Happy New Year!

Happy new year!

Welcome to 2008! I got here first, of course---a whole sixteen hours ahead of the west coast. When I called Sean at 2:30am on January 1st---right after I'd got home from my party---it seemed absolutely unfathomable that he was at his desk at work. But it was still only 10:30am on December 31st in San Francisco, and so of course he was. I said "Happy New Year from the future! And by the way, 2008 is great! I highly recommend it. Meet me here in sixteen hours."

By the time I called him again for his countdown in San Francisco, it was 4 o'clock in the afternoon for me, and I was sitting out by the pool getting eaten alive by mosquitoes and trying to work my way through Suite Francaise (I just can't get into it. Could you get into it?) New Year's Eve seemed a really, really long time ago. And 2007? About as over as Britney Spears' career. (Clue: so over.)

Guess what year it is....

I'm off to Vietnam tomorrow for a few days with my mum and my brother, which seems like a pretty good way to kick off a brand new set of 365 days. So Happy New Year, Internet, and thanks for sticking by me all this time. I hope 2008 is healthy, happy, and hilarious for you all. May only good things happen for a long, long, long, long time.

Happy New Year! from Holly on Vimeo.

(PS: New Year's Eve pictures are here, if you're interested in that sort of thing.)

1
Kari
Jan 01, 2008

Suite Francaise was good, but very different than I expected. You aren't the only one - I definitely had trouble getting into it.

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kat f.
Jan 01, 2008

suite francais - oh man. it was hard to get into. what i found more interesting was the author's capture by the nazis. the copy i had contained an appendix with letters and such from her husband and relatives before, during and after she was caught and arrested. if your copy has that i'd just skip the book itself.

3
Em
Jan 01, 2008

Happy New Year to you! I am glad to know the future is happy and good... I feel better now.

4
Candi
Jan 01, 2008

Happy New Year! One of my resolutions is to actually comment at some of the blogs I read :)

5
Assertagirl
Jan 01, 2008

When I worked on a cruise ship we celebrated midnight every hour for the whole day, because it was midnight in *someone's* home country!

Happy New Year!

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Sher
Jan 01, 2008

Happy New Year.
Suite Francaise is on the reading list for my book club this year - oh dear.

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Suebob
Jan 01, 2008

I read about half of Suite Francaise. I know that the circumstances that it was written in were extraordinary and I could tell that she was a very talented writer. But the barely concealed rage at the French that just boiled under the surface...if she could have ripped the lid off and written that directly, it would have been one of the great books of all time. Instead, she snipes and points and gossips...

As someone else said, the real story is her real life. I read that, after she died, her orphaned daughters (who, I think were less than 12 years old), showed up at the excessively vain and self-centered maternal grandmother's door. Gran would not open the door but yelled that orphans belonged in orphanages...wow. She has got to be one of the coldest bitches in history.

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Loth
Jan 01, 2008

I think if you try reading Suite Francaise as a work in progress and an exercise in writing rather than a completed novel, it makes more sense. Just enjoy the writing and descriptions rather than trying to get "into" the story (which just suddently finishes anyway!)

And thanks for all your blogging during 2007 - enjoyed every post and looking forward to more in 2008.

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Schnozz
Jan 01, 2008

I remember the VERY DAY I discovered that not everyone celebrated New Year's at the same time. Before I was old enough to understand time zones, I always got the warmest fuzziest feeling on New Year's, like, EVERYONE ON EARTH IS DOING THIS VERY SAME THING AT THIS VERY SAME MOMENT. I thought that was so cool and was completely horrified when I realized that people in New Zealand were jumping the gun on me.

But now I think your story is pretty cool ... calling 2007 from 2008? Oh, it is just the sort of silly thing to delight me.

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Bobo
Jan 01, 2008

Goodness, I have nothing smart and helpful to say about Suite Francaise, but I am just gawking at THE HUMONGOUS ICE SCULPTURE OF 2008.
It is marvelous. I would be so tempted to lick it.
Happy New Year to you too!

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DM
Jan 02, 2008

I too would be tempted to lick the 2008. And love the fact that you were calling Sean from the future.

Happy New Year!

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AT
Jan 02, 2008

Still trying, after months, to get into Suite Francaise. I think I may have to give up and come back to it later, like in a few years.

Happy New Year!

13
Diane
Jan 02, 2008

Suite Francaise - I have owned that book for 2 years and have never made my way through it totally yet as I find it very difficult to get through.

Happy New Year to you and Sean from Canada - where it is VERY cold right now. Enjoy your heat in Sinapore and Vietnam!

14
ali
Jan 03, 2008

happy new year!!

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kat
Jan 03, 2008

what super fun pics! and the dress looks fantastic. happy new year!!

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jennifer
Jan 03, 2008

funny, I actually really enjoyed SF - I read it from cover to cover during a long flight. it took a few chapters to get into it but then I started getting really involved in the story and ended up passing it along to friends with a high recommendation.

give it another chance, maybe?

happy new year!

17
Camels & Chocolate
Jan 03, 2008

I hope you didn't "accidentally" lick the ice sculpture and get your tongue stuck to it. That would not a happy NYE make.

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Someone Being Me
Jan 03, 2008

You look amazing. The dress is gorgeous. I would have liked to see the back up dress you bought as well. And what about the shoes? It looks like you had a fantastic time and I am more than a little jealous.

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WendyB
Jan 04, 2008

I'm loving that ice sculpture!

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Caroline
Jan 05, 2008

Reading the work as progressive movements helped me get through the initial section. "Dolce" was the stronger half. After reading SF, I ordered _Fire in the Blood_. I highly recommend it. Still waters run deep in this story of the underlying human dramas in a small French village. Although using this particular cliche is way cheesy given a pivotal event in the book.

21
Marcheline
Jan 06, 2008

That first photo... it's begging to be photoshopped and retitled "What Sean sees when...."

*snort*

Happy Blew Year!

- M

22
geepeemum
Jan 07, 2008

Someone else who couldn't get into Suite Francaise? Thank heaven.. I was beginning to think there was something wrong with me. And, unusually for me, I haven't even persevered with it.