April 14, 2009

Make Way For Ducklings!

When I was a child I used to love the story Make Way for Ducklings. I remember looking over the pages and examining the beautiful brown-ink illustrations on cream-colored paper. I still have this book sitting on a shelf in my house. A couple of weekends ago when we had our wonderful houseguests I read the book as a bedtime story to the children.
At the entrance of our neighborhood there is a large pond inhabited by your typical pond creatures--including four ducks, two of which are male Mallards. This morning as I was leaving for work, the ducks were crossing the street to reach a nice little patch of bushes on the other side of the road. I had to stop my car and wait for them to waddle across.
In the movie You've Got Mail Meg Ryan's character says at one point, "So much of what I see reminds me of something I read in a book, when shouldn't it be the other way around?"
I happen to like it when things I see remind me of what I read. Because, we're all symbols of symbols of symbols right? Typology and all that.

Tomorrow is my birthday. Daniel's already given me my presents. This was a big birthday, folks! A real big one! I got an Apple desktop and Photoshop CS3 to go along with it. I never thought I'd ever own an Apple OR Photoshop and I am so excited. I really need to take the time to sit down and play with it because I have't hardly at all. I'm very intimidated by it, actually.

Netflix.com is becoming quite a habit for me. We've been streaming video like crazy--all BBC/Masterpiece Theater. Daniel and I are particularly enjoying a series called Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister. It's very clever and political, and I think I only enjoy it because Daniel does. I think that because I've tried watching the show on my own and I really don't plug in to it very well by myself.
My recommendations of what I've seen (if you're interested!):
I watched a wonderful, wonderful 11-epidsode adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre.
I thoroughly enjoyed a 4-episode adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's Wives and Daughters. Currently I'm in the middle of Anthony Trollope's The Way We Live Now, and it's pretty good. Not my favorite so far.
I've also watched hours and hours and hours of 30 Rock. So funny.

I also found a Jane Austen PodCast on itunes where I can download podcasts of someone reading her books! With a British accent!!

I made homemade Tiramisu and it is awesome.

Easter was great. Very low-key. But great.
Hope you all had a joyous Easter!



  1. Happy Birthday, my Love, my Sweet! Wish I could bake you a cake with sprinkles and hug you lots. Missing you terribly today. Can't wait to see you. Thanks for the blog. I feel connected somehow.

  2. That little girl singing "I know you", is growing up.

  3. Your Dad will want you to make him some of your Tiramisu, I think. Where did you end up finding the ladyfingers? Ethan and Kristian helped me figure out how to leave a comment. I'm excited - see I've made 3 now!

  4. You should watch "Our Mutual Friend" which is available from Netflix. It's an adaptation of the Dickens novel. It's fantastic.