Watching Movies

Did you watch the Oscars Sunday night?  I didn’t.

I haven’t seen a movie in over 5 years.  I know, shocking.  But I have lived.

The last movie I saw was when I was pregnant with Skylar because we had no air conditioning in the 1925 era house we were living in at the time and I was so sick with morning sickness all day sickness and just wanted to be in the a/c.  So we went to the movies.  I was sick the whole time and in the bathroom and can’t even remember what movie I “saw”.  But at least I was cool.

After giving birth, not sleeping, and caring for a baby the last thing I wanted to do or had time to do was go sit somewhere for 3 hours.  And pay a babysitter for the pleasure on top of it.  It just wasn’t happening.

Netflix, online videos, and other ways to see movies without actually going to the theater?  Well, honestly, I’d rather spend my limited unstructured free time blog-reading, magazine-reading, or watching some of my favorite TV shows that I DVR rather than movies.

And that’s how I fell out of the habit of seeing movies.  And have never fallen back in.  Crazy but true.

What’s crazier is that I eat a salad every day.  No, that’s not really crazy.

What’s crazy is that I never get sick of them!  It’s a food groove, not a rut.

It’s all about mixing up the dressings and adding some kick to your greens.  Try Horseradish Relish Dressing to spice up your plants.

I like to pair my salads with edamame or tofu.  Such as Sesame Ginger Maple Tofu

Or Pumpkin “Bread” Honey Tofu.  If you freeze the tofu first, it almost turns into a pumpkin bread-like texture.

It’s really good.  Try it!


And every day, I have coffee.  I choose from my stash ‘a plenty that I’ve reviewed here

And most every day, I have chocolate in some form.

Vegan GF Rice Krispy Treats with Vegan Chocolate Frosting

From my last post about Being Debt Free and Saving Money, thank you for the wonderful comments you left.  And thanks to new readers for finding my blog and also for those of you who have de-lurked recently and are commenting.  Many thanks.

Many of you are debt-free.  Congrats!

Many of you aren’t and feel it weighs on you at eats at you.  I feel for you and understand.

And all of us seem to want to be better at saving money and putting money away for the future or unexpected situations like job losses or illnesses or babies coming and mom-to-be can no longer work.

I think it’s so important to acknowledge these things, even though talking about money and facing reality can be tough.  It’s better to think about it and plan and make life choices with a full complement of information rather than sweeping these thoughts and conversations under the proverbial rug.

Nor would we want to sweep a dessert idea under the rug: Raw Vegan Mexican Wedding Cookies

No-Bake and comes together in less than 5 minutes with one bowl and a spoon



1. Did you watch the Oscars?  Did any movies you wanted to win, win anything?


2. Did you watch the Red Carpet Shows?  Any thoughts about what everyone was wearing?

Since I was clueless about the movies, I did see some red carpet dresses that were both amazing.  And awful.

3. In general, do you watch movies?  And if so, how often?

I used to watch tons when I was younger.  And then parenthood happened.  But kids aren’t going to change your life.  Sure.

And as I said in the post, I’d rather read blogs, write and keep up my own blog, watch my favorite tv shows on DVR, read magazines, talk a walk outside, or play with Skylar.

4. Favorite movie(s) of all time?

Some movies I’ve liked over the years: Pretty Woman, Titanic, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Brokeback Mountain, Erin Brokovich, gosh this is hard to just name drop off the top of my head, so I will stop.

Oh and I was in the movie A Walk to Remember.

I’ve done two posts on it:

Part 1

and Part 2 with a video clip

Give me your top movie picks!



56 Responses to “Watching Movies”

  1. Kate (What Kate is Cooking) — February 28, 2011 at 8:14 pm (#

    Two things- that pumpkin bread tofu looks AMAZING, and Brokeback Mountain is one of my favorite movies :) Such a tear jerker! Gets me every time…

  2. J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) — February 28, 2011 at 8:15 pm (#

    It must be so awesone to have a mini you! Skylar is your twin! So, so, sooooo cute!!

    I didn’t watch the oscars, but I do like quality movies. Hate sone of the time- wasting crap Hollywood puts out!

