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Happy Monday! OMG – I am still excited about the game last night!  What game, you ask?  The West Coast rivalry between the SF 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks, of course! The game was back and forth the entire time, both teams playing at such a high level, and my stomach was in knots for about 30 minutes after it ended.  Luckily, my 9ers won!!!  In celebration, this was my outfit today:

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If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section at: www.alltheweigh.com so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

FMM: Sharing a Favorite Holiday Recipe

This week Kenlie asked us to do something a bit different – she had made some amazing cookies (go check out her post – they look way too cute to eat!) and thought it might be fun to have us share our favorite holiday recipes.

My recipe is one I found last year on Skinnytaste.com – Baked Brie Phyllo Cups with Craisins and Walnuts. I made this recipe as an appetizer for Christmas Day last year, and everyone raved about it.  They had no idea that it was “skinny.” (Each tart is 60 calories – I’ll let you look at the original site for the full nutritional details).

What I love about the recipe is that there aren’t a ton of ingredients:

  • 3 oz light brie, skin removed, cut into 15 cubes
  • 4 tbsp craisins
  • 4 tbsp chopped walnuts
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 15 Mini Phyllo Shells***

***These shells were the hardest part of the entire recipe. I had to go to three different grocery stores to find them, but I finally did.  So, I’d recommend not waiting until the week before Christmas to look for them (like I did last year).  They’re in the frozen section of your grocery store, so you can get them well ahead and keep them in the freezer).

The directions are simple:

Preheat oven to 325.

While you’re waiting for the oven to preheat:

  • place the phyllo cups on a cookie sheet
  • cut the brie into pieces
  • combine the honey, walnuts, and craisins in a bowl (this is sticky!)

Fill the phyllo cups with 1 piece of cheese, and then top with the walnut/craisin/honey mixture.  This was the “hardest” part of this whole thing, because the mixture is really sticky and it wasn’t easy getting it into the phyllo  cup without getting my hands dirty.

Once all the cups are filled, bake for 5-7 minutes.  Serve warm.  These are great reheated in the toaster oven the next day, if you have any leftover.  As you can see from my photo, I doubled the recipe – people will love these, so I highly recommend that you do the same.

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I love how festive they look, and believe me, they taste even better!

Now it’s your turn to answer the questions!   And also be sure to go back to Kenlie’s blog and leave a link to your FMM post in the comments!  I really encourage you to comment on as many people’s posts as you can – I’ve met some fantastic people through FMM.  You never know who you’ll meet today.

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Happy Monday! Today I’m especially happy because I have the day off.  This is the first year that my district has given us the entire week of Thanksgiving off, and this week-long break couldn’t have come at a better time.  I’m looking forward to spending extra time with friends and family, and I have a few other fun plans, too.

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section at: www.alltheweigh.com so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

FMM: The Holidays and More: Part 2

1.  What state/country do you live in?  I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, California (USA)

2.  Where were you born?  Were you raised there?  I was born and raised in the same neighborhood I live in now.  I love it here, and have no plans to move.

3.  How do you feel about stores like Wal-mart opening on Thanksgiving Day for pre-Black Friday sales?  Will you participate?  I think it’s a terrible practice.  I don’t like Wal-Mart for so many reasons, but especially the way they treat their employees.  I definitely won’t be participating.  I don’t even shop on Black Friday.  I prefer to stay home (or away from the malls) and do my shopping online.cyber Monday.

4.  Have you ever participated in a Turkey Trot?  Will you do one this year?  Yes, I did one several ago, when I was having all those problems with the numbness in my feet/legs.  It wasn’t easy at all, but I did complete it – slowly.  I’m signed up for the Turkey Trot this year, and I know that it will be a whole different experience this year.  In fact, I plan on having a PR!  In anticipation of the event, I bought this great turkey headband (for $1.99 at Party City), and I’m really excited about the shirt – in a size L!

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5.  What was your favorite toy as a child?  I don’t know if I can name just one.  I absolutely loved reading my books. I also loved riding my bike and putting on my roller skates, but in terms of toys, I loved playing with Barbies. Even as I got older, I loved styling the hair of my Barbie head:

My  Barbie head didn't have the cool colors in her hair, but it was pretty close to this one.

My Barbie head didn’t have the cool colors in her hair, but it was pretty close to this one.

