What I like about reality checks

1- Never am I more aware of the growing that I am capable of as I am when I get a reality check.

2- It’s sorta like a performance review? Of how you are as a human. Either you like who you’re left with, or you don’t.

3- They’re transformative. I hate when things are rearranged in my head, and the struggle that comes along with trying to make sense of your world again can be difficult, and frustrating, but I like the enlightenment that follows. When things click into place. A puzzle that’s always looking to be solved, is my perception of the world.

4- I like that it feels like waking up. But not from sleep. More like from being on autopilot for a while.

That’s all I got.

Peace.

My Favorite Quotes/Conversations From “In Bruges”

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I do this thing where I get sorta attached to a particular actor for some time, wanting to watch as much of their movies as I can, until I somehow get them out of my system. (I like to call these attachments “phases”. My favorite phase, so far, has been my Eddie Redmayne one. I enjoyed trekking my way through his imdb page, in case you were wondering. There are gems to be found in there, my friends.) And, it is through this method that I have come across many (and I mean many) an odd movie, one of them being this one. Now, I can assure you that, obviously, not all of them, in fact most of them are definitely not as good as this one is. (There are some weird movies out there, people. Tread carefully.) In fact, this one’s great. I was going through a Colin Farrell phase a couple years back, and I came across this movie. I can’t remember what my exact thoughts about it were initially, but I think I took a look at the rating, and saw the poster and decided that it didn’t look boring.

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And I was so right. This movie is very far from what boring is. I remember thinking this movie was great when I first watched it. So I watched it again a couple days ago, just because, and was really happy to find that it was as good as I remember it being.

It’s entertaining. And the thing is, it comes off as this typical spy/action comedy flick, when really, it’s quite a bit more serious than that. It’s actually a lot more serious than that. There’s some heavy content, and emotion in this movie, and yet, it still manages to come across as light hearted, and funny. And I have to commend the writer, as well as the actors for that, because this could have gone very wrong had it not been done right. It’s like the perfect blend of serious and funny. The two very much compliment each other in this film, and there’s (what feels like) a very fine line between them. They both add to each other. Plus, the dialogue is fantastic. I’m jealous. I’m so very jealous that a single human could produce this script, mashaAllah. So, with that being said, I present to you a list of My Favorite Quotes/Conversations From In Bruges:

Ray: Bruges is a shithole.

Ken: Bruges is not a shithole.

Ray: Bruges is a shithole.

Ken: Ray, we’ve only just got off the fucking train. Could we reserve judgement on Bruges until we’ve seen the fucking place?

Ray: I know it’s gonna be a shithole.

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Ray: (weirded out as he stares at Ken  pleasantly taking in the sights around them on their boat ride not minding the cold at all) Do you think this is good?

Ken: (distractedly) Do I think what’s good?

Ray: (still staring at Ken, weirded out) You know, going around a boat looking at stuff.

Ken: (Still looking around) Yes, I do. (Then looks at Ray who is huddled up and clearly not enjoying this) It’s called “sightseeing”.

*****

“Here’s my vote on what we should. We give it another day, two days max, and then we check the papers again… and if there’s still nothing in them, we phone him and say ‘Harry, thank you for the trip to Bruges. It’s been very nice, all the old buildings and that, but we’re coming back to London now, and hide out in a proper country, where there isn’t just fucking chocolates.'” – Ray

*****

Ken: (as he stares at a tower, excited) Come up?

Ray: (Still not enjoying this, and cold) What’s up there?

Ken: The view.

Ray: The view of what? The view of down here? I can see that down here.

Ken: Ray, you’re about the worst tourist in the whole world.

Ray: Ken, I grew up in Dublin. I love Dublin. If I’d grown up in a farm, and was retarded, Bruges might impress me, but I didn’t, so it doesn’t.

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“Purgatory’s kind of like the in-betweeny one. You weren’t really shit, but you weren’t all that great either. Like Tottenham.” -Ray

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Ray: Well what’s a fifty year old lollipop man doing knowing fucking karate? What, was he a Chinese lollipop man? Jesus, Ken. I’m trying to talk about-

(he can’t say it)

Ken: I know what you’re trying to talk about.

