The Beauty Is

It sometimes happens that a woman is handsomer at twenty-nine than she was ten years before – Jane Austen 

Beauty is not caused. It is. – Emily Dickinson

Beauty is but the sensible image of the Infinite. Like truth and justice it lives within us; like virtue and the moral law it is a companion of the soul. – Charles W. H. Bancroft

I Could Write A Book

Firstly, Happy 2010 everyone.

2009 was my year of writer’s block. It wasn’t a great year. Perhaps that showed because Laura Fraser bought me this awesome little book for Christmas called ‘Creative Block – 500 ideas to ignite your imagination’. So I’m going to start using it.

“Write random words. Just type”

And so I shall.

I’ve just moved house. Again. It seems that at this time of year, every year, I am moving house. It’s not a fun thing to be doing in your holidays, so hopefully I won’t be moving at the end of 2010. I’ve moved back home with my mother and sister (let’s see how long I last here, Georgia better not steal my favourite shoes!) and I’m still in the process of setting up my room. Try moving a 4 bedroom house into a tiny room. I have gone from having a queen bed, duchess, big tv cabinet, little tv cabinet, couch and a bedside table all in one room, plus a walk in robe and an ensuite. I now can only fit a King Single Bed, One Tv Cabinet, a Beside Table and a bookshelf. And it’s pretty cramped. My favourite part of the room is not my lovely antique bed that my parents bought me in 2008 for my birthday. Or the cute matching bedside table and mirror that hangs above it. It’s not my now fairly impressive dvd collection, or even my delightfully beautifully large clock that Georgia bought me for my 21st.

You probably guessed it, the favourite part of my room is my bookshelf. I had two bookshelfs at my last place, but I can only fit one into my room now. I’ve never had a bookshelf in my room before and I really love it. It’s right next to my bed and it means I can’t really fit past on one side of my bed, but I really love that it’s in reaching distance from my bed. It means that when I finish one book in the wee hours of the night, I can just reach over, put it back, and grab another one. I also really love, that the bookshelf is full. And full of books that I actually own, not that books that I’ve borrowed out from the library, or stolen from my Dad to bulk up the collection. I love the variety of books too. I’ve got lots of historial fiction trilogies. The Chronicles of Narnia sets. Jane Austen’s. Christian Self Help Books Galore. Scary books. Romance. A decent collection of Anne of Green Gables. Some travel books. Twilight. Fashion books.

I do have a problem though. As I said before, my bookshelf is full. I’ve actually had to stuff a few of the lamer books underneath the bed to make sure all the good books fit. I don’t know what to do when I buy another book. In fact I know I have two books on order from Amazon, so I’m not sure where they will go. And I just realised I didn’t factor in the book I’m reading at the moment. What a delightful problem to have though! When I’m older, and hopefully a lot wealthier, I’m going to have a library in my house. Which means of course, that I’ll be wealthy enough to fill the library with actual books. I was talking to someone the other day about books, she’s only owns a few books and borrows everything else from the library and through book clubs and swapping books with friends. I wonder why it is that some people like to buy their books and some people don’t care to own them, they just want the joy of reading the book and then being done with it.

Perhaps. Perhaps it is because I will often read a good novel more than once. I’ve read Arabian Winds (one of my favourites) at least 4 times. So I’m really glad I own that one. Perhaps I like the idea that by having a lot of novels in my home, I appear well read. I’ve hardly read anywhere near the amount of books I want to read, even for my age. But I feel owning books makes you seem smarter. Perhaps I just love to look at books. Before I went through all my books, and pulled them out a tiny bit, so they were all roughly level with each other when you look down the book case. I like how they look all even. Although the great thing about novels in the different shapes and sizes they come in. So perhaps when I get sick of it, I’ll go and push them up flush with the bookshelf and marvel at all the different heights and widths. Perhaps it’s a romantic notion of mine. Romantic isn’t actually the right word to use, but I’m drawing a blank at what the best word to use would be right now? Some of my favourite scenes in movies are in libraries. Beauty & the Beast, Becoming Jane. Wait, let’s talk about Beauty and the Beast for a moment. The Beast gives Bell a library as a gift! Now I am a gifts person, as well as a books person. And that’s a big hint to anyone who’s ever trying to impress me. I would have fallen in love right then and there. I think I cried a little bit in Transformers 2 when the crazy robot Home and Away chick is coming to attack what’s his name. And they hide in the uni library. The library totally gets blown to pieces and you can see books flying around the place, catching on fire. I love books, I love libraries, I love reading.

