HAPPY 200TH ANNIVERSARY ELIZABETH!

Hopefully, most of you know that this week marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice. This is an important landmark for me personally, because I have a deep love for Darcy. Uh, and Jane Austen, and Elizabeth Bennet. Basically, Jane Austen is the only reason I even have this blog. So I owe her a lot, and I owe her books a lot, especially Pride and Prejudice! In order to commemorate this great event, I re-watched the Colin Firth movie version, re-read my favorite parts and *drumroll* VISITED JANE AUSTEN’S HOUSE WHERE SHE ACTUALLY LIVED AND ACTUALLY WROTE PARTS OF HER BOOKS ON THE ACTUAL 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ACTUAL PRIDE AND PREJUDICE! I am still dying of excitement! Naturally, I have to fill you in on my experience. Her house is located in Chawton village, which is this small town in England that’s almost an hour and a half out of London. When I arrived in Chawton, I took a 40-minute bus ride to a stop uncomfortably named “Alton Butts” (so every time I got lost, I had to ask people where the butt bus stop was…) and then took a ten-minute walk to finally arrive at her beautiful English cottage! Treacherous journey aside, there was nothing like this place. You walk up to it and it’s like you are immediately transported into one of her stories. I almost cried, I swear. Since it was the 200th anniversary, the staff of the museum put on a special exhibition. They had the original illustrations done by Hugh Thomson for a special edition of the book, and they had the original letter that Jane Austen wrote to Cassandra when she learned that her “child” as she put it was to be published. There was also some lacework that Jane did, a quilt she made with her sister and mother and, oh, just the table at which she wrote all of her novels. No big.

It was pretty incredible. I mean, the special exhibits were awesome, but the act of just being there, in the place where she was able to do what she loved, was the best part. It was like living in your favorite story. I’ve always wanted to enter the worlds in my favorite books, and today, I did. But that’s enough of me telling you about it. I shall let the pictures speak for themselves.

Thursday Thoughts: A Week without Reading

Dramatic title, I know. But this week has been stupidly hectic, as proven by the fact that this is my second Thursday Thoughts in a row that is going up on Sunday.

To give you a summary, this was my first week of classes in London, my second week in any place other than America, and the week that I didn’t read anything. At all. Also, I just got back from a supremely insane two days in Wales (who knew Wales could be insane?).

Thursday Thoughts

All day, I’ve been feeling gross and distracted and just not like myself and I kept asking myself why. It’s not fair to be in a bad mood when you are in the UK! I don’t get to be in a bad mood. I have too many amazing things going on right now to be in a bad mood. But I was, and I figured out it’s because I haven’t read a single freaking book in a whole freaking week. I’ve been all up in my own head and that IS NOT HEALTHY.

I think reading keeps me grounded, helps me to not be so selfish, and gives me perspective. So take it out of the picture, and you’re left with a cranky, anxious brat. I freely admit this.

Maybe I’ve grown too dependent on books, but I think if I tried to weaken my dependency I would slowly become the world’s worst person. So I’m stuck with them and they’re stuck with me.

Thursday Thoughts: On a Sunday Night

Thursday Thoughts

Hello there, people. It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything and that is because I recently arrived in London and I’ve been having trouble standing, much less blogging. But anyways here I am, in a here that is many, many miles from what I’m used to. My first impressions of this city are that it is very old and very big. So, not surprising at all. My second impression was that theIMG_1295 chocolate is delicious and my third was that the ads on the Tube are pretty ridiculous.

So far, I’m liking this city. Today, I went to Notting Hill and yes, the first thing I did was find the Travel Book Shop like a true tourist. People say that screams American. To them I say, hey, that’s who I am.

I’ll let you get back to your Sunday Fundays, but remember to check in. I have a couple book reviews (it’s been ages) and some more generally updates coming.

Cheers! (SCREAMING TOURIST)

December Favorites

 

It’s already January! CRAZY. London in 2 days. Okay.thedisenchantments

1. The Disenchantments. This was definitely my favorite book of the month. Told from a refreshing point of view, the story of four high school arts students as they tromp through the pacific northwest on their band’s last tour together is not one to miss. Pretty imagery, and the most well-written and richly beautiful characters I’ve read in a long while. You gotta check it out.

2. Christmas! I love Christmas, and this year’s ultimate holiday did not disappoint.

3. My Patagonia fleece. I got this sick red polar fleece for Christmas and have worn it every day since. It’s warm and fuzzy and perfect.

4. Anne Lamott. I started reading Bird by Bird and I just love her. She’s got this great voice andbird-by-bird
she tells it like it is. What it means to be a writer. It’s not really what I want to hear, but it’s what I need to hear. And she knows that and makes it beautiful to read anyways. If you’re a writer, or want to be one, then you should read her stuff.

5. Starbucks black tea lemonade. I know that it’s winter and that I’m crazy for ordering a cold drink from Starbucks. But every time I go in there, it’s all I want. It is totally delicious.

6. My soda maker! I got a Soda Stream for Christmas and I am OBSESSED!

I’m a bog soda drinker, I have to admit. I know it’s bad for me, but I love it so this was the perfect gift. I make fresh soda everyday and I swear it tastes like fountain soda.

7. Pugz. Always a favorite. Especially mine.

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