Bonjour mes amis, bienvenue.
This month I:
- Flew to LA for three days
- Bought my dog a sparkly pink collar from Beverly Hills
- Caught up with some friends
- Ushered a choir concert
- Got a terrible cold
- Finished my colouring-in book
- Flew to Cannes for three days
- Went to the premiere of The Beguiled
- Ate the best pasta I have ever eaten in my entire life at Da Laura
- Also ate a lot of macarons and French pastries
- Got my learners permit
- Saw my sister play in the school music concert
- Went shopping alone for the very first time
- Did a ridiculous amount of homework to make up for the fact that I went overseas twice in one month
This month I read:
Persuasion by Jane Austen. I’d say I’m about a quarter of the way through and it’s fantastic (though I knew I’d love it). I feel very sorry for poor Anne, her sisters aren’t very nice to her. Favourite quote so far: “But I hate to hear you talking so, like a fine gentleman, and as if women were all fine ladies, instead of rational creatures.”
This month I listened to:
Max Richter’s Sleep Remixes. They’re quiet and serene, though interesting enough to listen to by themselves as well. I don’t listen to them to get to sleep, but rather when I’m doing homework, because it’s very atmospheric.
This month I watched:
A LOT. Let’s start with TV.
- Master of None – “The sickening! It’s happening!”
- Riverdale – I did not see that coming.
- Summer Heights High – “It’s G time not free time.”
- Eurovision – Sequin suits are all the rage right now.
- Little Women (1994) – So, so lovely.
- Labyrinth – “For my will is as strong as yours, and my kingdom as great.”
- Marie Antoinette – “This is ridiculous!” – “Madame, this is Versailles.”
- Beauty and the Beast – I’m sad they don’t allow singing on planes
- La La Land – Yes, again, and yes, I cried (again)
- Arrival – I actually quite like aliens
- Gentlemen Prefer Blondes – “I just love finding new places to wear diamonds!”
- Are We Officially Dating (Australian title, also known as That Awkward Moment in America)
- Cat Ballou (1965) – Not to my taste, but Jane Fonda was fantastic
- The Beguiled (2017) – I might be biased, but I thought it was really, really good
- A Streetcar Named Desire – I went into this knowing nothing about it and thought it was a romance film. Oh, how I was wrong.
- Moulin Rouge – I’ve been singing the soundtrack non-stop for the past two weeks
- Le Samouraï (1967) – Spectacular
- The Barkleys of Broadway (1949) – Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers can really dance.
- Charles Blackman’s Schoolgirls exhibition at the Heide Museum of Modern Art – Wonderful
- My mum’s choir concert – The church was cold, but the singing was lovely
- Melbourne Talam, a play done by Melbourne Theatre Company – A beautiful story about identity and living in a new city. Also, it included some amazing dancing.
This month I learnt:
- To recognise my privilege
- You can’t do everything, please everyone, and always be the best
- To be more independent
- Denying others’ bad feelings intensifies them, whereas acknowledging their bad feelings allows their good feelings to return (excerpt from Gretchen Rubin’s One-sentence Journal)
- Some people you once knew so well can seem like strangers
- Positive thoughts are much more valuable than negative ones
- To take one day at a time
In June I’m looking forward to:
- Getting through my mid-year exams
- Seeing MTC’s production of Macbeth
- The Beguiled US release in theatres! June 23rd, put it in your calendar
- Starting a new secret project