Friday, December 13, 2013

Four Things Friday: eat, drink, be merry

mulled wine, sugar cookies, mentors, gratitude journal
In honor of trying to embrace the holiday season (something I'm not always very good at) here are a few things from this week that raised my spirits and got me tipsy.  Oh, and cookies.  I also ate a lot of cookies.  I can't believe last week I was all about eating healthy during this time of year.  It must have been all the crack I was smoking.
Mulled Wine
When it comes to holiday cocktails, I prefer mulled wine to egg nog.  First off, it's very Game of Thrones.  Second, it's served hot and since we had a freakish cold front in LA last week, it was the perfect remedy.  It's really easy to make and will convince your friends and current or future significant other that when you get older, you'll be a character right out of a Nancy Meyer movie with your cinnamon sticks and cloves and brandy concoctions.  Click here for the recipe I used. If you don't have a slow cooker, just use a pot and keep the heat on low.  I also don't bother peeling the oranges and stick the cloves into the peel so I don't have to fish them out before serving.  Also, no need to use expensive wine.
Sugar Cookies
It's a big movie/TV cliche that when things go wrong in a woman's life, she goes on a baking frenzy (see any Shonda Rimes show).  But I sort of get it.  Baking is therapeutic.  It makes you feel productive and slightly better about yourself for not eating a package of processed baked goods.  Plus, once you start with the mulled wine, you kind of go down a rabbit hole of things you can make to go with it.   I didn't have any chocolate chips or oatmeal on hand, so I decided to try my hand at the classic sugar cookie.  It was a super quick recipe to whip up and yielded nearly three dozen cookies (I probably came short because I kept eating the dough).  For whatever inexplicable reason, I was extremely grumpy last weekend so baking cookies helped get me out of my funk.  I highly recommend having flour, sugar, butter, eggs, baking powder, baking soda, and vanilla extract on hand at all times because you never know when a blow off might be lurking and when you'll need to go all Martha Stewart.
our group. ( I'm the one on the far left.)
The Best Mentor Ever
Awhile back I got to participate in a mentorship program at the writer's guild that pairs a group of new guild members with a seasoned writer.  Our group totally scored when we got paired up with Eric Roth (writer of films like Forrest Gump, Munich, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close to name a few).  Two years later, he still takes the time out of his busy schedule to take us out and give us advice on the business.  This week, he treated us to an amazing dinner at Nobu in Malibu.  It was definitely one of those moments in life when you just have to pinch yourself.  It's easy to get cynical and frustrated in this industry, but every time I get to share a meal with Eric and all the awesome lady writers in our group, I leave feeling encouraged and inspired.

Gratitude Journal 
So, when I was a total grump this weekend, the H-Bomb went out of his way to cheer me up by getting me an early Christmas present.  He picked up this notebook (and a matching iPhone case) at a store in silverlake called Dustmuffin.  I love the notebook so much that I decided to use it as a gratitude journal.  I know it sounds super cheesy and Oprah to have one, but I'm trying to be a more positive person.  Every night I make a list of ten things from that day I was grateful for-- it can be anything from the weather warming up to being able to call my mom when I need to vent.   It puts me in a positive head space right before going to sleep and even throughout the day, it helps me take note of the good.  It's so easy to focus on all the things that are lacking in our lives that we forget about all the great things we have going for us.

Anyway, I hope you all have a fantastic weekend filled with lots of eating, drinking, making out, and other things to be grateful for.  xoxo

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