Ray: (crying) I killed a little boy. You keep bringing up the fucking lollipop man.

Ken: You didn’t mean to kill a little boy.

Ray: I know I didn’t mean to. But because of the choices I made, and the course that I put into action, a little boy isn’t here any more. And he’ll never be here again. I mean here in the world. Not here in Belgium. Well, he’ll never be here in Belgium either. He might’ve wanted to do, when he got older. I don’t know why. And that’s all because of me. He is dead because of me. And I’m try to… I’m trying to get my head round it, but I can’t. I will always have killed that little boy. And that ain’t ever goin away. Ever. Unless, maybe, I go away.

Ken: Don’t even think like that.

*****

Harry: (about Ray) So he’s having a really nice time?

Ken: Well, I’m having a really nice time. I’m not sure it’s really his cup of tea.

Harry: (after a long pause) What?

Ken: You know, I’m not sure it’s really his thing.

Harry: What do you mean it’s not really his thing? What’s that supposed to mean? It’s not really his thing. What the fuck is that supposed to mean?

Ken: Nothing, Harry.

Harry: It’s a fairytale town, isn’t it? How’s a fairytale town not somebody’s fucking thing?How can all those canals and bridges and cobbled streets and those churches, all that beautiful fucking fairytale stuff, how can that not be somebody’s fucking thing, eh?

Ken: What I think I meant to say was…

Harry: (Interrupts) Is the swans still there?

Ken: Yeah, there’s swans…

Harry: How can fucking swans not fucking be somebody’s fucking thing, eh? How can that be?

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Ken: (As he sneaks up on Ray, ready to shoot him, only to notice that Ray was about to shoot himself) What the fuck are you doing, Ray?

Ray: What the fuck are ‘you’ doing?

Ken: (as he sticks his pistol behind his back) Nothing.

Ray: Oh, my God… you were gonna kill me.

Ken: No, I wa – You were gonna kill yourself!

Ray: Well… I’m allowed.

Ken: No, you’re not!

Ray: What? I’m not allowed, and you are? How’s that fair?

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Ken: You’re a suicide case.

Ray: And you’re trying to shoot me in the fucking head.

Ken: You’re not getting that gun back.

Ray: A great day this has turned out to be. I’m suicidal, me mate tries to kill me, me gun gets nicked and we’re still in fookin’ Bruges!

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Ray: (crying) I killed a little boy!

(Ken embraces Ray)

Ken: Then save the next little boy. Just go away somewhere, get out of this business, and try to do something good. You’re not going to help anybody dead. You’re not going to bring that boy back. But you might save the next one.

Ray: What am I going to be, a doctor? You need exams.

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Ray: So Harry Waters wants me dead. What a wanker.

Ken: He said this whole trip, this whole being in Bruges thing, was just to give you one last, joyful memory before you died.

Ray: [Absolutely stunned] In BRUGES? The Bahamas, maybe. Why fucking Bruges?

Ken: I suppose it’s cheaper.

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(Harry, viciously attacking the telephone)

Natalie: Harry. Harry!

Harry: (stops) What?

Natalie: It’s an inanimate fucking object!

Harry: YOU’RE AN INANIMATE FUCKING OBJECT!

(Later)

Harry: I’m sorry for calling you an inanimate object. I was upset.

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Eirik: I was trying to rob him. And he took my gun from me. And the gun was full of blanks. And he shot a blank into my eye. And now I cannot see from this eye ever again, the doctors say.

Harry: Well to be honest it sounds like it’s all your fault.

Eirik: What?

Harry: I mean basically if you’re robbing a man and you’re only carrying blanks and you allow your gun to be taken off you and you allow yourself to be shot in the eye with a blank which I assume that the person has to get quite close to you then, yeah really it’s all your fault for being such a poof, so why don’t you stop wingeing and cheer the fuck up.

Yuri: Eirek – I really wouldn’t respond.

Eirik: I thought you wanted the guy dead?

Harry: I do want the guy dead, I want him fucking crucified but it don’t change the fact that he stitched you up like a blind little gay boy, does it?

