New Series: Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas – Favorites


I have been a closeted Hallmark Channel Movie (HCM) watcher for 3 years. I started the same way many begin, through the gateway known as Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas. This slippery slope envelopes you in 24 hours of light (and I mean light) and silly romantic movies building up a sense of Christmas festivity in your November and December months. I love snuggling up on the couch to watch a movie that is utterly predictable with recycled plot lines and mediocre acting. I hope you understand that I KNOW what a HCM is and what it isn’t. I am not under the impression that these are high quality movies with exceptional writing and stellar performances. I know they aren’t. In fact, I am sort of charmed by the fact that they aren’t. I have to admit though, since Countdown to Christmas has entered my life, I find myself slipping further into that special feeling of the holiday season.

My sister, knowing my secret love for these cheesy movies, challenged me to watch and rate this year’s HCM Countdown to Christmas movies. This is actually a really big undertaking as the Countdown to Christmas beings this weekend and continues through Christmas. This year, the network is debuting 21 movies over the course of 8ish weeks. 21!!!!! I am going to do my best, but that is like a lot of commitment to the Hallmark Channel. So check in here each week as I share my thoughts (which will likely be snarky) about the latest releases of HCMs for Christmas. To get you started, here is a peek at some of my favorite from years past that will surely be playing again through this year’s Countdown to Christmas: Continue reading

August 2017 Wrap Up

August 17 Wrap

August is a great transition month for me. It is the end of summer, but it is also the beginning of the school year. I work at a University and my husband works in a primary school, so our lives and schedules revolve around the academic calendar. It has been great getting back into the swing of the ordinary day during the school year. I love reconnecting with students who have been away for the summer and sharing with them the optimism of a fresh school year with nothing but hope and plans. Also, there was an eclipse this month! I normally don’t buy into things like this, thinking they are just that…something to buy into, but the eclipse was real deal amazing. I live in an area that had only 80% totality, but even still, putting on those dorky eclipse glasses and seeing the sun in that special, crescent way was pretty mind-blowing. Really makes you realize how amazing life is. Looking forward to April 8, 2024, the next total eclipse, which should be really good in my area. Anyway, here is a list of the books I read during this month. As you can see I had my ups and downs with this lot of books (my take on each book linked):