Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Caring Cards - Project Completed!

Disclaimer:  This post is back dated to December 24, 2013. Written on January 11, 2014, midnight.

It's the morning of Christmas Eve 2013 and I finally finished the Caring Cards I had committed to do as part of  DOcember.

To read the complete info on what these Caring Cards are all about, read it here.

Here are the 31 cards plus an additional 6 not photographed but is on the original blog post.

These cards made it with the last batch of Calgary Seniors' Resource Center's Adopt A Grandparent Christmas program that ended on January 9, 2014! What a great relief that they could still make use of it even though I was 2 weeks behind than what was originally agreed upon on. I have a valid excuse which is university finals. That and procrastination -_-

Below are proof that the cards made it!

The Christmas bags the seniors will get along with the Caring Cards!

Here are some of my faves from the cards I made:

My fave among the bunch that I made. It's so simple and it reminds me of cross-stitching.


Materials used: 

Note: Because I lugged around these materials to 4 different places, there are some missing from these pictures.
  • Kraft and white 4" x 5.5" cards
  • ribbons
  • glitter glue
  • stickers (3Ds, foil and my favorite new discovery in the world of stickers - rub-ons!)
  • glittery felt and Christmas designs cut outs
  • scrapbook cardstock
  • glue (hot glue and liquid white glue)
  • scissors
  • paper cutter
  • colored pens
  • red buttons   
Huge thanks to 4 of my friends who contributed to this project! This was my first time attempting something like this and I was totally overwhelmed on where to start. Couldn't have done it "on time" without you gals! Success!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Live your dreams to the max!

7 pm was the cut off for the Christmas Day draw for Lotto Max. I reached the convenience store counter at 7:02 pm. Nooooo!! It's the end of the story right?

Not quiet :)

After hearing the commercial on the radio an hour earlier, I had made a mental note to hurry with the project I was currently keeping busy on, postcard writing, so I can be on time to buy my ticket.

6:50 pm rolls around and my head snaps up from my desk and panic sets in. Where did the time go? And surely, when there is panic, self doubt and negative thinking is guaranteed to not be far behind.

Self doubt is debilitating especially when one has this conversation going on in their head:
  •  "You're not going to make it on time. Might as well just wait for the next one."
  •  "Why go out in the cold when you're nice and cozy at home? And it's dark outside! What if you get attacked? Is it even worth the effort and danger?"
and my favorite...
  • "Don't kid yourself. It's not like you're going to win anyway!"
Recognizing that this was exactly the negative thinking I was trying to rid myself of, I hurriedly put on my winter layers of scarf, jacket, pants, toque and mittens to drown out the negativity. When I entered the bedroom to kiss my bf goodbye, I looked at how cozy he was and longed to shed my layers and cuddle in the warmness that is him and our cat.

I told myself NO! I have to go! I have to do this!

Even when he said be careful out there (not that we live somewhere dangerous) his words of warning played right into one of my negative thoughts, I still went out.

There were so many obstacles just to get out the door but I did it!

My inspiration?

Besides being this girl...
...I was sick and tired of giving up!

Even if I don't make it on time, I still overcame my self doubt and squashed and kicked the negative conversation to the curb where it belongs. As for the being attacked, well I have to trust the universe and myself. If it is my time to die, then I will drop dead no matter where I am anyway.

These last few days has taught me to be strong and to believe in myself. ^_^ Slowly I am getting my confidence back and along with that comes inner strength to fight for my well being.

So what was the outcome of tonight?

Well, as I said I reached the counter 2 minutes after the cut off.

But a miracle happened.

The lady in the counter had printed one ticket just before the cut off. She's allowed to print one just for this very reason. When she told me this I was surprised and beyond ecstatic! While she was ringing me through, a customer behind me overheard this and asked if there were any other tickets available, but there wasn't. For a few seconds I had entertained the thought that I should give her mine because it's Christmas and all but I said no. I deserve this ticket after all that work. And selflessness is just another thing I will have to work on. But not today. One thing at a time.

So the moral of this story is: Show up! Be committed. Even when something looks doubtful, just do it anyway. You never know there might be a reward at the end of your hard work. Life is full of surprises to help you live it to its fullest.

