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My Pride and Prejudice Conversion

July 24, 2012

I am a convert.
I have joined the ranks of the Austen-Insane.  And may I never recover.

ok, that’s a tad dramatic.

Let me explain:

So, I (or, rather, all my friends) went through this phase about 10 years ago, when ANYTHING Jane Austen was just fantastic.  We loved it.

So, I did love Austen, for 6 months… I got over it.  Austen’s stories never were as high on my list of faves as Charles Dicken’s works, or Victor Hugo, (umm… or Agatha Christie *shhh*)  but those stories weren’t the rage, and no one I know of ever formed a Dickens fan club.  And, while I would certainly admit that Jane Austen is a genius in her own right, what I was too embarrassed to admit is that I didn’t love the movies enough to invest time in the books.  And that is what is wrong with novel to film adaptations.(But, I digress)  The only Austen novel I had read was Emma.  I once startedPersuasion.  Until this week.  My guilt finally overcame me.  Why do people always ASSUME that I must be an Austen fanatic just because I’m a 20 something girl?  And if I squealed slightly when faced with the prospect of seeing the new adaptation of P&P, or if I was very willing to join in the “girls night” when the new Austen adaptations aired on Masterpiece Theater last winter, or if I bought DVDs of my favorites of those adaptations (Just Sense and Sensibility) it’s because I knew it was expected of me.  All the while knowing I was not really a “Jane-ite.”  Wouldn’t a true “Jane-ite” love the movies enough to buy the books so she could devour them at least quarterly if not monthly?  Or, in all truth, a TRUE “Jane-ite” would have loved the books long before the movies were even heard of.

One of my goals this year is to read the books I always planned to read, but never did.  The ones I pretend I have read, but really have only read the cliff notes.  To read the classics that I never before had the stamina to wade through. One of them is Pride and Prejudice.

I have a new-found, freshly formed respect and delight in this story.  I LOVE it.  You know Colin Firth?  The “Oh-so-perfect-Mr.-Darcy-help-I’m-going-to-swoon”???  Yeah.  I never liked him much.  What’s his name who plays Darcy in the ’05 version with Keira-Pirate-Queen-Knightley?  Him not so much, either.  Maybe better than Firth.  Maybe.  The Mr. Darcy on the page in Austen’s own words?  SO much better.  I’m still not a swooning fan-girl but I definitely did not expect to like him as much as I did.  I liked him better than Elizabeth, especially in the beginning of the book.

And Elizabeth?  It’s so interesting to read a character for the first time as the author intends and not how the actress interprets.  She is an interesting mix of Jeniffer Ehle and Keira Knightley’s interpretations… and yet… not.  Much less likeable (especially in the beginning) than Ehle.  Much less self-consumed than Knightley.  Much more prejudiced than both of them.

I really can’t express my thoughts completely on reading this novel for the first time.  The A&E, 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice is almost word for word adapted from Austen’s original work.  And yet…  how interesting to read the exact same dialogue and so much more fully understand and appreciate it.

I don’t know if there is anyone else like me out there in blog land.  Maybe you’ve seen all the movies and when people suppose you to be enamored by anything Austen and imagine that you must harbor a secret crush on Mr. Darcy (or at the very least Colonel Brandon) you just allow them to suppose it.  Read the book.  If you’re still not an Austen appreciator, fine.  But, maybe you’ll be like me, and after seeing the ’95 version 50 times and the ’05 version maybe 10, and you’re heartily sick of both of them, you’ll read the book and discover a story and characters you had previously underestimated.

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Blue Striped Skirt

July 23, 2012

Skirt: Maurices, Top: Maurices, Jewelry: Maurices, Shoes: Amazon 

I’m not gonna lie. You’ve seen this skirt before. A few times actually. It may be my new favorite go-to skirt. In fact it is. I’ve decided.

Twitter Recap

July 21, 2012
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– Our new next door neighbor kids think our cat is their cat. They have named ‘him’ Cooper Jr. Poor Katniss. She has too many people.

– I’m pretty sure she likes their cat food better than ours

-it may be time to break out the tuna fish and lure her back

-Our temptation is to look eagerly for the minimum that will be accepted. We are in fact very like honest but reluctant taxpayers.#CSLewis

-Oh grocery shopping, why must there always be not enough money to buy all the fun things I want?

-The smell of butter frying in the skillet in the morning #comfort

-I just love it when the customer tells me exactly where to place every flower in the arrangement. #not #flowershop #florist

-Days like today are proof of that old adage… “A watched clock never strikes 5:30.” #oknotreally #youknowwhatimean

-Ladies and Gentlemen, I have never been golfing so much in my life.

Another Maxi Dress

July 20, 2012

Dress: Maurices, Jewelry: Maurices/Borrowed

I picked this dress off of the clearance rack at Maurices and paid something like $6 for it. Which is actually the perfect price to pay for a new dress. Not as perfect as $5 but really you can’t be too picky these days.

On Beauty

July 19, 2012
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Krista’s post on Ordinary Beautyhas had me thinking for a while now.
The thoughts are percolating in my head.  🙂

And then the other day I had an interesting conversation with my little sister, as I fixed her hair for her:

Me: “That’s a very nice face you have”
Little Sister: “God gave it to me”

Other than the immediate “awww” reaction, I immediately was touched at her simplicity.  Her absolute trust in God.  He did give her her face.  And why would He ever give her anything not nice?  He loves her!

I once heard someone say that when we complain about our own appearance we are saying to God: “I don’t like your gift.  Take it back.”

As a young girl I struggled greatly with my appearance.  I hated my freckles.  Hated my boring eye color.  Hated my half curly/half straight hair.  Hated my crooked teeth.  I never once looked in the mirror and thanked God for giving me a face at all.

There’s really nothing wrong with my face.  It’s perfectly functional.  And God made it just for me.  No one else has it.

I guess I haven’t completely overcome my vanity.  (That’s what it is, really.  I’m not vain in the sense that I think I’m beautiful, rather my vanity comes in the form of being too vain to show my face without first taking a good long look in the mirror and doing what I can to make myself look better.)

Like, I said 🙂 I haven’t overcome vanity.  But, I resolve to look in the mirror everyday and thank the Lord for designing my face.  Just for me.

Because I’m Just That Trendy

July 18, 2012

Tank: Maurices, Scarf: Rue 21, Skirt: Old Navy, Bag: Merle Norman \

Wearing Yellow and Gray. Because I’m just SO trendy. If you didn’t know that yellow and gray are trending let me tell you: Yellow and Gray are Trending. Just take a quick glance at Pinterest and you’ll see what I mean. Obviously, Pinterest is the ultimate source of knowledge concerning trends.

Linked up today at The Pleated Poppy! 

Teeny Bopper

July 17, 2012

Dress: Borrowed (Maurices), Leggings (Borrowed), Sandals: Maurices 

So, be honest. Do I look like a teeny bopper in this? Do not ask me to define “Teeny Bopper.” Because I actually have no idea what that even means.

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