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Happy Birthday Harry Potter!

1 Aug

As some (but not most) may know, today, July 31st, is the birthday of Harry Potter. To commemorate one of the most loved fictional characters (and one of the most extraordinary)  of all time, let us remember the lovely cake made by Hagrid on Harry’s eleventh birthday. Happy Birthday Harry!

*FOR THE RECORD: Here in Georgia, it is in fact still July 31st, NOT August 1st.

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The Friday Favorite: Breakfast at Tiffany’s

1 Jul

So many people have seen this iconic image of the lovely Audrey Hepburn.

 But where did it come from?  This image came from the classic film Breakfast at Tiffany’s starring Audrey Hepburn. However, so many have not seen it. I had not seen it until a couple of weeks ago and just yesterday watched it again with my grandmother (it is one of her favorite movies). Let me suggest, if you have not seen this movie, watch it. I suppose you could call it a romantic comedy/ drama of the early sixties, but don’t let that turn you away. There is something about it that makes it so real. Rather than having cliché characters that just scratch the surface of reality, Audrey Hepburn creates a “phony” character who is a “real phony… because she honestly believes all of [the] phony junk she believes in.” She is a “wild thing” who is afraid of being trapped. All she longs for is a place like the jewelry store Tiffany’s.

” [Tiffany’s] calms me down right away. The quietness and the proud look of it; nothing very bad could happen to you there. If I could find a real-life place that’d make me feel like Tiffany’s, then – then I’d buy some furniture and give the cat a name!” – Audrey Hepburn 

This famous quote gives a classic feeling of what home is. While we may know that there is “no place like home,” what is it, exactly? Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to this wonderful film. It will be a great option for staying in on a Friday night!

An Introduction and Miss Austen

18 May

Being completely new to the entire blogging experience, I thought perhaps the best way to begin this blog was to explain a bit about it. I made this blog not to vent my life’s trials and tribulations to the entire world (because frankly, it may be quite monotonous…) but to share a few happy thoughts, guilty pleasures, and the delightful little things that we find joy in every day.

For my first post, I had to begin with a little bit from my favorite movie and one of my favorite books, Pride and Prejudice. Miss Austen was simply a genius when it came to capturing women’s (and men’s, although they don’t like to admit it) attention. I really love both adaptions of the movie, but the second portrays the story so artistically and tends to make me so shamelessly giddy. I mean, look at this face.

How could anything be more perfect? Anyhow, let’s take a look at the infamous Mr. Collins, the ultimate stalker and fumbling suitor.

This look positively says, “I find you highly attractive, and I believe that I will bestow upon you the honor of being my wife.” Oh, how charming. In fact, Mr. Collins “was not a sensible man, and the deficiency of nature had been but little assisted by education or society” (Ch. 15, Pride and Prejudice). Most definitely a charmer. He even compliments the ladies on their cooking. The modern woman loves to be complimented on the potatoes that her cook prepared! All joking aside, Mr. Collins’ pursuit of Elizabeth leads to one of my favorite quotes from the dry Mr. Bennett:

“An unhappy alternative is before you, Elizabeth. From this day you must be a stranger to one of your parents. Your mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr. Collins, and I will never see you again if you do.”

Just beware of the many Mr. Collinses of the world. That is my advice for the day. Oh, and don’t listen at doors…