Awesome in January

Awesome in January

January was bitterly cold and dreadfully long. We tried to stay cozy at home, and film awards season brought the perfect excuse to stay on the couch under a blanket. I especially loved season 2 of The Crown, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and The Sinner in terms of television. My favorite movies so far have been Lady Bird and Get Out, but there’s still a lot left to watch. I have to say, I don’t understand the hype around Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. I guess I don’t find rape and racism that funny. Have you seen it? What did you think?

I made Cheesy Potato Soup this month, and it was the perfect foil t the January dreariness. We got to try Pizza East which just opened up a few doors down from us. It was tasty, but I think I’ll take it home to eat next time as the seats weren’t particularly comfortable. Geoff also had the best white russian of his life at Lebowski’s West. 

I definitely want to dig into this Cheesy Tuscan Sausage Dip like now. That cheese, though!

I’m a sucker for a pretzel dog, and these Pretzel Challah Bagel Dogs are calling my name. 

I’m totally intrigued by this Oatmeal Cookie Irish Cream Cheesecake Pie. So many good things all in one dessert. Yes, please. 

Peanut Butter Fudge from Awesome on 20

Your favorites this month were peanut butter fudge, buffalo chicken pinwheels, and classic crunchy peanut butter cookies. All is right with the world.

February is bringing the Winter Olympics a bit more daylight, and a big change at work. Let’s make it awesome, friends.

Awesome in August

Awesome in August

Awesome in August

I spent the first three weeks of August in my house. July was so outrageously awesome that I needed a bit of a break from life. My bank account appreciated the break as well. I watched the Olympics non-stop and loved every minute of it. Michael Phelps was awesome, Katie Ledecky blew up the world, Mo Farah might be the nicest man ever born, and Simone Biles is basically a god. I can’t wait for the Winter Games in Korea. I’m thinking figure skating, snowboarding, and non-stop hot chocolate. What were your favorite Olympic moments?

Howlin Wolf3

We also went back to Howlin’ Wolf this month and had more great cocktails and totally awesome food. I think it might be becoming my favorite. I can also recommend the milkshakes at Byron Burgers. 

I’ve been watching Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on Netflix, and I can’t decide if I like it or not. Rebecca is a terrible person, but Greg is exactly my kind of funny. The theatre kid in me can’t look away from a musical. Also, I was an assistant teacher in Santino Fontana’s tap class when I was in high school and he was like eight years old, so I’m pretty sure I’m at least partially responsible for that Fred Astaire number he did in episode 4.

I’ve been dying to eat the internet. Most especially, I’d like to eat Snickerdoodle Muffins, S’mores Ice Cream Cake, and Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Cookies. Clearly I need to start jogging.

Brazilian Sunrise Cocktail from Awesome on 20

Your favorite recipes this month were Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels, Chicken Parmesan, and Brazilian Sunrise Cocktails. Clearly I wasn’t the only one wishing I was in Rio.

I’m happy to have escaped the house again. Adventures await. It’s gonna be awesome!

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25 Days of Awesome Christmas Movies

25 Days of Awesome Christmas Movies

25 Days of Awesome Christmas Movies

Living in Hawaii, it takes a bit of extra effort to get in to the holiday spirit sometimes. The temperatures only drop by about five degrees and unless you’re at the tip top of a volcano, there’s absolutely no chance of snow. If I want to see a winter storm that might prevent Santa from delivering his presents, I have to turn on the TV. Everyone’s favorite Christmas movies and TV specials are a great way to get in the mood, and much cheaper than that bottle of wine advent calendar you wish you had. Here are 25 awesome Christmas movies to make you feel merry and bright. 

P.S. They’re in alphabetical order because, while I have some opinions on ranking, I can’t decide which one is my favorite. I also made sure some of these appeared on a couple of different lists of Christmas movies before adding them to make sure they’re “legit.”

  1. Batman Returns N
  2. Charlie Brown Christmas
  3. A Christmas Story
  4. A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All
  5. Die Hard
  6. Die Hard 2: Die Harder
  7. Elf
  8. Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas YT, HP
  9. Frosty the Snowman YT
  10. Gremlins
  11. Home Alone
  12. Home Alone 2
  13. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (animated)
  14. It’s a Wonderful Life
  15. The Muppets Christmas Carol N
  16. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  17. Nightmare Before Christmas N
  18. Nutcracker: The Motion Picture (The one with Patricia Barker and designs by Maurice Sendak)
  19. Polar Express
  20. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  21. Santa Claus the Movie
  22. The Santa Clause
  23. Scrooged N
  24. The Snowman YT
  25. White Christmas N

Here’s the code for the easiest ways of viewing. 
N=Netflix
YT=YouTube
HP=Hulu Plus

Of course, you could also just DVR most of these if you have cable and a DVR. I’m probably one of the only weird people that doesn’t have that option.

So, what are your favorite Christmas movies? Leave a comment so I can check them out.

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