Simple Pleasures

20th anniversaryThis week, my husband and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary. (Where did the years go?!) And, although we didn’t take an exotic trip anywhere or buy each other expensive presents, we did have a really lovely, really romantic time. Even with a teenager in the house! :smile:

Since all three of us enjoy both tasty food — especially when we don’t have to cook it ourselves, LOL — and lighthearted movie comedies from across the decades, we devoted this Spring Break week to enjoying both. We selected delicious carryout meals from three regions of the Mediterranean — Middle Eastern, Italian and Greek, as well as Chinese foodAmerican burgers/steaks and salads, Asian (both Thai and Chinese), and we’ve got German on the horizon for the weekend. We’re introducing our son to the delights of “sauerbraten”…

To accompany our collection of international dining favorites, we bought or rented videos of some of the funniest films from the past, so we could share these with our son, too.

We showed him the movie my husband and I went to see on our first date: “The Freshman” with Matthew Broderick and Marlon Brando. Always one of my faves!! We also watched “IQ” with Meg Ryan and Tim Robbins, “It Happened One Night” — the 1934 classic with Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert, “Grosse Point Blank” with John Cusack and Minnie Driver, and — although it took some persuading at first — I forced them both to sit through “Shakespeare in Love” with Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes, while my husband initially had to talk me into “Shanghai Noon” with Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson. Turned out, all three of us enjoyed them all!

The Freshman

I’m tempted to pull out our battered copy of the fun Elvis beach film, “Clambake,” just to inject a little Florida sunshine into this not-so-balmy end of March up here in northern Illinois. Maybe accompanied by a few skewers of grilled shimp and a slice of Key Lime pie… Mmm.

PPPM - paperbacksWhat about you? What are some of your favorite films to watch with loved ones? And what type of carryout would you bring home to complement the experience?!

p.s. My weekend got a little brighter because the print copies for Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match just came out a few days ago!! Very exciting to finally hold the paperback in my hands. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend, too! :razz:

About Marilyn Brant

Marilyn Brant is a chocolate addict, a music junkie and the USA TODAY bestselling author of ACCORDING TO JANE (2009), FRIDAY MORNINGS AT NINE (2010) and A SUMMER IN EUROPE (2011), all from Kensington Books, as well as a number of light romantic comedies, including THE SWEET TEMPTATIONS COLLECTION (2013) and PRIDE, PREJUDICE AND THE PERFECT MATCH (2013). Her latest novel -- a coming-of-age romantic mystery called THE ROAD TO YOU -- was just released in October 2013!
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10 Responses to Simple Pleasures

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    Isn’t it exciting to get your print books! I bet they’ll sell really well at signings! Gorgeous covers!

    I never saw The Freshman. I’ll see if the library has it. When Harry Met Sally was on something the other day. My husband was watching it. That’s one of my favs. My all time favorite is Love Actually.

    • Edie,
      When Harry Met Sally is one of my all-time favorites!! I *love* that movie! Looking forward to the day when my son is old enough to appreciate the hilariousness of it ;). And I really liked Love Actually, too!

  2. Amy R says:

    Congratulations, Marilyn! Happy Anniversary! As for food, I am a pizza girl. Give me a pizza any day and I am happy. My husband likes Chinese food, so it would have to be a combination of both. As for movies…I love so many movies I can’t narrow them down. I love romantic comedies, though. Husband, not so much, so if we watch a movie together it is usually one similar to The Bourne Legacy or something where I can watch the hot guys kick butt while he gets to think while watching the movie. 🙂
    Amy R`s last blog was …Blog Tour (Review, Interview & Giveaway): The Practice Proposal by Tracy March

    • Thanks, Amy!!
      I think I could eat pizza every single day of the week :).
      There was a place in my university town that had some really fun pizza selections (like peanut butter and jelly with bananas and marshmallows) in addition to the veggie and meat ones. They were all good!
      As for action flicks, the guys here really love those, too, and there are some that I enjoy a lot as well — esp. when actors like Matt Damon are in them!!

  3. Liz Kreger says:

    Hey Marilyn. Congrats on 20 years. We’ll be celebratin’ our 21st this October … probably with no bells and whistles.

    I do like your idea of doing an eating tour and re-exploring old movie favorites. Hubby and I have vastly different tastes when it comes to movies … other than the fantasy sorta stuff. We both love LOTR and anything Harry Potter. John tends to lean towards the old black and whites … which to me are hokier than hell. Cannot stand the “reading the script” feeling I get when I watch those. Although, I gotta admit to being a fan of the Thin Man series and Casablanca. One of my all time favorite movies is “Letters to Juliet” and I agree with Edie with regard to “Love Actually”.

  4. Amy Atwell says:

    Happy Anniversary, Marilyn! What fun that you spent it watching old (and new) favorite movies. My husband and I discovered, after 15 years of marriage, that we both love the Blake Edwards movie The Great Race. Our other guilty pleasure is The Fifth Element. In fact, we watched it just two nights ago.

    Ooh, see that Liz loves Casablanca and The Thin Man. Love those films. Also a huge fan of The Quiet Man. Okay, now I need to see what’s on television tonight… Congrats on 20 wonderful years. Here’s hoping you have 20 more.
    Amy Atwell`s last blog was …Guilty Pleasures

  5. Kristine Radgman says:

    Hi Marilyn Happy Anniversary. I hope it was a memorable one and you have many more with your husband. Shanghai Noon with Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson is one of my fave movies

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