Santa Claws

Teddy SweaterIt is the third day of the 20 Days of Christmas Sweaters! I left the cocoon of sickness and bone broth to go to the mall in search of treasures. While I was there, a bird landed in my hand in Macy’s. It was a magical moment.

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This knitted masterpiece was found by my husband. A teddy bear wearing a Santa hat and holding a candy cane is pretty much the epitome of Christmas spirit. This is the first of my brand new sweaters. What do you think of it? Let me know in the comments.

 

 

 

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The Beginning

Today is the first day of the wearing of the Christmas sweaters. You may be asking why I am starting so early this year. The answer, good friend, is that my storehouse of sweaters has a surplus this year. Thus, I will be celebrating the 20 Days of Christmas Sweaters.

I caught a bug during our Thanksgiving travels and cannot seem to shake it. Therefore, I am keeping you from the horrible sight of my greenish face. Also, forgive my short post. I hope to feel better tomorrow and show my Christmasy spirit to the fullest extent. Let me know if you’re also wearing a Christmas sweater in the comments.

Meal Plan Sunday

Homemade Ratatouille looks messy but tastes delicious!

Homemade Ratatouille looks messy but tastes delicious!

I like to eat, but I find that cooking can be a chore. It is an especially hard chore right now because we are sharing a car, which makes getting ingredients a hassle on our gridlocked street at dinner time. (We will probably not buy a new car anytime soon. We like all the money we are saving and our small carbon footprint.) Meal planning cuts down on multiple grocery trips per week and also makes budgeting easier. I have found the extra work meal planning a little annoying, which is why I am sharing my meal plans with you. Now you don’t have to do all the work!

(Quick caveat: we eat a lot of chicken because I drink bone broth everyday for my modified GAPS diet.)

Here is my week’s meal plan:

Monday: Chef Salad (Hardboiled eggs, bacon, the works! Okay, okay, I admit that I skip the cheese.)

Tuesday: Tacos and Salsa Rice (Molly’s World Famous Salsa Rice Recipe: dump salsa in rice.)

Wednesday: Turkey Burgers and Baked Fries (Add jalapenos and jalapeno juice to the burgers. It is delicious.)

Thursday: Roasted Chicken and Ratatouille

Friday: Homemade Pizza

Saturday: Chicken Soup

Sunday: Roasted Chicken and Eggplant with Marinara

Here is the recipe I use for the roasted ratatouille. It is from Martha Stewart Living magazine. I find that this magazine’s recipes always have one thing wrong in all of the recipes. My hypothesis is that the editors do this on purpose so that we will never attain the level of hostessness of ol’ Martha herself. What do you think?

Ratatouille Recipe

Cook the zucchini first instead of the eggplant. If you cook the eggplant first, it will get soggy.

Anyway, I hope this helps all of you meal planners out there. Happy Sunday!

Mani Monday: Another Nail Fail

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This is after less than 24 hours of wear. I must admit that my Monday posts are getting to be quite embarrassing. My nails do not usually look so Lindsay Lohanesque. (P.S. Remember when LiLo made it cool to go get a chipped manicure? P.P.S. Remember LiLo? I heard her name mentioned on the radio today and was honestly surprised that she still exists.) IMG_1340
There are some glitter nail polishes that are so dense that they are made for one night wear. This one was not advertised as such, but it does have an unusual amount of glitter. I may try to wear this one without a basecoat and topcoat like a high density glitter lacquer. Unlike last week’s Deborah Lippman polish, this one actually does looks very pretty on and does not have a horrible formula.

Normally, I would’ve redone my nails after such bad chipping, but I was busy figuring out what I should do with my hair for the screening of the film Old Fashioned, which my husband co-edited. You can watch the trailer here.

Here’s my huge hair before I styled it.
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I’ll let you see the results on the big day since I haven’t figured out what to do yet.

Do you have any ideas for my hair? Do you want to style my hair for me? (Please?)

Mani Monday: $20 Nail Polish???

Would you pay $20 for nail polish? That’s how much Deborah Lippmann glitter nail polish costs.
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s much as I obsess over nail polish, I couldn’t shell out 20 clams for half an ounce of finger paint. I almost didn’t buy this bottle that I found at T.J. Maxx because it was $6.99. However, curiosity got the best of me. I really wanted to know what made a $20 bottle of nail polish so special. Plus, this color is called “Flash Dance.”

Do you want to know what makes this bottle of nail polish so special? It’s special because the formula won’t even last a full 24 hours.
IMG_1317Isn’t that terrible? If a nail polish costs $20, it should at least last a full day’s worth of wear (and maybe wash your dishes for you).

