Valentine’s Day News

February 14, 2013 at 8:42 pm (Events, Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Weekly LoSlugsw Down on Kids Books

Title: Slugs in Love

Author & Illustrator: Susan Pearson and Kevin O’Malley

Join Herbie and MaryLou, two slugs on a farm, in their quest to find each other and true love.  They write poetry and love letters back and forth on garden hoes and barn doors, leave messages in strawberry patches and on tomato vines.  It’s really cute and a household favorite of ours year round, but is especially wonderful when celebrating Valentine’s Day with small children.

 

artjournalvalAlso, tonight at Half Price Books Humble…

As it is the second Thursday of the month, we’ll be journaling at the table in Metaphysics and Health from 7-9 pm.  Bring your love or come alone, either way it should be fun to journal with art together.

Featured on the right is a Valentine’s piece from a journaling/art blog I found today.

If you’re not into journaling, you should still come into HPB Humble before the Valentine’s display comes down.  The Store Inventory Merchandiser did a pretty rockin’ job on it:

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St. Denis

November 9, 2012 at 6:52 pm (In So Many Words, Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

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My thoughts on Part Four of Les Miserables

Maybe it is a bit shallow and unliterary of me to come away from St. Denis and only have the story of my own marriage on my mind, but that’s the truth of it.  How can you read what has become a nearly epic love story and not think of your own?  Call it what Hugo does, The Stupefaction of Complete Happiness, and then maybe you can forgive me for getting wrapped up in the romance of it all and not caring for the extensive history, the depth of the literature, and all the rest of it.

“From time to time Marius’ knee touched Cossette’s knee, which gave them both a thrill.” – Book Fifth

Do you remember that? That feeling like a shock, but so much gentler, when the object of your affection makes contact; the feeling incredibly enhanced when that person loves you back… Do you remember?

I met my husband when I was fourteen, my freshman year of high school.  He was old for our grade and already fifteen.  By the time I was fifteen too, I was sitting next to him at lunch our sophomore year, just friends but wondering desperately if he would ever want more.  In those days, I thought a knee knock or a hand graze was everything.  Come to find out, it was nothing compared to him taking my hand to walk me down the hall later that year.  Or even much later – years later – when he would hold just my pinky finger under a blanket in college because we were under orders from my then boyfriend not to hold hands.  We were best friends by then and the idea of not holding hands with my best friends was excruciating.  That same evening he leaned in and whispered in my ear, “I’ll always love you,” and then some blithering nonsense about my boyfriend and the direction of our lives.

Things changed then.  Obviously that (very awesome and dear to me) boyfriend didn’t last as a boyfriend, and I finally knew what I had wanted to know all along: my best friend was my truest love.

Our first year as a couple at my 3rd degree black belt test.

The innocent but thrilling touches didn’t end there, we spent an entire summer trying to ease my parents into the idea that he was around.  I neither confirmed nor denied that he was my boyfriend – at twenty I didn’t think it was any of their business – but during the school term we were in different cities so we wanted to take advantage of the time we did have.  It was like a Jane Austen novel in my head, something like Jane Fairfax and Frank Churchill: catching glances across the room, brushing knuckles and fingertips in the hall.  Sneaking a whisper and a kiss when no one was in the room.

“What passed between these two beings? Nothing.  They were adoring each other.” – Book Eighth

Apparently, I have thing for secrets, because that was nearly the entirety of all my relationships, relishing in the act of not letting anyone know.  The difference this time is I was dying to scream it from the roof tops: One day I will  be Mrs. Jonathan Klemm!

As for complete happiness, it is still had.  We fight and argue – after all, we are married- but at the end of the day, at the end of it all, I can snuggle up in the crook of my love’s arm and hold his hand.  He will rub his thumb against mine, lean down and kiss my forehead, and all is well again.  The thrill of the small and innocent touches still there – after all, we are married.

Skip to my next Les Miserables post.

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A Lovely Event

January 24, 2012 at 2:38 am (Events) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

Typically, I’m not a huge fan of Valentine’s Day.  Its  a day that is seemingly invented for sheer consumerism.  Many people find this ironic, because I am very happily married to my soul mate and love.  The thing is, though, usually I’d rather curl up with a good book as I snuggle my honey, and not worry about what’s going on in the outside world as everyone else worries about things like “Is she going to like this gift?” or “What can I do for him that wont say too much and scare him off?”

You're Invited!

But this year, its been put in perspective of things I love and things I can do to make it more fun.  This year, I’m an Event Coordinator for a bookstore I love and I get to make it what I want.  This year, its about celebrating some of my favorite stories of all time (books like The Scarlet Pimpernel and Time Traveler’s Wife will absolutely be featured, as well as biographies on people like Nicholas and Alexandra and so on) and celebrating a fabulous little Italian restaraunt in Humble that I’ve grown to love.  This year, you can come to the Humble Half Price Bookstore, buy your favorite love story and upon purchase be entered to win a dinner for two to Italiano’s in Humble.  How much fun is that?

What’s even better? We’re doing it on the 10th, not the 14th, so people who already have big plans, or have to work because they are in the retail or service industry, or just don’t want to fight Valentine’s Day traffic can have a low-key but intimate date night with us.  On top of that,  some lucky couple will get to do Valentine’s Day, or some other special day they choose, practically for free!

My hope is that if we get a lot of people in the door, next year more businesses will donate gift cards and the year after that even more people!  We could maybe one day build Valentine’s Day up to a bookstore extravaganza so that even the most non-Valentine-date night people ever, like me, will look forward to the month of February.

So, if you’re in the Houston area, come celebrate Valentine’s on February 10th with me as we bask in the loveliness of books – our mutual true love.

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