North and South: so far

I’m reading Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South, and anticipate starting the miniseries this weekend.

My thoughts so far:

1. The cousin-goes-to-live-with-the-wealthy-relatives set-up reminds me of Mansfield Park. In both books, the heroine becomes accustomed to the high life–while not sacrificing her humble ways, of course–and subsequently deals with the disappointment of returning to life with indifferent parents in near-poverty. (I should qualify that the father in N&S doesn’t appear completely indifferent, but the mother is a basket-case). Fanny’s life follows a reverse-parabolic riches-rags-riches course; it will be interesting to see if Margaret escapes Milton. I doubt it, since I think something will go on with Thornton.

2. Mr. Hale’s religious doubts seem daring for the time. Margaret, at least, seems duly shocked. It’s interesting that her mother is more troubled by the thought of leaving Helmstone than by her husband’s spiritual crisis. I wonder whether his doubts will be resolved, or if the Hale family will continue in secular employment.

3. Is Henry Lennox (I think his name is Henry) the literary foil to Thornton? I’m interested to see his role as the story progresses.

I’ve heard the film adaptation of North and South is quite good, but reading the book is making me want to re-watch The Forsyte Saga.

Trade Deficit Date

Jason called last night while I was doling out leftover apricot chicken pasta for supper and talking to my mom on the phone.  I assumed he was letting me know that he had decided to just stay on campus between his late class and a Patterson lecture.  Not so!  He suggested we meet on campus, grab dinner, and then go to the lecture together. 

We ended up going to Firehouse Subs (do they have those in Utah?) and to the lecture, which turned out to be about U.S. trade with China.  The speaker was really interesting; when I go to things like that, I realize that I should spend more time thinking about important things. 

 The walk home was just a little cold and reminded me of when we used to walk home from BYU campus together on winter nights.  It was nice.

He’s gone AOL!

One of the announcers for the BYU vs. TCU game today (which BYU won–go cougars!) accused one of the players of going “AOL”. Apparently he meant AWOL. It was kind of funny.

We’ve had a great, low-key Saturday.

We planned our menu for the week and purchased groceries.

Jason did some reading.

We watched the aforementioned BYU vs. TCU basketball game.

I went running.

We both planned church lessons.

We washed the whites.

We cleaned the kitchen.

I love these lazy days.

What is it about the third week of February?

I’ve been meaning to make our DC blog into a book for almost a year now.  As soon as Apple devises a program that does so, I’ll get it done fast; in the interim, I hate browsing through potentially shady online businesses that offer such a service. 

While reading through our old blog today, I idly wondered, “What were we doing last February 17th.”  I found the post:

Today while walking to work, I passed a homeless man (at least, I assumed he was homeless) carrying a sign that said “Obama is a cannibal.” What a city.
We both had good/long days at work today with not too much to report. We’re working on our reading responses right now and then will perhaps listen to the BYU basketball game. Tonight we had navajo tacos and cornbread for dinner and Jason (who did the shopping this evening because he’s just that great) bought me some gummy tummy penguin candy from Trader Joe’s!!! They are delicious and (as promised) have gummy tummies!
Well, I think that’s all for now!
That’s a lot of exclamation points.  What is very interesting to me about this post is that we were eating navajo tacos, which we are having tomorrow night for dinner.  I guess there’s just something about February that makes us long for deep-fried bread. 

Beautiful day

I think the Groundhog was right; spring is (hopefully) on its way to the Bluegrass.  The high today is supposed to be 65 degrees, which seems like shorts weather after last week.

We had a great Valentine’s Day.  Jason gave me chocolate and popcorn (clearly he knows me well) and a very sweet card.  We went to Puccini’s for dinner and watched The Social Network. I think it was the best–so far–of our four February 14ths.