#Vacation, #Peanuts, and #YouNetflix

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts.  With NaNo, I didn’t have much time, then there were the holidays, then other posts were scheduled for Monday.  Anyhoo – nice to see you guys again!  Let’s catch up.

Back in early December, hubby and I took a long weekend and went to Clearwater Beach in Florida.  We’d never been there before, and someone recommended it to us.  The first day was absolutely gorgeous, and I spent most of it in my happy place – chair, beach, umbrella, and book.  Enough said.  And just look at the gorgeous sunset we witnessed that night!

The next day was rainy, but we were prepared, and spent a night at Universal Studios – my next favorite happy place.  Anytime I can be in Harry Potter World is time well spent, in my opinion.  Saw a magnificent light show at Hogwarts Castle that night – amazing how they can do that.  The trip was a nice distraction from all the holiday stress, and we had a great time.

Don’t know about you guys, but gifted baker isn’t part of my skill set.  If I’m making something, it’s either from a recipe, or I’m reading instructions on a box.  I saw these Peanuts gingerbread house kits at Kroger, was feeling adventurous, and thought it would be fun to give it a shot.  Two friends and I did them together (one got pretty competitive), and we had a blast.  I’ll never win any baking competitions or cake decorating contests, but it was fun.  Like my Snoopy on top?

Four different people over the span of a week recommended You on Netflix.  After my son texted me about it the other night, I knew I had to watch it.  And I’m hooked.  Have you guys seen it?  It’s based on the book by Caroline Kepnes.  Here’s the blurb:

What would you do for love? For a brilliant male bookstore manager who crosses paths with an aspiring female writer, this question is put to the test. A charming yet awkward crush becomes something even more sinister when the writer becomes the manager’s obsession. Using social media and the internet, he uses every tool at his disposal to become close to her, even going so far as to remove any obstacle –including people — that stands in his way of getting to her.

Have a great week!


48 thoughts on “#Vacation, #Peanuts, and #YouNetflix

    1. The other friend and I decided we need to step it up for next year – the competitive friend said she watches a lot of baking shows. Know what you mean about the free time, Staci. I give myself one hour per day to watch something just for me – gives my brain a break, lol.

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    Love this post, Teri! You’re vacation looks so dreamy. Beautiful pics and I love your Snoopy gingerbread house! So cool. I’ve always found those challenging. ❤

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  2. Glad you guys enjoyed your vacation.

    I’m not too bad at baking. I’m not anywhere near good enough to win awards or anything, but people usually enjoy whatever I make enough that any announcement that I’d baked something to our roleplaying group used to be met with a stampeed in the direction of the kitchen (I got so I’d hide some of it away, or we’d end up with nothing for ourselves for when the group went home).

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    1. Sounds like you have a rep for delicious creations, Tori! My guys here have their regular favorites, but whenever I try something new, it’s greeted with hesitation and suspicion, lol.


    1. For Harry Potter fans, it’s like being in the HP world, Craig. And the pumpkin juice is fantastic! It’s definitely worth the trip, and the day we were there, there was little to no wait for the rides – which is almost unheard of at Universal – especially the HP rides.

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  3. It’s so fun to catch up with you, Teri. Gorgeous sunset! Before I started moving around (and away from the deep south) I remember lots of people went to Clearwater Beach. I haven’t been there myself, but it sounds lovely.
    Netflix has been my friend this snowy weekend! I saw the first 15 minutes of You and didn’t get pulled in… maybe it was my mood. I’ll give it another go.
    I unexpectedly got caught up in a Mexican horror series called Diablero. The English is dubbed really well (you have to select that in the language options). It’s so quirky! I’m really hooked, even though I don’t typically see myself as a horror fan. I seem to be drifting that direction between Diablero, Lucifer, and iZombie though. LOL. Now that I look at that list, I think maybe I’m a convert.
    Hugs on the wing!

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    1. I didn’t actually bake it, Hugh – can’t imagine what a disaster that would have been, lol. It already came baked, I just had to use icing to ‘glue’ the pieces together and then decorate it. It was a lot of fun, and a tradition we intend to continue.

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  4. The thought of a beach, a chair with an umbrella and a book has me salivating, LOL. And I would love to see Harry Potter World.

    Your gingerbread house is amazing! I totally suck at baking, LOL, but did manage a few Italian Flag Cookies over the holiday.

    I’ve heard a lot of buzz about You. I’d love to give it a try. Like Staci, I have to allot time for it, LOL!

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    1. I’m perfectly content to spend all day on the beach like that, Mae. My favorite reading spot! Luckily, I didn’t have to back the gingerbread house – the decorating alone was enough of a challenge for me. With the release of you new book tomorrow, you may not be able to find time for Netflix for a while!

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  5. I would love to bring my grandson to Hogwarts! How fun would that be? (For all of us). Nice gingerbread house, Teri. We have a gingerbread contest in town every Christmas and some of them are out of this world. The Kroger variety works for me. And thanks for the recommendation of You. I need a new series to zone out on. 🙂

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    1. Your grandson would love it, Diana – as would you! My oldest son borrowed his brother’s wand (which could be considered a faux pas in the wizarding world), and used it while he was there with his girlfriend and her family over New Year’s.

      And I’m sure it will be another Kroger variety house next year as well! Hope you enjoy You.

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    1. The picture doesn’t do it justice, Sue. The colors, the ghosts flitting about, Christmas decorations that would appear – it was stunning. Glad you’ve at least watched the movies – but the books are better!

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  6. Hi Teri! So glad to see your post and catch up. I love your gingerbread house. I had to laugh about one of your friends getting competitive! Yours looks great, much better than I could do. In fact, I tried a gingerbread house project once and it was a complete disaster!

    Also, just yesterday my son told me about a great new series he was watching “You” – he saw it on Lifetime but I guess it just got picked up by Netflix. I am building up an inventory of shows to watch, for sure. Happy New Year!

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    1. That streak of competitiveness surprised us, Barbara! Made it more fun, and next year, I guess I’ll have to fit in some baking shows ahead of time to be prepared, lol.

      My sister mentioned You had been on Lifetime, but then I noticed it on Netflix. Seems to be getting a lot of attention now. Happy New Year to you too!

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