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Ken: Harry, let’s face it, and I’m not being funny. You’re a cunt. You’re a cunt now, you’ve always been a cunt, and the only thing that’s gonna change is you’re going to become an even bigger cunt. And maybe have some more cunt kids.

Harry: Leave my kids fucking out of it! What have they done?! You fucking retract that bit about my cunt fucking kids…!

Ken: I retract that bit about your cunt fucking kids.

Harry: Insulting my fucking kids! That’s goind overboard, mate!

Ken: I’ve retracted it, haven’t I? That still leaves you being a cunt…

Harry: I fucking got that!

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Ray: Harry, I’ve got an idea.

Harry: What?

Ray: My room faces out the canal, right? I’m going to go back to me room, jump into the canal, see if I can swim to the other side and escape.

Harry: All right.

Ray: If you go outside around the corner, you can shoot at me from there and try to get me. That way we’ll leave this lady and her baby out of the whole entire thing.

Harry: You completely promise to jump into the canal? I don’t want to run out there, come back in ten minutes, and find you fucking hiding in a cupboard.

Ray: I completely promise, Harry. I’m not going to risk having another little kid dying on me.

Harry: So, hang on – I go outside and I go which way? Right or left?

Ray: (annoyed) You go right, don’t you? You can see it from the doorway! It’s a big fucking canal!

Harry: All right. Jesus. I only just got here, haven’t I? Okay, on the count of one, two, three, go. Okay?

Ray: Okay.

[long pause]

Ray: What? Who says it?

Harry: Well you say it.

Marie: You people are crazy.

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“You’ve got to stick to your principles.” -Harry

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“There’s a Christmas tree somewhere in London with a bunch of presents underneath it that’ll never be opened. And I thought, if I survive all of this, I’d go to that house, apologize to the mother there, and accept whatever punishment she chose for me. Prison… death… didn’t matter. Because at least in prison and at least in death, you know, I wouldn’t be in fuckin’ Bruges. But then, like a flash, it came to me. And I realized, fuck man, maybe that’s what hell is: the entire rest of eternity spent in fuckin’ Bruges. And I really really hoped I wouldn’t die. I really really hoped I wouldn’t die.” -Ray

I Dare You To Move (Fore You Haven’t For A While Now)

I’ve been in a terrible mood lately, and I just seem to be exhausted all the time. Very unmotivated, and quite numb. If I could get away with it, I’d spend my whole time being a couch potato, and I think I’d be quite happy like that, too. For a while, at least. Possibly a long one. I guess I’m just feeling down, like I’ve been dragging a boulder with me everywhere I go. Frustrated, tired, and consequentially not in the mood to do anything, or go anywhere. Even typing this feels a bit like a chore, but- enough is enough! And I’ve had just about enough. I always go through these… dry spells of sorts. And getting out of them requires some motivation. Which is why this post is being typed, and hopefully shared with you.
I have a playlist titled “You’re Fine,” consisting of songs that at some point in my life have (lyrically, and musically) helped to motivate me and remind me that I’m, well, fine. That I’m doing just fine. I’m okay. That what I’m going through may not be okay, but I have it in me to be okay despite all that, or, that I have it in me to work to the point where I am okay. So I thought it would nice to share this playlist, just in case it might be of some help to you, too, in some way.

Be warned: it consists of multiple genres.

You’re Fine:

(I added a link to lyrics that aren’t included in the videos)

I might update this list every time a song makes its way to the playlist.

We’ll see!

Hope you’re doing well.

-Farah

 

