"High up on the long hill they called the Saddle Back, behind the ranch and the county road, the boy sat on his horse, facing east, his eyes dazzled by the rising sun.
It seemed like a personage come to visit; appearing all of a sudden over the dark bank of clouds in the east, coming up over the edge of it smiling;
bowing right and left; lighting up the whole world so that everything smiled back.
The snug, huddled roofs of the ranch house, way below him, began to be red instead of just dark;
and the spidery arms of the windmill in the Gorge glinted and twinkled.
They were smiling back at the sun."
"There was no warmth yet in the level rays of the sun, and the dawn wind was cold on the mountain side, so that Ken presently began to shiver in his thin dark blue cotton jersey.
He turned to face the wind, tasting somethings of freshness and wildness that went to his head and made him want to run and shout--and ride and ride--
to go on all day--as fast as he could and never stop--.
He was hatless, and the wind made a tousled mop of his soft straight brown hair,
and whipped color into his thin cheeks that had not yet lost the whiteness of winter school-days.
His face was beautiful with the young look of wildness and freedom, and his dark blue dreaming eyes."
~Excerpt from My Friend Flicka, by Mary O'hara. I've loved this passage ever since I could remember. Aren't her descriptions absolutely breathtaking? I sure wish I could write like that...
~Photos from weheartit.com
Step 1: Respond and rework-answer the questions on your own blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own invention, add one more question of you own.
Step 2: Tag eight other un-tagged people.
What are you wearing now? My green plaid PJ bottoms from my vacation in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, my NYLON t- shirt that I got free with my subscription, and my hot pink slipper socks...I'm just about to go to bed.
What's the last thing you read/are currently reading? The Virgin Suicides...it's taking forever to finish because I'm so busy.
Do you nap a lot? I'm not much of a napper, but if I had more time, I'd sleep longer each night.
Who was the last person you hugged? My doggie, Aubrey (even though she's not a person).
What's your current obsession/addiction? White rimmed Ray Ban wayfarers.
Which item from your closet are you wearing most lately? It's been quite cold where I am lately, so I've been wearing a lot of wool peacoats and blazers.
What's for dinner? I just came back from an awesome Vietnamese/French fusion restaurant which is truly my favorite in the whole world!
What was the last thing you bought? 5 gum, the blue flavor, whatever it's called...it's my favorite flavor.
What are you listening to right now? The sound of me typing and the low hum of the furnace heating the house.
If you could have any super power, what would it be? Hmm...this is a real tough one because I'd want to be a lot of things...I guess either to have the power of invisibility or to be able to read minds...I can't decide.
What is your favorite weather, and why? Sunny, warm weather because I can go outside without having my hair get all frizzy like it does when it's damp and cold.
What time do you usually get up? On the weekdays, 6:30, on the weekends, 7:30-ish.
What is your most challenging goal right now? Finding time to do everything I want, and maintain a balanced life.
Say something to the person who tagged you: Thank you so much! I love your blog-it's so beautiful, like taking a peak into a dream.
If you could have a house-totally paid for, fully furnished-anywhere in the world, where would you want it to be? Gosh, I honestly do not know. I want to live in so many places, as pointed out by the extremely long list of places in my last post.
If you could have any magazine take photos of you for a photospread feature, which magazine would you choose, and why? Lula, because it reflects the same style as my blog. It's my favorite magazine in the whole world, as brought out in this post from an incredibly long time ago. Ah yes, the days of when my posts weren't so great and I got ecstatic if I got any more than 30 comments each post. We all have to start somewhere, don't we?
Name the things you cannot live without: Inspiration, my religion, my family, my friends, fashion, and many more things...I just can't think of them now.
It's a Friday night. Where are you? At a cozy little restaurant with a friend or two. After that, I'd probably be at home, either writing or creating a blog post or reading.
Since this is a really fun tag and a nice way to get to know all our bloggers, I am going to break the rules and tag anyone who's up to writing this!
Also, I officially have a new vintage icon:
Piksi, a girl from Finland "who studies veterinary medicine at University of Helsinki and loves dresses, thrifting, colorful shoes, and good food."
Here are just a few of my favorites from her that I guarantee you will fall in love with:
Via Luphia Loves... (an excellent blog which I totally suggest you check out)
Which is your favorite? I think I like the third to last one the best...it's really hard to choose though...
LJ from SOS! (Save Our Shoes) brought up a good point to me in her last comment. She asked if I had ever considered publishing a book of the things I post in this blog. And it's really ironic, because I had just been thinking of that...the thing is I want to take all my posts, and make them into one inspirational little book of quotes and photos. Well...what do you guys think? I like the idea, but the copyright issues pose many problems...do any of you guys know anything about what the copyright issues would be on using other people's quotes and photography? I'm hoping it's not too involved getting permission from everywhere...but the thing is for the photographs, I get most of them from weheartit.com, where I don't even know the photographer who took it...which is bad, very bad. It's going to make it impossible to track down where each of my photos are from...ugghhh...I really don't know what to do...but anywho...do any of you guys out there reading my blog right now have any connections with publishing companies or agents that you could hook me up with? I'm getting wayyy too ahead of myself now...I do that all too often...but you guys, please help me out here. I'm totally stuck. I don't know even the first step to take in publishing a book or copyright issues or everything I just wrote about.
Have a lovely weekend! I'm off to the city on a little trip with a few of my friends...