Monday, April 30, 2012

monday's blinks.

Listening To: Classy Girls by The Lumineers
Line Obsession: "I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once." - John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

Happy Monday, party animals! Thanks for sharing your list of car songs. As I've said before, I think we could all roadtrip together and have the most swankified time. We could hire The Rogue Accountant to drive us in a double-decker. Maybe that one from The Great Muppet Caper when they go to The Happiness Hotel? (The bus is parked in front.)

"If that's The Happiness Hotel, I'd hate to see what the sad one looks like." 

I've been saving up some blinks* to share with you:

- My most favorite recent quote (from my BFF Sarah): "Why'd they dress Peeta like Porter Wagoner to do his interviews?" Note: I've seen The Hunger Games. I have some thoughts. But I can't decide if I want to blog them. Are you interested in discussing The Girl on Fire? Or are you kinda hunger'd out at this point? (Did you wear gold eyeliner when you went to see it? I didn't. But the thought did cross my mind.) 

- I'm honored to be on Leigh's list of savvy people. My only dislike is that Leigh didn't put herself on her own list. But I guess putting yourself on your own list would be weird ... :) Leigh's blog is a gem though. I love how candid she is about life, love, and the pursuit of the perfect fried pickle.

 - I'm a voracious reader of Joy Eggerich's blog, Love & Respect Now. Her writing is one of my favorite recent discoveries. Joy writes about relationships, but not in a sappy way. She's smart, informative, and very funny. Joy writes from a faith-perspective, but I think you'll find lots of wisdom (and much funny) regardless of what you believe. I'm a major fan. Biscuit is a big fan of Walter (Joy's dog). Also, Joy loves unicorns. People who love unicorns are my kind of people.

*Tangent* Speaking of animals with super powers, here's an adorable picture of Biscuit taking a nap: 

- My mom sent me this great article about designer Esther Boller. I'm pretty sure I've clicked through this girl's portfolio ten thousand times now. She made that gorgeous white dress OUT OF MASKING TAPE!! Her entire portfolio is so inspiring. I'm not a designer and I don't sew, but anytime I see people making beautiful work it makes me want to get better at what I do too.

- As previously noted, I'm not a crafty person. But this is the kind of DIY excellence I can get behind. 

- Love this article on Hello Giggles about why Hamlet is mostly a tool. I laughed so much. I can picture this girl reading the play, slinging it across her dorm room with a wail of anguish, and typing out this frustrated article. If you're a Lit major or just drowning in a paper for your high school English class, you'll empathize. What are your thoughts on Hamlet? Have you ever thought about what Hamlet2012 would look like? I think Hamlet in the modern era would be more "princely" in movie star way than an actual royal way. He seems like the kind of guy that would dress very scruffy but pay big bucks for his scruffy clothes. I get that Hamlet was grieving and that his kingdom was falling apart (blah blah blah) but I always thought he came off a little bit spoiled and indulged. He's more tabloid fodder than History Channel documentary.

But Hamlet Shmamlet.

Most of all, I wish Ophelia'd had a friend who could have shaken her and been like, "Fee, The boy's a scrub. You don't think you can do better than Hamlet?! Hamlet talks to skulls!!!" (My favorite Shakespeare play is Much Ado About Nothing. Beatrice + Benedict, FTW!)

- Speaking of cute couples! I read that Markus Mumford and Carrie Mulligan are married now. I also read that she wore pink wellies with her wedding dress. Too cute!

- Marshall Eriksen is following me on Pinterest!

- And so is ... Thomas Edison ... ? 

- In honor of National Poetry Month, I give you Sonnet 129 ... as read by Voldemort

- And finally! Last week in the comments, Ashley linked me to a song called "Emmylou" by the band First Aid Kit. I listened. And I proceeded to send it to everybody I know. (Tens of people!) Thank you, Ashley!

I'll be your Emmylou and I'll be your June
if you'll be my Gram and my Johnny too.


Care to share a fun blink in the comments? Do you have a strong opinion about Peeta's suits, pink wellies, or Hamlet Prince of Scrubs? 

* Recently, when I tried to share some links I typed "blinks" but I decided to embrace the typo.


  1. Okay that masking tape dress is amazing! AMAZING! Also, in case you haven't read my reply to you on Pinterest yet, you NEED to read Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. If ever a book screamed "NATALIE!!!!" in my mind it is this one. :)

  2. That dress! Amazing! PB has always loved masking tape. She recieved this really awesome masking tape dispenser with all different colors from our big sister for Christmas. It's great. And I love the monsters. Love.
    Also, you should know that I'm finally into Downton Abbey I started it like three days ago and I'm into the second season. It is an addiction, an obsession, and a true love. I'm thinking I'll be Sybil for Halloween. :)

  3. ^ Defs considering Sybil too, but only because you mentioned it. Props. (Are props still a thing?)

    So, when I heard that song on the radio, I shared the video with you before I watched it. After I watched it I realized that the dark haired girl looks exactly like one of my coworkers. Crazy, eh?

    Have you ever seen "The Complete Works of Shakespeare, Abridged" by the Reduced Shakespeare company? It's quite entertaining and I highly recommend it if there's a production in your area, although they give a little too much credit to Hamlet. I love that Mumford uses Much Ado About Nothing so much in "Sigh No More." Speaking of that song, have you heard Audrey Assad perform it with Jars of Clay? Swoon.

  4. I would love to hear your thoughts about The Hunger Games! I kept hearing so much buzz from other bloggers about it before it came out, and then hardly anyone actually wrote about it afterwards. Disappointing because I wanted to know what other people thought. :)

    I really like that song! I need to check out some more of their music.


  5. Thank you for linking to the list and for the kind words! You are far too kind. But yes, it would have been weird to have put myself on my own list.

    I'd love to hear your thoughts on Hunger Games!

  6. BISCUIT!!! Cuteness :) Fun post. I hope from now on and forevermore, you call them "blinks," never "links." I remember your post on how it accidentally happened. Some of the best ideas are accidental, no?

    1. I meant to link to your blog about earning your blackbelt! That pic was too adorable. Will do next time. And yes, some of the best ideas are total accidents. :)

  7. I ROCKED the gold eyeliner. And I sobbed, and there were trails of gold sparkliness all down my cheeks. It was most definitely worth it.