Sunday, April 17, 2011

The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain

I watched Amelie for the first time since 2001 in preparation for my Parisian visit. And in honor of its magic, my likes and dislikes…

• Clothes, still a little warm from the dryer
• The hand massage part of a manicure
• The sound of car tires in the rain
• The tree buds and cherry blossoms at exactly this time of the year
• Proof that someone listened
• Thin sheaths of croissant crumbs
• The doughy-crunch of a perfect baguette
• New magazines in the mail
• Cheesy pop music from the ’70s
• Honey lingering at the bottom of a tea cup
• Sky writing
• Ferris wheels
• Thick paper stock
• Taking out the recycling

• The sound of subway wheels and brakes on the tracks
• Being startled
• Unanswered emails
• “Next on line”—it’s “Next in line”!
• Lost earrings, glasses and jackets
• Achy feet and ill-fitting shoes
• Dust and clutter

Et toi? What are your likes and dislikes?


  1. I'm so glad you mentioned the "on line" thing.... I've been hearing that more and more and it makes me want to scream! Where did people learn that??

    One of my likes - a baguette still warm from the oven but not piping hot (to follow up from your clothing just out of the dryer).I also love the feel and smell of new books and magazines.

  2. I love getting into bed after a shower into clean sheets! And I love Amélie...

  3. If there is a sweeter movie than Amélie I’m still looking for it. To steal a quote, Amélie is my Rushmore.


    ∙The announcements on the loudspeakers in the train station in Spanish and then Valenciano (or the other way around).

    ∙Exploring abandoned farm houses.

    ∙The sometimes almost overwhelming fragrance of orange blossoms while riding through the groves along the coast of Valencia. The Spanish think this fragrance has magical properties and azahar (orange blossom) is a common female name. I also like the smell of a field of onions (But I haven’t met any women called cebolla. I think she would be my soulmate.).

    ∙How dogs tied up outside the supermarket will stare with unblinking loyalty inside as they wait for the boss to finish the shopping. It’s like they’re waiting for a miracle to happen.

    ∙The weekly change in the posters at the bargain double feature cinema near my flat. I make a point to pass by even when I have absolutely no intention of seeing a movie.

    ∙How Spanish people will always say goodbye when they leave a bar or restaurant, and how other customers will bid them farewell. I’ll probably get beat up for that if I do the same back in the States.


    ∙Cars and everything about them. The worst thing in the world would be Hitler honking at me for no reason.

  4. Amelie...a great reminder to dig out that DVD!

    • the smell of lilacs
    • creamy hand lotion
    • me and my 3 cats, all piled onto the same 1/3 of the couch
    • staying up late and sleeping late on weekends
    • a perfectly in-tune harp (so fleeting!)
    • my old, huge, cast iron clawfoot bathtub

    • the overused phrase "moving forward"
    • improperly conjugated verbs in English, by native English speakers
    • pens that don't write smoothly
    • hangnails
    • that "loud American" kind of noise in public places
    • crashing grocery store carts
    • calories...

  5. One of my all time faves! You know I quite like the sound of the metro. The loud beep before the doors close and the squeaks and braking as well as the intercom jingle when the RATP is informing you of delayed or changed routes. I even really like the sound of police sirens in Paris. Go figure.

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  7. I love Amelie ! I listen to the soundtrack often.
    I like the thunderstorms here.
    I hate the traffic noise here.
    I love the people here.

  8. I still need to watch Amelie! Once things slow down, it'll be the first on the top of the DVDS-to-watch-whilst-curled-up-on-the-couch-with-a-jar-of-Nutella pile.

    + Daily veggie sandwiches
    + Summer skin
    + Pastel colored nails
    + How alive and saturated everything looks after the rain

    + Procrastination
    + Dust bunnies and fingerprint-y mirrors
    + Parting with my favorite, everyday shoes

    (P.S.: Always loved your blog, I sat down over break and read it to its very beginnings! I cannot wait for your book, you are a gifted writer who will always be one of my inspirations behind blogging and pursuing a career in writing!).

  9. I could list my likes and dislikes, but I just want to reference my favorite line/scene from the movie right now . . . "Quinze!"

  10. I heart warm laundry from the dryer. Love it.

  11. Oh I love this movie! Such random acts of kindness yields the most amazing results...Likes: discovering new blogs like yours! Awesome post, thanks for sharing!

    Btw, Haute Khuuture just celebrated the 1-year mark and I'm celebrating with a HUGE giveway! Would love to see you stop by when you get a chance!

    Happy Tuesday hun!


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  12. Love, love, love these lists! So many little things to enjoy in life...

    Kimberly and Julie, thanks so much for special love - glad you're enjoying the blog! xo

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