If I had stayed home, nothing would have been accomplished and I would not be in the running for the millions of money. And if my numbers don't get picked, I still feel like a million bucks for showing up and overcoming self doubt.

Also, be kind to those you encounter. This lady and I have made small talk before and I want to believe that it had something to do with my luck. You just never know ;)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Elf Yourself - Human Version

Countdown to Christmas: 8 days!

From our family to yours, here's us showing off our moves and getting into the Christmas spirit! Woot!!

The kitty version coming soon :)

 Thanks to the "ElfYourself" app on Officemax.

Friday, December 6, 2013

DOcember Day 3 - Caring Cards

Christmas wouldn't be the same if not for Christmas giving projects. Not only does it help out others in need, but it also gives me the warm fuzzies inside.

This year, I've been inspired by a crafty friend who makes greetings cards as a hobby. For my #27isHeaven birthday, she personally made 10 birthday cards and they turned out pretty awesome! When she invited me to come over and teach me how to make them, I saw it as a sign that this was going to be "the" Christmas project of 2013.

The six cards below are the result of our craft night. Grateful for her generosity in letting me use her supplies, I was able to learn new techniques in card making including embossing which I have now fallen in love with! Glitter and hot tools make a perfect pair.

Materials used:
  • Kraft and white 4" x 5.5" cards
  • ribbons
  • embossing stamp, hot tool and glitter
  • yarn
  • Cricut cut outs
  • scrapbook cardstock
  • glue (hot glue and liquid white glue
  • scissors
  • paper cutter
  • colored pens
Sprinkle in laughter, good conversation and sips of hot tea, card making that evening was an amazing time.

Back to the Christmas project which I have dubbed "Caring Cards" (#CaringCards2013). I have committed to making 30 homemade Christmas cards to folks who may not have a lot of family and friends to celebrate this holiday with. I bought 50 blank cards (2 sets of 25/pkg) but with exams this week, I do not want to be too overwhelmed especially since this will be my first big card making project. There was that rare burst of creative inspiration back in Christmas of 2011 where I made cards out of construction paper that doubled as envelopes to slip in the letters I wrote for friends. At least with friends I know they will love it or at least appreciate the effort. I'm crossing my fingers that it will all turn out well and the recipients will be just as understanding.

Now let's introduce the charity that's going to receive these cards. This year, I am very excited to be partnering with Calgary Seniors' Resource Society and their Adopt A Grandparent program!

A Calgary Seniors' Resource Society (CSRS) program
Having a chance to work with seniors is something I have always wanted to try. Though I will not be personally handing out the cards to the seniors as the cards will be slipped into the ready made gift bags, just the thought that the cards will bring a smile to a senior is all I can hope for.

If anyone is interested in helping me out with this project, please comment below. If you are in Calgary, we can meet up at a coffee shop and make cards together. I can bring supplies! Or if you would like to do something similar and have any questions, comment below as well :)
This project is in memory of my Aunt who passed away this fall 2013.

Monday, December 2, 2013

DOcember Day 2 - Going Postal

December 2 - Going Postal

Today's DOcember has been long overdue - catching up on my correspondence.

I am ashamed to admit that I should have sent these letters to my penpals this summer/fall. They're almost two seasons behind! The crazy part is that the letters were written earlier on but I have just not posted them. Tsk tsk!!

Also part of today's outgoing mail are 12 postcards for Postcrossing. The countries they are traveling to are: Belarus, China, Netherlands, USA, Australia, Czech Republic, Taiwan, Indonesia and Russia.

I was afraid to send them because they are so late, but no matter what, I made a commitment to send them, and it will be done. 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

DOcember Day 1 - Tree Lighting, Cocoa and Christmas Carolers


It truly is the most wonderful time of the year!

And what better way to celebrate this month full of awesomeness by challenging myself to do new things hence:

December = DOcember

This idea came to me when I found out about NEWvember on the last week of November. Not wanting to wait till next year to start, I got the idea of doing DOcember instead. We never know when we're going to expire so YOLO et carpe diem!

Today's DOcember is an evening spent at East Village.

