Book Club Picks: A Common Life, The Wedding Story

So I have fallen behind with my posts, but as you know I started a book club last year:

Every month we read a book and I do a little post on the book we read and discussed. What can I say, I just love books.

 

There is no theme, other than with each month, a different member gets to pick a book, whichever one they want. One has chosen to read a few books from The Mitford Years series. So far we had read the first and second books in series. They decided to skip the other books to go to book six, which was written later but is supposed to go between book two, A Light in the Window and three, These High Green Hills.

A Common Life: The Wedding Story (The Mitford Years #6) by Jan Karon

This book is set in the fictional town of Mitford, North Carolina. The last book centered around the Vicar, Father Tim as he is contemplating at age 60 if he should continue or retire. In that year he faces all kinds of changes from a dog adopting him, taking in a child, jewel thieves, a fake antiquities ring, health changes, a new neighbor/love interest, all kinds of secrets being revealed, and more. This town and Father Tim will never be the same.

The second book, Father Tim and Cynthia have become boyfriend and girlfriend. But when their relationship becomes a long distance one, he begins to pull away from her because of his fear of getting hurt. Also, a local widow is trying to catch him, using every ploy and plot to ensnare him. And to top it all off, a relative from Ireland has followed him home and is staying with him, but something about her is not right as she spends all her time in her room.

When Karon was writing the series, she continued the next book, book three they were already married and continued to write about their lives. However, people love a good wedding.

And they wanted to know what Father Tim’s was like. Will Father Tim fall apart when he takes his vows? Will Cynthia make it to the church on time? Who’ll arrange the flowers and bake the wedding cake? And will Uncle Billy’s prayers for a great joke be answered in time for the reception?

This book was so adorable and a total fan service. We got everything we wanted.

Yay!

I loved seeing Father Tim have to go through all the marriage things-planning, counseling, etc. And the little things about money, the wedding night, etc. Here is a 60 year old man who never was married and is going through all this for the first time. But hey, he was careful in finding just the right person.

I loved the part when one of the ladies in the community is hoping to bake the cake for the wedding, but hasn’t heard from the couple asking her to do it. She works herself up into a lather, becoming so angry-but then is asked and is completely speechless-a hilarious scene.

It is such a fun adorable book, that of you loved any of these books in the series you need to check it out.

For more book club picks, go to Book Club Picks: The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II

For more books by Jan Karon, go to Book Club Picks: A Light in the Window

For more in The Mitford Years, go to Book Club Picks: At Home in Mitford

For more weddings, go to Those Aren’t Men They Are the Living Dead: White Zombie (1932)

For more Jane Austen Quotes, go to Most Romantic Moment In Real Life

So I was writing this review I decided it was the perfect time to share my own bit of news. I just got engaged.

I know, right. Its amazing that I AM going to be married. After all, I thought like Marianne Dashwood:

But what can I say, sometimes life takes turns we don’t expect, we meet people who change our way of seeing the world, we fall in love.

We meet in May of last year and started dating five months later. I know he is the right guy for me.

And I’m right for him.

Aw!

We are to be married in two months! Its not a lot of time, but I’ll get it done. The most important thing is we will be together.

I could go on, but:

So I will end on this:

 

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Most Romantic Moment In Real Life

First of all everyone:

Today is Valentine’s Day and I am two posts behind.

I know, it sucks. But instead of concentrating on it, I am going to focus on my own Valentine.

I know right, my first Valentine.

Aw!

And he’s the best!

Yep!

He’s very romantic and I could go on and on about him:

But one little thing I will share that you all will appreciate. He sends me little Jane Austen gifs to express how he feels.

He’s so sweet!

I hope you all have as just as good a holiday.

