Monday, July 28, 2014

My Life as a Jane Austen Heroine

You really shouldn't compare your life to anything, or anyone. It's something that I'm still trying to learn, but I feel like humans are constantly trying to compare themselves to their neighbors. I compare myself to characters in books. When I was in college, I took numerous "Which Jane Austen Heroine Are You?" quizzes, and always got Lizzie Bennet.


With the move going on, and how our lives are changing so much right now with a recent downsizing. We're going from the house we've spent the last twenty years in (almost to the date, actually), and we'll soon be renting a much smaller house (Going from three bathrooms to one. EEP!). It honestly makes me feel more like the characters in Sense and Sensibility, who had to move when their patriarch died, and their house and money went to their older half-brother. Thankfully, no one has died, we're just downsizing.

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We spent today taking boxes over to the new house, followed by my sister and I painting our respective rooms (Incidentally, we both went for different shades of purple). The cutting in process was awful, because our dropcloths were paper, and it was hot and sticky out, so I kept sticking to it when I knelt to get the bottom of the wall.

Here are some progress pictures. I'll post the finished product once I get my room set up.

Looking into the room from the door

Looking at the door

Cutting is evil and necessary

Seriously, cutting is awful

It's going to be worth it, though.

This is only one coat, but I love the richness.

We're working toward making our lives better, and downsizing is a step in the right direction. I think I'm just excited to get a bigger room. I'm going to be so sad to leave, but at least We get to stay on this side of town.

I watched Sense and Sensibility the other night, practically quoting it, since I've watched it so much in my life. Jane Austen didn't marry, so she was the queen of observers. She wrote comedy-of-manners type stories, and I can pinpoint different people in my life who match up to characters in her novels (as I'm sure most Jane Austen fans can). Still have yet to find her heroes, though.

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Lizzie Bennet Diaries gifs for the win.

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