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Friday, March 15, 2013

FIFTH VGB: FROM AUDRY FRYER

I'm so happy to present my fifth VGB (Volunteer Guest Blogger), Audry Fryer. Somehow in fairly recent blog-hopping, I discovered Audry's blog, All Things Audry, and immediately became a follower. She's funny, she's a writer, she's a wife and mom of three kids - two of which are twins, so she is one busy woman! After reading her guest post here, please do stop by her blog and get to know her even better. Oh, and there's a huge picture of a beautiful cup of coffee right there on her blog....so how can you NOT love her? (and for you tea drinkers, it just may be a cup of tea. I'm not sure!) So, take it away, Audry!



Audry and Audrey (and My Missing “e”)

If there could be Julie and Julia (remember that movie based on a real life woman who cooked up all of Julia Child’s recipes and blogged about it), then there could be Audry and Audrey (a real life woman who watches Audrey Hepburn movies and blogs about it).  Right?!?  Please do not tell me if this has been done by someone else.  I mean it.  Don’t tell me – it will destroy my brief and unsubstantiated illusions of feeling brilliant. 

This the Audrey that inspired my name:


“Wait”, you say.   “You were named after Audrey Hepburn? 
But, you’re missing an ‘e’.”
I know.

Officially, the missing “e” resulted from my mom thinking my name looked better spelled without it.  In a way, I agree.  I like being unique.  In my school days, I never had to use my last name to distinguish which Audry I was.  And, since taking on my husband’s last name, my first, middle (Marie) and last name all equally contain 5 letters – Plus, that totals 15 letters in my full name which matches my birth date of the 15th (of October).  One little extra “e” could have upset this entire balance.

On the other hand, here’s a scene that has played out one too many times in my life:
“Yes, it’s spelled A-U-D-R-Y no E.” 
“No, my last name isn’t Noey.  I meant there’s no ‘e’ in my first name.”
“A-U-D-R-Y.  Just the ‘e’.  Leave it out.” 
“No, no, my name is not Jesse.  I meant ‘just the e’ in Audry, as in there’s ‘no e’.” 

It’s been a tricky thing that missing “e”.  And, lately I’ve discovered a new problem.  I’ve been hearing, “You said you published a novel on Kindle and Nook?  I typed your name in, but I couldn’t find you.”  To which I have been saying, “Did you spell my name A-U-D-R-E-Y?  Because then, you won’t find me. There’s no ‘e’.”

E or no E, I love being named after a timeless icon as fabulous as Audrey Hepburn.  Recently, Audrey (see, you which one I’m talking about thanks to our “e” discussion) was featured in a commercial for Galaxy Chocolate.  Apparently, thanks to technological advances, the chocolate company was able to place their product in Audrey’s hands during a scene from Roman Holiday.  Upon seeing this clip on the news I realized a very important fact – crazy as it sounds, I’ve only seen one Audrey Hepburn film, My Fair Lady.  And, I saw it in high school during English Class.  Suddenly, I became inspired to fix a very apparent wrong.  This situation was far worse than a missing “e”.

Why not Audry and Audrey? Since I love that film, Julie and Julia, and I love ripping off great ideas (saves time dreaming up new ones), I thought I’ll do basically the same thing.  Except, I won’t have to spend hours in the kitchen cooking elaborate recipes. All I’ll need to do is sit on the couch and watch movies.  Oh look, something else I love – a reason to sit still.  (I have three children under the age of ten, a husband and let’s not forget the dog – so you get the picture!)


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Be on the look out for Audry and Audrey, Part 2 www.allthingsaudry.blogspot.com in which I will post about my experiences of watching such classics as Roman Holiday and Breakfast at Tiffany’s - I know.  That song is playing in my head, too: “And, I said, what about Breakfast at Tiffany’s?”

I leave you with this fab Audrey quote:
 “I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”  ~Audrey Hepburn



Thank you, Audry.  Readers, please feel free to leave a message because Audry (without an "e") will be checking in from time to time, to answer questions and/or comments.

12 comments:

  1. Thanks for hosting me, Becky. I very much appreciate your wonderful introduction. Hope your readers enjoy my post!

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  2. Loved the humor in Audry (with no e) and loved her post. Thanks for posting.

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  3. Hello Audry without an 'e'. I am Debora without an 'h'. Sometimes the burden of being one letter short is more than I can bear. Shall we form a spport group?;) Enjoyed your post ever-so-much. Becky hangs out with a great crowd. I'll be by your place soon...

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  4. I used to have to spell my maiden name all the time. It's not quite such an issue with my married name, although there are a few common misspellings. As for my first name, that's often misspelled, too :)

    Rachel ("just one A")

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  5. Hi Juanita, Debora (no 'h') and Rachel (just one 'a'),

    Glad you enjoyed my post and could relate to my misspelled name :)

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  6. Hey Audry, thanks for being one of my VGBs! Great post!

    And thanks to Juanita, Debora, and Rachel for stopping and commenting, too! :)

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  7. I am Margo without a T. :) My mom thought putting the T on the end of my name would make people call me Mar-GOT. As a child, this might have happened, but as an adult, people tend to just spell it MARGOT. :)

    You are funny, Audry with no e. Enjoyed this post immensely!

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  8. Hi Margo without a "T"
    I never thought about that about your name...but yes....Margot Kidder! I loved her in all the Superman movies!

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  9. This is great! I will be by to visit soon.

    I am one of those who still has to put a letter after my name, but it is better than having to go by Kathryn, which happened to me in 2nd grade.

    Kathy M.

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  10. Huge smiles. Thank you Audry and thank you Becky.
    PS: I have never seen the movie about Julia and Julia, hadn't realised it was a blog but LOVED the book. So there is another string to your bow.

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  11. Thank you Kathy and Ms. EC! Great to see comments again after having my Blogger "issues"!

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  12. This was cute, and I'm glad Audry is watching the movies of Audrey because I think they are some of the best ever made.

    (I named my daughter Karin with an i, not an e.) I think she has forgiven me because she likes the way it looks. But oh, what a pain spelling and spelling and respelling it is.

    ;)

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