Wednesday, 28 September 2011

We accept the love we think we deserve.

Stephen Chbosky: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

(Also known as the hipster manual of 
angst-ridden teenagerhood. 
But who's to judge truths like this?)

Sunday, 25 September 2011

It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.

e.e. cummings

Saturday, 24 September 2011

tapaa minut aamulla

This might be my absolute favourite time of the year. Really the Americans are delusional (with all due respect) in calling this "fall" when it's so clearly an ascension. A climb into one's own skin, into layers of clothing, into routine and those sparkling mornings.

Finally it's cold enough to sink into jumpers and scarves and fingerless gloves. There's a quiet glory to these high winds and sharp sunrises and cold damp noses that can be pressed against pale pink cheeks.

I knit and brew endless cups of tea and consume volumes of poetry, because how else should one while away the cooling days of late September?

Friday, 23 September 2011

friday and flashes of summer

Exams over for now! I'm so ridiculously relieved I have no words for this will return later with an actual proper post.

Happy Friday to all!

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

something for shaky hands

Recently I've been worrying. Too much. Final exams, university applications and my ridiculously high expectations of myself.

I've been worrying in a way that makes my wrists ache with a rushing pulse, that makes me grind my teeth together and bite my nails, clench my fingers into fists to keep them from shaking, and grate my teeth against my lower lip until I shed blood. There have been days when I've arrived home from school and broken down completely. Scattered my tears and my need of sleep onto the floor and almost given up.


But in the midst of all this fear and doubt and stress, there have been better things. Poetry. Bouts of rain and the most beautiful slices of sunshine. Arms to fold myself into. Little pockets of calm to hold on to.

And goddammit, if I will not survive this. I am not giving up. I may be twisting myself into Gordian knots over every little thing right now, I might be too irascible for my own good, but bear with me, okay? After Friday (and the last of my exams this autumn) I hope to be calmer, I hope to be able to exhale and unclench my fists and go, Okay. I've done my best.

(I had to break my blogging hiatus for this. To salvage what is left of my mental health. Things might quieten down for a while again, but I'll see you on the flip side. After my exams, that is.)

Tuesday, 6 September 2011


and goodbye, for now. 

I hereby instate a blogging hiatus. All because of these infernal autumn exams that are approaching with unnerving speed. (I intend to build myself a nest out of my schoolbooks and only poke my nose out when I get hungry. Understandably, my nest lacks internet access.)

Look for me in two weeks' time. 

(And wish me luck, please? These are the first of my final exams and I am petrified by the prospect.)

Monday, 5 September 2011


Every year, when September arrives, I find myself remembering all over again just how glorious this month is.

How the leaves of the maple outside my window display their very darkest green before beginning to crumple and fade into sunset colours.

How knitting and tea make their entrances like old friends.

How the air is easier to breathe, and the fading light and approaching nip of cold feel like a poem.

Sunday, 4 September 2011


"Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness."

Ayn Rand

(And oh, am I fighting.

 Because things are quite difficult right now. Too much to be done, never enough hours in a day. Difficulties sleeping and too much anxiety.

But there are good things too. This early-autumn sharpness in the air, the underwater sunlight after a downpour, the clatter of trams over cobblestones and skipping down the steps of the library after a good cram session. Good little things, waiting to be noticed.)