It’s 11:28 am. It’s sunny and lovely outside, but not hot. The birds, who have been noising off like a Hitchcock movie all morning, have quieted down. A crow was being quite diligent about trying to get into our trash, and we have a nest of little birds inside the space for our storm shutters (luckily we never open that window- it could have been grossly tragic), so there’s been lots of noise.
The girls are playing in the tea room while listening to the Beatles. Yesterday they kept going in and out and then knocking and pretending to be a different Beatle- it was highly entertaining.
We are in the last week of school, and we’re all ready to be done. I think I’m going to create a summer math challenge- if the girls can master their addition/subtraction/multiplication/division facts cold then they’ll earn something. I have to figure out exactly how to run it.
I’m listening to Achtung Baby, which has one of my favorite runs of songs ever. I don’t actually care for the first three songs, but once Until the End of the World starts all the songs through Ultra Violet just transition perfectly into each other, and they’re all so tonally perfect. Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses and So Cruel are two of my favorite songs of all time.
Going back to the Beatles for a moment- I’ve realized through our unit on them that John’s voice really is my favorite. That thing he does when he kind of sings at the back of his throat (like during “You’re gonna say you love me too, oh” on “too” and “oh”) kills me.
We caught up on Penny Dreadful and Game of Thrones last night. I’m fascinated by the Arya/ Multi Faced God storyline on GoT- I’m so interested to see if she can let go of her want for revenge, because that’s what’s going to be required of her. She turned to the Multi Faced God because she thought it would give her what she wanted, but I think she’s going to come out of it with a completely different understanding of death than she thought she was going to. The whole approach to religion on the show is so nuanced and interesting with all the different factions.
As for Penny Dreadful, I will simply report our two statements at the end of the episode.
Me: “Wow, there was really a lot of ill advised sex happening.”
B: “Yeah, when the possessed woman and the wolf man are the only two showing restraint, that says something.”
It was a fantastic episode; I’m interested to see how the Dorian/Angelique storyline intersects with any of the others. I’m afraid I know where it might be going, and that would be sad. (Let’s just say that Dorian has been a bit too good for too long.) I did love the mirroring of John Clare’s story to Lily about how she stood up for him and Dorian’s doing the same for Angelique. The casting on that show is just so exquisite.
I’m eating hashbrowns for lunch. Don’t judge me, they’re delicious.
So You Think You Can Dance starts today! I can’t watch it for a while, because Hulu has to get the episodes up. I’m interested to see how the changes to the format work out.
I’m reading Orlando by Virginia Woolf, and even though I kept falling asleep through four pages of it yesterday, it really is quite good. I love Virginia Woolf. I want to see the film version with Tilda Swinton.
That’s all I’ve got for now, and apparently the girls need something to do.