Friday, July 06, 2012

This and That (An Update for Friends and Family) (That's Right, Both of You)

I've been wanting to write a post on a hilarious and disturbing novel I read recently: Hope: A Tragedy by Shalom Auslander.  Unfortunately, I returned the book to the library before beginning the write-up, and now I'm not sure if I have all of my points correct.  So, I guess I'll have to re-check the book (or *gasp* buy it). 

I've also been running.  A lot.  A lot and a lot and a lot of running.  And here is something I have learned: do not drink two cups of coffee before you run 5 miles.  Just don't do it.  One cup may be fine; not two.  Wee, wee, wee -- all the way home, if you catch my drift.  Going to do my first 5K tomorrow.  Then, two 10K's in September.  And maybe, just maybe, the Seattle Half Marathon in November.  What do you think?  Am I nuts?

Spent some quality time with my hoe and a stubborn patch of long, prairie grass yesterday.  A good outlet for my inner rage.  Betcha didn't know I had inner rage, did ya?  Yeah, I didn't know it myself until I attacked that grass yesterday.  And, I've got the popped blister on my left thumb as evidence -- and a smooth-ish expanse of dirt, as well.  The ducks just swam about in their pool watching me, being happy duckies, and thinking it strange that anyone would sweat and strain so much when there is sunshine and water to enjoy.

Still homeschooling the Bug.  Found an interesting Elementary Koine Greek curriculum so that we can take the letters we've been learning to the next level.  When time travel finally gets perfected, we'll be able to blend in with the New Testament locals (at least the educated ones), as Koine Greek was the lingua franca of the era -- or so the textbook tells me.  Continuing with Latin, of course.  We have three science curricula for 4th Grade: one Christian-based, one critical thinking-based; one physical science with hands-on experiments-based.  My little girl is a science wiz -- just so long as she doesn't have to do too much math!  Doing a composition course from Memoria Press -- Classical Composition by James A. Selby.  Literature will be one assigned book a month with a book report due at the end.  American, World and Washington State history.  German5th Grade math.  P.E. and music.  Plus, poetry memorization, Bible study and Bible verse memorization.  And Geography with Dad.  Sounds like a full year, huh?  We "do school" over the course of 12 months, so it will be more staggered than it appears. 

I am also in the midst of two very similar books -- at least similar in theme and scope, though very different in structure and style.  The first is The Abolition of Britain by Peter Hitchens.  The second is The Fortunes of Permanence by that sexy, sexy beast, Roger Kimball. Rrrarrrr.  Both books inform me that everything's gone to pot on both sides of the pond.  I already knew this, but it is rather fun to revel in the utter swirling-pits-of-hell-ishness of it all.  Both men are superb writers -- Mr. Hitchens is a Brit, so, of course, you already know they're the bomb-diggetty of the writing world; Mr. Kimball is American, but he writes like a Brit (meaning: well) and is absolutely super-hottihot to boot. Rrrarrr. 

They say -- and this is an unconfirmed rumor -- that there will be sunshine for the next five days at least!  Can summer have finally come to the PNW?  Instead of making hay while the sun shines, I'll be going to the water park.  Toodle-oo!

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