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Things I wish you could have known

Dear mom –

I was thinking about you again and how so many things I experience these days remind me of you. Here are some things I think you would have appreciated:

1. My children. they are good-natured, sweet and insightful. All gifts that you gave me and I passed on to them.

2. Where I live. It’s beautiful in Virginia, you would have appreciated so much about this place. We went apple picking on a mountain last weekend. I wish you were here to enjoy it with us.

3. Seeing books by your favorite authors make it to the big screen, and done well: Tolkien, Gabriel Garcia-Marquez, Jane Austen – I wish we could have enjoyed these together.

4. Harry Potter. You would have absolutely loved Harry – somehow these books make me think of you.

5. Spending time together with me as an adult. I think I did pretty well overall, and you would be proud. I think you would have enjoyed spending time together with me now more than ever.

Give it up for Molly and Neville

It’s been over a month since I read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and I have not blogged a word about it. I think it’s mostly because I am in denial that there are no more books to look forward to, even the appeal of MuggleCast and PotterCast have worn off, mainly due to the fact that there are no more theories or predictions to discuss. I will eventually go back and read the entire series (again) as I do with my annual journey through Lord of the Rings. I am hungry for new books that take me to magical places with heroes who have all the odds stacked against them. I guess there is always Wizard Rock.

I am currently reading “The Dark is Rising” series by Susan Cooper – suggested by my sister Linda. I am now on book 2 of that series. That should keep me busy for a while.

Back to the point of this post. There are several parts of the Deathly Hallows that are most inspiring for me. Of course the end of the book where Harry is walking towards his death- and his family is with him is probably my favorite part. I am most proud of Molly Weasely and Neville Longbottom for the brave and fierce part they played in the final battle. Molly proved fatal when Bellatrix threatened to kill Ginny – and of course the “stay away from my daughter you BITCH” was priceless coming from Molly’s mouth. We didn’t hear profanity much during this series, but when it did show up, it was more than appropriate.

And of course, Neville cutting the head off of Nagini was awesome. The best part of all with Neville was the fact that during the final battle, when everyone else was battling with fatal spells – shooting them back and forth at each other – he shows up with a plant. Gotta love him. 🙂

and the good news is…

I am sitting on my deck enjoying a beautiful morning – sipping on chai tea and watching the sun com through the trees

The season premiere of HEX comes on tonight on BBC America

The season finale of The Tudors is tomorrow night

I am going on vacation in two weeks and plan to read ALOT

My nieces are returning soon – so my house will return to being a youth hostel, it’s sort of fun really…

The moved up the date for the release of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix movie

The release party for the final Harry Potter book promises to a very big deal. The entire town of Old Towne Alexandria is involved, including Gadsbys Tavern (which was frequented by George Washington) and many other businesses. We are creating a marauders map and there will be a shuttle (called the knight bus) carring people up and down king street. There will be costume contests, live music (we are trying to engage a wizard rock band), and there will be some kind of gifts/prizes for visiting each location on the map. Local businesses are involved – the tavern (above), the apothecary museum, candy shops, ice cream shops, toy stores and of course, the local bookstore- and each of them are doing something special to honor Harry Potter. The band will be playing at the historic train station (looks like 9 3/4). I am currently working on the website to promote it and will keep everyone posted.
I just found out that the Cleveland Symphony is doing a Lord of the Rings symphony on July 21 – They are the top-ranked symphony in the country AND Howard Shore will be conducting.

Tolkien the Wise

Many that live deserve death. And some die that deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then be not too eager to deal out death in the name of justice, fearing for your own safety. Even the wise cannot see all ends.

—J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord Of the Rings, Book Four, Chapter One

Things I am looking forward to this year

yet another list…

  • the 7th Harry Potter book, and the huge celebration I am working on with a local bookstore.
  • the Lord of the Rings movie marathon in April
  • my 20 mile “out of the darkness” walk in June (to raise money and awareness for suicide prevention)
  • my high-school senior niece who is visiting for 3 months starting in Feb.
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix movie in July
  • Planning my dream trip to Scotland and England (hopefully I will go in 2008)
  • Visiting Charlottesville, Monticello, surrounding mountains, and vineyards this summer
  • Visiting Portland, Maine sometime this year
  • Joining a hiking club to take long hikes in the beautiful surrounding mountains
  • Becoming stronger and more fit through my crossfit workouts – and losing another pants size
  • Vacationing with my kids either in Chincoteague, VA or Nova Scotia this summer
  • Paying off the remains of my debt
  • redoing my kitchen

The small things

Because I like lists, here is a list of small things that I am thankful for right now:

  • Daryn playing in her room and singing songs to herself all evening
  • A new season of ‘ROME’ starts this Sunday
  • The fact that with each crossfit workout I feel stronger and more fit
  • David’s random hugs – and the fact that he tells me that he loves me several times every day
  • My amazing friends and colleagues who continue to inspire me every day
  • The upcoming Lord of the Rings movie festival at Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse this spring

and now a list of small things that are annoying me right now:

  • network television
  • the news
  • my haircut
  • my messy house, and the thought of having to clean it
  • gangster rap
  • my lack of discipline when it comes to watermelon sour patch kids

Things that are causing great stress and anxiety for me:

  • The husband
  • Not having a companion to share experiences and special moments with
  • My weight
  • David’s high school success
  • Saving money

Why I love The Lord of the Rings

So I came back from the Lord of the Rings movie festival this weekend re-energized about my love for the story, and how thankful I am that Tolkien wrote this. I also met a new friend there, and I am reminded of the special relationships I have forged through this common connection.

What Lord of the Rings had done for me:

  • It made me understand how important it is to stand up for what I believe in
  • No matter how scary the violent threats in this world get, we have the ability to overcome them
  • Without risk, there is no victory or joy
  • No matter how difficult life may seem, there is always something to look forward to
  • The bonds of friendship are one of our greatest treasures

I am grateful for these lessons – and for all of the wonderful people I have met and developed relationships with through this common bond.

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