This & That: No. 190

Dec 25, 2015

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~First Bite: How We Learn to Eat by Bee Wilson

Released on December 1st, First Bite has already risen to Best Seller status. Divulging the psychology behind food and what we eat and why, Bee Wilson organizes the book around two primary questions: What sets up good eating patterns in young people and How can bad eating patterns be changed in older people? Perhaps the ideal book to kick off 2016 as we resolve to establish healthier eating habits.


~45 Years

Charlotte Rampling’s character narrates Andrew Haigh’s directed film 45 years, starring along Tom Courtenay which begins with the planning the couple’s 45th wedding anniversary. Set in the countryside of England, unexpectedly, Geoff Mercer (Courteney) receives a letter revealing the body of his first love has been discovered, frozen in a glacier in the Swiss Alps. Old wounds are opened up as the couple navigates their true feelings and the life they have built together. Premiering at the Berlin Film Festival to great acclaim, critics are raving about this film, and I look forward to watching it as well as it debuted in the states on December 23rd.


Hype and concern has been building for more than a few years around the effects of football on the human brain, and while offered in a superb dramatic format, Concussion, the truth behind the film’s message is powerful. Starring Will Smith as American immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu, the film depicts the true story of his discovery of CTE, a football related brain trauma. Up against the NFL who would rather he not reveal the truth, it will be interesting to see how it will be received.


The talented trio returns for yet another film. Jennifer Lawrence, Robert DeNiro and Bradley Cooper star in the biographical dramedy inspired by the true story of entrepreneur Joy Mangano who created the Miracle Mop and founded Ingenious Designs. As a single mother of two, Joy spans four generation to follow the rags to riches story of Mangano. And with Lawrence at the helm, it may just be worth seeing this Christmas evening.


~Downton Abbey, season 6 premiere

The UK has now seen the final season of Downton Abbey, but the states are still patiently waiting for it all to begin. Premiereing on Sunday January 3rd on Masterpiece PBS, the cast returns for its final curtain call. Be sure to tune in and take a look at the trailer below.

~Sherlock Holmes: The Abominable Bride

I am beyond ecstatic about the news of a brand new Sherlock Holmes episode! For the first time theUK and US (PBS) will be premiering the episode on the same day – January 1st. The 90 minute show starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman returns in a one episode teaser of their upcoming fourth season which is scheduled to begin taping this spring. And if you miss it, you can perhaps see it in your hometown theater thanks to Fathom Events.  The two-night special screening engagement premiering Tuesday, Jan. 5th, and an encore on Wednesday, Jan. 6th at 7:30pm local time will be available in 500 theaters across the US.  Tickets can be purchased online at Fathom Events.



Welcome to Christmas. If you are celebrating the holiday or if you are merely enjoying an enchanting time with those you love or maybe you’re like myself and enjoying a much quieter, but exceedingly special and absolutely lovely December 25th, I hope you are having a lovely day.

In Bend, we are waking up to snow on the ground which has been dazzling residents here for more than two weeks now. (Okay, maybe I am the only one dazzled and feeling though I have moved to a fantasy world, but needless to say, it is idyllic.) Yesterday, the boys and I went walking on a new trail that offered more than two feet of snow (see below) and I must say, it felt like an actual winter wonderland.


As for this Christmas morning, it will begin with ease and leisure, remaining in pajamas, pouring a hot cup of tea and waiting for my favorite croissants from The Sparrow Bakery to pop out of the oven as they offered frozen bags of croissants on Christmas Eve to be enjoyed the next morning. Some decadent bacon and creamy eggs will soon be devoured, but then, I am stepping outside to do something I have not done in years and absolutely cannot wait to partake in, especially now that I live in Bend: cross-country skiing (aka nordic skiing, classic skiing or touring). The skis are rented, the attire is waiting to be donned and the temperature and conditions are supposed to be ideal.

With a grand seafood dinner and citrus inspired dessert devoured the evening before, the skiing will be welcomed. However, indulging in the leftovers after the outdoors excursion will be a worthwhile treat to return home to as well.

Needless to say, new holiday traditions have officially begun, and while it took some time to establish and determine, my appreciation knows no limits at this very moment. Wishing you a lovely day and many special moments. Happy holidays from TSLL!

And since this will be the last This & That of 2015 (a new post will return on Friday January 8th), a few big announcements were made on Monday that I want to make sure you know about: TSLL Planner Templates will be available on Friday January 1st (see more here, here and here), Au Courant Weekly returns on its new day each Sunday morning beginning January 3rd to keep you up-to-date and in-the-know in fewer than 15 minutes, and the Top Posts and Podcast Episodes will be shared all next week here on the blog for this past year. It’s been an amazing, pinch-me year, and it could not have been possible without you, TSLL readers. Thank you for your time, your interest and your passion for living simply luxuriously. Until 2016, joyeux Noël.

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~Yoga & the New Year: How to Create Lasting Change

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One thought on “This & That: No. 190

  1. Beyond excited to see the Sherlock special make your list! I recommend the show to everyone I can. It has been a long wait since the last season for the fans and this special episode should be just enough to tide us over until 2017. Merry Christmas!

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