December 28th. I love it.

Christmas is over but there was so much to love!

First up this week, new movies. I love it. Our family tradition on Christmas is to go to the movies. Last year, we saw “Walter Mitty”, but this year we went above and beyond and saw two movies: “Annie” and “Into the Woods.” I loved them both (probably because they are both musicals). I even bought the soundtracks once I got home and have been jamming out ever since. Now I just need to see “Unbroken”, “Night at the Museum 3” and “The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies” and I’m all caught up.

I love it.

Next up, the zoo. I love it. Keeping with another Deas family tradition, we went to the zoo the day after Christmas (well, we changed up this tradition because we usually do it the day after Thanksgiving but we weren’t all together then). The best time to go to the zoo is in the winter because there are less people and the animals seem to be more active. But that’s just an observation, not a fact.

I love it.

Finally, Christmas (obviously). I love it. I love Christmas because that means that everyone is home and together and considering my brother and I both live far from home, we both make sure we get home for the holidays. I was quite disappointed that it didn’t snow the entire time I was home (and the weather was actually very pleasant), but I guess that means that my flight won’t be delayed tomorrow. Now I get to look forward to coming home again this summer.

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.

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December 21st. I love it.

Up with love!

First up this week, waffles! I love it. I got a waffle maker for Christmas, but it’s no ordinary waffle iron. It’s an Olaf waffle iron! Do you want to build a waffle? Yes. Yes I do. And I did. I woke up early on Thursday and make one and it was absolute perfection.

I love it.

Next up, s’mores. I love it. This week, in continuing with our Christmas celebration, Brian and I watched the Michael Buble Christmas special on TV but we also made s’mores! And I’m not talking about microwave s’mores. I’m talking about real s’mores made on the fire. It might be one of the best ideas Brian has ever had. They were so good!

I love it.

Finally, coming home. I love it! I got into town (Cleveland, specifically) yesterday and I get to be here for the next week! How exciting is that? There isn’t any snow yet, but it’s cold and wonderful and I am so happy to be home! Updates will be happening throughout the week!

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.

December 14th. I love it.

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So much love, I can hardly stand it!

First up this week, the Pelicans game. I love it. On Tuesday, because we don’t see enough sports, I went to the Pelicans game with Kimberly, JP, and Rachel. I had a lot of fun especially because they won, but Rachel and Kimberly were very upset that there was no “Bongo Cam.” That’s really the only thing they wanted to do.

I love it.

Next up, Brian making me dinner. I love it. This week, Brian made me dinner not just once, but twice! Chicken tacos on Wednesday and meatball subs on Thursday. So good! We spent Sunday cooking together all day getting ready for the work potluck and homemade pizza is on the menu for tomorrow. Yum!

I love it.

Finally, Christmas weekend! I love it. Since we will be busy this coming week and I leave on Saturday, Brian and I +packed this weekend full of fun Christmas activities. On Friday, we went downtown and watched “Elf” on the Spanish Plaza with the Mississippi River in the background. Totally cool. Saturday started early with the Reindeer Run (also downtown), followed by Christmas movies, and capped off with a trip to Rivertown Theater in Kenner to see “A Christmas Carol: The Musical.” So awesome. Today started a little late because of sleeping in purposes, but after making a cake, grilled cheese, and coffee, Brian and I made “gingerbread” houses (the quotes are because we used graham crackers) while watching “White Christmas”. The house making turned into a contest (won by Brian thanks to my Instagram followers). We even had time to go see Christmas lights at Lafreniere Park. Holy, packed weekend Batman! 

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.


Silver Bells.

If you’ve been keeping up, I’ve been posting things about Christmas past for the past few weeks in preparation for Christmas yet-to-come. Last night, after watching “Polar Express” which happens to be one of my favorite Christmas movies (behind “Christmas Vacation” and “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause”, of course), I thought of a seriously funny story.

