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I started my summer holidays last Friday and have since been busy planning my trip to California. OMG I AM LEAVING IN NINE DAYS. NINE DAYS!!! I am, of course, super excited, but I'm also starting to freak out a little about everything that could go wrong, like what if I miss my flight, or what if I get lost in SF or LA and what if I suddenly forget how to speak English or if no one understands what I'm saying because of my accent?? Yes, yes I know these things are not very likely to happen but I just can't help myself; I still get nervous over ridiculous scenarios when I'm going somewhere I have never been before, eeek!

When I haven't been pouring over guidebooks, maps and websites lately, I've been reading lots of books and watching a lot of movies and tv shows and also drinking a lot of wine. But mostly reading books. And because there are few things in this world I love more than reading books and talking about books, I snagged this long-ass book meme from verizonhorizon. The fact that I'm going back to my home town this evening to spend a few days at my parents' and that I'm putting off packing for as long as possible because I am apparently physically incapable of packing until the very last minute has nothing to do with it, obviously.

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HOW ARE YOU FLIST? ♥
How's summer treating you all? Got any book recs? Or fic recs or film recs? :)

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I am totally going to make a proper update one day soon-ish but that day is not today.
(I will be finalizing my travel plans to California today though, eeee!!)

In the meantime, a meme!
Stolen from skysthelimit_7 and tracy7307 and probably lots of other people too:


Give me any two fictional characters and I'll tell you who I'd rather date
Give me some tough choices here, lovelies!

Also, have a cute kitten. Just because.

HOW MUCH DO I WISH I HAD BEEN IN NYC LAST NIGHT TO SEE THIS??!!




God, I hope someone filmed it.

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Fic and Art Love (rec): Wait By the River

You should all head over to the Eagle Big Bang comm right now and read the hell out of lallyloo's stunning BB fic Wait By the River! It's a beautifully written canon AU (and omg this fandom will never not need more canon-era fic) that hit all my size-difference!kink and age-difference!kink buttons, and the ever wonderful sibila_cantus has created some truly outstanding art for it here. I could probably stare at her drawings forever and not even notice the time passing!

Yes, I am totally biased since I betaed the fic, but that does not mean lallyloo's story is anything less than amazing.

How do I know it's a great story?
Because I have read all or parts of it at least fifteen times over the course of the last two months or so and I still can't wait to reread it again. It has made me laugh and cry and made me all hot and bothered, it has kept me on the edge of my seat for what was about to happen next, it has made me want to knock Esca and Marcus's heads together and it has made me want to hug them tight and never let go. Most of all, it has made the characters and their emotions come alive to me and it has made me feel and that is the greatest gift a storyteller can give.

GO. READ. ENJOY. ♥

Everything you wanted to ask about....

♣ EEEEEEEE!! THE ESCA/MARCUS COLLEGE!AU UPDATED LATE LAST NIGHT/EARLY THIS MORNING!!!!
I've probably reread the update ten times already and I still can't quite believe it. (I keep going back to check the thread to see for myself once more that the update is actually there). The College!AU was one of the first kink meme fics I ever read and flailed about my fandom friends with after getting into The Eagle and I gave up hoping for another update months ago. Clearly the time of miracles is not over after all.

Now, if only Home (a Star Trek fic) would update one day as well...

♣ The Eagle Big Bang finally went live on Monday! Am super-excited about this as I have been looking forward to it for months. I'm beta-reading lallyloo's story that will be posted very soon and it is awesome!! I cannot wait to read the other fics as well and omg there will be so much gorgeous art!

♣ I've booked a weekend trip to Berlin in late April. Why is it not late April yet??

♣ But I digress. The point of this entry was actually this meme that I stumbled across a couple of days ago:
ASK ME ABOUT MY COUNTRY (NORWAY)

It doesn’t matter if you afraid they are prejudices or stupid questions. I have a billion questions about other countries, and I probably have a lot of misconceptions as well, but I often don’t ask these questions because I fear that they are stupid questions born from prejudice. Later, I regret not asking because I am dying to know!

Ask me questions about my country (Norway) so that I can ask you questions about your country!