Updated: 10 May, 2017

Some Things I Have Learned During My Twenty Years On This Planet

  1. Embrace the suck. You messed up, embrace it! It’s better than hiding it. Not only does it look better, it also feels better. So you messed up? You’re not the first one to mess up, and you’re surely not going to be the last. No one can hurt you with things that don’t bother you. You’re human. They’re human. All of us mess up, but not all of us embrace it. Embrace your suck, learn from it, and then go on. There’s nothing wrong with it.
  2. Dare to suck. I am told that this is a phrase penned by the band McFly. You know how sometimes when you strive to do/be something and it doesn’t really happen the way you want it to, or in the doses you want it to? I believe “Daring to suck” means that if your goal was to suck so bad, and I mean so, so, so bad- it wouldn’t be enough. That by making your goal to suck, by daring yourself to suck, you find out just how sucky you can not be.
  3. The Mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell.
  4. Parents are not super-people. They’re just like you. They go through the same emotions you do.They say stuff they don’t mean, and they’re just as human as you are. They can be childish or silly, or even sometimes mean or annoying. It happens. Just think of them as grown up versions of you. Cut them some slack.
  5. Just because someone doesn’t love you the way you want them to, doesn’t mean that they don’t love you. There’s no set way to love someone. Don’t lose time with the people you love trying to get them to love you the way you want them to. Not all people do that. Just enjoy what you have with your loved ones.
  6. If you think you’re hearing voices, check your iPod. If iPod is off, see doctor.
  7. Whenever you are meeting someone who is different than you, look for the things that make you similar. It’s good to remind yourself that in the end of it all, we’re all the same. It makes it harder to hate people and, more importantly, it makes it harder to act on that hate. (Or whatever it is you feel towards them.)
  8. Never act on decisions you make at the middle of the night. Always sleep on it and see how you feel about it in the morning. If you still think it’s a good idea, go for it. If not, then you saved yourself from the trouble or embarrassment or.. etc.
  9. Stop trying to categorise yourself. It’s a waste of energy and time. You’re you. You are always you. And “you” isn’t necessarily one thing. You’re just you. It’s okay and it’s normal to feel lost, but don’t allow anyone (including yourself) to make you feel like you have to “fit in” somewhere to be validated as a person.
  10. Everyone’s weird. Don’t argue with me on this. Everyone. Yes, everyone is weird. Sure, there are different degrees of “weird”, but that solely depends on where you are and who you’re with.
  11. You are better than no one. So don’t ever act or speak as if you are. People do things for reasons you might never know and also might never understand. Just be thankful that you’re you.
  12. Always know that your opinion of you matters more than anyone else’s.
  13. Being a “nice person” shouldn’t only happen when you’re “in the mood” to be nice. In fact, be a nice person especially when you’re not in the mood to be nice. That’s when you’re truly a nice person.
  14. Never, I repeat, NEVER, compare yourself to others. NEVER. It only makes you bitter and insecure and maybe even cocky. By comparing yourself to others you start to see lesser and greater persons than yourself. And then you start to see where you stand among these people. Am I closer to the greater people? Am I with the lesser ones? And it becomes a habit. And then you get this sick belief that for you to matter, or for you to be interesting or funny or beautiful…etc., you have to be better than everyone else. Be content with who you are. Compare yourself to your past selves and see how far you’ve come. Everyone’s life is different, and we’re all going through different journeys. Keep your eyes on the road ahead of you and focus on yours.
  15. Always be open to new ideas. Don’t be stubborn. No matter how right your opinion feels, always try and see it from somebody else’s point of view. Don’t be afraid to test your opinions. If it’s right then you get the pleasure of proving it to yourself/others, and if it’s wrong, then you get a chance to make it right.
  16. When you’re feeling down and alone, don’t stay in your room feeling sorry for yourself. Get dressed, (put on whatever you want!), and then go hang out with your friends, or get out of the house and do something. Go have fun! Even if you really don’t feel like it. Just don’t stay in your room feeling sorry for yourself, it gets you nowhere.
