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message 1: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (songgirl7) Merry Christmas to all of you and your families! I'm so addicted to this group that when my internet was down for a couple days, I had to go to Starbucks and use their wi-fi so I could keep up! I just love you all. I hope everyone's holidays are filled with warmth and cheer. And food. Very important.

...and to all, a good night!

message 2: by Meghan (new)

Meghan Merry Christmas! It's Midnight EST so it's official here. May you get your heart's desire, but mostly may it just be a day of peace and joy and lots and lots of laughter. Oh, and a lot of good food.

message 3: by Beth (new)

Beth | 173 comments I'm at work! But still having a Merry Christmas! Cheers to all!

message 4: by Dottie (last edited Dec 24, 2007 09:43PM) (new)

Dottie (oxymoronid) | 698 comments Wow -- it IS that late. I've been cooking and baking since 2 PM -- sorry if I already posted this somewhere and it duplicates -- I forget where I've been on my two -- yes -- just two -- computer breaks earlier.

I started with a casserole recipe -- the crab dish I mentioned in the thread on A Christmas Carol -- which I split into two dishes so that once it sits overnight as it has to do I can then bake them and top and rebake them and we can EAT some of one of them while I finish gathering up things to leave for mother's. The second one goes with us.

I then moved on to the corn Pudding and baked it -- it will go to mother's to be reheated. After the first break -- which was longer than I'd planned for several reasons, I started baking the cake -- and then I put our dinner in to cook -- we ate in the middle of the cake prep -- between steps. Then I finished the batter while hubby zested the lemon s for me. The cake is baking now and I have glaze to make and brush over it.

THEN I'm going to bake the mincemeat pie -- it takes a whole 30 minutes to bake so that's nothing. The cake is the long project.

I am taking the porkloin roast up and will butterfly, pound it out and stuff and tie it up there -- then it doesn't take long to roast it. The stuffing is chopped dried figs and crumbled feta cheese and it's glazed with maple syrup. We also are taking potatoes and cabbage along to make Irish colcannon and we have dinner rolls and lots of butter!

I get hungry just thinking about it -- heh. It will be just the three of us and I hope to leave leftovers for her so she can take it easy for a bit -- and my siter may get to sample the laeftovers later in the week.

Have a great holiday everyone. Wishing you a safe, healthy, happy year in 2008 also.


message 5: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (songgirl7) Dottie, I'm coming to your house for dinner. You're in SoCal, yeah? So if I leave now, I'll have plenty of time. :)

message 6: by Nicole (new)

Nicole | 38 comments Merry Christmas to everyone :]

message 7: by alicia (new)

alicia grant (shesha556) Merry Christmas everyone.Also a Happy New Year!!!

message 8: by Arctic (new)

Arctic | 571 comments While the merry bells keep ringing, may your every wish come true and may the calendar keep bringing happy holidays to you.

message 9: by whichwaydidshego, the sage of sass (new)

whichwaydidshego | 1996 comments Mod
Good one, Heather...

Happy Christmas everyone. You all deserve the very best!

I just love this group! I think I'm going to go through withdrawals this week since there's no wi-fi and my uncle doesn't like people on his computer... without a car here I can't get to the cafes easily. It will be like being stolen away from all my best friends!

Cheers gang!

message 10: by Cody (new)

Cody Wilshire (codywilshire) | 85 comments I'll be working all day and night long instead of being in Italy with my family/friends/fiance (where I should have been since Sunday! BOO! THE GRINCH STOLE MY CHRISTMAS!).

But I hope everyone has a very happy and safe holiday, whatever they may celebrate. Oh yeah, and if you have cookies, eat one for me please. Kay thanks. Anything with chocolate, nuts, sugar, butter, flour...paper...whatever will do. LOL. *widens eyes at thoughts of all kinds of cookies and goodies*. Yummmmmmay!

May your hopes and spirits be high, your bellies be full, and your pants have elastic!

message 11: by Sera (last edited Dec 25, 2007 06:49AM) (new)

Sera "God bless us everyone" - Tiny Tim

You all are the best, and I wish you the most joyful day filled with peace, love and happiness.

message 12: by Courtney (new)

Courtney Stirrat | 201 comments Merry Christmas!!!!!!