6.  Will you count points/calories on Thanksgiving Day?  Yes, I track my food on MyFitnessPal every single day, every single meal, and Thanksgiving Day will be no different.  This is a lifestyle for me.  Which is not to say that I won’t enjoy my food, but I’m going to use the built-in portion control of my sleeve to make sure I don’t go overboard.

7.  Will you watch football Thursday?  I love football, so I’m sure we’ll watch the games.  I’m more excited about tonight’s Monday Night Football game featuring my 49ers!

8.  Do you decorate inside/outside of your home for the holidays?  Yes, I am really looking forward to Friday, when I’ll completely decorate my house (living room and dining room) and front porch.  I put on my Christmas music playlist and just enjoy prepping the house for Christmas.  It puts me in such a wonderful mood.  I don’t put a Christmas Tree up, but I do think my house is really festive and inviting anyway.

9.  Do you have allergies that prevent you from eating traditional holiday meals? No.

10.  Is it snowing where you live?  It never snows here. Although the snow is about 4 hours away, in Lake Tahoe.  I’m actually very interested in heading to the snow at some point this winter.

Now it’s your turn to answer the questions!   And also be sure to go back to Kenlie’s blog and leave a link to your FMM post in the comments!  I really encourage you to comment on as many people’s posts as you can – I’ve met some fantastic people through FMM.  You never know who you’ll meet today.

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This month I’m participating in 30 Days of Thanks (#30DaysofThanks) by writing a blog post about 30 things I’m thankful for. To join in, go to the link above. The best part is, you don’t need to have a blog or even be on social media to take part in the project; you just need to be thankful. I can’t wait to see how my life might change by spending the 30 days in November giving thanks for things in my life — every single day.

Today I’m grateful that it’s Friday evening, the end of a painful week, and the beginning of the weekend.  I’m grateful that it’s the last day of November, payday, and the end of a very long week.  I’m especially thankful to begin December, put out the Christmas decorations, and start a to celebrate the the holiday season.

I’ve enjoyed writing these 30 Days of Thanks.  Most of the time the ideas came easily to me, but towards the end of this month they’ve become a bit more difficult to think of.  It was nice showing gratitude for all of the blessings I have in my life.  Writing these posts did help me approach each day a bit differently, as a gift that was yet to be uncovered.

I’m looking forward to December – the merriment, the family time, and the reflections.  As I mentioned yesterday, I’m going to participate in #Reverb12.  I’ve also decided to post a photo a day on my FB page, following The Idea Room’s challenge.

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Doesn’t that look like fun?  I’d love for you to join me in either (or both).

But today I’m thankful for this day, for this moment, for this opportunity to say THANK YOU.

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This month I’m participating in 30 Days of Thanks (#30DaysofThanks) by writing a blog post about 30 things I’m thankful for. To join in, go to the link above. The best part is, you don’t need to have a blog or even be on social media to take part in the project; you just need to be thankful. I can’t wait to see how my life might change by spending the 30 days in November giving thanks for things in my life — every single day.

I’m incredibly thankful that I was able to spend Thanksgiving with my family. This year my nieces were with their father, so it was “the original four” – my parents, LC, and me. Though there were few of us, we filled up the house with smiles, laughter, and our passionate personalities. I love my family, and enjoy spending as much time as I can with them.

I’m also really thankful for the bounty we had at dinner, and that this year I was able to indulge, but not go overboard. I enjoyed all of my favorites, but I also tracked everything. Moderation was the key. I loved how I felt – in control.

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This was the appetizer I made – from Martha Stewart Living (found on Pinterest) – blue cheese and walnut spread. Adding the pears was my idea. It was delicious!

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My sister made these cheese straws from puff pastry, and they were so light and flaky.

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My mom’s tables are always the best because of her attention to detail. Gorgeous!!

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We took some fantastic photos of the family, too, which I’m looking forward to printing and putting in frames this weekend.

It was a beautiful day.  A day spent with family.  A day to be grateful.

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Before we get to the workweek clothes, I thought I’d share my usual weekend wear.  Depending on what I’m doing, I get more dressy with jeans and sweaters or even a dress, but if I’m just knocking around doing errands, taking Sofi for walks, meeting friends for coffee, and staying low key, I can be found in some combination like this:

Saturday, December 10thI was meeting Kim for coffee (for the first time!) and since it was chilly, and early, I decided to go casual.  She’d mentioned that she’d be in workout clothes, I figured I was safe to do so, too.

