Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Love and happiness.

I have not seen a single person all day who looked as though they were even a little bit happy.

That kills me. That absolutely kills me.

I wish the world could be a happier place.

In light of this, I am filling this blog with love today, because the right quantity of a certain type of love generally leads to happiness.

I read this post today, and I love it. I think I'm going to start playing this game in my life, because concentrating on the things you love is SO MUCH BETTER than the things you hate.

Also, I am finally going to get around to this love meme that I saw FOREVER ago over at Michelle & the City.

The rules: Make your own list of things you love. The only catch? You can't include a single person you know on your list. No "I love the way my husband laughs" or "I love hearing my little girl call for me." It'll be tough, I know. But this particular little exercise is about stripping away everyone who defines you and figuring out what you (not your partner; not your mother/daughter/sister/friend) love.

I love to laugh. I love to cry, but not too much. I love music. I love making music, I love listening to music, I love discovering new music. I love listening to music in the car a little too loud and singing along when no one's with me. I love having sing-alongs. I love roadtrips!

I love sleep. I love naps. I love mornings, and I really love breakfast. I love brushing my teeth! Yay dental health. I love long hot showers. I love cuddling up in a blanket. I love hot chocolate and tea. I love being inside on rainy days, especially in the trailer, or at home with the skylight. I love dancing in the rain and jumping in puddles. I love the first snow of the winter, I love snow on Christmas, I love playing in the snow. I love Christmas - I love Christmas music, Christmas decorations, Christmas food, and Christmas activities.

I LOVE fall. I love leaves, I love pumpkins, I love scarecrows and Halloween and Thanksgiving. I love the smell of fall. I love forests and trees and fairy hunts and adventures. I love birds and I love flowers.

I love cute shoes and fun hats. I love new haircuts, and I love looking good. I also love cozy hoodies and old jeans. I love my teddy bear! I love my cat, a lot. I love giraffes. I love reading wikipedia articles about random things like 19th century circus freaks. I love reading - I love books! I love bookstores, especially used books. I love learning new things, and I loved being challenged, but not too much.

I love number puzzles and math. I love objects with memories and sentimental value. I love to make myself sad by reading old e-mails and Facebook messages. I love getting mail. I love words. I love learning new words. I love the feeling of accomplishment. I love learning things in a foreign language.

I love the smell and feeling of freshly washed laundry. I love swimming, especially in lakes and oceans. I love the feeling of sand on my feet. I love sunsets, sunrises, and stargazing. I love listening to the ocean. I love thunderstorms near the ocean. I love CAMPFIRES! I love the random conversations that come up during campfires and stargazing, and how they are always inherently more meaningful than regular conversations.

I love warm weather and walking barefoot in the grass. I love bubbles and sidewalk chalk. I love spontaneous dance parties, and dancing like a fool. I love pictures - taking them and being in them and putting them on Facebook and commenting on them. I love chocolate covered peanuts. I love laughing at things other people don't find funny. I love awkward silences, provided they're not too awkward, and I love making lame jokes.

I love my job and I love my university. I love TV marathons, especially of Prison Break. I love falling asleep during movies. I love finding new blogs to read. I love PostSecret. I love blogging. I love writing. I love people-watching. I love smiling at strangers. I love feeling happy. I love so much more than this list contains, but that's it for now. I love love.

If anyone should happen to read this... tell me, what do you love? It doesn't have to be an extensive list, but leave a comment, share the love!

Saturday, 20 September 2008

5 a.m. is a lovely time to be alive!

Okay, a real post. Here's the lowdown on what's been going on since I got back:

Frosh Week. Really sucked. I was expecting it to be good, but then it wasn't. This is probably in part due to the fact that instead of being in a group with two friends, I was in a group with two people I barely knew. Also in part because I forgot that when you're a frosh, you want to become friends with other frosh, not with the leaders. It was a pretty bad week for me.

My room is pretty sweet. I am enjoying it a lot. I have so much space! Also, a couch. I def. love me couch, it's so cozy! And it folds out into a bed, which means that now I can force LH to come visit me. Bwahaha!

Still being in res definitely sucks, though. There's a huge divide between first-years and upper-years. And with the other upper-years, they've all already got their little groups of friends, and trying to force my way into one is a bit of a slow process. I'm getting there, though.

