A Snapshot of Home for P’s Finals Week

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Dear P,

I’m sorry you’re stuck finishing finals. I have landed solidly in our hometown for the summer; you’re not missing much. It rained today for the first time since January. The smell was amazing. My granddad put a rain gauge in his front yard to measure the addition to the 9/10ths of an inch of rain we have gotten so far this year.

Before it started raining I went to yoga class with B at the new yoga studio on 34th Street. My brothers use my yoga mat to put under their sleeping bags during Boy Scout campouts, so it smells like campfire. The smell was distracting as I tried to focus my breath as I lay prone on the mat. My fourth grade reading teacher was doing the same thing next to me. Things are kind of awkward between us. I talked to her the first lesson I saw her. Since, we haven’t really chatted; we just smile and nod. What do you say? “Look, I have come far from the weird kid I once was, but I still can’t really do the third warrior pose?”

My chickens are doing well. I expected them to be picked off immediately by the foxes that live in our neighborhood after my dog died last month, but they are still hanging in there. They are so dumb it takes them a long time to realize when they are being fed. When they do realize, they attack their corn like little Velociraptors. It’s not hard to imagine how birds evolved from dinosaurs around them, but it still blows my mind. My mom made a new coop for them. You can just pull out a little drawer to get their mini-dinosaur eggs. They’re so dumb, they can’t count how many eggs they have, so as long as you leave a fake one they won’t get upset and start hiding their eggs somewhere else.

Last night I went to see Godzilla with B, H, J, and H’s boyfriend. We went to Sheridan’s afterwards. We watched a black pickup truck drive over a curve across a grass median into the Rosas parking lot. There were a lot of strange, green, square-ish bugs that kept getting in our hair and teenagers that dropped their frozen custard on the ground because apparently they’re dumber than my chickens. I knew the girl that made our ice cream. J and I tried to remember her last name as we approached her in line. Our hometown is just so small. It’s hot, dry, and claustrophobic in a nice way. Like a sauna with all your friends from middle school and their grandparents in it.

 

Come home soon, yeah?

E

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Go England!

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Dear P,

Happy twelfth day of being alive, Baby George! I am so glad you were born healthy and happy. Royal babies always make me slightly nervous; the royal family married their cousins for so many generations.

According to my schedule (pronounced shedule) baby George was supposed to be born about two weeks before he actually was. That’s when I was in England:

Having tea:

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(Mumsey eating a scone)

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Visiting the houses of famous Brits, like Winston Churchill and Vita Sackville-West:

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I took a picture of these sandals because I thought these are exactly what you would wear if you lived in Edwardian England, P.

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These are sock puppets of Virginia Woolf and Vita. While I was in the UK, I read Woolf’s “Orlando”. It was a very interesting novel inspired by Vita Sackville-West.

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Feel free to revel in how fabulous Mumsey is. You should write a Flashin’ Fashion about her, P.

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We also toured around London:

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And the cliffs of Dover:

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All in all, it was an amazing trip. I went to receive the Duke of Edinburgh award, which I began my sophomore year when I was a student at Malvern College. When you finally get your D of E award, after two fifty-mile expeditions, much volunteering, and the absorption of a new skill set (for me, rock-climbing and painting with oil colors), it is presented in St. Jame’s palace by the Duke of Edinburgh himself, Prince Phillip. It was a pretty cool deal, and I’m glad I went. You can only enter St. Jame’s palace under invitation from the royal family; I felt like a secret American spy. St. Jame’s palace was spectacular, but I wasn’t allowed to take any pictures of the regal red staircase, the sextet that played as we entered, or the impressive portrait of Admiral Nelson I faced during the presentation.

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Love you loads, P! You should post those haikus that we wrote- mine got deleted off my phone accidentally. I hope Cope Cod was fun. We should skype soon.

