Bummed, Seriously

Friend and I were supposed to go hiking to Mystic Lake on Sunday. (I think I can hear Holly screaming all the way up here). Now, it looks like we’ll have to postpone it because it is still raining and they’re calling for a chance of snow in the higher elevations.

On the plus side, I guess it’s more reading time. But dang, I wanted to go on the hike. I’m ready and ’tis the season.

Okay, wait a minute. All is not lost!!! Weekend was just salvaged. Girlfriends and I are revising our Sunday Sex Night and going to see Sex and the City.

Maybe we can get hiking next weekend, instead. So, something to look forward to.

Sugar Daddy

Wow. Just wow. I finally cracked open my copy of Sugar Daddy last night. I couldn’t stop reading. I’m halfway through it already and plan and curling up to finish it tonight. It’s just incredible! If you haven’t read this already (or am I the only one who has been under a rock???) go out and get your copy now!!!

Oh, and is anyone else planning on watching The Memory Keeper’s Daughter on Lifetime tonight? I am, even though I’ve still never read the book.

North and South Part 3

Look what came in the mail today!!! Woot, woot, woot!!!

In other news, I am reading. In fact, I’m kind of on overload. I’m in the middle of Promises Prevail by Sarah McCarty; Sea Swept by Nora Roberts; There’s No Place Like Here by Cecelia Ahern; The Wednesday Letters by Jason Wright; Virgin River by Robyn Carr; Once a Rake by Rona Sharon; and Santa Baby (anth) by Lisa Plumley.

North and South, Part 2

If you have not seen this movie, go out and find it now. I’m serious. Go forth now ~ you can come back and read what I think after you’ve seen it. I loved it so much I rushed to amazon.com to buy my own copy.

Where do I start? The cinematography is awe-inspiring. At the end of the first episode, when you see a cloud of cotton in the air that Margaret Hale describes as hell, and then through the mist you see John Thornton walking through the factory. It’s just ~ wow. Wow, wow, wow. The acting was terrific ~ there could not have been better casting for this. Then there was the contrast between the lush, green scenery of the south (Helston) vs. the dark, grey dullness of the north (Milton). You have to watch to see what I mean.

Now ~ John Thornton. That dark, smoldering gaze of his. (Yes, Richard Armitage is the perfect epitome of Derek Craven). The first time Margaret and John spy each other in the factory, I found myself holding my breath. At first, I wasn’t sure what to think of John. I mean, he started beating a man senseless almost immediately ~~ and then he yelled “get that woman out of here”!! But, our Margaret ~~ she gave as good as she got. I don’t think John knew what to think of this little chit who was standing up to him.

Margaret stands up for what she thinks is right ~~ class doesn’t seem to factor into her decision making at all. I love how she can befriend the master’s family (John) and then spend her days in the home of the workers and be perfectly at home in either setting. I absolutely loved her friendship with Bessie Higgins, and through that the entire Higgins family. I have a bit of a crush on Nicholas Higgins as well. I really enjoyed his character and the fact that he always seems drawn to take care of everybody…whether it’s through organizing a union, or taking in the 6 orphaned children he feels a responsibility for after their parents kill themselves. He was an amazing character.

Going back to John again. How glad I was to see I had misjudged him. At first, I thought he was the harsh master, overseeing his cotton mill with no thoughts as to his workers are the environment around him. How wrong I was. I loved seeing the different layers of this character. Yes, at first, he does seem to be hardened ~~ I mean, he beating a man… Really beating him ~~ over the top beating him. But we later learn why, and the emotions behind the beating. Yes, he cares for his workers. Then we see him at the Hale residence, where he has become a private pupil of Mr. Hale’s (Margaret’s father). He values education ~~ another layer to Mr. Thornton. Then, there’s the quiet, watchful way he looks over Margaret Hale (and the hesitant way Margaret watches over John). That’s enough to make the knees go weak.

John and Margaret’s friendship seemed to be one that neither had control over. Margaret didn’t even like John, but that didn’t stop them from growing closer. At their first meeting in the Hale home, Margaret refused to shake his hand ~~ but, later when they met at a social setting, she offered her hand to him and the handshake lingered quite longer than what was proper at that time. (Yes, that was a sigh you heard).

Now, when John asked for Margaret’s hand in marriage it did remind me a lot of the same scene in Pride and Prejudice when Mr. Darcy asks Elizabeth to marry him ~~ almost to the letter. John admits his love, Margaret rejects him and questions how he would have ever thought she would have him. She certainly had never intended for him to think that she felt more than an extreme dislike for him.

