Sunday, January 27, 2013

Happy Birthday, Miss Bennet!

Hello, all!  I greatly apologize for my lack of posting the past couple of weeks, but I am now back in the city for the Spring semester!  Classes started last week, so I've been doing a lot of unpacking, book-buying, and general running around trying to get ready for all of my classes.  I already have some new room decorations and projects going that I can't wait to share with you all, but I need time to sit down and write them up, which I will hopefully have soon as I settle into a more normal schedule.

Anyways, I thought that, as an avid fan of Jane Austen, I needed to do a little celebratory post for the her most beloved novel.  That's right, this week Pride and Prejudice is turning 200 years old!  It's simply amazing to me that, even after so much time, a novel based simply around the social constructs of Regency England continues to capture the hearts of readers everywhere.  Isn't that why we read literature like this?

So, happy birthday, Miss Bennet!  If you're a fan of the novel, I'd highly suggest checking out this comical (in more ways than one) summary!

*Movie Still taken from Pride and Prejudice 2005 Blog

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Fun Finds: Thinking Cosy

We're having seriously low temperatures here in Southern California, and that combined with my nearing return to the City by the Bay has me thinking cosy, warm thoughts to beat the chill.

 1. Chamomile Citrus (Mighty Leaf Tea) - Until this past year, I was a strictly black-tea drinking girl.  After trying this delicious tea, however, I am forever willing to try interesting herbal teas!  This is my current favorite, with a bit of honey or without.

2. 1970s Orange Ceramic Teapot (Etsy) - Speaking of tea, I've been drinking so much lately that I'm starting to think I should just go ahead and make pots rather than single cups!  I love this simple teapot mainly for the color.

3. Magical Thinking Kilim Medallion Duvet Cover (Urban Outfitters) - The more of these Fun Finds I do, the more my obsession with textiles and knits is becoming apparent.  On cold days, there is nothing I would rather do than remain curled up in bed with a good book, and I would love to do it under this beautiful design.  I normally wouldn't go for so dark a fabric, but I really love the pattern; it reminds me of Middle Eastern mosaic designs.

4. Cable Knitted Slipper Boots (Etsy) - And these are for the practical, because who can really afford to stay in bed all day?  They look ridiculously warm and comfortable, and remind me of a pair of muck lucks that I used to have as a kid.

Hope you're all staying warm.  What keeps you warm and cosy?

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Computers and Croissants

Hello friends!  I hope you are all having a good week, and not so many computer troubles as I am!  I took my laptop in to be looked at earlier this week due to a seemingly faulty battery and fan.  They kept it for a few days, ran a few tests, and I finally got it back.  Unfortunately, there now seem to be new issues or quirks that have appeared, and as so much of my school work and writing revolves around this computer, I can only hope nothing else happens to it.

Luckily enough, that same morning my dad and I decided to try Le Pain Quotidien for a quick breakfast.  It's a cute, rustic styled French bakery where they not only serve freshly made pastries and breads, but also full organic meals.  It reminded me a lot of the La Boulange chain of cafes in the Bay Area.  I ordered a hot breakfast tea (which came in that cute little bowl-cup) and a butter croissant, while my dad tried their oatmeal with bananas.  We're not "foodies" in anyway, shape or form, but we thought the food was great, and reasonably priced too!  My personal favorite was their five fruit jam.

Always nice to find a new gem in the same neighborhood I've been shopping in my entire life!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

New Goals for the New Year

Yes, this post is a couple of days late to ring in the new year, but I've tried to really think about this. A new year is a chance to start over and push yourself to better and happier. So here is what I've come up with for 2013:

1. Read More. I've noticed that I keep seeing or hearing about books, and saying "Oh, I better add that to my list!" So this year, I'm going to actually read everything on that list! On Goodreads, I've challenged myself to read 75 books this year. We'll just have to see how close I get!

2. Write More. I am finally beginning to realize that writing is not the easy creative process that I'd like it to be. It's something that needs to be worked on, so my goal is to write a little every single day!

3. Exercise More. Whether its walking or running, just getting outside and getting moving is both healthy and a serious stress reliever. My goal is to get out there three times a week!

4. Simplify. I spent the last week or so going through everything I own and getting rid of a lot of things. This next year I plan on cutting back on things that I really don't need.

5. Look Forward. This means getting ready for life after graduation, which isn't as far away as I like to pretend. Updating my résumé, applying for internships, and studying for the LSAT are in my immediate future!

Happy 2013, everyone!  What were your resolutions?