I feel like everything is kind of falling apart lately. With the King's friends, everyone is just growing apart... I never see anyone anymore, half the time half the people half-hate everyone else, some people are moving on to spend more time with other people... I guess that's just life, though. The state of my art roomies is somewhat more distressing to me, though. There's a huge difference between growing apart with people you've only been friends with for a year, and people you've been friends with for 4-7 years. Things are going well with the other group, though - after our amazing summer together, I don't think we'll be falling apart too soon. :)

Also, we're getting a house together next year. Well, very likely, anyway. I am pretty seriously stoked. So is LH, it's, like, all we talk about anymore. But it's going to be awwwwwesome!

Classes are good. I absolutely love French Lit, and Theories of Punishment is also pretty sweet. Structures of the Modern Self is pretty good, definitely better than I was expecting from that prof, anyway. Intensive Grammar is about as exciting as it sounds, and Business in a Global Context is pretty intense - a little overwhelming at the moment, but I'm hoping to get it under control soon.

I love my job. It is pretty seriously awesome. Incredibly easy, for one thing, with lots of down time for homework/watching Prison Break/blogging. Also, it's definitely a job which induces feelings of importance, and hey, who doesn't like feeling important? I know I do. And occasionally we do awesome things like running around on the desks and flashing the flashlight into rooms with parties.

Umm... yeah. I guess that's it-ish. Werd.

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

"Seigneurs, vous plaît-il d'entendre un beau conte d'amour et de mort? C'est de Tristan et d'Iseut la reine. Éecoutez comment à grand'joie, à grand deuil il s'aimèrent, puis en moururent un même jour, lui par elle, elle par lui."(Le Roman de Tristan et Iseut)

French is so beautiful. Also, French music? Yup, in love with it. And French lit? Yup, love that too. Le Roman de Tristan et Iseut? Yeah, very much in love with that. And seriously wishing I could write a whole essay on it instead of a sutpid forty word paragraph. Seriously, forty words? Gah. I would actually LOVE to write an essay on this book. Frig.

Anyway. I don't have anything much to say for myself, so I am bombarding you with quotations and song lyrics. Sometime in the next week or so I will probably start getting some real posts up, now that life is starting to calm down a bit.

"Iseut est reine est semble vivre en joie. Iseut est reine et vit en tristesse." (Le Roman de Tristan et Iseut)

From The Essays: A Selection, Michel de Montaigne:

"I study myself more than any other subject. That is my metaphysics; that is my physics."

"You are not dying because you are ill: you are dying because you are alive."

"When I dance, I dance. When I sleep, I sleep; and when I am strolling alone through a beautiful orchard, although part of the time my thoughts are occupied by other things, for part of the time too I bring them back to the walk, to the orchard, to the delight in being alone there, and to me."

"A fine thing to get up on stilts: for even on stilts we must ever walk with our legs! And upon the highest throne in the world, we are seated, still upon our arses."

Song lyrics from The Weepies:

What can I compare you to, when everything looks like you?
(Take it From Me)

No amount of coffee, no amount of crying
No amount of whiskey, no amount of wine
No no no no no, nothing else will do
I've gotta have you, I've gotta have you
(Gotta Have You)

I know that you think you're not good for anything
The world makes you feel so small
(Citywide Rodeo)

Are your friends really your friends?
Are you still waiting for the end of the day?
Riga girls go like this
Make me wish I was someone else
Oh, Riga girls, are you sad?
Oh, I wish I had someone
It takes so little charm to keep you hanging on
But it's a facade like the sky, like the moon, like your eyes
Does your heart echo like a hall
'Cause there's no one there at all?
(Riga Girls)

Every day it starts again
You cannot say if you're happy
You keep trying to be
Try harder, maybe this is not your year.

Movies, TV screens reflect just what you expected
There's a world of shiny people somewhere else
Out there following their bliss
Living easy, getting kissed
While you wonder what else you're doing wrong
(Not Your Year)

You look darkly on the day
With memories to light your way
A little sad but it's all right
We are always living in twilight

No one knocks upon your door
Until you don't care anymore
A little alone but it's all right
We are always living in twilight
(Living in Twilight)

Seriously, go listen to The Weepies, because they are amazing. <3.

And some Tori Amos to end this off:

If you love enough, you'll lie a lot
Guess they did in Camelot
(Jackie's Strength)

And this has been another edition of random things that have been going through my head recently. Enjoy.