Someone stole my Grand-Mother engagement ring

This is my first post in such a long time, I am so sorry it has to be this frightening subject… I will soon start to post about my holidays in my other blog, so please look forward to it as well!

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I just learnt, a few days ago, that someone stole my grand-mother’s engagement ring. It really REALLY annoys me. I know my grand-mother is upset about it, and it has nothing to do with its actual value. I mean, it was an engagement ring after all, of course it was beautiful! What really is wrong is that someone took away from my grand-mother one of the items she treasures the most in the world.

One could argue that we shouldn’t be that attached to objects. Because, well, they are only objects, they can break, they can get stolen… But no-one can deny the strong sentimental value of an engagement ring. It has a meaning. It is not just a common ring, you only have one like this, it’s the symbol of love and commitment!

My grand-parents have been married for FIFTY-EIGHT years. It’s an amazingly long time you know! More than half a century of love, and she has been wearing that ring all along.

I can’t believe someone was heartless enough to steal it.

The other day my uncle went to the police to file a complaint but we all know we will never see this ring again. At this hour, it probably doesn’t exist anymore. The thing is, I hope that the person who stole it had good reasons to do so. The truth is, I highly doubt it. It was probably just someone who saw the diamonds and thought “it’s probably worth a ton of money!” and stole it. It was probably not the first time that person did it either. We believe my Grand-mother was drugged, in order to remove the ring from her finger without her noticing. Who the hell does that to an old woman?

I sincerely hope that whoever stole it will one day look back at his or her life and think “why did I do it?” and have regrets.

Today again my grand-mother said how sad she was to have lost her ring. What can we say to her? It’s heartbreaking and that’s all. Losing this ring also has a bitter feeling in this case. My grand-father has alzheimer, slowly memories are fading away, and with the ring gone, what will remain from those 60 years of love?

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Alice in Wonderland – Ready for some magic?

//I hope you have time ahead, because this is a LONG article… Sorry everyone~~I didn’t think I could do longer than what I did for P&P but… here I am//

I don’t know if you read the books. Quite hard to follow, quite confusing, more a succession of events than a story but it is interesting to read. I’d recommend it any time. I won’t say it is a great book. It isn’t bad either. It just gives you a strange feeling. As I said… interesting.

But today, the subject isn’t the book. It’s the 2010 movie.

You know, if a movie is directed by Tim Burton, I usually know it will be good. But, if it is directed by Tim Burton and includes BOTH Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, I am sure it will be OUTSTANDING. Honestly.

Tim Burton + Helena Bonham Carter + Johnny Depp = Winning Formula.

I went to the theater to see it when it came out in France. It might be one of the few movies I saw that actually used the 3D, if only a tiny bit. When Alice fell, you know, it really felt like I was falling too.

A month, it was on TV so I thought it was a good opportunity and convinced my mother it was the best movie to watch that night (but it had competition! Legally Blonde was ALSO airing that day. Luckily I watched it just a week ago or Alice wouldn’t have stood a chance).

My TV allows to choose the language on some channels so I put it in English. I can even choose to put the subs if needed. Well, it was very much needed. I was really, really upset. I mean, I am supposed to understand English better than that! Yesterday it just seemed like I’d never heard English before. I hate when it happens. I feel dumb. I did not understand enough to really appreciate the movie, which is a shame, so I ended up putting the subs. I know, I know, it’s terrible. Still better than watching it in French but… it feels like a failure to me.

Anyway~ Once again, I thought “ah, really, THIS is something only Tim Burton can do“. Alice’s adventures in Wonderland is a weird, fantastic and somehow disturbing story and I think it suits Tim Burton‘s universe really well. In fact, I can’t think of any other director who would have done such a good job with this story. What do you think? Could someone else have done a better job? 

Let’s talk about this movie a bit.

The Cast

Maybe I should start with Alice, as it is Alice in Wonderland

It is said that she is almost 20. Well, I am 20 and I think she looks much younger than me. Mia Wasikowska was 21 in 2010, but with the make-up and all, she looks more 16 than 20 to me. She makes a really good Alice, I think. I am happy they didn’t try to choose someone more famous. Mia Wasikowska had done some stuff before, but she wasn’t that well known yet. I think it was a smart choice. And I love the blue dress she wears at her “engagement party”. I want the same. There is a trend going on turning our fairy tales heroines into warriors, which I find a bit weird but overall, I liked this version of Alice (the character) more than any other.

