love this song in any form but this is a sick remix

ITSINTHEBONES

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This track, originally by Tegan and Sara, and remixed by one of my favorite remix artists, RAC, is one of my favorite indie songs both as an original and as a remix. The piano riff in the chorus is insanely catchy, definitely check this one out.

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A Visitor!

Forgot to mention that Audrey the bestie paid me a visit last week! She’s abroad in Nice and came to the humble Bath for part of her spring break to visit me! It was great to hang out, eat a lot, watch the Downton finale (finally!) and drink some tea (&cocktails…:))

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EGGS BENEDICTTTT

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best mussels ever, perhaps

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casual passion fruit meringues

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diamonds abroad!

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we’re cute

Oxenford (olden time name for Oxford)

Exactly a week ago I had the opportunity (mandatory) to travel to Oxford to see C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien’s colleges, as well as the Eagle and Child where their writing group the Inklings met, and C.S. Lewis’s dwelling “The Kilns.”

For the first leg of our journey, a walking tour around the various colleges (Magdalen, Merton, Balliol, Exeter, Trinity, etc…..) we had a tour guide named Petere, who was quite enthusiastic.  He was also very into the movie Shadowlands about C.S. Lewis and his wife Joy. More on them later…

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street of oxford

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the radcliffe camera, not to be confused with the “click click” camera

After our explorations, we finally made it to the Eagle and Child, were I lunched upon delicious fish and chips. Some of my friends partook in the brew “Hoptimus Prime” which I found quite punny. It was awesome to finally be able to go to this pub, and though I can’t say I was inspired to write a grandiose fantasy novel, I was impressed nevertheless, nerdy as I am.

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Unrelated, but I need to eat here when Oxford week comes around!

ImageImageThen, it was time to take the trip to the Kilns.  We were greeted by Americans, oddly, one of whom was a theologist in residence who literally lived in CS Lewis’s house and was like obsessed with him. I learned some interesting things, but mostly that when is friend Paddy Moore died in the war, Lewis had promised to take care of his mother for him. Turns out he really took care of Mrs. Moore–they got a little frisky. Ew, right?! More interestingly, she ended up living with him later but in a platonic, motherly way, because she was a lot older.  Lewis’s relationship with his wife was also interesting–she basically stalked him all the way to England and they had deep conversations, decided to get married so she could stay in the country, but then she got cancer and Lewis realized he loved her.

I can’t even. So strange. Informative tour, though, so I’m not complaining. Then we went to see the church he worshipped at and his grave… 

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at some point he lost the keys to the room between his and the rest of the house (once Mrs. Moores) and so he installed stairs so he had to climb these each time he wanted to go to his bedroom… were there no locksmiths in oxford?

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Then we got stuck in traffic on the way home and it was excruciating. 

Lazy Friday

I can probably count on one hand the amount of time I’ve been alone since I’ve gotten here. This is great, because I’ve probably been accustomed to too much alone time, plus if ever even wanted any here I would have serious FOMO. But now Mimi is in Belgium for the weekend and the other two are on a full day field trip to Jane Austen’s home or something like that … I might wish I were in Belgium but anything Jane Austen related is enough to make me want to run away. 

So, for the first time, I have our flat to myself.  I watched TV in the morning without earphones.  I’ve been doing some laundry.  Opened some windows.  Went pee with the door open.  Nothing too drastic, but when I went outside it was a bit different.  I noticed people more–I wasn’t focused on a conversation or getting as fast as I could to a destination.  I felt almost conspicuous, but I really enjoyed people watching in the afternoon gloom.  Just something interesting for me to think about, I guess–being alone isn’t always a bad thing. 

I did go out with a purpose, which was to purchase a copy of The Casual Vacancy. But Taylor, why are you buying a copy of a book you already have? Great question–its because I’M GOING ON A DATE WITH JK ROWLING TONIGHT  I GET TO SEE JK ROWLING TALK TONIGHT! Of course a die hard nerd like me is excited, even though she will only be discussing The Casual Vacancy and nothing Harry Potter related whatsoever, or even allowing children in. I actually ran into my writing professor in the store (SMALL FREAKIN’ WORLD) and he was sort of mad at her for trying to make the general public forget that she’d written a wildly successful children’s series, and I do agree.

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Anyway, I needed a copy for her to sign.  I got the last copy of it at Mr. B’s Book Emporium (which is apparently one of the best independent bookstores in the country, so I guess Jo would be proud that I bought it there) after trying chains like WH Smith and Waterstones.  I’m really excited but disappointed that I couldn’t sneak a Harry Potter in to be signed as well… I debate swapping out the covers but she’s probs a smart enough lady to realize what I have done. 

i just LOLed

Thought Catalog

It feels like a perfect night to dress up like hipstersgo to bed by 10
And make fun of our exesLena Dunham, ah ah. ah ah.
It feels like a perfect night for breakfast at midnightto masturbate
To fall in love with strangers, To cancel on jewboy23, your OK cupid date. ah ah. ah ah. 

Yeeeah,
We’re happy free confused and lonelydepressed poor unemployed and bitter at the same time
It’s miserable and magicalmiserable, oh yeah
Tonight’s the night when we forget about the deadlinesto pay rent
It’s time to call your parents…

Oh oh!
I don’t know about youwhat real adults do
But I’m feeling 22
Everything will be alright if
You keep me next to yougive me your Netflix login or Hulu
You don’t know all about me
But I’ll bet you want toYou read…

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