Happy to say that Moving In: Tales of an Unlicensed Marriage is a WINNER of the 5th annual “Living Now” book awards, celebrating must-read books that encourage better living. Moving In won the bronze award in the relationships & marriage category. I’ll take it! The award gives me street cred as I continue my efforts to convince Scott we can’t go into winter without a new hot tub! If you’re in a relationship, what’s your current BUDGET battle? (And please don’t mention a debt ceiling!)
Enjoyed meeting Jenni Pulos, star of Bravo’s Flipping Out with Jeff Lewis on set of the Better Show (Airs: 3/17-Check listings. NYC on Hallmark.) Jenni has a new book, Grin and Bear It: How to Be Happy No Matter What Reality Throws Your Way on how to survive (and thrive) any situation. Jenni’s been dumped by her spouse on TV, told she’d never make it in Hollywood, and encouraged by her family with: “when are you getting a real job?” She showed them! My takeaway: don’t let failure get you down. Grin, Bear it and fail forward. It’s a secret successful people know well.
Thanks Richard Johnson! By the way, Estelle likes cappuccino, and I hereby declare I’ll bring her one everyday on set when this movie gets made! Estelle deserves another Academy Award! Catch her starring opposite two-time Tony winner Stephen Spinella in The Velocity of Autumn, coming to the Boothe Theatre in April. It’s gotten raves in its run at the Arena Stage in D.C. Estelle plays a 79-year-old woman living in her Brooklyn brownstone with bad memory and enough explosives to take down most of the block. Her long-absent son enters as an unlikely mediator on how she should spend old age and hilarity begins…
Gossip presented without comment. Okay, one: “Different roads sometimes lead to the same castle.” (From Game of Thrones) Let me also say if you’ve ever loved, you MUST take the time to read 93-year-old Roger Angell’s piece in the New Yorker. You’ll thank me. You’ll also probably take the time to listen to the next elderly person you’re in the room with… And if you’re in a couple, you’ll definitely get into bed tonight and appreciate the sweet warmth of a hip or the gentle brush of a foot beneath the covers. Just knowing they are there.
Y’all might have seen my nephew doing his TV tips on The Better Show…. teaching men how to put some romance in Valentine’s Day. Well, I have a bone to pick with him. Seems like my nephew is GETTING PAID FOR STEALING MY IDEAS! And here’s the video to prove it! Watch Aunt Jean’s Valentine Secrets for Men.
*with this post Aunt Jean agrees to drop all litigation against Mr. Littlefield.