Weekend recap: I didn’t get everything done that I planned on–no crafting or wreaths made, no more Halloween stuff up–but it was a successful weekend nonetheless. Most notable is the fact that I not only survived my first ever zumba class, but that I loved it & plan on do it regularly…with the exception of this weekend, because Saturday morning is The Color Run in OKC!! If I survived zumba, I think I can handle walking a 5k, especially one as fun as this one is supposed to be.
One thing did happen that almost ruined my weekend: my DVR recorded what was labeled as The Hollow Crown: Henry IV, Part 1. It wasn’t. And I was pissed, because it wasn’t airing again. I even to to Twitter to vent, then I felt a little bit guilty, but I was really upset because I have been waiting over a year to see these. I was so pissed I ended up driving into town and buying them, which is something I’ve been really trying NOT to spend so much money on. So in the end, I got to watch both parts of Henry IV, but it cost me $40 I didn’t need to spend. Thanks to PBS and their erroneous listings.
Now for some nerd news: A brand-new trailer for The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug was released today & I just so happen to have it here.
Also in movie news, I saw a review of and trailer for a film I had yet to hear of that stars one of my favorites, James McAvoy, entitled Filth. And based on the trailer, it is aptly titled & not for the faint of heart. It is based on a book by the same name (by Irvine Welsh – the author behind Trainspotting), and is about a Scottish drug-addicted, drug-dealing, bipolar, possibly sex-addicted detective (McAvoy) trying to get a promotion in the hopes that he can somehow get back his wife and daughter. Like I said, not for the faint of heart. So much so, I decided not to include the trailer. You can Google it. Judge me if you wish, but I really want to see it.
Now I think it’s time to dive in to Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I wasn’t crazy about this week’s topic–we’ve basically done it already–so I’ve decided to list some of my favorite quotes from ten of my favorite books.
1. From A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness:
- “As far as I can tell, there are only two emotions that keep the world spinning, year after year. One is fear. The other is desire.”
- “I saw the logic that they used, and the death of a thousand cuts as experimental scientists slowly chipped away at the belief that the world was an inexplicably powerful, magical place. Ultimately they failed, though. The magic never really went away. It waited, quietly, for people to return to it when they found the science wanting.”
2. From Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne:
- “I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long. If we’re in each others dreams, we can be together all the time.”
- “If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.”
- “If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.”
3. From Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen:
- “It is not time or opportunity that is to determine intimacy—it is disposition alone. Seven years would be insufficient to make some people acquainted with each other, and seven days are more than enough for others.”
4. From Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen:
- “I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.”
- “Till this moment I never knew myself.”
5. From The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (I could probably quote this entire book):
- “Every available wall was lined with books, top to bottom, stone floor to vaulted ceiling. I saw acres of finely tooled leather bindings, swaths of portfolios, masses of little, dark red nineteenth century volumes. What, I wondered, could be in all those books? Would I understand anything in them? My fingers itched to take a few off the shelves, but I didn’t date touch even a binding.”
- “All the literary stories I read led me into some kind of exploration of history.”
- “Every historian knows the thirst to see the reality of the past.”
- “Today I will go to wait for her again, because I cannot help it, because my whole being seems now to be bound up in the being of one so different from myself and yet so exquisitely familiar that I can scarely understand what has happened.”
6. From Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte:
- “I would always rather be happy than dignified.”
- “I have for the first time found what I can truly love–I have found you. You are my sympathy–my better self–my good angel–I am bound to you with a strong attachment. I think you good, gifted, lovely: a fervent, a solemn passion is conceived in my heart; it leans to you, draws you to my center and spring of life, wrap my existence about you–and, kindling in pure, powerful flame, fuses you and me in one.”
- “I had not intended to love him; the reader knows I had wrought hard to extirpate from my soul the germs of love there detected; and now, at the first renewed view of him, they spontaneously revived, great and strong! He made me love him without looking at me.”
- “All my heart is yours, sir: it belongs to you; and with you it would remain, were fate to exile the rest of me from your presence forever.”
- “Because, he said, “I sometimes have a queer feeling with regard to you – especially when you are near me, as now: it is as if I had a string somewhere under my left ribs, tightly and inextricably knotted to a similar string situated in the corresponding quarter of your little frame. And if that boisterous channel, and two hundred miles or so of land some broad between us, I am afraid that cord of communion will be snapped; and then I’ve a nervous notion I should take to bleeding inwardly. As for you, – you’d forget me.”
7. From The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky:
- “We accept the love we think we deserve.”
- “So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.”
- “And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.”
- “So, I guess we are who we are for alot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.”
- “This moment will just be another story someday.”
- “Enjoy it. Because it’s happening.”
8. From the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling:
- “Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.”
- “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
- “Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”
- “We’re all human, aren’t we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.”
9. From Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte:
- “He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”
- “Be with me always – take any form – drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! it is unutterable! I can not live without my life! I can not live without my soul!”
- “I have dreamt in my life, dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas; they have gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the color of my mind. And this is one: I’m going to tell it – but take care not to smile at any part of it.”
- “I have not broken your heart – you have broken it; and in breaking it, you have broken mine.”
10. From Nerd Do Well by Simon Pegg:
- “We might not know we are seeking people who best enrich our lives, but somehow on a deep subconscious level we absolutely are. Whether the bond is temporary or permanent, whether it succeeds or fails, fate is simply a configuration of choices that combine with others to shape the relationships that surround us. We cannot choose our family, but we can choose our friends, and we sometimes, before we even meet them.”
- “If there is no fate and our interactions depend on such a complex system of chance encounters, what potentially important connections do we fail to make? What life changing relationships or passionate and lasting love affairs are lost to chance?”
Well, that turned into a MUCH longer list than planned. I can’t help myself, though. Once I get started, it’s very difficult to stop. Happy Tuesday folks! I’m off to watch Face Off!