SUNSHINE, BOOKS AND MOVIES

Good day all! This week something extraordinary happened in Belgium. We were finally able to hang up our winter coats and dig up our summer dresses (at least the girls did, boys don’t (usually) wear dresses in Belgium). Extraordinary might be a slightly exaggerated description of this hap1001004001142143pening, but I thought it suitable since before this week we had the MOST HORRENDOUS SPRING WEATHER IN THE HISTORY OF MANKIND.

I tried to make the most of the nice weather by taking some of my thesis writing activities outside (although this mostly turned into sneaky tanning sessions trying to make my legs look a bit more skirt-proof) and some outdoor running. I realised exactly how foolish it is to go to the gym in this weather (my gym doesn’t have aircon) after I almost drowned in my own sweat yesterday on the cardio machines (yes quite a disgusting metaphor, but you get my point!).

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I finished another Paolo Coehlo classic this week, “Veronika decides to die”, and loved it. The story is about a Slovenian girl Veronika who seemingly has it all but tries to kill herself nonetheless. She doesn’t succeed however and ends up in a mental hospital where she is told she only has a week to live because of the heart damage that was causes by the painkillers she took. This story about madness, lust for life and love is partly based on Paulo Coelho’s own experiences in mental institutions and I would definitely recommend reading it. You might need some tissues at the end though (I definitely did).

Haven’t you learned anything, not even with the approach of death? Stop thinking all the time that you’re in the way, that you’re bothering the person next to you. If people don’t like it, they can complain. And if they don’t have the courage to complain, that’s their problem. – Paulo Coehlo, Veronika decides to die

Collective madness is called sanity – Paulo Coelho, Veronika decides to die

I also watched a movie that requires a box of tissues on the side: Steel Magnolia’s. A laugh, a tear (or a lot of them if you are an easily emotional movie watcher like me), a young Julia Roberts and Dolly Parton and lots and lots of BIG EIGHTIES HAIR. What more can you want for a retro chick flick?

steelmagnolias

I would rather have thirty minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special. – Shelby (Julia Robers)

When it comes to pain and suffering, she’s right up there with Elizabeth Taylor. – Truvy (Dolly Parton)

Well you know what ther say: if you don’t have anything nice to say about anybody, come sit by me! – Clairee Belcher (Olympia Dukakis)

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