Snippets

April 19, 2010 @ 6:01 am | Filed under: Books, Family, Snippets

I have had this post sitting open on my screen all week. What kind of week is it when you can’t even get a snippets post written?

And yet it’s not that we’ve been so terribly busy. Just regular busy.

It’s rainy here and that throws me off in every way. I’m not complaining, mind you—we need the rain. It’s San Diego; we always need the rain.

Out there in the wet backyard, the salvia has erupted into bloom. And suddenly the sunflowers are fencetop-high and fat-budded. The cilantro went and flowered on me again. I can’t be annoyed—I love those flat, cascading planes of white blossom. Little gleaming golden flies love them too, tiny lace-winged things so shiny they could be crafted of metal. Pollinating nanobots? Suppose it comes to that someday!

I got to slip out on Tuesday night and meet Scott and everyone he works with for a screening of The Losers, which I thoroughly enjoyed. The film is based on comics by our pals Andy Diggle and Jock, whom we met in Barcelona two years ago this week. Jock’s got art all through the film: very cool.

It rained most of that week in Barcelona, too. Good art museum weather. But I think today we’ll not venture forth—anywhere. Feels like more of a popcorn-and-movies day. Jane and I are halfway through The Importance of Being Earnest (thank you, Wii-streaming Netflix). The littles are on a My Neighbor Totoro kick—have I mentioned before that I think that is the most perfect children’s movie ever made? Because that’s what I think. We were given a copy on video when Jane was stuck in the hospital for months, around age two. I bet I’ve watched it over a hundred times. (Stuck in the hospital for months.) It’s a perfect movie.

I am looking forward to reading The Day I Became an Autodidact—Jane chuckled all the way through it. But I’ve promised her to read The Perilous Gard first—another Elizabeth Marie Pope novel. An easy promise to keep; you know how much I loved The Sherwood Ring.

I’m also deep into, and enjoying tremendously, Crow Planet, which arrived in a happy bundle with Caw of the Wild and In the Company of Crows and Ravens, thanks to the generosity of a very kind friend and crow lover. Thank you so much, You-Know-Who-You-Are. I couldn’t be more delighted.

Speaking of delightful surprises, how nice is this? Love. That. Ramona.


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  1. Well, you’re doing better than I. I cannot even seem to manage a semi-scattered, snippets post!

    If it’s been two years exactly since Barcelona then Huck must be getting terrible old, hmm?

    My baby has just turned eight. I told him that was unspeakably unreasonable. “Well,” he replied comfortably, “I think I will like being eight, Mama. Eight is growing up; seven is a little boy.”

    *sigh*

  2. I LOVED _The Perilous Gard_. I actually checked it out as an audiobook when you recommended _The Sherwood Ring_ because TSR was already out. My husband and I listened to it on a long interstate drive and both just adored it. Am eager to hear what you think.

  3. My Neighbour Totoro really is just about the most perfect childrens’ film. Though The Cat Returns is way up there too by my counts.

  4. I can’t wait to hear how you like The Perilous Gard. I picked it up on a whim at a used book sale, mostly because it takes place in Tudor England–my absolute favorite time period to read. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet though, it’s nearing the top of my TBR pile.