Christmas, Boxing Day and Family Times!

I finally forced myself to sit down and write an actual post that can go up on the weekend on normal times.  As you already have noticed, Tranquil Dreams has been a bit off schedule.  Holidays tend to do that and I take the advantage to really rest up and recharge a bit, although work has suddenly become not so much of that as I’ll be the only one without the week off due to responsibilities.  Still, life is life and I can’t lose my job.

Aside from that, Netflix decided a week or so ago that January 1st would be the expiry day of BBC series Robin Hood so I’ve been working hard (and sleeping less) to try to finish all 3 seasons.

Robin Hood BBC

Of course, work or TV series doesn’t stop me from still enjoying the holidays and spending time with family. If you missed my Christmas Eve celebrations, you can find it right HERE!

Christmas was special this year because my mom invited two of her very good friends and I didn’t only get to invite my boyfriend but also his parents.  I love them to bits and they are awesome so spending Christmas with them makes me so much happier also!

Full of food!

Full of food!

So, what do we have here? Fruit salad, Vegetable Salad, Lamb, Shepherd’s Pie, Steamed Salmon, Spaghetti Squash (recipe HERE) and veggie stir-fry. Mega delicious, my friends!

Our dessert!

Our dessert!

And then for dessert, my mom made her walnut cake and her friends brought homemade peanut-filled glutinous rice balls.  So yummy! 🙂

How about some of my decorations?

Ribbons and my Grade 1 Christmas decoration

Ribbons and my Grade 1 Christmas decoration

 

Christmas Cactus

Christmas Cactus in full bloom

My little Christmas tree and some real Christmas cards (other our from previous years)

My little Christmas tree and some real Christmas cards (other our from previous years)

Yeah, my mom likes to use decoy.  We used to have fake boxes to pose as presents when we had a huge Christmas tree.  Now we can’t do that so we just put Christmas cards.

Christmas group picture! :)

Christmas group picture! 🙂

Lovely picture, I’d say! 🙂

So what happens after Christmas? Thats right! 1pm, December 26th is my date with Boxing Day! I went by myself to Walmart and some clothes shops and then my friend managed to get off work early so he joined me and we did our Future Shop, Best Buy, Adidas and Puma outlet! I did some other shopping but I’ll reveal that later on 😉 It has a bit to do with my 2014 announcements which I’ve been not telling anyone.  I did Target and Michaels the day after.  Lets check out a part of what I got! 🙂

Shoes

Puma and Adidas shoes!

My casual walking shoes broke and leak when it rains so it was a matter time before I got a new pair and at 50% off for Adidas (on the right) and 60% off for Puma (on the left), these two pairs cost me $60 or something.  I also got a workout tank top at Puma and a sweater for my boyfriend that I don’t have here.

Movies!

Movies!

And then, these are my movie finds! I think I need a bigger shelf but looking at this, I’m rather happy with myself because now I can catch up with 2013 movies! This is the End was a hesitating one but then Dave at ccpopculture put it on his Top 20 HERE! My review will be coming up soon! I wanted to get Side Effects but it was sold out EVERYWHERE!

Aside from shoes and movies, I managed to get some dress pants and sweaters and a new perfume called DREAMS! 😉 They just needed to add Tranquil in front..haha! And that would probably smell like nothing and be called water.

And I finally cracked open my Limited Edition Oreos in the flavor of Gingerbread!

Gingerbread Oreos

Gingerbread Oreos

I officially declare these my FAVORITE oreos! I’m sorry Golden Oreos, you need to scoot aside because I think I’ll stock up another 2 packs and eat them “slowly”.

While I binge TV and eat oreos (and fruits), my cat was being her princess…

My cat sleeping on me and holding down one of my arms

My cat sleeping on me and holding down one of my arms

Can you see her sleeping?

Can you see her sleeping?

Oh yeah, I caught this at 4am the other night when I woke up because my cat somehow got between the covers and stuck her paw in my face.  The use of my nightlight at 4am when I needed to catch a picture with my phone.  LOL!

How was your Christmas? Any Boxing Day shopping? Did you go out and battle some people for amazing deals? Have you binge watched any TV series? Whats some more 2013 must-see movies?

Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background

These photo challenge topics are seriously starting to own me.  I stared at this one and what was like  “Are you kidding?”

But a challenge is a challenge.  After running around and searching my pictures, I think I have a few that shows something more in the background 🙂

Lets check out whats IN THE BACKGROUND!

Walk down these stumps and there's a beautiful garden in the background!

Walk down these stumps and there’s a beautiful garden in the background!

In the background of the water lilies, we have colorful fishes swimming around!

In the background of the water lilies, we have colorful fishes swimming around!

Behind the Chinese New Year decorations, we have  pink christmas cactus blooming

Behind the Chinese New Year decorations, we have pink christmas cactus blooming

Look at my baby cat hiding in the background :)

Look at my baby cat hiding in the background 🙂

And now to more recent pictures with the first from the wedding I went to recently…

The star was the decoration but if you look at the mirror in the back, there's me!

The star was the decoration but if you look at the mirror in the back, there’s me!

Now for yesterday’s lunchtime walk…

On the Old Montreal boardwalk, we see the Amphitours in the background behind the railings!

On the Old Montreal boardwalk, we see the Amphitours in the background behind the railings!

In the background of the camera through a mirror ;)

In the background of the camera through a mirror 😉

The backgrounds of our pictures sometimes reveal more than we imagine and even add to the overall beauty of what we are portraying! This was  a hard challenge topic but at least its another lesson in seeing detail 🙂

This is my response to Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background! Please head over to see more backgrounds HERE!