Archive for January, 2013

January 30, 2013

Eleanor Rigby

This is a playlist of four different versions of this baby. Probably my favorite Beatles song. There’s also that awesome piano solo of “In My Life” that somehow sounds Baroque-ish and reminds me of an indie pop song. Though if you check my profile, it seems that I can’t get enough of “Come Together”.

I’m yet to see the grave of Eleanor Rigby when I go to Britain. Among other things. One day. Perhaps.

January 24, 2013

Awesome Harry Potter-themed light switch!

Awesome Harry Potter-themed light switch!

Just something pretty I found on the internet. The Harry Potter fan in me is kicking though *winks*

January 19, 2013

That little satin bow…

That little satin bow right in the middle on the front side of women’s panties… Just something to think about really. Why is it always there? How did it come to be there? Who thought to put it there? I did a fast Google search and couldn’t find anybody else asking the same questions. So I’ll try to answer them myself.

First of all, it’s not always there. The subsequent Google Images search I did revealed that it’s not as common as I thought it was (besides leaving me in raving jealousy over how much better panties look with a flat stomach and shapely thighs. Ugh!)

As to why it’s there, I’m assuming that in the old times women had to tie their drawers on the front with a bow to prevent them from falling off since there were no elastic bands. That might be the origin but I guess today it’s there because it just looks so damn pretty.

So, to make the answers less implicit and this entry more redundant,

1. Why is it always there?

It’s not always there but if it’s there today, that’s because it’s a pretty sight.

2. How did it come to be there?

Because women used to really tie a ribbon to keep their drawers in place.

3. Who thought to put it there?

Women, out of convenience.

Bonus Question: Do I like it there?

I absolutely adore it!

January 13, 2013

Hawkeswell’s farewell letter to Verity

This is Hawkeswell’s farewell letter to his wife, Verity, at the of Provocative in Pearls by Madeline Hunter. Needless for me to say, they  confess their love to one another shortly after and get their happy ending. But there is something about letters written by men that make my insides melt. This one is a prime example.

My darling,

As you can see, we found Mr. Bowman. I will write later with a fuller account of his discovery, and the larger plot as well, but for now it is enough that Katy’s son has also been resurrected.

Your cousin Bertram felt moved to admit his misuse of you and his coercion on the marriage, in writing no less, amid confessing his many other sins and naming his accomplices. With that evidence and my agreement, you will have your annulment quickly when you make the petition, I am convinced. It is only right that you should.

Your maid assures me that your favorite garments are in the baggage, as are your jewels. Your cousin and his wife will not be returning to that stone house on the hill, so it is yours again. I do not doubt that the good memories will return and the bad ones will leave once its chambers are filled with your smiles.

I do not give you back your life because I have tired of you, Verity, I do not want you to think that. Quite the opposite. I have discovered, however, that my love for you means that I want you to have the life that you believe that you were supposed to have, even if it means that I will not have the wife I have come to treasure.

Mr. Bowman seems a fine young man. I like him much more than I want to. I am sure that he will see you safely to Oldbury and, in doing so, spare me a difficult farewell.

Your servant,


January 8, 2013

Jennifer Lawrence as Tori Amos?

If there should ever be a movie made on Tori Amos’ life, Jennifer Lawrence should be cast as her. There, I’ve said it! So far Google hasn’t come up with any results supporting my preference. But surely, somebody else must have remarked the similarity between them. It’s not so much the looks but rather the air about them. Right? Anyone?

January 7, 2013

Surprise Turkish coffee at work


I’m not a big fan of Turkish coffee but it’s part of the daily routine of almost every workplace here. The other day, I was pleasantly surprised when my colleagues offered me a cup and so was my fresh enthusiasm for using Instagram.

January 6, 2013

Güz Rüzgarı: Four Seasons Without Wind

This is a small spark of inspiration I ‘jotted down’ (on the Notes application on my iPhone, hah!). It’s part of a story I came up with when I was in middle school. It started as a short story for some homework project, but then it got bigger as I grew older. But the core characters and their characteristics remain the same. Let me be very elaborate on the plot so that I don’t give away anything in case someone steals my idea (apparently this paranoid parrot is so full of herself!): it’s a modern (and somewhat paranormal) love story between two soul mates, namely autumn and wind. Autumn is a girl (Güz, a girl’s name in Turkish meaning autumn, duh!) and wind (Rüzgar, not a name, just means ‘wind’ in Turkish) is well… wind. Literally but somehow personified.

Rüzgar has left Güz for unknown reasons (I’m yet to find a reason for that!) and now she’s suffering over her lost love. The following passage tells the different phases she goes through in the year following the separation. The English version is translated from the Turkish original. I was surprised with how smoothly and quickly it went. Must have been the fastest translation I did in my whole life. I’m wondering if it was because I wrote the original. Weird…

by Tuana İdil Karyağdı

English translation (PDF)

Yazan: Tuana İdil Karyağdı

Turkish original (PDF)

January 3, 2013

Fancypants grammarian owl tee

Who vs. Whom t-shirt

-Whoo. Whoooo. Who.
-Whom. It’s whom. I’m a fancypants grammarian owl, so blah blah blah… the difference between subjective and objective pronouns… blah blah blah… pedantic grammar rant… whom. The proper usage is whom.
-*owl eye roll* Who. Whoooo. Who.

Couldn’t stop laughing when I StumbledUpon this one at One Horse Shy. That’s my cup of tee. Ahahahaaaa! Oh, stop it you!

January 3, 2013

Mom’s new year’s present to me


It matches my layout by some grand game of the universe, because I know that mom has never seen it!

January 2, 2013

Emmas I like…

  • Emma Woodhouse
  • Emma Thompson
  • Monica’s daughter Emma from “Friends”
  • Emma Watson
  • Emma Bunton

and counting…