    I never get sick of salad, either! That salad pic is jumping off the page perfect.

  3. VeggieGirl — February 28, 2011 at 8:15 pm (#

    You definitely didn’t miss much! The Oscars this year were BORRRRRRRRIIIIIIING.

    Suave Slav and I watch a film every week, so I see a lot, haha.

    Favorite films = Imitation of Life, The Shining, While You Were Sleeping, Pretty Woman, and Hello Again.

  4. Jolene ( — February 28, 2011 at 9:12 pm (#

    Skylar’s hair is getting so long!!!! She is just beautiful!!!

    I LOVE movies. I go to the theatre/rent all the time.

  5. Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches — February 28, 2011 at 9:48 pm (#

    New reader here…just found your blog and think it’s awesome! I’m a big movie person. :) I’ve been watching the Oscars every since I was little actually…I try to watch movies when I can, but I’ve been fairly busy recently and movies are usually the first thing to get dropped from my schedule when it comes to crunch time. You listed a few of my fav movies! Other favs include Love Actually, Almost Famous, and Bridget Jones’s Diary.

  6. Katie — February 28, 2011 at 10:01 pm (#

    I haven’t watched a movie in months. I haven’t been to the theater in years. I guess I fell out of the habit too. Whenever I think about putting in a movie, I end up picking up a book, and then 2 hours…gone.

    I haven’t seen any of the movies that the Oscars were about, so I didn’t watch. That and I don’t have cable. So, that would have been difficult. I didn’t really care to watch it either though.

  7. Erika @ Health and Happiness in LA — February 28, 2011 at 10:54 pm (#

    I did watch the Oscars, though they weren’t great this year. At least Inception won some awards, because it was awesome.

    Because I work in movies, I watch a lot of them. I had seen all of the major Oscar contenders but two, and I plan on seeing them (The Fighter and Toy Story 3).

    I also love Titanic and Brokeback Mountain! A few other faves of mine are Moulin Rouge, The New World, All about Eve, Pirates of the Caribbean, Anchorman, and Grandma’s Boy. A nice mix of high- and low-brow movies. =)

  8. lynn @ the actor's diet — February 28, 2011 at 11:09 pm (#

    i see A LOT of movies – partly b/c it’s my job but mostly b/c i love them. i see one maybe every day – either on DVD or at the theater. my next blog post will include my favorites of 2010!

  9. Anne — February 28, 2011 at 11:55 pm (#

    I saw the Oscar highlights…even though I’m not much of a girlie girl, I gotta love the dresses :-). And I watch a lot of movies, not in the cinema, though, it’s too expensive, and just not worth it when considering I can just wait a while and watch them from my own couch – I have no need to see the latest 3D-schmee-D.

    Thanks for your well-wishes, I only wrote it here because I know you must’ve had to come a long way as well to discover your food allergies and what works for you. My hospital appointment was a bit of a disappointment – no allergies by skin prick test and I’ll have to wait five weeks for blood tests to come back. I can’t believe I’ve fought tummy issues for nine years and didn’t have a test until now, and only because I asked…but I guess I’m back to elimination diet, so not as exiting as I’d hoped.

    I just read your giggle-fest post yesterday but was too late to comment :-) – every time I see teenage girls giggling it up together I’m reminded what it was like to have a friend you could just look at….and giggle forever, hahaha :-) great times.

  10. Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) — March 1, 2011 at 12:28 am (#

    I can’t believe you were in a MOVIE!!

    • Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) — March 1, 2011 at 12:29 am (#

      I’m gonna go check out that link NOW!! And that pumpkin bread tofu looks DELISH by the way!! :D

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  12. Sarah (Flavoropolis) — March 1, 2011 at 1:08 am (#

    I can totally see how you could fall into the habit of not watching movies, although my jaw did drop – 5 years? Wow!
    I thought a few movies this year were worth seeing – Inception, Black Swan, and although I didn’t see it everyone seems to be claiming The King’s Speech is the best movie ever (and that was before it won best picture!). I don’t have a tv though, so despite being in LA I didn’t watch the Oscars.
    My favorite movie of all time will forever be The Matrix.

  13. Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes — March 1, 2011 at 3:47 am (#

    That tofu looks fab and so tasty!

