Friday, December 30, 2011

L-House Update: 35

An L-House Update...

2. Vintage stamps for modern-day!

3. Doesn't this train make you think of the Polar Express?? (Or, I suppose the Hogwarts Express...)

4. Holly's house is for sale.  Anyone wanna buy it for me?

6. Cake.  Chocolate cake.  That reminds me of Matilda.

7. Meryl.

9. The Mummy exhibit!  Really, just historical exhibits in general.  Nostalgia for fifth grade field trips.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Things that are awesome

This picture:

Having an iphone (!!)

Instagramin. (!!!!)

The album my fabulous brother-in-law (Sir Chadwick von Jewsroch) got me for Christmas

Eating well.

How my dad did my Christmas stocking-- he chose items from my various L-House Updates.  Suffice it to say, it was adorable and AMAZING.  More on that later.

Hangin out with the super cool sister and aforementioned Sir Chadwick, and

spontaneously buying tickets to Chicago to go hang out with them even more.

My mom's monkey bread.

Memory lane-ing.  And realizing that you have accomplished many of the things on your 12-year-old wish list.

Wearing fisherman sweaters.

Mini hourglasses.  Aka the-five-minute-glass.  (We timed it.)

My family and I are going on a horse-draw-carriage ride through Colonial Williamsburg in a couple of hours.  Something I haven't done since I was five...?  Six?  Should be entertaining.  Definitely more on that later...

Hope yall also have some awesome happenings in your lives at the moment! --m.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve

"DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old. 

"Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. 
"Papa says, 'If you see it in THE SUN it's so.' 
"Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?


VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except [what] they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You may tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, VIRGINIA, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding. 

No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Monday, December 19, 2011


Feelin Overwhelmed.

Chastity: I know you can be overwhelmed, and you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever just be whelmed? 

Bianca: I think you can in Europe. 


via piccsy

Friday, December 16, 2011

L-House Update: 34

An L-House Update...

2. These gloves look super cozy!!

3. Striped shirts.  Again with the coziness.

5. I love this.

6. NPR lists are the best.  Read, read, read.

7. I want to go here! (Or to there... Liz Lemon would say...)

8. If I had walls to paper, this is what they would be papered in.

9. Best bookstore in the world??

10. Last day of classes.  Good food.  Good friends.  And all that jazz.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

I Can Tell That We Are Gonna Be Friends

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Simply because it makes me think of wintertime, and the lighting was so beautiful.

Gift Guides

So... I'm way too busy to make my own.  (Buzy/Lazy...whatever.)  Aaaanyway, I thought I'd share a few of my favorite gift guides that I've found.  They're super fun to browse.  Enjoy!

A Cup of Jo

1  2  3 

1  2  3

Tomboy Style

1  2  3  4  5

From Me To You


1  2  

Photo via Oh Happy Day

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

L-House Update: 33

An L-House Update...

1.  Isn't this cool?  I wish I could do it!

3. Watching this movie on the couch with a bowl of Brunswick stew.  Inspirational battle speeches, beautiful scenery, and an awesome soundtrack.  As my friend Amanda said, "Where would we be without cloudy afternoons?"

5. Books with super aesthetically pleasing descriptions:

"The only light in here came from the fireplace, where a bright blaze of logs settled slightly, sending a fountain of sparks up into the chimney."
-Philip Pullman, The Golden Compass

6. Cranberry Nutmeg Pancakes with Lemon Curd.  Don't these look delicious??

7. Isn't this awesome?  Found it on my sister's blog.  We then had a conversation during with we both lamented the fact that we didn't become ballerinas.  Alas.

8. Beautiful rug.  I love how bright it is!

9. Super cozy looking sweater.

10. Benjamin Britten's Ceremony of Carols.  I am so excited to sing it on Sunday!  It's so beautiful and mysterious.  


"All the Christmases roll down the hill towards the Welsh-speaking sea, like a snowball growing whiter and bigger and rounder, like a cold and headlong moon bundling down the sky that was our street; and they stop at the rim of the ice-edged, fish freezing waves, and I plunge my hands in the snow and bring out whatever I can find; holly or robins or pudding, squabbles and carols and oranges and tin whistles, and the fire in the front room, and bang go the crackers, and holy, holy, holy, ring the bells, and the glass bells shaking on the tree, and Mother Goose, and Struwelpeter - oh! the baby burning flames and the clacking scissorman! - Billy Bunter and Black Beauty, Little Women and boys who have three helpings, Alice and Mrs Potter's badgers, penknives and teddy-bears - named after a Mr Theodore Bear, their inventor, or father, who died recently in the United States - mouth-organs, tin-soldiers, and blancmange, and Aunty Bessie playing "Pop Goes the Weasel" and "Nuts in May" and "Oranges and Lemons" on the untuned piano in the parlour all through the thimble-hiding musical-chairing blind-man's-buffing party at the end of the never-to-be-forgotten day at the end of the unremembered year."

