Christmas Movies – The Geek and Nerd Edition

I’m on a Facebook board that has lots of the geek/nerd types on it. Recently I asked a question about their favorite holiday movies, specials and shows. These are some of the suggestions, some are fun and family oriented. Some are sarcastic, and some are twisted. So grab some popcorn and maybe a candy cane,
and let’s find a movie to watch!

I started the ball rolling with one of my favorites, Opus and Bill in “A Wish For Wings That Work.” I love Opus’ style and sarcastic humor in his everyday comic. With the Christmas special there was plenty of that, but a little something more too.  Santa has a word for dear Opus:  “I see no penguin here whose wings only stutter, tonight ’twas courage that flew yours above others….”

Other must see favorites of mine:  Die Hard, Narnia, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, White Christmas, The Grinch, Peanuts Christmas and Rudolph. Sometimes I watch It’s A Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th St. from 1947, but not always.

Following are the movies, shows, specials and just some funny holiday things that my fellow geek/nerds shared.

Justice League – “Comfort and Joy” This is a clip that shows maybe Superman/Clark Kent is just a tad bit too naive.

MST3K’s “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians”

I’ve never heard of this next one, so I looked it up on Amazon: “Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale – It’s the eve of Christmas in northern Finland, and an ‘archeological’ dig has just unearthed the real Santa Claus. But this particular Santa isn’t the one you want coming to town. When the local children begin mysteriously disappearing, young Pietari and his father Rauno, a reindeer hunter by trade, capture the mythological being and attempt to sell Santa to the misguided leader of the multinational corporation sponsoring the dig. Santa’s elves, however, will stop at nothing to free their fearless leader from captivity. What ensues is a wildly humorous nightmare, a fantastically bizarre polemic on modern day morality. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale is a re-imagining of the most classic of all childhood fantasies, and is a darkly comic gem soon to be required perennial holiday viewing.”
That may be twisted enough to have peaked my interest, we’ll see! ;)

Another new one for me  that sounds very special: Joyeux Noel – “Joyeux Noel captures a rare moment of grace from one of the worst wars in the history of mankind, World War I. On Christmas Eve, 1914, as German, French, and Scottish regiments face each other from their respective trenches, a musical call-and-response turns into an impromptu cease-fire, trading chocolates and champagne, playing soccer, and comparing pictures of their wives. But when Christmas ends, the war returns…Joyeux Noel has been justly accused of sentimentality, but if any subject warrants such an earnest and hopeful treatment, it’s the horrors of trench warfare.”
Sentimental and bittersweet as the war began again for them, but this sounds like a good traditional type movie to add to our lists.

Another commenter on the thread had these favorites to share: “Home Alone 1 and 2, The Nightmare before Christmas, and the Futurama Christm…*ahem* XMas episodes. I’m not much of a Christmas person at all, so any yuletide cheer has gotta be at least slightly off beat or off kilter.” Off beat or off kilter seem to be a common theme with those of us in this group.
Here I will share the Futurama Xmas Song:

According to the person sharing it, “One of the best, and most poignant – believe it or not – Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol.”

Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas – this one made Boyfriend cringe I’m afraid.

Star Wars Holiday special from 1978. This clip is part 1 of 7

Princess Leia has a special holiday song for us.

I’ve read that George Lucas is so embarrassed by this special he likes to pretend he doesn’t remember it.
I’m sure that’s just heresay and rumor. ;)

Next we have A Muppet Family Christmas, which may be the perfect Christmas TV special. Where else can you see the entire casts of the
Muppets, Sesame Street, AND Fraggle Rock? Also it contains one of the last appearances of Jim Henson.

 For the slightly disturbing yet entertaining in it’s own way,  we have to remember Pee-Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special. Although honestly it really doesn’t have the right kinda twist for me. Talking about twisted, I was also told about Santa’s Slay – “It tells the story that Santa is Satan’s son who spreads holiday cheer all over the town of Hell Township. (When I say holiday cheer I mean death.) If you love Christmas, Santa, and slashers, you’ll love SANTA’S SLAY!!!” Well, I think my horror fans will love this new holiday classic! ;)

Other more traditional favorites mentioned were The Muppet Christmas Carol, along with A Christmas Story and Miracle on 34th Street (1994). Who can forget National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Ernest Saves Christmas, The Gremlins or Batman Returns? Scrooged is another great holiday treat. Whew! I’m glad I’ve got 10 more days until Christmas to catch up on my movies!

