Sunday, January 31, 2010

Diy cds

I love making mixes for people. In a way, it's how I tell someone that they need to listen to better music. ;)
I always decorate the cds, and I just found this cool way of making a case. I'm still trying to find one that doesn't look like a cd case so I can put it directly into the mail...

Here's my current cd for a friend. It's not quite finished yet...

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket- safe, dark, motionless, airless--it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable."
-C.S. Lewis

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Dear diary...

I love the nostalgia of reading through old diary entries. I love looking back on them, and seeing how much I've changed (or haven't..) since then, and just laughing at myself. Things that seemed so important then I don't even think about anymore. The old assumptions are great, too. I found a whole page where I had ranted on about how annoying this one girl was, and I listed all the "flaws" I saw in her. Now, five years later, we're best friends. =P I was just reading over the last time I had written, before I started the fall semester... I wrote, "I'm sure there will be tons of distractions, but I'm going to be the little goody-two-shoes and try to focus on school, and not fall for a guy."
I failed.

Photography by Marcelo Gomes

"A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song."
-Maya Angelou

Friday, January 29, 2010

Give me a reason to fall in love.

Ten new favorite songs!

1. Love, Save The Empty - Erin McCarley
I just can't stop listening to this one!
2. Die Alone - Ingrid Michaelson
I'm convinced this song was written for me.
3. Hero - Regina Spektor
Why hadn't I heard this before?
4. Happier - A Fine Frenzy
Can't believe that I only just recently found Alison Sudol...
5. Doubt The Monster - Under Every Green Tree
The Dumbledore reference makes me smile every time. ;)
6. Dream - Priscilla Ahn
I can't even explain the way this song makes me feel. Wistful,
beautiful, sad, loved, nostalgic, and childish all at once.
7. Soon We'll Be Found - Sia
She has a crazy powerful voice. I could listen to it forever.
8. Songbird - Tirzah Lemmens
Why don't more people know about her? She's wonderful.
9. Quelqu'un ma dit - Carla Bruni
Heard this in 500 Days of Summer, and I've been hooked ever
10. The Giant of Illinois - Andrew Bird
Anything by Andrew Bird is pure genius, but this is my new

picture from fffound

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Terrariums and thrifting

I can't wait for summer so I can make a terrarium. I have a newfound love for them, aren't they just incredibly beautiful?

And from one of my favorite blogs, I just found a diy terrarium.

I just don't know where one would find the domes..I think I'll make it my new thrifting goal.

Speaking of thrifting, I found some pretty sweet stuff at the local Goodwill today. Free People shorts (in my size, too! Hurrah!), a cool Anthropologie sweater-vest thing (it looks like it belongs to a suit set, but it's still awesome and I can find some way to wear it), and this silk Banana Republic shirt - brand new with the tags still on.

Sorry about the bad quality, camera was out of commission so my near decade-old phone was the only thing available. 
Everything all together was $8. :) Ahh, I need to get back in the groove, it's been too long since I've done any intense thrifting.

What I'm Reading

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
"The only convincing love story of our century."

(Possible spoilers?)
Hm. I'm afraid I'll have to disagree. I picked this up at the library about a week ago - not my normal type of book, but I just felt like maybe I should slowly start introducing books into my list that are actually my level, instead of just living in the children's section. Not that I'm deserting the children's section... Never!! It's where some of the best literature is. I just want to try to read more from the adult section, so that I can impress people. Well, not exactly impress, but I'm beginning to realize why I get weird looks when I'm telling people what I'm reading... "The Phantom Tolbooth. For the TENTH TIME!!" But all this is so tangential...
I really want to like the book, but I just... don't. And the reason I don't like it isn't because of the weirdness of it. I can get over that part, because while I think large age differences between lovers are rather unusual and strange, I also think love is love, so why put an age restriction on it? But the main reason I don't like it is that it's called a love story, but I don't think Humbert actually loves Dolores, he's just creepily obsessed and consumed by her. And it's a very selfish relationship; he is constantly bribing her and blackmailing her to get her to comply. He only has an obsession with the age that she is, he doesn't actually love her since he's always saying that as soon as she reaches "that difficult age" he will be done with her, or, sickening as it is, stay with her solely for the pleasure he'll derive from her having a child.
Of course, I'm not done with it yet. But I'm not sure it'll improve.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

You make me think that maybe I won't die alone...

 First day of spring semester tomorrow. I've gotten so spoiled sleeping in, because I had super-long Christmas break and then interterm where class was at 9:30. Now it's back to 8am. blahh. And regular Mondays I'm going to be sitting at a desk from 8-5 with just ten minute breaks in between each class, which only gives me enough time to walk from one to the other.
8-8:50 Pre-calc
9-9:50 Chemistry
10-10:50 Honors Sociology
11-11:50 Organisms II
12-12:50 Wellness
1-5 Chem lab
I've decided that math is the bane of my existence. And 8? No one should have to do math that early. It's cruel.
The warm weather yesterday was such a cruel glimpse of spring. Remembering that we have at least one more month of nasty cold makes me want to move to Florida. So as soon as I got inside my dorm (where the heat is about 85) I put on a tank and pretended it was summer....

(Yay for rainboots!)

Song: Die Alone by Ingrid Michaelson