The hatter. Johnny Depp. I bet you already understood that I like him a lot. He is charming and as an actor, I don’t think anyone can compete. He is in a category on its own, so I guess comparison is hard. He can pull off weird characters and never gives an impression of déjà vu. Each time, he creates a brand new person, with its own mannerism and way of speaking and… well, it is just amazing. So, to come back to the Hatter, Johnny Depp was an excellent choice. No-one else could have played it as well as he did. And he looks great with make-up. Can you think of anyone who would look so charming with make-up like this?

As for the Queen of Heart (promise, I’ll stop at her, other characters are all secondary), Helena Bonham Carter is, as ever, outstanding. She is fabulous and of course, if you watched Harry Potter, you know just how good she is at playing the mad and cruel/heartless character. I even ended up liking the Queen of Heart, which seemed totally impossible reading the book (but of course, it is also due to the script. She does become likeable at some point).

All of that to say this movie was a win-win to me. Everything was at its place, everything fitted. I often watch a movie and think “if they had cast somebody else for this character, it would have been better“. If I think that, it probably means that at some point they did a mistake, because I am very easy to convince.

The Story

First of all, I felt awful for poor Alice. I would HATE to be proposed to in public. Though I understand that some people might like it, I would feel pressured and who wants to be pressured at such a moment? And, honestly… honestly who would want to marry Hamish? He doesn’t even try to be nice to Alice.

I know Tim Burton disagrees (as he stated before in interviews), but it can be seen as some sort of sequel of the books. Alice went to Wonderland when she was a little girl (=the book) and comes back (=the movie) without remembering anything about it. But it is not exactly a sequel either. We know she came before, when she was a little girl. But what happened back then we have no idea. Wonderland changed since she first came. For example, the Queen of Heart killed the King (she says she did so because he would have left her anyway). The atmosphere changed.

The Hatter famous sentence “Why is a Raven like a Writing Desk” was included to the movie, the Queen still plays cricket with flamingos and yells “Off with his head!” all the time… It is Alice in Wonderlandwithout being an strict adaptation of the books. This is probably why I like it so much. The book was a nonsense but the movie uses the book to create a story. It is briliant. Tons of little references to the books are made. You may not catch them the first time you watch the movie, so watch it several times!

The plot in itself is really entertaining. It is pretty classic, you know. Alice comes to Wonderland only to discover she has to get back the Vorpal Sword and kill the Jabberwocky to save everyone from the bad Queen. However, though she is Wonderland’s only hope, she doesn’t think she is the right Alice. Only at the end, thanks to Absolem wise words does she understand that she has to face her destiny and save her friends. Said that way, it does seem a bit simple, but it is a really good movie, and you SHOULD watch it.

The Characters

I’ll be quick on this part, as you already know what I think of Alice, the Hatter and the Queen of Heart.

The Knave is as bad as expected. He is so bad that he probably is the ONLY character I hate in the movie. He is ugly, he is petty, he is opportunistic and he is heartless. I mean, at the end of the movie, even the Queen of Heart does say something that makes me change my mind on her. She is banned from Wonderland with the Knave, and tells him “At least we have each other“. Isn’t it cute? Doesn’t it show that somewhere under her cruel appearence hide human feelings? I felt terrible for her because she does love the Knave and he heartlessly tries to kill her, and then begs to be killed just not to be with her! The poor Queen seems completely heartbroken.

The Cheshire Cat is one of my favourites. I know he isn’t very important in the movie, but I like him and what he represents. We understand from the Hatter’s words that in the past Chess has been a coward and saved his head instead of helping the others. But during the movie, Chess does try to help. He saves the Hatter from being beheaded. He does help Alice several times. It shows that whatever you did in the past, you can improve. You can do better. I like this idea.

The character who moved me the most (apart from the Hatter) is probably Bayard the bloodhound. He puts his own life in danger, as well as the life of his wife and kids to save Alice. He doesn’t die, but he is ready to sacrify himself to help the cause, so I guess he is one of the true heroes of this movie.

Well, I won’t comment every single character in the movie. I think they were all good. The March Hare is totally crazy, as expected, the White Rabbit is barely seen but very in-character, Tweedledee and Tweedledum had very little screen time but still managed to make me laugh (probably because they are mid-human mid-computerized, which make them appear very weird) the dormmouse was cute…

Costumes and Scenery

Costumes are all great, not much to say about it; I particularly love the Queen of Hearts’ dress, and, as stated before, Alice “real world” dress. I also absolutely loved the Hatter costume, it totally fits him and helps create that “mad” aura.

