My Favorite Things

At this time of year, I spend a lot of time going to the movies. My daughter Alex and I have had that tradition for many years. It’s like a marathon for us: How many awesome movies can we see between now and New Year’s? It seems that many great movies come out the last month of the year as the rush for the Golden Globes and Oscars begins.

Last week I saw “Rogue One.” (I’m dating a Star Wars geek, so seeing “Rogue One” was mandatory.) Loved it! A few weeks ago, we saw “Doctor Strange”—loved, loved, loved the special effects.

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Jyn Erso from “Rogue One”

And last night, Alex and I saw “La La Land,” which was a complete surprise to me. Being from Los Angeles I recognized most of the quintessential L.A. landmarks that were in the film. So that was kind of fun and the music was spellbinding. I found myself downloading the “City of Stars” soundtrack first thing this morning and playing it over and over today. The film reminded me in some ways of Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris.”

But really at this time of year, like most people, I end up reflecting on the year and what I loved and what I didn’t love about my life. And what I want to adjust for the new year.

What I really loved this year was writing this blog. I was told by my astrologer (yes, I have one) that I should write. Write a lot, he told me, advising me not to worry about what people think. And so I have written about things that interest me the most.

The topics seem to resonate with people.

Just in case you missed them, these were my most read posts of the year.

Top 5 blog posts of 2016:

  1. How to Survive your Daughter’s Wedding 
  2. How Do You Open a Young Coconut?
  3. 93 is a Magical Number
  4. What the Heck is Bibimbap?
  5. Jackfruit is the New Meat Substitute

My two favorite all-time posts:

From 2015: Demystifying Shishito and Padron Peppers  

From 2010: What it’s Like Working with my Sister

I would love your suggestions about other things for me to write about. Email me!

In the meantime, I wish you and yours a happy, healthy, and peaceful holiday season!

Karen

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My colleague Ray is “photobombing” me here at our holiday luncheon

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