Thursday, December 5, 2013

Thursday Thoughts - your weekly dose of random


1. I was tickled pink to see many of you are also not fans of the Elf on the Shelf after I shit on it in my Tuesday post. The camaraderie among us made my Grinch heart grow two sizes. The Elf is a tattle tale and you guys, I think Santa is mad.

2. Transforming the office into a dressing room for MFD involves putting together book cases. Have I mentioned that I'm deficient in this area? I'm not good at following directions and I have very little patience. This piece goes where? A derka derr. Fuck it, I'm going to get a drink.

3. I've slowed my roll in the kitchen so Tuesday recipe posts will be back in January. I need to clear some food out of the freezers. What types of recipes/kitchen related blog posts would you like to see in 2014? All suggestions are welcome, whether you're looking for cooking tips, shortcuts and substitutions, must-have tools, how-tos, storage ideas, or specific recipes.

4. Instance 989 of the book being better than the movie: The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I watched it Tuesday night. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't the book.
5. Speaking of books, I'm (still) currently reading The Shoemaker's Wife. What are you reading?
6. Tom Hanks is a guy I see in magazines and think, "I'd like to be friends with Tom Hanks." He seems smart, funny, down to earth...a guy who is a good husband and father, who has interests that extend beyond himself. But I'm not seeing Captain Phillips, Tom. I'm not. Not even when it comes on TV. Saving Mr. Banks? I might even go to the movie theater for that, which would mark the second time I've been to the theater in one year. New record.
7. Pharrell Williams is 40? Seriously? He looks 23.
8. Did you enter my giveaway yesterday? Winner gets to gift the charity of their choice with $25 out of my wallet. What are you waiting for, go enter and help someone!

9. Wednesday, December 18. Attention bloggers, please mark your calendars and link up with Jen from That's What She Read and me for a Year in Review Link Up - Your Favorite Things in 2013. Grab the code below and spread the word! Let's get a highlight reel going around the internets. Those of you who don't have a blog, get your list ready! I want to read your 2013 highlights here in the comments on December 18!
That's What She Read

10. Ecard of the week:

“Yes,” I said. “Isn’t it pretty to think so?”

Quick! The first person to comment and name that famous closing line of a classic novel WITHOUT GOOGLING will get a $5 gift card to Dunkin Donuts. If you google it an Elf on a nearby shelf is not only going to tell Santa, he's also going to bite you in the ass. Hint: American writer. ETA: Winner! Suze from Straight on the Ground got it! It's The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway.
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  1. So it's my fave book- The Sun Also Rises!

    Also I had no idea Pharrell was 40. That blows my mind.

    I will be linking up with you for the year in review for sure. And I agree about Tom Hanks and Cpt Phillips.

  2. I love random posts!
    I am reading The Descendants
    Like you, I don't like Elf on a Dhelf!

    Have a happy Thursday

  3. I'm halfway through Divergent. Pitiful. I haven't finished a book since September.

  4. perks was an AWESOME BOOK and when i tried to watch the movie, i only got like, 20mins into it before i shut i down. movies never do the book justice. except lord of the rings.

    Vodka and Soda

  5. "This piece goes where? a derka derr. Fuck it, I'm going to get a drink." I SERIOUSLY LOL'd when I read this line. I HATE putting that shit together but I always get stuck doing it because my husband has said those exact words before. He has a problem with following instructions too. Mainly because he doesn't even look at them.

    I am still reading the Harry Potter series. I am about 30% into book 6, or at least that is what my iPad tells me. I find that 99% of the time the movie is never near as good as the book! Except maybe The Notebook.

  6. My kids have an elf on the shelf and I use it to make them behave and I always feel so guilty! That thing is a complete pain in my ass! Also I saw the captain Phillips and I really like it And I want to name a pet tom hanks take some day

  7. Why won't you see Capt. Phillips?! It was so good one of the best movies I've seen this year excavation point I do love Tom. And I cannot get over that Pharell is 40. Mind blown.

  8. I expect 'The Book Thief' movie will not be as good as the book... they hardly ever are. But the book was great.

    If I had an elf here I would get NO presents.

  9. (don't quite understand how to link up... )

  10. Putting lamps together for Gamma and Pop later today. I am trying to make myself do better with stuff like this- I am not in a hurry and need to take my time. Also, the lamps look very easy to assemble.
    Can't wait to read everyone's 2013 list. Having fun instagram-ing TBT Christmas photos.
    I also need to read some of these classics like The Sun Also Rises, especially after reading that line
    “Yes,” I said. “Isn’t it pretty to think so?” #PRETTYTHOUGHTSARENICE
    Carpe diem enjoying these warm temps. Keep the bad storms away from the East coast. #MYXMASWISH
    Love your MOMMA

  11. Most def one of the best ecards EVER!!!! Remember my anti Elf on the Shelf post from last year?? That dude creeps me out. I just don't get it, and I don't think it's because I'm a J-O-O. I'd be scared of him if I was a church going Catholic.
    Me want LOTS of tips/recipes/how-tos. Steve swears its because of you that I've been in the kitchen more.
    We need to find out what moisturizer Pharrell uses! <3

  12. I don't think I have ever seen a movie that did the book justice. I am almost done with The Silent Wife and not sure how I feel about it. Pharrell is 40??

