Tag Archives: Romance Movies

Photo Friday: A best friend reunion in autumn.

26 Oct



I’ve included two photos for today’s Photo Friday because I absolutely love fall (It really is the perfect season), and my best friend, Skidmore, is coming down from Virginia today to spend the weekend with me. We’re planning to go shopping (yay retail therapy), watch movies (which will be chick flicks galore, obviously), jam out to Taylor Swift’s new album (since she’s our favorite singer. Yes, guilty as charged) and just do our typical best friend things. I can’t wait, especially since I haven’t seen Skidmore since the beginning of August. This best friend reunion will be much needed after the stressful week that I’ve had. And having Skidmore here during my favorite season is as close to perfection as things could ever get. 🙂

When in Ireland, music bridges the gap.

18 Jul

I’m a music lover. If I could listen to music every moment of every day, I would. Since being in Ireland, I have found it comforting to listen to country music because it reminds me of home. After playing around with my Itunes, I discovered that my roommate and I both love the Dixie Chicks.

The Dixie Chicks have a very strong connection with my childhood. I remember the days when “Goodbye Earl” would come on during a car ride and my brother and I would try to see who could sing the entire song all the way through. I can’t remember who won most of the time, but I suspect that it was me most of the time since I’ve always been really good with remembering song lyrics. I remember listening to “Cowboy Take Me Away” anytime I was in the kitchen cooking with my mom. In those days, the “cooking” usually just consisted of brownies or cookies, but I think that’s the best kind of cooking anyway. In general, I remember having the “Wide Open Spaces” album on repeat for weeks at a time. I’d just sit in my room and play the cd until I knew practically all the words to every song. The “Fly” album had its share of repeats as well. Though I’m sure that I played “Ready to Run” a fair amount as well, these days the only strong association I have with that song is Runaway Bride, since “Ready to Run” plays in the opening scene. Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. A chick flick really can’t get much better. If you haven’t seen Runaway Bride, go watch it. Now. It’s so so good.

Since yesterday, “Never Say Die” from the Wide Open Spaces album has been stuck in my head. Honestly, I’m okay with it because the song is relatively cheerful. The Dixie Chicks had their share of really sad songs, and I would definitely rather have a happy song stuck in my head instead of a sad one since I’m missing home anyway. I thought I’d share “Never Say Die” with all of you. I couldn’t find a music video on YouTube, but this video is pretty cute too.

A Nicholas Sparks Book: The Perfect Beach Read.

26 May

When I was in Florida, I vowed to read one Nicholas Sparks novel. I’m a fan of Nicholas Sparks’ books (even though they have pretty much the same plot line). However, they are the perfect beach reads, and sometimes a light, cute romance is just what I need.

I settled on The Choice by Nicholas Sparks. Surprisingly, I wasn’t a fan of the last third of the book since it just felt so unrealistic. Granted, I know that all of Nicholas Sparks’ books are usually pretty unrealistic as it is. It’s why his books make perfect movies….because they portray the kind of true love that we all want but few ever find. However, that being said, either way I’m a fan of reading love stories. I have lots of Nicholas Sparks books on my bookshelves, and 95% of my movies are romances. Yeah, yeah, I know. I just can’t help it.

Anyway, here’s the summary of The Choice (according to Amazon.com):

Travis Parker has everything a man could want: a good job, loyal friends, even a waterfront home in small-town North Carolina. In full pursuit of the good life– boating, swimming, and regular barbecues with his good-natured buddies–he holds the vague conviction that a serious relationship with a woman would only cramp his style. That is, until Gabby Holland moves in next door. Despite his attempts to be neighborly, the appealing redhead seems to have a chip on her shoulder about him…and the presence of her longtime boyfriend doesn’t help. Despite himself, Travis can’t stop trying to ingratiate himself with his new neighbor, and his persistent efforts lead them both to the doorstep of a journey that neither could have foreseen. Spanning the eventful years of young love, marriage and family, THE CHOICE ultimately confronts us with the most heart wrenching question of all: how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?

As I said, I enjoyed the first 2 parts of this book. I always love reading how Nicholas Sparks writes the beginnings of love. Though often it feels “too good to be true,” I’d be lying if I didn’t sit and smile at the scenes that are just so cute. I mean yes, I don’t doubt that most almost-20 year olds would tell you that they wished they could have a love like the stories of love in Nicholas Sparks books. Who wouldn’t want that? Though Sparks’ book do hold a certain level of unrealistic tendencies, there is a reason why Nicholas Sparks is a New York Times Bestselling author. Women love reading about love stories. That’s a fact (well, for most women anyway). Though they may seem unrealistic, the stories are also cute, popular, and great stories to lose yourself in when you’re sitting on the beach with your toes in the sand.

So what is YOUR perfect beach read?

Musical Passion, Snow, And Lifetimes Movies.

11 Feb

So, I went to the Marc Broussard concert last night with two of my favorite people (my uncle and his girlfriend), and it was beyond amazing. We enjoyed dinner at Salsa’s (YUM!), and then went to the concert. We got to the Orange Peel right as the doors opened, so we got a spot right front and center. I mean, we were as close as we could possibly get, and it was amazing! The starting band was Sugar and the Hi-Lows, and they were great. I liked the main guy over the girl since I felt like he was a better singer. However, all in all, they were great. After the show, I got to talk to them and get a picture, and I actually gave each of them a hug (ya know, I just LOVE hugs too much to pass them up). My favorite song by Sugar and the Hi-Lows was “I’ve Got You Covered.” It was so beautiful, and you should definitely check it out on YouTube!

By the time Marc Broussard came out, I was SO excited. He used a concept called “build the band” meaning that in the beginning he just came out by himself and sang with his acoustic guitar. He played a few songs and then slowly added one band member at a time (so some songs were played with just two or three band members, while the later songs were played with the entire band). It was a really cool concept, and Marc was amazing! I’ve only known a few other people who sound the same live as they do on their cds, and it was a really amazing experience. I mean, watching him perform just solidified how much passion he had for his music. It was like the crowd wasn’t even there. It was just him and his music, and it was incredible to watch. Other than his sound, Marc is also an amazing songwriter. There were certain instances where I just stood and listened to the lyrics, and I just cried because I realized how raw and true they were. Music like that isn’t played every day. And passion like that isn’t seen every day either. I hope one day I can find passion like that through my writing.

Anyway, today started off on a good note. I woke up to snow. I had forgotten that it was supposed to snow, so it was exciting. There was only about an inch that fell, but that’s okay. Seeing it this morning and getting a few pictures before the bitter winds took hold was worth it. The day got better when I found out that there was a romance movie marathon on Lifetime. Therefore, today has been spent working on my book and watching Lifetime movies. I worked on my book until I just couldn’t anymore. I’ve been going through a lot of emotional stuff writing this book, and so I’ve had to write it in shifts. I mean, it gets to a point where I’m crying so hard that I can’t even see what I’m typing anymore. I’ll be back at it tomorrow though. I just need an emotional break from the pain of the past.