually New York, sometimes Boston or Chicago)

2. The protagonis…

Thanksgiving Thoughts

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. There's much less stress than Christmas, and it's all about being thankful, spending time with folks, and eating. What's not to love?           So I do kind of HATE that it often gets shoved aside for Christmas. When the week after Halloween, Christmas lights are up and people are talking about Christmas trees, I get cranky. Let's enjoy this holiday, amiright?
When I lived in Texas, Thanksgiving was usually spent with family--except for a few years we spent with my dad's boss's family (in retrospect, that was odd . . .). Now that I live in DC, I made the trip back for a few years, but it really became too much holiday travel (and too much time with the 'rents, haha). The past few years I've either hosted Friendsgiving or gone to a friend's family's house and it's been wonderful. 
Found these questions online about Thanksgiving, and thought they were interesting!
How strongly attached to turkey are you? Prett…

What's Been Happening, November 2017

Well here we are--more than a month since my last post, and yet so much to catch up on. Let's get down to it, shall we?
What I'm drinking Basically only red wine. I did have a sparkling rose last weekend at a bachelorette party, and I think I can be convinced to drink it year-round . . . 
What I'm Loving The holiday season. I just returned from my last travel blitz of the year: the weekend before Halloween I was in Houston for a couples' shower for my best friend, from there I went to LA to visit a DC-now-LA friend for a few days, and then to Dallas for my 10-year college reunion. I was back in DC for three days before I went BACK to Texas for said friend's bachelorette party in the Texas Hill Country. I'm so happy to be back in town until Christmas and enjoy Friendsgivings, holiday parties, and sleeping in my own bed. 
What I'm reminiscing about Gosh. Perhaps not that much? Being back on campus reminded me a lot of college, but also how far we've all com…

A Most Embarrassing Story

A few weekends ago, I went to a consignment store close to my apartment. It's one of those "hidden treasure" stores--pulls from an affluent area where women can't wear the same thing year-after-year, so Tahari dresses you saw at Nordstrom six months ago are on sale for $40.

I like to poke around in this story every now and then. I had some time to kill so stopped in and found something I'd been looking for--cowboy boots. My pair is now 11 years old and looking a bit worse for wear, so I've been keeping an eye out for replacements.

These were the perfect distressed boots, in my size, and $60! I grabbed a pair of the little stocking footies for trying on shoes and put them on. They fit perfectly! I'm excited.

I lean down to take them off and, well, can't quite get them off. Like, at all. The shaft of the boot is not giving, and I can't angle my foot to get it out. No big deal. I go over to a chair to sit down and really give the boots a good yank.

F…

Nothing Good Happened This Week

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The title was my trivia team's name on Tuesday night. We change our name each week to something topical or pop culture related (past ones: Bye Bye Bao Bao, Comey's Out-of-Office Reply, and Golden Girls Trump Golden Showers). This week, there was literally nothing clever we could think of, because only bad things had happened.

I had been planning a Vegas post for Travel Tuesday this week. I am often asked for my Vegas advice because I've been there so often and truly love that city. On Monday morning, more than one person said they thought of me when the news broke of the massacre.



How am I doing? I don't know. It's a day-by-day thing. It took 24 hours for me to even wrap my head around what happened. More than 500 people shot. 58 people killed. In the span of less than 20 minutes.

To put it in perspective, I thought of this. I went to a small private school until high school. My 8th grade class had 15 people. The class below me was around 22 students. The one below…

What's Your Island?

Driving to work the other day, I was listening to drive time radio (which I never do, I think NPR was being annoying), and the morning crew was talking about islands--popular tentpoles in pop culture or society that you just can't get on board with but you seem to be alone in your dislike. Some examples: college football (the DJ doesn't understand traveling to games, talking about your team, etc. all for a school you attended once a long time ago), Harry Potter, visiting wineries (apparently they don't like having to drive and paying more for wine. They'd rather just drink wine outside in their neighborhood).

I kind of love finding these things out about people, so here are mine:

Breaking Bad: I tried. I watched more than a season of this show and it just made me so sad. So I finally stopped watching. I can appreciate that it's a well-made show. I even watched the last few episodes. But yeah, no.

30 Rock: I really feel bad about this--I'm sure I'm just missin…

Travel Tuesday: Anatomy of a Travel Blitz

As I mentioned earlier, I had originally thought this would be an "in town" summer. I had some travel planned towards the end, but thought I would spend the majority of my weekends in DC, hanging out with friends. As it turns out, June is the only month of the year I won't be on a plane.

My summer travels:

Dallas Wedding: I've become the master of 36 or less hours in Dallas (having done this three times in the past three months). I had two weddings on the same day, both of close college friends, and both in different states. So, in the middle of July I woke up at 6 a.m. on a Friday for an MRI (good times) (I'm fine), went to the rehearsal dinner for the DC wedding that night, then woke up at 4:15 on Saturday morning to take a 6 a.m. flight to Dallas. Luckily, I am a champ at sleeping on planes, so I logged a good two hours before landing. Spent the morning with my parents and then got my hair done and proceeded to spend the afternoon and evening with a gaggle of co…