Check out our other Valentine’s posts:

I Won’t Let You Get Away: Holiday Inn (1942)

Work Will Always Be There But You Might Not Be: The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)

I Can Keep Up With You: Rear Window (1954)

Just Hold Me Tight: Star Wars Episode VI, Return of the Jedi (1983)

I Don’t Want to Say Good-Bye: American Dreamer (1984)

I Can Show You the World: Aladdin (1992)

Please Accept My A-POEM-ogy: So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993)

You Can Be Yourself With Me: George of the Jungle (1997)

I Want to Recreate Your Perfect Christmas: Holiday in Handcuffs (2007)

Who Says I Have to Stop: Fireproof (2008)

I Will Wait for You: This Episode Sucks, Psych (2011)

I Made You A Bummed Out Box: Gone Glitter Part I, Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse (2012)

Love at First Bite: Trolls (2016)

For more Jane Austen Quotes, go to The Power of Love: Romance is in the Air, Part VI

For the 900th post, go to But This is Your Hour—When Darkness Reigns

 For the 800th post, go to Every Three Thousand Years, the Stars Align. Unleashing an Army of Monsters: TMNT (2007)

Just Hold Me Tight: Star Wars Episode VI, Return of the Jedi (1983)

Most Romantic Moment #13

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)

I love Star Wars so much!

Like I really, really love it!

True story!

So of course one of my romantic moments has to come from this, I mean seriously.

This is the last installment of the original film series. Han Solo was captured and the crew went to save him. Afterwards, Luke returns to training with Yoda while the others go back to the rebel base.

Luke has reached the end of his training and returns to his friends. They  all head to Endor so that they may use it to destroy the Death Star.

There Princess Leia, Han Solo, and the new friends they meet-the Ewoks, try to take down the Empire there. Luke leaves to head to the Death Star and confront the dark lord and the head of the empire-and his father, Darth Vader.

Will all work out well,  or will the dark side win?

Most Romantic Moment: Just Hold Me Tight

So Luke has to leave or else he will endanger the mission. He knows that Leia is his sister and the two have a moment where he shares about Darth Vader being his father and what he has to do. Han Solo comes along after Luke says his good-byes and is all jealous of Luke, especially when Leia can’t share with him what is on her heart.

He gets upset and blows up at her, but apologizes for his behavior. And then the real romantic moment comes. She asks him to hold her, and he does.

Aw!

He has no clue what is happening and going on, and is still upset that she can’t confide in him-most likely doubting whether she does really love him like she said-but he puts that all aside and just gives her the comfort she desires and needs at the moment-that’s super romantic and sweet.

To start Romance is in the Air: Part V, go to Who Says I Have to Stop: Fireproof (2008)

For the previous post, go to Love at First Bite: Trolls (2016)

For more Star Wars, go to Dad’s Day

For more Han Solo, go to You Put the Jedi in Pride & PreJEDIce

For more Princess Leia, go to Why the Princess Leia Crown Hairdo is Awesome

For more ’80s films, go to China is Here Mr. Burton. The Chang Sing, The Wing Kong, They’ve Been Fighting for Centuries: Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

Love at First Bite: Trolls (2016)

Most Romantic Moment #12

Trolls

So I was not a Trolls fan. I did not like them, did not play with them, and did not want to see the movie at all.

Then one day I was at my friend’s house and her daughter was watching it on Netflix. I ended up watching it with her and was surprised with how much I enjoyed it.

The Bergens used to eat Trolls to be happy until King Peppy saved them all and found a new secret place to live. Years in the future, his daughter, Princess Poppy, is now leading the community and has been planning their big celebration honoring the event.

Unfortunately, the event is too spectacular and they are discovered by a Bergen, the former chef to the King. She kidnaps a number of trolls and returns to the palace to get her job back. Meanwhile, Poppy sets off to save her friends, aided by a grouchy troll, Branch.

They meet strange creatures along the way and even make a friend in the most unlikely of places, the castle’s kitchen staff. But will they be able to save their friends? And help the Bergens find happiness?

Most Romantic Moment: Love at First Bite

So Bridget, the scullery maid, has a gigantic crush on the King. She helps Poppy and her friends, so they decide to help her. They give her a makeover and advice as she asks the King out.

They go to a roller rink/pizza parlor. (One thing I can’t understand is how they can be unhappy when they have pizza!)

