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Dusty Memories

How much I would like to visit you someday. I don’t know when I will ever get the chance (I have nothing planned at the moment and don’t really have money to travel to expensive cities), but I’ll dream. And in the meantime I’ll read this, this or that.

PS: This sounds excellent (and so yummy!) as well.

if

Unbenannt

A couple weeks ago, Joanna from A Cup of Jo, hosted a challenge on her blog to learn a poem by heart. Of course I joined in and although I learned another one (a German poem by one of my favourites – Rainer Maria Rilke) I stumbled across the poem If by Rudyard Kipling again. Funnily enough, I read it the first time in Bridget Jones because it is cited fully there (who else did?) and really liked, but somehow forgot about it. Here it is:

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

I think it would take a little longer than a week to learn it, but who wants to try?

go green!

sleeping forest

These days, everybody’s trying to live green and enviromentally conscious. We try to buy locally grown food and not support company’s that work with methods that have a bad impact on the environment. Last month I decided to go a step further and start only buying organic cosmetics. It’s not only better for the environment, but also for your skin (because there are no skin irritating chemicals in there). Since organic is so hip at the moment, it’s not even hard to get those kind of cosmetics, they are at every normal drugstore and don’t even cost that much more than normal products (very important for a broke student like me). Nevertheless, you have to be a little bit careful since the label ‘organic’ isn’t protected, almost anybody can call their products green even though there are still chemicals in there. Body Shop and Lush are an example for that. Only if there’s either the Natrue or the Ecocert label on it, you are on the safe side.

You see, I did my homework! Who’s joining me now in this challenge?

 

4 great (not too corny) romantic movies to watch this fall

Lovers in the shadows...

Fall is the season to curl up in front of your TV and do nothing but watch movies and relax. Summer is for exploring, fall is for cozying up. I don’t feel ashamed to admit that I love watching romantic movies. Still, most romantic comedies are either way too corny (hello, Nicolas Sparks) or well, just dumb. So if you want to watch a sweet movie withought the tackiness, here are my current favourites.

1) Submarine I watched this one at the cinema a few months ago and really liked it (I think I even wrote about it on here before). It’s the story of Oliver Tate (a boy you will instantly like) and the girl he fell for at school. Set in modern-day Wales it’s still got a really nice vintage feel full with duffle-coats and polaroid cameras. Oh, and the soundtrack is by Alex Turner, so it’s enough to watch this movie for that reason.

2) Stranger Than Fiction I must admit, I haven’t seen this one for quite a while (it’s on my list of movies to watch soon though!). It’s about a taxman who doesn’t really actively live his life until he finds out that he is the protagonist in the book of an author who plans on killing him off soon (it’s not as strange as it sounds, even though the title is Stranger Than Fiction). Subsequently, he starts living, falls in love with a baker who at first hates him (what else?) and tries to change his story. You should watch it.

3) Garden State I guess everybody has already seen this movie since it’s been the classic independent movie everybody loves for ages. But, it’s one of my favourite movies, so it had to be in this list.

4) Walk The Line Okay, properly speaking this isn’t a romantic movie, but the biopic of Johnny Cash, but it’s a really great movie! And afterall, the lovestory between June and Johnny plays a really big role (since she saves him and everything). If you haven’t seen this one yet, you definitely should.

monday afternoon

Some words of encouragement for your Monday afternoon and the rest of the week.

Artwork by Michael Morales.


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