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Vest: Woman Within; Long-sleeved graphic tee: LB; Yoga pants: Woman Within; Shoes: Casual Comfort

There’s one thing about these pants.  They are really, really loose on me, which is uber comfy, but which isn’t the most flattering.  I never gravitate toward tight pants, but as you can see in the photo below, maybe I need to get some that aren’t quite as roomy?  Since they’re just for the weekends or after work, I don’t mind that they’re huge, but eventually I know I should get more form-fitting ones.  Maybe once I’m in a different size.

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Reaaaaaallllllyyyyyy wide leg. But I do like how "flowy" they are.

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Ready to meet a new friend for coffee!

This week at school the ASB decided to make it really fun by thinking of different themed dress days. They also had corresponding activities at break and lunch, which was fun for the kids. I took part in almost every day, and I loved it because it meant I had a week’s worth of outfits already all planned out. No guesswork! Luckily, too, I had enough “holiday” clothes to wear.

Monday, December 12th: PJ Day.  Now I was originally going to wear this:

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Some of my winter pjs, from Woman Within; my (pre-makeup) outfit for pj day at school. Did I dare?

I know that these jammies are so cute and would’ve been a huge hit at school (They have knit scarves, hats, and mittens all over them and they say “warm and cuddly” on the top).  The problem was, since it was a Monday, I wasn’t sure how many of the kids would remember this dress-up day.  And I didn’t want to be the only one who did it.  I know that seemed like such a high school worry, but when your job is standing in front of people giving information, you do worry about what you’re going to wear and how it looks.  The pants were thin and showed my flub, and I wasn’t feeling as confident in them.  Plus, it was really cold that day, and I knew that if I wore them, I’d be freezing in my classroom all day long.

So I totally copped out.  I went with sweats, because people do wear them to bed and they were much warmer.  I felt better in them, and they were different in their own way.  The Chicago sweatshirt has the exact color of dark rose of the pants.  So I wore this:

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No, that isn't a camel toe! Those pants are sort of loose too, and they gather. Still, not the best pose.

When I got to school, tons of kids (and a few teachers) had the pjs on, so I definitely should have worn mine.  Lesson learned.

Tuesday, December 13th: Holiday Color Day.  We were supposed to wear either green/red or blue/white or whatever colors were in the particular December holiday we celebrated.  I was so happy, because it meant that I could wear my Quaker Factory shirt that I got from QVC.  (OK, that statement made me sound 75 years old!). Since bling is in, and this is a holiday shirt, I don’t mind wearing it at all, even though Quaker Factory also makes some sweaters and shirts that could later be worn at an ugly Christmas sweater party.  😛

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The detail of the shirt.

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I took this in the bathroom to show the shirt in good lighting.

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Shirt: Quaker Factory (QVC); Jeans: Style & Co (Macy's); Shoes: Aerosoles

Wednesday, December 14th: Decorate Yourself Day.  The directions said, come dressed as you would decorate a tree.  Wear ornaments, lights, tinsel – whatever you want.  Instead, I opted to wear my other QF shirt.  Hey, I have two and you can’t wear them any other time of year.  Why not?

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The detail of the shirt.

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To show the true color of the shirt.

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Shirt: Quaker Factory (QVC); Jeans: Style & Co (Macy's); Shoes: Clark's

One important thing that I want to note is that last year when I bought these Quacker Factory shirts, they were snug on me and I worried about how I looked in them.  As you can see from these photos, they’re loose now.  And next year, they won’t fit at all!  Love that!!!!!!!

(I skipped Thursday because we had our Journalism deadline, and we all wear our Journalism sweatshirts on those days).

Friday, December 16th: Character Day.  The directions said to dress like your favorite holiday character – Santa, an elf, Rudolf, etc.  I chose to wear a Christmas hat and my star/snowflake shirt.

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Bring on Winter Break!!

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Detail of the shirt.

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Top: LB; Cami: LB; Jeans: Style & Co (Macy's); Shoes: Clark's

And with that, I am now on Winter Break!!  It was fun to have the dress-up days and make it through one of the longest weeks of the year.

Which outfit did you like best?

