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  1. That's kind of how I feel about it. I liked it, but I'm worried that the 'quirkiness' might get annoying after a while. I did like the fact that I don't think I'm familiar with anyone in the cast (from seeing them in other roles). That's kind of refreshing. The funeral: I felt for poor Genevieve, buying the most inappropriate dress for the funeral (and Nicholas clumsily trying to fix it). Matilda's eulogy was nice. The 'party limo' was kind of funny. I think my favorite scene was when they were dancing (instead of hugging) while throwing the flower petals around (although in the back of my mind I was thinking that once those petals wilted it was going to be a pain to clean up from the floor).
  2. Happy New Year everybody! I cooked a big pot of black-eyed peas (with leftover Christmas ham for flavoring) for lunch and plan to cook a skillet of cabbage (with more ham) for dinner. This should take care of my luck (pork and peas) and prosperity (green veg for money). The only 'southern' New Year's food I don't have is cornbread (color represents gold wealth), but I'm beginning my healthy eating regimen again and cornbread isn't diet-friendly right now.
  3. I had picked up a P.F. Chang's frozen 'Chang's General Chicken' dinner to have for my NYE supper, but when I realized my local grocery had New York strip steaks for $4.98 lb., I had to go pick up some. So, I had a steak, fries and Neopolitan ice cream for dinner. Chang can wait until another day.
  4. I ran a couple of errands today, including a trip to Wal Mart. I really have good hopes to get major things done this coming year, so tomorrow will be my last full 'couch potato day' for a while (except for a little time here and there, of course). I shouldn't have to go out at all tomorrow, but plan to sit at home watching TV and reading. I used to go out for New Year's Eve in my younger days, but I lost the urge to do that as the years went by. I picked up a frozen P.F. Chang dinner to have tomorrow night and will finish up the last of the Christmas sweets (one piece of pound cake and a few assorted truffles).
  5. I'm hoping that Santa was good to all of your furbabies. My two kitty girls got toys--a crackly stuffed snake and a stuffed Mr. Bill ('oh, nooooo!'), both catnip-filled. They also got snacks. And a new set of dishes (which I guess to cats is like humans getting underwear and socks). I haven't seen a lot of playing with the toys yet, but I did find the Mr. Bill figure on the couch this morning, which is where my Alice sleeps at night. I sometimes put their Christmas goodies in stockings, but this year I just handed them out from the store bag. I don't think they cared. 🙂
  6. I don't think it ever fits nicely back in the box once you take it out the first time. I always have to cram the pieces down to get the top to close at all (and it still bows a little when I tape it down). I cringe when I do it, but it always seems no worse for wear when I unpack it the next year. The tree does seem to grow while on display, though, doesn't it?
  7. My cold is better, so my shopping trip today went much better than my exhausting trip to Barnes & Noble on the 23rd. Since my family isn't getting together until a couple of days from now, I finished up my shopping (I even got a couple of things on sale). I went to five stores (a total of two shopping centers, one liquor store and the grocery store) and got home in less than three hours. I didn't even need a nap (and as long as I kept a cough drop in my mouth at all times, no coughing spells! Huzzah!). I didn't really want to do a lot of after-Christmas bargain hunting, since I wasn't in the mood to look for clothes, electronics, etc., and don't need more Christmas decorations, but I did pick up some Christmas cards half-price (I don't send out a lot of cards and some years not any, but I'm always compelled to get at least one new box every year) and some half price chocolates and cookies at one store. I've taken the ham out of the freezer to thaw in the fridge until I need it for our 'Christmas Day' dinner and plan to boil some eggs for the potato salad I'll mix up tomorrow. That'll be the end of my chores today. Tomorrow I'll just have to bake a cake (my third sour cream pound cake of the holiday season!) and wrap the gifts (which won't take long if I have enough gift bags, which I'm not sure if I do). Then I'm done until my family gets together the next day.