As for the scenery… well, I said it. Tim Burton has that ability to bring you to new worlds and it was the case here. Everything is splendid, beautiful, fantastic. It doesn’t really try to look realistic, and it’s better that way.

The Red Queen’s palace is FABULOUS. I can’t describe it well enough so I won’t.

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I also have to talk about the final battle set. It IS probably the best scenery of the whole movie. Even if I love castles. It is a giant chessboard (which does recall the second Alice book) with some sort of greek ruins on the side. Really pretty.

…. to conclude …. (Please, stay with me! It’s almost over!)

You know, when I want to write a review, I take notes while watching the movie, then take some time to think about and re-write it. Here are some stuff you can find in my drafts

Am I the only one… Am I really the only one who was awfully sad and heartbroken that Alice didn’t ended up with the Hatter? Honestly? He was just SO cute. 

That was even before starting the movie, as I tried to remember what I felt when I watched it the first time at the theater…. then, while watching the movie, that’s what you get:

So saaaaad! Whyyyy leaving, Alice! The Hatter says “You could stay” and you leaaave! Whyyyy? Look at his eeeeeeyes! You caaaan’t leave him! You can’t!! This is cruelty!

It tells you just how frustrated I was at the end of the movie! Though I suppose it will sound weird to anyone who didn’t watch it, I swear Alice and the Hatter were cute together. She is not the little girl Alice from the book or the Disney animated movie, so it isn’t that creepy.

I am really sorry for that terribly long article. In the future, I will try to make my reviews shorter, as I am afraid I lost most of you before the end…

If you watched Alice in Wonderland, do you agree with me? Did you think it was sad that Alice returned to the “real world”?

I hear rumors about a sequel of this movie. What do you think? Is it a good idea? What kind of story would you like to see in this sequel? Which actors should come back for this?

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Great news!

Hi guys!

Well, I wasn’t really posting for a while, not that I didn’t want to but I had a little issue with my blog (and my posts not showing up in the topic readers), so I was somehow upset by it and didn’t write for a while. But I’m back!

Since I will be leaving for Canada in less than a week now, I’ll probably not be posting here that much. Anyway.

A few news: I cut my hair! Had long, loooong hair for ten years. Suddenly cut it shoulder-length. Terrible decision. But it’s actually all fine, I got used to it more quickly than I thought.

I actually hate going to the hairdresser, because of the prices. When you have to pay 40€ to cut 3cm of your hair, isn’t that just like daily robbery? Seriously… when I think my brother only has to pay 22€ no matter what length of hair he has… it just annoys me. Let’s not speak about hairdressers prices, because it always makes me cringe.

Sneak Peak

Now talking about stuff I did since I’m in holidays…Well, I suddenly decided I wanted to sew. And since I am always a bit too ambitious I chose to sew a toilet bad, not anything easy! It was terrible. Terrible! Took me hours and hours. The result isn’t that bad. It’s just important not to look too closely at it, because of all the badly-made & way-too-visible seams. Anyway. Proud of myself. Actually didn’t think I could finish it. I’ll upload a picture later.

Of course, I also read. The “This Charming Man” book I talked about in my previous post… as well as a few others I had already read before (security security…).

Also…had a Pirates of the Caribbean marathon with a friend (Johnny Depp why so perfect?), introduced Once Upon a Time to my little cousin (pretty sure she is convert now), went to a few family meetings (everyone so adorable!), almost emptied my flat and took all my stuff back at parents’s place, enjoyed summer sales a lot, played the Sims 3 with my best friend…

As I have a few troubles with the application process for next year, I have nothing to officially announce yet on the subject. It’s litterally ruining my holidays so far, and I hope I can be over with it before leaving to Canada or I will be very very upset.

That’s it!

I’ll probably be posting about Alice in Wonderland in a few minutes. I wrote this article a month ago, but with that topic readers trouble… anyway. I’ll be posting it right away.

See you!

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PS: LMF is in London right now. I don’t think she will be posting for a while.

Marian Keyes – This Charming Man

Ok. So this is a book review! It had been ages since I read a new book. I usually just re-read ones that I’m sure I like. Don’t want to be disappointed. But! I read this new book, took me more than two months. Absolutely unbelievable. Usually, if I start a book, I finish it right away. I CAN’T sleep if I don’t finish my book.