Hugs and kisses,

E

Making Mondays Sunny

P’s Quote

“The world will knock you down plenty. You don’t need to be doing it to yourself.” -Elizabeth Scott

Things I Love This Week

For some reason I’m having trouble thinking of the things I love this week, so I guess I’ll revert back to the things I always love in life

My family, texts from my little brothers, my best friend E, sleeping, being alone, going to the library (the Boston Public Library is absolutely beautiful), texting C all the time, yoga, free smoothies, how helpful people are here all the time, the flavor pineapple surf, and the fact that summer is almost here and school is almost freaking over, and the thought of being back home in t minus 3 weeks

Things to Make This Week Sunnier

study really really freaking hard

eat some froyo

work out as much as I did last week (I really went at it)

study some more

go to the movie theater

hang out with people I don’t usually hang out with

study study study

My birthday is coming up soon! At this current point in time I can’t say that I’m really excited for it. I’m not really looking forward to it and it’s my first birthday away from home, which is sad. It’s also on Wednesday, which is humpday, making it exponentially lamer. I guess 19 isn’t really a big one, except for that you know it’s your last year of teenagedom, which is both exhilarating and sad.

Here’s for hoping that next week is a good one.

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Surgeries in the OR

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Pics from Macklemore with K and A.

Much love,

P

Sorry, P! I got so sucked into studying yesterday that I completely forgot MMS!

E’s Quote

“What a joy it must be to be a truly great writer, even if it means a shotgun at the finish”
-Charles Bukowski
I’m sorry this is a depressing quote. I don’t believe you have to be suicidal to be a truly great writer, but lately I have been investigating the ties between mental illness and creativity. I think Bukowski sums this correlation up with his usual grit.

Things I Loved This Week

The weather in Austin. I can’t imagine anything more perfect.

Eating Indian food on top of a hill Saturday night.

My dorm had a festival Saturday. It involved a lot of bouncy contraptions, bubbles, ice cream and a climbing wall.

Making pumpkin muffins with A squared while watching “The Lion King 2”

The hunt for the perfect overalls with I. I still haven’t found them yet.

Eeyore’s Birthday.

Getting glamorous Friday night. Then traipsing home early enough to indulge in a music-sharing and freestyle fest.

Snapchats. Snapchats. Snapchats.

Quizlets, Koofers, and chai tea lattes: the three ingredients to actually studying.

I’ve just been feeling a lot of love this week, you know? I’m so grateful to have you and T and A and I. It makes me tear up to think of how lucky I am.

I wrote James Atrucher and JAMES ALTRUCHER WROTE ME BACK. It was the most exciting thing ever. We’re basically best friends now.

Things to Make Me Happy This Week:

Ace my finals

Keep following Altrucher’s “Daily Practice” (laminated for me by I’s mom)

Sending you lots of love, P! Keep on keeping on, and you’ll be home in Texas soon!

E

Making Mondays Sunny

P’s Quote

“He wanted all to lie in an ecstasy of peace; I wanted all to sparkle and dance in a glorious jubilee. I said his heaven would only be half alive; and he said mine would be drunk: I said I should fall asleep in his; and he said he could not breathe in mine.” -Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights

Things I’m grateful for this week:

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Things I Love This Week:

my little brothers, how freaking awesome my little brothers are, how everything is hilarious at 5 am, my new Chanel lipgloss named Fatale because it makes me feel like I have killer lips, the feeling of flying back home, Sunday morning breakfasts, devouring books like there is no tomorrow, yogurt with granola, my mom’s cooking, laughing until I’m literally crying or rolling on the ground trying to breathe, this dear old town in Texas, finishing my pistol class and being a sharp shooter, catching up with friends over chocolate and Max Brenners, being able to go swimming, unwinding with Starbucks and a fat stack of magazines, spring break, escaping physics (even if it’s only for one measly week), my new Gianni Bini shoes, hot tubbing, the group text with K, S and M,

And most of all being home. With my parents and brothers and old friends. I never realize how much I absolutely miss this peaceful place until I leave it.

