‘Tis the season to watch movies

merry christmas eve!

i hope this post finds you well, surrounded by friends, family, alcohol and chocolate.

i have a confession to make… one of my goals this year was to publish 52 blogs, the equivalent of one a week. so far i’m on 49, this post is number 50. i have a week to do 2 more after this one. for that reason this is a bit of a cop-out – i am playing catch up so it isn’t the most inspiring of posts but it does involve two of my favourite things – christmas and movies.

the debate has been raging this year over whether or not die hard is a christmas movie, i get that it isn’t a typical christmas movie but then neither are some of my favourites that i always seem to watch at this time of the year. in fact, one of my top ten christmas movies is not actually  a xmas movie at all. which brings us nicely to the countdown.

meet me in st louis

not a christmas movie. the xmas scene is definitely the stand out scene and is the origin of the best christmas song of all time – have yourself a merry little christmas.

miracle on 34th street

richard attenborough is definitely the BEST father christmas out there. it isn’t a movie i watch a ridiculous amount at christmas but i always watch it at least once. the ‘in God we trust’ court room scene is one of the best.

the grinch

i mean, of course this was in my top ten. i know the story was written before i was born but it’s almost like dr seuss wrote it based on me (because it’s all about me). the 2000 film is christmas gold.


“the best way to spread christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear”

“you sit on a throne of lies”

saaaaaaaantaaaaa, i know him!”

“son of a nutcracker!”

“hi i’m buddy the elf, what’s your favourite colour?”‘

“you have such a pretty face. you should be on a christmas card”

definitely the most quotable christmas movie, you cannot watch that movie and not laugh. you cannot watch that movie and feel sad when the credits roll.

the family stone. 

this is SO underrated, most of you probably haven’t even heard of it even though it has a stellar cast…diane keaton, rachel mcadams, SJP, claire danes, luke wilson, dermot mulroney (dreamboat), craig t nelson…

this is about the kids all coming home for the holidays, the eldest brother brings his slightly uptight girlfriend to meet this family for the first time, and plans to propose. the scenes that unfold over the next couple of days are hilarious and awkward in equal measure.

this is the movie that reminds me that families are not perfect, even at christmas. they are the ones that are the most honest with you, normally at the times when you don’t want to hear it but need to.

home alone

whilst ‘elf’ may be the most quotable, this one has THE christmas quote “merry christmas, ya filthy animal” i mean, technically that is from home alone 2 but the first one sets it up. you all know the movie, you all know the story, you all know it’s one of the best.

the holiday

oh, the old guy is my favourite: arthur is a dream. i know the story isn’t particularly original but i just love it. when meredith realises what a tool jaspar is and sticks it to him, when amanda finally cries, when arthur walks up to the stage… all ‘yassss’ moments.

“i really like it”

the santa clause

i couldn’t tell you why i love this so much, i just do. if you haven’t watched it, shame on you.

p.s. it has to be the tim allen version.

p.p.s i really want to try judy’s (who’s seeing someone in wrapping) cocoa.

the muppets christmas carol

the muppets. michael caine. feel good singalong songs. what is not to love???

i know most of the dialogue to this movie. i know all the words to the songs and at 28, the angel of the future still scares the bejesus out of me.

so far, so good? hopefully you think i’ve made pretty good selections, if you don’t, well, tough, it’s my list not yours. the number one spot though, the number one spot goes to the only movie that would be acceptable to be number one. are you dreaming of it? 

white christmas

of course it’s white christmas!!!

danny kaye and bing crosby are the hilarious. rosemary clooney sings like a dream. vera ellen’s dancing is mesmerising. the soundtrack (hello, white christmas, one the best christmas songs ever written although there are some other bangers in there too), the final scenes when the old gang turn up for the general, it makes me cry everytime. it is just perfection on a screen.

also, this scene… this scene alone is enough to give it the number one spot

now i am aware that i have missed of the classic that is ‘it’s a wonderful life’ and whilst i acknowledge it’s ‘classic’ movie status i have not seen it enough to give it space in my top ten. what i do remember from it is two things 1. “everytime a bell rings an angel gets his wings” and 2. it makes me cry. no, actually, not cry, sob. maybe this year i will be brave enough to give it another go… i wouldn’t bet on it though. ha.

anyway, i leave you with good tidings for you and your kin on this fine christmas eve. i hope that you are on the nice list and santa brings you some lovely goodies. i hope that, no matter how you spend tomorrow, you have a day filled with love, laughter and happy times.

make some great memories.

xoxo micks

merry christmas.

