Autumn Ramblings {feat. my fall photo dump, the four winds, and Howl’s Moving Castle}

This is where I resurface for the death of the leaves during my favorite season and scatter random thoughts like the wind.

For example, since my unexplained disappearance from the blogging sphere, I have discovered that there is nothing like college applications to make you feel like you’ve accomplished nothing with your high-school years.

While, in the meantime, I am frighteningly a few meager weeks from half way through my senior year. Every Friday morning I have a 40 minute, heavy traffic commute to my co-op class, which meets in a small upper room of a church with a gorgeous, towering stained glass window, and one small everyday window facing a parking lot.

Unless of course if our class is virtual due to The Plague like today.

(entirely unedited shot of the early morning sunrise reflecting off of our fiery autumn trees a few weeks ago)

Me and my car* are pretty much besties. We rocked around town through the sweltering summer, not just surviving the broken ac system, but thriving with the windows down, and music up. We pretend to be cool as we glide down the highway and the trees turn into tv static, even as the rush of impatient drivers pass us.

Even now as the green of the leaves drains into coffee brown and cherry red, I seize any slight opportunity to roll down the window on the country roads.

*not really my car but the family’s, though the car is pretty much as old as me and was given to us by family friends right when I was learning to drive and now I drive it everywhere and anywhere. technicalities… ahhh who cares 😉

For class, I have been reading a fascinating world history book sorted by ideas and concepts and their affect on society and cultures, rather than putter along a strict timeline. This past week covered the topic of wind, and sent me on rabbit trails of how historically people have personified the four winds – something I have personally done.

I’ve always pictured the south wind as a rolly-polly jovial, mischievous fellow, and the North as a pale-skinned, tall man wearing a newsies cap, a sweater, and a simple grey scarf. The West Wind of course has a generous beard.

I’m not entirely sure but I have no strong mental picture for the East Wind. Instead, my mind wanders to Mr. Jarndyce in the Growlery thanks to Dicken’s Bleak House.

Quite honestly, this year has overwhelming felt like the full culmination of my classical education. Translating ancient Latin poems, passages of the Vulgate, Newton’s Laws, and even now working on writing my *own* original Latin poem, leading hour long class discussions, competing in impromptu debates, reading Greek Myths, and so on and so forth.

Plus I wrote a Shakespearian sonnet from the perspective of the Acheans sailing towards Troy, which felt like the peak of my classical academic career.

(Yep, that’s it, folks. You can all go home now. I have proved my education has paid off.)

(On a similar note, I am starting the Odyssey this coming week and am excited hehehe)

In other words, this semester has been very validating, and class is no longer a string of lectures that rely on the teacher to either be edifying or helpful, but since it is solely discussion, it is now as interesting as I make it (or as boring), which I think is pretty cool.

Out of the many things I have been busy doing recently, writing (outside of school assignments and debate speeches) is unfortunately not one of them.

However, maybe over Christmas break, I’ll slowly work back into the habit?

I visited a couple colleges last week and my first thought was the gut reaction to seeing students with beards: “wait-I-can’t-be-old-enough-for-this” and “surely-everyone-can-see-right-through-this-shabby-act-of-pretending-like-I am.”

That’s about all I have to say on that subject.

In the meantime, here’s a lot of sunsets to go around:

Also I entered an art competition with my library this summer and learned this week that I won?? Which is kind of insane to me, but fun haha.

Here’s the watercolor painting I entered:

“A heart’s a heavy burden.”

For those who don’t recognize it: my painting is of the Wizard Howl’s moving castle from the novel by Diana Wynne Jones which is in fact called “Howl’s Moving Castle.” I read and fell in love with the book this summer after watching the Studio Ghibli film with a friend. I wanted to capture the vibrant and colorful tones of the whimsy world where magic and science coexist in society. It’s an absolutely delightful and imaginative novel filled with the best quirky characters, some hilarious exchanges, and exciting action. 

I’ve been wanting to write a blog post about the book vs. the movie, because this might be a rare case where I actually liked the movie better? There’s a lot of differences, and I feel like some of the changes make the story a more complete narrative, which is an interesting thing to flesh out.

Also just getting to rave about the story and the quirkiness and amazingness of it.

Maybe I’ll write that post yet. 😉

Quick poll: who else personified the four winds as a kid? how about numbers? (7 is sleazy. just try to change my mind.)