  13. The Perks of Being a Wallflower was my everything in high school. I have been afraid of the movie for that reason. And I still get chills when I hear the song "Something." Captain Phillips was so good, though! I mean intense but I liked it so it's worth a TV watch. And I'm excited for your link-up. I already have a Ten Best Bites of the Year post planned and I will make sure to post it that day!

  14. I am on the fence about the elf. I don't really feel strongly about him (her?) one way or the other. I think I will be more along the lines of an Advent calendar or something like that, rather than an elf watching over you so you don't get presents if you are bad. That shit is traumatizing. I had a crazy grandmother who did shit that only she thought was funny, and when I was maybe 7 or 8, she actually wrapped and gave me coal at Christmas, just to be funny. I wasn't even bad or anything, she just thought it would be hilarious. She also did it in front of my other grandmother (the awesome one, I was her favorite) and she got PISSED. That shit is not cool. Clearly I have some repressed feelings about this. Sorry for the novel of my coal-giving grandmother.

  15. If there's ever been a movie better than the book--I would both be surprised and want to see it! :)

  16. I hardly go to the movies either, but I went to see Catching Fire of course and I would LOVE to go see Saving Mr. Banks!

  17. I think the Elf is a cute idea. Once. But then how long do you have to keep up that shit?

    I'm reading The Storyteller. I've neither read nor seen The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

  18. ha so not a fan of the elf on the shelf either. maybe i'll feel differently when I have kids though... and love your christmasy blog header!
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

  19. Well, that e-card is just... EVERYTHING. I want to print it out and hand it to people periodically through my day. And I'm with you... Tom Hanks is the shit but that movie - womp, womp!

  20. UGH, Elf on a Shelf. I am not a fan of bribing/lying to children to get them to behave.

    I've always thought that about Tom Hanks, too. He just seems like a really fun, down to earth type of guy. I really appreciate it when celebrities actually stay married and stay out of the spotlight/tabloids, too.

    I'm currently reading A House in the Sky. And it's making me wish I'd spent my early 20's globetrotting instead of working a desk job.

  21. The Elf is a little tattle tale rat, isn't he? LOL! I am reading blogs....that's about all I have time for these days. And in some easy recipes for people like me!! :)

  22. I would love to see a shortcut on how to hire someone to come do all the cooking... yeah... thanks!

    I love the link up - now to remember to do it!

    I also think that Tom Hanks and I would be great friends. So famous. So amazing. Yet so down to Earth - but what's up with the movie?

  23. I don't have children, but I like Elf on a Shelf. I almost bought one for myself haha. I would've loved something like that as a kid,

    Loved that ecard. So funny!

  24. Pharrell is 40!??! holy hell.. didn't see that coming. I will totally participate in the linkup (if I don't forget.. remind me!)

  25. I love all your kitchen posts, you know that. I know you don't use it often, because you're legit, but I'm pretty attached to my crockpot. Shame, I'm sorry. Maybe your favorite crock pot recipe? I'd love to see that!
    That e-card is fab, you always find the best ones. You have skillz my friend.

  26. Adriana Trigiani is one of my favorite authors. I loved The Shoemaker's Wife, and Queen Of The Big Time was pretty good too. LOVE the e-card!

    1. Theresa, I finished The Shoemaker's Wife last night. I loved it even though you had to suspend belief for a lot of things. It was written with love and you could tell that. I'll add the other book to my list! Thanks for the recommendation.

  27. I need to read something. Maybe I should reread Perks... Christmas break is just around the corner. I honestly am all for people having Christmas spirit in their own homes. If people want to do the elf thing, super cool on them. I just don't care to see the pictures all over.

    Why don't you want to see Captain Phillips? I heard the guy was kind of a douche in real life, but the movie was super good. And Tom was fantastic. Especially at the end.

  28. No Captain Phillips for me as much as I love you Tom and I concur would love to be friends with him. I also heard that the Captain in real life was no prince. Wish I was closer I would assemble your book cases.

  29. Santa IS pissed. Those stupid elves are totally ruining any cred he has. RUDE.

    I'd rather you just came to my kitchen once a week to do weekly meal preps. Can we arrange that? I will pay you in wine.

  30. Do you refuse to see Captain Phillips because it lies? I get that, I do, but at the same time I know it's a movie and Hollywood "stretches" the truth all the time in these kind of movies. It was definitely entertaining and intense and Tom Hanks did a great job. If it makes you feel better, his character was an ass a lot of the time. Haha!

    I knew Pharrell had been around awhile because of Rump Shaker, but man, 40? Crazy!

    I'm reading Skippy Dies by Paul Murray right now, but I'm not a quick reader lately.


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