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This?  This is going to be a holiday favorite of mine, I can just tell.  I’ve loved both the Skinnygirl margarita and the sangria, so I’m sure I’ll love this cosmo, too.  White cranberry just says “holiday” to me.  Yum!

I’m glad that we get the Skinnygirl products right away where I live (they even sell them in the grocery stores, as well as BevMo and other liquor stores).  This is sure to be a hit! Another winner, thanks Bethenny!

I think I want to plan a holiday cocktail party just so I can serve this!  🙂  Seriously.

I love that the Skinnygirl line lets me imbibe in a cocktail or two without any guilt.  I’m still able to stay within my calorie budget, yet I get to drink socially, too.  In moderation, of  course.  I often go weeks or longer without alcohol because of the empty calories, but every once in a while it’s nice to know I can enjoy one without going overboard on my daily totals.

Have you tried any of the Skinnygirl cocktails?  Do you enjoy them as much as I do?

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BTW – In no way was I paid for this post or asked to write it.  I just found out about it today, and I’m excited to spread the word.  Not that they need any help selling this product.  I wouldn’t balk at some free bottles of Skinnygirl White Cranberry Cosmo, though, if I was asked to review them.  😉 (Again, putting it out in the universe so I can make it happen!!)

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I’m having the BEST day! I love when Mondays start out that way, don’t you? I was up right with the alarm, had plenty of time to get ready and out the door, and have been having an excellent day at work .  I brought my gym bag, and am planning to hit the elliptical and do some core work/strength training after work, followed by a nice, long walk with Sofi.  I think part of the flow is the fact that today’s weather is finally fall-like – low 70s, sunny, but with a slight breeze.  I love this time of year and can’t wait for fall to be here in full force after our predicted heatwave later this week breaks.

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section at: www.alltheweigh.com so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

FMM: What’s your favorite holiday?  And why? 

As unimaginative as it is, I have to say that the Christmas season is my favorite holiday time.  In the Italian-American culture, Christmas Eve is as important as Christmas Day, so we get to celebrate for multiple days in a row.  And really, “Christmas” is a season, a state of mind, and a generosity of spirit.

The holiday season is great starting with all that leads up to December 24th and 25th – the cooler weather, the clothes, the festivities, the shopping for the perfect gift, the wrapping and bows, the Christmas cards in the mail, the baking of Christmas cookies, the preparation of special foods, and the drinking of hot chocolate/peppermint mochas.  I love going to the mall and just seeing all the beautiful displays (although the do go up WAY too early!).  People always seem somewhat nicer to each other over the holidays – something about all of the decorations and elaborateness of the season puts people in good moods.

Now that my nieces live next door, I know Christmas is going to be extra-special this year.  We always get together with the girls each year, but it will be so much fun to have them right next door throughout the season.  All those little moments can be shared and savored.

Speaking of savoring, my sister and I had a fabulous tradition where we’d get together and bake Christmas cookies.  It would be an all-day affair that would leave us with aching backs, but it was worth it for the sisterly bonding and merriment.  We’d put on Christmas music (more on that in a minute) and just bake, bake, bake.  We’d do it at LC’s house because she has the Kitchen Aid, the Spritz  cookie press, and the awesome UC Davis Coffeehouse Cookbook.  We did this for year, and then being around her (now ex) husband got to be way more than I could bear, so I stopped going.  I made excuses about not really giving out the cookies (she gave them as gifts to some of her in-laws), but in reality, I really couldn’t stand her husband so I avoided being near him at all. But all that can change this year – LC lives right next door so making the cookies can be even better this year.  I envision us making a batch at her house, then bringing a batch over to my oven to bake, and on and on all day long.  I can’t wait!!

I have quite a mix of Christmas music in my iTunes library that I play throughout December.  I love some of the old classics, but really enjoy current artists’ take on songs of the season, too.  My all-time favorite songs are on a double-CD that I got at Bath and Body Works years ago called Glisten and Glow.  Couple this with the fact that one of our local radio stations plays Christmas music 24-7 beginning the day after Thanksgiving, and there’s never a lull in the musical merriment.

Last year was the first one in which I could send out a photo card like the ones that all my friends with husbands and kids normally do.  Lulu and I had such a sweet card last year, and I know that Miss Sofi and I will have another amazing card this year.  I can’t wait to dress her up in the Ms. Santa Outfit!!