I wondered several times “why did I buy this book? Why?” It isn’t like if the synopsis actually made me want to read it. Here it is:

“Everybody remembers where they were the day they heard that Paddy de Courcy was getting married”

But for four women in particular, the big news about the charismatic politician is especially momentous…

Stylist Lola has every reason to be interested in who Paddy’s marrying – because she’s his girlfriend, yet she definitely isn’t the bride-to-be… Journalist Grace wants the inside story on the de Courcy engagement and thinks Lola holds the key… while Grace’s sister, Marnie, still can’t forget her first love: a certain Paddy de Courcy. And what of the soon-to-be Mrs de Courcy? Alicia will do anything for her fiancé and is determined to be the perfect wife. But does she know the real Paddy?

Four different women

One awfully charming man

And the dark secret that binds them all.

I usually don’t like those kind of stories (or rather, the kind of story I thought this book would be, based on the synopsis). I don’t like love triangles (here it would be an hexagone, but who cares!), I don’t like when there is a sort of jealousy, of I-don’t-know-who-he/she-will-choose feeling. Because it’s annoying. Like, the man isn’t so sure who he prefers so he dates the two girls at the same time, changes his mind every five minutes, lies to both until the end and finally finds his true love and gets forgiven. No. Just no.

I’ll be honest here. The only reason why I bought this book is that when I was in London back in January I temporarily lost my mind. WHSmith is paradise. Sooooo many books there. Couldn’t resist. And there it was, with this beautiful pink-colored cover. Couldn’t resist I say. The title isn’t actually purple. It’s pink. But since it’s a shiny (it’s actually shining!) pink, it appears purple on screen. Weird enough. Honestly, based on the cover, I thought it might be a cute story. And since I love pink… I thought “it will look pretty in my bookcase!” I know, I know, I shouldn’t choose books based on their covers. But I always do. An ugly cover isn’t appealing at all. I can’t read a book with an ugly cover.

I started to read it back in April. So long ago! Read three pages at a time, because more was impossible. Didn’t understand anything, was very disturbing.

Finally I found the courage to read it. A bit every night before going to bed. And finally I understood. Every pieces started to fit and in a way, I was happy that this book actually managed to SURPRISE me. It hardly ever happens. I hadn’t guessed at all the main issue until page 500-something. Well, I felt something was wrong. I did. But didn’t guess anything.

It’s a very complicated story, to be honest. It’s not even one story. It’s four stories into one. Or rather three-and-a-half, because we almost never read about Alicia (the bride-to-be).

Marian Keyes decided to write her book from the point of view of the four women, which means that the narrator regularly changes. Each woman lives her own life, has her own issues to deal with, her own stories, but in the end, the central theme still is Paddy and his relationship with each of them. It’s just that the story you are reading isn’t always related to the main story. So it can be a bit hard to read.

Lola, the stylist, run away from Dublin because she is unable to control her pain. She ends up in a small irish village near the coast, meets everyone there, becomes friend with some of them… it isn’t as boring as it sounds. I actually enjoyed Lola‘s narrotor times a lot. Her life in Knockavoy brings some -much needed- smiles.
Slowly but surely, we learn how was her relationship with Paddy. At the beginning of the book, we don’t know who he is (we know what he is: an engaged politician, but not who). As she creates bonds with her new neighbours she starts to trust them with her secrets, things that she hasn’t shared with her bestfriends in Dublin. And then you, as a reader, start to understand what the whole story is about.

Marnie, Paddy‘s first ‘love’, is an alcoholic. She refuses to admit it until the very end of the book, though, but she has very serious issues with alcohol and her state is very, very bad. She often forgets things, often disappears and comes back miserable. Ends up in the hospital. It’s very bad. She is married and has two young daughters. It’s a problem that she drinks so much vodka. Although the synopsys says she isn’t over Paddy… from what I read… she was actually over him. Not completely, but she really had moved on with her life. A girl never forgets her first love, so of course she is a bit upset by the news… but I think her true link with Paddy is that he is the main reason why she is drinking so much. As the story goes on, we learn more and more about they former relationship, and no wonder why Marnie is how she is.

Grace, the journalist, is Marnie‘s sister, so right away she has good reasons to hate Paddy. She is living with her ten-years boyfriend Damien and enjoys her job. She is particularly fond of a woman politician named Dee Rossini, and several times saves her from scandals that could have destroyed her career. Grace the central piece of the story. I think she shares the “main character” role with Lola, but she is the one that actually lead the story to its end. I really, really liked Grace. Don’t know why, but she was definitely the character I understood the best. Well, most of the time.