Things to make this week sunnier:

go to group classes and do yoga, read as many books as humanely possible, no alarms, go swimming everyday, hang out with mom, download a bunch of songs ❤

Much love and peace,

P

E’s Quote:

I was just going to put a piece of this poem, but it is so perfect, and sums up this week so well, that I think I’ll just share all of it.

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there are so many tictoc

clocks everywhere telling people what toctic time it is for

tictic instance five toc minutes toc

past six tic

 

Spring is not regulated and does

not get out of order nor do

its hands a little jerking move

over numbers slowly

 

we do not

 

wind it up it has no weights

springs wheels inside of

its slender self no indeed dear

nothing of the kind

 

(So, when kiss Spring comes

we’ll kiss each kiss other on kiss the kiss

lips because tic clocks toc don’t make

a toctic difference

to kisskiss you and to

kiss me)

-e. e. cummings

Things I’m grateful for this week:

S’s birthday is today! I’m so grateful for her friendship! She has an unfailingly fresh, honest perspective; she’s one of the smartest people I know and is always down for an adventure!

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I’m grateful for all the wonderful people who came to visit UT this weekend!

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BR (middle) came to check out the business honors program!

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The other B was on spring break and decided to pay us a visit!

On Sunday, A, S, and I went to Holi, which is a Hindu festival where you throw colors everywhere!

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It might be kind of boring to be grateful for the weather, but I definitely, definitely am! It could not be more beautiful here!

I’m grateful for salsa dancing parties at 2:00 in the morning; I’m grateful for free poetry books that make you want to stay up all night reading. I’m grateful for post-test, overly emotional frozen yogurt runs with I that make chemistry that much more bearable. I’m grateful for the  private violin concert from B while I studied on the sun deck of my dorm (he was technically practicing). I’m grateful for the satisfying ending to the Lizzie Bennet Diaries on Youtube. There’s nothing more happily predictable than Pride and Prejudice; it’s better than a Disney movie. I’m grateful for Jamba Juice and the coupons they are currently giving out (so I can justify going every other meal). I’m grateful for runs to the grocery store with A for seaweed salad and Bath and Bodyworks lotion samples.

I hope you have a fabulous spring break at home, P!
Loads of love and hugs!

E

Year In Review

We started out the year like this:

Enjoying second semester at the top of the food chain, college apps finished, and not a care in the world

Finished off our high school career with a bang:

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(Our 57-days-until-graduation cake)

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(Obligatory prom picture) Our dates cleaned up nicely.

P took our volleyball team to the playoffs for the first time ever! E, on the other hand, got a black eye on the fundraiser softball team.

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(M and P knighting their coach.)

We made some f*****g ugly pancakes.

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And had various other cooking mishaps/ got involved in tons of shenanigans.

And, finally, graduated. Finally.

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We conquered invasive plants in Scotland, made mosaics in Italy, and saw Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Boyce Avenue, and the musical Wicked in London.

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We climbed rocks and found amazing restaurants and oogled at hot businessmen in Bermondsey.

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(P’s fiance- like him?)

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We walked hundreds of miles in the rain and the sunshine, had tea in the great elephant cafe (where J.K. Rowling found inspiration) and filled our journals with tales of hostels and adventures and new and exciting people.

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We rode the tube, took pictures of olympic graffiti, and crossed many bridges. (literally and figuratively.) P learned how to cook (OMG GUYS) and E learned that its best to just ignore P while she thinks she’s cooking. 😉

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We rode boats and lounged in beaches (the literary kind and the vacation kind), we went dancing, we ate leek pies and haggis, and we learned to speak Italian.

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We ate delicious meals in Italy for hours on end, read fairytales, took espresso shots (after the coffee in Italy, P is never satisfied), and found little treasures in Venice.

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E’s mosaic she created herself: a snail ship hybrid. (so cool!)