  14. Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn — March 1, 2011 at 4:27 am (#

    I watched part of the Oscars, but only because my friend invited me over for an Oscars party! Haha. I eat a salad every day too, and I agree, it is a groove, not a rut;)

    Slash chocolate every day is necessary! Lately I’ve been digging carob, which is sooo smooth, and doesn’t keep me up at night!:)

  15. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg — March 1, 2011 at 4:30 am (#

    Haha…too funny. I LOVE movies, but I also go through phases where I don’t see any for a long time– but not five years!!! :-)

  16. lauren @ spiced plate — March 1, 2011 at 4:35 am (#

    Wow — five years w/o movies? I can understand that ,though, because I’ve gone 5 years w/o having a television in my house! We watch movies all the time (last night we watched Sphere…not good to watch before bedtime!) but only watch tv if we’re at my in-laws and they’re watching something. I miss Jeopardy and the food network.

  17. MzSlyde — March 1, 2011 at 4:49 am (#

    I didn’t watch the Oscars – I don’t get to watch much TV. I live a full live and have better things to do —- Not trying to be sarcastic when saying that but it’s the truth.
    I do however enjoy movies. I watch them when I can fit them in – My husband and I enjoy them very much. Mostly horror flicks.
    But the real reason for my post is that I wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blog. I think your a very neat lady and wanted to thank you for sharing so much with us – from yoga to your recipes.
    I tried the No Bake Vegan Peanut Butter Protein Bars recipe and love love love it. It’s a keeper in my house – Have been looking for a good recipe that is easy to make and yours is the winner.
    Also wanted to let you know how excited I am to try your Tofu recipes. I have been looking for a good and easy recipe for that too. They look so delicious in your pictures.
    Thank you again for all the great posts.

  18. Jess@HealthyExposures — March 1, 2011 at 5:09 am (#

    I am so NOT a movie person, either! Whenever people ask me if I’ve seen ___ I always give them a blank stare and a “never heard of it.” This also means I never get ANY jokes people tell that involve a movie (which is many of them) and I always feel so dense. Sitting (and paying attention) for 2+ hrs is just too much! Even when I sit down for computer work I can’t do much more than 30m at a time without some sort of intermission, but I much prefer blog or mag. reading ;)

    The worst thing is that I’m so out of the loop I hardly know who the famous people ARE any more!

  19. Madeline - Greens and Jeans — March 1, 2011 at 5:11 am (#

    I’m convinced that every picture you post of Skylar she is at least 3 inches taller than she was in the last one! I love going to the movies, and Colin and I have seen a couple in the last few weeks. Something about seeing them in theaters and getting the whole “audience” experience gets me every time

  20. Kristina @ Life as Kristina — March 1, 2011 at 5:17 am (#

    I watch the red carpets but rather watch the show! I try and eat a salad a day-i’ve been slacking lately and am craving them!!!!!

  21. Heather (Where's the Beach) — March 1, 2011 at 5:24 am (#

    I did not watch the Oscars – not really into awards shows really. I’m not a big movie watcher either. They must really really grab my attention. Now Pretty Woman.. LOVE. It’s the one movie I can actually quote.

  22. Elizabeth@The Sweet Life — March 1, 2011 at 5:24 am (#

    I watched about 10 minutes and found it pretty boring, myself!

  23. Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete — March 1, 2011 at 5:55 am (#

    I watched the Oscars for about 10 minutes — I used to watch the entire show with my mom when I was in high school. My mom loves that stuff! Me? Not so much, especially since this year I haven’t seen any of the top nominated movies.

    I probably watch 1-2 full movies each week – usually on Netflix. We go to the movie theater maybe once per month at the most. It is so expensive and I’d rather watch at home where I can do laundry at the same time!

    Favorite movie? The only one that comes to mind now is Amalie — I could watch that a million times and still love it.

  24. Tina — March 1, 2011 at 5:58 am (#

    I didn’t see many of the movies that were nominated, other than the Social Network. I am waiting for Black Swan and the King’s Speech to come out on DVD and as for the rest of the movies, I don’t really have a desire to see them, even if they were nominated.