After reading these posts, I feel like all my friends just called me. May everyone get lots of books, an obscene amount of chocolate, a mug of hot coffee or cocoa and an indecent dose of Holiday Cheer!

message 13: by Robbie (last edited Dec 25, 2007 09:41AM) (new)

Robbie Bashore | 592 comments Hi, everyone!
Merry, merry Christmas. I got presents! I have chocolate, coffee, a computer, comfy clothes, a happy family, and nowhere to go today! Amen!
Thanks for being a great community of smart friends!

message 14: by Meghan (new)

Meghan It's our own little Stars Hollow Christmas! So who is going to be our Miss Patty? heh

Hope all is well in Christmasland. Very merry here, just waiting to finish up making dinner. Made some awesome homemade cinnamon buns this morning (first time ever), so I'm thinking this is what being made of awesome must feel like. But mostly it has been just a lovely day. It even snowed, sort of.

message 15: by Sera (last edited Dec 25, 2007 04:36PM) (new)

Sera Ah, all the company is gone after a fabulous day, and now I can kick back and watch TV/read. I can't do much else with this full belly of mine.

Oooh, by the way, my husband gave me the coolest gift - it's a leather bound gold foil set of 4 John Steinbeck books, including East of Eden and The Grapes of Wrath; as you know, the former is my all time favorite. Yay!

Oh, I guess I also need to start thinking about January's book vote - hmmmm...

message 16: by Meghan (new)

Meghan Sera, you will so have Sarah drooling over that gift!

message 17: by Sera (new)

Sera Sarah, you are welcome to borrow it at any time :)

message 18: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (songgirl7) Sera, what were the other 2?

You ought to plan a vacation ot CA and we'll go to Monterey and see the Steinbeck House, Library, and Museum.

message 19: by Sera (new)

Sera Cannery Row and The Winter of Our Discontent are the other two. I would love to go on the Steinbeck tour that you described. Have you gone yet?

message 20: by Arctic (new)

Arctic | 571 comments I have relatives in Monterey...I'll have to check that out next tiime I'm down there.

There's also a great Indian restaurant there called Indian Summer.

message 21: by Beth (new)

Beth | 173 comments The Winter of Our Discontent....heh heh. That reminds me of Reality Bites, when Ethan Hawke answers the phone, and says "Hello, you've reached the winter of our discontent." My weird brain at work. Alison, do you remember how much we all loved this movie?

message 22: by Sarah (last edited Dec 26, 2007 06:23PM) (new)

Sarah (songgirl7) Sera, I haven't, but I'm hoping to this spring. I've actually never been to Monterey even though it's only a 3 or 4 hour drive for me. It's pretty expensive to stay down there, I think. Also, I didn't really get crazy about Steinbeck until last year.

Gee, if only I knew someone who lived halfway there, I could stay at her house and just go over for the day... (Michele... hint hint...) :)

message 23: by Sera (new)

Sera Sarah, I'm starting a new job next month so it's unlikely that I'll be able to get out there in the spring. However, if you do get to go, let me know how it is. I'm going to start working on my husband now - hehe. Sounds like you are also putting together a pretty good plan of your own...

message 24: by Alison, the guru of grace (new)

Alison | 1282 comments Mod
I heard this hymn on Christmas Eve, and...well, I cried. I know Christmas is over, but I'm still feeling sappy.

"Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother;
And in His name all oppression shall cease."

(O Holy Night)

message 25: by Erica (new)

Erica Poole | 199 comments OK! So this has nothing to do with anything on here, but I just have to tell the world! I am pregnant! And for those of you who I have chatted with you will know that the doctors had forecast a dark and dreary future of lots of medical treatment for this to be the case, and we hadn't started! So this is like my very own Christmas miracle! !:):):):):)

message 26: by Alison, the guru of grace (new)

Alison | 1282 comments Mod
Gosh. I keep skipping over large segments, and posting. I missed your comments Beth. Are you kidding? Reality Bites? I think my copy of the soundtrack finally disintegrated, or melted, or was just...tired. I wonder if it (the movie) has stood the test of time? It was the beginning of all of the "ironic" humor, the romanticism of the "slacker" ideology...all that crap that defined out generation (Gen X). My favorite part: Winona Ryder getting "cut off" financially from her dad except for the gas she goes to the gas station and puts random people's gas on her card, and they give her cash. (So she can have cash.) I just remember being so jealous of her looking so cute in those faded jeans. And she had the BEST haircut. We all wanted it. Free Wynona!

message 27: by Alison, the guru of grace (new)

Alison | 1282 comments Mod
Oh my gosh! Now I am reading that Erica is pregnant! Congrats! Best wishes!!!!!!!!!!!!!

message 28: by Sarah (last edited Dec 27, 2007 08:57PM) (new)

Sarah (songgirl7) ERICA!!!!!!!!!!! That is SO WONDERFUL!!!!! Congratulations and best of luck, and keep us posted! And I'll keep you, your husband, and the baby in my prayers!

