Wednesday, February 26, 2014

an update + amélie

Sorry for the lack of posts 'round here. I spent the past taking Driver's Ed, a class that is fun if you really like acronyms. I've generally been pretty lazy lately, and I'm not sure if I should apologize. There is definitely a peak laziness season where you need to maximize unproductive time: late winter, where it is all too frozen over to bear, and the end of summer, when the heat makes it impossible to process much more than a steady stream of light from a screen. I just finished watching Amélie and I must say it is quite an endearing movie. She charmed me with her little impish smile. Even the credits were beautiful. I recommend it if you have a little time.
DISCLAIMER: Do NOT watch if you feel the slightest inclination to go to Paris. This movie will amplify that by probably an unbearable amount. *clicks away to other tab of picture of macarons*

Saturday, February 15, 2014


I'm not much for sappy or mushy lit particularly, but these stand outs are just plain ol' good books (with or without the romance) that I think even the most hardened Dr. Perry Cox of us all can enjoy. 

{from top to bottom}

1 // “We decided that it was no good asking what is the meaning of life, because life isn't an answer, life is the question, and you, yourself, are the answer.” 
Ursula K. LeGuin primarily writes sci-fi, so a teenage romance novel is quite the drastically different genre for here. You wouldn't be able to tell, because frankly Very Far Away From Anything Else is a slim but lasting novel that never seems to condescend teenage romance.

2 // “Don't be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don't have to live forever, you just have to live.” 
Think of Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt as Twilight without vampires and with more dissection of the implications of immortality (don't let that deter you, Twilight-haters!). The descriptions have a gentle, whimsical feel and this charming Young Adult read is something that I think everyone should pick up at some point. 

3 // A book told in letters, One Day, by David Nicholls, is a novel written with such wit and humor that you barely even realize it's about to crush your heart and dreams.

4 // "Human life is but a series of footnotes to a vast obscure unfinished masterpiece.” 
I recognize that Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov, is not the world's most original pick of love novel. No, this book (and the controversy it created!) is legendary. It's the classic boy (old man) meets girl (young child) story. The writing is graceful, elegant in a way that you would hardly expect for such a crass topic. It raises interesting questions, like whether love can ever truly be "wrong."

5 // “He allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.” 
  Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez may as well be one long epic love poem. It is really a tale about the determination of love to triumph over all else. 

If those don't give you warm fuzzies, you might be a lost cause and it become time to break out this mug! Do you have any book recommendations? I'm really looking forward to reading this next.

{check out some "coping with valentine's" links and recommendations for you inner crotchety cat lady here}

today is // for embracing the hallmark

The days after Valentine's: a chance to score some half price candy. You may also begin to feel somewhat disillusioned with love and the saccharine way it appears to be presented in the media. Despite all this, love is WORTH celebrating. Below are some guaranteed (okay, maybe not) ways to combat those THE-ONLY-TRUE-LOVE-IS-WHAT-I-FEEL-WITH-PEANUT-BUTTER moods.

Soul Pancake's videos on love - here is a recent one- always manage to feel like a sappy old grandma (I definitely teared up in this one!).

Modern day romance- I wonder what becomes of this generation and what stories will some day be told.

I watched Notting Hill, and it (temporarily at least) restored my faith in humanity.

Some hot dates, maybe?

I adore these poems, and certainly not just the love ones.

{check out some of my other favorite valentines/love-y dove-y reads here}

Thursday, February 13, 2014

if all else fails, roast vegetables

nuke these with olive oil and sea salt!

it is most definitely hibernation season. we have been subsisting off of roasted vegetables, a palette of raw earth tones and the occasional shocking kohlrabi. 

the crackle of a record & some favorites

I will never fully understand people who say that the sound quality of vinyl is inherently better than that of a digital audio file. If anything, it seems to be the opposite- records are clunky, easily damaged or scratched, and somewhat awkward to transport, but that is precisely why they still have value. The inconvenience is worth it: when you delicately lower the needle onto the grooves of a record, that flawed but warm sound of a song on record fills a room, with its crackling backdrop like the crinkling of paper.

I also think there is something wonderful is the way it is so stationary. With an iPod, music is can be listened to anywhere, which is convenient certainly but has made me trivialize music. Records require patience (listening to a whole album in one place can be more difficult than it sounds!). Instead of just a favorite song or two off of an album, you commitment to a specific place in space. I don't mean to bash modern day technology (because here I am, blogging!) but records have such a soft spot in my heart. Read on for some of my personal favorite, both new and old.{favorites below}

From top to bottom:
1 // Bloom - Beach House
2 // Simon and Garfunkel's Greatest Hits - Simon and Garfunkel
3 // Fade - Yo La Tengo
4 // Suzanne Vega
5 // Illinois - Sufjan Stevens
6 // Juno Soundtrack - Various Artists