  25. Antoni — March 1, 2011 at 6:09 am (#

    I like this color on food!!!!

  26. Jen — March 1, 2011 at 6:20 am (#

    Avery – yes, I’m a lurker and I LOVE your blog! The topics you touch on are very interesting and diverse, your recipes – delish! Not to mention your beautiful pics – I live in Iowa and love seeing the sunshine, ocean and green plants! Please keep up the great work and the reflection of your straight-forwardness and outstanding personality, not to mention your strong womanly side!! Onto other items – I’m a sucker for Sweet Home Alabama – I’m a Reese fan!!!!

  27. Maria Pavel — March 1, 2011 at 6:21 am (#

    I also didn’t watch the Oscars Sunday night, but who cares about the Oscars? It’s not an important event in my book.
    And yeah, last time i watched a movie was…. i believe last year sometimes in the summer, i just don’t have the time. I sometimes watch some funny clips on youtube, but i don’t have the patience to stay glued to the tv for 1-2 hours watching a film anymore. I prefer reading a book, i learn and enjoy it more.

  28. Valerie @ City|Life|Eats — March 1, 2011 at 6:34 am (#

    I used to love love love going to the movies, but a few years ago when I had a lot of fatigue and health problems I just stopped going tothe movies – this was a phase in my life where any time on a weekend where I could fit in a nap, I would, so a nap was always better than a movie. So at theaters, I saw one movie in 2007, none in 2008, two in 2009 (both indie movies), and none in 2010. I know this because my husband keeps track of the movies he watches, so we just had to look at the list to see what I had seen. This year we did go to see the King’s Speech, which was really lovely and reminded me why I like going to the movies. That said, I do think there are tons of bad movies out there too LOL.

  29. Amanda @ AmandaRunsNY — March 1, 2011 at 6:35 am (#

    I watched it all, and I thought that Gwyneth Paltrow looked the best. Her dress was awesome, and only someone like her could pull that look off. I never watch movies either, though I do go to the movies perhaps 5 times a year?

    Also, Avery, everytime I come here and I am just sooooo impressed by your recipes that I end up clicking through multiple posts to read all your recipes. They all look so good, that I forget that they are healthy and natural as well.

  30. callie — March 1, 2011 at 6:58 am (#

    Ok – So, finally I’ve found another person who a) didn’t watch the Oscars and b) doesn’t watch movies… How refreshing – I’m not alone! :)

  31. Lauren @ChiGalLauren — March 1, 2011 at 7:20 am (#

    I just recently (yesterday!) made my own tofu so I’m really excited to try your variations.

  32. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine — March 1, 2011 at 7:56 am (#

    I still love the Walk to Remember trivia! I watched part of the Oscars, but Anne Hathaway and James Franco were kind of horrible to watch so I turned it off pretty quickly. Inception nabbed a few awards though, which I liked- it’s a Leonardo DiCaprio movie. Need I say more about why I love it?

    My movie watching is on and off. At home, I watch them on our elliptical- it makes the time FLY by. And I’ll use Netflix if I feel like procrastinating. When it comes to going to the theater though, I rarely go and if I do, it’s usually alone. I like just zoning out and forgetting the world for awhile!

  33. Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day — March 1, 2011 at 8:15 am (#

    I NEVER goto movies either. I can’t stand theaters and not being able to control the noise of the movie and listening to people talk eat eat just bothers me! I’m very anal about certain things.. and then to pay a ton of money for the displeasure? No thanks!

    Congrats on being debt free.

  34. Jen — March 1, 2011 at 8:16 am (#

    Forgot to mention – one other thing I love about your blog is that I can scroll down to view mulitple blog postings, not just your most recent and I can click the “older posts” link to view prior days. I find it annoying that several other blogs are changing their view to show the most recent post then you have to click a link to view a previous post, etc….ugh so annoying because I don’t know if the link I’m clicking is two days old, 3 days old, etc… :)

    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) — March 1, 2011 at 12:17 pm (#

      from you other comment, thanks for delurking

      and this comment…YES i know exactly what you mean about people ONLY having their most current post on their home page. It makes it tricky get to their past posts and you have no idea what you’re getting, how old it is, etc…when i did my site redesign that was something i was very particular about…configuring it to make it USER friendly!