Did you find any new favorites here? What would you add to this strange and wonderful list? :) Leave me a comment and join in on the fun! Now pardon me, I need to finish those Star War’s holiday clips, that was too funny! Later! Angela

Transform 30 – An Update on My Progress

So it’s been a little over a week since I started the program. I have definitely changed my eating habits. I am being more consistent in tracking what I eat and when I eat it. I have added more fruits and vegetables to my diet. I am still eating fish, chicken and turkey along with the other changes.

Overall I am feeling better. I have only lost 1 pound of weight. However, I have lost 2 inches in my waist, it was 43.5 inches, it is now 41.5 inches. My hips are also smaller. Originally 46 inches, they are now 44 inches. My neck is smaller too, it is 15.25 inches today. I know it was around 16+ inches to begin with, I just didn’t write down the exact number.

23 days to go and counting. My face has lost enough fluid, I suppose, that a couple of people have noticed my ‘weight loss.’ Lol. That was the funniest thing to me this week. I am glad it seems to show something has changed, even if the weight hasn’t really started moving yet.

Boyfriend has lost 5 pounds so far. His measurements are also showing improvement. Waist was 49 inches and is now 46.5 inches. Hips were 46.5 inches and are now 45.5. His neck measurement stayed the same at 17.25 inches.

A lot of people who are doing this program have not had any detox effects at all from it. I have had a few detox symptoms, as well as Boyfriend. We both had problems with flatulence. Fun, right? I was also having headaches at the end of the week, but those have subsided now. We have both gone to the bathroom more this week. I swear every time I turn around I have to pee! Lol. Guess that’s why my face looks smaller. His was for another issue, and we’ll just leave it at that.

The reason for this is that flushing your body with fruits and vegetables does clean your system out. It hasn’t been horrible the way some other detoxes I’ve used in the past are, but I do want to be real about what we are going through. I still believe my overall body inflammation will significantly improve by doing this. I do feel better that when I started a week ago, even with the headaches I’ve had. Honestly, I have had a lot of headaches on a regular basis the last few months. So a day or two with a detox headache is not that big of a deal for me right now.

Basically I’m saying ‘YES!’ to developing positive habits with my eating and exercise so it becomes easier to avoid my old bad habits of eating too much and not moving much at all. I’m doing it to help me be a better me again.

There are lots, and lots, and lots, AND LOTS of yummy smoothie recipes and food recipes to use with this program. If you are interested in signing up for it, I will be happy to share all of the info I have with you, as well as share an overview of what your 30 days can look like, with a meal plan and shopping guide so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel to get rolling with this.

That’s all for now. I’ve got a regular routine of a shake for breakfast, snack at 10 AM, usually fruit and nuts. Lunch has been a nice salad with chicken or fish of some sort for me, followed by another shake around 3 PM or so. If I feel hungry anytime I grab some grapes or an apple to help with that. I eat dinner between 5 and 6 PM most nights, no later than 7. That is part of the suggested program. I try to drink at least 90 oz of water, and I take 6 Juice Plus capsules daily. It’s not the hardest thing I’ve ever done by a long shot. It just takes a little thought and planning. The list of foods you can have as snacks and meals is large enough that you don’t have to be as plain Jane as I am either. You can mix it up any way you like with all the suggested meals and food.

I hope your journey finds you healthier and happier too! I’ll catch ya later! Angela

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Turkey Thighs, My oh My

Looking for an easy alternative to get your turkey on this Thanksgiving season? Well, have I got a recipe for you. It will feed 2-4 people, and takes about 10 minutes to prep and 4 hours to cook. Sound too good to be true? Well read on sister!

This  easy way of cooking turkey thighs is in the crock pot. No mess, no fuss. Just throw a few ingredients in, let it cook and you’re done! You don’t even have to add water!

Ingredients needed:

1 medium to large onion
1 1/4 cups baby carrots
2 turkey thighs, 2-3 pounds total weight
Poultry seasoning, or your favorite seasoning for turkey to rub on it
Additional ingredient: If you like celery, chop up and use about 1 cup of it coarsely chopped as well. (I don’t eat celery, but some of you do I’m sure)
Cook in crock pot 4 hours on high

I chopped up one medium to large vidalia onion. I layered that on the bottom of the crock pot. Then I measured out 1 1/4 cups of baby carrots and added those on top of the onion. (You would add the celery here if you use it.) Last, I pulled the skin off 2 turkey thighs that weighed 2 pounds together, and rubbed my poultry seasoning on them. I laid both thighs on top of my carrots and onions. No need to add water or broth.