20 thoughts on “Autumn Ramblings {feat. my fall photo dump, the four winds, and Howl’s Moving Castle}”

  1. I love your painting! (and the lovely fall pics, by the way) I was a little disappointed too, after reading Howl’s Moving Castle. Only because I loved the movie so much, and it’s not quite the same as the book. But I’m thinking it’s time for a reread, to see if I feel any different.
    Also, I hope you enjoy the rest of your senior year. You’re almost there! 🙂

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    1. Yes, Howl’s Moving Castle the movie is such a whimsy, lovely film. (I’ve been obsessed with Studio Ghibli ever since watched Howl’s Moving Castle haha) The book was lovely too, but not to the same level. Also I didn’t like the fact that Howl was dating Sofi’s sister and that whole plot line? And Marukuru being 18? I really liked Marukuru’s character in the movie so that was a shock. The main other thing Studio Ghibli changed was adding the war as part of the setting, which I thought helped tie the whole story together.
      Thank you! ❤

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      1. I agree! The book is a bit odd, but has its own charm. And the film is just so beautifully done, I can’t think of anything that would need to change. And I’m a huge Studio Ghibli fan, so I’m glad to hear you’ve joined the club. ;p

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  2. WE SURVIVED THE COLLEGE APPLICATION PROCESS. *high-fives* As I’m just returning to the blogsphere myself, I feel strange welcoming you back, so I’ll simply give a toast with some nice warm coffee. *toasts*

    Btw, those pictures doth be GORGEOUS and I heartily approve of your use of ink and watercolor. *nods sagely*

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    1. YES YES, GO US
      *does a little happy dance*
      In that case, welcome back yourself! Ooooh warm coffee. Just what I need this morning. (:
      Would you like a scone too?

      Thank you, Elisha! ❤ 😀

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  3. “For example, since my unexplained disappearance from the blogging sphere, I have discovered that there is nothing like college applications to make you feel like you’ve accomplished nothing with your high-school years.”

    Painfully true 😦

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  4. I’m always glad to see one of your posts show up in my inbox, and as usual this didn’t disappoint. 🙂
    All I have to say is well, I’m glad I’m not the only one feeling all sorts of things about senior year, it truly feels a bit like I’m pretending to be this old…
    Anyway, thanks for dropping by and sharing your thoughts with us. 🙂

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    1. This is where all the previous generations reveal they have been playing a major April Fools joke on us about what age they went to college – right?? right??

      Yes, you’re definitely not the only one! in some ways, senior year is living up to the hype and in other ways, I feel guilty for not making it more the ideal-senior-year-vibe? what ever that is?

      Thank you for commenting, Esmeralda. It’s always nice to hear from you! 🙂

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  5. ok ok so much to say 🥰
    first off, your photos are absolutely my favvv I love the fall vibes of them SO much <33
    Congrats on going thru your senior yr, thats amazing and you've worked so hard to get to this point! I can't believe that'll be me in a a year 😩 So crazy!!
    also me n my car (I named her Brenda) are besties. She's always there for me and I can't wait to travel to new places with her ahah
    love this xx

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    1. awwww thanks friend!! that’s super sweet of you to say. (:
      I love taking pictures of fall haha
      Thank you! senior year IS crazy. But it’s good. I’m sure you’ll rock being a senior yourself next year!
      yEs, you said it right. car besties make me so happy ❤
      (Brenda sounds amazing)

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  6. What a lovely painting… Howl’s Moving Castle is an absolute delight – I’m so happy to find someone else who loves it, too 😊 (though I’m afraid I’m partial to the book).
    Welp. Senior year is a doozy for sure. Godspeed as you complete applications and figure out your future ❤ We'll get through this… we will…
    Gorgeous sunsets, by the way. Sunsets do make everything better.

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    1. Why thank you! Honestly, I think if I had read the book first, I would have preferred it. Altogether, like you said, an absolute delight. ❤
      Awww Libby, truly thank you! It's been a roller-coaster and your encouragement is so kind.
      Sunsets do make everything better. (:

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  7. That painting is AMAZING!!! I love Howl’s Moving Castle, (both the movie and the book)! I haven’t decided if I love the book more or the film, it’s actually really hard for me not to appreciate them for their differences. Like I like how the book did the story but I also like the changes in the movie too. Sometimes I treat them in my brain as two different but similar stories because they can stand so well on their own without ruining the other and I think people can enjoy them both for different reasons. They really don’t have the same vibe to me even if they are telling the same story basically. At the end of the day, it’s too hard for me to pick one over the other, though I may have a special fondness for the film because I was introduced to Howl’s Moving Castle through the anime first and I always get such feels whenever I watched it. (You could say I just chose, but if I ever think about one being better than the other, my brain overloads with all the things I love about each one and it’s kinda overwhelming. XD)

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