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P’s mosaic-stolen from the great Banksy himself

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E started school at UT in July, but we were reunited for two weeks in August, which involved Cracker Barrel trips at 6 AM, lots of laughter and tears, some serious collaging, tie dye art, and “Gone with the Wind”.

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Then we started college- E in Austin, P in Boston at MIT.

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(E and her roommate on the first day of classes)

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P and her close friends S (on the left) and M (on the right)

And college was AMAZING. I (P), got to live in Boston, one of the most amazing cities in the world. I studied at one of the finest institutes in the world, learned so much, and made SO many amazing friends (that I miss dearly). I partied with the best of them, I joined the crew team, and I stayed up until the wee hours of the night studying bonding with these amazing people.

Between the two of us, we’ve seen all of these concerts this year:

    • Nicki Minaj
    • Boyce Avenue
    • Ben Howard
    • Tegan & Sara
    • Florence + the Machine
    • Rufus Wainwright
    • Andrew Bird
    • The Shins
    • Jack White (of the White Stripes)
    • Kimbra
    • Freelance Whales
    • Gary Clark Jr.
    • Policia
    • The Civil Wars
    • The Lumineers
    • The Avett Borthers
    • Red Hot Chili Peppers
    • Macklemore
    • Train
    • Andy Grammar
    • Gavin Degraw

Read these books:

  • Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer (E&P)
  • The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides (E)
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Steven Chbosky (E&P)
  • Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (E)
  • The Fourth Turning by William Strauss and Neil Howe (E)
  • Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond (E)
  • How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer (E)
  • 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (E&P)
  • The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling (E)
  • The House of God by Samuel Shem (E)
  • Radioactive by Lauren Redniss (E)
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman (E&P)
  • What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami (E)
  • If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino (E&P)
  • Proust was a Neuroscientist by Jonah Lehrer (E)
  • Quiet by Susan Cain (E)
  • A Little Book of Language by David Crystal (E)
  • God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (E)
  • Perfume by Patrick Suskind (E)
  • The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides (E&P)
  • The Other Queen by Phillipa Gregory (E)
  • Born to Win by Zig Ziglar (E)
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (P)
  • The Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare(P)
  • Lying by Sam Harris (P)
  • All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten (P)
  • Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler (P)
  • Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (P)
  • The History of Love by Nicole Krauss (P)
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Hadron (P)
  • Pole Dancing to Gospel Rhythms by Andrea Gibson (P)
  • The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde (P)
  • Hamlet by Shakespeare (P)
  • The Flinch by Julien Smith (P)
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (P)
  • The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin (P)
  • The Things They Carried by Tim O’ Brien (P)
  • Atonement by Ian McEwan (E&P)
  • Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength by Roy Baumeister and John Tierney (P)
  • Imagine by Jonah Lehrer (P)
  • The Madness Vase by Andrea Gibson (P)
  • Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke (P)
  • Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (P)
  • I Wrote This For You by Iain Thomas (P)
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (E&P)

We also finished some very good shows and movies:

  • Sherlock
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • The Iron Lady
  • Gone with the Wind
  • The Three Musketeers
  • Dirty Dancing
  • Clueless
  • Yes Man
  • Numbers
  • The Avengers
  • Gossip Girl
  • Grey’s Anatomy (In this year only, I’ve watched all 8 seasons and am now caught up to the 9th and final season. Perfect timing as uge.-P)

And possibly more that we have forgotten already. I guess they don’t really count.

We’ve made tons of new friends:

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(S doesn’t count because she’s an old friend… oh well.)

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2012 has been a truly great year, full of deep conversations, beauty, tragedy, goodies, joy, travels, change, and lots and lots of love. It’s been a year of happiness and crazy adventures. We are both smarter, deeper, and better people than we were on December 31, 2011. I (E) feel blessed that our friendship and this blog has been able to change as we have changed. And I (P) feel so lucky that E and I have such wonderful families and friends, both new and old. Like we said, this blog will always be the link between us, and I’m so happy it’s grown so much.

