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My Spanish lessons have not been very exciting lately. But I finished adverbs last night, which is great because I hated that section. Only two good sentences this time.

'The duck does not swim in February' (Well what does he do then? Maybe that is when he is reading everyone's mail.)


'She is relatively pretty' (I cannot think of any occasion at all to use this phrase, can you?)

I have been reading The Great War and Modern Memory. Had it on my Kindle for ages, and now have finally gotten to it. I have been going  slowly. I am usually a very fast reader, but this book needs time to soak.  And I have spent some time weeping too. So, you, know, it takes longer. Great book. And it is the kind that sends you scampering off to look things up, or wander into other books. I like the ones that do that. There are a few photos. They do not show up well on the Kindle. But if you want to see pictures of WWI there is always the internet. There are surprisingly few photos anyway. They were well censored.

Speaking of things that lead to other things-- I found an old C-span program from 05, where a very nice and funny author discusses his book on Francis Walsingham. This was cool to stumble over. If anyone else wants to watch it, let me know.

On a less literary note: Daughter tonight walked by me carrying a bath-towel. When I asked where she was going she muttered "Shower," in that tone that teenage girls use to indicate that you ask really oblivious  questions. All well and good. But she had a piece of pizza in her hand. Husband  asked why. "I am going to eat it while I get undressed, and fix the water,"  she said. (Obviously!)

I suppose all families seem odd. Not all happy ones are the same, that is for sure.  Tonight I was making supper and found myself asking, with some irritation, "Who took my cooking hammer?" Husband had washed it with the dishes, and put it away with tools. It is a perfectly ordinary claw hammer. I suppose it makes sense. I did have a nice rubber mallet once, but nobody seems to know where that went.


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May. 20th, 2013 06:32 am (UTC)
Ok so now I'm intrigued - cooking hammer?
If I need to flatten something when cooking I use the rolling pin
Beware of WW1 photos that are not what they seem. Unlike WW2 the cameras couldn't follow the action and there are too many stills and movies that were actually filmed as recreations AFTER the war ended.
May. 20th, 2013 01:14 pm (UTC)
Same for USA civil war. I think our feelings about war began to change some when we got the real photos going.
May. 20th, 2013 08:18 am (UTC)
Ah, families. You'd love us. There's a restaurant we used to call "the place that has chickens that doesn't have chickens any more". Makes sense to us.

Ducks. February. They watch rugby. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/6338767.stm picture 7.
May. 20th, 2013 01:13 pm (UTC)
Those photos are amazing! Are they that good every week?

We have a restaurant across from out apt called Super-Pollo. It has a mascot which is a chicken super-hero with a cape and shirt that says 'SP.'

We just call it 'Super-Chicken.'

(As in 'I am standing in front of super-chicken, where are you?'
May. 21st, 2013 08:04 am (UTC)
*nods* Yes, I understand that entirely. All the best families have secret 'codes'.
May. 20th, 2013 01:09 pm (UTC)
Well, if the duck is in New England, he obviously walks on the ice!!

The second sentence is easy, too. It's what you say when you go to your high school reunion and the 'stuck up girl' who stole your first boyfriend has had a facelift!! ("damning with faint praise" is what my mother called this kind of remark)

MMmmm. Cooking hammer. I like it. I usually use the rolling pin.

May. 20th, 2013 01:15 pm (UTC)
Yes, the ducks always look so irritated when the ice holes close up! In our town someone usually came out and knocked a hole in the ice so the ducks would have somewhere to put feet.
May. 20th, 2013 09:36 pm (UTC)
"She is relatively pretty."

At the Meryton assembly, when your friend is bugging you to dance with his partner's sister, obviously...
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