And so VERY LITTLE time! I feel like I haven’t blogged in eons. Advent is slipping by me and I can’t grasp it. We attempt to get to our readings – and sometimes we do – and we have said Morning Prayer, too, at least. My two easy classes are done, my two hard ones I have with me for two more weeks, including 5 tests. And, I got a job. It’s only part time, and it barely pays above minimum, and I really don’t have a clue how I will shove everything else to the side BUT it is close by, I can take whatever days I need (without pay) and I can bring a kid or two if I have to. It’s great, for now. Hoping to take the Pharmacy Tech exam in the early new year – of course it costs, and not offered in this state.
(In an elevator, no less ). I am privileged and proud to call you my daughter AND my friend – and I can’t wait to celebrate with you on Saturday !
**Mary and Dawn J. – thank you so much for the Thanksgiving gift! – we pray for you daily, and you are very, very, special to us**
Thanksgiving is usually the day I take the annual Christmas photo except it was a zillion below and my camera kept telling me my memory was full although I erased the chip and had 64mb. No one ever cooperates for the picture, anyhow, and seeing as how they were all freezing to death, this was the best I got.
Both pictures look like a laser beam is coming out of the sky to take out a middle child. And Ian and Christy didn’t get the memo that is was black and gray.
This is our one dinner photo. Nice shot of the back of Derek’s head. Where’s the turkey?
But at the end of the day, there is proof that the dancing gene skips a generation. Declan definitely has inherited my groove. Just look at that pigeon move!
Hope everyone had a Blessed Thanksgiving! We certainly did!
Time is certainly flying and there is so much to do! It is only three days til Thanksgiving! How did that happen? Of course, I have class until 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday – ugh – with a lot of work to accomplish by then, and Advent starts just 3 short days after Thanksgiving, and there was so much I wanted to plan. I don’t have a single day free until December 21st! There are days of fun, added to days of hard work, but the days, they are escaping me!
Three days until Thanksgiving, including 4 classes, a lab, and a test, food still to shop for, food to prepare, and a house to clean.
Six days to Advent, including candles to find, preparations to make, a wreath and decorations to dig out, a second Thanksgiving dinner to make, and a very special trip for a few of us here, thanks to my cousin Heather whose daughter is in it and who has tickets for us!
Eight days until my oldest child turns twenty-nine! Holy Schmoly, how did that happen?!
Ten days until my oldest daughter turns nineteen, which is a little more believable, but still frightening.
Fifteen more days left of this semester. I can’t wait until it’s over, but then again next semester is going to be so much worse – Microbiology
Thirty days until Christmas!!!
What?! And I need to plan St. Nicholas Day, my white dinner for the Immaculate Conception, Mexican dinner for Our Lady of Guadelupe, something for St. Lucia day, something to incorporate the O Antiphons, and to be thankful that only three of those things overlap with school.
This is the time of year (Thanksgiving) that was “the beginning of the end” (New Years’) so our traditions (that we incorporated after) are very important.
Anything I’m forgetting?
Sally, our good friend and adopted grandmother, is always looking out for our welfare. When she found out that we absolutely loved The Well-Digger’s Daughter (and that Courtney loves anything and everything French), she immediately found us another movie with Daniel Auteuil, Jean de Florette, which also starred a young Gerard Depardieu.
From there, she brought us the great Pagnol trilogy (and I just noticed that he is the same writer of The Well-Digger, some things just go right over my head).
We absolutely LOVED it! Oh. My. Goodness. Coming home after a long day of school, it was such a treat to pop in where we left off and
drool marvel over what a wonderful actor Pierre Fresnay is! Just look:
The top two pictures are from the movie. And his voice! Obviously these movies, from the thirties, are in French, with subtitles, and they are pure art. Oh, if he wasn’t born in 1897 and died when I was 9… Anyway, I highly recommend these movies, all of them, and guess what? One of my favorite movies of all time starred this very handsome man, and I didn’t even know it! He’s about 15 years older, and the title role in this:
And as my friend Deborah would say: immerse yourself in the language! I really could pick out words and phrases I understood from my 3 years of high school French and the dozen or so odd times I attempted to teach the kids. Time to dust off out textbooks. I have a month off coming up – I’m in the final count down to the end of this semester – 15 more classes (including finals) after tonight – although I am looking forward to a much needed break, and the holidays, next semester is going to be much worse
Here’s another Pierre Fresnay classic. If anyone knows of more, or other worthy French films/actors, please fill me in!
Sally gets them for us at the library in Boston, pickings around here are slim. But as one movie could take us two or three nights – between school and I just can’t open my eyes enough to read another subtitle – a few good movies could keep us entertained for quite a while.