My Favorite Things: New Years Edition

I am not going to lie the bla-ness of January combined with this cold weather snap has really brought me down this month. I usually get a little bit of the January blues, but this year they have hit harder than normal. No worries, it isn’t anything I can’t get over. February is around the corner and I have so many great things in my life to be happy about. So chin up it is!

Here are a few things that have gotten me excited this month.

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I recently picked up this book, it goes really well with my New Year goals. Instead of making resolutions this year, I have decided to do monthly goals.  That is exactly what this book is based on. The writer Gretchen Rubin decides she isn’t living her life to its fullest potential and realizes that can only happens if she takes a hard look at things in her life that needs change. Some are pretty big in scope, but other are simple. I am only on chapter two, but from the first chapter her larger goals were sleeping and exercising more. Her smaller ones were de cluttering and completing unfinished tasks that have been lingering on her to do list. My goals for January are to drink green tea everyday and to change-up my workout routine. I have done both and hope I can carry that on. What’s good about monthly goals is that if you take things little by little you have a better chance of incorporating these changes in to your lifestyle.

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If you subscribe to HBO and have not watched the anthology drama series True Detective yet, I highly recommend you start watching immediately. The series chronicles two detectives Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson and their 17 year hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana.The acting is amazing by the two lead actors. I wouldn’t be surprised if they are nominated for their portrayal of their respective characters. I am not going to lie the crime they are investigating is very disturbing, but the writing and the acting sucks you in immediately.

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This year I have had the pleasure to serve on my boys school PTA board. This past week we sponsored the Earth Adventure Earth Balloon to come to our school for a couple of days. What is the Earth Balloon you ask? Well, it is a 17 foot tall and 20 foot diameter model of our Earth made from high-resolution satellite images. The Earth balloon instructor gives a 30 minute grade appropriate program to each class. Some of the topics discussed are eco-systems, environmental issues, geography, earth sciences, history and current events. The highlight of the program is when the children go and learn inside from the Earth balloon. Our teacher and students LOVED this program, we got some great feedback. It is definitely something our students are going to remember for a long time. If you are an educator or on the PTA board, I highly recommend you consider the Earth Balloon as part of your cultural events. It’s a good way for kids to see that the world isn’t solely where they live.  There is a great big world out there and this is a great way for them to see that. If you are interested in learning more about the Earth Balloon please click here.

I hope you all are stay warm and enjoying 2014!!

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2014 Awards Season Is HERE!!!

First and foremost happy 2014, I hope you all had a great holiday season and survived the polar vortex this past week. I am not going to lie, I have had a hard time entering into 2014.  We just had such a fun winter break very relaxed and filled with visits from family and friends.  One thing (other than sleeping in on the weekend) that has been getting me through the first week of 2014 is that one of my favorite awards shows is on Sunday. It’s the GLOBES!!!  We were lucky to catch up on some movies this past few weeks, but I do not feel prepared to make any predictions because, I haven’t seen some of the big movies this year like Gravity and 12 Years of a Slave. Hopefully, in the next month or so I can catch up.  Like always we will be having a Facebook viewing party with our friends. This is now  something of a tradition that we have done for the past few years. We always have a lot of fun. I think Amy and Tina will do a great job again as the hosts. I am thinking we will be laughing A LOT!

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Here is a list of the nominees.

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Best Drama
12 Years a Slave
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Philomena
Rush

Best Musical/Comedy
American Hustle
Her
Inside Lleweyn Davis
Nebraska
The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Director
Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Alexander Payne, Nebraska
David O. Russell, American Hustle

Best Actress in a Drama
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks
Kate Winslet, Labor Day

Best Actor in a Drama
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Idris Elba, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyer’s Club
Robert Redford, All Is Lost

Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy
Christian Bale, American Hustle
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Leonardo Di Caprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
Joaquin Phoenix, Her

Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy
Amy Adams, American Hustle
Julie Delpy, Before Midnight
Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Enough Said
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

Best Supporting Actress
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
June Squibb, Nebraska

Best Supporting Actor
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Daniel Bruhl, Rush
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyer’s Club

Best Screenplay
Spike Jonze, Her
Bob Nelson, Nebraska
Jeff Pope/Steve Coogan, Philomena
John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave
Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell, American Hustle

Best Foreign Language Film
Blue is the Warmest Color
The Great Beauty
The Hunt
The Past
The Wind Rises

Best Animated Feature
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Frozen

Best Original Song
“Atlas,” The Hunger Games, Catching Fire
“Let It Go,” Frozen
“Ordinary Love,” Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
“Please Mr. Kennedy,” Inside Llewyn Davis
“Sweeter Than Fiction,” One Chance

Best Score
Alex Ebert, All Is Lost
Alex Heffes, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Steven Price, Gravity
John Williams, The Book Thief
Hans Zimmer, 12 Years a Slave

TELEVISION

Best TV Comedy or Musical
Girls
Modern Family
Parks and Recreation
The Big Bang Theory
Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Best TV Drama
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
The Good Wife
House of Cards
Masters of Sex

Best Actress in a TV Drama
Julianna Marguiles, The Good Wife
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Best Actress in a TV Comedy
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Best Actor in a TV Drama
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
James Spader, The Blacklist

Best Actor in a TV Comedy
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Michael J. Fox, The Michael J. Fox Show
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Best Miniseries or TV Movie
American Horror Story: Coven
Behind the Candelabra
Dancing on the Edge
Top of the Lake
White Queen

Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie
Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor
Rebecca Ferguson, White Queen
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Helen Mirren, Phil Spector
Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake

Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie
Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra
Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge
Idris Elba, Luther
Al Pacino, Phil Spector

Best Supporting Actress in a TV Show, Miniseries or TV Movie
Jacqueline Bisset, Dancing on the Edge
Janet McTeer, White Queen
Hayden Panettiere, Nashville
Monica Potter, Parenthood
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Best Supporting Actor in a TV Show, Miniseries or TV Movie
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Rob Lowe, Behind the Candelabra
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Corey Stoll, House of Cards
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan

What are some of your favorites? I LOVED American Hustle and would love it to do well.

I hope you all have a great Globes weekend! xoxo