Saturday, December 4, 2010

Fires, Queens and SOTB.

I'm in love with our fireplace. Yesterday we rearranged the family room so that there were two couch spaces by the fire, not just one. Which is good because the spot nearest the fire is always in demand and at times I miss Virginia, where there were about six good spots that were all more or less equally near the fire.

However I don't like snow. I mean it is very pretty and can remind the literate viewer of Narnia... but have you ever tried driving it when it is just gushing down and there is ice all over the road and the wind is blowing you around? When you live as far north as we do, it's a real hindrance and I get rather tired of not going places because of the horrid weather.

I miss sunshine and grass already. We've had an unusually heavy dumping of early snow -- not once but three or four times already. Spring Vacation can't come soon enough...

But in the meanwhile I am consoling myself with Christmas. The latest issue of Ink and Fairydust contains an article I wrote about stocking stuffers and I'm hoping to implement a few of the suggestions myself. (but shhh -- dont' tell my family!)

Speaking of gifts, if you ever randomly decide you'd like to give me a present, I highly recommend a biography of an English female royal. I nearly always find them terribly interesting. Of course you risk sending me one I already own, but that's a risk you'd have to take. Where does this suggestion come from? I'm reading an old (55-year-old) biography of Queen Victoria and find it utterly fascinating. I didn't realize that Her Majesty's life was so well-documented... or that she had her babies in such quick succession. Poor woman!

I am also looking forwards to getting even busier when I order the editing software for SOTB. I'll be doing the editing myself and that's rather an intimidating job. I find myself watching films and taking careful note of cuts and jumps and shot choices... and then I start second-guessing whether or not I really have all the footage that we need. Plus six months seems far too short for getting this done. Oh and we still have to get permission to use "It's Only a Paper Moon" so that's another thing to worry about. *sigh* Why do I let myself take these crazy things on?

8 comments:

Eldra said...

Haha. You should check out Alberta winters. They're usually classified under "brutal" and "arriving way too early." Not to mention freezing cold. And I agree that I'd like spring to arrive soon. Blah to winter.

Lindysse said...

I recommend "The Six Wives of Henry VIII" by Alison Weir- it's a lengthy book, but very readable, and that would give you the story of six English female royals at once, all of which are fascinating! :)

Elenatintil said...

Lindysse -- Love that book. First read it almost ten years ago and I finally own my own copy now. :)

Lindysse said...

Oh- sorry it hasn't helped you find anything new, but I'm glad you love it too! I bought it a week or so ago and I am so very glad that I did. :D

Elenatintil said...

Don't be sorry! It's cool to find another fan of the book! Have you read my other posts on Tudor subjects? Which wife intrigues you most?

Lindysse said...

I guess you're right! :D Yup, I read your review of 'Brief Gaudy Hour', and a film- I think it was 'Anne of a Thousand Days', which incidentally I hope to be able to watch soon! Anne Boleyn certainly is intriguing; I don't particularly like her, but she was such a complex character, and her end was completely unfair. To be honest, all of them interest me, but my favourite is Katherine of Aragon because of her strength and bravery. She was the most queenly of the six, IMO. :)

Cecile said...

I know how you feel about winter weather. There are seven inches of snowfall outside my house, and I find myself thinking, "Do I want to go out and get fruit and veggies, or do I want to stay home and find something else to do with eggs?" Hang in there!

If you aren't bored of Queen Victoria after the biography you are reading, I recommend "We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals" by Gillian Gill. It's fairly new (2009), but my library had a copy. I have read a lot about Victoria, but Albert seems to be ignored. Their relationship was so interesting and complicated. I wish I could recommend another royal, but this book has been on my mind.

Elenatintil said...

Well anything about Albert is worth checking out!!!