 One of my favorite things to do during Christmas is to sing carols and drink hot cocoa! Having pretty Christmas lights on a giant tree by the riverfront as a background? Even more awesome!

What a great way to welcome December :)

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Happy First day of Autumn!

Today is officially the first day of my favorite season - fall or autumn! I have a long list of "Things to do" for this awesome season and here's how I chose to welcome autumn by:

1. Outdoor Yoga in a beautiful park.

Pics on collage taken last year (Sep 2012)

I absolutely love taking my yoga practice outside. (however very little I actually do yoga, saying "yoga practice" makes me feel like a seasoned yogi :p) Due to the flood in our beautiful city, half of the summer outdoor yoga sessions were cancelled. Along with that hiatus I had gotten used to not doing yoga that it was hard to get back into the swing of it once it started back up again. Everytime I convinced myself to go though, it has been phenomenal physically and mentally.

This season is the best time to go outside and stretch under the trees. There's a crispiness in the air that chills the heat, making it bearable to concentrate on the poses without feeling faint. Also, not having to stop mid pose while chasing the shadow for a shady spot makes for a peaceful experience.

Esthetically, the changing colors of the park is gorgeous to look at. To be surrounded with summer flowers and orange leaves on the trees is a great reminder of nature's beauty.

2. Sunday brunch with my bf <3

Galaxie Diner #SundayBrunch Sep 22/13

The cold breeze is chasing me away from my favorite summer Sunday past time - #PatioSunday! My boyfriend with his beer and me with a milkshake or bubbletea (...and ok sometimes the occasional alcohol too) and great food. So we are replacing our beloved #PatioSunday dates to #SundayBrunch. Now why the heck am I putting hashtags on these words? (For you social media challenged folks, a hashtag is the pound or number sign -> #) Because I'm going to be tweeting about them and I just find it easier and more consistent this way :) And because I can ^_^

Today, we visited Galaxie Diner in the Connaught area. They have been featured in Calgary's Top Breakfast Places list numerous times so we decided to check out for ourselves what the hype was all about. We missed the Sunday lunch crowd madness as we came in just after 2pm. It was really easy to find street parking (outside the restaurant!). My first impression of Galaxie Diner based on their exterior was a good one. I love historic looking buildings and this block definitely took me back in time. The inside was tiny and had that cozy feeling. The kitchen is open to the dining area so it does get very loud. The good thing about it is that you can see how your food is being prepped which is mesmerizing in itself and it also allows for the smell of deliciousness to waft and tempt you like crazy!

The look inside is 50s; the typical red vinyl booths and bar stools and mint green wall paint. Though I love the retro look, I was put off by the messiness of the kitchen floor and the worn out state of the linoleum floor. From where we were seated, we could see the mess in the kitchen. Granted this place is busier than a beehive especially on a Sunday, a staff member could pick up garbage off the floor and throw it in the garbage and do a quick spot mop. It doesn't do a lot for food confidence if the kitchen is messy and it is open for the whole restaurant to see.

As for the food, I had Cody Scramble (in honor of someone special) with an Apple Pie milkshake and my boyfriend had the Montreal Smoked Meat Hash with an iced tea. The portions were very generous and we especially loved the bottomless toast and hash. I do however question how many people take advantage of this bottomless deal as the initial entree is already humongous! Everything was really yummy and I agree that they definitely deserve their accolades of being one of the best breakfast spots in town. I would probably come back here but I would have to remember to come with an empty stomach and maybe my buffet pants.

Speaking of pants, a quick OOTD. Since it was a nice sunny day, I decided to wear my jean shorts to maximize their "wearability" before they get packed up till next year. Paired it with an orange chiffon, my go to fedora this summer and pointed faux snake skin flats. Other accessories were my multi-colored owl necklace and flower black bag. 

So overall I had a great first day of fall. I am so excited for what's in store for this season. The list of things to do is already being compiled but I would love more suggestions. What is your favorite fall activity?

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Please be kind. Rewind!

