First and foremost – it was one of my favorite person’s birthday on Saturday, so…
HAPPY BIRTHDAY NUGE!!! I’m so sorry I couldn’t be in attendance at the festivities this weekend, but I hope you had a great time! Love you xox.
Also, while up in Vermont, we saw these REALLY cool dog statues carved out of wood. They were on display at my parents hotel and then we saw them in a little shop in Burlington. They’re awesome (but reeeally expensive!) My mom wanted to get one of our family dog Lola (Yorkie) but once she saw the price tag she figured just having the actual dog is enough! No need for a big statue even though they are great :)
Speaking of dogs, the Temple’s neighbor/Family BFF, Jean got a dog this weekend and we got to meet her yesterday! She is BEAUTIFUL! Her name is Dugan Mae and she is an Australian Shepard. She is just a little pup and it was so fun to watch her run and hop around (it was even fun to watch her snooze.) She is a gem :) Here are a few pictures that Mrs. Temple took –
Next on the agenda… If you’re looking for a GREAT book to read, you need to RUN to the store and buy The Help by Kathryn Stockett. It.is.amazing. I LOVED it so much – one of the best books I have ever read. It’s also a soon to be major motion picture from Dreamworks!
Here is the synopsis from Kathryn Stockett’s website – http://www.kathrynstockett.com/index.htm
Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step.
Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.
Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.
Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.
Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.
In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women–mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends–view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t.
Copyright © 2010 Kathryn Stockett
I have such a love/hate relationship with finishing a great book. I obviously love finishing it because you complete the story, you finally figure out the ending, and then you get to imagine what you think the characters go on to accomplish in their lives. I hate the ending because I feel like I’m breaking up with someone, or that I’m moving away from one of my best friends. You don’t get to spend time with the characters anymore, you’re forced to go your separate ways. I will miss Miss. Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny dearly and now I can’t wait to see them on the big screen (although the movie is usually never as good as the book!) Anyway, I’m thinking Oprah might be in this one – I could definitely see her as Aibileen. Maybe Mo’nique as Minny… Not sure about Miss. Skeeter, I think I could play her? I’m tall, gangly and awkward! :)
Tips From Boston Tweet –
Half Priced Appetizers: Mission Bar in Brigham Circle (2pm-6pm Monday-Thursday) http://www.themissionbar.com/
Red Sky Faneuil Hall (4pm-6pm daily) http://www.redskyboston.com/
Sevens in Beacon Hill (4pm-6pm Sunday-Friday) – Check them out!