Austenland

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Austenland

Jane Hayes’s (Keri Russell) adoration of all things Jane Austen is complicating her love life. Determined to be the heroine of her own story, Jane spends her life savings on a trip to Austenland, an eccentric resort where guests experience complete immersion in the Regency era. Armed with her bonnet, corset and needlepoint, Jane strives to avoid spinsterhood … but has a difficult time determining where fantasy ends and real life—and maybe even love—begins. Jennifer Coolidge (Legally Blonde) and Jane Seymour (Wedding Crashers) also star in this charming romantic comedy.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Christmas Time Is Here

And I am keeping as busy as I possibly can (she says, sitting in her jammies at 11:17 AM on a Monday morning, watching Food Network). Actually I'm on a break. Last week was SUPER busy, with my church's Ladies Christmas Dinner on Thursday, the Women of Faith Telecast at church on Friday night, a Celebration of life concert on Saturday evening, Sunday morning and Sunday afternoon. We have three more performances this coming weekend, and then we'll be done until Spring. A week from Sunday, my sis and I are also the Emcees of our church's Song & Story Variety Potluck Dinner show. This Friday night, I have a Christmas party (my second of the season, actually. I almost never do Christmas parties).

The kitties are ready for Christmas.

Janie's ready for Christmas!

Miss Tris believes she's a present.

Quite the dapper Henry.
The concerts this weekend went really well. I'm singing "Who Would Imagine a King" as a duet with my dad. I hope to get a video of it this weekend (My videographer opted to treat a friend to a much-needed girl's day, but promised she'd get it this weekend). To see the kind of performances we do, here's a video from about two years ago, last time dad and I sang (I wasn't singing with my dad for this song. That's Ron, the then-president). We were singing a song called "This is Our Son," and it's by far, my favorite song from any of the seasons I've sung with the group.


**Fun Facts: My parents met in the Celebration of Life Choir back in 1980, and my dad started working with them in 1975. I feel I owe this group my mere existence, so thanks, COL!

Our current group.
Earlier last week, we decorated our tree. I'm glad it's finished now, because when just my ornaments were up, it looked a little sad.

I don't know if you can see it, but my computer is making the lights twinkle.
We don't have twinkle lights! So cool!
We also got snow yesterday, but it's supposed to get into the 30's later this week (Thank God), so I don't think it's going to last long. How's the weather been for you? I've been absolutely freezing! To the bones, even. My bones and joints have been sore because of the cold. Not cool, soda pop.

I'm looking forward to Christmas. It's at our house this year, and might be the last one we have here (My 4-person family unit is hoping to grow out and go our separate ways. Or at least split down the middle. My parents together, then my sis and I), so I'll enjoy it while it lasts. 

I'm hoping to spend more time blogging in the future, so here's hoping I succeed. Enjoy those Christmas movies! We've already watched Scrooge, Miracle on 34th Street, The Santa Clause and The Santa Clause 2 (Don't hate). Last week, my sis and I also saw Frozen, and I can't recommend it enough! I mean, just watch Idina Menzel's showstopper as Snow Queen, Elsa.


Wonderful story about the love between sisters. Glad I saw it with mine. I totally want to see it again! I think I've even convinced my sister to run the 2015 Disney Princess Half Marathon with me as Elsa (Kiri) and Anna (Me). Now to get on that. :-)

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