December Delights

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Here we find ourselves – at the end of another year. I can’t believe how quickly this year has passed! It’s been filled with plenty of good movies, tv shows, books, music and more…so for the final month of the year, read on!

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Books I Couldn’t Put Down

A Dance of Dragons by George R.R. Martin – The fifth book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series; I am about halfway through this one, I hit pause on it to read some other things. I’m sure I’ll pick it back up at some point…only time will tell. It’s not like I haven’t read it before!

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher – A look behind the scenes of the filming of the original Star Wars trilogy; this book was fascinating because it also gives the reader a good look inside the mind of Carrie Fisher. The book provides a hilarious, juicy and from time to time sad look at how Carrie’s life was altered forever when she was cast as Princess Leia.

Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch by Sally Bedell Smith – I only just started this book but so far I’m intrigued! It’s the most highly recommended biography about Queen Elizabeth II and I can’t wait to read more!

Books on the Shelf

My Husband & I: The Inside Story of 70 Years of the Royal Marriage by Ingrid Seward – Another book about QEII; although this one includes Prince Philip as well. This is next on my reading list after finishing Elizabeth the Queen!

And yes…a lot of the books I ordered way back in the summer are still waiting to be read! I’ll get to those in 2018!

Must See TV

Outlander – The third season of Outlander ended in mid-December with quite the dramatic final episode. There was mystery, suspense, murder, romance and a hurricane that landed our favorite duo on the shores of Georgia…in the American colonies! I can’t wait to see what season four has in store – I think this third season was my favorite so far!

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The Crown – What a tremendous “season” of television! I didn’t make it through all ten episodes in a weekend like I did season one…it took closer to a week this time, ha-ha! Claire Foy, Matt Smith and Vanessa Kirby are absolutely outstanding and I’ll certainly miss their portrayals of Elizabeth, Philip and Margaret going forward – if you aren’t watching The Crown, I highly suggest you give it a viewing. You won’t regret it!

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Gunpowder – The BBC miniseries about the failed gunpowder plot of 1605 that made it’s way to HBO the week before Christmas; it provided an interesting look at a moment in British history that I don’t know much about…beyond the oft quoted poem. The show was a bit graphic at times – but then, life in England in 1605 was pretty graphic – I altogether really enjoyed this and highly recommend it to anyone interested in English history.

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Movies of the Month

Coco – This movie was spectacular! I cannot say enough good things about this movie! I went in with 0 expectations because I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect – but the movie is funny with charming characters, wonderful music and some especially touching scenes. I will be purchasing my very own copy when this comes out – it was such a great movie…and the colors…oh my gosh! Go see this if you still have the opportunity!

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi – I know a lot of people are very divided on their thoughts about this movie but I loved it! I loved the humor and heart that the film had; Star Wars has always had heart and humor, this film’s brand was a bit different – but different isn’t always a bad thing. I saw this movie twice and both times enjoyed it so much! And I might have shed a tear or two when Carrie Fisher was honored in the credits… *sigh*

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Tasty Treats

Italian food at the start and end of the month, delicious Irish and Cajun fare sprinkled in, a crazy rich cake that I crafted for my Mom’s birthday and some divine down home food. December was a month full to the brim with good food – but then, that’s nothing new!

And I don’t even have pictures of the Christmas Eve brunch goodness and the numerous sweets and savories that were snacked on throughout the Christmas break!

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All things Christmas music – of course! Especially anything performed by Pentatonix!

I also got very interested in the Renaissance English History Podcast; it is literally a woman talking about Tudor England, anything and everything to do with the period and I find it absolutely fascinating. I’ve been binging(sp?) (this is not a word – weird) episodes of this all month!

What I’m Looking Forward To

Walt Disney World – I am going to be in the happiest place on Earth in less than a week! Eating at Be Our Guest, riding all my favorite rides, enjoying some glorious 75 degree weather, a Star Wars dessert party…if that isn’t something to look forward to, I don’t know what is!

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I don’t have much else on the agenda for January – but I’m sure some thing(s) will pop up here and there. And honestly; isn’t a trip to Disney World enough to look forward to? I think so!

That’s all for 2017 – and all the things that have kept me entertained – see you back here next year to do it all again!

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