Saturday, February 14, 2015

7 Quick Takes Friday (Vol. 41)
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(1)
Yes, yes, it is Saturday.  But Elijah had no school yesterday and I was tired and, and, and, well, today is the day after Friday, so that's not so bad.  As for last week, it was barf city around here, so getting out of bed was hard enough, and sitting in front of the computer was nigh on impossible.  So.  Here I am.  

(2)
For book club this month we are reading An Unnecessary Woman, which is unlike most of what I have read before.  If I had to make a comparison, it would say it reminds me of the writing of Isabel Allende.  That is quite a feat, since she writes about her own life and this book is written by a man.  An Unnecessary Woman is the ficitonal autobiography of an elderly woman who has lived in Beirut her whole life.  It is not a page-turner, but that's okay because it is just so beautiful.  I do need to keep turning pages, though, if I hope to pass the book on to a fellow book club member with enough time for her to read it.

(3)
On the television front, Kurt and I are making our way through Sherlock and loving it.  At an hour and a half per episode, it is the perfect length for a weekend night.  Long enough to feel like a treat, but short enough to get us to bed at a reasonable hour.  Because, as we know, "sleeping in because it is the weekend" is a phrase unknown to children, or at least my children

(4)
In other personal literary news, I abandoned The Paying Guests halfway through with no plan to return.  This is a rare occurrence.  Usually I decide within the first few chapters if a book is worth my time, and once decided, I stick through to the end.  Not so this time around.  I don't generally like historical fiction to begin with, and at some point I realized that the book just wasn't getting any better.  I think I stuck with it so long because The Washington Post recommended it so highly.  Fools.

(5)
Today is Valentine's Day, and Kurt is expressing his love for me by whisking the children away to Baltimore for the day.  He knows the way to my heart.  I cleaned the house in his absence.  I know the way to his.  Soon we will all reunite for a family dinner.  Until then, I shall continue to enjoy the peace and quiet.

  “The cure for loneliness is solitude.”
—Marianne Moore 


"...followed by boisterous hugs from small children."
Lisa Runge 

(6)
For Christmas I got Kurt a spice subscription from Raw Spice Bar.  Tomorrow night, he and I are going out for dinner, so I think tonight it is time to try out the new spices using one of the enclosed recipes.  I'm thinking Punjabi Chicken Tikka Masala.

(7)
This has been very random.  I would apologize, but I'm just so darn proud of myself for posting something on this here blog that I won't.  Happy Weekend! 

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