Friday, February 25, 2011

L-House Update: Seven

An L-House Update...

1. This is the coolest list ever.  What awesome pictures.  What great songs.

2. Clay flower pots.

3. Good leather luggage to strap onto the back of the MG...

4. Lullabies in a minor key.  Here is one of my ultimate favorites:

 5.  Aren't these rings lovely?  Ah, for the little blue box...

6. Vintage cameras....are so cool.  My one regret from high school is not taking photography.

7. A guy who looks great in a tux.

Yes. That is Paul Newman.
"The embarrassing thing is that my salad dressing is out-grossing my films!"
har har...

8. Elephants are fantastic.  High fashion is lovely.  Juxtaposition, please:

9. This fantastic vintage vendor.
(I'm rather entertained by the fact that 80s are now vintage... 
Something tells me that "vintage nineties" is just not in the cards... at least, we hope...)

10.  The feeling of being a part of something bigger than yourself.  
Exhilaration in the realization that all of the hard work was completely and utterly worth it.  
(Congratulations to the cast of L'Orfeo 2011, on a fabulous opening night!)

Monday, February 21, 2011

Bonjour, Paris!

This.... is adorable...
(This video in addition to my French class has just put me in that kind of a mood.)

This bakery is everywhere in France.  Please salivate accordingly.

Go figure, I had this stuck in my head the whole time I was in Paris...

 Where I spent the most splendid day with these lovely ladies...
(Our awesome French exchange students.  They came over to the states,
and then I went to go visit them!)
Typhaine, Molly, et Tiphaine

Of course, she lived in one of these on La Place Vendôme...

Beautiful recipe for a take on  coq au vin.

Bonjour, Paris! From one of my favorite France movies, Funny Face

Montmartre.  The highest point in Paris.  Home of Sacré-Cœur Basilica,
about a zillion famous artists during the nineteenth century, and this:
(Amelie fans, this one's for you...)
 The carousel.

My cousin is going for her spring break.  I'm so jealous, Abbs!!

Well, that's all for today.

Listen to Edith Piaf.
Watch movies with French food.
Eat carbs with butter.

Et, à bientôt!

(That always makes me think of the end of this movie---
which really has nothing to do with anything...)

Friday, February 18, 2011

L-House Update: Six

An L-House Update...

1. Here's the recipe for these magnificent looking pancakes...

3. This pitcure from the movie, Coco, Avant Chanel

 4. Fly fishing.

6. Cambridge, England
One of my favorite places in the world.

7. Chanel No. 5 Commercials.
(I'm mildly obsessed with this and the Nicole Kidman one...)

8. Fountain Pens.

9. Bosom friends.
(So much Anne of Green Gables lately!)

10. The Black Brook by John Singer Sargent

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's Day: Top Ten Most Romantic Movie Moments

And, a happy Valentine's Day to you.

Top Ten Most Romantic Movie Moments...

1. Anne of Green Gables
When Gilbert gives Anne the Avonlea School...
If you haven't watched all of these movies, and you are a girl, get on that.  Now.  
Oh goodness... "Carrots."  It kills me.

2. Notting Hill
I'm just a girl...standing in front of a boy...asking him to love her... *melt*

3. Out of Africa
When he holds her hand.

4. Pride and Prejudice
Read between the lines Darcy!  Read between the lines!

5. Sabrina
Suppose you sing that song again...slowly...

6. Casablanca
Humphrey.  Seriously.  You're so awesome.  This movie is so awesome.  
It is one giant, beautiful, quotation.

 7. 10 Things I Hate About You
For Jaime, on Valentine's Day....
Heath.  Oh Heath.  May he rest in peace. 

8. Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain
 So sweet.  So new.  So Amélie.
(And, what a fabulous soundtrack!)

9. Breakfast at Tiffany's
We're just a couple of nameless slobs.
And, I'm going to admit this: I love Moon River.  I just do.

10. Funny Girl
This moment is romantic because of its context.  
The love of her life has just left her, and now she has to go onstage and sing this song.I love this movie.  I love this moment, and how wonderfully raw it is.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Valentine's Day: Top Ten Most Romantic Literary Moments

Top Ten Most Romantic Literary Moments...

1. A Tale of Two Cities
By Charles Dickens

" . . . I wish you to know that you have been the last dream of my soul. In my degradation I have not been so degraded but that the sight of you with your father, and of this home made such a home by you, has stirred old shadows that I thought had died out of me. Since I knew you, I have been troubled by a remorse that I thought would never reproach me again, and have heard whispers from old voices impelling me upward, that I thought were silent for ever. I have had unformed ideas of striving afresh, beginning anew, shaking off sloth and sensuality, and fighting out the abandoned fight. A dream, all a dream, that ends in nothing, and leaves the sleeper where he lay down, but I wish you to know that you inspired it."

