It seems like everyone is already talking about it, but just in case you haven’t noticed it yet: autumn is here! The air feels crisper, the light is softer, when you wake up in the morning and your leg is sticking out from under your sheets you have to shrug off the cold and if you’re smart, you finally put those jeanshorts in the back of your closet. Bring out those big sweaters, thights and boots! Autumn is not only about drinking a lot of coffee, cozy afternoons, long walks along paths covered in orange leaves, listening to gloomy music and reading Harry Potter (like Lena wrote, Harry Potter feels like such a “fall-thing”, I agree!). For me, autumn is also all about dusting off my beloved Gilmore Girls dvd-box. Yes, let’s talk about the Gilmore Girls!
Gilmore Girls is about Lorelai and her daughter Rory, living in a small town (Stars Hollow) near Hartford (Connecticut), where it always seems to be fall (although I might be brainwashed by the orange leaves they use as a background starting the titlesong). Lorelai had Rory when she was sixteen and they are not only mother and daughter, but also best friends. Which means they tell each other everything and talk crazy fast (the scripts for the show are rumored to be 75-80 pages, as opposed to 45-50 pages for regular tv-shows). The show is full of pop culture references (music, movies), filled with interesting, sometimes slightly weird characters, oh and Madeleine Albright was in it (!). It was only for a few minutes, but whatever. I LOVE this show. Gilmore Girls started in 2000 and lasted for seven seasons, so if you haven’t started watching yet, you are in for a treat! (Also, I’m kind of jealous of you.)
I have so many random thoughts about this show! If you’re already a big Gilmore Girl’s fan like I am, you can read on. If you still have to watch it, you should probably skip it because of possible spoilers. And if you don’t like Gilmore Girls, then, well, what are you doing reading this post anyway? ;-)
As part of a project (read: expanding our “wall of fame” as well as finally adding some pages to our photoalbum) I’ve been browsing through all the pictures I made while I was abroad. Between all the new schoolstuff and my new job, I’ve hardly had the time to REALLY miss my stay in Sweden. With this project it’s hard to ignore. I don’t want to go all “Celine Dion” on you, but let’s just say that “it’s all coming back to me now” (I may or may not own a cd with this particular song on it, and I may or may not have belted it out way too many times while listening to it in the past). (Seriously, how funny is that musicvideo though. My tears have all dried as well Celine! Now let’s all get a 90’s cut and brush it in front of a mirror while being groped from behind and practice some bad acting!).
(ok, let’s focus)
Looking back, I made a lot of beautiful memories in Sweden. I’m not only talking about the big stuff (like my trip to Lapland, picture 1), but also about the small stuff (they had delicious breakfast-cereal at my favorite swedish supermarket). I loved my exchange, I love love love Sweden and I really want to go back some day. To everyone who is thinking about going on an exchange, I want to say: do it! You will not regret it! It’s hard and not always fun (yes, I cried), but you will never forget it. You will meet interesting people, get to know yourself really well and make some great memories. I had so much fun! You should go! (Leave that Celine Dion cd at home though, you don’t want to scare your new neighbours).
If anyone of you would like to see some more pictures I took during my 6 months in Sweden, let me know :-)
Now, you probably wouldn’t say by looking at the pictures (I admit I look a bit stoic in them, in the bigger versions I’d even say I look a tiny bit creepy), but today I went out and enjoyed nature.
Also, I’ve been listening way too much to this and this.
And it’s one life,
and it’s this life,
and it’s beautiful
By the look of my text-books (click on the sentence if you want to see them, I made it a hyperlink, whoooo), you’d probably think I need some professional help. Covering your text-books and sticking everything together with tape that has flowers on them? And you’re what, a fifth year university student? [1. Hey! At least I didn’t buy the cute sparkly stickers that originally came with it, so give me some credit!] Yes, it does look a little crazy. But come on, I can’t possibly be the only person on earth who is a little crazy, has an obsession with cute stationary and who thinks Elle Wood kicks ass. Right?
For the few people who are not acquainted with Elle Wood, let me tell you something about her. She is a Harvard law student, wears a lot of pink, uses pink fluffy pens, and although most people consider her to be a dumb blonde, she TOTALLY kicks ass (and yes, she’s fictional, but that’s beside the point). Although the story of the movie Legally Blonde isn’t something new (and of course a bit cliché), I do love it, because for me it is about female empowerment. Who says you can’t be “womanly” in a very “manly” and “serious” profession? I don’t want to wear a pink suit to work (I look awful in pink!!), but I do want to have the option. Being a woman and loving all the stuff that comes with it (if you feel like it), doesn’t mean you’re not serious about your education or work. So, when I felt like covering my text-book and using my big pink pen, I thought about Elle, and I just did. If Elle can do it, I can do it! ;-) And now I have cute books!
(Of course, covering my text-books with cute paper is not a big political statement or a way of spreading the above message, I just love pretty things. It did give me a good excuse to watch this funny movie again and it also gave me a good idea of how to react when someone will comment on my pink pen ;-) Like Elle says when someone makes a snarky comment about her pink suit: “I like your outfit too, except when I dress up as a frigid bitch, I try not to look so constipated”. Good idea right? Haha! Just kidding. Oh, and of course it was a great excuse to make a small collage. Yay!)