And the multiple exclamation points are so called for.

message 29: by Beth (new)

Beth | 173 comments Alison, I would not think that Reality Bites has aged well. I loved my soundtrack,too! It was awesome! Poor Ben Stiller, he has totally gone downhill since then, in my opinion. He is so annoying now.

message 30: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (songgirl7) I loved the soundtrack too. My senior year of high school, my cheer squad did a routine to "My Sharona" and my friend Heather and I loved the song "Tempted". To this day when I hear either of those songs I think of my senior year.

message 31: by Arctic (new)

Arctic | 571 comments Erica - congratulations and I hope you have a wonderful pregnancy! I don't know your specific situation, but a new baby is always something to celebrate. :)

message 32: by Shannon, the founder of fun (back from sabbatical) (new)

Shannon | 254 comments Mod
Erica congratulations!!! That is a Christmas miracle.

message 33: by Robbie (new)

Robbie Bashore | 592 comments Hooray, Erica!!

message 34: by Alison, the guru of grace (new)

Alison | 1282 comments Mod
Ben Stiller gone downhill? I thought he was so underrated in Dodgeball (tone: sarcastic). Well, at least we can say we knew him when he was cool (and Ethan Hawke for that matter, too...and kind of Wynona, too. She needs a comeback.)

Those were great songs, Sarah. I never hear any of them without thinking of that movie (Spin the Bottle, Stay) and that time in my life, too.

message 35: by Sera (new)

Sera Yay, Erica!

message 36: by Beth (new)

Beth | 173 comments Yeah, Winona definitely needs a comeback. She had a photo spread in a recent "Vogue". (Yes, sometimes I love to read "Vogue", which anyone who really knows me will find very strange. But, I just love to look at the pictures!!)

Anyway, Winona is still as gorgeous as ever. The whole shoplifting incident was very unfortunate.

And, of course, "Reality Bites" was the first time I saw Janeane Garofalo and Steve Zahn. And, I forgot about that Lisa Loeb song!! I loved it. Boy, talk about memory lane...

message 37: by Erica (new)

Erica Poole | 199 comments Thank you all! I just found out today that I am barely a 'minute' pregnant! About 5 weeks! So I have lots of time to get ready! Whoo hoo! Thanks again for all the well wishes, it feels great!

message 38: by alicia (new)

alicia grant (shesha556) Congrats on your Christmas Miracle.That is wonderful.

message 39: by Meghan (new)

Meghan Oh Erica, what a special yet perfect present for you and your family! Congratulations! Congratulations! Congratulations! cha cha cha (I don't know, it just seems like an ocassion like this needs a cha cha cha.)

And maybe I'm dating myself, but Singles was my generation's Reality Bites. God love Matt Dillon for playing the clueless yet good hearted slacker. And how can you not just love Bridget Fonda? sigh. But yeah, I LOVED the RB soundtrack. That was some good music!

message 40: by Alison, the guru of grace (last edited Dec 28, 2007 08:12PM) (new)

Alison | 1282 comments Mod
I was thinking of Singles, too. I have that movie on VHS, and I have to say, it has held up well. Such great actors. And a great soundtrack, too.

message 41: by Beth (new)

Beth | 173 comments Omigod,I LOVE Singles. I loved Eric Stoltz as the annoying mime. And Jeremy Piven as the drugstore clerk, when Campbell Scott goes in to buy all the pregnancy tests? So many great moments!!! And the whole thing with Sheila Kelley making the dating video!! So classic. I have watched that movie so many times over. I love that Matt Dillon's band was called "Citizen Dick" and their big song was "Touch Me, I'm Dick". I love the scene when he and his band members (the guys from Pearl Jam) are sitting in the cafe reading the review of their show in the newspaper. So funny!!!!

message 42: by Erica (new)

Erica Poole | 199 comments You know, I still haven't seen Singles, or Clerks, or lots of pop culture classics. I feel so out of the loop!