Today's surprise nostalgic moment was in my Art History class where the words << "REWIND" appeared on the projection screen. Heard a few giggles in the room and at first I was confused. The first thing that came to mind was "I've seen these words before..." Took a few seconds to clue in that it was a video cassette to the amusement of the prof. "Please be kind. Rewind!"

Who remembers Blockbuster? I sorely miss it. Netflix is cool, but there was something quiet exciting about going to Blockbuster in the middle of the night or before the beginning of a fun sleepover with friends. So many memories of giggling while browsing at the "many" choices and having to compromise on what we could bring home to watch.


I wonder what the youngins do now for sleepovers. How do they entertain themselves nowadays? 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Postcrossing: Mailbox Goodies April 14/13

HUUUUURRAAAAY for today's mailbox goodies!!

♫ I just got a letter, I just got a letter, I just got a letter...
    Wonder who it's from! ♫

Today's haul hails from (clockwise starting from top right) are ...tun dun nuh nuuuuh....

  1. London (GB)
  2. Turku, Finland (FI)
  3. Lviv, Ukraine (UA)
  4. Matsuyama City, Ehime Prefecture, Japan (JP)

According to my log, I have already received 13 postcards to date in the 3 months that I have been a postcrosser!! This is the first time that I've blogged about my haul since the first set of cards that I've sent. Read about it here.

Japan and Finland both came with cute animal stickers!! Japan had a cute bubble black kitty with a red collar (super kawaii!!). Finland had a triple chicks gang haha.

I love reading the words from these amazing people from different countries!

I learned about the Cossacks from Ukraine and shared with the sender the nice Ukrainians I've met at university too. Regretfully, I forgot to share how much I love the Farmers Market's cabbage rolls and perogies. Though, doesn't it sound too much fangirl ish like? Sorta? Creepy maybe?

Finland introduced me to the cuteness of Moomins. I like their adorableness and checked out the website for a bit, getting lost in the information.

Japan made me reminisce about my childhood beach memories and the pictorial map has my mind on a wanderlust journey again.

Lastly, London too also got me lost in wanderlust as I imagined myself riding the double decker bus, passing by the Big Ben, Tower Bridge, waving at the Queen and Prince Harry and Princess Kate all while the Changing of the Guards is happening in the background. She also invited me to go shopping. Wow what an experience that would be!

Thanks again penpals! Till the next postcardgram!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Poem: The Road Not Taken

One of my favorite poems is by Robert Frost called The Road Not Taken.

Lately I've been on "emo-mode" with lots of feelings and thoughts pent up inside; being both good and eeyore like.

While browsing for an art history book for an essay I needed to write for my class, I chanced upon a book on poetry. Like moth to a flame, I was drawn to it and ultimately cracked it open. As the words penetrated, I "found myself lost" in a stillness that I had been missing. I don't even remember the poems I read, the name of the book, or how long I stood there for. All I remember was the euphoric feeling of being at peace.

Poetry has always been an outlet for me to sort through the confusion of such intense emotions. When I can't find the words and form a coherent thought amidst the fog, I turn to poetry for an explanation, a commonality, a voice. It's as if a warm blanket envelopes me and says "There there, I know what you're going through."

Now why The Road Not Taken?

When I read this poem, I usually take it literally as the adventures one chooses to have off the beaten path.  However this time I am relating to this poem in terms of what path I take to deal with my emotions and thoughts. There is nothing worse for me than to be paralysed in fear; not know what road to take and in turn be stuck in a world that could spiral out of control at any given moment.

In life there are choices we need to make. One of the most important choices is what path we take to deal with life's colorful events and hurdles. Do we follow the path we're used to - the routine. Or do we forged new paths and see if those lead to new discoveries on how to deal with thought patterns and emotions or ....just being.

Foggy morning
Image Source: Foggy Morning

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The people you meet: Bus Stop

What a fortuitous meeting I had today at the most unlikeliest of places; a bus stop.

Let me set the scene.

Today was a very chilly -12 Celsius Thursday in Calgary. I had just finished my doctor's appointment and was headed to university. Having just missed the bus (of course!) I resigned myself to a 20 minute wait in the cold "shelter", shivering away and scolding myself for not walking a little faster.