If you’ve been following us since January 1st, thanks for hanging out with us! If you’ve just started following, welcome! Get ready for the next year and for bigger, better, and badder adventures and stories from the two girls you know you love the most.

Best of luck in 2013!

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Love,

E&P

Thanksgiving Break in Pictures!

Turkey Trot!

 

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I have the cutest family in the entire world.

 

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And of course the cutest friends:

 

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C, P, and JM!

 

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My friends H (http://hafsaherazade.tumblr.com) and M!

 

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And J (of http://shakesparrow.tumblr.com)!

I loved seeing you P! I hope your transition back to Boston was smooth and that your biology test goes well this week. I very much enjoy sending you unflattering pictures of myself via snap chat and knowing you can look at them for a maximum of 10 seconds.

Hugs and kisses,

E

The Mitford Sisters- So Much Better than the Kardashians

Dear P,

During my stay in the UK I ran across a couple of icons that fascinated me, but none more so than the Mitford sisters.

(Source:http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2007/oct/24/the20thcenturysmostfascina)

Unity, Diana, Jessica, Nancy, Pamela and Deborah Mitford, not to mention their beloved parents “Muv” and “Farve” and brother Thomas, rocked the 20th century with their perfect British gentry eccentricities. I’ll go through them one at a time at first, but you have to consider them as a package, a family, to grasp the full magnificence.

Nancy Mitford– The novelist:

(Source: http://www.desmond-mcallister.info/Eng/pub_images/Mitford/Index.htm)

Nancy was the eldest of the six sisters and the one who best cultivated the “Mitford Industry” with her novels, newspaper articles, letters and essays. She also wrote many well-recieved biographies that won her fame and recognition. While Nancy’s sisters rushed to political extremes she remained a fairly uninterested moderate socialist, remaining on good terms with her sisters only through her wit, which mitigated political issues so that they were bearable in a family environment.

Though successful in her professional life, Nancy struggled in her personal life. After an unsatisfying romantic relationship with the homosexual Scottish aristocrat Hamish St Clair-Erskine, she married the Honorable Peter Murray Rennell Rodd. This marriage didn’t really go that well, with both parties indulging in varied dalliances, the most interesting of which was Nancy’s affair with the French politician and Chief-of-Staff Colonel Gaston Palewski, who inspired the character of Fabrice de Sauveterre in ‘Love in a Cold Climate.’

I have read ‘Pursuit of Love’ and ‘Love in a Cold Climate’ and I thought they were very witty and well-written representations of upper class Great Britain and France.

Also, she was classically gorgeous and has a look that I draw upon for inspiration:


(Source: http://www.nancymitford.com/nancy)

If you want to read more about her, check out her website, nancymitford.com. 

Pamela Mitford– Pamela was the least well-known and the most domestic of the bunch. 

She appears apolitical, like Nancy, and was less of a public figure than her sisters. She was married to the scientist Derek Jackson, who helped her run a poultry farm. Her nicknames included “mother”, her childhood name created by her sisters, and “The Rural Mitford”, dubbed by a man that was enamored with her for at least a little while, John Betjeman. Eventually she divorced Derek Jackson and spent most of her time in the company of the Italian horsewoman Giuditta Tommasi, still running her farm. 

Diana Mitford– The Venus-like Fascist:

(Taken from a portrait by William Acton)

Diana was a writer and auto-biographer, though not as well-known as her sister Nancy. She is much better recognized for her political activities. She was a dedicated Nazi from the very first Nuremberg rally, which she attended with her sister, Unity, who subsequently introduced her to Hitler. 

At age 18, Diana was engaged to Bryan Walter Guinness, Irish writer, aristocrat and brewery heir. The young couple lived the high life with estates in Dublin and London, often hosting meetings of the “Bright Young People,” a society of which Nancy was a part. Their marriage was foiled when Diana fell irrevocably for the dashing Sir Oswald Mosley, the founder of the British Fascist Party. Mosley refused to leave his wife, though Diana left Guinness, and when Mosley’s wife died he started delayed their marriage further with an affair with his former wife’s younger sister. 