  17. Don’t be afraid of looking/feeling stupid. Everyone’s done something that made them look/feel stupid. Don’t let the fear of looking/feeling stupid limit your chances to learn.
  18. Watching a comedy show goes a long way when you’re feeling very down and hopeless.
  19. Always wear your seat belt. ALWAYS.
  20. Never destroy your relationship with your family for something that has a chance of being temporary. It’s not worth it.
  21. Don’t spend too much time talking to people about who you are. Show them.
  22. People will not always be there for you. Not your best friends, not even your sisters/brothers. Try not to take it personally. It hurts, I know. But people have stuff going on as well. Give them the benefit of the doubt. But learn to rely on yourself. You be there for you. You don’t really need anyone else.
  23. Don’t always trust your first impression of someone.
  24. Finding a career path can be tough, but always work on finding your way. Do whatever it takes, and don’t feel like you have to “settle” for something.
  25. Start to really consider career options before your senior year. And be realistic. Don’t just say “doctor!” and think that’s it.
  26. No one hates reading. It’s just that they haven’t found the right book yet. Unless the actual physical act for reading is a bit difficult on them. If that’s the case, then I highly recommend audiobooks. Unabridged audiobooks, of course.
  27. LOTR gets better every time I watch it.
  28. The sun is a star.
  29. Always take the time to think about and reflect on the things that people say, and see if you agree with them. No matter who it comes from, i.e., your favorite celebrity, your parents, your friend, your favorite teacher, your political leader, your religious leaders… etc..
  30. When you want to call someone a “motherf***er” without them knowing, call them an “Oedipus” (pronounced ed-e-pus). (There is a long and interesting story behind this that you can read here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oedipus)
  31. Don’t waste time having stupid, petty arguments.
  32. Try to learn from others as much as you can. Learn from their failures and mistakes, learn from their success. Anything! Whatever comes to you, accept it.
  33. If you’re going to follow something- a religion, a teaching, a diet (a healthy one, of course)…etc.- try to learn all you can about it and practice it as honestly and as fully as you can.
  34. Change can be hard, but it is often good.
  35. Never stay lost in hopelessness. Always look for a way out.
  36. Don’t be pretentious. Don’t. It’s a dark path.
  37. Being positive doesn’t mean perceiving the world to be utterly peaceful, and full of rainbows and butterflies and all that jazz. Being positive means seeing that, despite all the horrible things that have happened to you, there’s always the chance of a silver lining, you just have to keep an eye out for it.
  38. Making/updating playlists is a really fun thing to do.
  39. The person you are and the things you do when you’re alone plays a big part in who you are and the things you do when you’re not alone.
  40. Read the news. Or watch it. Get a feel of what’s happening around the world. Don’t be ignorant about what’s going on. It’s good to know that things aren’t only messed up on your corner of the world. + future generations will one day be asking you about all this. Start preparing your answers.
  41. Desiderata, a poem by Max Ehrmann, is a nice summary of important things to remember always. (I recommend reading it while listening to Tom Hiddleston recite it. You can read/listen to it here: https://theoceaninsidemyhead.wordpress.com/2014/05/14/desiderata-by-max-ehrmann-read-by-tom-hiddleston/)
  42. Have a question? Google it! Google any question that comes to mind. There are tons upon tons of interesting things going on outside of you. They’re worth checking out.
  43. (I got this from Tumblr) If you’re having trouble being confident in yourself, try being confident in others. Like, “Wow her shirt is so awesome!” Or, “He has beautiful hair.” “What a calming face you have.” “She/he’s so nice.” Things like that. It helps.
  44. Don’t listen to anyone’s crap. Not even your own.
  45. Your relationship with yourself matters. You are a definite constant in your life, so there’s no point in avoiding/hating yourself. You’re only going to suffer by doing that. Try treating yourself the way you’d treat a friend or a kind, lost child. That’s a good place to start.
  46. Don’t ever lie to yourself. If you can fool yourself, think about how easily others will be able to fool you. Don’t do it, man. Trust me.

