magical

i first read a very old man with enormous wings by gabriel garcia marquez in high school. it was in a short story textbook that my english class was using. it wasn't an assigned story but i read it one night anyway and asked my teacher about it the next day in class. it had honestly turned my world a little upside down. i had read science fiction. this story was different and i loved it. my teacher excitedly gave me a quick lecture on magical realism. he was my favorite teacher and within a month, i had a new favorite writer. 

he's still in my top ten, even though it'd been awhile since i've read anything of his. i can recite long passages from one hundred years of solitude because i reread them so many times when writing my longest (and best) college paper on the book. when i read of love and other demons, which he wrote when he was 17, i was in love. and furious. no one should be allowed to write that beautifully at seventeen. but of course he could and did. because he was magical.

i'd been running all day on thursday after a late night. i hadn't spent much time on the internet but had seen his name pop up in a few places. it never occur to me that he'd died. i was saddened to learn that he had.

since thursday, i've been wanting to reread a very old man with enormous wings. it showed up in my blog reader today and i clicked without thinking. its shorter than i remember but just as sad and lovely and yes, magical. if you've never read it, you should. if you have, read it again. 

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shiny. radiating light; bright; having a sheen from being rubbed or worn smooth; to be good, in a state of being good, to be having a good time.

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this must be the place

a new piece of embroidery inspired by my favorite song: 

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variegated. having streaks, marks, or patches of a different color or colors; varicolored; having pale patches, usually as a result of mutation, infection, etc; varied, diverse.

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music monday

i think i might need to watch the blues brothers soon. its been forever.

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herbaceous. of, relating to, or having the characteristics of an herb; having little or no woody tissue and persisting usually for a single growing season; having the texture, color, or appearance of a leaf.

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a free jazz sort of list

what i've been reading, watching, doing, eating, etc.

  • i finally stitched my favorite mantra. i've been stitching a lot. i have an idea, i run with it and it feels really good. but, my arm is really tired. its probably good that i'm volunteering at craftcation this weekend. five days off from all day stitching is not a bad idea. i guarantee i'll be back at it immediately when i come home.
  • i am bringing a dropcloth sampler with. just in case i get stitchy twitches.
  • bj novak's book will be waiting for me on my nightstand when i get home. i would bring it with but this book is due back first and i'm dying to read this.  
  • i've read a lot of books about gardening these part few months. this blog is like the best of all the information i absorbed from those books and it just appears in my blog reader when action needs to be taken. i LOVE it. 
  • my friends are doing excellent things. hmmm. they could have their own list. maybe i need to bring back friday friends?
  • i'm dreaming of tomatoes and tomato recipes. when can i make this
  • i really like sady doyle. i read this one about tori amos right before i read this one about hannibal. i enjoyed them both. i just read her post about veronica mars. le sigh.
  • tv. omg. hannibal. its so good its killing me. 
  • also, bob's burgers. 
  • the muppet movie was so cute. the lemur. tee hee.
  • i'm taking tap three days a week. whoa. and i'd really like tap shoes like these
  • and this, this is awesome: 

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a long time ago

i just finished rewatching both veronica mars and buffy the vampire slayer. i have feelings and thoughts. they are many. but for the sake of not annoyiing everyone, i'm going to stick to one thing. choosing teams.

when i saw this video for the veronica movie, i was team logan. i did agree with wallace though, as her best friend, he had to go team piz. i don't know why it didn't occur to me at the time that there needed to be another choice. hint: its not team deputy leo.

spoliers ahead...

i went into this movie wanting them to get back together. i did.  i love their chemistry. i love their witty banter. i LOVE this swoony scene between veronica and logan:

so, i wanted them to get back together. until i really didn't. i was rooting for veronica to ditch the life she thought she should have, the one where normal would've been the watchword, for the life she knew was hers, as a girl detective surrounded by people who had her back. but logan didn't always have her back. even after he delivered that epic speech, he was a terrible boyfriend and endangered her life on more than one occasion. why was i team logan again?

when did i stop rooting for logan? when he shows up wearing his dress whites that look three sizes too big. what was that even? besides silly. also, its nine years later and he's still the same old logan. suspected of killing his girlfriend, again. he's still the first one to throw a punch and he still lives with dick, the charismatic man-child* and would-be rapist. its just not charming anymore. team logan no more.

but i'm going to be honest. i did sort of love movie.yeah, i wished there was more mac, more wallace, more keith. i wanted less logan, more VERONICA MARS.

then, i decided to rewatch buffy.

i'd forgotten. i honestly had. i'd forgotten that when it came down to it, team angel or team spike didn't matter. it was all about team slayer and in the end, team buffy. both spike and angel, both kind of terrible boyfriends, understood. and we do too, thanks to that ridiculous but effective unbaked cookie metaphor. she's had the weight of the world on her shoulders for years. now that weight is lifted and she needs to figure out who she is without it, on her own. she is not finished.

neither is veronica. she knows what she needs to do, who she is. she just needs to start living that life. i just wish all of us didn't want her to end up with logan so bad. she'd have been better off without him. team VERONICA. 

* i love ryan hansen. its unfortunate that he plays dick and makes him likable. but he does. 

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tsundoku. japanese. the act of leaving a book unread after buying it, typically piled up together with other such unread books on floors and night stands.

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