Thanks Meghan! I love the cha cha cha! It DOES feel appropriate! :)

message 43: by Meghan (new)

Meghan Ironically, Reality Bites was on last night so, of course, I watched it. Man, I cannot believe how many people are in that (besides the big names).

I'm totally on the fence about Ben Stiller. I LOVE Zoolander and Night at the Museum. But he plays the nuerotic a little too well and sometimes he just annoys the **** out of me. I never could get into There's Something About Mary. Although I love the young Bret Favre ( at the end. But I loved his hair in RB. Ahhhh, the 90s.

message 44: by Alison, the guru of grace (new)

Alison | 1282 comments Mod
Singles & Reality Bites are great places to start if you feel you've missed out on some classics. Clerks didn't do it for me. I think I was a little too old when it came out to appreciate it's humor.

Beth, didn't you have kind of an Eric Stoltz fetish? Or was that someone else? I actually watched Singles over the summer. Did I read that it was kind of the idea behind Melrose Place...all these "singles" living in one apartment complex? Maybe I dreamed that. Remember Bill Pullman as Bridget Fonda's plastic surgeon? He's always the nice, smiley guy.

message 45: by Beth (new)

Beth | 173 comments I think that was Holley who had the Eric Stoltz fetish, though I do like him a lot myself. Yeah, Bill Pullman....what a guy. When I think of Bill Pullman, I think of that gameshow that used to come on Comedy Central called "Ben Stein's Money". (Remember that show? Ben Stein hosted, with a then-unknown Jimmy Kimmel as his sidekick?) Anyway, one of the categories they had one time was: "Bill Paxton, Bill Pullman: Like There's a Difference". So, Chris and I always say that when we see one of them on TV.

message 46: by Alison, the guru of grace (last edited Dec 29, 2007 07:24PM) (new)

Alison | 1282 comments Mod
Haha. Bill Pullman will always be The President of the U.S. from Independence Day to me. Lots of smiling, knowingly, and whispering for dramatic effect required for that part. Eric Stoltz will always be the friend from "Some Kind of Wonderful" (referenced by Lorelai at one point, too).

message 47: by Arctic (last edited Dec 29, 2007 08:50PM) (new)

Arctic | 571 comments ^^same for me, though I really liked Pullman in While You Were Sleeping - sort of a guilty pleasure I guess.

Ben Stein's Money has to be one of my all time favorite game shows. I wish there were reruns.

Ben Stiller I'm undecided about. I liked him in Museum, Mary, and Meet the Parents, but not Zoolander or Reality Bites (though I loved Reality Bites (but not as much as I loved Singles) and I'm right there with the rest of you on the soundtrack (though the Singles' soundtrack (also great) has more staying power I think)).

Clerks is a bit overrated. I'd rather re-watch Dogma or even Clerks 2 if we're talking Kevin Smith movies. An Evening with Kevin Smith is also really funny.

message 48: by Robbie (new)

Robbie Bashore | 592 comments Dogma is one of my favorite movies! I never really appreciated Clerks and never saw Clerks 2, but I did think Jay and Silent Bob were awfully funny in Dogma.

I liked Something About Mary and now associate it with being in labor with my first child, as it was on TV post-epidural.

message 49: by whichwaydidshego, the sage of sass (new)

whichwaydidshego | 1996 comments Mod
Erica! Fantastic news! Praise God! Miracles rock! Yea-yea-hooray! I'm really so truly happy for you!

Alison, wow... great song quote.

Sarah, let's go! Monterrey here we come! Sera, you MUST join us, girl! Oooo! Girls Monterrey weekend, anyone???

Meghan, if I can't be Lorelai, I think I choose to be smart-alec Gypsy over Miss Patty. Miss P is in-the-know and all that, but Gypsy can fix cars and isn't afraid to take on Taylor!

message 50: by whichwaydidshego, the sage of sass (new)

whichwaydidshego | 1996 comments Mod
Okay, I missed a whole page of this thread!

For years I had this thing for Campbell Scott. He was scrumptious in Dying Young and a couple of others.

Bill Pullman is definitely NOT always the nice, smiley guy! At least once he's played the bad guy, and several times played the annoying guy, and once played "Mr. Wrong." Oh, has anyone ever seen Rocket Gibraltar? I loved that movie. "No worms."

Eric Stoltz is the lead in Some Kind of Wonderful, Mary Stuart Masterson was the friend. She rocked in that movie. I loved that movie. But that was my generation of movies. Breakfast Club, Better Off Dead, all those. Love 'em.

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