My Favorite Quotes/Conversations From The Grand Budapest Hotel

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Tonight, after coming to the conclusion that I had nothing better to do with my time, I decided to watch The Grand Budapest Hotel- and I really enjoyed it. I chose this particular movie because a friend of mine, Kinda, told me about it. She told me that I’d really enjoy it and that it was a good movie. I didn’t really know what to expect, but I was excited to watch it because I like it when people tell me to watch something that they think that I would enjoy (Did you follow that? I’m not sure I did). I went into it blind. I didn’t watch a trailer and I don’t believe I even read its storyline either. I find it interesting when I go into a movie like that,  just jumping into it with no preparation whatsoever. It makes watching whatever I’m going to watch more… fun. I just new it was a comedy, which I found a little weird because it doesn’t give off that vibe. The title and the poster don’t really scream COMEDY!, you know? It’s more like, INSPIRATIONAL AND DRAMATIC.

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But I really enjoyed it. It’s such a classy movie. I can’t think of any other way to describe it.I found myself laughing a lot at the facial expressions of Tony Revolori, who plays “Zero”. He was funny, in a not-trying-to-be kind of way. Also, he and Ralph Fiennes were good together. The whole cast was great. The whole lot of them. They all played their parts well. This movie was really fun to watch. It’s so unapologetically what it is, it’s fascinating. Things happen and you don’t question why they’re happening, they just are! I guess it’s like that with most Wes Anderson movies, but I wouldn’t know since (I believe) the only other movie I’ve seen of his is Moonrise Kingdom, and I enjoyed that movie as well. So it was while I was watching this interestingly entertaining movie that I decided I wanted to make a list of my favorite quotes/conversations from it. And now, without further ado, I present to you a list of My Favorite Quotes/Conversations From The Grand Budapest Hotel:

M. Gustave: I’m not angry with Serge. You can’t blame someone for their basic lack of moral fiber. He’s a frightened, little, yellow-bellied coward. It’s not his fault, is it?

Zero: I don’t know. It depends.

M. Gustave: Well, you can say that about most anything, “it depends”. Of course, it depends.

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Dimitri: If I learn you ever once laid a finger on my mother’s body, living or dead, I swear to God, I’ll cut your throat! You hear me?

M. Gustave: I thought I was supposed to be a fucking faggot.

Dimitri: You are, but you’re bisexual.

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M. Gustave: She’s charming, she’s so charming.

Zero: Is he flirting with you?

Agatha: Yes.

M. Gustave: I approve of this union.

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“You see, there are still faint glimmers of civilization left in this barbaric slaughterhouse that was once known as humanity. Indeed, that’s what we provide in our own modest, humble, insignificant… oh, fuck it.” – M. Gustave

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“To be frank, I think his world had vanished long before he ever entered it – but, I will say: he certainly sustained the illusion with a marvelous grace!” – Mr. Mustafa

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M. Gustave: Serge X, missing. Deputy Kovacs, also missing. Madame D, dead. Boy With Apple, stolen. By us. Dmitri and Jopling, ruthless, cold-blooded savages. Gustave H, at large. What else?
Zero: Zero, confused.
M. Gustave: Zero, confused, indeed. The plot thickens, as they say. Why, by the way? Is it a soup metaphor?
Zero: I don’t know.

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M. Gustav: I must say, I find that girl utterly delightful. Flat as a board, enormous birthmark the shape of Mexico over half her face, sweating for hours on end in that sweltering kitchen, while Mendl, genius though he is, looms over her like a hulking gorilla. Yet without question, without fail, always and invariably, she’s exceeding lovely. Why? Because of her purity.

Zero: She admires you as well, Mr. Gustave.

M. Gustav: Does she?

Zero: Very much.

M. Gustav: That’s a good sign, you know. It means she gets it. That’s important.

Zero: Don’t flirt with her.

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Zero: There’s something I haven’t told you, Agatha.
Agatha: Okay.
Zero: We stole a painting. It’s very valuable, maybe five million klubeks, in fact. I don’t know if anyone’s even noticed it’s missing yet but if something should happen to me and M. Gustave-
Agatha: You steal art?
Zero: One picture. Anyway, we need to make a plan for your survival. Hide this. It’s in code and you might need a magnifying glass to read it but it tells you exactly where and how to find Boy with Apple. Don’t take less than half the retail asking price. Also-
Agatha: Zero, I’m a baker!
Zero: You’re a pastry chef…
Agatha: I’m not a middle man. I’m not a fence, if that’s the term. I don’t trade in stolen property.
Zero: I said it wrong. She willed it to him.

*They hear someone approaching the room and Zero hides*

Mendl: Go to sleep
Agatha: Yes, Heir Mendl

*Mendl goes away and Zero comes out of hiding*

Zero: Hide this!
Agatha: No!
Zero: Okay, but take it anyway.

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“For my dearest darling, treasured, cherished Agatha whom I worship. With respect, adoration, admiration, kisses, gratitude, best wishes, and love from Z to A” – Zero

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M. Gustave: Who’s got the throat-slitter?

