Sunday, February 21, 2010

Allons-y Alonso!

It's official.

The apartment is rented and the plane tickets are purchased and I'm excited beyond belief.

I'm going to Paris.

Je vais allais a Paris dans le vacance du printemps pendant une semaine.
(or something like that)

Rather unfortunately, my french is completely horrendous.
but hey, if this isn't a learning experience I don't know what is.

Saturday, February 13, 2010


Well, rather late then never, right?
Here are some printable valentines for all of you last minute lovers.
I took some pictures of vintage valentines on display at my local library, and then played with them a little bit in Photoshop. These valentines date from between the late 1800s and the early 1900s. Hope you like them!

"To my Valentine"
two cherubs playing badminton with a heart. Sweet. (painful.)

"Valentine Greeting"
"Dear Valentine, this is no joke, I'd rather look at you than smoke."

"To One I Love"
"Accept this loving heart of mine, and be my own true Valentine."
The gold band on his hat has the words Heart & Arrow on it.

"This for remembrance."
"I pray that your heart's garden
May be get with sweetest flowers,
That your life be like the dial -
Telling none but sunny hou'rs.
-G. Clifton Bingham"

Not entirely certain if the apostrophe in hours is an apostrophe or a smudge. whoops.

Well, this one might be the most difficult to read out of the lot. (sorry!)
"Love's Tribute"
"My heart's affections clings
As faithfully to you,
As ever ivy tendrils twined
With loving grasp & true.

"Feb 14th"
No cute poem on this one I'm afraid, however, the back contained the following message:
"Mabel tells me it is my turn to go see you, but you know the trolleys are so uncertain this winter, I was afraid to venture out there..."
I suppose you can't really expect every message to be as sweet as the card it was written on.

There was a seventh card that I took a picture of, but I was not really willing to go through the messy business of cleaning it up. Too many loops and swirls and whatnot. The poem on that card was:
"Tulips, dear, how sweet they are!
But your two lips are sweeter far."

I'd love it if you used these, but if you do, please remember to credit back here!
Have a lovely valentines day! <3

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

hello again.

oh you know how it is.

when you get to exam month and you devote all of your time to studying and absolutely nothing else, and then you just start to be a mess in general, and then you forget to do really important things like doing the dishes or wearing socks or putting the correct amount of sugar into your tea or take a shower every night or posting on your blog?

don't even pretend like this doesn't happen to you.
Exams are back. I passed. (cue applause!)

it's been snowing. there is about a foot on the ground right now. there was more three days ago. I've been sledding twice this week. it has been absolutely delightful. (there are bruises in places I didn't even think I injured.)

I want to frolic in the snow and go sledding. I want slide across the icy patch on my driveway and pretend that I am a champion skater. I want to wear formless snow pants and I want to roll around in the snow and stare up into the sky and get dizzy from doing so.

and guess what? I have done everything that I want to do, and it has been absolutely delightful.