An elderly lady came inside the bus stop to wait with me. I usually have my ear buds on but not this time. Perhaps it was just so cold that it didn't come to mind. We got to talking about the ridiculousness of Calgary's weather and had a good laugh about it.

She pointed at my knapsack and asked if I was university bound. After saying yes, we started to talk about my courses. I mentioned I was taking art history and her eyes lit up. Turns out she was an art major and studied art textiles in Europe when she was my age! She had a distinct accent but I couldn't quiet place where she came from. I would never have guessed she's a Brit who lived in France and both accents married each other quiet well. We talked about the Royal Academy, 18th and 19th century European artists, the rococo period, architecture and all the art eye candy in Europe.  (I can't believe I didn't bring up the Renaissance!)

Taken from worldatlas
Ever since taking art history this semester, I have been bit hard by the travel bug. After extensively studying art from Florence, Venice, Rome, France, Netherlands, Great Britain, etc., it's no wonder I imagine myself immersed in the deliciousness of the European culture.

Anyway, the point she kept on hammering to me was: Go to Europe. If you want anything to do with the arts, you need to go and see it for yourself. "To have your nose against it."

How true! There have been signs everywhere, but no one, especially not someone who has lived and travelled all of Europe and back AND studied art, has told me to my face that I need to go to Europe.

If that isn't a sign, I don't know what is.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Postcrossing: Travel by mail

Last month I was introduced to the amazing concept of Postcrossing. This person I met had two shoe boxes full of postcards from all over the world. I was in awe! She's only been doing it for over a year and already has amassed such a collection!

After seeing her collection and clear passion for postcrossing, I did more research.

What is postcrossing?

It's a project on a website that lets you send and receive postcards from all over the world for the price of a postcard and stamp! These are real postcards, not e-cards.

How does it work?

1. Sign up on their website (below) and fill out your profile such as what postcards you'd like to get.
2. You will receive 5 addresses with a link to the postcrossers' profiles.
3. Write your message and most importantly the register code. Mail them away!
3. Wait till someone receives and registers your card! This will allow you to receive and send more postcards whoohoo!!

A screenshot of sending postcards. I'm second from the top.

Why postcrossing?

It's free and easy!

I was feeling nostalgic for the good ol' days when we communicated through letters. I still have good memories of my penpals as a child. Postcrossing lets you do that but with postcards instead. You never know when and where the next postcard is going to come from. This can be good and bad. I remember the agonizing wait for my first postcard. Almost every night I would march to the mailbox, key in hand and a big smile on my face, telling myself "This is the night. I have a good feeling that it's today!!" only to be disappointed over and over again. But it is sooo worth it! I jumped up and down, more peppier than the kids on Glee. It must have been a sight to see someone in pyjamas and boots skipping along in the middle of the street at night. Well worth all the waiting. Also, the messages you receive is amazing. I've only received 3 cards to date but I'm so excited to see the variety of people's message from all over the world! As for sending the cards, that's the other sweet part. I've talked about everything from art, my cats to even writing a haiku to a poet postcrosser! I also taped a bus transfer to someone in Finland who collects them. There's so many possibilities!!

Here's the cards I've received:

First postcard received!! From Belarus on Feb 13 (surprise Vday present)

Second received from Germany

Third received from Japan. Such pretty stamp.

Some postcards I've sent: (I unfortunately forgot to take pics of 4 of them booo) Oh well.

First postcard sent to Hamburg Germany! Jan 13

The ones below are from an art stock that I found at Steeling Home's in Calgary. It's such a challenge to find postcards that are not "touristy". After calling around so many stationary stores, this place came through with an amazing deal: a book of 30 postcards for $6!! Works out to be about 20 cents/card. So cool!! (If anyone knows where I could get vintage postcards, or anything but touristy ones, please leave a comment below. Thanks!)

Below are a few of the cards from this book. I forgot to take a pic of 4 sent cards :(
The missed countries are: Germany, USA, Finland and Belarus
Almond Blossom to Germany Jan 13

Cycle to Russia Jan 13

Guadalupita to Tawain Jan 13

La Casa de la Penumbra to USA Jan 13

 If you are interested in getting mail that's not a bill, making friends from around the world, discovering other cultures and/or miss the "old way" of writing letters and want an escape from the digital world, I highly suggest you check out Postcrossing! If you do, let me know how it goes for you!