I’ve done the impossible.

Where I am: Mi casa


What I’m listening to: John Lennon ‘Imagine’ (It’s always appropriate)


Evening chums!

 I’ve had a cray cray few weeks and have found myself faaaar behind in not only writing but also a lot of the other goals I have set for myself this year. This blog is nothing too heavy – there is only so much pain my heart can take and this past while there has been a lot. For that reason this post is nice and lighthearted – however, as any Disney fan will appreciate, it has also caused me a lot of trauma. Yes, y’all. I’ve done the impossible. I listed my top ten Disney movies.

It was traumatic to say the least. My top 3 were easy, but it’s the rest. I never thought it could be done, but here we are. Impossible is nothing.

Here we go… At number 10 we have….


Brother Bear

I remember first watching this when I was about 15. I laughed – those moose’s crack me up every time. I cried. It is the story of Kenai, a young Indian boy who is turned into a bear and learns some valuable life lessons.

I sang (Phil Collins, I thank you for a banging soundtrack) I’ve also been told I look like Koda more than once, I’m good with that because he cute af.

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Another Phil Collins soundtrack, PRAISE BE TO JESUS. He’s up there with Alan Menken for me.

Tarzan, we all know the story – “Me Tarzan, You Jane” What a guy.

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The most recent release on this list, I adore this movie. Lin Manuel-Miranda delivered one of the BEST soundtracks to date and I have been known to burst into a song (or 6) from this movie in the middle of the pub. Everyone sing with me “I WAS A DRAB LITTLE CRAB ONCE”.

Moana is our heroine who saves her people by travelling across the ocean, to restore the heart to Te Fiti with the help of a few friends. Also, I really want a pet pig like Moana.

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Lilo and Stitch

C’maaaaannnn. This had to be on my list. Lilo is a bit of an oddball – which I’m sure we can all relate to. She wants a friend so her sister lets her adopt a ‘dog’ whom she calls Stitch. Little does she know that he’s actually the galaxy’s most wanted extraterrestrial. Stitch has issues and doesn’t really like people (I can relate on SO many levels) but Lilo is determined to tame him.

This is the movie that showed there are good guys out there (David) and taught that “Ohana means family, and family means no one gets left behind or forgotten”

I’m not crying, you’re crying! Oh and Elvis Presley is on the soundtrack. I’m sold.

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What I wouldn’t give to have my very own Grandmother Willow. From the age of about 10 I wanted to be Pocahontas. I remember going to see it at the cinema – it was my first memory of seeing a movie in the cinema. I loved it. What a girl. Pocahontas was beautiful inside and out. Her best friend was a raccoon and her life coach was a tree. Colours of the Wind is one of my favourite Disney songs ever, it’s message is powerful and still resonates all these years later.

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My favourite Disney movie when I was small. This always reminds me of being off school and poorly because that was when I would get to watch it the most. I wanted my own posse of mice friends, a dog called Bruno and the fairy godmother. I’m good without the dead dad and evil step family though.



Mulan. I only watched this for the first time in the last few years but it has quickly become one of my favourites. SHE IS BADASS. What other girl can save the whole of China? Sure she had help, but it was her plan. I think this may have been the first Disney movie that showed us that you didn’t have to be the ‘pretty’ girl to succeed. Your brain is worth just as much as a pretty face, if not more.

Additionally, Eddie Murphy’s Mushu is a brilliant side kick for Mulan and is def in my top 5 sidekicks.

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Alan Menken soundtrack.

Robin Williams voiced sidekick (the Genie is the number one sidekick, ever.)

His best pal is a monkey.


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 My favourite Disney princess; Rapunzel. I mean. Hashtag hair goals. She looks at the world with wide naïve eyes and I love it. She has the knack of seeing the best in everyone and making friends with everyone – be it the grumpy palace horse, a pub full of villains or our male lead Mr Flynn Ryder. Another great soundtrack. The scene on the lake gave me my dream proposal even though I’m sure I never want to actually get married. Dreamy.

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No surprises here. I am called the female Peter Pan at least once a month. I love him, even though that may sound a bit weird. Neverland is my dream home.

“To live would be an awfully big adventure”.

Wouldn’t it just.

