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A Jubilee Party?

Y'all remember that I was super into the Royal Wedding last year?  (If you are new to the blog, I had a little shindig).  I'm thinking that I may have to repurpose some of the decorations and have a Diamond Jubilee party this June!

I know it's not as popular of a celebration for the mainstream folks out there, but for this Anglophile, I'm kind of obsesses with the plans.  Though there are several events planned, the grandest event is a 1000 boat flotilla which will travel down the Thames.  Boris, London's mayor, has promised that it is going to be grander than the summer Olympics (which are taking place in London town as well). 

Here are some artist renderings of the event...

In case you are wondering what in the heck the Diamond Jubilee is all about, it is to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's 60 years as the monarch (she hits 60 years on February 6th, but the celebration is planned for June).  She is currently the second longest serving Monarch in British histor…

Awards Season, phase 2

Here I am again. I've been AWOL for almost a week, and I can't even make the excuse that I've been in trial because it got continued at the last minute. 

Because the trial got put off until March, I was able to take my granddad to the doctor down in Dallas on Wednesday.  My grandmother doesn't love driving in Dallas, especially in the rain.  So I thought I'd help calm her nerves by doing the driving.  After the doctor we enjoyed lunch at Pappadeaux.

I mentioned it was raining last week, but folks what we had wasn't just rain, it was a gully washer!  It rained 5 inches!  We really needed it, so I don't want to complain, but I just want to mention that I've spent more time washing puppy paws this week than I've done doing anything else.

I had been so excited because Tuesday morning was the Oscar nomination announcement...

But then some of the nominees, or lack of nominees, rubbed me the wrong way and have really had me ticked off for the rest of the …

Movies and a Recipe

Yesterday afternoon, I tried to get on my way to seeing what Entertainment Weekly says are the 25 movies to see before the Oscars.  Here's the list and my thoughts...

1- The Descendants    (seen it)
2- War Horse  (won't see until on Apple TV because I'm afraid tears will be plentiful)
3- The Help  (seen it.  own it)
4- Hugo  (really no desire to go see it)
5- Midnight in Paris (seen it)
6- Moneyball (seen it)
7-The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (will see it if I can ever get to the dang movies)
8- The Tree of Life (will try to see it)
9- Beginners  (want to see it)
10- Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows (never seen nor read anything Potter)
11- The Iron Lady (want to see it)
12- Rango (no thank ya)
13- Shame (maybe)
14- Albert Nobbs (Glen Close creeps me out as Nobbs, but maybe I'll see it)
15- The Ides of March (seen it)
16-  Kung Fu Panda 2 (haven't seen 1, won't see 2)
17- Bridesmaids (seen it)
18- J. Edgar (want to see it.  probably when out on Appe TV)


Gosh, it's been radio silence over here for the past week. No real excuses. School started back, so that extra activity always kind of drains me.  I'm only teaching two classes this semester, but I go 4 nights a week.  The good part is that it's only for an hour and 15 minutes each night.  Two nights I'm home by 7, and the others by 8:30, so no leaving at 6:30 a.m. or getting home at 10:00 p.m. this semester.

Now, where did we leave off?  Oh yeah, the Golden Globes.  I loved most the fashion on the Red Carpet.  My favorite was probably Charlize...

The runner-ups in my book were Resse and Sophia...

I was pretty happy about who the awards went to as well.  I mean, Downton Abbey took home an award.  As did George, Meryl and Homeland.  I also thought the Descendants was probably worthy of Best Picture, but I haven't seen all the others yet. 

I've bought some make-up over the past week.  Not a big shopping trip, but just replacing some things I was out of.  I was…

I Love this Weekend

I'm loving life this weekend! 

First of all, it's a 3 day weekend!  So happy to have Monday off.

Second, Ryan Star released a 4 song EP and tweeted a link for a free download yesterday, so you know that has me super jazzed!
Have I mentioned that Ryan is coming to Dallas next month?  I'm looking forward to seeing him again!

