Thursday, February 14, 2008

Valentines or Any Tines

Happy Valentine's Day! Here's a pic of some glorious roses from my sweetheart. And yes, eschewers of all things shmalz, I'm a sucker for red roses, any day of the year.

Had a fabulous time with the book club at The Villages in Dallas last night. Will post a group photo soon. One of my favorite comments was about my characters Mark and Amanda from Potter Springs. Beverly said, in kind of a dreamy voice, "I think he really loves her..."

Yes, Beverly, I think he does, too. I so love my job.

Among many interesting questions, one of my favorites was posed by Melissa: "Is there any genre you would shy away from writing?" The answer is yes...and I'll tell you which one in another post.

Recommended for Romance (on Valentine's or Any Tines):

Movies: Atonement and Juno. Haven't seen 27 Dresses or Definitely Maybe, but the chick in me wants to catch both.

Music: Soundtrack to Juno--earthy, clever songwriting from Kimya Dawson and (surprise) The Darjeeling Limited. Love the Indian flair with tracks from Satyajit Ray and quirky selections ranging from the Kinks to the Clair de Lune.

Food: Steak, shrimp, asparagus and red wine. And a little salad with baby greens, raspberries, feta cheese and pecans. At least, that's what I'm having. We cook at home because the last time we tried to eat out on Valentine's day, between the long lines, inept service and the price gouging, we nearly got divorced.

Question: Valentine's -- overhyped greeting-card marketfest or an opportunity to celebrate all things love?


Blogger ScottM said...

For me Valentine's Day would be a real beating if I were married to the wrong woman. I was told by my wife yesterday that if I wasted $50 on roses, she would be mad at me. In other words I am not expected to come home with a whole lot of stuff in order to meet expectations. That means Valentine's Day can be about simple gestures like cards and comments and a little extra time spent together. So thankfully Valentine's Day is one of the few holidays that doesn't end up being a hassle. And we never go out to eat on the actual day. What a nightmare.

12:41 PM  
Blogger Kern said...

I love Valentine's Day, it is one of my favorites. I hated it until 1994 when I finally got a good one. Sine then, it has always been a great day. This year, I took the day off, and we went out for lunch. That was a great idea, I am taking the day off every year from now on.

6:24 AM  
Blogger Travis Erwin said...

Just curious. What did you think about the more direct and obvious ending to the movie version of Atonement?

11:48 AM  
Blogger *Tyler* said...

Dale and I became a couple "officially" on V-day
1997 after a year or so of casual dating. Here we are 11 years later. Because neither of us are big on crowds or ridiculous prices (with the exception of fabulous trips together) we don’t fall for the commercialism of V-day, but I must admit we’ve created a tradition in which others may find completely unromantic, yet we look forward to each year. Just down the street is a United grocery store with a restaurant located inside. The brilliant thing about the restaurant location within the store is that while sitting in the dining room you’re left with an unobstructed view of the flower shop. The dining room is packed with senior citizens drinking coffee and enjoying their early bird special with the exception of Valentine’s Day. Apparently the regulars kick it up a notch because the dining room is vacant every year on this day. So Dale and I have a lovely, quiet dinner once a year at the grocery store with a perfect view of men frantically searching for the ideal arrangement to take home to their girlfriends/wives. I’m not sure what is funnier to us, the fact that they are waiting until the last second OR how they pick up each piece and immediately look at the bottom for the price. Really??? It’s the grocery store and is there any other choice at this point?

On to the movies: I absolutely loved Juno! I recommend 27 dresses as well. It's a funny, light, feel good movie. What about PS I Love you? It's completely opposite of funny, light and feel good, but I liked it anyway.

7:20 AM  
Blogger Britta Coleman said...

Interesting question, Travis. I liked the more subtle and nuanced book version, but I think movie-goers in general favor montages of beautiful people in love. The written word can handle the lighter touch, and the reader can always flip back for the highlight reel. (Or rewind their DVD players in a season or two.) Overall I found the film faithful to the book, especially in handling the slippery points of view.

Tyler, I love your tradition. I know just where you're talking about, and the idea of watching frantic flower shoppers is too fun. We might try to find a place here to do the same thing...Mother's Day might be an alternate holiday for this type of entertainment.

Yes, ScottM, hallelujah on Valentining with the not-wrong woman. Well said.

And Kern, I'm so thankful you caught a good one!

8:11 AM  

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