This is one of my all-time favorite visions of Christmas.  It's so beautiful, warm, and comforting-- don't you think?  There's something mysterious and Dickensian about it.  The Christmas magic and all that.

Growing up, my mom always put on this Christmas CD.  And, there's this wonderful narrator all the way through it who reads excerpts from various Christmas literature in a bouncing Welsh accent.  This is my very favorite part.  It's from a piece called Memories of Christmas by Dylan Thomas. 

photo via emily 

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Lilac Wine

It's a Jeff Buckley kinda day, friends.

I hope you're drinking a hot mug of tea out there somewhere.

Monday, December 5, 2011

LomoKino Super 35mm

The only response I have to the above is the following:



2) I want one!

Take a gander...

Baked Eggs with Goat Cheese and Prosciutto

Recipe and photo via Shoot to Cook

Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 "Emperor"

This was stuck in my head today.


Friday, December 2, 2011

L-House Update: 32

An L-House Update...

1. Aren't these gorgeous??

2. These balloons are AMAZING!

3. I read a short story today that included an extremely obscure movie reference.  I got the reference, and immediately called my mother.  Bam.  (For those with a curious mind, it was a quote from The Quiet Man, "When I drink whiskey I drink whiskey, and when I drink water I drink water.")

4. A bit of spring for you on this December day-- in the form of a vintage Laura Ashley wedding gown.  Sigh.  Reminds of Anne of Green Gables.  And Princess Diana's wedding.  And the turn of the century. And tea parties.  Etc.

5. A beautiful homage to the most important meal of the day...

6. My Parents Were Awesome.  Hilarious. I love old pictures.  My only complaint is, where's the blog for pictures of parents who are still awesome?

7. I finished reading my book of short stories last night-- I Knew You'd Be Lovely.  Lovely is, funny enough, the perfect word to describe it.  I tried to stretch out reading it as long as I possible could.  Perfect for Winter.

8.  The other day, I was talking to my friend Maddie, and she asked me "If you were a Christmas Carol, which would you be?"  I said O Holy Night.  It's my favorite.  I just wish it weren't sung so often, so that it wouldn't be as trite as it is.  But, then again, I wouldn't want anyone to miss out on hearing it...

What carol would you be?

9.  This picture just makes my heart ache for some reason.  But, can you guess who it is?

10. There is this poem by Donald Justice, and it's called, "A Poem to be Read at 3 AM".  I've only ever let myself read it at 3:00 in the morning, so I've only actually read it twice.  But, in the still quiet late at night-- it's worth it.

Monday, November 28, 2011

The Philadelphia Story

Sometimes, for your own sake, Red, I think you should've stuck to me longer.

I thought it was for life, but the nice judge gave me a full pardon.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Like Crazy

So what if all I've done today is eat and watch movie trailers? So what if I'm a total sap and almost cried during this one? (Which, by the way, for all you Ithacans, is playing at Cinemapolis next week! Who will go with me?? I promise I won't cry.  Maybe.) Regardless, this looks pretty.  Like a Blue Valentine for a younger generation. And, who doesn't like to wallow in an aesthetically pleasing depression for a couple of hours?


via imdb

Pretty Winter

My Week With Marilyn

So aesthetically pleasing!! And what a stellar cast! 
 (So what if I just want Emma Watson's life...)

Happy Thanksgiving

Photo via LIFE Magazine Archives

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

What Would You Do

I had a thought the other day.

What would you do if you didn't have to worry about tomorrow?  Not in a morbid, this is the last day you'll be alive way, but in a you don't have to worry about responsibility or convention way...

I wrote a list.  On it are things like:

1. Buy a ukulele and learn how to play it.
2. Buy a ticket to Chicago.
3. Live on my impulses.
4. Go to a tanning bed.
5. Buy a Prada handbag.
6. Say what I'm really thinking.

What do you think would be on your list?

Fire in Black and White

Monday, November 7, 2011

Flower Power


I love stop motion videos.  Wow Martha.  Wow.