When Mosley and Diana finally did get married, they did so in the parlor of Joseph Goebbels, overseen by Adolf Hitler himself. After the war Diana and Mosley were put in prison for three years for being Nazi sympathizers. After jail, the couple lived in various estates all over Europe and Diana lived to the ripe old age of 93. 

Unity Mitford– Unity loved Hitler, which never ends well.  

When Diana went home after the Nuremberg rally, Unity refused and was determined to meet Adolf Hitler. She did meet him and was a member of his inner circle for more than five years. She was so enamored with Hitler that when Britain declared war against Germany she shot herself in the head, causing permanent brain damage. Afterwards she lived with her mother at Asthall Manor and eventually she died from complications with the head-wound. 

Jessica “Decca” Mitford– The red sheep of the family:

At age 19, Decca married the Spanish civil war fighter Esmond Romilly, a nephew of Winston Churchill and her second cousin. The couple moved between Spain and London (the East End) while Muv and Farve got used to the idea of their marriage. In 1939 Decca and Esmond moved to the United States. Esmond joined the Canadian Royal Airforce and died in combat in World War Two. 

Decca threw herself into her work as a civil rights lawyer and investigative journalist. She was a member of the U.S. Communist Party at this time. She met her second husband, American civil rights lawyer Robert Treuhaft, in 1943. The couple moved to Oakland, California (where all good American Communists lived) and Decca became an American citizen in 1944. She continued to fight for civil rights in the U.S. throughout her lifetime and died from lung cancer in 1996. 

Deborah Mitford– The Duchess. 

(Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/sep/12/mitford-debo-deborah-devonshire-nancy-decca)

Deborah was the baby of the family and is the last of the Mitford sisters still alive. She married Lord Andrew Cavendish in 1941 and became the Duchess of Cavendish in 1950. She is best known for her ownership and restoration of Chatsworth, the most amazing house I have ever seen. They used it for Mr. Darcy’s Pemberley in the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice: 

(Source: http://www.castletonguide.com/gallery/14.html)

These sisters provide endless fodder for musings on tragedy, family, politics, British class issues, media, happiness, and the endless variability of siblings.

I hope you are having a great time at Cape Cod and meeting loads of new friends! I am going back to Austin tomorrow- I can’t wait to start school!

Hugs and kisses, 

E

 

Making Monday Sunny

What an eventful, emotion-full week this has been: “Hello’s!” and “Goodbye’s!” and absolutely everything in between! We’re all packed up and ready to go. P leaves for Boston today and I (E) leave Friday.

E’s Quote for the Week

“Unless one says goodbye to what one loves, and unless one travels to completely new territories, one can expect merely a long wearing away of oneself and eventual extinction.”

Jean Dubuffet

Things I’m Grateful for This Week

  • In a weird way, I’m glad it’s so hard to say good-bye to my friends and family. It’s easy to leave people you don’t care for. I think that’s what whoever coined the term “bittersweet goodbye” meant- bitter because it’s finished, sweet because it was fun. Dr Seuss has a quote about this: “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”*
  • I’m thankful my family is all together for this week. Skype is a wonderful tool, but it’s still not the same as all being in the same place. For example, from Skype I could never have noticed that my little brother was riding around the neighborhood on a big red tricycle while wearing a fedora-
  • I’m oh so thankful for P! I can’t imagine having a better best friend! From going to Cracker Barrel at 7:30 AM after a night of no sleep to making vision boards to bonding over Harry Potter, we always get ourselves into crazy and fun situations. I’m going to miss her so much.
  • I’m incredibly grateful for my beautiful camera. This thing (a Nikon J1) is my pride and joy. It’s so small and cute, but takes amazing pictures. I can’t wait to capture Austin with it.
  • I’m grateful for the beautiful garden my mom has been growing. I have never seen so many tomatoes in the same place before.
Her secret?
Chicken poop fertilizer!