Happy corresponding and trails by mail :)

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Haiku Generator

It is a few minutes to midnight on the evening of Tues, Feb 12, 2013.

There is a request from someone for a written haiku of my own words. This person is a lover of poetry and I usually am as well. Spoken word? Yes please! Indulging on expressing my thoughts and feelings through words? Why yes of course! With the one condition it is meant for me and not for someone else.

So what to write in this hour? After a long day of lectures and writing a paper, my brain is pretty much shot and ready to relax for the evening.

I struggled for a few minutes finding my inspiration. I even tried googling (yup it's a verb now) "haiku generator". After all that work, I still had nothing. Inspiration, however, came in the form of my multi-colored nails.

So here's what I came up with:

Lovely jellybeans
so colorful and shapely
psychedelic fun.
Photo by: MsKayMBA on Flickr
Ha! I should write more haikus in the future. Quiet a fun challenge!

P.S. I cannot stomach jelly beans. Beautiful to look at but still no love from me psychedelic faux beans.

Friday, February 8, 2013

February Romance - A cheeseburger love story

It's the month of February and love is in the air.

For this month I've decided to explore different types of love. Most of them will be derived from my observations. Just like beauty is in the eye of the beholder, love can be subjective.

So here's one weird type of love I've noticed from a friend who for this post's purposes I shall call "A".

When we go to McDonald's, "A" almost always orders a cheeseburger. Lots of people love cheeseburgers, including myself. Cheese and meat just seem to be destined together.

Quiet rare for someone to not recognize this, but if you're one of the few, this here burger is a McDonald's cheeseburger.

What I find "interesting" about "A" though is that "A" smells the cheeseburger. No, not a sniff. More like inhales it. "A" takes a big whiff of this cheeseburger then sighs in content plenty of times. As if in a sweet caress. I get very uncomfortable when I see this. Ummm...should I go? Give you two some privacy....maybe....?? Errr....

When I asked "A" what the heck is up, I get a sheepish laugh and a shrug. We chuckle about it (very uncomfortably sometimes) and then "A" goes back to "enjoying" the precious cheeseburger.

I don't understand it. Umm.....why? Seriously...why?? I love cheeseburgers too but not to the same level that "A" does. Am I missing some important love connection? Like this dude on Veggie Tales?

Do you know of someone else with this groovy kinda love? If you can give me some insight as to why "A's" love for his cheeseburger is normal please do let me know! Also, if you have any "special" but different type of love, do share in the comments below. ;)

Hey you! What brought you to this blog post? Is this page linked somewhere? Please let me know by commenting here. Thank you!!

I have been noticing a lot of people coming from different countries viewing this post. I'm just curious :) Thank you!! Ü

Monday, January 28, 2013

Happy 200th Pride and Prejudice!

Today is the 200th birthday of one of my favorite romantic novels with a strong female character by one of the best authors of all time -- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen!!

Image Source: Fanpop.com

This novel introduced one of the most captivating love story of two very stubborn people. Elizabeth Bennet has become on the best heroines in the literary and now film world. Her wit, her passion and her grace is one to be emulated. And Mr. Darcy!? Infuriating, devilishly handsome and sometimes a bumbling fool but has a heart of gold. He reminds me of my other crush, Darian Chiba of Sailor Moon. Tall, dark and handsome but yet emotionally and socially handicapped.
I would love to sit down and read this book again but alas I am way behind on my reading list. Still wanting to celebrate this day, here's an animated graphic that is hilariously witty. A less serious side to this great novel.

Leaving with a few favorite quotes from this book:
“I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.” 
“From the very beginning— from the first moment, I may almost say— of my acquaintance with you, your manners, impressing me with the fullest belief of your arrogance, your conceit, and your selfish disdain of the feelings of others, were such as to form the groundwork of disapprobation on which succeeding events have built so immovable a dislike; and I had not known you a month before I felt that you were the last man in the world whom I could ever be prevailed on to marry.”
“I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.” 

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