Finally Alicia, the bride-to-be, isn’t a big part of the story. She is just there, no-one knows why Paddy chose her. She wants to be the perfect wife and most of all, she wants to show Grace and Marnie that she managed to get him. That’s what she always wanted (and I was proud because I understood right at the beginning that Alicia was friend with Grace and Marnie a long time before the engagement). Alicia in the end is the only one for who we don’t know what happens. I’m afraid her fate isn’t really desirable….

There are various things I liked while reading This Charming Man. When Marian Keyes changed of narrator, there were small interludes, if I can call it like that… one paragraph or so. It seems so random at the beginning I was really wondering “what does it have to do with anything?” but as you learn more about the characters, it suddenly becomes so clear.

I’d love to give you the main theme of this book. I suppose some of you guessed all right reading my article, but I hope I didn’t reveal too much. I wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise. It’s actually really well written and I highly recommend it. And I was happy enough because there was a few love stories in it. And I love love stories.

It’s a really serious book. I was surprised, I hadn’t expected it at all (and frankly, would you, based on the cover?), but it’s really enlightening. It’s NOT a teenage story. It’s NOT cute, it’s NOT heartwarming. It’s dead serious, it’s frustrating and yet it’s light. I don’t know how to say it… It’s just… it’s kinda easy to read, once you get into it. It’s not depressing or boring. It’s good. It’s really, really good, you even manage to laugh at times, even though it deals with important, serious subjects, like politics, women, work, alcoholism… (and yes, on the cover it’s written that it’s funny, but I didn’t really think it’s funny. It makes you smile, yes, that’s true, but laugh out loud? Maybe once or twice, no more)

So you guys go to the library now and find this book!

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Ending uni.

Little Miss Fran taking over the blog again, I did not write often because I did not find inspiration or did not have enough time… I have now since I’m officially on summer holidays! I should be happy, I am but it also means the end of three incredible years at university.

At first I really didn’t know what to expect from it, I loved high school so much I was really scared to enter the student world. I also had a lot of stereotypes about college from what I watched on American TV series… What a disappointment to find out it looks anything like it!

These three years were tough, physically and emotionally. I tried as much as I could to keep my grades up cause that’s just who I am, too nervous about everything… Study hard to suceed became more than a simple motto. Anyway as long as the years went by, university went from ‘it sucks’ to ‘it’s ok’ and there was nothing I could do about it.

I am 20 years old and I still don’t know what I want to do with my life, scary, isn’t it? But I like to think that what’s supposed to happen must happen. It was God’s will to put me through these three years of university and to learn beause I learnt soooo much from it. More important is I made amazing friends over the years and just for that I’m thankful for these years. I know that even if we’re going apart we will always stay in touch.

I’m just going to end this post by quoting my favorite show One Tree Hill “Now is the time for us to shine, the time when our dreams are in reach and possibilities, vast. Now is the time for all of us to become the people we always dreamed of being. This is your world. You’re here. You matter. The world is waiting.” This sums it all.

A new chapter is closing…

After three years, it eventually came to an end. Yesterday at noon, I finished the last exam of my bachelor degree.  The last in three years. Three years of hard work, of tears, of joy, of sadness and of laughs. I cannot believe it is over. I don’t realize it yet.

I still remember the day I discovered I had made it. I freaked out. Like, completely. I kept saying things like “this is a mistake!” or “I don’t want to go there anymore!”. My parents were worried at the time, and I think I must have been a lot of trouble. I have always been that indecisive girl who doesn’t know what to do with her life. It isn’t easy to find enough motivation to study when there is no goal to be reached. I struggled a lot. From the first day, I thought “this is a nightmare!” and “I want to quit!”. I was saying those things without thinking much ahead.

I have never been the hard-working girl people think I am. In fact, I just hate revising, and I always knew it would be a problem at some point. Struggling so much to keep my grades at normal level was probably part of the reason why I considered giving up so many times.

But I did not. And now, looking back, it was the right choice. It took me a lot of time to adjust to that new life. Being an high school student was rather relaxing in comparison. But I learnt many, many things. After three years, I finally got used to this. I now fully understand the importance of studying and how much I benefitted from my classes. I will try to remember all the precious advices my teachers gave me, but to be honest, I will probably forget most of them.

