A Young Woman Reading

The painting A Young Girl Reading by Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1776) that I found at St. Vincent de Paul.

The painting A Young Girl Reading by Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1776) that I found at St. Vincent de Paul.

I have been in love with this painting for years.

When I was shopping at St. Vincent de Paul’s thrift store for essential apartment items, I saw it laying on the counter after I’d already checked out. My heart skipped a beat. I asked the tattooed, pierced woman behind the counter if she knew whether it was still for sale or not; she told me a woman not two minutes before me had decided against it.

It was $3. I snatched it up with gratitude under my breath to the woman who left it behind. Now it hangs above my bamboo bookshelf beautifully glowing against my white Christmas lights.

 

Books & Ladders

All bookworms know this touching scene from their childhood when the Beast gives Belle the room of her dreams…

But did we ever imagine there was a local company who could make those dreams come true for US? I stumbled across this blog post while I was working one of my freelance gigs and HAD to share it.

Check out Mr. Handyman of the Fox Cities Unique Bookcases with Ladders & Bookcases with Doors blog post!

Photo courtesy of http://www.inhousesf.com.

Photo courtesy of http://www.inhousesf.com.

Just Shopping While I Work

:::Whistles rest of tune:::

Today, I explored Downtown Appleton’s Holiday Open House where all the local businesses on the College Avenue strip decorated their windows for Christmas and offered customers free samples of goodies ranging from hot cocoa and apple cider to cookies and gluten-free pizza. The City Center Plaza even had musicians from Mile of Music performing at the main entrance to support the Green Gecko Grocer and Deli.

My first stop was Studio 213 LLC where the old books at the back of the store are Buy 1 Book Get 1 FREE (of equal or lesser value). AMAZING! I just thought I’d browse since it was the first time I’d noticed a deal on the books and what do I find?!

The Count of Monte Cristo 1946 edition at Studio 213 LLC.

The Count of Monte Cristo 1946 edition at Studio 213 LLC.

Yes, that’s right! A 1940s edition of The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. I am poor so I should have put it back on the shelf, but considering it is one of my favorite stories of all time, I HAD to have it.

Two books I found at Studio 213 make for an ironic purchase.

Two books I found at Studio 213 make for an ironic purchase.

Then I found a book on the history of Napoleon Bonaparte…

For those who have read the novel or watched the film, who finds this ironic and almost hilarious that I left with the two of these?

 

Persuaded Every Time

Photo courtesy of www.imdb.com

Photo courtesy of www.imdb.com

Since I no longer have TV channels, I couldn’t watch the Packers game while I cleaned my apartment so I instead watched the 1995 film adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Persuasion,” my favorite of the Austen novels. If you can get through the novel to the last few scenes, it makes the entire story worthwhile.

The interesting thing about the actors in the movie versions of this story is that it’s all about facial expressions and subtle glances. The two characters rarely speak to one another in the novel and most of the dialogue is internal, yet it must be made clear that there is a sort of tension between them. The ending, with the two of them finally communicating and expressing their feelings, gets me every time.

Just thought I’d share one of my favorite moments — or the only moment YouTube had available: