Saturday, February 28, 2015

In February

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books:
Out of the Silent Planet, C.S. Lewis
Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves, P.G. Wodehouse (audiobook)
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald (for school)
 Captain Cortes Conquers Mexico, William Johnson

film:
The Imitation Game - One of the most (if not the most) beautiful movies I've ever seen in terms of storytelling, and Benedict Cumberbatch's acting was phenomenal, and Kiera Knightly is one of my favorite actresses.
The Theory of Everything - I didn't like it as much as I'd expected to, but Eddie Raymond's acting was truly amazing.
Atlantis: The Lost Empire - Didn't care for it.
Howl's Moving Castle - This was the first anime I'd ever seen and I really enjoyed it, it kept reminding me of a fairy tale, and I love fairy tales.
Hunchback of Notre Dame - I'd never seen this one before and didn't care for it, which surprised me as so many people seem to love it.
Spirited Away - It was a bit too weird for me.
Whisper of the Heart
*Captain America: The First Avenger - It was only the second time I'd seen it and it's the sort of movie that's best the second time around. ♥
Going for the Gold - Watched solely to see Matt Smith outside of Doctor Who.
*Merlin
*Doctor Who
Psych - I love the little victory dances Shawn and Gus do.
Agent Carter - I already miss it. ♥

† Landmark Book
* seen before



I've had a ton of school to do for the past bit and sadly haven't been able to keep up very well with y'all's lovely blogs (which I missed), along with other things. But I'm not complaining, I love learning; still, this line from Time in a Bottle is seriously relateable: "There never seems to be enough time to do the things I want to do once I find them." I always have the most ideas when I'm busiest, but right now all I can do is write them down on sticky notes till I have more time, so that's what I'm doing. Such a lot of sticky notes everywhere. This busyness is going to let up eventually and then I'll work out those ideas, it'll be fun. (That mouse is me, by the way.)

What books and movies did you enjoy especially in February? Have a wonderful March. xx

Sunday, February 22, 2015

This Week, Feb. 15

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loved:
When the wind in the trees sounds like the ocean
This post by Faith
Watching Agent Carter with my dad ♥
Going out to lunch with my dad and theorizing on Agent Carter
Post-it notes
Making up stories in my head
Getting letters in the mail - one of which was from an eleven year old boy who I have a letter correspondence with,
his letters are so matter-of-fact and awesome (and the whole thing is always one very long paragraph).
Reading my favorite blogs
Playing Pirates of the Caribbean music on my violin - guys, this is something I've wanted to do since I heard
the POTC music for the first time years ago; I don't have the sheet music for my favorite songs
(Up Is Down, What Shall We Die For and At Wit's End), but it's ridiculously fun to play The Kraken. ♥

favorite songs:
Sherry, The Four Seasons
You Make Me Feel So Young, Frank Sinatra
Feeling Good, Micheal Buble'

favorite quotes:
"...I'm not saying ignore
By all means do something if you feel for a cause 
But you can't feel poor enough 
To enrich one single person on this planet 
And you can't feel bad enough 
To fill one single soul with happiness." - Akala

 "Your desire to help others is noble, but I doubt you'll find much success
 unless you allow others to help you." - Edwin Jarvis, Agent Carter



I hope you all had a good week and that this coming one is a great one for each of you. xx

Why is it that all my posts are published late at night? I should go to bed. G'night.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Desiderata | Max Ehrmann

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Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.
Desiderata, by Max Ehrmann

(Desiderata are, technically, things considered necessary or highly desirable or something lacked and wanted. via)


This poem and If, by Kipling always go together in my mind. Every time I read either one of them there always seems to be a new line that stands out to me as something I can relate to or simply would do well to remember. Right now that line's this: If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

I've practically memorized this poem because I listen to poetry while I do math (it helps me concentrate) and it's one of the poems on my playlist; the version I listen to is read by Tom Hiddleston, which you can find here. His voice is gold. 

Do you have a favorite line?

Saturday, February 14, 2015

These Two Past Weeks and Happy St. Valentine's Day!


Sir Leon is awesome.
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(this is a mesh of the last two weeks)

loved:
audiobooks by P.G. Wodehouse read by Jonathan Cecil
reading The Trachtenberg Speed System of Basic Mathematics - totally cool
watching Doctor Who with my mom and her liking it ♥ (I'm rewatching the whole thing with her, starting with Nine. This is a good thing. I like Nine better this time around, and Rose.)
talking about Stan Lee comics with random people
Bet on It & The Boys are Back from HSM
Bananas - I dunno, they're so pretty and smell so banana-ish, it's nice.
Agent Carter - I didn't like it at first, but I do now.

favorite song:
favorite quote:
Nobody important? Blimey, that's amazing. Do you know, in nine hundred years of time and space 
I've never met anybody who wasn't important before.
the Doctor, Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol
and this one

I had my wisdom teeth out last week, and then had to stay in bed for a bit, so I watched old Doctor Who and Merlin episodes (I love them) and a little of Psych (which is hilariously funny, but not really my thing; I wouldn't watch it if I wasn't sick, if you know what I mean). The actual surgery was kinda interesting, I couldn't feel anything and was just relaxed feeling because of the pain medicine - which I was told I probably wouldn't remember any of the surgery because of and in defiance of that I wrote down everything I could remember immediately afterwards, and now I'm left with vague but accurate memories of the whole thing. ha.
Oh, and now my jaw is sore, and, as you all probably know, you hold a violin while playing it using a method of squeeze-balancing the end of it against your chin and cheek, which I can't really do right now, so instead I've been plucking it and holding it like a ukulele. It sounds kinda cute. ha.

This is a rather late, but I hope you all had a happy Valentine's day. ♥ 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Raggedy Man



Times change and so must I… We all change when you think about it. We’re all different people all through our lives. And that’s okay, that’s good, you’ve got to keep moving, so long as you remember all the people that you used to be. I will not forget one line of this, not one day, I swear. I will always remember when the Doctor was me.


the Doctor, The Time of the Doctor