Another great, great thing I owe to my degree is that I met a lot of wonderful people. You know, I have never been the kind of girl who has many friends. But quality is better than quantity, right? And the few friends I made during those three years are the best in the world. I feel so grateful to have them… they are always there for me whenever I need… I never said them that, though. I am not really the expansive type, but I should probably have thanked them properly, right?

Class_of_2013From now on, even if our lives are taking different paths, I don’t want separation and distance to hurt our friendship, so let’s work hard to stay in touch, okay?

That’s it. This is over. From now on, I’ll continue to do my best!  But before… I think I’ll just enjoy my holidays as much as I can.

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Dad B-DAY!

Today is my Dad birthday.

Dad is gone to Canada since January, so in moments like this, I guess he must feel lonely. Luckily my aunts and cousins are with him! I hope they prepared something to celebrate, since we won’t be able to do it.

897I can’t wait for him to come back! Somehow, 6 months seems longer now than it did when he just left. I miss him a lot. Luckily, Skype exists!

So, Dad, Happy Birthday! Let’s meet on Skype tonight!

I love you

 

Exams in a week

Classes are over. The end of my Bachelor Degree is near, but I don’t want to think about it just yet. It’s scary, and sad.

I have a week to study for my exams. I wonder if it’s enough? I already studied a lot, but somehow it never seems enough. I hope I’ll be fine.

So many things to worry about lately… will I be accepted in the MA I want? I don’t have a backup plan. It better works!

I should stop worrying but somehow I can’t. Anyway!

I won’t be able to post in while, I bet you understand. Exams come first, you know?

For everyone who have exams, do your best! Good luck!

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If only Hogwarts hadn’t forgotten my letter…

When I was 11, I patiently waited for my letter to arrive. I seriously did, just as many other children the same age as me. It was nearly 10 years ago… At the beginning, I created all sorts of scenarios to explain why I hadn’t yet received this letter. I remember some of them, like… “they forgot about me!”,  “Maybe I’m under a spell that errased my powers and they can’t locate me!” or “they want to protect me because a very bad wizard wants to kill me!“… silly stuff like this. Who didn’t? I was pretty sure I was a forgotten-muggle-born-witch and that at some point the Magic world had made a mistake and had yet to discover my existence.

It goes without saying that I was an unpopular, lonely, bookworm little girl with lots of imagination. 

I am 20 now. It seems rather certain that I am a muggle. Which is a shame. I would LOVE to be a witch. I am sure I would have been very good at school. But let’s imagine for a minute what would my life have been if I had received that letter.

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I took this picture at the Harry Potter studios earlier this year~~

I would have been a student there from 2003 to 2010. Sounds great to me. Those are not my favourite years. I still remember just how cruel children and teenagers can be. A little bit of magic would have helped.

If I am to believe my Pottermore results, I would have been a Ravenclaw. I was surprised. Honestly, when I read the book, I thought “ah, so I would have been an Hufflepuff, right?“. I really admire them, in some way. I admire their qualities. Anyway. Ravenclaw definitely suits me, I guess. Though I am not the hardworker Ravenclaws usually are, I think I understand why the little quizz put me in that House.

I would have been terrible at flying, so Quidditch was probably not for me (I am awful at any sport with a ball, so with or without a broomstick doesn’t make much difference). However, cheering my House team would have been a pleasure~!

The subject I would have loved the most is certainly History of Magic. I know, I know, it sounds terribly boring and all, and I read just like you how soporific Binns classes were. But it just fascinates me. The subject, I mean. I would have loved to learn all those things. In middle school and High School, History was my favourite subject. Seriously. I love it.

Potion would have been terrible. I know Snape was dead, in 2003, so maybe the teacher was somewhat kinder, but still, I know how I cook. I overlook quantities and just stop when it seems right. Potions need way too much precision for me.

Charms and Transfiguration both sounds very interesting, so I really wish I could be a witch for just one day and try those two. Please! I want a wand!

I would probably have had good results to my O.W.Ls, and continued some classes to N.E.W.T level. I am sure it is much easier for young wizards to find out what they want to do with their life. Magic is amazing. You can actually do anything, really…

If I had gone to Hogwarts, I would have graduated three years ago. So, by now, I would probably already have found a fascinating job, maybe at the Ministry? Something like that. Sounds great.

