My Favorite Christmas Movies

This is the last of my favorite things. (At least of the Christmas variety, I love making lists, so I will definitely be doing more in the future). Now we’re talking Christmas movies. Truth be told, if you thought I liked books at Christmastime; prepare to be blown away. I’m a cinephile, but only when it comes to holiday-themed movies.

When I used to live with my parents and, you know, had cable, I would just turn on the Hallmark channel and watch whatever horrible, recycled, holiday drama was showing. It did not matter what the plot was, as long as it was a sappy Christmas movie. I’ve seen tons. There is just something about them.

As time passes, I’ve developed favorites, because that’s how I roll. And there are certain movies I watch year after year because it just doesn’t seem like the holidays without them. Don’t get me wrong I still watch my sappy Hallmark and ABC family movies (last year I bought multipacks 6 movies in 1 and 4 movies in 1 at $4 each – that is 10 movies for $8, what a bargain!)

Without further ado, here are my favorite Christmas movies.

1. White Christmas. Since I was a girl. Which may seem odd, but I simply love this movie. I know all the songs and the dialogue and it doesn’t matter. It makes me happy to be able to sing Sisters, sisters, there were never such devoted sisters…. My favorite scene, boy there are a lot, but probably when Phil Davis (Danny Kaye) explains to Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) that he is always shoving girls at him because he wants him to get married have 9 kids. “And if you only spend 5 minutes a day with each one, that is 45 minutes, I could go get a massage!”

2. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. I actually referenced this one on the holiday songs list. This movie was a tv special in 1964. It has shown annually since then, still to this day. I bought it on DVD a few years ago and a good thing. Kids who visit me have shown a tendency to want to see this, no matter the time of year. I love it when Rudolph, wearing a fake nose that makes him sound like he has a cold, says “She thinks I’m cute, she thinks I’m cuuuute!” and flies for the first time.

3. The Family Stone. I saw this in the theater with my mom, Elena, and I think my sister. I thought it was okay. Then the next year I rented it, I don’t know why, and pretty much loved it. Then the next it was on tv. After that, I bought it and I watch it every Christmas. Often more than once. It’s crazy and unrealistic, but so heartwarming and it feels like a real family. My favorite part is when Meredith (Sarah Jessica Parker), who is meeting the family for the first time, leaves the room, Ben (Luke Wilson) says, “Don’t dilly-dally pretty lady, we’re all going to be down here talking about you.”

4. Love Actually. Possibly the greatest romantic comedy every made, IMO. And the fact that it is set at Christmastime just gives me an excuse to watch it every year. Not only to I love the stories (almost all, the Colin story of going to Wisconsin and getting laid is less than impressive) but the way they all come together in the end, interconnected  It’s just beautiful. My favorite scene? Hard one. Toss up between Hugh Grant dancing after telling off Billy Bob Thornton and Colin Firth proposing in seriously bad Portuguese.

5. The Santa Clause. I love this movie. I even like the cheesy sequels. It is such a cute story and the kid who plays the son is beyond adorable. The transformation scenes where Tim Allen is turning into Santa Claus are so funny. My favorite scene is where he goes to his son’s soccer game and the kids just know he’s Santa and suddenly, there’s a line of kids wanting to sit on his lap.

6. Bridget Jones’ Diary. Not actually a Christmas movie, but it starts and ends at Christmastime, one year apart. I’ve seen it, and the sequel (which is awful, but I watch it anyway) dozens of times. I watch it year round, but I especially love it at Christmas. My favorite scene is when Mark (Colin Firth) tells Bridget (Renee Zellweger) “I don’t think you’re an idiot at all. I mean, there are elements of the ridiculous about you. Your mother’s pretty interesting. And you really are an appallingly bad public speaker. And, um, you tend to let whatever’s in your head come out of your mouth without much consideration of the consequences… But the thing is, um, what I’m trying to say, very inarticulately, is that, um, in fact, perhaps despite appearances, I like you, very much. Just as you are.”

7. The Polar Express. My mom bought this for me a couple Christmases ago, because I had never seen it. Then she promptly absconded it for the children. And they love it so much, it’s hard to complain. But it is just a beautiful story that makes me feel Christmassy. Honestly, the only scene I don’t like is the Hot Chocolate scene. Otherwise, can they all be tied for my favorite?