In terms of food, Christmas Eve is always a traditional Sicilian night of fish, cioppino to be exact.  On Christmas Day we have ravioli (love!!) and some sort of beef, a menu that is worth every single moment of the workout it will take to burn off all the calories later.  My parents hosts it all, with my mom cooking the feasts, and they really are meals to remember.

Christmas is about family, friends, and showing those I love how much they mean to to me.  Whether it’s picking out gifts that I know they’ll love when they open, or having them over for an evening of wine and appetizers, the holiday season is one that I look forward to all year.

Now it’s your turn! What’s your favorite holiday?  Don’t forget to go to Kenlie’s blog and link up in the comments!

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Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Happy Tuesday (evening), Everyone!

A quick note before I get to the main topic: I always try to have my posts up in the morning so that more of you get a chance to read them, but I’m sorry to say that for the next 7 weeks or so I’m not going to be able to do that.  On the days that I don’t have a prep period AND I’m teaching the extra class after school from 3-5pm, I won’t be able to get a post up until the late afternoon early evening.  (Unless I’m really on top of things and write the post on Monday evening, but I have a feeling THAT won’t happen too often).  It’s not a big deal, but I wanted to make sure that everyone knew why my posts were a bit later than normal.

So I thought a timely topic for today (like that alliteration?  That happened without even trying!) would be how I’m planning to handle eating on Easter.  Easter isn’t one of the food holidays that I really worry about, unlike say Christmas, but it is a holiday that my family and I gather around a table for, so it does bring up some concern, especially in terms of weight loss.

For the last several years my family and I have been having an Easter brunch at my parents’ house.  Usually we have some sort of egg, sausage, cheese, & potato casserole along with a baked ham, a fruit salad, and french toast.  My mom’s holiday menus are always packed with food, that’s for sure.

The other day my mom asked me how I was going to handle all the food on Easter since I was doing Medifast.  I thought it was really supportive of her to ask, and I appreciated the fact that she wanted to make sure I had some sort of plan in place.

I figured I could  go one of two ways:

  1. Make myself a green salad or some other veggie and eat it along with the ham.        OR…
  2. Enjoy small portions of most of the food without guilt.

I’m planning on option #2, which may surprise some of you.  But here’s my thought process:

  • I’ve been sticking to “strict Medifast” for almost a week, seeing great success.  There’s no way that I’m going to let one day of eating anything throw me off my game.
  • Easter is the only holiday from now through the beginning of July where eating will be an issue.  If I am invited to a bbq for Memorial Day, that’s an easy one to work into my Lean &  Green plan.
  • Because of this, I want to enjoy the food for this holiday; I’m not going to be distracted by anything else in the next 2-3 months.
  • We’re not talking about any overly caloric food here:
    • I’m going to avoid the french toast, because that doesn’t have a lot of nutritional value.
    • I’m going to eat the fruit salad even though it has carbs because I’ve been craving fruit.  In fact, I told my mom I’d make it.  I’m planning on doing all berries – strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries.  Nothing else on it but a bit of Truvia.
    • The egg, sausage, potato, and cheese casserole might be a bit heavier than I would normally eat (because of the potatoes), but it’s all good food.  My mom doesn’t use a lot of fat when she cooks anyway, so I know she won’t be using tons of oil/butter to prepare it.
    • Ham is perfectly lean and acceptable.
  • I can control my portions.  As I saw when I had my mishap last week, my stomach has shrunk in the last 10 weeks – both in terms of the way my clothes fit and in the amount of food I can comfortably consume.
  • I will eat Medifast meals the rest of the day, as needed.  And come Monday morning, I’ll be right back on to my normal 5 and 1 plan.

I’m comfortable with this decision because it makes sense to me.  I’m not worried about going overboard and overeating because I know I won’t.  I’ll just enjoy a lovely brunch with my family and have a good time eating “normally” for the day.

In many ways I’m going to approach Sunday as if I already have the Lap Band in – protein first, small portions and small bites, and stop before I feel full. I think the key is moderation and being a bit stricter the rest of the week.  Treating the day as just that – one day, and in fact ONE MEAL – and not an excuse to go completely off plan.

What’s your plan for Easter Eating?  Will you give yourself the day off or will you be following your weight loss plan?

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This weekend was a mix of family, friends, and fun, and although some of the plans changed, it was a good time all the way around.

