He wrote about it already so I'm just gonna post snapshots from that lovely day.
It really was a happy day, and from his account of it, I think the birthday boy enjoyed himself too -and his presents !
Those of you who are fans of the incredibly talented artist that was Elliott Smith will have recognized the reference in this blog's title - taken from his beautiful song Twilight.
I know that as long as I have exams, it will keep on happening.
Still, it doesn't make it less scary.
See, I seem to suffer from stress induced post study amnesia.
One second, here I am, reciting -chanting even- what I just learned to Mr K.
I'm sorry that I gave you a guitar right as exam period was starting.
Believe me when I say that I had very good intentions, but I see now how desperate you are to play while you're stuck at our table studying.
I'm also very sorry that when I encouraged you to enroll at my school, I forgot to mention how draining and exhausting exam period was.My bad.
I must admit, it kind of feels surreal that I, the neurotic permanently stressed basket case, have to reassure you.
I will keep on doing it until you see yourself through my eyes though : you're incredibly smart and hard working and really, if you resist the call of your guitar, you're probably going to succeed way better than I do -again.
Dear baby brother ,
I've been there.
I know that no matter what you see or hear, nothing can really prepare you to having to study your ass off for a scandalous amount of hours a day while it feels like everyone else is outside enjoying the sun.
Even though you hate the sun, it must be annoying for you too.
I also know that you're probably drinking your weight in coffee these days but it's not that bad : I read that it even prevents prostate cancer -woohoo !
Also, you need to stop convincing yourself that you're gonna fail.
Never forget that YOU are the smart one of the family.
-and that you are the little chemist.
Dear beloved stinkers ,
I miss our WBST adventures.
I miss adventures actually, now one the most exciting part of my day is when I allow myself to drink some Coke Light out of my precious stash.
It kind of doesn't compare to cross country biking or road trips.At all.
I know that you guys are down and I wish that I could make your exams go away or pass them in your place but my plate is kind of full right now, so here's the best I can do : I compiled a list of adventures/fun things that we have to do after the exams.
I hope this list cheers you up.
WBST TO DO LIST
- Go to the beach with our dogs and hunt jellyfishes with them.The first one that gets stung loses.Ah!
- Eat Pauls at RW + find Paul !
- Watch Somewhere with cold cider and hot -homemade- nachos.
- At least 3 bike trips to at least 3 different cities.
- Shopping for crazy sales + a break for delicious sandwiches and fruit juices
- KAYAK ! ! !
- Barbecues at bonpa's
- La Noyée jam sessions
There will also be long walks at night with our dogs, endless talks on the terrace with chilled rosé wine and a lot of other things that I can't think of right now.
The great thing though, is that soon, we'll have time to think about it together !
I love you and I can't wait to reunite the WBST.
Dead Man's Bones is awesome.
Actually, Dead Man's Bones is one of my current favorite bands and it has nothing to do with the fact that Ryan Gosling is in it.
If my poor overheated brain remembers good, I discovered them thanks to a really cool mixtape I found online.
Back then, they had only released "My body's a zombie for you" and the combination of the genius title/bandname really made me want to know more about them.
also the fact that that song was really great.
After patiently waiting for what seemed like forever, I finally got my hands on their eponymous album.
Let me just say : Pure magic.
Dead Man's Bones feels like a mix of all my favorite things : Halloween, Nightmare on Christmas, poetry and bizarre-ness.
It summons images of cabinet of curiosities, taxidermy and venenous flowers.
I'm pretty sure Edgar Allan Poe would have loved it if the old fella was still around and there is no doubt in my mind that the Ghasthycrumb tinies would twirl to the sound of "Flowers go out of my grave".
Dead Man's Bones will kick start your day with "Pa Pa Power", keep you energized with "Dead Man's Bones", make you fear bedtime with "In The Room Where You Sleep" yet still take you off to dreamland with the hypnotic beauty that is "Buried in Water".
The album achieves something not unlike what Neil Yound did with Harvest : there really are no songs to throw away on it and you can listen to it over and over again without getting sick of it, the songs melting perfectly into one another.
I could talk about that band for another shitload of paragraphs but instead, I will end this post with a quote from the one and only Mr K. :
"Actually, it is pretty obvious that Ryan Gosling is a musician that also acts, and not the opposite."
Hell, even their cover art kicks ass.
There was German grammar to learn and a strict planning to follow.
There would be breaks of course, but by the time we would call it a day, so would have the sun.
-not like we work until it's dark outside but we do work long enough for the sun to be decorative instead of warming.
A month of hard work might seem a small price to pay to hopefully get to spend three blissful months doing nothing, but believe me, when you're in it, it sucks ass.
My day started really bad because of a beginner's mistake : I looked at the bigger picture.
Nothing ruins your mood like listing all you'll have to do over the next four weeks.
Here I was, trying to keep my head out of the water when I all but knocked myself unconscious with the amount of work that still needed to be done.
I'm not gonna lie, there was pouting and teary eyes involved.
My knight in shining hoodie came back.
Just one look and he had understood what was happening.
He did not try to give me a pep talk.
He did not encourage me to try and resume my studying.
Instead, he calmly suggested that we do nothing.
Needless to say, he did not need to tell it to me twice.
It did not take long for me to forget all about my work load.
As I lay on our terrace, soaking up sun with the avidity of a thirsty alcoholic, I came to the realization that sometimes, all you really need in life is a good dose of vitamin D.
Thanks for making me understand that babe. I really needed it.
* Animals with Stuffed Animals
If this website doesn't cheer you up, I strongly suggest that you check yourself into a psychiatric hospital as I am afraid that nothing else will do the trick for you.
* This is Why You're Fat
If like me you are a frustrated stress eater who can't get her sugar fix because it makes you sluggish and is bad for the brain blablablah, looking at incredibly decadent creations has something weirdly soothing.
Mr K. is awesome.
PAINKILLER by D.A. Badger
To be perfectly honest, I'm actually in love with Lissie every day of the week.
The sun never shines brighter than when you're stuck inside.