And, while I hate stopping a list at non-listy numbers (7? Instead of 5? Or 10?) I’m going to, because that is all I have for true annual favorites. However, there are several others that I thoroughly enjoy. I don’t watch them regularly, but if I stumble across them this time of year, you better believe I’ll be watching them.

Honorable mentions, in no particular order.

Elf – Ah, Buddy. You are so dratted charming. Even when you eat spaghetti with maple syrup and candy, I can’t get enough. I actually own this, too, but it is another my mother has claimed for the kiddos.

Four Christmases – A newer one. Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn are so funny in this, the Taboo scene cracks me up.

Family Man – This would honestly probably be on the list above, if I owned it on DVD.

Serendipity – My mother’s favorite romantic comedy, it is a cute, if unbelievable story. And who doesn’t like John Cusack?

Home Alone – Who doesn’t like this goofy movie? I bought it for Simon for this Christmas.

Miracle on 34th Street – which I actually used to own, on VHS, and did make the regular rotation, but somewhere along the way, it got bounced, either version is fine, but I’m partial to the newer, with Dylan McDermott, mostly because Mara Wilson is the cutest thing in the world.

It’s a Wonderful Life – the ultimate Christmas classic, some would say. I like it, but it is not my favorite.

A Christmas Carol – Almost any version will do. I like the Jim Carrey version from a few years ago, but I could have done without the 3D.

And lastly, here are a few films that many would be surprised are not on my Christmas movie list.

A Christmas Story. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Scrooged. Die Hard. (Seriously? I looked at a couple lists to make sure I wasn’t missing any, Die Hard was on tons of them. Yes, ok, it takes place in December, but what on earth is Christmassy about that movie? Men. )

There you have it folks. The music, books, and movies that make my holiday season complete. Hopefully you found something new to enjoy. If anyone out there wanted to shoot some of their favorites into the comments, I love hearing other people’s lists!

Happy holiday season!

My Favorite Christmas Songs

Wanna guess what this post will be about?

Cheese.

Ha! Not cheese. Though I might write a cheese post someday, that day is not today. I asked one of my favorite bloggers to write a list of her favorite holiday tunes, because I love hearing what people listen to and what version moves them. Then I thought, why don’t *I* write one?

The problem, of course, is my OCD. Not including the CDs at my mom’s house, my iTunes holiday selection is over 200 songs. I’ve “condensed” them down to an ultimate selection, on one playlist. It is 94 songs.

I’m NOT going to do 94 songs, but it will be several. I’ll try to link to YouTube vids of the exact version, but in case I can’t, visit iTunes. Laid before you, in all its glory, are my favorite Christmas songs.

1. White Christmas. The Drifters. This is probably the most unusual song on the list, because it is a funked out version of a classic song. The original classic had always been one of my all-time favorites, yet somehow got bumped by the cover – so that should tell you how enjoyable this is.

2. I’ll Be Home For Christmas. Rascal Flatts. I’ll tell you the truth, I’m a huge country fan, but generally speaking, I don’t like country versions of Christmas songs, they just don’t mesh well. There are exceptions, and this is one. For one, these guys can actually sing. For two, they DO sing, this is an a capella version. A-MAZ-ING.

3. Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy. Bing Crosby and David Bowie. The full version of this, complete with spoken intro, is my true favorite (and that is what I linked to), it makes me laugh before gearing up to an amazing medley/duet. Plus, I have an insane crush on Bing Crosby (especially weird as he died before I was born) and this is NOT the last time he’ll make my list.

4. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings. Barenaked Ladies and Sarah McLachlan. Have you heard this? It’s fantastic. Cheery and upbeat, with a fresh, pop sound, but still Christmassy and traditional at the same time.

5. Baby, It’s Cold Outside. Tough one. The original is Dean Martin and Doris Day. It’s classic and timeless. Then a few years back, this little film called, Elf, introduced me to a fantastic new version featuring Zooey Deschanel and Leon Redbone. However, my favorite version is by the country band, Lady Antebellum. Incredible. I know, that’s two country versions in the top five.

6. O Holy Night. John Tesh and the Choirs of Christmas. This is an unusual ranking, because this is my all-time favorite Christmas song. But, I am not ranking songs, I’m ranking versions. This is my favorite version of this song. I know it’s John Tesh, but the choir singing just makes this one. (Youtube doesn’t have this one, but you can preview it on iTunes).