But, all of that will never happen. (Yeah, for those of you who doubted it, I am perfeclty sane, don’t worry!)

And, honestly… since I am French, Beauxbatons would have been my school, not Hogwarts, right?

So, what about you all? Did you dream to receive your letter? How would have been your life if you had gone to Hogwarts?

For those of you who wonder “why such a post?”, well, I am completing application forms for Master degrees lately, and I’m definitely dreaming of NOT having to do all of that right now. It just makes me panic.

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PS: please don’t re-use my photo of the letter without my consent, thanks!

Sunshine Award ~ brighten my day!

Everyone! I am extremely happy today! Fancy Little Talk has been nominated for the Sunshine Award~ Well, today is a rainy day here in Paris, so I must say it totally makes my day. And, and, that’s not all, of course! The person who nominated me… I am a regular reader of her blog, I love her way of writing, I love her book reviews, and since we often have the same tastes in books, I add some of the one she introduces to my list (which is growing longer and longer everyday… luckily, I will graduate soon!)… well, that is to say, I am even more happy to know she enjoys my blog!

I hope Little Miss Fran sees this post, though as you probably noticed she isn’t so active in the blog lately. She is studying hard for the exams, so she has no time for posting! I guess I am less serious when it comes to my studies, since we do have the same exams…

So, let’s try following the rules for once:

Include the award’s logo in a post or on your Blog (Done!).
Link to the person who nominated you. (
here: => GO CHECK IT OUT! My Feather Quill is a jewel! <=)
Answer 10 questions about yourself
Nominate 10 Bloggers
Link your nominees to the post and comment on their Blogs, letting them know they have been nominated.

10 questions about myself… well, well… I don’t know what might interest you…

1 – A song I can listen to thousands of time without getting tired:

-> At the Beginning, Richard Marx & Donna Lewis (Yes, the one you can hear in Anastasia, I love it so much!)

2 – The book I am currently reading:

-> Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. In Spanish. I need to improve my Spanish and to achieve that, I have to read, right? So, why not combine useful with pleasant?

3 – A bad habit I should get rid of:

-> Bury my head in the sand when something makes me nervous. That’s not a solution, and it only makes it last longer. But it seems to be a strong habit, I still have to work on it.

4 – A book I would like to change to end of:

-> Harry Potter and the deathly hallows. Not that I’d like to change the whole end. Just saving Tonks and Lupin would be enough to make it a lot better. Why, whyyyyy did you have to kill Tonks and Lupin?

5 – A quote I love:

-> Every day you spend without a smile is a lost day. I don’t know who said this, but I love this sentence. I cannot imagine spending an entire day without smiling. However hard is life, smiling is what makes it worth living, right? So, please, SMILE!

6 – A celebrity I would love to meet:

-> Beverley Mitchell. She seems to be an amazing person and I would absolutely love to have a conversation with her.

7 – A country I would love to visit:

-> Mongolia. It sounds weird, I know, but I am a huge fan of horse riding, and I dream of doing a trek in Mongolia.

8 – The weirdest thing that ever happened to me:

-> Two or three years ago, though my i-pod was on pause, I heard very clearly a voice whispering “Your father promised her…” several times! I totally freaked out. I was like “e~h? I’m crazy or what? I did hear it, right? I’m sure I did!”. Well, I later discovered that my i-pod was bugging and played songs on its own, while supposingly on pause, and even if the screen showed another song title. In fact, it was the beginning of a song from The Phantom of the Opera… Totally weird and scary.

9 – Favourite snacks:

-> Nachos with salsa dip!

10 – Worst movie I ever watched:

-> Probably “Cherchez Hortense“. You lucky English speakers will never have to watch it. It is a French movie, and after only 3 minutes I was looking for an exit. Well, I ended up staying in the cinema because there was no way to get out but it was really REALLY that bad.

Pfiou! Finally got ten! What a challenge!

So now… my nominees are…

-> Tales Of Life Love And Ice Cream

-> Letters to Cinderella

-> Shh!…It’s a Library

-> The World’s Top 10… of Anything and Everything

-> Curious Mother

I will stop at five. I know, I know, I am supposed to nominate 10 of them, and I woud really love to, but it so happens that I don’t follow many blogs. I don’t have much time to read blogs lately (I will when holidays finally come!), so I prefer reading well the few ones I follow for now. But, do check out those blogs, they make me smile everytime I read them!

Thank you again Lydia for nominating me, it really makes me super happy!

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