Friday DH and I went to dinner at Cheesecake Factory and I felt very good about my order – Wasabi-crusted Tuna.  I seem to order some version of this tuna every time I go here because it’s relatively calorie friendly and I love tuna cooked this way.  Whenever I go out to eat, I always try to order things that I normally wouldn’t make at home, and tuna made this way is definitely one of those.  We did order a piece of carrot cheesecake to go so that we could sample it during the movie, but after two bites, I had had enough.  It was really tasty, but a bit too sweet for my taste. I was proud of myself for stopping after a couple of bites, saving myself lots of calories.  I know in the past I probably would’ve kept eating until my half was done, so this is progress.  We saw New Moon, and I enjoyed it.  I have to say, I guess I’m in the minority because I’m still an Edward girl.  Even though he is the antithesis of the type of guy I’m attracted to, as far as overall looks go, I like his mysterious, broody looks.  Plus, he’s gorgeous.  Jacob has a fantastic body, but there’s something about his teeth that just don’t do it for me.  Not to mention that his acting needs a bit of work.  There were some interesting chick-flick type movies that were shown in the previews that I’m looking forward to seeing, including Dear John with Channing Tatum:

Now, I really don’t enjoy Nicholas Sparks’ novels, because I think they’re banal and saccharine sweet, but did I mention Channing Tatum?!

Saturday I was supposed to go up to SF to go to dinner at the Carnelian Room with Favorite Cousin and her friends, but I was feeling very TOM and bloaty, and the idea of spending over $100 after spending so much for Christmas presents just left me wanting to stay home.  Which I did, and I’m glad.  I ended up getting all of my presents wrapped and watched Julie & Julia.  I really liked the movie, even after reading the book.  The book did delve more into Julie Powell’s life than the movie, but I liked how the movie infused more of Julia Child’s life into the story.  It was a very quiet night at home, but it was nice.

Sunday we got together to celebrate Christmas with LC, my nieces, and LC’s hubby.  It was a fairly nice time, but because no one really gets along with LC’s hubby (other than LC, that is), things are always a bit strained.  Everyone enjoyed the meal and opening the presents, but tensions ran high as the evening progressed.  I feel so badly for LC and wish that she could see how much denial she is in about certain things.  But then again, it’s her life, her marriage, and her decisions.  If only I controlled the world, then things would be perfect.  😉

This week the social events just keep on coming, which will be fun.

Today I’m getting together with Cynn to catch up (it’s been over a year!) and have some pomegranate martinis.  I bought the mix, the rimmer sugar, and the vodka the other day, so we’re all set.  I have a few appetizers that I’m planning on, which are a mixture of healthy and indulgent, just as a good cocktail party for two should be.

Tuesday I’m going to brave the mall early in the day so that I can see if I can use my new gift cards to Lane Bryant and Macy’s I got for Christmas.  Maybe a few nice tops  that I can wear for some upcoming social events.  Plus, I still have a ton of Real Woman dollars that I could use. I’m also going to buckle down and grade those essays that I have looming over me.  I’d rather just get them out of the way early so that I can enjoy the rest of my vacation worry free.

Wednesday Ish is coming over for coffee and conversation in the afternoon, which will be fun.  We try to get together every week or two, and we’re past due for our gabbing session.

Thursday – Christmas Eve at my parents’ house with our traditional Sicilian cioppino (fish stew, although it tastes so much better than the English makes it sound).  This year my mom’s cousin and his wife (who’s a great friend of my mom) will be joining us, so it will be a nice evening.

Friday – Christmas Day will be a small gathering at my parents’ house.  Just me, my mom, and my dad.  I’m actually looking forward to it.  I’m hoping we get another Wii Bowling competition going, because the last time we played, I definitely kicked ass.  Not that I’m competitive or anything.  🙂  Hey, I get it from my mom, what can I say?

Saturday I’m going to have my parents over for cocktails at my place because it’s been a while since I’ve had them over, and I want them to see the decorations I’ve put up for the holidays.  Plus, I think I’ll still have some of the fixings for the pom martinis left, so I might as well put them to good use. And…I have a Wii at my house, too, so depending on what happens on Christmas, we may have a rematch on my turf!

Whew, what a whirlwind!  For the homebody that I’ve become, this is quite a flurry of social activity.  Still, it’s fun to be able to share time with friends and family.

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