Things That Make Me Happy

I’ve been feeling unproductive these past few days. I don’t feel like I’ve had enough brain activity. It feels as if I’ve been on auto-pilot for a while. I NEED TO DO SOMETHING CONSCIOUSLY. Something instead of just staying up until 8 AM (sometimes 10 AM) watching Youtube videos and surfing the interwebs. I’m getting quite bored of this routine. And I don’t get bored easily. I’ve had enough of feeling useless and sloth-like. Worse than sloth-like actually. I’m pretty sure sloths are happy the way they are. I’m not. Which leads me to this: while surfing the web (does anyone say “web” anymore?) yesterday morning (way, way, way early yesterday morning) I came across a post written by Carrie Hope Fletcher on her blog All I Know Now. She compiled a list of things that make her happy, and I thought I’d do the same. I need to put my brain to good use, and I thought that this would be the perfect kick-start for it. If you’d like to read Carrie’s blog about the Things That Make Her Happy, here’s a link: alliknownow.com/post/92924021572/things-that-make-me-happy

She has two simple rules when making this list, which are:

1- They have to be little things you don’t appreciate often enough or take for granted in every day life.

2- Fill the WHOLE page.

I kinda cheated because I wrote down things that I often appreciate, but I couldn’t help myself! I started writing the list and I got “carrie”d away (no pun intended (Actually, it was ( (I’m sorry.))). I like making lists. And writing a list about things that make me happy was like happy x 2. So, without further a due, my list of Things That Make Me Happy:

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Feel free to do this. It was fun and it’s nice to sit down and think about things in your everyday life that give you some joy. It also helps with making you feel productive. I highly recommend this.

My Favorite Quotes/Conversations From “You’ve Got Mail”

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I remember when I first watched “You’ve Got Mail” with my mom I instantly loved it. You know that feeling you get when you just know a movie’s going to be perfect? Yeah, I got that feeling. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan are just wonderful together. They’re so charismatic. They’re funny and light yet deep and emotional. It’s pulled off fantastically. If you haven’t seen this movie, I highly recommend that you do. So, while watching it today, I decided to compile a list of my favorite quotes/conversations from this movie, because, honestly? I just like making lists. And I just think that the quotes/conversations in this movie are worth sharing. And now, without further ado, I present to you a list of My Favorite Quotes/Conversations From “You’ve Got Mail”:

“What will NY152 say today, I wonder. I turn on my computer. I wait impatiently as it connects. I go online, and my breath catches in my chest until I hear three little words: You’ve got mail. I hear nothing. Not even a sound on the streets of New York, just the beating of my own heart. I have mail. From you.”
– Kathleen Kelly

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“The whole purpose of places like Starbucks is for people with no decision-making ability whatsoever to make six decisions just to buy one cup of coffee. Short, tall, light, dark, caf, decaf, low-fat, non-fat, etc. So people who don’t know what the hell they’re doing or who on earth they are can, for only $2.95, get not just a cup of coffee but an absolutely defining sense of self: Tall. Decaf. Cappuccino.” – Joe Fox

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“I guess I’ve read Pride & Prejudice about 100 times and every time I read it I worry that Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy are not going to get together — but the truth is whenever I think about my favorite book I always think about the books I read as a child.”
– Kathleen Kelly

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“Sometimes I wonder about my life. I lead a small life – well, valuable, but small – and sometimes I wonder, do I do it because I like it, or because I haven’t been brave? So much of what I see reminds me of something I read in a book, when shouldn’t it be the other way around? I don’t really want an answer. I just want to send this cosmic question out into the void. So good night, dear void.”
– Kathleen Kelly

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“My mother and I used to twirl.” – Kathleen Kelly to Joe Fox

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Joe Fox: [writing to “Shopgirl”]
Do you ever feel you’ve become the worst version of yourself? That a Pandora’s box of all the secret, hateful parts – your arrogance, your spite, your condescension – has sprung open? Someone upsets you and instead of smiling and moving on, you zing them. “Hello, it’s Mr Nasty.” I’m sure you have no idea what I’m talking about.
Kathleen Kelly: [writing to “NY152”] No, I know what you mean, and I’m completely jealous! What happens to me when I’m provoked is that I get tongue-tied and my mind goes blank. Then I spend all night tossing and turning trying to figure out what I should have said. What should I have said, for example, to a bottom dweller who recently belittled my existence?

