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Friday, May 14, 2004

Of Woolf and One's Own
I have taken a great liking to Virginia Woolf ever since I was young. I have read several of her books and found myself studying her life. She is a beautiful woman. I have been reading her diaries as a pre-Bloomsbury introduction. Hey style is a very difficult one to read. She has been known for her 'stream of consciousness' type writing and very frank subjects whoch makes her reading very unapproachable. I have tried myself to write in the same style and failed miserably. I will try again another time.
Woolf's diaries are very interesting. She takes little details of the day and makes them beautiful. For instance Friday 1 January [1915] she talks of her neighbours maid who is said to be having an affair with the gardener. The whole entry describes the encounters with the young maid and how she didn't have the affair. And in the very last line Woolf turns the subject " We were kept awake last night by New Year Bells. At first I thought they were ringing for victory." How brilliant is that, and it is so simple.

Thursday 11 October [1917] She writes on Katherine Mansfield:
" We could both wish that ones first impression of K.M. was not that she stinks like a-- well civet cat that had taken to street walking. In truth, I'm a little shocked by her commonness at first sight. . ."
Only Ms. Virginia Woolf could get away with saying that about someone, especially someone that worked in the same field.

I would also like to point out that {The} Hours is my favourite movie. I know that it isn't strictly about Woolf, or completely about Mrs. Dalloway, but it does have very similar images that are significant in Woolf's life. For instance, as most of us know, Woolf went crazy, she ended up committing suicide after a few attempts, she had an eating disorder and she also heard voices. She often complained that the birds sang to her in Greek. In the movie there is a part where Clarissa (Meryl Streep) walks into Ricahrd's room and asks if the voices were speaking to him in Greek again. Was Richard's life (not Richard Dalloway) in some way supposed to represent Woolf's?

And now, on to Lytton Strachey. He was one of the first members of the Bloomsbury group. His style of writing is found in his ability to create masterpieces out of biographies.

"I forsee, to return to The Hours, that this is going to be the devil of a struggle." Virginia Woolf, Tuesday 19 June [1923]

Thursday, May 13, 2004

The View

This is me sitting at the Sydney Opera House, such a beautiful building.

A Kangaroo (somewhere in OZ)

Hillsong Church, Sydney, Australia

Guerilla Point, Australia
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Summer Reading
*according to Gideon Strauss
I am a summer blog warrior. Hmm, I don't know what to think of that. Anyways, I have finally revised and revised my summer reading. And (drum roll please) here it is:

Passage to India, E.M Forester
Sons and Lovers (again), DH Lawrence
Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf
The Birth of Tragedy , F. Nietzsche
Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood (who in my opinion is the greatest Canadian alive)
Stuff by the Bloomsberries (a group of people who lived in the Bloomsbury neighbourhood and wrote lots of stuff, Virginia Woolf's husband Leonard Woolf was among these people, as well: Clive Bell, Virginia's sister's husband).
King Lear, Shakespeare
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare
A Scanning I will Go
Today is exciting. I am scanning all my pictures. Not exactly every picture, but a lot of my Portugal, Australia and 3&4 year pictures. I am uber stoked (as JD puts it). And then I am off the the bank to un fraud myself. I made a really dumb mistake. I decided to deposite two things using the drive thru bank machines, and I accidentally recorded one of the things twice. I didn't even think it was that big a deal. I thought, "oh the bank people are smart they'll figure out that I made a mistake". Yeah I think that was wishful thinking. So I am set out to clear my name, and hopefully not get a criminal record...he he he. Anyways, I will be posting some exceptional pictures soon, so fasten your seatbelts. (apparently I am in a cheesy mood).

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

There are a few places on earth that I would not rather be right now. (hey philmont brace yourself for another list)
1. Australia- it's going into the winter season. And as much as I love the view of Oz, their houses aren't built with heaters, so the cold...yeah..NO.
2. Hawaii- been there in December and it is beautiful, go there in May....die of suffication and whatever else happens when it is too hot.
3. School- as much as I enjoy learning, and socializing with my best friends, i like sitting in my back yard listening to frogs at night and not sitting in a history night class. I like waking up in the morning and, with my little blanket, sitting on the deck watching the mourning doves "nuzzle". Speaking of mourning doves, don't they usually hang out in pairs? I have been totally convinved as a bird watcher that they hang out in pairs...well there is a threesome going on in my backyard. If I am not mistaken Hobbe and Art are avid birdwatchers, maybe I should consult with them.
4. The grocery store- when I go into the grocery store I get into this trance. My eyes widen and I kind of just walk. My mother sometimes asks me to get things and I just stare at her. I think I have issues with the lights, because it happens to me at work too, and there are a lot of lights at work.
5. In the middle of a freeway- yeah that would be scary.
SO needless to say, I like where I am at the moment. I love my hand tan, and my one foot tan, and my ear burn. All signs that say summer is at hand.

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Finally, something I am happy with, and my comment system is up and running :)

Monday, May 10, 2004

hm, weird