Friday Musings

I am thrilled that it is Friday!  It’s been a long week!  Here are a few fun things I did/saw/read/ate this week that I thought I would share
I went to see Hyde Park on Hudson.  I’m no movie critic, but I was disappointed.  I’d say skip it.  It only got 39% on Rotten Tomatoes  – if only I had read that before I went!  (it was a bit of a last minute outing and we were looking for a short movie)  Next on my list is Les Miserables, which we’ve heard is fabulous!
On a happier “movie” note, I took my girls (ages 6 and 7) to see the Rise of the Guardians.  We enjoyed it!  It’s a cute movie produced by Dreamworks Animation.  The main characters are Santa, the Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny, the Sandman and Jack Frost.  The film has been nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Animated Film – it makes for a fun family outing for younger kids.
This week I made Bobby Flay’s “Salmon with Brown Sugar and Mustard Glaze” for my husband.  He loved it, as did I.  Try it!  I plan to try Southern Living’s 250 calorie Shrimp & Grits this weekend.
For some sweet indulgence, I’ve been nibbling on a box of Enstrom’s Almond Toffee sent to me by my friends at Gracie Studio.  It is a-m-a-z-i-n-g!
Some of my recently downloaded songs – if you’re looking for some fun, happy tunes:
More, More, More by Andrea True (a great old One Hit Wonder!)
I’m currently reading Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
Having lived in Manhattan in my 20’s, I am enjoying the book!  Here’s the synopsis – try it out! Click here to buy:  Rules of Civility: A Novel

Set in New York City in 1938, Rules of Civility tells the story of a watershed year in the life of an uncompromising twenty-five-year-old named Katey Kontent. Armed with little more than a formidable intellect, a bracing wit, and her own brand of cool nerve, Katey embarks on a journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool through the upper echelons of New York society in search of a brighter future.

The story opens on New Year’s Eve in a Greenwich Village jazz bar, where Katey and her boardinghouse roommate Eve happen to meet Tinker Grey, a handsome banker with royal blue eyes and a ready smile. This chance encounter and its startling consequences cast Katey off her current course, but end up providing her unexpected access to the rarified offices of Conde Nast and a glittering new social circle. Befriended in turn by a shy, principled multimillionaire, an Upper East Side ne’er-do-well, and a single-minded widow who is ahead of her times, Katey has the chance to experience first hand the poise secured by wealth and station, but also the aspirations, envy, disloyalty, and desires that reside just below the surface. Even as she waits for circumstances to bring Tinker back into her orbit, she will learn how individual choices become the means by which life crystallizes loss.

We’ve been busy selecting new products for The Well Appointed House!  Take a look at what’s new as of this week! 
Enjoy the weekend! ~Melissa Hawks
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