  8. It wasn't familiar to me either. I thought the mom said 'walking the tweed', but google helpfully corrected me. It's 'waulking the tweed' and here's a video. (You learn something new every day):
  9. Well said! I second (or third) the sentiment. Since my family is getting together a couple of days after the holiday, I went over to my dad's and fixed us both some 'non-Christmasy' (at least for us) food. I made a pot roast in the crock pot, some rice and gravy, crescent rolls, slaw and we had cinnamon apple pie with vanilla ice cream for dessert. I brought back enough pot roast for several sandwiches and a wedge of pie. A good day, but it didn't really feel like Christmas since we weren't all together. Oh well, hopefully I'll feel more like celebrating in a couple of days when we have our 'after Christmas Christmas' gathering (with ham, turkey, gifts, etc.).
  10. My colds usually start with a scratchy throat, so I figured it was going to turn into something more. My last cold was a year ago (at Thanksgiving!), so I guess I'm lucky that I don't have more of them. I had planned on doing all of my B&N shopping online, but I waited too late to assume that my packages would get here in time, so I had to go in person. I at least thought ahead and took the 'long way' around to the shopping center which actually turned out to be a time-saver, because the usual routes were clogged with traffic.
  11. Well, my scratchy throat turned into a what my mom always called a 'rotten cold' yesterday. I had planned on finishing up my Christmas shopping, but did nothing but lie around watching 'The Simpsons' marathon and dozing. I dozed for most of the night, only getting a couple of hours of 'good' sleep after I got up and fed the cats breakfast (so they would leave me alone) and went back to bed. My family is celebrating Christmas a few days after Christmas this year (due to various work conflicts) so I could theoretically wait until the day after (or the day after that) to do shopping, but I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to find any of the items I wanted to buy. I still have a couple of things to get, but they are plentiful enough that I should be able to find them in a few days. Shopping with a bad cold is not a fun experience, I tell you. I didn't have any coughing fits (thank goodness), but I'm so congested that I wheezed my way through the parking lot, through Barnes & Noble and back out to my car like a 100 year old woman. I'm wiped out. After a quick trip to the grocery store for a couple of things, I'm at home and in for the evening. I've already put on my night clothes and it's back to 'The Simpsons' for a while so I can recover.
  12. I have a cold too, and instead of doing errands or cleaning my messy (but not hoarded-up) house, I just settled in on the couch with my coughing and slight wheezing to watch 'Hoarders'. May both our colds pass quickly.
  13. I'm starting off my Christmas vacation with a cold. Not bad so far, just a scratchy throat (started yesterday) and a little cough (because of the scratchy throat). I'm just hoping that it doesn't get any worse. I have to finish up my Christmas shopping tomorrow no matter what. I would have done it today but it's been raining all day and I have a party tonight. I just finished mixing up two containers of deviled eggs to take (hopefully I didn't include any of my cold germs--I did wash my hands thoroughly before I started and I was careful not to lean in close and breathe on them. 🙂 ) The eggs are the last of the 'holiday cooking' I have to do until Christmas eve/day cooking.
  14. The campus closed at 5pm today, so Christmas vacation has officially begun. I don't go back to work until Jan. 2nd. Whoo hoo! I celebrated by going to Wal Mart and getting some groceries (ha ha!) and plan to have junk food (chili dogs and chips) for dinner.
  15. It mainly adds richness and it might even cut the sweetness a little (although it doesn't give an big sour cream 'tang'). There are 3 cups of sugar in the cake, but it isn't sugary sweet--the sour cream probably helps with that. If you didn't know there was sour cream in it (and didn't know the name of the cake), you probably wouldn't guess. You just use a small container of sour cream (8 oz). I always loved the cake because even though it only has 1/4 t. of almond flavoring in it, you can really taste it in the cake. (Everything else in the cake is pretty traditional--flour, eggs, vanilla, a little salt and baking soda.)
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