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A little symphony for your morning. Enjoy! (You’ll recognize pieces from the little ditty the mice sing in the movie Babe.)
I think the new Pixar film Brave is going to be some adaptation of the fairy tale East O’ The Sun & West O’ The Moon. I think the first time I read this tale was when I was about ten. I had checked a picture book of it out of the library. And then I was never able to find it again. I remembered the basic plot of the story, but I couldn’t remember the title and everyone kept trying to tell me that the story I was looking for was Snow White and Rose Red and I kept insisting that it wasn’t.
Fast forward to college when I was doing research for my thesis on fairy tales, and low and behold! I found the story! I knew I could remember a plot line! (I still haven’t found the picture book though.) The story has Scandinavian origins, but it did get over to Great Britain eventually.
I really hope it’s this story! I would love it! And if it isn’t, well, someone should use this fairy story for a movie!
Update: I found the picture book! It’s on Amazon. I think I might buy it for old times sake.
I found my new favorite ice cream ever. EVER. It is calling to me from the freezer right now, but . . . I . . . can’t . . . have . . . more . . . aaagghhh. Fie on you Giant two for one! (I have no idea what the other one was that I bought, something fruity. Why didn’t I buy another carmel cone flavor?)
So I started on another reading binge. Right now I am reading four books, possibly five if you take into account that I read the first three pages of my friend’s current read The Sea, The Sea when she let it out of her sight for a few moments yesterday. (Let it be noted that I want to read that next and I call dibs!) So here is the current list:
Deadly Pleasures by P.D. James: Don’t worry folks this isn’t a torpid romance but a mystery, I think. At least it opened with a potential murder and I am enjoying it.
A History of Russia by Nicholas V. Riasanovsky: This country is fascinating. I just got past the decline and fall of the Kievan Russia and we’re moving on to the Mongol invasions.
An Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis De Sales: St. Francis is such and amazing person. He knows how to show the layman/woman that holiness is attainable outside the monastery/convent walls.
Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell: Not too thrilled with this one so far. It has a musty flavor about it that I can’t shake out of my mind. Yes, books have flavors, didn’t you know? This one has that taste that tea acquires when it gets old. Of course, I don’t know if the author is to blame for that. Wives and Daughters was left incomplete at the time of Elizabeth Gaskell’s death and maybe she had plans to edit it to a masterpiece. But for the time being, I think it’s dull.
This movie has been making the rounds on the internet. It’s an ad for the 2012 Olymics, but I love that it shows that there is a lot more behind an olympian than the athlete.
Discovery flew by my window not once, not twice, but three times as it made its way to Dulles International Airport. It was so thrilling! And the planes (you can see the jet escort in the top left portion of the frame) were flying so low! It looked like any minute they would drop on top of Arlington.
A co-worker took this photo during one of the passes. Thanks for picture Claudia!