Sunday, May 31, 2009

Pride and Prejudice

I went to the Green City Farmer's Market yesterday and bought a bundle of flox and peonies. I've been sitting here at my dining room table studying and have this bunch of flowers sitting here with me. While I'm studying I'm listening to the "Pride and Prejudice" soundtrack that was composed by Dario Marianelli. I have always loved that movie and for some reason, sitting here at this stark white table with my white laptop and a white pitcher of incredibly colorful flowers and listening to this music makes me want to watch "Pride and Prejudice" yet again. No matter how many times I see it I always cry.

Thursday, May 28, 2009


Even though it's a been a little chilly here in Chicago, my neighbor's flowers are starting to bloom. One neighbor in particular has a big peony bush is their front yard and I am mesmerized by it. Every day as I pass by it I get to see the progression from a simple looking bush to a stem with a tight bud on it. Today as I passed by it was blooming!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


I went jogging yesterday past a store on Division. It was relatively nice outside and so some of the stores had racks of clothing outside for sale. Outside one store in particular was a ghost chair. These chairs, the originals are created by Philippe Starck and are beautiful. The design is so simple, yet so creative. What's even better is the Lou Lou, the smaller version, a child's size, of the ghost chair.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Book Review

I read a lot of books and love going to the Harold Washington Chicago Public Library. Breathing in the scent of library books is a glorious thing. The memories and thought of new memories with each breath makes you truly appreciate public libraries.
I have a long list of all the books I'd love to read someday and it continues to grow bigger and bigger.
Currently, I'm reading Ian McEwan's book, "Atonement". It was adapted for the movies a few years ago, but the book is marvelous. McEwan has been compared to Jane Austen not only because of his style of writing, but because of the characters and their dynamics.
"Atonement" is set in 1935 and during WWII. It examines a little girl and how she misunderstands a very adult situation that forever changes all the character's lives. I'm a little biased reading this book since I've already seen the movie, but it's completely different.
I don't really "rate" books, I just tell people my opinion of them, since everyone's scale of ratings are different.
But I have to tell you, I love this book. It does in fact take time to read, it's not a breezy book that you can flip through. It's gorgeously written and tells a tale of heartache and adolescence. It is heart wrenching.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Cherries and Lemonade

Every Wednesday and Saturday morning in the late spring through early fall Chicago has a multitude of farmer's markets. The one that I frequent is The Green City Market that is located in Lincoln Park on Clark Street. It is glorious. They have everything from your traditional fruits and veggies to home grown honey, artisan crafted cheeses, action stations where crepes can be ordered as well as crazy fresh sandwiches.
My favorite booth is the family from Michigan that brings cherries that are always so fresh and still warm from the sun. I feel like cherries are the quintessential summer fruits. They are only fresh in the summer, they go so well with ice cream and other delicious summer staples. Plus, sitting on your porch with a big glass of ice cold tangy lemonade and a big bowl of bright red cherries is divine, especially when it's so hot out that only cherries and lemonade can make it better.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Can't get over it.

So I try and keep up with all the movies that are coming out and there is one in particular that I have watched the preview for at least six times. Surprisingly, it looks fantastic.

"Where the Wild Things Are" is coming out in October of this year and I cannot wait for it! It should be one of the best movies of the year. I just hope that Spike Jonze, the director, does not butcher it and ruin the integrity of the book.

A little history

The name of this blog, in my eyes, has two of the best words in it. "Serendipity" and "Oddity"; these two words are not only fun to say (as they roll of your tongue and make you smile), but their meanings are lovely.
"Serendipity" is a word from the Persian fairy tale The Three Princes of Serendip. It dates back to 1754 and it means: "the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for; also: an instance of this (you found my blog...)" (cited from
Of course this word was made famous by the movie, "Serendipity" that was surrounded by "the delicious little patisserie" which is Serendipity 3, located in New York City.
"Oddity" is a word that means "an odd person, thing, event or trait; the quality or state of being odd" (cited from

I look for the different things in life, I try to keep my eyes open for interesting and mind-boggling people and places. I want to stand out and be different, I do not shy away from being called odd.
Please enjoy my blog and visit often.