Monday, December 28, 2009

shoes in need of a party

Since New Years is right around the corner I thought I would write about these beauties for Must Have Monday. Just take a minute to take in their beauty because they are FABULOUS. I've been eyeing these shoes for months now, knowing full well I would never be able to purchase them...they're $625. Well Nordstrom is having their Half-Yearly Sale so you can get them for a steal at $414.90...ha, yeah right. If I had a NYE party to attend and made lots o' money I would be taking these bad boys out on the town, because these shoes deserve a fabulous party. Hey a girl can dream.

Hope everyone can ring in the New Year without breaking the bank!

Friday, December 25, 2009

merry memories

Merry Christmas! I hope you are all enjoying this lovely holiday with your loved ones. In our final Christmas themed Top 5 Friday my dear friends and I will be listing our top 5 Christmas memories.

1. I have plenty of wonderful Christmas memories. But the one that stands out the most was my 8th or 9th Christmas. It was during that time I was obsessed with Madonna. I was wearing an over sized Madonna tee with a pink fuzzy robe and I had pink curlers in my hair. I remember being so excited that morning and taking in all the presents that were displayed in front of the tree. My parents would always create a beautiful display of Santa's toys and as a child I was always overwhelmed by the number of toys that lay out in front of me. The only toy I remember from that Christmas was my Cabbage Patch doll, Georgette. She had a an adorable purple onesie and a small tuft of blonde hair at the crown of her head. I held on to that doll for the rest of the day. There's even pictures of me at my aunt's house with Georgette in tow.

2. My junior year of college I lived in my sorority house with my dear friend Virginia. That Christmas we went all out in our little room. We strung white lights along the edges of the ceiling. We then cut out dozens of snowflakes and hung them from fishing wire from the ceiling. It was like a peaceful little winter wonderland.

3. My cousin Lauren and I would often put on cute little shows for our family friends. One year we choreographed an entire routine to the song "'Tis Better to Give than Receive," complete with long purple ribbons (think ribbon dancer). We dressed up as little mice in black leggings and black sweatshirts, complete with tails and ears and did a full routine in the living room.

4. During my sophomore year of college my sweet roommates went all out. We hung white lights all over the living room, bought our very own Christmas tree from Home Depot and we even had our own Christmas party. We treated our Christmas party like Christmas Eve and the next day was like a mock Christmas day. We woke up early the next morning and exchanged gifts, Virginia even read the story of Jesus' birth from Luke. It was such a fun way to get us ready for the Christmas season.

5. Each year my family and I did the same thing for Christmas. Our traditions rarely changed so it was extremely difficult when we moved to Daphne and had to spend our first Christmas apart from our extended family, things were completely different, I don't even have any memories from that first Christmas in Daphne. That second Christmas was fabulous. My aunt Cheri and her family came to spend a week with us. As an only child I always wished for a bustling house full of family during the holidays. My dream had come true that Christmas. The house was filled with family, I was sharing a bed with my cousin Ali and Danny was on the floor. This was during the time Napoleon Dynamite came out and I distinctly remember laying in the dark trying to go to sleep as Danny quoted the movie, I was laughing so hard. That week leading up to Christmas was spent shopping, baking, putting puzzles together and even making homemade ice cream. We were having new traditions, but all that mattered was that we were with our loved ones...it made for a most memorable Christmas.

Here's to hoping you can create your own Christmas memories this season and for seasons to come. Hoping you have a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

misadventures of a twenty-something cook

Yesterday I was rather ambitious. In honor of my mom's birthday I tackled three desserts, a salad, and ravioli. Everything turned out, but of course there were a few missteps along the way. As I'm sure you've gathered, I'm not the best cook and I choose to stay far away from the kitchen, so 5 dishes/desserts in one day is quite an undertaking for little ole me. I even felt out of place at the grocery store, I couldn't find anything...I must have gone up and down those aisles a dozen times. Once I got home I put all the ingredients on the counter (I learned a couple of years ago that ingredients should be at room temp) and suited up in my apron. Things got messy pretty quickly.


