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Thursday Tidbits 3/22/2012

Just a couple Thursday tidbits:

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One Day by David Nicholls

One Day by David Nicholls. Published by Random House. Read in August, 2011. Copy purchased for my personal collection.

Description from GoodReads:

It’s 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met. They both know that the next day, after college graduation, they must go their separate ways. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another. As the years go by, Dex and Em begin to lead separate lives—lives very different from the people they once dreamed they’d become. And yet, unable to let go of that special something that grabbed onto them that first night, an extraordinary relationship develops between the two.
Over twenty years, snapshots of that relationship are revealed on the same day—July 15th—of each year. Dex and Em face squabbles and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears. And as the true meaning of this one crucial day is revealed, they must come to grips with the nature of love and life itself.

When One Day came out, I put it in my to-read list, but kept putting it off. It sounded interesting, but not being YA pushed it off my radar. When the trailer for the movie came out, I finally bought a copy and swore I would read it before the movie came out. I finally did.

I have mixed feelings about the novel. Sometimes I found Dexter Mayhew insufferable and just wanted to punch him in the teeth. Other times, I could see exactly why Emma Morley loved him. Sometimes, I could relate to the book so much, it took my breath away. After I was done, I couldn’t start another book for a while; it lingered with me. This is not a romantic comedy, and I also would not label it chick-lit like I have seen others do. It’s not fluffy, or fun, but I also could not put it down.

I did like the way Mr. Nicholls wrapped up the book in the last 5 or so chapters. While the ending was not the end one might wish for, the way he goes about revealing the last chapters is a warm, soft blanket on a chilly night.

One Day did remind me of two plays I have read: Love Letters by A. R. Gurney and Jack and Jill by Jane Martin. The plots are not the same, but the relationship between the two main characters is similar.

I want to see the movie, although I might wait for the DVD. I’m not sure I am ready to rehash this story so soon.

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Thursday Tidbits 1/20/2011

It’s been a while since I did a Thursday tidbits. Just a few things:

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Thursday Tidbits 9/9/2010

The beginning of school is always a whirlwind.  September and October are also always a busy time personally: my birthday, our anniversary, birthdays of my mom, dad, and sister, my favorite season, the Maryland Renaissance Festival, two other family wedding anniversaries…and someone else always seems to be getting married in the fall.  This year, it is my dear, imaginary friend Lisa, and I can’t wait for her wedding!

My blogging and reading have both been slow due to all my life happenings.  I look at what I have read over the past few months and the pile is way too low.  I’d love another snow-filled winter so I can hunker down and stick my nose in some books.

For now, a few things that MUST be shared:

  • I’ve linked to the trailer in the past, but now you can view the whole short film, “Mary Anne Goes to the Market” online.  Jason did an awesome job writing and acting in this, and you really must take 10 minutes to watch it.  Especially if you are having a bad day – it is a mood lifter!  I am so proud of our Whis-kid.
  • This past Friday morning, my husband and I had the local news on to see what Hurricane Earl was up to.  We were fortunate enough to be watching when the on-the-scene-weather-guy was joined on the beach by two guys that I can only assume are drunk as skunks.  A brief bit of comedy ensued and we laughed and laughed, rewinding it to watch it over again.  My husband wisely grabbed my phone and videoed the segment to save it for posterity on You Tube.  You must turn up your volume (because the two gentlemen announce their arrival before appearing on camera) and watch the first 30 seconds of “Hewwl Yeah!”

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Thursday Tidbits 8/19/2010

One bad thing about being back at work is meetings.  Some meetings are useless, some can be quite beneficial.  I attended a meeting today that was beneficial for a good portion of it, but way too much time was wasted by a few people.  I’ve decided that when you attend a meeting, you should be given a limited number of talking passes.  Every time you want to talk, you surrender a pass. Once you use up your passes – no more talking.  So much time is wasted by people who just want to hear themselves yammer.

Anyways, fun things on the internet this week!

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Today – David Gray and a Film Premiere

I’m attending another David Gray concert tonight.  This one is at Merriweather Post, and I have front row seats so I am pretty excited!

Also, a friend of mine, Jason, premiered his short, “Mary Anne Goes to the Market” today in LA.  Well, he was one of the writers and one of the actors.  I’m hoping it went well.  The trailer is so cute!  If you watch it, he’s the one who collides carts with the girl.

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Photo Friday 8/13/10

Our friend Mikee, who was last seen on this blog modeling his Transformer’s costume, decided to gift a friend with a specific style of ice luge, and my husband helped him build it this past weekend:

How cool is that?

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