[stops and thinks]

Kathleen Kelly: [writing]
Nothing. Even now, days later, I can’t figure it out.
Joe Fox: [writing]
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if I could pass all my zingers to you? And then I would never behave badly and you could behave badly all the time, and we’d both be happy. But then, on the other hand, I must warn you that when you finally have the pleasure of saying the thing you mean to say at the moment you mean to say it, remorse inevitably follows.

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Joe Fox: [a clip on the news]
I sell cheap books, I do. So sue me.
T.V. Reporter: [a clip on the news] And that, in a nutshell, is the Fox Books philosophy.
Joe Fox: Hey!
Kevin: That’s what you said?
Joe Fox: Well… yeah, that’s not *all* I said. I said – aww, I can’t believe those bastards! I said we were great. I said you could sit and read for hours and no one will bother you. I said we have a hundred and fifty thousand titles. I showed them the New York City section. I said we were a goddamn piazza! A place in the city where people can mingle and mix and be.
Kevin: Piazza?
Joe Fox: I was eloquent. SHIT!
Kevin: Piazza…

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“Kevin, this woman is the most adorable creature I have ever come in contact with. If she turns out to be even as good-looking as a mailbox, I will be crazy not to turn my life upside down and marry her.”
– Joe Fox

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Kathleen: As if you were one of the stupid 22-year-old girls with no last name. ‘Hi, I’m Kimberly.’ ‘Hi, I’m Janice.’ Don’t they know you’re supposed to have a last name. It’s like they’re an entire generation of cocktail waitresses.
Joe: Look. I am not a 22-year-old cocktail waitress.
Kathleen: That’s not what I meant.

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“All this nothing has meant more to me than so many somethings.”
– Kathleen Kelly

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“A hotdog is singing! You need quiet while a hotdog is singing?”
– Frank Navasky

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Frank: What about you? Is there someone else?
Kathleen: [smiling]
No. No. But there is the dream of someone else.

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“Ah, I love daisies. Don’t you think that daisies are the friendliest flower?”
– Kathleen Kelly

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Joe Fox: It wasn’t… personal.
Kathleen Kelly: What is that supposed to mean? I am so sick of that. All that means is that it wasn’t personal to you. But it was personal to me. It’s *personal* to a lot of people. And what’s so wrong with being personal, anyway?
Joe Fox: Uh, nothing.
Kathleen Kelly: Whatever else anything is, it ought to begin by being personal.

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Joe: [silencing Kathleen]
Now, I can see that I bring out the worst in you, but let me just help you to not say something you’re just gonna torture yourself about for years to come.

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“I could never be with someone who likes Joni Mitchell. ‘It’s clouds’ illusions I recall, I really don’t know clouds at all.’ What does that mean? Is she a pilot? Is she taking flying lessons? It must be a metaphor for something, but I don’t know what it is.”
– Joe Fox

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Joe Fox: You know, sometimes I wonder…
Kathleen Kelly: What?
Joe Fox: Well… if I hadn’t been Fox Books and you hadn’t been The Shop Around the Corner, and you and I had just, well, met…
Kathleen Kelly: I know.
Joe Fox: Yeah. I would have asked for your number, and I wouldn’t have been able to wait twenty-four hours before calling you and saying, “Hey, how about… oh, how about some coffee or, you know, drinks or dinner or a movie… for as long as we both shall live?”
Kathleen Kelly: Joe…
Joe Fox: And you and I would have never been at war. And the only thing we’d fight about would be which video to rent on a Saturday night.
Kathleen Kelly: Well, who fights about that?
Joe Fox: Well, some people. Not us.
Kathleen Kelly: We would never.
Joe Fox: If only.
Kathleen Kelly: [pause] I gotta go.
Joe Fox: Well, let me ask you something. How can you forgive this guy for standing you up and not forgive me for this tiny little thing of… of putting you out of business?
[Kathleen starts to cry]
Joe Fox: Oh, how I wish you would.
Kathleen Kelly: I really have to go.
Joe Fox: Yeah, well you don’t wanna be late.