The Sunday Salon: Merry Happenings

G & E Real Life Christmas 2013

Christmas is right around the corner, isn’t it? Last night we attended a Christmas show at the church and because of last minute plans, The Teen was not able to join us so The Girl’s best friend attended with us. For those who are fairly new to the blog, The Girl is on the right.

There were Victorian carolers.

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Funny faces made before the show.

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The Hub was there too. He hates for his picture to be taken so getting one that is halfway decent is always a challenge.

Real Life Christmas 2013 pic# 4

The show was great but I did miss The Teen.

Speaking of The Teen, he just found out that he got the part of “Robert” in The Drowsy Chaperone. This is a super-fun show and quite a departure from what he’s used to. It’s a wild and crazy show that will have him singing, tap dancing and roller skating. He is over-the-top thrilled about it and there is a good chance the he will perform some piece of it at the Pantages in Hollywood.

As for this week, I am wrapping up work this Thursday and on Friday we will be at the Happiest Place on Earth, Disneyland. Oh, how I love Disneyland at Christmas! After Thursday I am off until January 13th.

Sunday Salon

What am I reading?

Not much. I am now at the very  end of The Abominable and although it’s very good, the payout wasn’t what I was expecting. I’m a little disappointed with where it’s going. There are a lot of books I really need to read but I am not feeling them right now. I think the tone of the one I am reading sort of ruined me for others. Sometimes that happens and I hate when it does.

What am I cooking?

Nothing! Not in the mood today and since I have to head back to the mall (I swore I would not do it!) we will probably pick something up.

What am I watching?

I have been trying to weed through my DVR because it is overloaded with Christmas shows (Frosty, Rudolph, etc.) and I really need to make some space for some other shows. PLUS, I am way behind with my holiday movie watching. Some movies that are “must sees” for me this time of year:

  1. Christmas Vacation (saw it once but was cooking, need to see it again)
  2. White Christmas
  3. The Family Stone
  4. Christmas with the Kranks
  5. It’s a Wonderful Life (usually seen on Christmas night)
  6. Elf
  7. Home for the Holidays (Holly Hunter version)
  8. Love Actually (seen over Thanksgiving)
  9. A Christmas Story
  10. Jingle All the Way

There are some others that I sometimes don’t feel like watching and other times love. Home Alone and Deck the Halls fall into that category. I love A Miracle on 34th Street but I tend to watch that on Thanksgiving day.

Well, I am off to see what I can get done. Wish me luck today as I have to hit the mall and bookstore and I MUST finish my shopping.

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  1. My mom and I are going to hit the mall tomorrow, right when they open. We have a list, and we intend for it to be quick! That will be the last opportunity before mid-terms hit and a temporary gloom settles over the house. Seems like lately, there is at least one kid missing from an activity in our family. While I hate it, I also know that if I forced the issue, life wouldn’t be worth living, so I deal with it. We thought about going to Disney right after the kids get out of school and staying on property for a night or two, but it is a huge mess at this time of year. At Hollywood Studios, where they have the Osborne Light Show, you can’t even walk, I swear, and you risk losing someone. Good luck with your shopping today!

  2. Sounds like a busy yet well planned day…for some odd and unknown reason…I don’t like Christmas movies…I love seeing non Christmas movies at Christmas! We just rubbed a rack of ribs and they are in the oven for hours and hours…then we will sauce them…that is dinner plus a salad…for another odd reason I crave iceberg lettuce this time of year…I want a salad of that with tomatoes and big bites of fresh green peppers…and fresh baby spinach!

  3. I’m sorry to hear about your reading woes. I’m a bit at the opposite side. I finished a really good book, The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, last week and have had a hard time picking up anything since since I know everything is going to pale. However, I finally did pick up the next Elvis Cole book, Indigo Slam, by Robert Crais and while it’s no classic, it’s good enough to get me through a snowy day here. :)

    Oh, yes, Elf, gotta watch that, and Christmas Vacation. Here in our house, my wife likes the 1951 (?) version of A Christmas Carol with Alistair Sims. For her, it’s the only version. I have to see A Christmas Story at some point too.

