Shameful Neglect

My blog, as you have no doubt noticed, has been shamefully neglected over the last couple of weeks.  I have no excuse other than utter laziness and a large dose of can’t-be-bothered.

Frankly, I can’t see it improving this side of Christmas, if I’m honest.  Although I did get the big camera out today and take some pictures of my Christmas decorations.  Which I may or may not find the enthusiasm to edit, upload and share.

I will be back at some point prior to the New Year with my round-up of 2014 and my annual Book Awards post – it wouldn’t be December without those, after all.

But in the meantime …

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Couldn’t have put it better myself!

November Movies

A quick round-up of the films I watched last month.

1.   The Fault In Our Stars

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Having read the book back in the summer, I thought I knew what I was letting myself in for, and fully expected to have a tear in my eye while I watched this sad-but-uplifting teenage cancer/love story.  Had I known, however, that it would actually be a full-on sob-a-thon, I probably wouldn’t have chosen to watch it on a plane …  not a good look.  Great film, though, I thought it was a fabulous adaptation, and actually enjoyed it more than the book, which is rare.

2.   The Other Woman

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Far more suitable for watching in the air, this was the second of the movies I chose on the journey home from Dubai, and it was great fun.  Easy-watching comedy, and Cameron Diaz in the type of role she plays best.

3.   The Inbetweeners 2

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I love The Inbetweneers – God knows why, it’s really not my type of comedy at all, but it just makes me giggle.  This was my third in-flight choice, and I loved it.  I didn’t think it would be as enjoyable as the first Inbetweeners film, but it was just as good, maybe even better in parts.  Brilliant.

4.   Saving Mr Banks

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Emma Thompson was so good in this film.  I didn’t know much about it before I watched it, and was quite surprised to discover it was based on a true story, of the making of the film of Mary Poppins.  Emma Thompson plays PL Travers, the author of the original books, and Tom Hanks is Walt Disney.  Some great character acting and a lovely story – another really enjoyable film.

5.   Fast Girls

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A British film about the rivalry between two professional female sprinters.  I didn’t have high hopes, but ended up really liking this.  Enjoyable story, and with some well-known faces popping up here and there.

6.   Pitch Perfect

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American musical comedy.  Not the worst I’ve ever seen, but I could have done without the projectile vomit scenes, I must say.  Why spoil an otherwise not-too-bad film with that sort of thing?  Really most unpleasant.  The acapella singing was very good, though.

 

Movie of the month?  Saving Mr Banks, I think.  That would be my top recommendation.

Have you seen any good films lately?

 

Video: November Empties

Good morning, all – and here we are in December, so I shall now allow the C-Word to be mentioned!  I’ve been closing my ears to it for the last few weeks, as I do think that Christmas seems to start ridiculously early these days.  I had Facebook friends posting pics of their Christmas trees over a week ago, for heavens’ sake!  My Christmas tree is still in storage and will probably remain so until around the 12th.  If I put my decorations up too early, I get bored with them by the time the big day rolls around.

Anyway, hope everybody had a lovely weekend, and here is my November empties video.

Currently: November 2014

Book

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I started this before I went to Dubai last month, but left it at home as I only wanted to take my Kindle and this is a paperback. I finally picked it up again yesterday and am currently trying to remind myself who everybody is and what’s going on. It’s not as good as some of JoJo Moyes’ other books that I’ve read, so far.

 Music

Nothing really. Must put some CDs into my car.

 TV

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Am sad that the second series of Wentworth Prison has finished – I really enjoyed it – it’s a world away from the original Prisoner Cell Block H, which it was loosely based on – great characters and gritty, realistic storylines. Looking forward to the next series now.

Also enjoying the BBC series The Missing, with James Nesbitt, though I was quite surprised to read that there are still another four episodes to go – I hope there’s enough content to merit that many.

 Make-Up/Beauty

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Lots of lip balm as I have terribly dry lips in the winter. My favourites are Carmex Original Formula and Roche-Posay Cicaplast

 Frequently Worn Outfits/Items

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 Food

Casseroles with mashed potato and green veg. Ashley made a yummy beef bourgignon last weekend, and it was so nice, he made another this weekend!

 Drink

A lot of tea – mostly builders, but sometimes Earl Grey or Chai in the afternoon.

Bane

Christmas shopping. Oh, how I hate it.

Joy

Big night out #latergram #littlemomentsapp

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Fab night out at our local Indian on Saturday. Five couples and six teenagers. We met when the kids all started school together back in 2004 and although we don’t get together often, we always have a really nice evening when we do. It was the first time the kids had joined us, and a good time was had by all. We ended up back at ours for coffee and I think we eventually got to bed just after 2 am!

Anticipation

Christmas, I guess. I’m usually a bit meh about Christmas, but it’s the first one in our new house, and I’m looking forward to decorating and putting the tree up, particularly as we didn’t bother last year, as we were in the midst of packing to move house.

Wishlist

SD_01_T01_8658_T0_X_EC_90Oooh, all sorts, but in particular this gorgeous fleecy cape/coat from M&S which I spied in store last week.

Random Thought

Why have so many eBay buyers bought stuff and not paid yet? Grrrr.

 

Recipe: Spicy Mid-Week Mince

I try new recipes on my lot on almost a weekly basis and, fussy devils that they are, it’s rare that one gets as much of a thumbs up as this cobbled-together-from-leftovers meal did last week.   William even went so far as to say it was one of the nicest things I’d cooked for a long time – praise indeed!

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • Minced meat, approx 500g (I used half beef and half pork, as I had them both leftover from making meatballs the previous day)
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 inch of ginger root, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 chilli, finely chopped.
  • A good squirt of tomato puree
  • 4 tbsp mild curry paste (I used korma paste)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 a can of coconut milk – approx 200ml
  • Couple of handfuls of frozen peas

Method

  1. Heat a tbsp of oil in a pan and saute onions for a few mins.  Add garlic, ginger, cumin seeds and curry paste and fry for another minute or two.
  2. Add mince and fry on high until it’s browned, then add the sugar, the tomato puree and half the coconut milk.  Mix well, turn the heat down and simmer for 15 mins or so.
  3. Five minutes before serving, add the rest of the coconut milk and the peas.
  4. Serve with rice or naan or a mixture of both.
  5. Eat.  Enjoy.