Movies, Jammies, and Santa’s with Parachutes

Not going to do my typical layout, just because it’s been a few days and everyone has better things to do this holiday weekend than ready my blog post 🙂

Food has mostly been leftovers, a dinner out with D last night, and a rice cooker dish that was totally inspired by JLGoesVegan’s Black-Eye’d Peas in the Rice Cooker.  I put in 1 cup of pinto beans, 1 cup of brown rice, 5 cups of water, 2 garlic cloves, a big squirt of siracha, and 2 tbsp of Earth Balance and set it for 6 hrs.  What came out was a very creamy and mildly spicy rice and bean dish; perfect for a quick Christmas Eve meal.

I’ve gone to two movies in the past 3 days.  On Friday I took M to see Mission:Impossible – Ghost Protocol.  It was a totally ass-kicking adrenaline rush.  Loved it.  Say what you will about Tom Cruise, but the man can make some great movies.  Last night, D took me to see The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  I left with very mixed feelings about it.  First of all, I get it that they can’t replicate a book 100%.  The movie would be 20 hrs long if they tried, so things have to be omitted and/or glazed over.  I don’t mind that at all.  I do dislike it when fundamental portions of the story are changed though, and that happened twice, though I even understand why they had to do it that way.  What made me not love it is that if you hadn’t read the books (like my husband hadn’t), it could be hard to follow.  That said – Daniel Craig was great as the main male character and Rooney Mara totally embodied Lisbeth Salander exactly like I imagined her to be in the books.  I bet that when I watch it a year from now (more distanced from listening to the books), I’ll love it.

I’ve run the past 3 days and have been really happy about that!  My knee feels fine (thank goodness).  I did oversleep the group run today, but not sure many would have shown up for holiday weekend anyway.

I found out Friday morning that I’m going to a conference for work in Las Vegas in February!  After working out some details, we planned to have D come for the weekend, and we’d have a chance to get away together for the first time in almost forever.  However, by Friday night, the plans sort of changed, and due to a newly found out family trip he needs to take in March, we can’t swing Vegas in Feb and Utah in March, so he’s just doing the March trip.  It’s much more important, and we can always plan a getaway in a few years.

We have a very specific Christmas Eve tradition at my house (carried over from when I was a kid).  Two gifts are opened – everyone gets a new set of jammies (that they’re expected to wear that night, so everyone opens gifts in the morning in new jammies), and a family game.  Last year was bingo, this year is game called Table Topics.  They make several versions, and I picked up the Family version on Amazon.  We played it tonight, and I totally recommend it.  It’s not a game, per se, but a cube full of questions that everyone has to answer.  It really gets everyone talking – and laughing.  A couple of examples of the questions the 5 of us all had to answer…

1-what’s the funniest lunch room scene you remember?

2-what’s your earliest school memory?

3-if you could have one wild animal as a pet, which would it be?  (R said tiger, M said 30 ft cobra, A answered elephant, D was chimpanzee or gorilla, and mine was a penguin)

We spent about 45 minutes answering questions, but more importantly, telling each other stories about our lives.  There was a lot of laughing (like me mimicking a chimp doing sign language and flinging poo at D), and basically a good time.  I think I’m going to bring this out at dinner time….and girls night’s out!

As to not babble too much, I’ll just leave you with some pictures!

jammies and games (and gifts from family)
R's tray of goodies for Santa
her note
a Santa she created for him - think of the GI Joe dolls with parachutes you used to throw up in the air and watch glide down. It's like that, but made of paper.
R, D, and Bumble snuggling up on the couch

Now it’s time to shuffle everyone off to bed, so D and I can fill up the tree and get to bed ourselves!



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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

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