First dessert on the list, mini strawberry cheesecakes. I figured, if nothing else we would have mini cakes for my mom's birthday. My dear friends, Jill and Mary Grace gave me a fabulous cupcake cookbook for my 22nd birthday. I've flipped through it a dozen times and admired all the beautiful cupcakes, but haven't been brave enough to try any. These have always sounded delicious, so I thought what the heck. In true undomestic fashion, I didn't read my directions beforehand. Five minutes into my cooking adventure, I realized the cheesecakes have to set and cool overnight, duh, they're cheesecakes! Moving on, I was flipping through Martha Stewart's Cookies cookbook and thought the peanut butter whoopie pies looked delicious. Again, they too have to be refrigerated...strike two. Thank goodness I had bought ingredients for some pumpkin chocolate chip cookies (courtesy of Margie Lott), that I was gonna make later this week...but I needed some kind of dessert for dinner. I figured I could put a candle in the cookie?!? About thirty minutes into my cooking adventure I had confused baking soda with baking powder and I had forgotten buttermilk, strike three and four. Once I got my bearings I certainly got into the rhythm of things and was well on my way to making a fantastic trio of desserts...yum.

Chocolate cookies ready to be iced with yummy peanut butter filling

Me with my peanut butter filler. It was delicious, I couldn't stop sneaking bites of it.

Yummy whoopie pies (still refrigerating) and pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, Margie you came through in the clutch.

Strawberry cheesecake cupcakes. I just tasted one and they are delicious. Can't wait to give mom a proper cake.

After all that baking I had to tackle dinner. On the menu, ravioli with apples and walnuts and a spinach salad with a delicious balsamic vinaigrette dressing. I don't have any pictures of dinner, I was pretty exhausted after all that cooking. Here's to hoping Mama had a wonderful birthday!

Monday, December 21, 2009

"i gasped, i actually gasped"


Happy Monday! And what a wonderful Monday it is. It is 9:45 and I am currently lounging in bed with Ms. Maddie and Ellie because I have two weeks, yes two weeks off work! Seriously don't know what I'm gonna do with myself...I imagine lots of sleeping. So I completely dropped the ball last Monday. I was getting ready for work Tuesday morning and a little light went off in my head, ding, I had forgotten about Must Have Monday...oh well, that's life. But I'm back this week with another pink item. Did I mention I liked pink? I was baking brownies for Thanksgiving and our handheld mixer kept dying on me, it kept going in and out...I'm thinking it may be on its last leg. So I did some research and found that Kitchenaid makes an adorable handheld pink mixer. So Santa if you're doing any last minute shopping, don't forget me ;). Of course I would love to have the Kitchenaid stand mixer, duh, but it's like $299+ and I can guarantee you I have not been that good this year. But I was flipping through Google images and found this beauty. I gasped, I actually gasped and had to hold my hand against my mouth. A hot pink Kitchenaid mixer, are you kidding me? It's adorable, behold...


Hope everyone has a wonderful Monday. Also wanted to mention that it's my mom's birthday today so I'll be busy in the kitchen all afternoon. Happy Birthday Mama Bear!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

it's beginning to look a lot like christmas...

I've been promising pictures of my Christmas tree for a few weeks now. In all honesty we finished decorating the weekend after Thanksgiving but we still haven't put the star on top. The tree is so tall that the only way to reach the top is to take out the ladder. I've been waiting and waiting for my step-dad to put the star on, but we're four days away from Christmas and he still hasn't put it on, so I figured I would just take some pictures so I could show y'all. Sadly, I don't think the star will ever make...oh well.

The fireplace. We have three nosy little terriers so unfortunately we can't put our presents under the tree. Our fireplace serves as the place for presents during the holidays.

"The stockings were hung by the chimney with care."

This is a beautiful wreath my mom made a few years back. It took a lot of hot glue and a ridiculous amount of ornaments, I don't know how we had any left to decorate our tree.

Not only does our tree not have a star but it also looks totally ghetto. The top and bottom half have different colored lights and it's leaning, I promise it looks better in person.

So my photography skills aren't as up to par as my sweet Cleezie, feel free to ignore the flash in the mirror. This is a fun little project my mom took on.

My own little Christmas corner in my room.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

honestly jillian


My friend, Alison Hogan, who's now Alison Ross (my goodness where does the time go?!?) presented me with the "Honest Scrap" blog award. Alison and I met during our freshman year of college on the 10th floor in Martin Hall...I think our hall will go down in history for the '03-'04 school year, or I'd like to think so. Alison and I haven't spoken in ages but she's such a sweet girl and I've enjoyed keeping up with her via her blog. Alison, thank you for this fun award, I hope you are doing well!!

