Friday, July 29, 2011

Back to life...

So, I am finally settling back into life after a wonderful trip to Rwanda. It has taken a couple of days of grumpiness (from all 6 of us), lots of laundry, the sewing of a table cloth, and all sorts of other things to get me feeling as though I am back in the swing of things.

Anywho, so here I am and boy do I have some plans for you all! So, remember how we moved into a new house a year ago? And remember how I have NEVER posted any pictures of the inside? Well, I have finally given up on the dream that I will ever actually finish one of the rooms in the next decade and will be posting pictures of the inside over the next week or so...get excited!!!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

packing?!

I leave tomorrow morning for Rwanda. There are a million things still on my list to do before I go...laundry, going to the bank, picking up some pictures and a couple of last minute toiletries, the actual packing...you get the idea.

So, what I have I been doing yesterday afternoon and first thing this morning?


Making and installing some curtains in our bedroom! Why not, right?

Friday, July 8, 2011

Classic...

So, I have taken to reading classics lately. I fell in love with Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen, when I went to Rwanda to get Nathan. Truly it is one of my all-time favorite books. But then I discovered Penguin Classics amazingly beautiful books and an addiction was born.


I mean, seriously, how beautiful are these books? Aren't you just dying to put one on your shelf?! I have taken to buying one only every now and then, since they are $20 a pop, but I have visions of owning them all some day...

The first one I owned was, of course, Pride & Prejudice. Anthony just surprised me one day with it. Boy do I love that man! I bought Little Women by Louisa M. Alcott and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens for the birthdays of some dear friends (both of whom are older, by the way). Then the closings at some local Borders stores had me combing the shelves grabbing any one that I could find, even if I didn't know the title. I walked away with A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Stories by Charles Dickens, The Hound of Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, and Tess of the D'Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy.

I plan to read A Christmas Carol this year and maybe even The Hound of Baskervilles (a Sherlock Holmes book) and have already made it through the other two. Wuthering Heights was dark and interesting and Tess of the D'Ubervilles, which I finished last night, is definitely one I will read again...so good.

The thing that has been neat about this, is that not only am I enjoying pretty books, but the writing has really drawn me in. They just make you feel, I don't know, smarter and more cultured and maybe even a bit more lovely. I have also polished off Emma, Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion (all by Austen) in the last month...like I said, total addiction.

So, this the point when I ask for recommendations. I'm borrowing Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, for my trip to Rwanda next week (NEXT WEEK!!!!), but would love some ideas for when I get back. Any thoughts?

Oh, and of course, if you ever feel the need to give me a present for some reason, well, I think you know what to do. = )