Monday, April 18, 2011

Sunday Funday

Mom sent me these pictures from Sunday dinner last week and (since I haven't posted pictures in months and months) I thought I'd share.

Eric and Bethany brought over their wedding pictures, so while we were on the subject of weddings and wedding pictures Erin and I tried on Mom's wedding dress. Mom and Dad got married in October of 1981, and I'm told by somewhat reliable sources that this was quite stylish for 1981. (My sources are only somewhat reliable because they are limited to my mom, and why would she admit that wearing a lacy turtleneck isn't necessarily the most stylish thing in the world?)

Reliability of sources aside, however, both Erin and I were pleased to discover that we fit in Mom's wedding dress. She had a pretty kickin' hat, too - in fact, I'm wishing I would've borrowed it to wear for my wedding. Incidentally, that's my own wedding bouquet we're holding. Mom asked what I wanted to do with it after our wedding and I told her I didn't have room for it, so she took it home and let it dry. It still looks pretty good!

Mom even dug out the exact pair of glasses she wore in her wedding for Erin to try. They're... ... ... there are no words. ;)

We also got to spend time with our new little nephew, Marley. He's a beagle mix and he's about the cutest thing I've ever seen. There's nothing cuter than a beagle puppy. Paul and I brought Penny over to Mom and Dad's to see Charlie, so we had quite the menagerie.

And finally, an utterly gratuitous picture of Paul and Marley. Is there anything cuter than your husband holding a baby? Yes: husband + puppy = love squared. :)

Monday, April 4, 2011

Books of 2009-10

I'm clearing out my "Printed Words" list to make way for the books of 2011, but it made me sad to think of just deleting them, so here's what I read in the past year. (Incidentally, I'm in graduate school and I read at least a book a week if not more for school, so I'm not counting all of those books. These were for pleasure, and are the ones that were memorable):

My Life in France, Julia Child
The Historian, Elizabeth Kostova
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling
Pardonable Lies, Jacqueline Winspear
Birds of a Feather, Jacqueline Winspear
Cemetery Dance and Brimstone, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
the curious incident of the dog in the night-time, mark haddon
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Barbara Kingsolver
A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway
Memoirs of a Geisha, Arthur Golden
The Tale of Despereaux, Kate DiCamillo
Charlotte's Web, E.B. White
The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Roald Dahl
Maisie Dobbs, Jacqueline Winspear
This House of Sky, Ivan Doig
In Defense of Food, Michael Pollen
Decline and Fall, Evelyn Waugh
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
The Profitable Hobby Farm, Sarah Beth Aubrey
Alex and Me, Irene Pepperburg
The Lords of Discipline, Pat Conroy
Holy Feast and Holy Fast, Carolyn Walker Bynum