Hmm.. I obviously love writing as well. That wasn’t as hard as I thought.

This year is the year of regular blogging, much book reading and generally just enjoying life more.

Oh.. and many other serious, life changing type things of course.

Quote of the Day

A large income in the best recipies for happiness I ever heard of.
Jane Austen – Mansfielf Park

This quote is actually from yesterday. I went to a quote of the day website, and checked out yesterday’s quotes as well. It was a fun thing to do at the end of my lunch break. Tyring to get back into the habit of blogging. Baby steps. Quotes count!

Most people would like to be delivered from temptation, but would like it to keep in touch.

Robert Orben


Chapter One

Liz and Josh gave me this book for my 21st birthday. Jane Austen’s Guide to Dating. It’s cute, I want to share some it with you.

Chapter One – If You Like Someone, Make It Clear That You Do

Henry & Catherine

In finding [Henry] irresistible, [Catherine] became so herself.

Northanger Abbey

Lesson to be Learned – Enjoy the Moment

What Not to Do: Don’t Obsess Over Him

What to Do Instead: Let Him Please You

Marianne and Willoughby

‘To have resisted such attractions, to have withstood such tenderness! – Is there a man on earth who could have done it!’

Sense of Sensibility

Lesson to be Learned – Be Open and Easygoing

What Not to Do: Don’t Make Things Difficult

What to Do Instead: Trust Your Instincts

Elizabeth & Darcy; Jane & Bingley

‘In nine cases out of ten, a woman had better show more affection than she feels. Bingley likes your sister, undoubtedly; but he may never do more than like her, if she does not help him on.’

Pride & Prejudice

Lesson to be Learned – Don’t Make Snap Judgements

What Not to Do: Dont Narrow Your Options

What to Do Instead: Be Open-Minded

Tips for Telling if a Man Really Likes You

  • He will ask you for dates in advance – though he may spontaneously call and ask you out for the same night, he will also plan ahead to schedule time you can spend together.
  • When he kisses you, he will take your hand and kiss it, or give you an extra good-night kiss on the forehead – he’ll kiss you on the mouth, too, but his attentions to you will be romantic.
  • He will remember things you told him about what you’ve been ding at work or socially, and ask you how they went.
  • He won’t make you feel insecure; he will call when he says he will and turn up on time for your dates.
  • He will make an effort with his appearance – on your dates he will be well dresses and groomed.
  • He may well call or e-mail you after a date to say what a great time he had. This is one of the best signs of all that he likes you seriously!
  • He will make you feel included in his life by telling you about his day, his friends and his interests.

I think it’s cute.

July Summary

I can’t believe it’s time for another summary!


Books Read: Woah – even less this month. I need to read more. Just ‘Sense and Sensibility’ by Jane Austen.

Clothes Bought: Sunglasses! That’s it!

Consumed Music: Downloaded the new Hillsong Album as it came out this month – it’s pretty great. Also downloaded a few Naturally 7 songs – they are crazy awesome, especially live! 

Films Watched: THE PROPOSAL! Which maybe needs a whole post on it’s own because I loved it so much. Perhaps it was the mood I was in, perhaps it was the funny/cute storyline, perhaps it was Ryan Reynolds – I’m not sure exactly why – but it was amazing! Hands down best romantic comedy I’ve seen in ages! And I’m sorry if I’ve just totally built it up for you.

Recipies Mastered: In my head I’m making that sound that happens on game shows when you get something incorrect.

Lessons Learned: More than half the world hates their lives – and they kind of have reason to. Milk belongs in the fridge and not in the glasses cupboard – late night mind having a blank with that one.

Lessons specifically from Hillsong.

“Have a faith that produces, love that prompts and a hope that inspires” – Brian Houston

“Don’t be tempted to blame yourself from the decline, otherwise you’ll want to credit yourself for the increase” – Craig Groeschel

“Pray as if everything depends on God and act as if everything depends on you” – Matt Maher

“Life is not always about the buffet” & “Christ does the hope of glory without you, just fine!” – Louie Giglio

And everything about Jentezen Franklin’s sermon about drinkers!

Hillsong 09


Also — heaps of people that are really super cool had their birthday this month.

Laura, Ben, Will, Matt, Chare, Blaine, Ruth and Mum! Happy Birthday! xo


Don’t knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation if it didn’t change once in a while.  ~Kin Hubbard


What dreadful hot weather we have!  It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance.  ~Jane Austen


Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get. ~Mark Twain


If I’m on the course and lightening starts, I get inside fast. If God wants to play through, let him. ~ Bob Hope