2. Girl With the Pearl Earring
By Tracy Chevalier

A wonderfully spun story about beauty and cost.

"I came to love grinding the things he brought from the apothecary--bones, white lead, madder, massicot--to see how bright and pure I could get the colors. I learned that the finer the materials were ground, the deeper the color. From rough, dull grains madder became a fine bright red powder and, mixed with linseed oil, a sparkling paint. Making it and the other colors was magical." 


3. This Is Just to Say
By William Carlos Williams

I have eaten
the plums 
that were in 
the icebox

and which 
you were probably
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

4. This Is Just to Say
By Erica-Lynn Gambino
(for William Carlos Williams)

I have just
asked you to 
get out of my

even though
you never
I would

Forgive me
you were
me insane

5. Gone With the Wind
By Margaret Mitchell

(This one's for you, Lindsay, my most Southern Belle-ish of friends...)

There are far too many words in this particular story for me to select just a few few to  represent its entirety.  So, I'll give you two:

"Rhett Butler."

6. The Highway Man
By Alfred Noyes 

"The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees,
    The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas,
    The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor,
    And the highwayman came riding—
    The highwayman came riding, up to the old inn-door..."

"... 'One kiss, my bonny sweetheart, I'm after a prize to-night,
    But I shall be back with the yellow gold before the morning light;
    Yet, if they press me sharply, and harry me through the day,
    Then look for me by moonlight,
                      Watch for me by moonlight,
    I'll come to thee by moonlight, though hell should bar the way.'" 

"... He turned; he spurred to the West; he did not know who stood
    Bowed, with her head o'er the musket, drenched with her own red blood!
    Not till the dawn he heard it, his face grew grey to hear
    How Bess, the landlord's daughter,
                      The landlord's black-eyed daughter,
    Had watched for her love in the moonlight, and died in the darkness there..."

    "...Back, he spurred like a madman, shrieking a curse to the sky,
    With the white road smoking behind him and his rapier brandished high!
    Blood-red were his spurs i' the golden noon; wine-red was his velvet coat,
    When they shot him down on the highway,
                      Down like a dog on the highway,
    And he lay in his blood on the highway, with the bunch of lace at his throat." 

I urge you to read the whole thing, as this is only a short selection.  It's lovely.  So indulgently dramatic.  And, of course, given special preference due to its use in the Anne of Green Gables movies...
7. Atonement
By Ian McEwan

Even though it's beautiful and has an excellent soundtrack, the movie is nothing compared to the book...

 "The anticipation and dread he felt at seeing her was also a kind of pleasure, and surrounding it, like an embrace, was a general elation - it might hurt, it was horribly inconvenient, no good might come of it, but he had found out for himself what it was to be in love, and it thrilled him."

 "Cecilia wondered, as she sometimes did when she met a man for the first time, if this was the one she was going to marry, and whether it was this particular moment she would remember for the rest of her life - with gratitude, or profound and particular regret." 

(Oh what a sucker for intensely dramatic historical romances am I...)

8. Bright Star
By John Keats

Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art —
Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night
And watching, with eternal lids apart,
Like Nature's patient, sleepless Erimite
The moving waters at their priest-like task
Of pure ablution round earth's human shores,
Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask
Of snow upon the mountains and the moors —
No — yet still steadfast, still unchangeable,
Pillow'd upon my fair love's ripening breast,
To feel for ever its soft swell and fall,
Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,
Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath,
And so live ever — or else swoon to death. 

Particularly beautiful because of the story behind it. 

9. The Catcher in the Rye
By J.D. Salinger

This isn't a romantic book.  But, that being said-- this moment-- this nice moment with this girl he likes, it's just so sweet and fresh and clear, that it is romantic.

"She was terrific to hold hands with. Most girls, if you hold hands with them, their goddam hand dies on you, or else they think they have to keep moving their hands all the time, as if they were afraid they'd bore you or something. Jane was different. We'd get into a goddam movie or something, and right away we'd start holding hands, and we won't quite till the movie was over. And without changing the position or making a deal out of it. You never even worried, with Jane, whether your hand was sweaty or not. All you knew was, you were happy. You really were."

10. Bonnard’s Nudes
By Raymond Carver
His wife.  Forty years he painted her.
Again and again.  The nude in the last painting 
the same young nude as the first.  His wife.

As he remembered her young.  As she was young.
His wife in her bath.  At her dressing table
in front of the mirror.  Undressed.

His wife with her hands under her breasts
looking out on the garden.
The sun bestowing warmth and color.

Every living thing in bloom there.
She young and tremulous and most desirable.
When she died, he painted a while longer.