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So there you have it… any surprises? I actually surprised myself when writing this. There are so many movies that nearly made the list but I stand proud of my top ten. Ask me next week though and numbers 5-10 may have changed. I’ve always been a fickle creature.

What is in your top ten? Tell me do, I could talk about Disney all day, everyday!

Sister, Sister!

Three is a pretty good number. Lots of things come in threes; the three musketeers, bad news, good news. The three blind mice. Goldilocks and the THREE bears, the main characters in Harry Potter (Harry, Ron and Hermione, in case you didn’t know), the primary colours, the Hanson brothers (don’t lie, you love MMMMBOP as much as the next person), the three little pigs, the three stooges, three piece suits, the Bronte sisters, the Sanderson sisters (Hocus Pocus is the only Halloween film worth watching). Three is, apparently, the magic number.

You know what else there are three of? Wright sisters. Yep, Melanie, Melissa and Michaela (and for those who didn’t know my whole immediate family have names that begin with an ‘M’). I am the youngest girl and the youngest child out of the 4 children my Madre and padre had.


Clearly our parents hated us. I can’t explain the outfits. Early 1990’s here I’m guessing.

Look through family photo albums and there are hundreds (I shit you not) of photos of Mel doing nothing in particular. There are a fair few of Melissa too, and me? There are about 5, ok maybe 10. Guess the parentals got bored of taking photos in the 4 years between their eldest and youngest, huh? I’m not bitter about it at all.

All three of us are similar in ways, and different in others (go figure). My brother was the oldest, but as he passed away, Mel took on that role and I do think she is the typical oldest child. She is very much a leader, and not a follower. She is responsible, and protective. An organiser, a problem solver.

I always describe Mel as the pretty one. She is unapologetically herself, something I’m yet to be myself. She encourages my crazy, and is always supportive, albeit cautious, whenever I announce my next adventure. Overall, she’s pretty average, Hun!!

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Taken in Summer 1989. Mel was coming up 4, and yes that’s me as a bubba!

Melissa, the middle child, is the sensible, proper, sensitive one. The intelligent one, I’d say. That’s not to say Lissa can’t be fun – she is hilarious behind closed doors when she is completely relaxed. I really wish she would show this side of herself more outside of immediate family, we have such fun and she always has me cracking up. Melissa is the ‘helper’ of the three of us; she is far more helpful with everything and anything than I am. She has a heart of gold for sure.

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Waterfield First School, wassup!


Now recently, I have begun reading a book that my lovely friend Lisa gave me whilst we were on holiday at Cape Cod in the summer, I read the first few pages but then life happened and I never got around to really starting it or finishing it. It is called ‘The Magic’ and is written by Rhonda Byrne. It had helped Lisa refocus so she bought a few others and myself a copy to give it a go. The basis of the book is gratitude and how, if you take time to be grateful for what you have you will attract more of what you want – the universe takes its cues from you and delivers to you what you put out there. There are different practices for you to do everyday. I’m currently on day 5. Now some may think it hippy nonsense but I figure, why not give it a go? I firmly believe that you get back what you put in anyway and you can never be too thankful, can you?


That gives you an idea about how this blog came about. Last night on my way home I got to thinking about things, as you do, and I thought I’d share my thanks with them. Not something I normally do because Mel was concerned “??? is everything ok?”

And Melissa’s response when I hugged her and said, “Thanks for being my sister” was “get off me, and it’s not like I had a choice is it”. I was feeling the love for sure. Off of that I decided to write about them and the top ten reasons I am thankful for them. So here goes,



  1. They are my oldest friends.


They have known me since the day I was born, the good me, the bad me. They’ve seen me ill, crying, crying with laughter, looking my best, and looking my worst. They were there through school, awkward teen stage, the uni days and now into adulthood. They were there through it all. Sharing it, and living it with me and I know they will continue to do so. We understand each other in a way that only sisters do, and for that I am forever grateful. I can’t imagine a day when they aren’t there to share memories and moments with.


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  1. They are always looking out for me, even when I don’t want them to.


From day dot they’ve done this, and although at the beginning it was probably because mum and dad told them to, now I know it’s through choice. When I was playschool and painfully shy (to the point I wouldn’t even tell the teacher I needed the toilet), Melissa was there holding my hand and telling them for me. When I was going through the worse period at uni with an friend, Mel was on the other end of the phone at midnight calming me down, and simultaneously offering to come to Kingston and sort it out for me. I know that I would never have finished university if it weren’t for Melanie because things were that bad.

