|IPhone photo by Miguel|
Apropos of nothing, except that it is funny to see Charles, who is the soul of gravitas, displaying a touch of whimsy. This photo was taken at his birthday dinner. Anyway, that is an "Anastasia" party hat. Why anyone would want to make an animated movie, not to mention kids' party supplies, depicting a young Russian princess, who supposedly escaped the massacre of the whole Romanov family (she really didn't) is beyond me. But, Phoebe found a bunch of Anastasia party items at Salvation Army and snatched them up (because she has the same twisted sense of humor as her old mom) to use at a future birthday bash. We got out the hats for Charles' birthday in June.
It is gray, gray, gray here in Douglas and Juneau. Today, while sitting at the Rookery enjoying a cup of coffee with my friend Jeanie, who is visiting for FIVE!!!! weeks, she looked out the window and said: "Oh look! The sun is shining!" It really wasn't, it was a quick brightening of the sky to pale gray instead of deep gray. That's how I know that she is an optimist at heart. If it isn't pouring rain out, Charles is apt to rhapsodize about what a beautiful day it is. Can you tell I am getting tired of the rain, rain, rain, gloom, gloom, gloom?
We have no money. But payday is coming up. We are on a new austerity plan, where we act as if we don't have any money so we don't squander what we have on fripperies like the aforementioned cup of coffee at the Rookery (Jeanie treated me, Charles, I swear!), and using what we have in the cupboards, and not going out to eat, and not using our mostly maxed out credit cards. The end result will be living debt free in about 20 years. We'll see how it goes. It is pretty easy to act as if we don't have any money, when we actually, in fact, don't have any money. Anybody have any great money-saving, debt reducing, frugal living tips?
Speaking of Spanish, I wish I was a better Spanish speaker. (Say that fast five times.) No, I really do. I studied Spanish in high school, where I was mostly scolded by my teacher for not automatically being able to speak Spanish because my last name was Gonzales. I flippantly asked her if she spoke Gaelic because her last name was Flynn. (I was kind of a smart ass in high school). All that got me was an extra assignment. Anyway, my dream is to go to a six week Spanish Immersion program to become fluent. There is only one barrier to this dream (see 4, above).
Frida The Zipper Eating Dachshund has now chewed the zippers off of seven different garments. I stopped by our local seamstress to ask if she could fix them, and she told me that she could, for $35.00 EACH, except for Miguel's khaki pants, which she could do for $25.00. "Zippers take a lot of time," she told me. I think I will learn to put in zippers and open my own zipper replacement business. I could be RICH! RICH!, I tell you (see 4, above)!
I got nothin'. Oh wait, there is this: Spring is just around the corner!
And finally, this:
The illustrations in Charles' book The Illuminated Easter Proclamation, published by Liturgical Press, are now available on a CD-ROM, suitable for projection during the proclamation of the Exsultet in your very own parish! Tell your friends! Get your own copy here!
And, head on over to see Jen at Conversion Diary for more quick takes!