  35. Tracey @ I'm not Superhuman — March 1, 2011 at 8:56 am (#

    I love going to the movies. Growing up, my mother took my sister and I to the movies all the time. It’s not just watching movies for me but the experience of going there, sitting in that dark theater, and seeing a film when it’s just released. I’m one of those people who tears up during the old movie montages, seeing a clip of a favorite film, or listening to the film score. Total film nerd.

    Some favorites off the top of my head: Shawshank Redemption, Schindler’s List, ET, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Apocalypse Now, Life is Beautiful, Lord of the Rings, Forrest Gump, Back to the Future. OK I have to stop here!

  36. Johanna B — March 1, 2011 at 8:59 am (#

    I recently started checking movies out from the library. I find that I do enjoy spending some time watching a good movie. I don’t have a computer at home so I don’t do blog stalking on the weekends or evenings. I’m very glad that I didn’t pay for the last two I checked out though – not the best.

  37. laptop computers — March 1, 2011 at 9:21 am (#

    i’ve checked this blog a couple of times now and i have to tell you that i find it quite great actually.

  38. Scarlet — March 1, 2011 at 9:58 am (#

    wow you covered a lot in that article! I love the food photos and I dropped my jaw at you not watching a movie in 5 years!

  39. dragonmamma/naomi — March 1, 2011 at 10:37 am (#

    We rarely go to the movies anymore. With “bargain” matinee prices of $9, it’s cheaper to either rent or buy the DVD when it comes out, with the added bonus of not dealing with rude people.

    Movies I own and have watched multiple times: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy; the Matrix trilogy, Serenity, Galaxy Quest…notice a science-fiction/fantasy pattern here?

  40. Christine (The Raw Project) — March 1, 2011 at 11:01 am (#

    Yes, we watched while eating dinner – not a horrible show, but not the best. Understand about your not seeing movies, my sister hasn’t either since having a baby, her work and parenting schedules are just too crazy.

    I eat salad every day too and never get tired with the variety of ingredients and dressing possibilities.

    1. We watched, but didn’t see a lot of the nominated movies.
    2. Sometimes and it’s fun to see all the crazy dresses once in awhile.
    3. Yes, about once a week maybe, usually on weekends.

  41. Christin@purplebirdblog — March 1, 2011 at 12:21 pm (#

    I am also completely out of the movie loop. One, I just don’t have time to watch movies these days. And two, going to the theater is ridiculously expensive! There are about a billion things I’d rather spend my money on.

  42. Emmitt @ hemorrhoid miracle — March 1, 2011 at 1:37 pm (#

    Very cool you were in a movie – you should be a movie star – you are gorgeous! I never watch TV but I’m a big fan of watching movies on Netflix instead. The last movie I saw at the theater was Avatar (3D) and the movie reel broke half way through. Everyone was sent home and this was on New Year’s Eve. Bummer.

  43. Rachel @ Suburban Yogini — March 1, 2011 at 1:44 pm (#

    I don’t tend to watch the Oscars – I do watch the Baftas which are the British equivalent. I was excited that a Brit won best actor this year though :D

    I do watch movies but I tend to get them on lovefilm (UK version of Netflix) as I hate going to cinema unless it is like 9am and there is no-one there but me! I guess I can be anti-social.

    Favourite films of all time… Love Actually, About a Boy, You Me + Dupree, the Good the Bad and Ugly and Brokeback Mountain, to name a few!

  44. amy — March 1, 2011 at 5:09 pm (#

    Love your blog!!! yOu had bad morning sickness too! I have a 3yr old boy and was sooo sick it was the first time ever I couldn’t go to the gym. It was weird but I know it was for a good cause, did you work out though out your pregnancy? Will you have anymore? Im kinda afraid to get that sick again! Once again love your blog you are my inspiration:)

  45. Krista — March 2, 2011 at 8:25 am (#

    Can’t say I care a hoot about the Oscars, Grammy’s or any other awards. I find tham a waste of 3hrs of my life. Movies I do like are The Notebook, The Hangover, Titanic and Pearl Harbour to name a few….

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