Friday, August 31, 2012

Today I Am...{7}

Wow! I just realized that the last Today I Am... post I did was back on July 19th before I went to the Jane Austen Festival! So I thought it was time to tell ya'll what I've been up to lately. 

Blog posts and e-mails and really that's all. I haven't done any creative writing in a while or even much journal writing (no Mr. Tilney, not all young ladies "keep a journal"). My sister and I have been throwing around several ideas about writing a story together but so far no actual writing has taken place.   

Well...I started re-reading Pride and Prejudice. It's been a while since I read it and as I found myself being so down on Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth I felt it was high time to remind myself of what they are really like. It's going to be a book that I read off and on instead of reading all the way through right away.
I've picked up a few different books in the past couple weeks but I haven't stuck with anything yet. But I have been re-listening to some of my Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot audiobooks, my favorite Miss Marple book is The Tuesday Club Murders - after a dinner party the guests tell mystery stories and that unassuming elderly lady Miss Marple solves each mystery.

Also, I've been thinking about filming a vlog video that takes a tour of the two bookcases in my room. Would you be interested in watching something like that?

I just got Netflix again and I've been really into old movies lately so I've enjoyed things like Audrey Hepburn movies. Can you believe I hadn't seen Breakfast At Tiffany's all the way through before? I liked it alright, there were of course a few things that were a bit strange but it was okay. I like the song Moon River and the other music in the film by Henry Mancini. I also really really enjoyed watching How To Steal A Million starring Audrey Hepburn and a very young Peter O'Toole, they were so clever and hilariously sweet and cute!
I've also been watching lots of clips from Horrible Histories and some full episodes. They are so much fun and usually very accurate and instructive. Here are a few of my favorites:

King Charles I's Wedding

George I Doesn't Speak English

Stupid Deaths: Richard the Lionheart

Stuart Wedding

To Horrible Histories songs with my sister, so much fun. We really like these two songs, they are funny but also at a nice tempo and style.

I'm a Knight Song - Horrible Histories

William Shakespeare Song - Horrible Histories

I was also cooking the other night and a song popped into my head, I don't know what it means because it's in Italian and I couldn't even remember the name of it, I just knew I had to listen to it right away. The song is Mattinata and I listened to Russell Watson's version which is in the video below.

Russell Watson - Mattinata

Well, re-watching Lorna Doone got me thinking on how little I knew of the Kings and Queens in between Elizabeth I and George III (that's a lot of years and included the English Civil War that I also didn't know too much about!) so I've been reading up on the monarchs and history in between.
Also Horrible Histories has a sketch and a song about Mary Seacole who was a contemporary of Florence Nightengale nursing wounded men on the front lines during the Crimean War (which I've been reading up on too). I was thinking about telling what I learned about her here but it got quite long so I'm going to write a separate post that will be out in a few days.


At Pinterest! Yep, I'm a bit obsessed now and have to check my Pinterest at least ten times a day (well, give or take probably a lot)! It's been really fun and it's extra interesting that you can comment on other people's pins.

Tired. Late nights and lots of cleaning going on today and it will continue until next week. I'm also feeling very excited for the what I'm anticipating below!

This week my family and I are cleaning and de-cluttering furiously in preperation for some missionary friends of our's from Maine to come stay with us next week! We are so excited to have them come and visit and to take them to the Creation Museum! They'll be here most of next week so I'll try posting a bit but there might not be too much time for that.

I could figure out what I'm allergic to here in Kentucky. Since coming here I've actually had more trouble with my allergies than I did in Maine which is odd because this climate is supposed to be better for allergies. So it must be a certain plant that's growing nearby that keeps making me sneeze so terribly. Medicine helps and using the AC on hot days helps a lot but we like to open windows on nice cool days and then I get sneezing. *sigh*

The new way my room is arranged! I rearranged my room so our guests will be comfortable in it when they come to stay and I'm really liking how it's all set up now. I'm also really enjoying the new nightstand table in my room, it's so handy to put my alarm clock and glasses on at night. Now I've just got to buy a pretty lamp for it.

What have you been up to today?

Are you a fan of Audrey Hepburn movies or Horrible Histories?

Would you be interested in watching a tour of my bookcases vlog? 


Old-Fashioned Father said...

Funny about your room, but I keep thinking of other ways it could be arranged and a couple of pieces that could be replaced with something nicer. :-)

Carissa said...

Depending on which part of the state your in; Kentucky is actually bad for people with allergies. Especially in the Ohio valley and along some of the other rivers. Kentucky also has a high pollen count towards the end of some into fall.

Melody said...

Bookcases get a little confused when I'm around and turn into a magnet. I would love seeing a video of yours! :)

Kiri Liz said...

Please do tour your bookshelves! I'd love to see a vlog on that! :)

And, what I've been up to all day: sewing, mainly. My sisters and I have been taking apart old pants and such to make new, creative skirts. I just finished making my gingham prairie skirt.

Rhoswen Faerie Wrose said...

The only things I have been up to today are reading and working on a grocery list. Days off of work are wonderful! :-)

I do love Audrey Hepburn movies! At least, certain list of favorite AH movies would be Funny Face, Roman Holiday, Charade, and My Fair Lady. I've only seen a few Horrible Histories, but they have been quite humorous.

I would love to see a vlog of your bookcases! I always love seeing what books people own. I would do that, myself, but most of my books are currently ebooks. And I've actually been thinking of doing some vlog posts, myself. Only, mine would be of historical fashions via my paperdoll collection. (yes, I'm as old as I am and collect paperdolls- so sue me!)

I've never been able to journal, either. Shan't we shock Mr. Tilney!

Charity U said...

Yes yes yes! Interested in a vlog. I'd love that! I've considered doing that with my shelves too...but I'd go way too long about each book. :)

~Sarah~ said...

Hi there!
I have been reading your posts for some time, and wanted to say that your blog is extremely charming and incredibly diverting! I so enjoy spending time poking around your lovely site, and look forward to following your blog in the future!

On a side note, I would love to view a tour of your bookcases! Sounds like a wonderful idea! :)

Miss Elizabeth Bennet said...

I've never seen Breakfast at Tiffany's myself; my cousin told me that it's really good and that I have to watch it and that it's on Netflix. I have it in my instant queue, so someday I'll get to it.

I'm sorry about your allergies. Today here it was a hazy day, and my mom and I both had dull headaches (though I don't think I any allergies that I know of). The air quality must not have been great today here. It could be stuff that's been kicked up by wind generated by Hurricane Ivan.

A tour of your bookcases... I think it's a wonderful idea! I'll be looking forward to that! :-)

Elisa said...

If you want to read about English royals in historical fiction, the late British author Eleanor Hibbert wrote a number of novels on them under her pseudonym Jean Plaidy. Some of them have been reissued which include the Tudor and Stuart dynasties and Queens of England. Her novels are well-researched too!

Mary P said...

I ready the most interesting thing about allergies yesterday, but I have NO idea if it's true. Anyway, there is a theory that if you eat locally produced honey it will help you build up a tolerance for the allergens around you. Cool, right? Haven't researched it, but I thought it was a fascinating thought.

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