Rules for the award:

1. Must thank the person who gave you the award and list their blog and link it.
2. Share "10 honest things" about yourself.
3. Present this award to 7 others whose blogs you find brilliant in content and/or design, or those who have encourage you.
4. Tell those 7 people they've been awarded HONEST SCRAP and inform them of these guidelines receiving the award.

Honestly, I've tried to dig deep on this one, so here goes it...

1. It's funny how the things we grow up watching our parents do one day become our own quirky habits. My mom has always been a greeting card guru. The woman could spend hours in Papyrus looking for the perfect card and she tends to always get the $5.00+ cards. As I've gotten older I've found that my own visits to Hallmark and Papyrus have become longer. It can be exhausting looking for just the right card, because mark my words I will leave the store if I cannot find just the right card...it's really a sickness.

2. I have a love, hate relationship with Britney Spears. I remember when she first came on the scene in '98ish and I remember thinking she was so pretty and I'm sure I was a bit envious. Every guy in junior high thought she was so hot, us little tweens didn't quite compare. I always insisted that I never really liked her but I owned every CD and knew all the words to every song. And then she went crazy and that's when the hate started to set in. I know she didn't really have childhood, blah, blah, blah, but here was grown woman who couldn't seem to get her act together. And then came the big comeback, I've been a believer ever since! Circus was a hit and our girl is back! I'm so sad I couldn't see her in concert, but I'll be there with bells on when she goes on tour again. Welcome back B. Spears!

3. I've never really liked the Olympics. I remember hating how the games would cut into my soaps, when I used to watch them. I guess since I'm being honest, I should admit I was a Passions fan. Anyways, all that changed during summer '08 when the Summer Olympics went to Beijing. I have never felt so patriotic. I was jumping up and down when Michael Phelps got his 8th gold medal and Nastia Lukin took home the all over medal in gymnastics. Every night I would come home from work and watch the Olympics with my step-dad, I like to joke with him that "We'll always have Beijing."

4. One of my biggest regrets was not trying out for cheer leading. I honestly feel like I missed my calling. During 8th grade I even received an award for "Most Likely to be a Cheerleader," it's almost like this inherent thing in me that I never tapped into. But here's how the story goes. At my high school freshman weren't allowed to be on the squad, so I felt a bit deflated, but I knew I would certainly try out my sophomore year. Well sophomores could only be on the JV team and I thought I would spare my mom all the money that year and just wait 'til junior year when I could actually cheer at the BIG games. Well I think I went to one clinic my junior year and my lack of confidence made me chicken out. It's too bad, I think I could have been great.

5. I'm a cheeseburger girl. So long as a restaurant has cheeseburgers and fries, I'm good. I'm fairly certain I could live off of cheeseburgers, fries and a Diet Coke for the rest of my life.

6. I'm obsessed with Westies, I mean obsessed. I don't really know how the obsession started but I'm just smitten when it comes to those little white dogs with there adorable fluffy faces, I melt. I mean it's so bad, that I will stop in my tracks and just smile and admire them when I see one walking by...and now I sound like a creep. Fortunately, I have two westies of my own, Max and Ellie and Maddie, who's half-westie, half-scottie. I'm really just a big terrier fan in general.

7. I have a great memory when it comes to numbers, like it's really weird. It's more so a memory for dates, like birthdays, major events. For instance I'm fairly certain Alison Ross' birthday is December 17, and I haven't really spoken to the girl in like 6 years...and I'm not Facebook. For all you Facebook people, please verify this for me and let me know if I'm correct, I'm kind of dying to know. And Alison, if I'm correct Happy Belated Birthday!!

8. I cried when I turned 13, yes I cried. I remember thinking I was leaving my entire childhood behind because suddenly the number in my age had the word 'teen' attached to it. This goes hand in hand with the fact that I'm an extremely emotional, dramatic, irrational person at times. I'm turning 25 in four months, so I'm fairly certain I'll be crying then too...I'll keep you posted.

9. My car looks more like my closet. I could probably dress myself with the things in my car. The car is littered with practically every pair of shoes I own, a few pants, tops and a couple of coats. I have the next two weeks off so I'm hoping to clean it out, but it's inevitable that it will be a place for my wardrobe in a few short months.

