February 3 12

It doesn’t take much to get me tailspinning about what I miss about living in Atlanta. All it takes is mere mention of THE HOLY LAND to set me off. The holy land is Target, for those of you who don’t already know…or who have regular access to one and don’t realize how much of a mecca the place actually is. Here’s a tip: If you live near a Target, appreciate it. You don’t have to kiss the middle of the logo like I do. In fact, I really don’t recommend it, especially after hearing this story that  you can get herpes from kissing the Blarney Stone, so it’s probably safe to assume that you can get some sort of venereal disease from kissing logos at superstores. But, still, appreciate it.) Also, if you have chick-fil-a or Sonic, appreciate them as well. Pro tip: Definitely do not kiss anything at chick-fil-a. 

Appreciate it as much as this guy:

I can’t even tell you how happy this video makes me.

Even happier than when I watched that Kristen Bell VS the sloth video, which I absolutely LOVED, not because I love sloths (I mean, really, who doesn’t?) but because I get that whole 3-7 scale thing. I really do. I am a super emotional person. Things that make me sad…forget about it. I’m a weepy ball of snot-filled goo on the floor (well, isn’t that a pretty picture?) Things that make me incredibly happy…forget about it as well. I’m a weepy ball of snot-filled goo.

American Idol auditions. Telephone company commercials. Coffee commercials..omg Peter coming home for Christmas? (STOP IT!). Any video involving a soldier and a child. Getting unexpected cards in the mail. Report-card day. My child on the stage. My child watching my other child on the stage. Really, really good Chinese food.


Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close?

I apologize to all the of the people who were sitting incredibly close to me.

As I spent the entire movie crying extremely loud tears. 


You guys, I don’t even know. That movie. It’s the stick-to-your-bones type.

Honestly, I kind of expected to hate the movie, Oscar-nomination not withstanding. It takes a lot for me to enjoy a book-made-into-a-movie, especially when the book is so gooddamn special. (Movies the worked? The Princess Bride, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Gone With the Wind, The Virgin Suicides, Fight Club, To Kill a Mockingbird.) (Movies that did not work? The Time Traveler’s Wife, The DaVinci Code, Love in the Time of Cholera, Fever Fitch, The Scarlet Letter)

That book. It’s a masterpiece. And this movie? It was too. 

I know. I am just as shocked as you are. Rotten Tomatoes kind of hated it, and there are reviews I read by people I admire who said that they wanted to punch the movie in the nose and called it “fairly obnoxious.”

I think those reviewers were missing its beauty. And missing the beauty of Jonathan Safran Foer.

It’s not about 9-11. It’s not about THE WORST DAY.

It’s about a boy. It’s about his relationships. It’s about obstacles. It’s about grief. It’s about love. It’s about anger. It’s about fears, and overcoming them.

…And I’m crying again.

Tell me I’m not the only crier out there. I’m like Ed Norton’s character in Fight Club when the testicular cancer group introduces him to Bob and his bitch tits. I really, really am.

What makes you cry? Sonic videos? Commercials? Weddings? Funerals? Graduations? SLOTHS? 


  1. Oh my gosh…. why am I crying after watching that Sonic video? Tears. In. My. Eyes. I want to hang out with that guy all day long. How beautiful!


    Comment by OHmommy on February 3, 2012
  2. Cherry Limeade, please.

    How can you even live in a country where you can’t get a Cherry Limeade to take with you to Target? That free healthcare better be worth it.


    Comment by Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] on February 3, 2012
  3. I work at an elementary school and little kids singing makes me tear up. O Canada, Christmas songs, anything.


    Comment by Stacey on February 3, 2012
  4. I’m grateful for how close I am to Target. In college, we didn’t have Target so it was always the first store I went to when I was home on break.

    I was also smiling with tears in my eyes during that Sonic video. Seriously…he was awesome.


    Comment by Kristin on February 3, 2012
  5. That Sonic video was so awesome! And Sonic got the order CORRECT! That speaks volumes.


    Comment by tracey on February 3, 2012
  6. What makes me cry? Well, I will definitely tell you that I would have to start an entire BLOG devoted to the things that make me cry. Especially since having a kid. God, am I a walking stereotype or what?! About a month after having my daughter, my husband and I went to a wedding. It was his friend who was getting married, and while I liked the bride and groom well enough, I definitely wasn’t super close with either of them. Those post-pregnancy hormones were surging, though, and when the bride walked down the aisle flanked by her mom and dad, I burst into tears. All I could think about was that one day my little Ella would grow up and get married and not need her mommy so much anymore and SWEET JESUS ON A BICYCLE I LOST IT. Not dainty, appropriate-for-a-wedding tears. Full on, snot, can’t-catch-my-breath, gasping sobs. I was totally not prepared for the CRYING, so I didn’t even have a tissue. I had to dry my face, (and let’s be honest, wipe my snot-dripping nose), on the pashmina of an alarmed woman sitting in front of me. So, that.


    Comment by Jen on February 3, 2012
  7. I cry at the drop of the hat, but one of the most ridiculous things is that I cry at the end of Cars every time I see it. Yes, CARS, the animated movie…when Lightening McQueen pushes The King across the finish line at the end. Also, I cry just thinking about it…like now…I have tears in my eyes. Clearly, I am insane.

    As a former Sonic carhop, I should just like to issue a PSA, avoid the tater tots. Also, the secret deliciousness of the onion rings = made with ice cream mix.


    Comment by Corey on February 3, 2012
  8. Good idea!
    I should to try once so to ask Cherry Limeade too. :)
    I’m curious, what will be reaction. :)


    Comment by Alexandra on February 4, 2012
  9. Okay, very cool you liked that movie, as I have been avoiding it like the dickens, as I thought the book was amazing and pretty much unfilmable. You are now the second rave…I may have to sneak out and see it. With a barrel of popcorn to comfort me.

    LOVED the Kristen Bell video… made me like her even more. And yay Target is coming to Canada!!!


    Comment by alfred lives here on February 4, 2012
  10. I’m a crier. I cry at commercials, movies, television shows, in the drive thru line when my order took too long (I was PMSing that day), when I hear the National Anthem…I did not, however, cry at Incredibly Loud, don’t get me wrong it was sad and at one point I felt myself getting misty, but the tears did not come. I was shocked too.


    Comment by AmazingGreis on February 6, 2012

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