Monday, August 24, 2009

Book Review: The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffeneger

(If you're here for the Elsie Challenge, the sign up post is one below this!)

I read The Time Traveler's Wife around my wedding and during my honeymoon. Let me tell you, the emotions I was feeling at this time definitely intensified the book. In this book, a mild-mannered librarian named Henry travels through time uncontrollably, never knowing for sure when or where he will end up. When he meets a younger woman named Clare, it is instant, mutual love. The book is, overall, a tale of love and longing throughout a courtship and a marriage, told from both the perspectives of Clare and Henry. Both detail the pain of being torn apart by Henry's time travel, and the difficulties they have in having a child.

Clare's passages about waiting for Henry were particularly striking to me. My husband, Trevor, is an airline pilot. He is gone three nights in a row each week, and I related to the idea of waiting for my husband to come home, especially the uneasiness that can come with travel (whether through time or by air).

However, there are definitely some gruesome parts and graphic descriptions that made me cringe while reading it. These parts were definitely unexpected, and I'm not sure that they added anything to the story as a whole.

I am very interested in seeing how the screenwriters approached this novel. So much of it seems very difficult to translate to the big screen, and especially into the successful chick flick the movie seems to be marketed as. Though part of me would love to go see the movie in theatres, I think I'll be waiting for it to hit Netflix this winter.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Scrapping Elsie <3

Until my wedding last month, I lived in North Dakota. Not being the biggest fan of e-commerce until recently, I didn't have access to the latest and greatest scrapbooking supplies and books. I had lusted after Elsie Flannigan's 52 Scrapbooking Challenges ever since I first heard of it.

Then, I found on a clearance shelf at Hobby Lobby earlier this spring. I was eager to dive right into it...but there was an apartment to pack up, a school year to finish, a wedding to plan, and so many things to do that it sort of got tucked away until after our honeymoon when I finally began to unpack the Atlanta apartment.

Being in a creative funk right now inspired me to take a cue from the concept of Julie and Julia and scrap my way through Elsie's book, one challenge at a time. I plan to do this mostly for myself, but if there are others interested in joining in the challenge, I'd definitely be willing to organize the challenge (and maybe send out a few prizes along the way -- maybe some Love, Elsie goodies from my local Hobby Lobby?).

If you're interested in an Elsie-inspired challenge, please leave a comment on this post! Once I see if there is interest in the challenge, I'll post more details as well as the first challenge.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Oh goodness, the past three months have brought a lot of changes. I live in Georgia now. I am married. I am unemployed (for now). Though I am busy working on unpacking our home and navigating chain stores and restaurants with unfamiliar names like Kroger, Publix, Belk and Chick-fil-a, I have a whole slug of posts planned. Expect one or two in the next few days and a regular posting schedule to start soon!