7. Christmas Canon. Trans Siberian Orchestra (henceforth referred to as TSO). TSO is one of the ultimates of Christmas music. This is a variation of Pachelbel’s Canon in D, jazzed up for the holidays, I love it.

8. Christmas Eve Sarajevo. TSO. See? I told you they’d come up again. For years, this was my Christmas ringtone. I still kind of miss it, though I do enjoy my new one. But this is just a classic holiday sound, if you listen, I promise you’ll recognize it, even if you didn’t know what it was called. (Also, the video is one of those Christmas lights set to music videos, pretty cool if you’ve never seen one.)

9. Thanksgiving. George Winston. Yes, it’s called Thanksgiving. No, it isn’t really a Christmas song, but I listen to it on Thanksgiving and it kicks off the holiday season for me. It is an original piano composition and it is starkly beautiful.

***EDIT

I actually started this post last year, in 2011. I never got around to finishing it in time for it to matter for the holidays, so I held onto it for this year. Above this edit it is exactly as I began it one year ago. Including that awesome cheese joke. I didn’t change a thing. ***

10. Silent Night. Boyz II Men. There is an a capella version of this song that I am in love with. Aside from the cheesiness of this band, they can actually sing. They harmonize beautifully.

11. Belleau Wood. Garth Brooks. Another country song! But not really. This is a touching song about WWII and it makes me cry every time.

12. White Christmas. Bing Crosby. Because, well, that voice. It’s classic.

13. The Night Before Christmas. Carly Simon. This is a beautiful and not that well-known of a song. I just love it and Carly’s voice is perfect for it. This is the original.

14. A Snowflake Fell (and it Felt Like a Kiss). Glasvegas. Easily the weirdest song on the list. It was a free download I got years ago, back when Starbucks still did that. They are a Scottish band, and sound it. It’s an original song, and it makes me so happy to hear it. (Also, kind of surprised that this is on YouTube, but John Tesh is not).

15. O Holy Night. Collin Raye. I struggled to limit the number of times this song appeared on the list. A non-country country version of my favorite holiday song.

16. Same Old Lang Syne. Dan Folgelberg. This isn’t really a Christmas song, but for some reason they only play it around the holidays. It’s a great story song, kind of sad, but still very sweet. And it somehow feels Christmassy to me. Perhaps after including on my playlist year after year.

17. Carol of the Bells. John Tesh. This is a pretty awesome album, to be honest. But it is only of the only versions of this song I’ve found where they sing all the words, correctly. (Youtube doesn’t have this one either, but you can preview it on iTunes – The “A Family Christmas” version).

18. O Come All Ye Faithful. Nat King Cole. List wouldn’t be complete without him, right? When I was a kid, I used to try to memorize all the verses of Christmas carols in church. This one was harder because it is often sung in Latin. This version, NKC sings the first verse only, but once in English and once in Latin. It’s awesome.

19. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Judy Garland. In keeping with my traditional songs and versions, I’ll plunk this down here. It’s a quintessential Christmas song. I can’t sing like her, but I always sing along. When I’m alone.

20. Sleigh Ride. Johnny Mathis. This song is so upbeat and happy. I like to sing it because there are so many words and verses and it’s just fun. The classic version.

21. Have a Holly Jolly Christmas. Burl Ives. Another classic. This one opens the legendary Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer television special that’s been on since the 60’s. I watch it year after year and this song always brings me to that moment. (Video is from the movie)

22. Happy Xmas/The War is Over. John Lennon. I enjoy this holiday song, when I don’t think too hard about the politics behind it. I’m not a fan of mixing those concepts together, but this song endures and is pleasing anyway.

23. Silent Night. Josh Groban. I had to limit my versions of this song as well. I have dozens, literally. But this one is beautiful. This man’s voice is custom made for Christmas Carols.

24. I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm. Dean Martin. Another lesser known holiday tune, but it’s peppy and cheerful, with the smooth stylings of Deano, how can you really go wrong?

25. Please Come Home For Christmas. The Eagles. I was so torn here. Bon Jovi did a cover of this song and it’s pretty similar and equally great. But, since it was so tough to decide, I went with the original version.