  4. Congratulations to the teen! Enjoy your break!!

  5. I’m finally in the mood to start watching Christmas shows – so far Rudolph, Charlie Brown, the Grinch, White Christmas and The Muppets Christmas Carol. Surprisingly no Elf yet! Hope you get your reading mojo back! Congrats to The Teen!

    • I love Christmas and this time of year in general but its been rough getting into the spirit this year. Maybe if I watched more of the holiday stuff, I’d be in a better mood. I am hitting Disneyland on Friday so if that doesn’t do it, nothing will. LOL.

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  6. Aww, love the photos. Looks like you had a great time! I’m hitting the mall tomorrow morning and, like Sandy, will try to make it quick. After that I have to write out cards, finish wrapping, and work out holiday menus. Hope to manage a little reading time, too! That may be asking too much…

    • I always do photo cards but this year, I opted for traditional cards and boy, I will never do that again! All that hand written stuff… bleh. My hand just about fell off. LOL.

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  7. Great photos! I hit the mall this past weekend as well and have finished up all my shopping :) I’m behind on watching Xmas movies, too. I love Christmas Vacation and Love Actually, but haven’t even watched them once this month. Lately I’ve become addicted to the Christmas movies on Hallmark = they are all so sappy and happy. As for reading – I’ve done none. I started one book, but put it down and haven’t wanted to pick it up again. I’m more interested in Christmas-type things – writing out my cards, wrapping gifts, having a cookie party, planning for Christmas day, etc. Sounds like you have been pretty busy, too :) Hope you enjoy your time off and Disney Land! Have fun!!

    • I am not feeling much like reading either. I just want to veg out and completely zone out. Lucky you. You finished your shopping? I am not done but I am just calling it a day and ending it now, I can’t be all things to all people and I give up! LOL.

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  8. Elf! Love that movie right to bits. I need to watch it, soon :)

    I’m really digging the snow on your blog, it puts me in a wintry mood!

    • You must be psychic or something.. I was just considering turning the snow off because it might be bothering folks and then I got your comment. I know some people do not like the snow, but I like it for a little while.

      I have seen Elf many times but not ever in one sitting! Last night I watched it from beginning to end and thought it was great!

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  9. sounds like you are very very busy, but looks like you did get some fun in there.

    • I am technically not done shopping but I am calling it done. I just don’t want to spend anymore time on it.

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  10. How wonderful that you will be off for more than 3 weeks! I will be getting a little less than two weeks and I cannot wait to hit the holidays!

  11. We watched our first Christmas special last night: Santa Claus is coming to Town. It’s such an old fashioned one. My favorite is The Year Without a Santa Claus :-)

    • After my failed mall shopping experience, I sat down to Elf and A Charlie Brown Christmas. I needed them. I was so grouchy and I hate to be a grouch. I love The Year Without Santa Claus.

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  12. Nice photos! Gotta see Elf about once a year around this time. Too funny. I’m headed back to the OC for Christmas with the folks, so please do what you can to turn Up the heat. thanks
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    • It’s warm today! About 75 but it’s supposed to rain come Thursday. I bet you luck-out by the time you get here though.

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  13. I should dig out Christmas with the Kranks….that one really tickled my oldest daughter’s funny bone a few years ago.
    Love your pictures of your Christmas outing….I am so jealous of your weather! We went caroling on Sunday night which involves trekking through snow (which thankfully is not very deep) and being freezing cold the entire time. Typically our Decembers are in the mid 30s and there isn’t that much snow, but we do have snow on the ground and it has been COLD this year.

  14. I missed this post of yours somehow, so sorry. The Christmas show at your church looks like a lot of fun and very festive. Love the pic of you and handsome hubby!

    Congratulations to The Teen on the awesome part, how exciting! I cannot wait to hear all about it.

    It’s fantastic that you have such a long time off from work…enjoy it, use it well and relax! Great list of holiday movies. Which version of The Miracle on 34th Street do you watch? I like both but the old black & white is my fave.

  15. I’m commenting on your last day of work (if I read this right on fb, or somewhere) – yeah for you!

    It’s raining here today which means we should have fresh snow to ski on this weekend. I’m looking forward to the train across Switzerland tomorrow, to see more of the country. It’s magical here.

    We haven’t watched a movie yet but Christmas Vacation is a must!

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