Five Minute Friday

Five Minute Friday Returns – Now!

It has been a long while since I’ve done a Five Minute Friday and I must admit that I have missed the weekly process.  This week’s prompt is “now”.  Here goes…


Now.  It is not what I focus on typically.  I am often focused on the future.  What needs to get done.  What will I be able to do.  Sometimes, I am focused on the past.  Why did I do that?  The mistakes that I have made.  The memories of good times.  But, I do not often focus on the now.  Some may call it “being present”.  I figure since so many people write and talk about it, it must be something most people struggle with in their lives.  But, the now is important.  And the now is particularly important at this time of year.  After all, there are only a few days left in this year.  And everyone wants to begin to make resolutions, to start looking forward to the next year, to making changes to correct all those mistakes and disappointments from this year.  Some are looking forward to Christmas.  But, what about this day?

Tonight, my DD and I went to see Polar Express at the mall with some friends of ours.  It was fun.  I barely looked at my phone.  I watched my DD interact with her friends that, at this young age, she can not remember NOT having in her life.  The benches were uncomfortable and the crowd was too loud to hear a lot of movie, but I was focused on that experience.



That’s it.  Five minutes.  Five thoughtful minutes.  Join us, won’t you?


33 Days of Christmas Movies and Television

Thirty-three days is a weird number I know.  But, this weekend I began officially watching Christmas movies, so I thought I might provide some reviews of them here on the blog throughout the month.  Many of them are likely to be kids shows since I watch TV with my 5 year old quite a bit.  But, after she goes to bed, I watch some of my own and there are some that I’m sure we both will love and want to watch every year.

So, today we watched the following:

Santa Paws: The Movie

santa paws

We’ve watched this one before and I’m sure we will watch it again.  My DD loves all of the puppy movies, so we’ve seen just about all of them.  I am a dog person and with Bella’s recent death, this movie was a good one to open the holiday season.  It is a cute story of Christmas spirit and the good that is in people.  Overall, I give it a thumbs up for the kid crowd and a definite maybe for the adult crowd – if you like dogs and cheesy Christmas stories, this is a good one.

The other I watched was Christmas Cupid.

Christmas Cupid Movie

I watched this because it was the first Christmas movie (well, other than one about race relations starring Billy Jo Cyrus, which I had to veto on principle) in my Roku search results for Christmas.  And actually, it was pretty cute.  It was yet another movie based on A Christmas Carol by Dickens and it was predictable and cheesy, but really it was perfect on a night when I didn’t want to think much about what I was watching and needed a happy ending.  I would not go so far to give it a thumbs up, but it wouldn’t be a thumbs down…more like a shrugged shoulders with a “eh, why not?”

So, there you have it – the first two movies in my 33 days of Christmas Movies and Television.