Winter Mixin'

On Saturday afternoon/evening, Shay and I stopped here for a few hours in order to work on our NaNoWriMo's.  So naturally, we ended up spending making fabulous Winter Mixes for the car.  Our conversation went something like:

"Okay... Beatles.  Did you get Across the Universe?"
"Yes.  But I haven't gotten Nick Drake yet."
"That's perfect I was just about to toss in Time of No Reply." 
"Awesome.  And, how do you feel about Queen?  Winter....or Summer...?"
And so on.

Well ladies and gents, here it is.  

Molly's Winter Mix 2011-2012

1. Ceremony...............................,...........................Joy Division
2. The Only Living Boy in New York..........Simon & Garfunkel
3. I Feel it All......................................................................Feist
4. Maples Leaves [EP Version]..............................Jens Lekman
 5. Walk or Ride...................................................The Ditty Bops
6. Time of No Reply...................................................Nick Drake
7. Under Pressure...............................Queen & David Bowie
8. Winter Song.......................................The Head and the Heart
9. Diamonds on the Inside........................................Ben Harper
10. Tea for Two.....................................................Ella Fitzgerald
11. The Boy Done Wrong Again..................... Belle & Sebastian
12. Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)............Nancy Sinatra
13. Peaches & Cream........................................John Butler Trio
14. Flightless Bird....................................................Iron & Wine
15. Wednesday Morning, at 3 A.M. (Live)..Simon & Garfunkel
16. Gypsy...............................................................Suzanne Vega
17. Wake Up..............................................................Arcade Fire

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Friday, November 4, 2011

L-House Update: 31

An L-House Update...

1.  I want one of these.

2. Aren't these illustrations great??

3.  Cillian Murphy and Leslie Feist in the same picture. 

Photo by Mary Rozzi

4. "Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again."
-C.S. Lewis

5. For them beachy waves in non-beachy times... 

6. Hahah.... This blog is hilarious.  I mean, let's be honest-- they do have pretty fabulous style.

7.  I just want to walk around their store forever.  I bet is smells like leather and the unfinished wood floors click softly beneath your feet.

8.  Too funny.  I'm glad that Frasier Crane made the list.

9. Speaking of Feist, I am currently listening to a stream of her new album.  Because I am too cheap to buy it.  Take a listen!

10. Alfalfa sprouts are awesome.  Mostly because they look like a golf course green when you open the box.  
And, I thought I should just share that with the world.  Hello there, world!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Hey November!

 Things that are awesome today:

Well, it's November, and November rocks.  The name is great, it has fabulous colors, and it includes Thanksgiving (and if you're really eager, November can even involve Christmas music/movies-- which are awesome in their own right, but that is for another post entirely.)

My dearest darlingest roommate-est, Shay, and I have been gleefully awaiting this day for some time.  Perhaps since last February.  Why, you ask?  I'll tell ya:

1. Today is the first official day of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).  And, of course, we are both participating.  (Heyyyooo!)  Indeed, we have plans to camp out in some fabulous coffee/bakery/bookstore like place this evening and set about writing our first 1,000-2,000 words.  We are so determined to reach that 50,000 word challenge, that nothing will get in our way!  So, stay tuned for that adventure....

2. Shay and I also swore that we would not turn on the heat in The Cottage until the first of November.  The day is here.  And I am SO glad.  (Last night I slept in a pair of spandex, flannel pajama pants, a sweatshirt, and a giant wool scarf.)  Although, we have now officially learned how to work the wood-burning stove.  (Last night we made s'mores.  Excellent does not begin to describe the experience of making s'mores inside your house on a cold almost-winter-night.)

3. Florence & the Machine came out with a new album today.  Bam.

So, I shall be keeping you updated on the my now heated (literally), wonderfully sound-tracked (hopefully) adventures this month as I plow through the 50,000 word challenge.  It's happening.

PS.  In case you're wondering (I did)  50,000 words is about the size of The Great Gatsby...

Photo origin unknown

Friday, October 28, 2011

L-House Update: 30

An L-House Update...

1. Ever seen Missed Connections on Craigslist?  Check this out!

3. This picture reminds me of the best stories you read when you were a kid.

4. Cool book idea.  I'd love to see what the rest of the posters are.

5. Beautiful flowers.  And, not to mention super cool website!

7. Aren't these absolutely gorgeous?  I just want to live there.

8. Awesome engagement announcement.

9. To anyone who has ever encountered an artsy bro: this is hilarious.

10. Interesting book.  Love the cover.

Photo via Gather

Thursday, October 27, 2011