Saturday, January 30, 2010

thoughts inspired by watching Adam

We have had a "wintery mix" day. Which is a phenomenon of Charlotte which involves slightly more ice than snow and causes everything to shut down for at least 24 hours or until it warms up enough for the roads to clear.

So I have spent the day inside doing not much of anything. (Also I've had a cold and so I didn't use this day productively at all...) I rented two movies in anticipation of this on my way home yesterday. I already watched Adam and have The Brothers Bloom soon to come. I was just thinking about a couple things...

First, isn't it strange when films have alternate endings? Thankfully this was just a slightly different take on the same ending. But sometimes it's a completely different thing and that bothers me. It bothers me because an ending is what makes the whole story. If you change the ending, it becomes a different story entirely.

Second, isn't funny when you have to explain to children what pretend or make-believe is? Children are generally so imaginative themselves, but it can be hard for them to be confronted with someone else's imagination. And then, when you have a child who doesn't understand imagination, usually because they are not at a developmentally appropriate stage, trying to explain it can be challenging!

That's all. I really enjoyed the movie, although I was a bit disappointed by the ending. (Both of them.)

possibility rewards!

I just ordered this daypack from LLBean for $29 thanks to a $50 gift card from my bank. I'm excited to try it out when the weather gets warmer, the reviews made it sound amazing!

PS, I do realize that I am way over due for a proper post and not just an update on my shopping habits...

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

the search has ended!

For those of you who have followed the saga of my search for a new coat.... I have found the perfect one! And I got it for better than 50% off. (Which is good cause it's from JCrew.) It's chocolate double cloth, made in Italy, and it has thinsulate. (Which is "the original warmth without bulk" and is 1 1/2 times warmer than down!) So next winter when I'm back in frigid Ireland I'll be warm and toasty in my lovely coat! (Also it's pretty classic so I can wear it for years to come until it falls apart, bonus!)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

carefully everywhere descending

somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond
any experience,your eyes have their silence:
in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me,
or which i cannot touch because they are too near

your slightest look easily will unclose me
though i have closed myself as fingers,
you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens
(touching skilfully,mysteriously)her first rose

or if you wish to close me,i and
my life will shut very beautifully,suddenly,
as when the heart of this flower imagines
the snow carefully everywhere descending;

nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals
the power of your intense fragility:whose texture
compels me with the colour of its countries,
rendering death and forever with each breathing

(i do not know what it is about you that closes
and opens;only something in me understands
the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)
nobody,not even the rain,has such small hands

~e.e. cummings

Saturday, January 9, 2010

in no particular order

The books of 2009, all 53 of them!