Our holiday was spent with family in RI. Our holiday meal was a non-traditional one without turkey or fixings. Instead, we enjoyed chicken and ribs, rice, salad. Dessert was also non-traditional and featured apple pie made by Grenville and brownies baked by granddaughter Ellie.
The holiday was also an early birthday celebration for grandson Bobby, who be 15 years old this coming weekend. Since, we won't see his family again until before Christmas, we brought his gifts on this trip.
It was the day after Thanksgiving 2006, when we headed to the airport to fly to CA for his arrival. After his premature birth and stay in the NIC (natal intensive care) unit, we were in CA through the holiday season. How did this boy grow up so quickly? We don't feel older!
|Grandson Bobby will be 15 years old this weekend|
|Two of Grenville's favorite holiday viewings|
The 2000 film, How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a Christmas comedy-drama co-produced and directed by Ron Howard and released in November 2000. It was the first Dr. Seuss book made into a full-length feature film. The film is narrated by Anthony Hopkins and stars Jim Carrey as the Grinch. Critics mentioned its dark theme and scary scenes, but the film was #1 in the U.S. for four weeks and was the sixth-highest grossing film of 2000. It won the Academy Award for Best Makeup.
Over the holiday weekend, we watched our two favorite modern Christmas themed romantic comedy films, Love Actually and The Holiday. Both are in our holiday DVD collection.
|We enjoy these two romantic-comedies every holiday season|
The Holiday (2006) was written, produced and directed by Nancy Meyers and filmed in California and England. It stars Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz as Iris and Amanda, two lovelorn women from opposite sides of the Atlantic, who exchange homes to escape heartbreak during the holidays. The film's leading men were played by Jude Law (Graham) and Jack Black (Miles). The film also stars the late Eli Wallach. The Holiday premiered in NYC in November 2006, before being theatrically released in the UK and the U.S. in December 2006. Despite mixed reviews, the film became the 12th highest-grossing film of the 2000s to be produced by a female director. Ironically, we saw this film in a CA theater when we were there for grandson Bobby's birth and it's become a seasonal favorite ever since.
|Our first time meet-up with fellow blogger Linda and Bob|
This weekend it was also time to take down the fall decorations from our apt entry. We were planning to start with the interior as well. However, a scheduled rug cleaning appointment this week put a hold on that until this coming weekend.
Cards shown on the apartment door and wall are card fronts saved from ones received during the 2020 holidays. It's my custom to recycle them as decorations the following year. Some of these even date back a couple of years earlier as I liked the design, sentiment or both.
|Holiday decorations in downtown Nashua on Main St|
|A couple of downtown Nashua holiday storefronts|
Today is Cyber Monday first coined in 2005 by the National Retail Federation to encourage online shopping. It's considered to be the online shopping equivalent of Black Friday, which dates back to about the 1950s and historically has been one of the busiest yearly shopping days. The only shopping we did on Black Friday was for groceries; today is laundry day.
How about you — did you shop on Friday and/or will you today?
In answer to comments on the Friday Funnies about replacement washers/dryers. Those shown were only a few of all the replaced units. The mill building has 5 floors, each has a laundry room with a min. of 3 washers/3 dryers (a couple have more). The machines are well used with over 900 residents. There were replaced due to frequent breakdowns, inconvenient on laundry day.