They have dinner together, and we have the cutest moment ever. Bridget reaches over and consumes as much pizza as she wants, not even thinking she needs to be a certain way on their date or that she should eat less. She just grabs what she wants to eat and in that moment the King falls head over heels in love with her.

Aw!

To start Romance is in the Air: Part V, go to Who Says I Have to Stop: Fireproof (2008)

For the previous post, go to I Can Keep Up With You: Rear Window (1954)

For more pizza, go to When You Don’t Want to Deal With Other’s Feelings

 

I Can Keep Up With You: Rear Window (1954)

Most Romantic Moment #11

Rear Window (1954)

So I know you are probably thinking:

crazy

An Alfred Hitchcock movie as romantic? Well, keep reading and you will see.

L.B. “Jeff” Jefferies (Jimmy Stewart) is a magazine photographer and has traveled everywhere and photographed everything taking risks to get all kinds of thrilling shots. One such amazing photo caused him to break his leg so now he sits at home recuperating. Not one to enjoy idle time, he looks out the rear window of his apartment and glances the lives of others.

He starts watching one neighbor closely, and the strange way he is acting, believing that he murdered his wife.

Hmm…

He gets his girlfriend and nurse to help him investigate. But will this stay a simple amusement or turn deadly?

Most Romantic Moment: I Won’t Let You Get Away

**Spoiler Alert**

So throughout the whole film Jeff and his girlfriend Lisa (Grace Kelly) are in a conflict. She wants to get married, but Jeff doesn’t think they are right for each other. She’s a Park Avenue princess who can afford to spend thousands of dollars on dresses she’ll wear once. He a humble photographer who treks the globe living out of a suitcase.

Lisa has tried to convince him it could be otherwise, but no dice.

Jeff: She’s too perfect, she’s too talented, she’s too beautiful, she’s too sophisticated, she’s too everything but what I want.

Stella: Is, um, what you want something you can discuss?

If you look at all her clothes they are expensive, feminine, something you can’t really do something in but just look pretty. That is until the end. After Jeff just accusing her of being fluff and having no substance-she proves her verve and that she is of sterner stuff by going in and investigating the man they suspect of murder in order to find evidence.

Wow

And at the end we see her in something very different.

We have seen that Lisa is someone who can keep up with Jeff and as classiq says, “the casual outfit Lisa wears at the end of the movie was Hitchcock’s way to suggest she was the sporty type, Jeff’s type, after all.”

If a women like that is willing to go from her amazing frothy creations to something like loafers, jeans, and a shirt-you know she loves you.

To start Romance is in the Air: Part V, go to Who Says I Have to Stop: Fireproof (2008)

For the previous post, go to I Won’t Let You Get Away: Holiday Inn (1942)

For more Alfred Hitchcock, go to I Would Suffer Anything to Save You: Under Capricorn (1949)

For more Grace Kelly, go to The Perfect Murder: Dial “M” for Murder (1954)

For more Jimmy Stewart, go to With a Little Luck of the Irish: 17 More Irish Heroes

 

I Won’t Let You Get Away: Holiday Inn (1942)

Most Romantic Moment #10

Holiday Inn (1942)

My mom grew up seeing this movie at Christmastime and one year she found it on DVD and bout it for the family. Now my Christmas is not complete unless I watch it. I love the music, the actors, and the story.

Jim Hardy (Bing Crosby) plays a burnt out singer and moves to Connecticut to buy a country home and live a simple life.

It soon becomes too much for him and he turns it into a hotel, open only on holidays. (Sounds like my type of place).

Wannabe star Linda Mason starts to work for him and the two fall in love.

Unfortunately, Crosby’s old partner and womanizer, Ted Hanover (Fred Astaire), comes back into the picture and tries to break up the two. It involves a lot of zany romance and comical moments.

Most Romantic Moment: I Won’t Let You Get Away

**Spoiler Alert**

So Jim tried to outsmart Ted and be sure that Linda wouldn’t fall for his charms, but it backfires and Linda is angry with him, taking off with Ted to make a movie in Hollywood about the Inn.

Jim knows that Ted is quite the charmer and it won’t be long until he dances his way into her heart. It’s all over.