10. I'm deathly afraid of flying. I mean I've been flying since I was probably five, so it's not because it's new to me, I just hate the lack of control and the turbulence, whew...forget it. The fear has become a lot worse over the last few years. I hope to one day travel to Europe but I know full well I will have to be heavily sedated before I make that trip. I like to think that I would never let my fear of flying get in the way of my travels, I only hope I'll be saying that when I'm 50.

Now that I've revealed a few things about myself, I would like to pass this award on to some of my dear blogging buddies, make me proud ladies...

Friday, December 18, 2009

candles burning low...

"Lots of Mistletoe..." That little diddy should clue you in to what today's Top 5 Friday will bring. If you haven't guessed, my dear friends and I have decided to list our Top 10 (yes, 10) Favorite Christmas songs. There's so many great Christmas songs out there, we didn't want to cut ourselves short, so we're doing our first expanded edition of Top 5 Fridays.

10. O Holy Night by Celine Dion: My mom was a HUGE Celine Dion fan during the height of her fame. So it was only natural that I too became a Celine Dion fan, even though I'm sure my tween self didn't want to admit it at the time. I love Celine's version of O Holy Night off of her Christmas album.

9. Baby, It's Cold Outside by Dean Martin: The Elf version with Zooey Deschanel is cute too. I don't have much to say about this one, other than the fact that it's an adorable little Christmas tune.

8. The Christmas Waltz (Awayteam Remix) by Nancy Wilson: This is the fun remixed version of the song off the Merry Mixmas album. Mary Grace introduced me to these fun remixed Christmas songs a few years back and they're irresistible, a fun spin on all the old classics. I love the Frank Sinatra version too.

7. (Everybody's Waitin') for the Man with the Bag (Thunderball Mix) by Kay Starr: Another Merry Mixmas remix. This is a fun an upbeat version of an old classic. And don't worry I have my own little dance moves to accompany the song, it's a full force party in my car during the holiday season.

6. Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song) by Amy Grant: I loved this album as a kid. In fact I loved Amy Grant as a kid, how can you not love "Baby, baby"? I don't know why I liked this particular song, but I just remember listening to it on repeat when I was little. And unfortunately Mary Grace had to listen to it on repeat during our sophomore year. MG and I were roommates and our rooms were right by each other. I would blast this album during those two short weeks before we went home for Christmas break, and poor MG had to bear the brunt.

5. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Judy Garland: What a beautiful version of this song. I can't help but to tear up when I hear this song. I honestly feel like Clark Griswold when he watches all the old Christmas movies up in the attic and starts tearing up. Christmas is a bit bittersweet for me. Of course I get to spend time with family and friends, but as you get older traditions change and not everyone can always make it to be the family, so it's a bit emotional when you reminisce about the good ole days.

4. Santa Baby by Calista Flockhart: I know there's a lot of versions of this song, but I particularly like the Ally McBeal version. I know, weird. But at the height of it's fame my mom bought the Ally McBeal Christmas album and to my surprise Calista Flockhart did and adorable rendition of "Santa Baby." It's still my favorite version to this day, and it's pretty hard to track down. And how can you resist this song? It's so cute and sexy, I hope to prance around in a cute Santa outfit for my husband one day while Santa Baby plays in the background...have I revealed too much?

3. Grown Up Christmas List by Amy Grant: Another Amy Grant favorite. This and "Breath of Heaven" were the two most played songs off of that album. Again, I don't know why I was drawn to this song as a child, but I just loved it and still love it to this day.

2. All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey: I think Mariah Carey's Christmas CD came out in '93ish and my eight year old self was obsessed. I remember thinking she looked so pretty in her cute little Santa dress with her Jack Russell in the snow...that's what I wanted to look like when I was grown up. This song is definitely still on repeat during the Christmas season, even 15+ years later.

1. What Christmas Means to Me by Stevie Wonder: I became obsessed with this song during my sophomore year of college. It's a completely infectious tune and you can't help but smile and dance when you hear it. This song makes it on every Christmas mix that I make, it's by far my most favorite Christmas song. And I'm not gonna lie, this occasionally will come on the shuffle during the off season, and I'll definitely still jam to it (not quite the same when it's 90+ degrees out, but still infectious).

