Apparently this is my 200th post.

In the weeks and months between the last post and this, not much exciting has happened- at least in terms of my personal life and/or earthquakes in my village.

My best friend got engaged (hooray!), my other best friend made Teacher of the Year, the Tennessee education system continues to be in turmoil, and Brooks and I both got food poisoning (or possibly Norovirus; or possibly both) over winter break.

I’m not going to get philosophical.  I’m just going to walk in here like I’ve never been gone and start posting again.  I’m doing a few challenges- 52 Books in 52 Weeks, A Movie a Week, and a relationship thing that I can’t talk about here because it’s not supposed to be something Brooks is actually aware of, for the most part.

So, without further ado (notice it’s not adieu- why would you be saying goodbye a lot in French?)

This Week’s Book(s)

Last week’s selection was supposed to be about Italian and/or Roman history, so I chose something very carefully.  I love history, but I don’t really enjoy reading sweeping overviews of time periods.  Give me a snapshot of culture or daily life or give me a biography and my sparkler will sizzle just right.  In the week previous, I had delved back into Dante’s Inferno, which, let me tell you, was not as interesting as my college assignment to read The Divine Comedy.  I don’t know why, really.  I guess I just wasn’t in the mood.

The book I ended up with this week was

In the weeks and months between the last post and this, not much exciting has happened- at least in terms of my personal life and/or earthquakes in my village.

My best friend got engaged (hooray!), my other best friend made Teacher of the Year, the Tennessee education system continues to be in turmoil, and Brooks and I both got food poisoning (or possibly Norovirus; or possibly both) over winter break.

I’m not going to get philosophical. I’m just going to walk in here like I’ve never been gone and start posting again. I’m doing a few challenges- 52 Books in 52 Weeks, A Movie a Week, and a relationship thing that I can’t talk about here because it’s not supposed to be something Brooks is actually aware of, for the most part.

So, without further ado (notice it’s not adieu- why would you be saying goodbye a lot in French?)

This Week’s Book(s)

Last week’s selection was supposed to be about Italian and/or Roman history, so I chose something very carefully. I love history, but I don’t really enjoy reading sweeping overviews of time periods. Give me a snapshot of culture or daily life or give me a biography and my sparkler will sizzle just right. In the week previous, I had delved back into Dante’s Inferno, which, let me tell you, was not as interesting as my college assignment to read The Divine Comedy. I don’t know why, really. I guess I just wasn’t in the mood.

The book I ended up with this week was

Galateo: Or, The Rules of Polite Behavior
It’s a treatise on polite behavior in 16th century Italy.  How can you not read that?

Unfortunately, the bad weather means that I still haven’t received the book.  I love my Kindle apps (and my Kindle) but I really like holding my books, too.  So, we wait.  Politely.

For the coming week, we’re reading 13th century literature.  Now, granted it doesn’t have to be written in the 13th century.  Thank God.  I can’t handle any more Dante right now.

For this week, I chose two books (now I have three to read, eventually):

People of the Weeping Eye (North America’s Forgotten Past)

This one’s tailored to what I want to read about-  ancient Mississippian culture.  The 13th century of North America sounded pretty interesting because we study the Mound Builders in 4th grade social studies.

I also wanted some fiction, so I went with

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood (Signet Classics)

The tales of Robin Hood started popping up in the 13th century, so what better way to satisfy the topic?  And although I adore the Disney version, I am excited to read the more derring-do version originally created in the way-back-when.

This Week’s Movie

This week’s movie is Synechdoche, NY (Amazon Instant, 2.99- this is the only place I could find it streaming and apparently the monstrous monopoly TimeWarnerXfinityCast doesn’t have it in its catalog right now).

I’ll let you know how it goes.

Picture of Something That Happened This Week

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Delicious Valentine’s Day dinner and hijinks just before I got sick the very next day.

Maybe I’m luuuuuuuuuuuuurve sick.

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