I have a programmable crock pot that I just love! I programmed 4 hours at high temp, put the lid on and walked away.

4 hours later, let’s see what we have!

Yum! This was honestly the most delicious turkey I have ever eaten. I loved every bite! This made 4 servings of turkey and vegetables that I used over a 2 day period.  Boyfriend helped me with the last of it, and said it was yummy too!

As you can see from this picture there was a nice broth left in the pot even though I didn’t add any water to the recipe. You could use this to make a gravy if you wanted to, or probably as a starter for soup too. I didn’t do either because the thought of making soup came after I discarded the broth. Next time!

Let me know if you try this. It really is just as simple as it sounds. Happy Thanksgiving!

I have started the T30 program with Juice Plus and am working on finding and using recipes to help me loose weight and not eat any wheat flour, sugar or gluten over the next 30 days. This is the beginning of week 2.


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Starting My Transform 30 Journey….

…and I’m so excited! I have had a weight problem for about 3 years and it has been so frustrating.  I have been using the Juice Plus blends as an aid with my digestion issues and to also get more fruit and vegetables in my diet. I definitely feel better using them than when I don’t use them, but it wasn’t helping me as much physically as I had hoped it would.

Then the powers that be at Juice Plus added a new item a while back, Juice Plus Complete. It is a meal replacement protein powder loaded with fruits and veggies. I have only just started using it, and I already have more energy than I normally do. That’s a plus for sure. My energy and stamina took a big hit back in the summer. Let me explain.

Early in the summer I had some weird mystery rash hit me that really did a number on me. I haven’t even been able to walk through a zoo without giving out, suddenly and with out warning. At the onset of the rash I went to a doctor because I was concerned it might be shingles as sick as I felt. She and her nurse at first decided it must be scabies! What! Then in less than 3 minutes they decided it couldn’t possibly be since my rash was still crawling down my body to below my knees and up my neck and into my face. They also prescribed me a medicine I told them I was highly allergic to: Benydryl. Yep, that one ‘renders me unconscious,’ which is what I told the nurse. She heard and wrote down it made me nauseous. Unconscious, nauseous. Yeah, same thing….not!! No tests to see what was really wrong, just laughter at their mistake and then I was told if I wasn’t better in a couple of weeks they were sure I would be back to see them. Uh, no. Nope. Nada. So needless to say this visit to the doctor did not give me any reason to trust them more.  Dr. Taylor, why did you have to retire?

I contacted a nutritionist and told her the problems I was experiencing and she gave me a few suggestions that really helped. I also spoke to some friends on Facebook, and they suggested lathering the rash up with coconut oil. Well I was ready to try anything natural that might help, I was absolutely miserable. I purchased some good old coconut oil right off the shelf of the grocery store and went home and started using it immediately. 3 days later….yep….just 3 days later I had NO RASH! None! It was gone. I did keep using the oil for several weeks just to be safe I guess. Thankfully the rash has not returned, but neither has my stamina or energy.

Recently I watched this presentation on the Transform 30 program from Dr. Mitra Ray. Her information and discussion about the problems our bodies suffer due to stress and poor eating habits really rang true for me. If you are struggling with lack of energy or other health problems, I highly recommend listening to this presentation to see if this approach might be something you want to look into too. Please take the 25 minutes or so to listen to what she has to say. Even if you don’t do the Transform 30 program, she shares some great nutritional education that will benefit you all by itself.

After watching this and reading some other information I decided to give Transform 30 a try. It’s just 30 days, it’s not the end of the world to try and control your menu for 4 weeks. If it doesn’t help, it certainly won’t hurt. So, I’ve launched my ship into this river and I will see how well I can navigate through it. It’s gonna cost me $6 a day to do this, plus the cost of my food that I was already spending.  It won’t break my budget to see if this can help me.

Let me know if you want any other information or have any questions. You guys know me. I don’t recommend anything just because. With this, I really feel like it will help me and it might help you too. I can help you get into the program if you interested. Just let me know. You can find me on Facebook at Accidentally Angela or contact me via email at: endure1231 (at) gmail (dot) com.

I’m really hopeful that my health will soon be on the upswing. Any words of encouragement will be great too! Thanks for stopping by, Angela


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