It’s amazing how you can get so far from where you’d planned, and yet find it...– Sarah Dessen
It always takes at least 24 hours to calm down.
Then you can 1) look at the situation rationally 2) be grateful for the person who was there to listen 3) look at the situation from different perspectives (definitely different from just a calm manner) 4) think of a plan in which you pursue the maximum utility with least damage/cost 5) move on.
When you breathe, you inhale and you exhale, but every single time that you do...– Dan Dunne, Half Nelson
Things I've done this break:
Bought presents Given presents Bought boots, actively waiting for them Watched the following movies: 1) 50/50 - Awesome. Wrapped in more Awesome. Served with a side of side-stitching laughter and tears. 2) The Young Victoria - really long, really quiet but sweet. Very historical 3) Stardust - I just like watching this during breaks for some reason 4) First episode of Chuck (the new season) -...
I try to pull the language in to such a sharpness that it jumps off the page. It...– Maya Angelou, Paris Review “The Art of Fiction #119”
The art of losing isn’t hard to master; so many things seem filled with...– Elizabeth Bishop
Suicide is a form of murder - premeditated murder. It isn’t something you do the...– Susanna Kaysen, Girl, Interrupted
I wish I met you through cyberspace. If we weren’t friends now, I wish I...– My best friend wishes she never met me in real life :( Tear. Also, what a creep.
I thought I would die of shame…I did not manage to save your votes…forgive me.– A Russian election monitor who was thrown out of the polling station, wrote on his blog about his pain at not being able to stand against the rigged system of elections in his country. Read the Economist’s briefing on the Russian elections and resulting protests from this week’s print edition. (via...
The Santa Ana winds are blowing.
Anything can happen! :)
And yet you may know me. I am an amiable man. I can be most personable, if not...– Chang-rae Lee, Native Speaker, pg. 6
Possibly the Best News I Got in 2011
My TA just emailed me that, in my class of 298 students, I got the highest exam score in the class! And the fact that it was my favorite TA for my favorite class in college so far. Icing on the cake. (Really, this was my reaction.) Also, I love this GIF.
”In Washington DC , at a Metro Station, on a cold January morning in 2007, a man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, approximately 2000 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. After about four minutes, a middle-aged man noticed that there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds, and then...
Day (1): Water for Elephants
I read the book last summer, when I holed up in BookStar and read every free hour I had over summer. I finally watched the movie yesterday; I was on a Reese Witherspoon spree. After watching How Do You Know (yes, again) and Walk the Line (yep, again), I finally hopped onto a treadmill and watched Water For Elephants. It’s a pretty good adaption of the book, which wasn’t a very high...
Oh, darling, just take a chance. Oh, darling,...
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.– The Great Gatsby
Tonight, I feel heavy with expectations and light, free from current obligations. So I watched a movie I actually watched just around a year ago last year, on New Year’s Eve. And there are lines, parts, moments of this movie that I love. That I relate to. I even love the title: How Do You Know? And these days, more than ever, it seems like that is my defining question, the one I keep asking...
I don’t know if I have what it takes for everyone’s regular plans.– Lisa played by Reese Witherspoon, How Do You Know
Ten thoughts while procrastinating:
Someone explained friendship to me in these terms (and I don’t think of it as limited to these terms but it’s a nice way to think about it). There are three kinds of friends in life. 1) Reason: people who come into your life for a certain, specific purpose and kind of fade after they’ve fulfilled it. 2) Season: people who come into your life for a time, whether it’s a...
The very last Calvin & Hobbes Comic →
Vertigo is the feeling that you or your environment is moving or spinning. It differs from dizziness in that vertigo describes an illusion of movement. When you feel as if you yourself are moving, it’s called subjective vertigo, and the perception that your surroundings are moving is called objective vertigo.
Winter Break TTD
Movies: American Psycho (and maybe the sequel…though I hear it’s terrible) Your Highness Pride and Prejudice (again) Hunger Games (Is it out?) Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Is it out?) LOTR Marathon Penelope and/or How Do You Know The Help (@ Academy!) Water for Elephants Midnight in Paris Amelie (…I know, I have yet to watch it) Some French movie Jo keeps...
I admit I am a slightly picky person
when it comes to….anything, really. But I’ve found the most perfect Starbucks. Perfect to study in, hidden away so even though it’s finals week, there’s only one other group of three studying here. Outlets every two feet. 12+ tables. I love the hole-in-the-wall cafes but I’m sorry, I love mainstream Starbucks when served right.
Word(s) of the day
acosmist - One who believes that nothing exists paralian - A person who lives near the sea aureate - Pertaining to the fancy or flowery words used by poets dwale - To wander about deliriously sabaism - The worship of stars dysphoria - An unwell feeling aubade - A love song which is sung at dawn eumoirous - Happiness due to being honest and wholesome mimp - To speak in a prissy manner, usually...
is an instructional strategy that involves supporting novice learners by limiting the complexities of the context and gradually removing those limits as learners gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to cope with the full complexity of the context (Young, 1993).
Do you ever remember people by words? Some words I always associate with people, no matter how long it’s been. Maybe they’ve said it or embody it.