Sunday, September 27, 2009

I (heart) Nora Ephron

I went and saw “Julie & Julia” for the second time this afternoon. I loved it even more this time. Nora Ephron is a genius. Her movies are some of my favorites and this one is no exception, which I decided after seeing it for the second time. Nora understands women and writing in a way that few do. She gets that women need more in their lives than just work. They need purpose and fulfillment, and they know it is not just found in relationships, even though they want those too.
They believe in the written word. Annie, from “Sleepless in Seattle,” wrote for the newspaper and wrote a “love letter” to Sam. Kathleen, in “You’ve Got Mail,” wrote to Joe by e-mail before ever meeting him. In “Julie & Julia,” Julie wrote a blog. She wrote to “the void,” which is the same term Kathleen uses about cyber space in “You’ve Got Mail.” I write to the “void” through this blog every week. It is comforting and challenging and nerve-racking and wonderful all at the same time. It gives me something to look forward to and a way to connect and be creative. Nora Ephron understands this.
The other thing she understands is that women want to be loved. Julie and Julia are both married to wonderful men in “Julie & Julia.” Julia reminds her husband how sweet he is and how wonderful. Julie calls her husband, Eric, a “saint” (which he hates…this is the glaring difference between men and women). She says she married “a really nice guy.” That is what I need. A man so sweet he can only be called “a really nice guy.” Nora Ephron gets this too. The women in “Julie & Julia” are self-centered and neurotic and insecure and needy – all things that I can be…often. They are emotionally high maintenance, and yet, not unlovable. They are themselves, and the men who love them get this, even when it sucks. Nora Ephron gets women, even though her movies do not depict reality – or rather, men.
Also, Nora Ephron understands the love of food. This is why I love “Julie & Julia.” It is all about writing, relationships, and food. Nora Ephron understands food. Watching “Julie & Julia” reminded me of the joy food can bring to a group of people. The way people bond over sharing a meal. The hospitality and intimacy it brings. It reminded me of a blog post I read recently about the love of food and how life is too short and appearance is too shallow not to enjoy eating. She wrote her post after she saw the movie too.
So again, Nora Ephron brings women together, because she understands them. This is why I (heart) Nora Ephron.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Kids are hilarious

I am reading many blogs tonight and came across three videos that crack me up and are so sweet.

My favorite is the adorable little girl who threw the foul baseball her Dad caught at the Phillie's game! The "Today" show interview is pretty cute too. They are a beautiful family.

I was reading one of my favorite blogs, A Cup of Jo, and cracked up at this hilarious video of kids trying to resist eating a marshmallow. I was almost in tears it was so funny to me!

And finally, my sweet little nephew cracking up with his Daddy before bedtime.

Happy viewing!

New roommate

As I write this my sister is setting up her new room in my apartment (now our apartment). Her boyfriend, Chris, is over too and kindly and patiently helping her build IKEA furniture. She seems very happy to be here, which makes me glad and relieved. I am excited and nervous to see what this journey will hold for us, especially because we live with another set of sisters too (Em and her sister, Sarah). I'm also excited to see what this new journey will hold for my "empty nest" parents, who only a few hours in, have already seemed to happily adjust! I am just glad to finally be living with someone who has known me for longer than five years! Ash knows me really well - which can be good and bad - but having family around, and the comfort and vulnerability it brings, will be nice.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Family Love

I love my family. Yes, they make me crazy, but they also love me unconditionally, support me, believe in me, and make me laugh. My life would be empty without them.
Tonight I talked to all three of them (I call them nearly everyday). My Dad called to give me some job advice. My mom and I caught up on our days, discussed pop culture, and laughed about Colin Firth. My sister and I (see above picture) talked about her big move to my apartment this weekend (now called “our apartment”) and our love for our dog, Lucy. I hung up the phone with a smile on my face.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Ah, weddings

As I often do, I am going to write about love. Blame it partly on the wedding I went to yesterday. Love has been on my mind this week...well, crushes have been on my mind, which are not necessarily love, but it's part of it, maybe the most important part, as it is the beginning.

So, here are some great posts having to do with love:

My dear friend Amy celebrated her one year wedding anniversary this week. I am so happy for her, because she is so happy! It is beautiful to see.

Here is a unexpectedly sweet quote about love.

And here is a letter a father wrote to his daughter on her wedding day. It is a cool idea.

I randomly found many fun quotes about love from Miley Cyrus' tweets! She is adorable, I have to admit.

One of my favorite blogs, Cup of Jo, is on her honeymoon for two weeks, so while she is gone people are posting about the secrets of a happy marriage. It is so fun and wonderful and romantic to read!

Finally, my love has a girlfriend, but my hope is that they will not get married (given his devoted bachelor status), which is good news because my motto has always been "nothing is final until you say 'I do." A girl's gotta dream, right?

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Bouquet of newly sharpened pencils

School is starting and all is right in the world!!! Gosh, I love my MAOL (Masters of Arts in Organizational Leadership) program! It seriously makes my week. I love it! I love the learning. I love the topics. I love the professors. I love that everything I learn is immediately applicable to my life. And I love my peers! Tonight there was a mandatory meeting so I got to see all of my favorite people, most of whom I haven’t seen since early May, and most of us will no longer have classes together because of where we’re each at in the program, so tonight was a great chance to catch up and smile and give hugs. In the midst of all my transition and lack of close friends, class is where I can show up and feel apart of something. My friends in the program make me feel noticed and appreciated and loved. The professors make me feel competent and intelligent. The material makes me feel empowered and challenged. Ah, I just love it. I can’t wait for my class to start in two weeks. I guess I could really use a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils right about now!
(Photo found here).