This week we picked a controversial film, “The Interview”, “Chalet Girl” & “Jeune et Jolie”. There’s a little bit of something for everyone. Sorry, no horror films this week though you know I love horror films! Sal and I watched “The Interview” together while I watched the others on my own.
Now that we’re done with Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Eve parties and hangovers, it’s time to get the ball rolling on creating a successful year.
Epiphany (in French, Épiphanie) is tomorrow which celebrates the arrival of the Magi to baby Jesus–the Three Wise Men were guided by the Star of Bethlehem, bearing gifts for Jesus.
I never really felt the need to celebrate it other than silent reflection and Mass prior to the 6th of January until my step-family introduced me to a French tradition. For every French person, the Épiphanie is synonymous with the famous galette des rois which is a frangipane-filled cake (tart). Since the 14th century, the 6th of January is the occasion in France to tirer les rois (draw the kings), which is to decide who will be king for the day. The cake is baked with a hidden fêve inside, usually a small porcelain figurine or trinket. Whoever finds the fêve is the king (or queen) for the day. The cake itself is baked in a round shape to symbolize the sun. This is the typical northern style, however, the south of France will have a torus-shaped brioche with candied fruits and sugar (gâteau des rois) which resembles something more familiar, the Mardi Gras-style King Cake.
Happy New Year everyone! I’m so happy you’re with us! It has been quite a year. Sunday Scene underwent some changes and relaunched in Spring of 2014 though it has been around since 2011. I am very happy with the new direction the blog is going. It’s taken me a while to find myself and to be able to create an online presence that I am comfortable with. I want to be able to share my life and experiences but still maintain some sense of privacy.
I am looking forward to this upcoming new year and all the possibilities that life has to offer. As far as resolutions go, I decided to evaluate my current lifestyle and make small tweaks instead of setting myself up for failure. Here are a few guidelines I am following to create a successful and happy year.
The day I had been dreading all year had come and gone. To be honest, I didn’t think much about leaving my teenage years and entering my 20s but my 30s? That was something I feared. It was mostly because I hadn’t accomplished things I thought I would have when I came of age. At this age, I thought I would be married with kids and making mortgage payments. I have neither of these things and I’m mostly okay with it. With my 30s coming on in full speed, it made me realize how fast life goes by and how much more there is to accomplish. I decided that I need to look at the positives and acknowledge how far I’ve come.
You’ve decided to save money by bringing your own lunches instead of going out for lunch. It’s an adventure in its own right trying to store your lunch in the fridge every morning because you’ll never know what obstacle awaits you. You tiptoe past spilled sugar and hop over spilled coffee. You can’t remember if the cake sitting on the counter is new or had been left out overnight. You open the fridge and pray that you won’t get attacked by a big whiff of moldy expired food. You sigh with relief when your nose is safe and your arm is attached.
The office kitchen can be a battlefield and half the time, it looks like there was a zombie apocalypse and everyone forgot their manners and common sense and left fleeing the kitchen for their lives.
I’ve put together a little guideline for this week’s Tuesday Ten to save you..from yourself.
For our Thanksgiving meal, my family decided not to have the traditional Thanksgiving meal. Half of my family is French, after all. When we thought there wasn’t anymore food, more just kept coming. Sal and I ended up with a food coma and skipped dinner because we were still so full from lunch. It was a nice meal with good company. My mom really knows how to host, I hope one day to be able to bring that to my own gatherings. She gets these ideas to make everyone get involved like her œuf surprise. It’s like a deviled egg but not really. The yolk is still whole but underneath, there is either caviar or anchovies and you won’t really know which you’ll get until you take a bite. Sal and I opted to cut the egg in half on our plates before trying while my sister’s boyfriend popped the whole thing in his mouth. Needless to say, that was his first time ever trying anchovies.
Happy Thanksgiving my dearies! I hope you’re able to spend some quality time with loved ones and still maintain some time for yourself. This holiday is about togetherness and giving. While you’re nice and toasty in your home sharing a cup of hot spiced cider, remember those that aren’t quite as fortune.
Last month I made a bucket list of things I wanted to do this fall. Having a picnic was one of them. Unfortunately, mother nature decided she wanted to join in on the fun too and rain on our parade. I had it all planned out; I would go out to a nice quiet area with some friends, lay out some blankets and just relax. The date was already set and invitations were sent out. After the rain and stress I thought my first fall picnic was going to be a complete disaster. I quickly looked for contingency sites, however, my building already had the club room booked as well as my photographer’s place. I had even considered still being outside but in a sheltered picnic area. That was until we determined it may be colder out than we thought.
You’re sick of seeing your Facebook feeds aren’t you? Everyone is having babies while you’re still trying to figure out if you want sugar with your coffee. Let me be perfectly honest with you, I’ve never been a kid-friendly person. By that, I mean I’ve never had baby rabies. If you don’t know what that means check out the definition from Urban Dictionary:
(n) the name given to the lapse of sanity in which a person feels that s/he absolutely MUST have a baby in the very near future, and will often go to great lengths to get pregnant and will bitch constantly about wanting a baby in the meantime. Usually happens in women, but men get it occasionally, as well.
Sal and I are having a horror film marathon in honor of Halloween Week! I love horror films. I used to sneak around and watch them when I was younger. Tales from the Crypt, anyone?
Growing up, my family was always watching movies, it was our bonding time. My dad would go rent some movies and we’d have a marathon all weekend or he would take us to the theaters for newer films. But, you must be wondering where I get my love of horror films from? Well, it’s not my dad. I can honestly say I think his favorite movies are action films and he loved Al Pacino. One film he will never watch is Poltergeist. I never really understood his fear of it but then again I’ve never actually sat through and watched it either–not out of fear or anything. I just never really had a chance.
I really liked the Masters of Horror series. I’ve seen gruesome and disturbing movies like Ichi the Killer and ones that just really scared me like Darkness Falls. Nevermind the tooth fairy, after seeing that movie I had to go out and get a nightlight. What really got to me was that I’ve always imagined something lurking in the shadows. I have a wild imagination and I guess I should confess that I already have a mild fear of the dark. We used to play hide-and-seek in the dark and if the it person took too long to find me (ie. one minute) I’d just come out from my hiding spot laughing out of nervousness. I like a good scare every once in a while but I try not to push my luck.