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"I sometimes have a queer feeling with regard to you — especially when you are near me, as now: it is as if I had a string somewhere under my left ribs, tightly and inextricably knotted to a similar string situated in the corresponding quarter of your little frame. And if that boisterous Channel, and two hundred miles or so of land come broad between us, I am afraid that cord of communion will be snapped; and then I've a nervous notion I should take to bleeding inwardly."

— Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, ch. 23.

06 May 2011 @ 01:27 pm

Spring time... by Andreas Hadjiandonis

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of

power, love, and self-discipline

— 2 Timothy 1:7
03 May 2011 @ 09:33 pm

Winter Flags (East Village, New York) by Youngna

Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God,
and keep the vows you made to the Most High.
Then call on me when you are in trouble,
and I will rescue you,
and you will give me the glory
— Psalm 50:14-15

I went to see "Jane Eyre" this week! Apparently it's only in limited release at the moment, but fortunate for me, I am close to one of the few theatres it is at. Even more fortunate is that my boyfriend willingly went with me, and even more exciting — there was a mini exhibit at the theatre featuring costumes from the film. I had no idea this was on, and I was beyond excited. I snapped photos like tourists at the museum (which Thomas and I had just visited) and I didn't care how funny I looked. I've always heard about these kind of exhibits but I've never seen one myself, so I thought I would share these pictures with you. (There are quite a few because no matter how I tried, none of the photos came out quite right..)

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This was right near the entrance of the theatre. There were these display boards next to the three costumes that were showcased. I didn't read everything but I thought you could see the pictures they used. Most importantly, there's the dress worn by Mia Wasikowska as Jane. Even though it's "plain" I thought it was still so pretty. What I wouldn't give to be in period pieces just to be able to wear such dresses...

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Of course my poor boyfriend had to follow me around and hold a couple of things as I awed and squealed over each display. But it's not every day you see costumes from an adaptation of one of your favourite novels!

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I encourage everyone to see the film if you can! It was well done and I enjoyed it. It doesn't compare to the miniseries, but there are similarities and differences which you can appreciate. I even found some things that I liked better, so there are advantages and disadvantages to the different forms. I think Fassbender and Wasikowska present a great version of this epic couple, especially in their physical appearances and sizes, and they certainly make these characters their own. Of course, now I want to watch my 2006 DVD and revel in all the four-hour "Jane Eyre" glory. I still don't think anyone can beat Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens as Jane and Rochester (though Michael Fassbender comes awful close.)
09 February 2011 @ 10:01 pm

One Love Photo / A Mountain Bride

Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being “in love” which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.

— Captain Corelli's Mandolin

January is flying by and that mean's Valentine's Day is almost upon us. What do you guys think of this special day? I know it can be a touchy subject. My roommate subscribes to the "S.A.D." philosophy — "Singles Awareness Day" — so she doesn't enjoy the reminder. (I've also heard it being called "Singles Appreciation Day" which is brighter.) Personally, I've always loved Valentine's Day because my birthday is the day before (February 13th). Therefore, Valentine's Day is almost synonymous with "birthday" for me and I've always loved the cheerful red and pink hearts and the excuse to share chocolates and cards with friends. I wish everyone else felt the same way — boys are definitely not necessary for enjoying this lovely little day in the middle of winter.

Speaking of cards, then, I've seen some really cute cards online and I thought I would share them with you. (Hence the premature theme, in case any of you want to buy them to use before February 14th.) I, unfortunately, have very little money and I need to save for the birthdays coming up, so if you don't want to buy, you can join me in drooling over the pretty-ness:

Rifle Paper Co.

I absolutely love the cards and artwork of Anna Bond, and her Valentine's Day cards are no exception. I wish I could get all the cards, as well as her calling cards and recipe box and have my (eventual) wedding invitations from this company. At least the set of Valentine's cards are within reach.

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I hope you enjoyed these. Do you guys do any cards or anything for Valentine's day? I wish I had time to make cards but unfortunately between schoolwork and not actually being at home where all my [mom's] supplies are, I'm unable to create much of anything. I do make a card for my boyfriend every year. My mom also gives us all some goodies with her wonderful handmade cards. I think Valentine's Day should be fun and not a reason to feel lonely, though of course that is easier said than done. I know I am very fortunate to enjoy both sides of this little day.

