Friday, January 10, 2014

Snowy, Rainy Random 5 Friday

First there was snow this morning and then rain. Happily it's not slippery out and even more happily it's time for Random 5 Friday, some of the most fun I can have that doesn't involve calories. This post is all over the place. Fasten your seat belts, friends, it's a wild ride.

1) The last thing that I learned in 2013 was not to place any trust in decaf coffee. I was awake until 3:00 a.m. on January 1st, 2014 and I wasn't partying. My cup of decaf coffee at dinner kept me wide awake. My rule for 2014 is no coffee after 5:00 p.m. if I intend to sleep that night, or any night.

2) I'm still working on reading my first book of 2014. I'm finding "Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy" very slow going, and I'm stuck somewhere in the third or fourth chapter. I found the younger Bridget delightful and fascinating, but the older Bridget, not so much. It could be the older Carol and my perspective on life and not Bridget at all. I'm going to give it a few more chapters and I hope Bridget and I will bond.

3)  I saw "The Wolf of Wall Street" this morning. I liked the movie a lot, though I would have liked it better if it was half an hour shorter and contained a lot less profanity. I've taken to going to morning movies and it's the perfect time for me. I'm awake, it's not crowded and it's half price. I'm thinking of attempting to see all of the films that are nominated for Best Picture this year. I've gotten out of the habit of movie-going, but I've seen four movies I've enjoyed this season and I'm drifting back to being a movie fan again.

4) Along with Valentine materials and note cards I bought myself a calendar to be used for blogging and writing projects. There are no pictures, just big spaces for each day. I'm not sure why I didn't think of this before.

5) Had a lot of fun Wednesday joining the audience for the Katie Couric Show.  The guests were terrific -- Jane Pauley, who looked incredibly fabulous, Wanda Sykes and chef Michael Symon. I got to chatting with a very nice couple from New Jersey and I felt I was with friends for the show.

There was still snow on the ground and it was cold, but the wait outside wasn't long. 

I'm sitting near the back for the show. I'm the woman in a pink sweater with hat hair. 

 This is the view looking west on West 67th Street, where the show is taped at the ABC Studio. 

Many, many thanks for the good wishes for my blogaversary and for the article. I will be visiting blogs to thank all of you who stopped by in the next few days. 

As always, thanks for visiting and take good care. Sweet dreams, dear friends!

16 comments:

Blackberry Lane said...

I have the same problem with coffee. I try not to drink any after 3 each day.
I watched Katie that day - it was a good show and one that surely would have been fun to be a part of. Always fun to see your photos from around town. Glad you are enjoying morning movies. Wishing you a very nice weekend.

TARYTERRE said...

I've been wanting to see "The Wolf of Wall Street". Thanks for the brief review. Gives me something to go by.

Marie said...

I stopped drinking coffee altogether years and years ago and well before I became a Mormon. I didn't like the way it made me feel. I stopped drinking alcohol for the same reason. You lead such an interesting and exciting life Carol! I don't like the foul language they put in films and even television shows these days. It's like they no longer have any standards. It's sad really.

Sharon said...

Always love you random Friday posts. They give me a glimpse into life in NYC and that's always fun!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

So far coffee has no adverse affects on me. I love it but usually drink it in the morning. By evening I switch to something else. I love iced tea no matter what time of year it is. I also make fresh lemonade when lemons are on sale. It's refreshing and good for you too. Congrats on your blog and your article. I've been blogging many years now and enjoy it so. Hope you have a super Saturday!

From the Kitchen said...

I'm an all-day coffee drinker. Caffeine doesn't bother me. Our snow has been rained away for the most part. Now to get out and take care of all the errands left undone this week.

Best,
Bonnie

Theresa said...

I watched the show and looked for you:) I have been in the audience for Family Feud but not a talk show! It is on my TO DO list:) Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

Nancy Claeys said...

I've heard alot of chatter on that movie -- some good, some bad. I'll likely wait until it shows up on satellite.

Have an awesome weekend Carol!

Simply Linda said...

I have that problem with tea, not coffee. Haven't seen the movie, haven't read the book, haven't seen the tv show. And it is pouring rain here in the western/southern tier of NY. Have a wonderful weekend. Thanks for sharing.

Lynn said...

KC was one of my favourites when I saw Western TV shows-and it must be so cool to be in a TV audience. I saw the movie and was over whelmed with the material/drug excess and that this man survived his abuses! L. DiCaprio did an outstanding job..

Beth Edwards said...

no coffee after 12 noon usually for me. i would not sleep either. ( :
i had heard the Katie show was coming to an end this year. wonder where she is headed next? i so wish to see the Wall Street movie too. sounds like a good one with Leo.
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Nellie said...

Oh!What fun! I'd love to catch a taping of Katie's show! Of course, I would have to be in NYC, and that isn't in the plans.:-) I appreciated your movie review. Oh, if I make my own coffee, I know it is decaf. I never order coffee when I am out. Rainy Saturday here!

Lynda said...

Here's my rule with a book - - - if it doesn't really grab my attention by at least 50-75 pages, I move on to something else. Life goes fast enough and there are plenty more I want to read. I know some people who have to finish one if they start it but books are for enjoyment and if I'm not enjoying it, it is gone. I do hate it when we have found a series we love and the sequels aren't as captivating.
You are smart going to earlier shows. As you said, more budget friendly and less crowds.
What fun getting to see another live show being taped. Michael Symon is one of my favorites. He has a great sense of humor as well as being a fabulous chef.

Melinda said...

Sounds like your January is starting off on a fun note!
Lots of fun I'm sure being in a studio audience.
I haven't figured out why we have to have so much profanity in movies today. I really could get by without it.

I'll give you an early reminder--Don't forget about the Valentine Card shower in February.

Have a great Saturday.

M :)

Gypsy Heart said...

If a book doesn't grab me in the first couple of chapters, I'm done. I just don't want to waste time if it's not interesting. :) I saw "Katie" that day...wanted to see Jane Pauley. She looks amazing! I've always liked her. Glad you were able to attend the show.

Perhaps I should start back to going to movies again with the early show. There are several that I'm interested in seeing now.

I LOVE NYC! :)

xo
Pat

Ida said...

Coffee/Caffeine doesn't seem to bother me much anymore. I drink several cups a day though so I think I've conditioned myself to it not keeping me up.
How fun to attend that show. Michael Symon is a favorite on the cooking shows I watch.