Until Mamie, Jim’s housekeeper, convinces tells him he shouldn’t give up. That’s the kick in the pants that Jim needs and he flies out to Hollywood to get his girl. Despite her having been hurt and currently engaged to Ted.

Even though chances are slim, Jim goes after his girl-determined for her to know and see how much he cares. And that he’s not letting her get away. And in the end her gets his girl, as that was all she wanted.

To start Romance is in the Air: Part V, go to Who Says I Have to Stop: Fireproof (2008)

For the previous post, go to I Made You A Bummed Out Box: Gone Glitter Part I, Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse (2012)

For more Holiday Inn, go to 25 Films of Christmas

For more Bing Crosby, go to Trek the Halls with Bones and Scotty

For more Fred Astaire, go to Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town

For more Jane Austen quotes, go to The Power of Love: Romance is in the Air, Part VI

I Made You A Bummed Out Box: Gone Glitter Part I, Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse (2012)

Most Romantic Moment #9

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“Gone Glitter” from Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse (2012)

So yes I am a Barbie girl. I grew up with Barbie loving the message I can do whatever I want to. I liked Barbie the way she used to be, she may not have been proportionate but she looked healthy, not like the stick thin dolls they make today.

So this webisode show is available online and on Netflix. It is done in the way of The Office or Modern Family. Events with a pause for interviews, etc.

I started watching this with my niece, and really enjoy. The characters and situations are hilarious, and hands down; Ken is awesome.

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So in this episode Malibu is under a glitter shortage.

There is barely none left in the area and Barbie and the gang are freaking out.

AAAAAAHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ken tries to create some fake glitter, but will it work? Or will life as they know it be shine and sparkle free.

Most Romantic Moment: I Made You A Bummed Out Box

So Barbie is freaking out and Ken runs right over with a little care box he made for her.

“I brought the Barbie-Bummed-Out Kit: tissues, consolation cupcakes, and a manly shoulder to cry on.”

Sometimes that’s all you need.

To start Romance is in the Air: Part V, go to Who Says I Have to Stop: Fireproof (2008)

For the previous post, go to I Can Show You the World: Aladdin (1992)

For more Barbie, go to It’s Not What You Buy, But the Reason Why That Matters: Playing Heart to Get, Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse (2013)

I Can Show You the World: Aladdin (1992)

It is time for our annual animated film pick! This year I am going with:

Romantic Moment #8

Aladdin (1992) 

I love Aladdin. In fact, the first Disney film I ever saw was Aladdin. I was just a baby but my mom took me when the whole family went to see it. I used to watch the first and third one all the time. I love all the songs in this film and committed them all to memory at an early age.

Aladdin is a retelling of a chinese tale in Arabian Nights or A Thousand and One Nights, tales that Scheherazade told her husband to keep herself alive each night, (for more on that go here). Disney disneyfied it into being much happier and brighter, like they do with everything.

In the Disney story, Aladdin is an orphaned boy living with his monkey friend, Abu. The two are street rats, scrounging about for food and hiding from the castle guards. Every night Aladdin goes home and dreams of being rich and living in the palace, never having to worry about anything.

Meanwhile, Princess Jasmine is in the palace and has to marry by her sixteenth birthday. She hates every prince that has called on her and she feels they all are after her fortune.

Also in the palace lurks Jafar, the evil vizier, who wants to take the throne for himself. Along with grabbing the throne he is trying to get inside the fabled Cave of Wonders to get a lamp, but only a pure-hearted, diamond in the rough can enter.

These three stories intersect when Jasmine sneaks out of the palace, only to be helped by Aladdin when she gets into trouble. The two run from guards but are caught, with Jasmine revealing herself and going home, while Aladdin is sent to the dungeon. Jafar disguises himself and frees Aladdin- convinced he is the perfect person to enter the cave. Aladdin is and does, but Abu brings the whole place toppling down when he tries to take something he is not supposed to touch. Aladdin gets stuck inside the Cave, but there he finds the genie of the lamp

And the adventure to capture the heart of the princess is on.

