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Mary Poppins: A Review

mary poppinsMary Poppins by P.L. Travers is a classic novel that I never had the chance to read as a child! I have, of course, loved the film with Julie Andrews since the age of 10, when I first saw it. The enchanting scenes and stern loving that Mary Poppins offered really spoke to me as a child. The novel, though different from the much beloved film, did not disappoint this reader.

Blown in by a strong wind, Mary Poppins is given a job as nanny to the four children who reside at Number Seventeen Cherry Hill Lane. The children are Jane, Michael, and twins: John & Barbara. The twins are still infants and while I understood the need to cut their characters from the movie, I found that they added a lot to the novel version. They were funny and had many deep thoughts and ideas about Mary Poppins.

Jane and Michael were just as rambunctious as their film-counterparts, though they minded Mary much better in the book. The birthday party at the zoo and the trip to buy gingerbread stars from Mrs. Corry & her two daughters were my favorite bits of their adventures… and BOTH were really lacking/missing from the film version.

All in all, I REALLY enjoyed this novel. So much so that I want to read this to my children before they ever catch a glimpse of the film. It was magical and fun and everything a children’s novel should be. It reminds me of the novel Peter Pan! Fun and a bit dark, like life. DEFINITELY recommend reading this classic if you haven’t picked it up yet!

Coffee Owl

owlThis makes me ridiculously happy. Two of my favorite things in life. <3

Things I’m Loving Right Now

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I’m loving surprise visits from my bestest best friend and her fiance! <3

besties3I’m loving a bestie who is endlessly supportive and wonderful and beautiful, even when I am failing…

fiancesI’m loving fiance’s (mine in particular) who can always make you laugh.

moms& lastly, I’m loving moms (who are also maid of honors) who surprise you with amazingly thoughtful gifts that make you sob in front of everyone at your wedding shower. <3 <3 <3

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Review

midnightMidnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt is a non-fiction novel about the death of gay prostitute Danny Hansford. The novel describes the life of Danny Hansford and his lover Jim Williams in Savannah, Georgia. The novel does not read like a non-fiction at all! It reads more like a fictional retelling of non-fiction activities.

Honestly, I felt that this novel was all over the place. I couldn’t even nail down what was going on in the story. I found myself easily distracted during my read-through. Not a suggested read. Not well written and uninteresting. I expected more from such a widely talked about novel.

Awkward & Awesome Thursday

what are you wearingAwkward:
-The amount of times this past weekend that I just completely and utterly forgot what I was talking about. I forgot entire conversations in the course of a few minutes. It takes talent to do what I do.
-My body not getting enough sleep lately. It keeps trying to talk me into doing nothing but sleeping after work. The exciting weekend and lack of sleep have my body ready for a break [re: a full week of nothing but sleep].

-My best friend Shelly and her fiance Phil surprising me with a visit this past weekend for our wedding shower!?!?!?! BEST WEEKEND EVER!!!!
-Blackberry wine from Oliver Winery. YUM YUM YUM!
-I GOT A NEW JOB!!! Wowza. Fantastic raise and an exciting new job! I’m super excited to start down this new path. So many changes in the month of August!
-Fantastic dreams about being in a real life Sherlock Holmes situation!? =)



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