Best of December 2015
Wow, sorry I've gone nearly three weeks without posting, and thanks so much to all the readers who have continued to regularly check in even though I've been on this unscheduled hiatus! Life just gets so crazy at the holidays and with work, events, visiting my family (can you tell from the skyline - my first original photo on my blog! - where I've been?), and enjoying the Christmas season, I've just gotten so unproductive and lazy. It won't happen again! I don't do new year's resolutions, but if I did, one of mine would be to update 100% of the time according to my posting schedule. I'm optimistic.
This month, my TV watching has been pretty limited to Christmas movies and TV specials. I love A Christmas Story, Muppet Christmas Carol, the original animated Grinch movie (how cute is Max?), and absolutely anything the Rockettes are involved in. Other than that, the big standout this month has been Love & Mercy, which is the Brian Wilson (of the Beach Boys) documentary I've been dying to see for months. It's Paul Dano, John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks, and Paul Giamatti, and with that cast, how could it be anything but incredible? It's beautiful and poignant and gives an amazing look the mind of a genius struggling with his own demons. I recommend it even if you aren't a Beach Boys fan.
I just started a new book and haven't read much of it, but I'm going to tentatively say that it's great. It's called Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford and it's basically about the lives of high-society wannabes. I love books about the dysfunctions of the very rich, so this book is both right up my alley and really funny. I'm loving it enough so far to recommend it to you lovely readers!
Christmas music, of course! Is there anything better than the Rat Pack, Dwight Yoakam, and Michael Buble at Christmas? Pretty much nothing. Other than that, though, there's this little band that just became available on Spotify, maybe you've heard of them - the Beatles? I've always loved them but now they're so much more accessible and I'm all about them right now. The Beach Boys, too, since seeing Love & Mercy. I'll always believe God Only Knows is the best love song ever written.
With Christmas, football, and New Year's, I've snacked a lot this month. I'm obsessed with cheeseboards and charcuterie sand have them two or three times a week, but I want to share a quick recipe for another favorite snack: sausage balls! All you need is a box of Bisquick, a block of cream cheese, a pound of whatever ground sausage you like, and shredded cheese (I use cheddar). Mix it all together into balls, as big or as little as you like, and put them in the oven at 425* for 10 minutes. Easy to make, easy to transport for parties, and easy to eat! What could be better?
Nothing! The holidays are over and your shopping should be all done, so focus on your non-material blessings - family, friends, joy, the excitement and hope of a new year - and, if anything, go through your closet and find a few things you can get rid of! I know I'll be selling some books, clothing, and jewelry at the start of the new year.
To LaughI don't know about y'all, but I get a kick out of Buzzfeed's year-end wrap-up posts. Here's one about dads being funny, here's one about the elderly being funny, here's one about animals being funny, here's one about adults being funny, here's one about dogs being funny, and here's one about emotions being funny. I laughed out loud more than I'd care to admit.
I'm going to be straight with y'all here and say that I've barely worn anything but pajamas and yoga pants this month (and it should go without saying that I did exactly zero seconds of yoga). My two favorite purchases of the month were flannels, so it's kind of cheating to post them since I covered flannels last month, but I love them so I will anyway. I got this shirt from J Crew and this one from Lou & Grey, and the latter is so comfy I definitely slept in it - oops!
Make this the year of you. Declutter your life any way that helps you to be your best self, whether that means deleting a few Facebook friends, throwing out your old wardrobe and starting fresh, or making a lifestyle change you've been looking for a reason to make. This year, don't let your loyalties turn into balls and chains; do what's best for you and surround yourself with people who lift you up rather than bring you down. I know I'll be working on this too.