A few landscapes.  Then died.
And was put down next to her.
His young wife.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Valentine's Day: Top Ten Most Romantic Songs

Two things:

1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my dear, dear, friend, Miss Aubrey Jane. And,

2. due to the impending Valentine's Day, I have decided to post a small series of romantically themed top ten lists (in no particular order).  I really have no special attachment to Valentine's Day.  However, I do love the romantic--from the schmaltzy to the profound... 

 Top Ten Most Romantic Songs...

1. Casmir Polaski Day by Sufjan Stevens 
This song is beautiful, because it is true.
2. Parigi O Cara from La Traviata by Verdi
For those of you who don't know, the movie Moulin Rouge is based on La Traviata.  So, that should assist in deciphering the story line.  Alfredo (Christian) has just discovered that Violetta (Satine) has not betrayed him.  In this scene, they are desperately pretending that everything is going to be all right, even though they both know that at this point happiness is impossible, because Violetta is terribly ill, and is probably going to die.  Forlorn love.  It kills me.  I can't even really find the words to explain this moment.  (Also, the set is incredible.  The stark statement.  It's like they're trapped in time.)  You'll just have to see for yourself...

3. The Sea of Love by Cat Power
 I almost didn't put this song on here, because it is a mite cliche in the indie circuit.  But, it's just so soft and slight and sweet...

4. Wednesday Morning at 3 AM by Paul Simon
 I'm obsessed with Paul Simon lyrics.  It's just a fact of life.  It's like you're experiencing a glimpse of someone else's life just for a moment...

 5. The First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes
 This is just adorable.  Yes to acoustic love songs. (Obviously.)

6. Mushaboom by Feist
 Comfortable love.  It's just so nice.  I love the images she paints with the lyrics.

7. Into Eternity by Jens Lekman
 Okay.  Another adorable song.  Particularly due to the memories with which I associate it.  This was my sister and brother-in-law's first dance at their wedding.  And, it was choreographed in my parent's living room by one of my best friends (the fabulously talented Miss Emily Kersey.)

8. A Case of You by Joni Mitchell
 I am also obsessed with Joni Mitchell lyrics, for similar reasons as to why I am obsessed with Paul Simon lyrics.  "You're in my blood, you're my holy wine, you taste so bitter and so sweet, I could drink a case of you darlin, and I would still be on my feet...still be on my feet..." It's such a nice image.  Warmth.  (Side note: my friend Matt is playing this on the trumpet.  I can't remember exactly why, but I still find that simultaneously hilarious and lovely.)

9. Stars Fell on Alabama by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong 
 I just have a perfect picture in my head whenever I listen to this song.  It always takes me back to the same place. So slow and so soft.  They just let it go.

10. For Emily Whenever I May Find Her by Paul Simon
This is my favorite song of all time.  Every word and every chord means something, and nothing is wasted.  I could write for pages, but I would never quite capture what is already so perfectly stated:

What a dream I had
Pressed in organdy
Clothed in crinoline
Of smoky burgundy
Softer than the rain

I wandered empty streets down
Past the shop displays
I heard cathedral bells
Tripping down the alleyways
As I walked on

And when you ran to me
Your cheeks flushed with the night
We walked on frosted fields
Of juniper and lamplight
I held your hand

And when I awoke
And felt you warm and near
I kissed your honey hair
With my grateful tears
Oh I love you, girl
Oh I love you.

Friday, February 11, 2011

L-House Update: Five

An L-House Update...

1. This beautiful jacket-sweater-thing. To be paired with a lovely pair of tailored slacks and wing-tipped heels...

3. The sentiment of this picture.  It just kills me.  Please be excited when you realize who it's of.

4. On a vacation to Paris in spring-time...

5. It's one of my dreams to have a pair of men's slacks tailored to fit a lady such as myself.  I would sit jauntily in an arm chair.  Just like this picture.

6. Paleo.  Because, he wrote one a day.  Also, because I am sitting in my bed, in the morning, listening to him right at this moment....

Woman Like Me by Paleo

7. Vintage Vogue.

8. Frida.

9. This girl, of whom I'm not sure if I'm jealous or not, (I don't think so....?  Because, anyone who doesn't have a hair stylist should not be able to spend that much time on it...) is covering fashion week on her tumblr-- it looks promisingly aesthetically pleasing. 

10. Those lovely warm bubbly feelings you get when you are having a lovely time, and then sit back, and realize how good it all is.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Order up.


 I am a creature of habit.  This quality displays itself in a variety of ways.  Such as, I always walk or drive somewhere in the exact same way, I think I have averaged eating an apple and peanut-butter every day for the past five years, and most importantly, I always, always, order the same thing.

I was thinking about that the other day when I was in line to order a sandwich at the pub, and I almost said, "six inch club on whole wheat with lettuce, pickles, and mayo."  Then I realized I wasn't standing in line at a Subway.  Here are a few of the stock characters of the Molly-palate...

