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).