What I Want to Do to Make This Week Sunnier

  • Get geared up for Austin! This includes some serious thinking about the best way this could turn out, packing, and rearranging of my schedule.
  • Take lots of pictures
  • Make new friends at UT
  • Work on Spanish, chemistry and calculus

Have a great week!

E

*Subsequent research indicates that the source of this quote is debated

P’s Quote for the Week

“Where we love is home-home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.”

-Oliver Wendell Holmes

Things I’m Grateful for this Week

  • My amazing family. It was SO sad leaving my family and I hate that I’m so far away from them, but I know I am so freaking lucky to have such an amazing family, in every single way possible. I, I can’t even start to express how much I love them.
Aren’t my little bros handsome? (:
  • My friends and all of the memories we’ve made over the years. We’ve done so many things—awesome, stupid, life-changing, fun, unforgettable things. I’ll never forget all of my wonderful friends back home.
Here are the girls! (:
  • E! Thank the gods on Mount Olympus that I happened to find myself such a spectacular best friend. We are, once again, 1696 miles away from each other, and although it sucks I’m really grateful for this blog and the fact that it will always be the link between us.
  • That I got to Boston safely! I’m here y’all! In my dorm! On campus! Everything went smoothly this morning—no flight delays, no lost baggage…nothing! It’s so weird actually being on campus. My roommates aren’t here yet. But I’m ready to meet them! Also, look at this pic I took from the plane! I didn’t edit it at all!!
  • That I’m going to be spending the next four years in the amazing city of Boston while studying at one of the best universities in the country and meeting some of the smartest, kindest, coolest and most driven students in the U.S. It’s safe to say it’s going to be the ride of a lifetime.
Here’s the dome at MIT!
and Boston at night!

What I’m Going to Do to Make This Week Sunnier

  • meet as many people as possible and have loads of fun at my leadership camp in Cape Cod!
  • decorate my dorm room and make it super homey slash cute
  • make collages of all of the pictures I printed out of friends and family
  • explore Boston
  • hopefully, possibly pass my diagnostic tests during orientation

Hugs and Kisses from my new city XOXO

P

Making Thursdays Sunny

Oopsie dasies! This week has been incredibly busy for both E and I and we completely forgot about Making Mondays Sunny! So instead, we’ll just have to make Thursday sunny. I mean, if we’re being real here, everyday is sunny for E and I. But here goes! (:

P’s Quote for the Week

“We’ve got our deepest hopes tattooed on our eyelids, so when we sleep we speak fireworks.”

-Know Hope (street artist in Tel Aviv)

Things I’m Grateful for this Week

  • my wonderful friends and family. They have made the last 18 years of my life so amazing and I am so sad to be leaving all of this behind.
  • on the flip side of things, I’m really grateful and excited for this new chapter in my life. Boston, here I come!
  • all-nighters. The next day is SUCH a drag, but they are SO incredibly fun when they’re happening.

What I Want to Do to Make this Week Sunnier

  • organize my mind
  • try to finish everything on my to do list
  • write thank you notes for people I am thankful towards
  • wear sunscreen

XOXOXOXOXOXOXO -P

E’s Quote for the Week

“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves”

– The Bard

Things I’m Grateful for This Week

  • Home! Home home home home home home! Home that smells like childhood on summer evenings. Home that holds my people. Home that has my Mumsey’s cooking. I can’t imagine anything more beautiful.
  • That I finished my finals
  • My car. My dusty, red symbol of independence and adulthood that I have been reunited with at last.
  • My camera, which was waiting for me at home

What I Want to Do to Make This Week Sunnier

  • Take loads of pictures of my time home
  • Review calculus and chemistry so I don’t die in the fall
  • Tell my friends and family how much I love them!
  • Spend lots of time with P before she leaves for Boston!
  • Don’t let myself slack exercise-wise

Hugs and Kisses,

E