When circumstances cause Margaret to leave Milton and she goes to say goodbye to John Thornton and his family ~~ when he watches her carriage drive off and he keeps saying “Look back” it’s heartbreaking. He still loves her.

The end of the movie had me smiling for hours. Although the whole series was incredible, the train scene made is all worthwhile. I loved, loved, loved it. And John (er, Richard) has the most amazing smile. Whoulda thunk it? When he grabs her hand, then she holds onto his and then kisses it, then he leans in to kiss her ~ awww, right there. That’s why you should watch. To see everything come together so beautifully. It is just amazing. Beautiful. Excellent.

Thanks so much to Kristie, Sula, and Katiebabs for gushing about this movie. If they hadn’t, I would have missed it. And that would have been a shame. I loved every minute of it.

North and South

I finished watching North and South today. I’ll have to post my thoughts later, but I’m still glowing. I loved this! John Thornton and Margaret Hale are the most stunning couple. And the train station….my favorite part. I’ve become a fangirl ~ so much so, I’ll probably watch it from start to finish again tomorrow.

Goings On

I’ve requested North and South from our library and should have it by 12/07. I can then join the ranks of everyone else in blogland who has watched it thanks to fangirl Kristie 🙂

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A group of us are going to see Enchanted tonight. I think it would be better to go a different weekend, but I’ve been outvoted. So, I’ll brave the crowds. We’re going to the 8pm show, so hopefully the crowds won’t be too bad.

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Finally, during Thanksgiving somehow the conversation turned to me getting new tires and I had said that I’d gotten some in October because my goal was to get my tires replaced before the snow flew. My sister then informed me that she and her hubby were going to get me tires for Christmas. So, I hinted none to subtly that they could go to ebookwise.com and get me the ebookwise 1500 instead. Wonder if I’ll get it? I hope I do. If not, I guess I’ll be saving my pennies to get one next year.

Dan in Real Life

Kiddo and I went to see “Dan in Real Life” last night. I’m not really all that familiar with Steve Carell ~ I don’t watch The Office, I’ve never seen 40-year-old Virgin, and I wasn’t impressed with “Little Miss Sunshine” ~ so I didn’t go with a lot of expectations. It looked cute, and kiddo wanted to see it because of the whole student driver factor.

I wouldn’t really call this a comedy. Yes, there was some cute laugh-out-loud moments ~~ there usually always are when family is involved. Imagine this poor widowed father raising 3 daughters (2 teens and 1 pre-teen). I mean, the poor guy is just asking for trouble.

But, I would call this movie more of a sweet kind of film. The scenes where he first meets Marie at the bookstore are very cute and it’s evident from their first meeting that they’re meant to be. Marie is the first woman he’s noticed since his wife passed away 4 years ago. But, there’s a conflict. See, she’s actually there to meet her boyfriend’s family. Her boyfriend happens to be Dan’s brother. So bring on the angst.

I’d say see it ~ it was Good. I may have liked it better if I’d seen it with someone other than kiddo. I spent the whole time worried that maybe she wouldn’t like it. But she did ~ she wants to buy it when it comes out on DVD, even if they did cut the cute student driver scenes out of the movie ~~ even though they’re in the trailer (PS ~ that really bugs me).

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If you haven’t seen this movie yet, don’t bother. That’s 2 hours of my life I’m never going to get back. I know I said I don’t like scary movies, but if I’m going to watch something that’s supposed to be scary, it would help if it were………oh, I don’t know…………scary. This was just stupid.

Up Ahead

Front row, center ~ October 26. Woo-hoo. Never mind my hatred of crowds and public places (or the fact that I’ll be the only singleton in my group of 7), this is James Taylor!

Montana Sky

Well, I finally got around to watching the Lifetime movie “Montana Sky”. Can I just say how disappointed I was with it? It was choppy, the romances were rushed, and it skipped a lot of the great parts in the book. Montana Sky was easily one of my favorite books last year and I was so let down by the movie version ~ John Corbett (yummy!) couldn’t even save it for me.

Movie Rental Weekend

An American Haunting:
Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.usPlot Summary: The wind whispers ominous warnings of death before a malevolent entity arrives to claim the life of a young girl as director Courtney Solomon brings author Brent Monahan’s chilling, fact-based tale of supernatural murder to the screen in this tale of terror starring Donald Sutherland and Sissy Spacek. The year was 1818 and the Bell family was a quiet clan residing on a remote farm in Red River, Tennessee. A normal, loving family by all accounts, the uneventful lives of the Bell family began to take a dark turn when strange noises around the farm preceded the arrival of a black wolf with piercing yellow eyes said to strike unspeakable fear into the very soul of all who encounter it. As the sadistic spirit singles out the youngest daughter of the Bell family for torment and her frightened parents search frantically for a rational explanation to the chilling events unfolding in their once happy home, an eerie, disembodied voice promises death from beyond the grave. With the struggle rapidly turning violent and the Bell’s desperate prayers for mercy going unanswered time and again, the shocking murder that followed would prove the only case in recorded American history where the death of a human being was directly attributed to an attack by an evil entity or spirit.

