friends, I've found my life's theme song. at least, what I would really really really love to be my life's theme song.
I know it's long (hey, classical = good studying music, for me anyway) & I know listening to music just because some girl on the other side of these words wants you to, but seriously. it's epic. and...you have to listen to it all the way through. because the beginning isn't my theme song; the whole thing is. and in truth more towards the end than the beginning (mostly starting at 5:20, which kinda sounds like Phantom of the Opera, ironically). aghh! it's SO GOOD.
and alright, I confess. it's a symphony by Johan de Meij--The Lord of the Rings symphony to be exact, Movement V, Hobbits. it just...strikes a chord in me.
old abandoned Coca-Cola bottles make for lovely new homes for autumn flowers.
around here, November is kind of a big deal. okay, so maybe just for me. ;) it's my birthday month, and I've never really cared for it. however, we must admit, of course, that it ushers in the holiday season with that wonderfully delicious thing known as Thanksgiving. and I think with photography and writing making me look more for the beauty in small things, I don't dislike such things as adamantly as I once did.
but I will point out--it's rather crummy to attempt anything party-ish in the kind of weather that we usually have around by the end of the month. the only thing to do is...well, ice skating, which has been officially out-ruled since the last time I went ice skating with friends for my birthday, I fell and got a concussion. okay, so that was just last year. let's just say my skating skills could use some improvement. big time.
speaking of the holidays (ish), I have been really excited for them to approach--since the middle of October. no no, you don't understand. that is super unnatural of me. I'm the one that rolls my eyes when we start seeing Christmas decor in the stores before Halloween barely has time to scoot past. but...it's different. I can't wait. not necessarily for Christmas to be here, but for the season itself. the atmosphere, the glow. ooh, I'm so anticipating it.
oh those frenchies.
okay, Canadians. I had a little French exercise this week when one of the wonderful French-speaking people from Montreal that we met on our vacation this summer started chatting with me on facebook. which was wonderful, but my French skills aren't super amazing, so it was a challenge. google translate à la rescousse! (now someone who would actually know tell me if that really does mean "to the rescue.")
c'mon...you already know C.S. Lewis and I are basically best friends. okay, well, I'm best friends with him--his words anyway. this is the spectacular defining quote from Till We Have Faces.
"I know now, Lord, why you utter no answer. You are yourself the answer. Before your face questions die away. What other answer would suffice?"
brilliant. beautiful. oh-so-true.
loving right now.
I got new socks. they are striped, and they make me happy.
yes, I took a picture of my cereal. we hardly ever have good cereal around here (and by good, I mean sugary), so when we have some of this, it's a special occasion for sure.
double yum--ya know, I really love tea. raspberry is my favorite. couple it with my favorite mug (hand painted by yours truly) and my cozy sweater, and that's just pretty near perfect.
words words words.
plus, what think you of my nails? granted, they don't look so good as when I first painted them, but I being the word-lover I am, I knew I had to try this. after painting my nails white and letting them dry, I dipped them in rubbing alcohol and pressed a piece of newspaper on them, holding it there for just a couple seconds. the ink came off, I painted on a clear top coat, and voila!
speaking of words, do you have a favorite word? I was recently asked this question, so I gave it some thought. I honestly don't know that I could pick a favorite. but here's one: hello. it's the word that I doodle all the time. it's a start, a beginning, an initiation, an invitation. so many good things in my life start with people, and all good people in my life start with this word.
you can't get anywhere with people without starting at hello. simple, eh?
so...hello. and now, goodbye. ;)