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I am obsessed with the following video. I’ve posted it on Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook—basically everywhere on the internets. And if you follow me on any of those lovely places, you are probably over this. But I don’t care—I love this video and I want everyone to see it because I think it will make you happy.

WHY DO I LOVE THIS SO MUCH?! Granted, 80% of my love of this video comes from my love of all things Disney and my unbridled passion for the Happiest Place on Earth: Disneyland. Clearly, Lily loves Disneyland as much as I do. I kinda want to take Lily to Disneyland myself because I think we would have The. Greatest. Time. Ever. But I love this video for other reasons.

1. Lilly literally CAN NOT understand how her mom knew she wanted those DVDs. When was the last time someone bought you something you DID NOT ask for and it was exactly what you wanted? It’s an amazing feeling, isn’t it? It means someone was paying attention to you. Someone knows you well enough to know exactly what you like and what you want before you even had to ask for it or buy it yourself. It seems like those type of surprise gifts don’t happen as often once we grow up, which is sad.

2. This is girl is excited about EVERYTHING. Everything is cool. Everything is a surprise. And she loves it all. Oh my gosh, I can not remember the last time I felt like that. Although thinking about it, it was probably at Disneyland.

3. Lily is cool with playing along and pretending. She has probably been told that even though she really, really wants to go to Disneyland all the time, she can’t. But she can play and pretend she’s going! That is a fun game! When her mom says “Why don’t we go?”, Lily goes along with it. She doesn’t sulk and say something about how she wants to go to Disneyland, but you said I can’t. Basically, she has the best attitude ever.

4. My favorite part of the video is right after she realizes this is not a joke, she is going to Disneyland. It’s when she is so happy she is crying and she just HAS to give her mom a hug. She realizes what a big deal this is and she doesn’t take it for granted. She is grateful and she loves her parents for this. This kid is made of awesome on so many levels. Congratulations, Lily’s parents—you are doing it right.

This may sound ridiculous, but this video makes me feel hopeful. There is a little girl out there who loves and appreciates her parents and her parents clearly only want to make their kid happy. That girl loves Disneyland and, like me, will love it just as much twenty years from now. The world isn’t such a bad place after all.


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I fell in love with the Penguin Couture Classics that were released back in 2009, but somehow I missed the memo that three more books were added to the collection around Christmas last year. I’ve wanted to replace my cheap copy of Jane Eyre for quite some time so I will definitely be picking up a copy of the above couture edition. Lovely lovely!

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~ As All Murray ~

~ Egbert Enjoyed Watering the Tulips ~

~ Coming Through the Rye ~

~ One Million Short Stories ~

~ The Log Lady ~

I think I’m going to need more walls.

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Do you like the ballet? I do. Which is funny, ’cause I wasn’t one of those four year old girls who went around in a tu-tu pretending to be a ballerina. It was the movie “The Red Shoes” that got me hooked. I had read it is one of Martin Scorsese’s favorite films and is often cited as one of the most beautiful Technicolor films ever made, so I watched it on TCM one evening a few years ago. I fell in love with the movie that night and watched the 15 minute ballet sequence over and over again. It’s one of the most beautiful and moving moments I’ve ever seen on film. I was lucky enough to see a restored version on the big screen this summer and people started clapping in the theatre at the end of the ballet scene—that’s pretty powerful.

Anyways, that is how I got into ballet. I’m super excited for the upcoming Ballet Austin season and if you are a fellow Austinite I highly recommend getting tickets to the season opener, Carmina Burana, ’cause it looks like it is going to be awesome (and for what it’s worth, there are no bad seats in the Long Center).

I’m also looking forward to Darren Aronofsky’s new film being released the end of this year, Black Swan. Psychological ballet thriller? That sounds like my kind of movie.

Yeah, it’s going to be intense.

Isn’t it odd how you can unexpectedly fall in love with something you once never gave a thought to for years? Odd, but I like those unexpected loves most of all.

And now I shall close this post with some lovely ballet pictures I’ve been collecting.

Lastly, my favorite Degas, “Waiting”.

What was the last thing you unexpectedly fell in love with, dear readers?

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“In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.”

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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I still have Jane Austen on the brain. Perhaps you do as well? Well then, here are some nifty Austen inspired items found on Etsy today (click on the picture to be taken to the listing).

Jacob and Edward who? Team Knightly, for the win! Also, Team Tilney—poor Henry doesn’t always get the love I feel he deserves.

Brookish is a shop bursting with Jane Austen goodies, but my favorites are these quote mugs.

Finally, we have Pride & Prejudice bunting. This is such a clever idea, I may have to make my own for my bedroom. Oooooh, I can just imagine the literary inspired sets I could make: Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, JRR Tolkien—-Harry Potter bunting! Yes. This is going to happen.

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I haven’t been reading much lately—just going through one of those phases, I suppose—but I have been looking at pictures of books, bookshelves and bookcases.

I don’t usually go for fancy bookmarks, but I love these velvet pieces.

I wish I could incorporate this into my house. This is awesome.

I love the lining! Books like fresh air on occasion.

Love. Love. Love.

The leaning tower of books!

{all images via bookshelves.tumblr.com}

So, read any good books lately?

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