When I’m away travelling and get homesick, they are both there telling me to stop being such a girl and enjoy where I’m at and what’s going on. They are always looking out for me.


  1. No one gives me backhanded compliments quite like these two.


No one makes me feel prettier and uglier in the world. I can not count the amount of time, Melissa especially (it’s her specialty), has set eyes on me and said something like “you look well gross”, “are you really going out wearing that?” “you need to have a shower, your hair looks greasy”. Sisters, ay?

The favourite ones from both of them are the following.

Mel – we’re out shopping and she picks up some shoes

“Do you like these, Kay?”

“Yea I do, I like them a lot”

She looks at them, puts them back down and says, “yea but you can get with wearing weird stuff like that, I can’t”

Yes, folks, I wear weird stuff apparently. Thanks for that,bro.


Melissa – comes into my bedroom, looks at my hair which is styled in a wavy ‘beach hair’ type way and says “when you wear your hair like that it makes you look like a homeless tramp. It looks nice though”


A backwards compliment if ever I heard one.


  1. They act as a buffer between my parents and I


Now this is not to say that I don’t get on with my parents, in fact I think I have a great relationship with them, but, I do know they worry about me a lot because of my tendency to flit here and there, without a real plan. I’m sure they’d love nothing more than for me to find a nice man to marry and have babies but, alas, it hasn’t happened yet. My flighty personality is something that my parents can struggle to understand, I know this from various conversations with them over the years and although they try, they just don’t get it (oh poor little misunderstood me! Ha) but my sisters, although they aren’t wired the same way, they get it – whatever ‘it’ is more and are able to act as that bridge between us.


  1. There is always someone to reminisce over my childhood with and share family jokes with.


Life can move so fast it’s easy to forget where it all started. With these two around there is always someone to remind me about that time Melissa cracked my head open, or Mel pulled all my eyelashes out (it involved hair pulling and an eyelash curler). They always enjoy reminding me about my tweenage obsession with Blazin’ Squad and the time we all got matching platform boots and thought we could be in the Spice Girls (I was always Baby Spice).


Brighton Beach fun in the 90’s.

  1. We have veerrry similar tastes in movies, TV and music. Some good, some not so good.


We are all well versed in Musicals. You can’t put Meet Me In St. Louis on and expect us not to sing along. Same goes for FRIENDS the TV series. We are able to recite SCENES from that show. It is an obsession. Charmed was another one we enjoyed, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Two of a kind, Father of the Bride, Sister Act, The Sound of Music… all bad sooooo good. If anyone were to put on Hannah Montana’s ‘Hoedown Throwdown’ on when we’re around, well lets just say you’re in for a treat!


7.They broke all the rules before me so when I did it, it wasn’t such a big deal.


Need I say more? Being the youngest this was definitely a huge perk! They got grounded for a week; I got a clip round the ear. I think that’s called #winning.


  1. The guidance and advice.


This links to the above, I guess. They’ve been there and done it already, so they have pearls of wisdom to share. My friends can tell me something till they’re blue in the face, and I either won’t listen or find excuses. My sisters say it and I take it on board. The best example I have of this is, about a year ago I was talking to a guy and it was very ‘will they, won’t they’, my little Soph told me it wasn’t right, but did I listen? Of course not. Soph told me numerous times. I never listened. After one conversation with Mel, ending in a “if he wanted to be with you, he would be” that was it. I was done.

Sorry about that, Soph.


  1. I don’t have to explain my weird ways, or the weird ways of my family to them.


They’ve been there for the ride, so they just get it. They embrace my weirdness – encourage it even. We can laugh at how crazy my mum is, or how grumpy my dad gets. Trying to explain to people that my dad doesn’t like Christmas and why is a long and painful process, they just don’t get it. My sisters do. They know the ‘Kick you in the C***’ joke – try to explain it to others outside the family…they just don’t find it as funny.



  1. I know that no matter how much we fight, we’ll be ok in the end.


We may talk trash about each other at times, but I know that the moment someone talks trash about me they will be the first to jump to my defence and vice versa. I can slag my sisters off but lord help anyone else that does.


Love my sibs, the pair of sluts!!





P.S here’s another photo treat for you.


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I don’t know why.