Smoked turkey on french with provolone, house, and sprouts from The Cheese Shop (aka the addiction of Williamsburg...) If I'm goin all out-- I'll get a bag of baked sour cream and chive chips, an Orangina (Love. And, the bottles are so cool!) and, of course, extra house sauce...

Sugar free vanilla soy latte from.... this mom n' pop joint...(har har...)

Egg whites with cheese, mushrooms, and peppers--- my omelet at Campus Center.  I get it every Saturday morning.  Amanda, Jaime, and I stand in line foreeevverrrr in hopes of something more than sub-par...

Club on whole wheat with lettuce pickles and mayo (aka Korroch family road trip special from Subway...)

Burrito with chicken, rice, no beans, corn salsa, lettuce, mayo, and guac (From my former love, Chipotle.  Until that one fateful day, or two, last year during spring break.... poor Jaime....)

Tall hazelnut steamer... (It's my, I-want-to-appear-to-be-drinking-coffee-but-it's-too-late drink.  It's  impossible to go here without running into someone you know... especially on open mic night in the middle of the summer....

The Greek Omelet with egg whites, (the best omelet in existence.) and no hash browns... from a legit mom n' pop place. Also impossible to make an appearance here without running into half of Williamsburg....

Southwest chicken wrap.  Also from Aroma's.  Emily and I always happen to get them at the same time, despite our promises to "try something new"...

Veggie on focaccia.  For the days when the house sauce is feelin' a tad too heavy....

Small original tart with two strawberries and one granola... from a new Williamsburg favorite.  However, they close obscenely early.  It's quite upsetting when 9:30 rolls around and all I want is a frozen yogurt.

A shoutout for Ithaca--- I have yet to determine a habitual sandwich from this place (there are so many choices!) but, it's in the works!

So, what are your habitual orders?  What do yall get from these places?  Or, what are the cool places from your home-town to which everyone goes??  Of course, my biggest curiosity is: Williamsburg!  What do yall get from Cheese Shop?? Seriously, Williamsburg, we should all pick a day when we put our Cheese Shop order as our facebook statuses or something.  It's just so defining... ;)

Friday, February 4, 2011

L-House Update: Four

An L-House Update...

1. Ball Jars

2. Boxwoods

This is one of my favorite places on earth.  And, if you're from Williamsburg, you probably know exactly where it is...
3. Summer Rain
Painting By Margaret Farrar

4. This book is one of the coolest gifts I've ever received.  Unfortunately, I seemed to have misplaced it....  However, if given the opportunity, I highly recommend you check it out.  It's quite inspiring.

5. Vespas...

6. Epic Stories such as Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, or Harry Potter, read in an overstuffed leather chair whilst sitting by a crackeling fire with a cup of tea (in a teacup, of course) and some fresh bread and raspberry preserves and good cheese....

7. Gramophones

8. Kathy's Song

9. Super nice Oxfords such as this one...

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

I mean... it is February....

My mom calls this the worst month of the year.  So, we thank god that it's also the shortest.

Well, Jaime and I just got back from this food-expo like thing in Campus Center.  All of these different vendors had samples of food for us (as in the student population-- not just Jaime and myself, although, I'm sure we would have enjoyed that) to try.  Our favorite was BeetNPath.  They've got this great oatmeal they call "proats" ( I hate oatmeal, and this stuff was great.)  Apparently, it's full of all sorts of good stuff.  Vitamins and protein and whatnot.  They also had this great turkey meatloaf....  They've started carrying ready-made dinners by BeetNPath in one of the dining-hall-type places here-- so, that's been lovely.

On our way back, we stopped by the post office, and I picked up a letter from my dad.  (My dad writes me letters every couple of weeks.  I love it because I know that it's a form of journaling for him--which is fun for me to read, I love getting things in the mail, and it reminds me that I am my father's daughter in soooo many ways.)

This particular letter started out with a pretty fabulous idea-- wouldn't it be cool if there were a book of famous/interesting people's salutations?  Like, did Thomas Jefferson always begin and end his letters the same way?  Ponder...

On a completely unrelated note-- check out this amazing/disturbing Valentine's Day cupcake!! (By LilyVanilli... be sure to check out all of the other delectable products.  If anyone out there happens to be in the UK...I strongly recommend that you stop by.)

Apparently it's delicious.... muuuuuahahahha!

Here's a badass song to go with the eating of a heart:

Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
By The Arcade Fire

Spread the ashes of the colors over this heart of mine.

Well, that's all for now folks.  I'm off to a lesson.  Wish us luck here in Ithaca as we attempt to survive snowpocalypse 2011!  (I have a feeling that all of my Southern-Belle-ness is going to be surfacing within the next couple of days....)  Also, I've had this ridiculous craving for a funfetti cupcake.  Those things are awesome.