Okay, there you go. My top 25 favorite versions of Christmas songs. It’s pretty diverse, ranging from instrumental to rock to country to Motown, but I like that. It is pretty representative of my music during the rest of the year as well. Hopefully you found at least one new gem to listen to this holiday season.

Stay tuned for my favorite Christmas movies and books!

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I’ve been talking a lot lately about starting this new library. If you’re on my email list, you might have gotten the plea to come visit during opening week.

However, if you can’t visit (or just haven’t yet) how about a tour?

One of my volunteers and her husband did this for us. It’s a virtual tour of the library.

Also, for those who haven’t yet seen the media storm:

Here is a link to the Star Tribune article (and yes, that is a photo of me – and also, that is my car parked on the street in front of the library.)

Here is a link to the (more recent) Pioneer Press article

That article from the Pioneer Press has been picked up nationally by the Sacramento Bee and the Watertown (SD) Public Opinion. I’ve heard rumors of it in other areas, but none have been confirmed.

That article, by the way, ran on the front page. Not the front page of one of the sections, but the headline article to the whole paper. It was very exciting for us all.

And an article from the Stillwater Gazette is here.

We are officially open for business these days, so thing are ticking off smoothly. Well, smoothly might be a gross exaggeration, but at least we’re open.

Next stop is our official Grand Opening ceremony. Any chance that anyone knows a local celebrity who will come?

Totally Random Tuesday-ness

I had to stop at Walgreens this morning to pick up a wedding gift. (What? You don’t shop at Walgreens for wedding gifts?) Since I was late getting out of work last night, I couldn’t hit Target-as needed-so I was out of several supplies.

I wanted to grab something quick for breakfast while I was there. Turns out, Walgreens is NOT the place for that. I did, however, stumble across this:
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Nice! is the brand, which is pretty awesome in and of itself. However, I’d never heard of this before-still, the options were that or…nothing, so I bought it.

Turns out, it might be the best sweet cake I’ve ever consumed. It was freaking delicious. I don’t know if it was the yogurt or what, but it was so moist it practically fell apart in my hands, but it didn’t, which is key. Deeelish.

A woman I work with calls me Liv. I spoke about random work nicknames here. However, from the first time I met her she started calling me that and the first time she did I said, “did you just call me Liv?” and she said she did. I asked why, figuring maybe she knew an Olivia and was used to calling her Liv. She said, “I don’t know, you don’t seem like an Olivia to me, you definitely seem like a Liv”. And since that’s actually true, I didn’t argue and she continues (for more than a year) to call me Liv. She is the ONLY one who does. I’m fine with that. Today, she brought her daughter in to meet me. Her daughter has her personality EXACTLY, so she was very likable. Mom introduced me as Liv. I said, “it’s Olivia” because that’s how everyone knows me. The daughter inquired as to the difference and I explained. Mom chimed in, “what do you think?”

The daughter responded by saying, “Can I draw on your whiteboard?” I said sure, noting she didn’t answer the question.

Then, when they left, I flipped the white board around to see what she had drawn.
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And I guess she answered us after all. Cool kid.
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Dashboard of my car….after it stopped dropping down from 114°. It wasn’t actually that hot outside, I think it just felt that hot outside.

The AC is broken at the LEPL building. So I’m working in a stuffy office.

My phone has been acting up lately. Not as responsive. I was getting very nervous because I can’t afford a new one and am not yet eligible for a discount to get a new one. And I can’t live without it. Then, this morning, whilst blog hopping, I stumbled across this post.

And now I have added him to my reader, because if he’s going to be that helpful…

I tried his suggestions and BAM! my phone works like new. Go figure.

I was given a free package of hot dog buns today.

This next one goes out to the Lovely Lisa:

My hair is HUGE today. Actually, I’m going to stop and take a picture.
Big hair...

See what I mean? My face looks tiny because my hair is so big and frizzy.

I used anti-frizz crap in it and everything, but I didn’t want to wear it up because I was going to be on tv, so I wanted it down to look like me. But humidity wreaks havoc on curls. My hair grows. Like a science experiment.