Most Romantic Moment: I Can Show You the World

So I’m sure you all know what moment I’m choosing from Aladdin; when Aladdin takes Jasmine on the magic carpet ride through the world. Of course this is super romantic, a flight around the world-but there is a reason why it is extra romantic.

So earlier in the film, Aladdin saves Jasmine and takes her back to his place when they run from the guards. There they talk and learn about each other, with Jasmine sharing her dreams and how she feels.

Aladdin: Wow. The palace looks pretty amazing, huh?

Princess Jasmine: [glumly] Oh… It’s wonderful.

Aladdin: I wonder what it’d be like to live there, and have servants, and valets.

Princess Jasmine: Oh, sure. People who tell you where to go and how to dress.

Aladdin: That’s better than here. You’re always scraping for food and ducking the guards.

Princess Jasmine: You’re not free to make your own choices.

Aladdin: Sometimes you feel so…

Princess Jasmine: You’re just…

AladdinPrincess Jasmine: …trapped.

Of course at the time he didn’t realize that she was the princess, he thought she was just sharing her opinion. But later when he is trying to make up for being a jerk and try and win her heart, he remembers what she said and gives her what she has wanted. The ability to leave and explore and be out of the palace. Freedom to go wherever, out of the palace walls, with her choosing where to go and what they should do.

Aw!

To start Romance is in the Air: Part V, go to Who Says I Have to Stop: Fireproof (2008)

For the previous post, go to I Will Wait for You: This Episode Sucks, Psych (2011)

For more on Aladdin, go to A Little Monkey Business: Chinese New Year

For more on Princess Jasmine, go to Waiter, There’s Some Disney in My Jane Austen

For more Disney love songs, go to Once Upon a Dream

For more Disney films, go to You Can Be Yourself With Me: George of the Jungle (1997) 

I Will Wait for You: This Episode Sucks, Psych (2011)

Romantic Moment #7

“This Episode Sucks” Psych (2011) 

I love Psych.

I found the show absolutely hilarious and started watching it all the time. That is until they mentioned the last season. I stopped watching as I didn’t want it to end right away. But of course, if you love something you can’t stay away from it too long.

So the show is about Shawn Spencer (James Roday) who is just your average guy, except for one thing. He has a photographic memory.

His father was a cop and honed a thousand such skills, like psychology of body language, how to detect liars, etc- in him. He rebelled from his father and left his home of Santa Barbara, CA to travel all over the world. When he returns, he is able to solve tons of crimes just from watching the news reports. When the cops get suspicious on how he is doing it, thinking he is actually committing some of these crimes, he lies and says he is a psychic.

Oh, well

Soon he has roped his best friend since childhood, Burton “Gus” Guster into being a part of his crime solving crew, and the duo become consultants for the SBPD (Santa Barbara Police Department).

So a lot of stuff has happened when this episode airs. Shawn and Gus have cemented themselves as consultants for the SBPD and have solved tons of cases. Shawn has started dating Officer Juliet O’Hara, after a long series of him trying to get with her.

Carlton Lassiter and Shawn have a relationship in which most of the time they can’t stand each other, but do have moments where they actually work together.

Carlton wife has divorced him, he’s lonely and unhappy with life. One night as he is drinking at a bar he is approached by a beautiful blonde woman, Marlowe. For serious fans, you’ll recignize her as Kristy Swanson, the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Sh disappears, and Carlton searches for her. The next morning he’s called to a crime scene where a victim has lost all their blood and has two pinpricks at the neck and wrist.

hmm…

Of course Shawn and Gus immediately think Vampire.

And they start investigating as others are attacked and the local blood bank is hit.

Juliet O’Hara; Shawn Spencer as Lestat from Interview With a Vampire; and Gus Guster as Mamuwalde from Blacula

Marlowe ties into all this somehow-could she be a killer? Or worse-a vampire?

Most Romantic Moment: I Will Wait for You

***Spoiler Warning***

So this romantic moment comes at the very end of the episode. Carlton has fallen for Marlowe, only to discover that she originally approached him to knock him out and drain his blood for her brother-someone who suffers from a rare blood type and rare disease that keeps him in constant need of transfusions.

