Archive | October, 2011

This week I’m in love with: Just Plain Grateful

8 Oct

  This week I’m in love with a new blog titled Just Plain Grateful by Duke Grad Student, Courtney Lareau.

Being a grad student is not an easy task.  If you think it’s an extension of undergrad life, forget it.  Your time, sleep, and brain power are tested to the max and daily life just isn’t what it used to be BGS (before grad school).

Courtney has decided that in this her last year of school she is going to take the time to remember all of the ways her life is just not that bad – despite, tests, papers, networking, job hunting, etc.  All of the student things that can cloud the brain and stop us from taking a moment to look around and appreciate the beautiful things that are all around us.  She writes about the friendly bus drivers she encounters, the friends she loves, the pumpkins that have been carved, the blackout that kept her from working and gave her 45 minutes to step away from her computer.

Each day she is posting a new picture and a new reason to be grateful for the abundance that fills her life.  Beginning on August 29th and going through to her graduation day, Courtney is taking it upon herself to stop, look, listen, and remember that she is surrounded by a zillion things to be happy about.  How awesome is that?  Good luck Courtney both in school and with your project!  I am so looking forward to reading more!

Day 20: Fresh Flowers

Day 27: Gumball machines

Day 9: Keep on keepin' on.

Living in: Forever

6 Oct

One of my favorite blogs, Design Sponge, has a segment called Living In.  It is based on old movies that provide visually inspiring images for the readers to look at.  I’ve always loved  looking at this segment – even though they have yet to do Living In: Splendor in the Grass, MY personal favorite and visually inspiring movie.

So in a slight twist, I’m going to try my hand at the Living in segment with one of my favorite books, Forever by Judy Blume.  And I’m sure a LOT of us remember this one!  The book was written at the request of Judy Blume’s daughter Randy.  Randy came to her mother one day in the early 70’s, asking her to please write a book about two teenagers who have sex, and nothing bad happens to them.  Randy had been bombarded that year with book after book about all of the terrible things that can happen to teenagers who do have sex and how they ended up miserable for the rest of their lives, forever regretting their decision.  So in an effort to comfort her daughter, Judy took it upon herself to create this sweet and familiar love story between Katherine and Michael, who meet at a New Year’s Eve party and quickly become serious.  The story that Blume tells about their love for each other is so young and so nicely innocent, you can’t help but think back to your first boyfriends and remember what it was like.  How you wanted to spend every second with them, how you thought you would be together forever, even though your parents were NOT thrilled with it, how you thought you would just die if you couldn’t be with them!  And then of course, the realization that comes when you see that sometimes, it is just not meant to be forever.  Top all of that with the idea of the 1970’s fashion, well.  I just couldn’t resist.  I just had to search for pictures that conjured up an idea of the visuals that come to mind when I read the book: cozy sweaters and hats, board games, walks hand in hand, long phone conversations…I know you remember.

I read Forever as an adult and loved it.  Maybe you will too.

The PERFECT Katherine!

Don't forget Artie and Erica. They played a lot of board games.

A familiar scene.

Michael gave Katherine a locket. But I like this idea better.