Third, awards season is in full swing!  The Golden Globes is Sunday night, and I couldn't be more excited! 

I'm a little behind on movies, but I plan to get up to speed by Oscar time. 

As far as the television awards, I'm seriously torn on several categories.

Best TV Drama:  Boardwalk Empire or Homeland?  It's Sophie's choice here!  How could I choose?  I also have similar conflicts in the Drama Actor & Actress categories.

For Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV, you know I'm cheering for Downton Abbey all the way!

Plus, in addition to seeing who wins, I cannot wait to watch the red carpet coverage and see what e…

V-day Project

I purchased several things of "fake ornaments" after Christmas.  You know, the kind that look like glass balls, but really are shatter proof.  I bought red, pink and purple with a Valentine's Day project in mind. 

After picking up a new glue gun last week to replace the one that exploded, I got to work on a new wreath for the front door. 

The last ornament wreath I made, I tried to string them on a wire.  I didn't love that, so I decided to go the foam wreath and glue route this time.  I tried to follow some how-to examples I saw on Pinterest.  They were helpful enough, but I definitely discovered some things that I would do different next time. 

Here's the finished product...

Back to the Abbey

I've been anxiously awaiting the premier of Season II of Downton Abbey on PBS, and now the wait is over.  In a little over 3 hours, I will finally be able to begin watching what our friends across the pond saw months ago!

Where is Winter?

I know many people do not enjoy winter.  I am not one of those people.  I love cold weather.  I love grey days.  I love snow.  I love wearing coats and scarves.  I love wearing Uggs.  I love seeing my puppy in her polka dot sweater.  I love drinking hot chocolate, hot cider or hot tea without having to chase it with a glass of ice water.  So these 70 degree January days are just not up my alley. 

I'm trying with all my might to will the winter here.  I am all decorated and ready for it.

My front door
My front yard flag (hard to see but the snow flakes are blingy)

This new door banner is part of my post-Christmas shopping deals...

There's No Place Like Snow!

Again, hard to see, but it's glittery...
Back yard flag...
I guess even if winter eludes us here in North Texas this year, at least I'm decorated for it!

Iphone Photo Dump...

I decided to post some photos I've taken on my iphone over the past few weeks.  I will include a title and a short explanation with each...

 What Did Santa Bring for me?
 Here the dogs are excited on Christmas morning while unwrapping their stocking stuffers.  I actually think this is my Mom unwrapping Millie's stuff, but Lola was equally excited.  The only photos we have of Christmas 2011 are iphone photos because I left me dang camera here in McKinney!

Cozy on the Couch
I've told you that I was couch bound for several days post-Christmas-eve less than graceful fall, and that Lola loved every minute of it, but here is photographic proof.  By the way, I forgot to include "Midnight in Paris" in my list of movies that I watched.  I really liked it.

Pathetic Pre-lit
This is what is left of the pre-lit portion of my bedroom tree.  Several portions bit it this season.  Pathetic.
I love tea, but I love tea in a cute mug more!
Look at this cute mug I got at Anthropologie r…

This is SO last year...

This post is SO last year, but this is what I did the last week of 2011!

I'm a little bit bummed because I've had only two days off for the holidays.  I was off on the 26th and then today.  The other days weren't too bad, but I had Juvenile Detention hearings Tuesday through Friday last week, so that took up all of the mornings.  I would take tomorrow off, but another attorney scheduled some hearings for me to attend at 9 a.m. on a Guardianship. Boo!

Back to last week~ I was trying to take it easy due to my Christmas Eve knee and ankle sprain.  I think that it has paid off.  They aren't back to 100% (well, it's my bum "2 screws" ankle, so it's not back to it's normal 75%), but they are better than they were last week.  Part of my taking it easy involved quite the movie-palooza.  I went to see The Descendants (soooo good!  Pulling for Clooney for the Oscar!) on Friday at the theatre, but everything else has been on my Apple TV.  Using my itunes gif…