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Archive for May 24th, 2007

Booking Through Thursday

Here’s an idea from Julie:

I had an idea for a BTT question when I was taking a peek at one of my bookcases yesterday and spotted my old copy of the Aeneid in Latin sitting there. Maybe this question has already been done—but if not… Do you have any foreign language books and if so can you (still) read them?

I have some books in both French and Spanish, and can still read them. I don’t, often–in fact, I think many of them are in storage. But when I was studying both languages, I found it very helpful to read things beyond the textbooks and the things they had us doing in class.  I also have a set of scriptures in both languages. Specifically which books, I couldn’t really say. I know I have a copy of Les Liasons Dangereuses, Le Petit Prince, Pensees, Winnie ille Pu, and Arc-en-Ciel et le Petit Poisson Perdu, to name a few of my French books. I also have the first three Harry Potter books in French, and I think the first one in Spanish also.  I have a Spanish history text that’s fun to read. So it’s kind of a motley assortment.

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Today I am in Madrid, planning a trip to the Prado. I’m not really in my office, pulling credit bureau reports and singing along with Jason Mraz when no one’s nearby. No. uh-uh. Madrid.

Sigh.  I need a vacation. When was my last vacation? A really-o truly-o vacation? I mean, WFC in November was fun, but it wasn’t so much vacation as it was frantic day spent at work, long drive to Austin, a few days, and then long drive back home. Slightly vacationish, but not vacation.  I guess my last vacation was in April ’06, when my mother came out to visit. So it hasn’t been as long as it seems, because it seems like forever. I’d like to just get my sister and get in the car for a nice roadtrip. We could go to Galveston–that’s not too far away to be an onerous drive, and we could go to the beach and get sunburned (not intentionally, but it would still probably happen), and eat shrimp or lobster, and have a night or two in the Galvez, and then come back home.  Of course, there’s no time and no money to do that any time between now and early August. Maybe after the show is over. Maybe then. Of course, it would also be fun to go down to Galveston in the winter for the Dickens on the Strand festival. There’s no getting sunburned then.

You know, it occurs to me that most people, when they have nothing to say, don’t say it. Not I. Nope. If I have nothing to say, I just babble on incoherently. See? I babble. You babble. He, she, it babbles. We babble. Y’all babble. They babble. Babble babble babble.

I’ll tie this up in a nice neat knot.

One of my friends has told me she is unable to leave any comments on my blog. If anyone else is having problems, would you please email me at chauceriangirl(at)gmail(dot)com and let me know? I’m trying to figure out why she’s having problems, and it would help me to know if anyone else is uanble to leave comments.

Also, we’re doing lots of fundraising for the Juarez show, including a gallery night and an auction. If any of you are artistic in any way (photography, painting, drawing, quilting) and would like to make a donation, please e-mail me for details. Or if you’d like to make any other donations (gift certificates that could be auctioned, etc.), again, please e-mail me for details. All of the fundraising is going to Nuestras Hijas de Regresar a Casa, a non-profit organization in Juarez that provides therapy and other services to the families of the victims.

And I guess that’s all for now.

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