♣ Oh and also today is William Shatner's b-day!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. SHATNER!!
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NEVER ENOUGH JBELLS

Today is Pi Day, whee! It is also Jamie Bell's birthday, double whee!!

Obviously this is the perfect excuse for a massive celebratory picspam. It's not like I've got work to do or anything. And I'm certainly not avoiding typing up meeting's minutes. (Nope, not me). Anyway, behind the cut are lots and lots of photos of Jamie for you all to rest your eyes on. You're welcome.

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1. It's been raining so hard all day today that I can barely see out the window. So obviously I am taking advantage of the fact that I don't have to leave the house and am watching The Adventures of Tintin (the animated series) and planning this summer's trip to California. If anyone has suggestions for hotels in San Francisco and/or Los Angeles, please let me know!

2. I have watched a lot of movies in the last week. Last Friday I watched The Artist which was amazing. Over the weekend I then watched My week with Marilyn (meh), Bridesmaids (hilarious!), Syriana (very interesting) and The Ides of March (surprisingly tight - probably my favourite of the five next to The Artist). On Thursday I had a great time watching Hallam Foe with seascribe. THIS MOVIE IS STILL PRETTY MUCH MY FAVOURITE MOVIE EVER YOU GUYS. I LOVE IT SO SO MUCH. If I could I would probably rewatch it every day. Well, maybe not every day, but at least once a month. It's so quirky and adorably awesome.

3. Everyone's been quiet lately - I gather many of you have had a tough week. I hope you all have a fun and relaxing weekend! HUGS FOR EVERYONE!!


4. I found this on tumblr where I was no doubt the last person to see it but I just need this on my blog ok?
OMG WHY SO AWESOME GEORGE TAKEI??!! ♥ ♥ ♥

A Good Book Has No Ending

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY, LOVELY LADIES!!
I hope you are all having a wonderful day today, and all other days, obviously ♥

Here's 10 things you should know about international women's rights as well as some perhaps rather surprising facts about The best and the worst places to be a woman.


I've finally reached the end of the 30 Day Book Meme, yay!!

Behind the cut: Day 25-30 as well as all previous questions in case anyone else would like to do thisCollapse )

Thanks to everyone who has followed along and left comments and gushed about books with me while I have been doing this meme. I'd love to talk more about books with you anytime and I always welcome book recs! ♥

I'll leave you with this gorgeous animated short (this year's Academy Award winner for best animated short) that I first discovered when the lovely bachaboska posted it in her journal a few weeks ago.

A book, too, can be a star.

♠ Ugh, I have a cold. I have been doing so well this winter, even though I have been wearing skirts or dresses every day (lol for some reason I've always felt like I am less likely to get sick if I'm wearing trousers?), and now that spring is only a few weeks away, my nose is congested, my head hurts and I've started coughing. Blergh. I REFUSE to get sick.

♦ My boss, who is awesome, has asked me to put together a rec list of all the movies I have seen at least three times because we have similar taste in movies and she loves watching her favourite movies over and over again just as I do. I wish she would give me assignments like this more often. It is so much more fun than typing up minutes or putting together reports.

♣ PENGUINS. WHY ARE THEY SO CUUUUTE??



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Happy All ♥ ♥ ♥ Day!

Dear each and everyone of you,

To me, February 14 is an occasion to celebrate love in all its shapes and forms, and perhaps first and foremost love in the shape of FRIENDSHIP, so I'm taking this opportunity to tell you all what I should tell you every day: I love you all so so much and I value your friendship, love and trust more than I can say.

Every single day you guys are a bright spot in my day, every single day I learn something new from you, and every single day you inspire me with your art and words, your determination, your drive, your enthusiasm, ambitions and dreams.

THANK YOU FOR ALWAYS BEING AWESOME, FOR ALWAYS BEING CARING, FOR ALWAYS BEING KIND.
I am so grateful for our friendship ♥ ♥ ♥




Also, thank you so so much for all the v-gifts! You are too sweet to me *cuddles*

Also, also, a warm welcome and big hugs to all my new friends from The Eagle Friending Meme. I can't wait to get to know you!
(I should probably introduce myself properly but I never know what to say in an introduction post. But feel free to ask me anything you are curious about. That goes for new friends and "old" friends!)

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