Way back when, I had a cat named Linus. He was an adorable little thing. He was super sweet and playful, and this happened to get him in trouble one night.

On our Christmas tree, we had a few bells. We put them at the bottom of the tree so Linus could play with them, but wouldn’t be tempted to climb into the tree to get to them (which proved to be pointless). It was cute during the day, because you could always tell where he was.

But it’s not cute in the middle of the night.

One night, my sister and I were sleeping and all of a sudden, the light in our room gets turned on. There stood my dad, looking really upset. I was so dazed, I had no idea what was going on. He never went upstairs when I was a kid because there really was no reason to; the only thing up there is my room. None of us said anything. Then my dad proceeded to hold up this bell, shake it a few times, all while he kept holding his stare.

I still couldn’t process what is happening.

Dad opened one of the drawers to my dresser that he was standing next to, threw the bell into it, and slammed it shut. It’s finally at this point that he started to laugh.

I was still not laughing. 

And I didn’t laugh until he turned off my light, marched out of my room and back down the stairs.

Once I understood what was going on (that Linus was playing with a bell in his room in the middle of the night), I thought is was hilarious.

I still think it’s hilarious. Which is why I can barely tell this story without crying from laughter.

Mission: Complete

I did it! I hit my reading goal for the year! I read 52 books this year. The overall theme was “Books that Are/Will Be Movies” but I also snuck some classics in there as well as some books that I didn’t get to read when I was younger. My top 5 favorite books of the year are noted with numbers and all of the books that are/will be movies have a (*) next to them.

Here’s my complete list:

1. Perks if Being a Wallflower (1)*
2. Catching fire*
3. Bossypants
4. Someday, Someday Maybe
5. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
6. Wonder
7. The Best of Me*
8. The Giver*
9. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
10. Mary Poppins*
11. One More Thing
12. Son
13. Hyperbole and a Half
14. Live from New York
15. This is Where I Leave You*
16. Divergent*
17. The Fault in Our Stars (4)*
18. Before I Wake
19. The Maze Runner*
20. Palo Alto*
21. Mockingjay*
22. Here Be Monsters*
23. Paper Towns (5)*
24. A Long Way Down*
25. Into the Wild*
26. Looking for Alaska
27. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
28. Harriet the Spy*
29. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief*
30. Insurgent*
31. Dear Mr. Henshaw
32. Eleanor and Park
33. I’m a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President
34. Unbroken (3)*
35. Bear Grylls Survival Guide
36. Number the Stars
37. A Monster Calls
38. Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters*
39. If I Stay*
40. Who Moved My Cheese?
41. Gone Girl (2)*
42. Hector and the Search for Happiness*
43. Getting the Girl
44. The God of Animals
45. Dogs of Babel
46. Starbird Murphy and the World Outside
47. Napoleon
48. Allegient*
49. A Series of Unfortunate Events: A Slippery Slope
50. Hardy Boys and the Tower Treasure
51. Nightmares!
52. Robin Hood

Next year, I don’t know what my goal will be for books, but the theme will most likely be “Books that I Own that I Haven’t Read Yet”. But I’m up for suggestions.

December 7th. I love it.

Crazy love.

First up this week, spaghetti tacos. I love it. If you’re confused, I can help. It’s literally just spaghetti in taco shells (or tortillas if you prefer). Simple. Easy. Delicious. And exactly what I had for dinner today.

I love it.

Next up, football season being over.  I love it.  Last night was the final game of the season for Tulane football. Woo! This season was definitely crazy, especially sine we were in our brand new stadium, but I’m glad that we have 6 games under our belts. Now, I can focus on basketball season. Joy.

I love it.

Finally, my cave. I love it. It turns out that I can make my room into a cave. My black curtains, coupled with my closed door makes it super dark in my room which is perfect for sleeping in on Sundays after you work late on Saturdays. It’s also great for movie days when you want to pretend the weather is bad and not leave your house. So many Christmas movies have been watched!

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.