I’m always up for a good ghost story. I love Donald Sutherland. I love Sissy Spacek. And the whole time I was watching the movie I was thinking the Professor guy was kinda cute. I liked this one. Until the ending. Then I didn’t really like it anymore. The ending spoiled the whole movie for me.

Over the Hedge:
Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.usPlot Summary: A group of feisty forest critters awaken following the winter freeze to discover that not only has a new neighborhood cropped up during the cold months, but living in close proximity to humans may have its benefits in this computer-animated comedy-adventure for all ages featuring the voices of Bruce Willis, Garry Shandling, Steve Carell, Wanda Sykes, Avril Lavigne, Eugene Levy, and William Shatner. Despite Verne the Turtle’s (Garry Shandling) initial hesitance to breach the formidable foliage that has appeared on his doorstep since last fall, the arrival of fearless raccoon RJ (Willis) and revelation that their new human neighbors throw out enough food in one day to feed a whole forest lead the gang to consider taking the plunge and exploring the snack-filled suburbs. As Verne and RJ learn to work together in taking on their strange new surroundings, Stella the Skunk (Sykes), Hammy the Squirrel (Carrel), Heather the Opossum (Lavigne), and Heather’s father, Ozzie (Shatner), join in on the fun by scavenging for Girl Scout cookies and attempting to scuttle past the pesky new suburbanites undetected.

This one was cute. Kiddo wanted to see this one. What can I say ~ I love Bruce Willis.

A Prairie Home Companion::
Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.usPlot Summary: Acclaimed filmmaker Robert Altman (Short Cuts, Nashville) brings National Public Radio stalwart Garrison Keillor’s long-running radio program to vivid life on the big screen in a intricately woven backstage fable centering on the final performance of a fictionalized version of his variety show. As if the result of some strange mass-media fluke, the popular radio program A Prairie Home Companion somehow managed to survive the television age to entertain its audience every Saturday night from the stage of the historic Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN. Week after week, hangdog host Garrison Keillor serves as unflappable emcee to an amiable hodgepodge of radio-friendly acts that include the likes of popular country duo Yolanda and Rhonda Johnson (Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin) and singing cowboys the Old Trailhands (Woody Harrelson and John C. Reilly). This is one show where the under-the-line antics are nearly as entertaining as the program itself, though, and in between the efforts of down-on-his-luck private dick and backstage doorkeeper Guy Noir (Kevin Kline) to discover the true identity of a mysterious blonde (Virginia Madsen) and aspiring teen singer Lola (Lindsay Lohan) to find her true voice before a live audience, there’s still plenty of fun and mystery to be had at the old Fitzgerald before the final curtain falls on A Prairie Home Companion.

I really enjoyed this one. I have lots of family in Minnesota so this was a sentimental one for me. Usually I don’t like Robert Altman films but this one actually made sense to me. I’d recommend it. Oh ~ and I also love variety shows like this.


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The Inheritance

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us I seem to be suffering from a reading snag today. I can’t seem to concentrate on anything I pick up. So instead, I cleaned my fridge, went grocery shopping, and settled down to watch The Inheritance. To say I love this movie is an understatement. This movie just makes me happy.

This is the summary that I found at netflix.com: Years before writing Little Women, Louisa May Alcott penned this “lost novel” chronicling the life of orphan Edith Adelon (Cari Shayne), a girl who’s taken in by a wealthy man (Tom Conti) and his wife (Meredith Baxter) to become their daughter’s companion. Despite her low status in England’s rigid class system, Edith’s winsome qualities tend to shine through — and she soon catches the eye of a handsome, wealthy suitor (Thomas Gibson).

This movie is just a great “feel good” type film. I love the character of Edith and the whole Hamilton family is charming. Not to mention, James Percy is just wonderful to watch. This is a great movie that always seems to snap me out of whatever kind of “blah” mood I’m in.

The movie is loosely based on the book of the same name written by Louisa May Alcott, but the film and the movie share very few similarities. I actually bought the book because of the movie, and was surprised at the number of differences between the two. That being said, I like to think of them as two separate works of fiction, because they are so different.

If you haven’t seen this movie, I’d recommend it. It was made for TV in 1997, but is available in DVD.