Elena called me about two hours ago. My phone rang. I saw it was her. I picked it up and said “hello?” I could hear loud music…it sounded like she was in a bar. Then, I can hear her singing the song “Carry On My Wayward Son” by Kansas (the link takes you to a video of the music, set to clips from the show…my return gift to her)

. Then, when it was over, she hung up. Didn’t even say a word. Or as she put it, “the song was enough, no need for superfluous chatter”. That song is a theme from Supernatural. I’ve created a monster and I love every minute of it. Not many people are strange enough to call and sing to me over the phone…just because. I’m still chuckling. Highlight of my day.

And I was on tv!

My mini-vacation starts as soon as I finish up here (about an hour). And by mini, I mean I am only working 1 of my 3 jobs until next Monday. Hallelujah.

I just got an email from someone on the library board who DID see me on tv, she said I was terrific, very professional and friendly. Her words. So I guess that’s two accounts of how it went.

Tomorrow is the 4th of July and I am off to get a pedicure with the girls, then swim and grill and chill.

Happy Independence Day to you all!

All About Elena

Let’s talk about Elena. Shall we? Of course we shall, it’s my blog.

Elena is my best friend. We’ve known each other since high school. We were 15 when we met. And we’ve stayed friends for all these years, even through both of us moving away and now, well now we both own our own homes, about 15 minutes from each other.

We talk every day. Not necessarily physically. Sometimes just email. Or text. But something…every day. Lately, we’ve been hanging out a ton, which is awesome, because she is awesome and so much fun.

Here’s a quick recap of what we’ve been up to lately:

We started a new job. Together. All these years and it is the first time we’ve worked together. We both got hired by my friend Amy to work for her wedding planning business. The past couple Saturdays we’ve worked at organizing the storage room and creating an inventory.

She bought a new bench for her house. What is amazing about this is that a couple DAYS earlier, I got a Bed, Bath, and Beyond catalog in the mail. I randomly flipped through it and saw this bench. I fell for it completely. I love that bench. LOVE IT. So much so, that for the first time in my (adult) life, I tore a picture out of a catalog and hung it up on my fridge. Then, two days later I visit her and she had bought the exact same bench! Isn’t that nuts. So we had a comedic experience assembling it. It was almost a disaster, but we pulled it back from the very brink.

We went on a movie date in the middle of the day. We saw Mirror, Mirror. L-O-V-E-D it. Can’t say enough good things about this movie. I had hardly ever heard of it but she wanted to see it and I was game. It was awesome. Funny and charming and complex. So much better than expected. Also, the girl who plays Snow White? Lily Collins. I found this out after the fact and have told a couple people and they were all surprised. She is the daughter of none other than Phil Collins. If you’re my age you definitely know who that is. We also hit lunch at Noodles and Co. and did an impromptu visit to the dollar store. If you know me, you know how much I love the dollar store. It is an endless source of amusement for my dad how much I love this store. Turns out, Lane had never been there and didn’t really know what it was about. I gave her the grand tour. Literally. I walked her down every aisle and told her what stuff I buy in that aisle.

We went on an impromptu date to Ikea. I bought like 6 things and somehow only spent $9. I love Ikea. She bought a ton of stuff, but we were so happy that we got to go shopping for “house stuff” together. Even though we’ve done it many times, that little thing just pleases us both so much. After shopping, we headed to the MOA for dinner at this Mexican restaurant we’ve eaten at before. We remembered it being good. It was NOT good this time. Service and food were terrible. However, the pomegranate mojito was out of this world.

While we were there, we wandered around a bit and saw the Mirror Maze. I’ve been mildly obsessed with this maze for a couple years now. I’ve asked multiple people to go with me and gotten shut down. I finally mentioned it to Lane and she said, “Great! Let’s do it.” And so we did. It was about 15 minutes before closing. It was us and these two high school boys inside.

I was immediately enamored. First of all, it was dark inside, which was not something I expected. It’s shocking how difficult it is to tell what is a mirror and what is open space. I wonder if it was daytime and it was lit up if that would make it easier? Couldn’t have been harder.

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I know it’s a bad pic, but it was really dark in there! Plus this is the front facing camera, so no flash.

But, I loved it. Lane was a bit lost. Until I shared my secret with her. I know how to get out of any maze. I’m not going to tell you here, but there is a secret to it. I actually read this in a romance novel YEARS ago and thought it was bizarre, until I really thought about it and realized it is totally logical. I’ve been waiting to practice it that whole time. It’s not like mazes are an every day thing in my life. I did do a corn maze, but I let my nephew navigate that. Plus it was different–not as true maze-like.

