A Christmas Calendar: December 18th

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Robert Frost

We drove from Oslo to Trondheim yesterday. Miles to go before I sleep, indeed.

This is one of those poems I get as an ear worm occasionally. I learnt it by heart some twenty years ago, and it still resonates in my head (as do Fire and Ice and The Road Less Travelled by the same poet).

A Christmas Calendar: December 16th

bookfession_no1Naturally. Though the lass is obviously brainwashed to love books and unless something radical happens, I think we’re ok.

There are 800 Bookfessions right now and I just decided to go back to the start (as of now: page 112) and read them in order.

Iiiiiii farta!

Jeg har sendt avgårde pakken til min hemmelige bokvenn. Nå blir det spennende å se når den dukker opp om vedkommende liker innholdet. Det var i hvert fall fryktelig morsomt å fylle pakken med alskens, både bøker og annet (og egentlig ble konvolutten for liten, jeg hadde gjerne fylt størrelsen større, men det gikk da på et vis).

A Christmas Calendar: December 14th

Another great Snape image, this more of a LOLS kind of thing, posted by a dear friend on Facebook (though I don’t know the original source of this one either, please enlighten me if you know):


A Christmas Calendar: December 13th

This is the day people all over Scandinavia – and most especially in Sweden – celebrate St Lucy’s Day. Even though I used to be light blonde as a kid and therefore got to be Lucia at least once (my memory fails me), I’ve thought the tradition of choosing the girl with long blonde hair over any other kid a strange one. I’m not going to claim any laudable insightfulness for my young self, most probably – and therefore an apt theme for this blog, which is, after all, supposed to be about books – I read a book where a dark haired girl – or even a boy – was devastated because they were not even in the running for the part.

In Sweden, apparently, there is a tradition to vote on who gets to be the «leading lady». I can’t remember that ever being an issue with us, but again, my memory may be faulty. In any case, it’s a method fraught with problems. The obvious being maiking it a popularity contest and probably sending signals about looks being more important than anything else. Precisely for that reason, it is likely to be highjacked, especially as the voters get older. Here is an image from a Swedish newspaper a few years ago, from a story that a school voted for a beaver for Lucia:

lucia-baverTwo of my favourite bloggers have also written about St Lucy’s Day and the various problems with the «tradition» thereof, which is what brought on this post: Ketchupmamman and Antibloggeren (in Swedish and Norwegian, respectively). You should read them both.

A Christmas Calendar: December 12th

Since this is turning into a bit of a Harry Potter themed calendar, I thought I’d give you a suggestion for a pretty tree ornament today. I found this picture at Bokbabbel, but I’ve seen the idea before – possibly on pinterest. A quick google search unearths a tutorial for just this version, so here you go:

goldensnitchA Golden Snitch Christmas tree ornament.

I need to make one myself.

A Christmas Calendar: December 11th

(Late, late, late.)

We FINALLY saw the second part of Deathly Hallows. And, yeah.

So today, here are a few pictures to mess with your brain:


There are a few more pictures in the Tumblr post being reblogged, you should go check it out.