And before I sign off, I must mention a little song that I couldn't squeeze onto the list. When I was working at Pottery Barn a few years ago there was one song in particular that seemed to play all the time, "Susie Snowflake" by Rosemary Clooney. It got to the point where I would be at home singing "Here comes Susie Snowflake dressed in snow white gown, tap, tap, tapping on your window pane to tell you she's in town." Oh yes, I remember the lyrics. The song would drive me up the wall, but I can't help but to smile when I think of it today. So here's to hoping you soak up all the goodness that is Christmas music in this last week before the big day!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

christmas confections

I spent the better half of today baking in the kitchen. I was tied up making these fabulous Sprinkles cupcakes for my coworkers. I made two separate batches, red velvet and chocolate peppermint and then wrapped up one of each. I can't wait to pass them out tomorrow!

Friday, December 11, 2009

dear santa

For today's Top 5 Friday, my buddies and I will be listing the top 5 things on our Christmas wish list. So Santa if you're looking at this, I promise I've been good all year ;)

1. Mirrored glass jewelry box: I love mirrored glass. In fact I have a mirrored glass tray that I put my perfume on and I absolutely love it. I was shopping on Urban Outfitters and came across this beautiful jewelry box. I've been looking for a jewelry box for years, I had to settle for a wood jewelry box from a Target a few years ago just so I could have a place to store all my jewels. This jewelry box would be perfect, it's like a work of art...it would look great on my newly renovated dresser :).

2. Hot pink MacBook case: I'm a totally girly girl when it comes to the color pink. I love the color pink. I love it when common household items or things that shouldn't be pink come in pink, like a pink DVD player or a pink Cuisinart mixer...how could you resist? I'm fairly certain that once I get my own place all my kitchen utensils will be pink. Anyways, I was at the Apple store a few weeks ago and saw this adorable hard shell case for your MacBook...I could finally have a pink computer! It's one of those things that I would never buy for myself, but since Christmas is right around the corner, I thought I might ask Santa.

3. The complete Beverly Hills 90210 DVD series: I've always loved 90210. It's one of those shows I never watched as a kid but watched in syndication as I got older. A few summers ago I became hooked when they would show back to back episodes on the Oxygen network. The greatest thing about this show is that I rarely have seen one episode more than once, it's like an entirely new series for me. This past summer I learned that they are now showing episodes on Soap Net, but sadly I don't get that channel at my house. The next best thing is getting the complete series on DVD so I can watch them whenever I want.

4. Pink phone: Here we go again with the pink accessories. I've always loved old rotary phones and my sweet friend, Grace told me about about this cute phone on Fred Flare. Of course it would be cool to get an authentic rotary phone in pink, but believe me I've done the research and have come up empty handed. The "pink princess phone" will do just fine.

5. Gray suede pumps: I've been looking for a pair of gray suede pumps for a few months now and have come up empty handed. I found this fabulous pair on Piperlime and feel in love, and they're only $50. These shoes would be perfect for the cold winter months ahead.

Monday, December 7, 2009

classic cardigan

Happy Monday! I only have seven more days of work until I'm a free bird for two whole weeks! I'm excited to say the least. Today's MHM is the Jackie cardigan from J. Crew. In honor of the style icon herself, J. Crew has created a simple yet sophisticated 3/4 length cardigan that is perfect for any occasion. I live in these cardigans and believe that every girl must have at least one in her closet, even if it's just black. The great thing is, you can dress it up or down and it's perfect for the office or running errands. Check out this iconic piece at J. Crew and be sure to snag one because they're currently on sale :).