We went in and wandered for a bit, laughing with the boys. One of them was talking to me and I couldn’t see him. Then, suddenly I could, so I was looking right at him and talking to him. I could see several of his reflections around us, but I was looking right at him. Then, he appeared. Directly behind me. So, I guess I was NOT looking at him. So weird! They were hopelessly lost, but having fun with it, so we let them go. After a bit of wandering and laughing at how strange it is, I told Lane my secret and we tried it out. In no time, we’d found the exit. It was so easy we couldn’t believe it. And we didn’t want to be done that fast, so we used the trick to get back to the entrance. Then we went back through again, trying to remember the path without using the secret. What we did learn is that the secret works from any point in the maze, you do not need to start from the beginning for it to work.
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Awesome.

Somewhere in the middle there is this black curtain with a fireworks display on it, lit up at night. It’s in the middle somewhere. It was a good place to pose for photos.
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Liv
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Lane

It was one of my new highlights of 2012. I definitely want to do it again, during the day, to see the differences.

Last Sunday, she called me at noon and said, “want to go on an adventure?” Boy, do I! She picked me up, and when I needed to lock my house, I realized I couldn’t find my keys. After a search, I realized that they might be with my mom. I went shopping with her on Saturday. I called and my dad searched her car and couldn’t find them. Two seconds later, my mom looked and found them. Dad was boy-looking, I don’t know why I bother. Anyway, luckily Lane proposed this plan, otherwise I wouldn’t have known my keys were missing until I was leaving for work the next day. And I don’t have a spare set. Well, I do, but my parents keep them, so I would have had no way to get to work. Awkward.

We stopped to pick up the keys before our adventure. We were hunting for a home decor store Elena went to in 2009, somewhere in WI. She didn’t know the name or even where it was. We drove and kept getting off on different exits and couldn’t find it. It was a disappointing result. But we did stop in Baldwin for a lunch at The Phoenix Grill. Not great. But it was pretty affordable. Then we got off the interstate and drove the back roads through WI. We ended up in Hammond and drove right past Justin’s house. *** EDIT*** I cannot believe I forgot this. And Elena reminded me in the comments. While we were driving, we got off on an exit. It was a slightly unusual exit, not quite as straightforward as most. We were turning left. There was traffic coming from both directions–with no stop signs, so these people are traveling 50-60 mph. Suddenly, while waiting, Elena started to go. She just pulled out in the middle of traffic. She said, she was thinking they had to stop and it was our turn or something and she just went. Literally pulling out in front of oncoming cars, trucks and one SEMI!

I’m a super relaxed passenger. I never pay much attention, I’m usually chatting and so happy I’m not driving. I was telling her a story and then she started to go and suddenly I was white-knuckling it on the door and we were both screaming. It was so scary. I thought we were about to get crunched between two cars. FREAKED OUT. She was so freaked she was yelling “I’m sorry, I’m so sorry” over and over, but not to me, she was talking to the drivers we just cut off as we made it through. The lead truck we cut off…a huge 4×4 diesel thing, like all over WI, pulled up alongside of us and he looked over. He could have been pissed. We deserved (well, more Elena) to be yelled at and cussed out and at the least, flipped off. It was that bad. But he saw Elena yelling I’m sorry and panicking and apparently he can read lips, because he glanced over and saw her and started to smile. He was pleasant and charming about it. And we lived to tell the tale. But, I think she scared a couple years off my life. It was really that bad. And to think I’m planning a road trip with her. I’m so brave.

Tonight, we are off to a Twins game. She got free tix at work, so we’re off for another night of fun. I’m so excited. It will be my first game in two years. I didn’t make it at all last year. Sad. My last chance to see my Cuddy buddy and I missed it. But, it’ll be a good chance to learn some of the new players.

Then, next week we begin tv dates. We decided that we are going to get together once a week and watch a tv series together, so we can chat about it. Like book club. But with tv. And just us. We’re starting with one of my all-time favorite series, Supernatural. This show is ending its 7th season in a week, and it has been ages since I have seen the beginning, so I’m very excited. She’s never seen it.

Update and photos from the Twins game coming tomorrow. I promise!