27 October 2011

The Importance of Stationary

I have great respect for the written word.  One of the greatest luxuries I give myself is free time to read.  I have kept every single card ever received.   Occasionally I sit in the middle of my bedroom floor and dump them all into a large pile.  I pull each one from its individual envelope and reminisce about times and relatives past.  In an age where exchange of words has become most impersonal, postage has risen and many people do not correspond via handwritten means, I feel quite loved when I find myself the recipient of a handwritten note/letter/card.

Many messages such as “thank you”, “congratulations”, “hello”, and especially an apology appear much sweeter if penned on personal stationary.  Furthermore a handwritten message by nature can be kept for years and accessed at the recipient’s will.  I am quite content when I find my letters to dear ones proudly hung on refrigerators or perched on dressing tables, serving as a small token of my endearment.
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Wall of an Anglophile

The best part of Jack Wills is hanging on the walls.
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18 October 2011

Time For Timex

More than occasionally I leave the house without my cell phone, either because I simply forgot it or because I don’t care enough about it to remember to pack it. I am not fond of talking on the phone in public for hours at a time. And I find people who feel the need to yap for an hour’s train ride about his/her personal life quite rude. I don’t need to know the latest details about the humongous argument you and your boyfriend/girlfriend are having. I especially don’t need to witness an all-out phone war first hand. The best and most useful feature on a cell phone is the time.

On days when I am separated from my phone, I do not miss it because I am unable to text or run my mouth. Instead, I long for constant access of the time in order to run my life on schedule. The last time I had a watch that I could call mine was over a decade and a half ago. So it is quite monumental that I was recently united with Mr. Timex with interchangeable straps in northern Massachusetts.

Never again will I have to ask someone for the time in public and stand awkwardly while he/she shows me his/her watch face, expecting me to read the analogue time through sun glare or reflections of passersby. Nor will I have to hold my phone in my hand for an entire commute. I perhaps won’t even have to put up with complete strangers asking me to use my phone “…real quick” because they need to make a phone call. I can just sit and read my book, mind my business, and hope others do the same, while keeping up with Mr. Time the old fashioned way.

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12 October 2011

Une écharpe

The dropping temperature and increasing wind chill signal the strong presence of autumn and advancing of winter.  Scarves in cashmere as well as wool have become as necessary as lip gloss for me this second week of October.  I often find that spring and summer weather are too hot to warrant the wearing of a scarf.  Thus autumn and winter are ideal seasons in which to layer one or even two scarves around one’s neck, especially when partaking in outdoor activities in the brisk weather such as apple picking, pumpkin gathering and haunted house loitering.  Lately I have also become extraordinarily aware of the numerous manners in which to fashion a scarf due in part to this video by Wendy Nguyen, which I first found posted on LnnK's blog titled Full of It. Isn’t it clever!


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11 October 2011

House of The Seven Gables

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