Sunday, December 6, 2009

weekend review

I love broccoli and cheese dishes. In fact I eat the Smart Ones broccoli and cheddar roasted potatoes TV dinner close to once a week at work, which I really shouldn't admit but grabbing a TV dinner while I walk out the door is a lot easier than having to prepare a lunch the night before. Anyways, while I was on my way to Oxford a few weeks ago I was flipping though a copy of Real Simple. I saw a delicious broccoli and cheese dish that had a quite a fancy name, broccoli and gruyere gratin...yum. All I knew about gruyere was that it was a fancy cheese that my cousin had used on various entrees. There were only 5 ingredients so I thought this was something I could certainly tackle. I took a picture on my phone (see above), without even thinking I could look it up on the website. Anyways, I was doing some grocery shopping this weekend and thought what the heck I'll try the broccoli dish. Luckily I had my phone and was able to get everything I needed (I knew that picture would come in handy). I got home and was ready to tackle the dish. As I started reading the directions I immediately became overwhelmed. I hadn't even thought to read them beforehand (this is something I do often, I have a tendency to breeze through recipes and leave out major details, i.e. flour out of cookies...perhaps this is why I stay far away from the kitchen). All the sudden I'm reading about steaming baskets and whisking, clearly I should have done my research ahead of time. After consulting my step-dad he assured me that I wouldn't need a steam basket, but a colander and large pot would do...whew. Fast forward close to two hours later and voila my very own broccoli and gruyere gratin dish. The magazine version is on the left and mine is on the right...not too bad, right? And believe me if I can do this anyone out there can too, check out the recipe here.




In addition to my fancy broccoli and cheese dish I finished all my Christmas cards and bought the sassy Jessica Simpson shoes I blogged about a few weeks ago. I've been eyeing them for months now but they're so impractical that I couldn't bring myself to spend $80 dollars on a pair of leopard print pumps. About a month ago they went down to $60ish and I still couldn't do it. Well they must have been calling to me this weekend because they were on sale for $40 and they only had one pair in my size, it was meant to be. Can't wait to wear them to work tomorrow!

We're still working on our tree at our house. It's huge and we have a ton of ornaments so I'll be posting pictures later this week. Every year my mom buys me my own ornament and this year she bought this beautiful snowflake globe from Pottery Barn.


I'm still looking for the right hardware for my dresser. I just can't bring myself to pay close to $80 on hardware from Anthropologie so I'm keeping my eyes peeled for the perfect knobs. I'm hoping to find them soon because I really want to show y'all my finished piece! Hoping y'all had a wonderful weekend!

Friday, December 4, 2009

christmas classics

I can't believe it's December and Christmas is right around the corner...this is by far the most wonderful time of the year! Today is the first of four Christmas themed Top 5 Friday's. Today my buddies and I are listing our Top 5 Christmas movies. I've decided to do a Letterman Top 10 kind of countdown...

5. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. And I'm talking about the old school 1960s version with Hermey who wants to be a dentist and the land of misfit toys. The most memorable character has be Sam the snowman (voiced by Burl Ives) who narrates the story. The most comical part is the way Sam moves back and forth through the snow, my mom and I still get a kick out of it to this day; there's even a reference to him in 'Elf.' Honestly I probably couldn't watch this movie in its entirety but it will always have a special place in my heart.

4. Home Alone. How can you resist? This is a Christmas classic. Most memorable part of the movie has to be the very beginning when little Kieran Culkin, who plays cousin Fuller is chugging down on his Pepsi and his mom exclaims "Fuller, go easy on the Pepsi!" Check out the clip here. For some reason my cousins and I have quoted this line for years and it's always one of the things that stand out when I think of this movie. It always make me sad when they show this movie during the summertime and the fact that there's now like five Home Alone movies...nothing can replace the original.

3. Love Actually. I love, love, love this movie. My first time watching it wasn't so great. I watched it with my parents and actually had to pretend to fall asleep during the porn scene, I was dying on that couch. But after watching it on my own, I fell in love. I can't help but to tear up at the beginning with all the real footage of people meeting up with family and friends at the airport. I have family and friends scattered throughout the U.S. so I definitely know the overwhelming feeling you get when you see that person at the airport for the first time in a long time.

2. Elf. "Buddy, the elf, what's your favorite color?" I love Will Ferrell and will forever love this movie. How could you not love naive and innocent little Buddy trying to find his father in big, scary New York? He's such a pure and happy character. I could watch this movie over and over!

1. Christmas Vacation. Hands down the best Christmas movie of all time. From the giant Christmas tree, Uncle Eddie and Sparky losing it once he doesn't get his Christmas bonus. I feel like everyone can relate to this movie. We all have to see our family during the holidays and every one's family is a little crazy and dysfunctional and I'm fairly certain every man has a bit of Clark Griswold in him. Sometimes it just hits all too close to home. I still laugh hysterically to this movie and it's best when seen with a big group.