It’s been an absolutely packed week and isn’t about to slow down anytime soon. From holiday happenings to dogsitting and #shuttlelife, I got a lot going on:
- Cafe de la Presse: My favorite hangover cure entails four beverages and runny eggs (not together). A Bloody Mary, a coffee, a Coke, a water + eggs benedict are just the trick to get my 30-something self back in fighting shape after a night out. Even though this spot is close to the touristy Union Square, the food comes out fast. My eggs were over, but it didn’t matter in the wake of a wicked headache.’
- A Raiders Win: Praise be, the Raiders had their third win of the season on Sunday and I was there to witness it! As expected, Steelers fans are just about as insane as Raider Nation, but I stayed out of the arguments and focused on the game. And what a game it was — for a scoreless third quarter, it still stood out as one worth watching.
- “Love Actually” at the SF Symphony: Expanding my cultural horizons, I finally experienced the phenomenon that is a live orchestra accompanying a movie screening. Unexpected front row seats, talented tunemakers and the best holiday film (don’t @ me) made for a magical evening. Some commented about how it doesn’t quite hold up in the “Me Too” era but I believe it’s actually rather indicative of 2002 culture and how far we’ve come — in some cases.
- The Grove: Simple, approachable sandwiches and soups are the staples of this SF mainstay. I prefer the Hayes and Fillmore locations for their proximity to the Symphony Hall and my ‘hood, respectively. The SOMA and Design District ones are decent work-week options if you’re tired of sad salads or lackadaisical lunches. And don’t get me started on the desserts… YUM.
It’s been a whirlwind week, to say the least. While some of my closest friends here have announced their impending departures to other cities, I’ve also heard from friends afar about their plans to relocate here. “Bittersweet” doesn’t even come close to describing it.
In the meantime, I haven’t been able to corral my thoughts into my regular weekly wrap-up. I’m excited about the 10-minute “Love Actually” sequel; I still haven’t watched this year’s GRAMMYs (a first for me!); I’m loving this new mani color and I can’t stop listening to “Different for Girls” by Dierks Bentley f. Elle King.
To say I’m all over the place is an understatement.
Couple that with Valentine’s Day (do you see what I did there), social commitments, some potential moves of my own, and I’m in a frenzy to keep it all together.
So in the wake of a formal WO, please enjoy these images of the ultimate Galentine, Leslie Knope. Xoxo 💕
I’ve got a fever and the only prescription is not, in fact, more cowbell. Being sick in December is litchrlly the worst, but here’s what I’m doing to keep calm and carry on:
- #AllTreesAreBeautiful: After many people took to Twitter complaining about the shape of their Reese’s Christmas Trees this year, the brand responded with a call to end “tree shaming” and it was glorious! Check out some of the highlights here.
- “Love Actually”: In my humble opinion, there is no better holiday movie. Sure, we all enjoy “Home Alone” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” but it doesn’t get any more festive, actually, than Hugh Grant dancing around 10 Downing Street.
- “Billy on the Street” with Will Ferrell: Here’s two guys who are likely to disagree with my previous statements. And that’s OK — because they’re at their best when yelling at innocent people in NYC. Fa-la-freaking-la.
- Las Vegas: I’m suuuper pumped to spend part of next week in Vegas for my cousin’s bachelor/ette party! The sights, the slots, the spirits… hope Sin City is ready for some naughty troublemakers right before Christmas!
I’m not one of those people who can listen to Christmas music for weeks on end. Hi, have we met? My ears can only take so much fa-la-la before they fall off. The music (and movies) I do enjoy, though, are a mix of classic and contemporary:
Christmas Playlist – Some highlights from my 20-song Spotify list, which you can download here:
- “All I Want for Christmas Is You” – Mariah Carey: Not a single person who saw “Love Actually” didn’t love the little girl’s rendition of this hit made famous by MC.
- “Auld Lang Syne” – Mairi Campbell: I first heard it during “Sex & The City,” but it remains a favorite during the winter season.
- “Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree” – Brenda Lee: If you grew up during the “Home Alone” era, then you have to include this in your mix.
- “This Christmas” – Chris Brown: He made this single before he hit RiRi, so I don’t feel as guilty (as I probably should) for loving it.
I’m really looking forward to the seasonal songs our church choir performs at midnight mass on Christmas Eve, but until then, this mix should do.
Christmas Movie Marathon – Because nothing says “Christmas” like explosions and an elf on a sugar high.
- “A Christmas Story” – You’ll shoot your eye out.
- “Christmas Vacation” – The Griswolds are the perfect example of what not to do.
- “Die Hard” – Yippee kay yay, mother …
- “Elf” – Elves’ four main food groups: Candy, Candy Canes, Candy Corns and Syrup.
- “Home Alone” – No explanation required.
- “Just Friends” – Ryan Reynolds had nothing to do with this decision.
- “Love Actually” – The perfect holiday movie to restore your faith in the world.
- “The Grinch” (the OG cartoon) – It wouldn’t be Christmas without the green one.
- “The Grinch” (remake with Jim Carrey) – Ron Howard’s directing genius continues.
Which movies and music get you into the holiday mood? Share your favorites to keep my spirits merry and bright!