Ouch

She didn’t go through with it, and wanted to date him for him-but has to serve jail time for breaking into the local blood bank and stealing vials for her brother.

She asks him to visit so she can talk to him and he comes.

Marlowe Viccellio: [in jail] I wasn’t sure you’d come.

Carlton Lassiter: I’m a man of my word.

Marlowe Viccellio: I’m so sorry. I wish I…

Carlton Lassiter: Look, you did what you thought you had to do. If there’s an upside to any of this, it’s that your brother will finally get the care he needs now that he’s going to be in the system for a long, long, long time…Can I ask you something?

Marlowe Viccellio: Anything.

Carlton Lassiter: Where would you rate “Pink Cadillac” in the Eastwood canon?

Marlowe Viccellio: Not very high, I’m afraid. I mean, I suppose it’s good as a companion piece to “City Heat”, but he’s much funnier with the orangutan.

[Lassiter turns away, hastily scribbles a note on a scrap of paper, then turns back around and presses the note against the glass]

Awwwwwwwww, so romantic!

Aw!

Not only is he loyal and waits for her, but faithfully visits her every Wednesday.

Aw! How sweet!

To start Romance is in the Air: Part V, go to Who Says I Have to Stop: Fireproof (2008)

For the previous post, go to You Can Be Yourself With Me: George of the Jungle (1997)

For more Psych, go to It’s A Fan World After All

For more on Carlton Lassiter, go to At the End of the Rainbow: 17 More Irish Heroes

For more on Vampires, go to Scarlet Night: Archie’s Weird Mysteries (2000)

You Can Be Yourself With Me: George of the Jungle (1997)

Romantic Moment #6

George of the Jungle (1997) 

This is one of my favorite films from childhood. My dad received it as a Christmas gift from my aunt one year, and that evening we popped it in our VHS player and watched it. I loved it so much that I would want to watch it all the time.

And it still remains a favorite and one I can watch no matter what no matter when.

Ursula Stanhope hails from San Francisco, CA and is traveling throughout Africa. Her fiancé, Lyle Van De Groot (Thomas Haden Church) is a total pompous jerk and has gone looking for her to drag her back to be immediately married. He is guided by two poachers who are looking for their big score.

All of them

The next day when Ursula and Lyle are out, they run into a lion. Lyle takes off; tripping, falling, and knocking himself out. But Ursula doesn’t need to worry, George (Brendan Fraser); a man who was lost in Africa and raised by an ape named Ape, saves her.

He cares for her until they are found by her fiancé and her party. When Lyle and the poachers attack trying to “save” Ursula and capture the famed “White Ape”; George gets injured and finds himself traveling to San Francisco with Ursula. Is San Fran ready for this Ape-Man? Will his home be okay without the King of the Jungle?

Most Romantic Moment: Be Comfortable and Dance With Me

This moment comes in the middle of the film after George and Ursula have been searching for her group with no luck. They are hanging out with a bonfire, getting to know each other better, when the apes start playing music. George invites Ursula to dance with him, but she is afraid to do it that she might look dumb.

George tells her not to worry, and helps her feel comfortable with herself.

George: Sometime George smash into tree. And sometime…[George screams and falls out of treehouseSometime George fall out of treehouse. But not feel stupid.

[Ursula laughs]

George: No people here to look stupid for. Just George.

I know this might not seem like a lot, but you have to look at Ursula’s parents. She comes from a super wealthy family and a mother that is obsessed with appearances. She’s been told what to do her whole life, look at how her mom choose her fiancé, and probably has never let go or had anyone try and get her to just relax and have fun. Especially with her super critical mother.

George doesn’t know any of this, but he still tries to help Ursula feel comfortable and just have fun.

Aw!

To start Romance is in the Air: Part V, go to Who Says I Have to Stop: Fireproof (2008)

For the previous post, go to I Don’t Want to Say Good-Bye: American Dreamer (1984)

For more on George of the Jungle, go to A Little Monkey Business: Chinese New Year

For more Disney films, go to I Would Go Through Anything for You: Sleeping Beauty (1959)