I do want to make a point of saying I intend to write a "real" blog post/journal entry soon. I wrote this first so I wouldn't put it off until it was too late. There is certainly a lot of things to talk about! God has been challenging me and I know there is a lot to come in the new year, both exciting and nerve-wracking.

Current Mood: creativecreative
Over the last few days I've discovered Brooke Fraser's newest album "Flags" and I absolutely love it! First, there was the song Orphans, Kingdoms available as a free download via Starbucks. Then, a couple of days ago, I received the updates email from Brite Revolution offering another couple of songs by Ms. Fraser, including this one called "Something in the Water." Needless to say I checked out the music video and I was so excited because it encompasses many of my favourite things — and the song is wonderful on its own, too.

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Fortunately for me I was given a gift card to a music store so I could grab her album without guilt of spending money that I don't really have! (Well, I'm trying to save with Christmas + paying university residence fees...)

I highly recommend picking up Brooke Fraser's latest album. At the very least, you can check out the two songs she has available at Brite Revolution. Now I will stop sounding like a commercial and let you get on with your day.
13 January 2011 @ 08:31 pm

Winter Sun II by Philipp Klinger (via Flickr)

I hope you are all having a lovely January. In my corner of the world we have snow which is especially lovely when it decides to stay, blanketing the grounds of my campus. School started too soon for my taste — January 3rd — but I like the new start of January and the relative calm of the beginning of term. ("Relative" since it's easy to become overwhelmed with all the readings, nevermind the midterms and papers that are looming in February and March.)

New layout @ ingenu0us

(Codes by milou_veronica)

One of my goals is to write more, especially in this blog. With that in mind, I first wanted a new look. I had this layout by riseoverrun that I never quite polished up, but I've been looking for a new one for awhile. I finally found the perfect layout made by milou_veronica that I am using now. I think it has a winter-y feel to it, with a punch of colour — especially with the lovely red icon of Amy Pond (made by absofruitly).

January 2011 Desktop Calendar by Christiane Engel

If anyone is looking for a new desktop wallpaper for your computer, I highly recommend these cute calendars made by Christiane Engel. I started using them at the end of last year and she's luckily started anew for 2011! It's a fun way to start each month.

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I think I had too much to squish in to one post — and I certainly didn't touch on everything. I have to admit, I've been better at skimming blog entries right now so I assume other people feel the same (therefore — pictures!) Ironically this does nothing for writing, but I will certainly have things to write about.

Again, for those of you sticking with my sporadic entries, I hope you are all enjoying the start to 2011!
Current Mood: productiveproductive
22 October 2010 @ 02:22 pm
I've been meaning to do this for awhile now, but at least I'm posting before fall is over! I think fall is one of my favourite seasons. It's hard to compete with summer — warm sunshine and no schoolwork — but otherwise fall would be my top pick, I think. I've been enjoying it more this year — the colours of the leaves around campus are gorgeous, and I love the transition to sweater-weather before it gets too cold. (Here in Canada we enjoy the nice weather when we can get it!)

On another note, I've enjoyed reading various blogs that I've found. Most of them are design blogs with a wide area of interest — designing whole rooms to small inspiration pieces, craft tutorials, gardening tips, recipes... Everything is so pretty! So I thought I'd make my own list of fall inspiration for you to enjoy.

Autumn Dancing, a Fine Art Photograph by JudyStalus

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School is getting busy. I've been doing a lot of reflecting and self-analyzing over the summer (since it wasn't the "break" I was hoping for) and I'm trying to find a balance in my life right now. I sort of see why I am like I am, but I'm not so great at the changing my way of thinking. I keep thinking of that verse written by Paul in the New Testament (Romans?) about "being transformed by the renewing of your mind" which is exactly what I need...
You'd think I've been crazy busy with my lack of attention to Livejournal — specifically, writing in my own. The sad thing is that the summer is almost 3/4 over for me (maybe not quite) and I feel like I've done nothing. It's rather depressing.

Just this past week I underwent the "coming of age" ritual of having my wisdom teeth removed. Last February is when the dentist caught that the bottom teeth were growing in crooked, so summer seemed like a good time to have them out. I'm glad to get it over with, especially because I didn't want to wait for them to cause me pain, but it's all been... a pain. I hate surgery and I've had more than my fair share! Everything went well but my mouth is still sore. It feels like I've got a bunch of cankers now, though it's probably just the healing process.

And because I'd like to leave you with something interesting.... Jenny & Tyler!