Flash Dance has a lumpy formula and  a matte finish. It took three coats of topcoat to make it shiny enough to appreciate the different tones of glitter. This is disappointing because I really was excited for my hands to look like the 2015 New Year’s ball.
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Have you ever had a mani as bad as this one? Let me know in the comments!

Weekend Watchlist

Courtesy of tvguide.com

Courtesy of tvguide.com

It’s the weekend! It’s time to sit on our couches and watch stuff. After all, isn’t that the American dream?

I have a tradition of watching every Peanuts holiday special. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. If you haven’t already watched Happy New Year, Charlie Brown, then do so immediately here.

Courtesy of backtothefuture.com

Courtesy of backtothefuture.com

Also, since it is 2015, I feel that it is my duty to recommend that you watch Back to the Future Part II. If you are one of those people who cannot watch a trilogy out of order (ahem, me), then you better start watching them ASAP. If you don’t own Back to the Future on VHS or DVD, then you can either order the DVDs on Netflix or rent it on Amazon Instant.

The Oscar nominations were announced this week. Currently, there are only two nominees on Netflix, Virunga and Ida. I have not watched either of them yet, so I’ll talk about them later.

There is much controversy over the Oscars. All of the nominated actors are white. The last time this happened was in 1995. All of the nominated directors and screenwriters are men. All of the films nominated for best picture feature a male as the star, and only one of those stars is not white. (Need a visual aid?) The rest of the list doesn’t fare much better.

I want to say how disheartened I am by the lack of diversity of this list. However, since “Everything is Awesome,” a farcical song that brainwashes beings into not questioning the status quo, is nominated for best song, I’m not sure my lamentation will make any difference.

Day 12: The Holly and the Molly

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 had a better title for this post, but I forgot it. Don’t blame me. Blame my mom-in-law for making Jack Daniels carrots. I’m so drunk right now. Just kidding. They are awfully good though.)

Christmas day is a special day. It is a day where we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior while sitting around in your pajamas and stuffing your face. However, sometimes your new Christmas pajamas (another good thing from my MIL) just seem too casual for Christmas dinner. This presents a problem because pajamas have a stretchy waistline that are perfect for holiday eatings. The answer to this dilemma is simple: a Christmas sweater vest. Throw a Christmas sweater vest over your pjs, and suddenly you are fancy. I prefer this one with holly on it because people like it when you wear stuff that rhymes with your name so that they can make clever jokes about it. It’s a definite people-pleaser.

On the other hand, Christmas mornings are usually pretty low-key. You can do the whole #iwokeuplikethis thing. If you are a B-list celebrity, this means that you rock a full face of make-up, including a nude lip and clear mascara. The rest of us just brush our teeth and rub the sleep out of our eyes. In the spirit of Christmas morning coziness, my husband and I created gingerbread versions of ourselves for this sweet hoodie.
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(Note that I am holding my new Korean Barbie from 1987. It specifies that the Korean language is “different than Chinese and Japanese” and also that Koreans are a “polite” people. The 80’s were a very special time in America.)

Anyway, it’s time for me to go play Star Munchkin 2: The Clown Wars with the family, so I better go.

I hope you have a Merry Christmas.

The holly bears a blossom
As white as lily flower
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
To be our sweet Saviour

Santa’s Secret Operative

IMG_1288What have I been doing today? Well, it’s a secret. You’ll have to wait until Christmas to find out.

Just kidding. I felt a little under the weather today, so I didn’t do much. I watched Garfield’s Christmas, Claymation Christmas, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas, It’s Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown, and The Desolation of Smaug. It was awesome.

IMG_1289Happy Day 10, guys! Tomorrow’s Christmas Eve, so be sure to come back and check out my super sweet sweater.

Say Yes to the Vest!

IMG_1282 (2) I own many Christmas sweaters, but I only can have one favorite. This is it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve belted this bad boy and felt happier than Will Ferrell in Elf. This quilted wonder really puts me in the Christmas spirit. It’s extremely comfortable and looks like a giant dress. Is it a vest or a dress??? It’s really a mystery. My favorite part of this sweater is the bonus reindeer block on the back.

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Tonight we visited The Carolina Opry, and I was allowed to sit in Santa’s chair while he was busy checkin’ his list twice.
IMG_1280Santa better watch out because I look pretty good in this chair.

If you haven’t already, I hope that you will embrace the wearing of Christmas vests. Nothing could make you (or me) happier.

Happy Day 9 of The 12 Days of Sweaters!