Gardening: We lost the battle in our backyard with the pests (seems like it was snails and slugs), but our front bed is doing great and we now have baby broccoli and purple cauliflower. The lettuce, oregano, thyme, and rosemary are all still going strong and the daffodils are starting to emerge from the ground. I also attempted to transplant some euphorbia from our recent trip to Noto-Antico. Hoping to plant lavender, poppies, and nasturiums soon.
Resolving: Still having success with making my bed each day and I have been writing letters (did I ever mention that was also one of my resolutions for this year?).
Learning: Noah is currently obsessed with ancient history thanks to Story of the World and he is having a blast learning how to play basketball. Camille is quickly becoming my Italian translator and in the past week she has starting trying to teach herself to read. I am slowly learning how to use my I-touch. Adam has been spending time plugging our lives into something called Google Calendar and he is trying to convince me it is a good thing. I am just happy to have a good old fashioned calendar on the wall.
Reading: Just finished Manhood for Amateurs. All I can say is that I am still chuckling, mulling, and savoring Chabon's words (who else can write so beautifully about legos?). Interesting to have read it just a few months after reading his wife's book of essays which was equally as engaging. Just started A Room with a View today. How is it possible that I have never read it before? Already enjoying it and eager for the kids to go to bed so I can resume my spot on the couch.
Viewing: Over the weekend we saw Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Blind Side, and It's Complicated. All three were very entertaining. I think we have seen more movies in the past six months than we have in the past six years. I guess it is due to a combination of things: the kids are getting older and enjoy seeing family movies, they are also happy to have a babysitter which means we can venture out to see grown-up movies, and $3 movie tickets are hard to beat (military rate at the on-base theatre, not the Italian rate...I imagine it is much pricier). We tend to get the movies a few weeks after they are released in the States. So if you have recommendations, please share. And speaking of movies, take a look at this interesting list.
Raining: We have had several days of rainy, grey gumbo weather. Which means there has been a lot of reading, painting, writing letters, making snowflakes, and jumping in puddles. I guess this is finally the start of the rainy season. Itching to make a gumbo and maybe even try knitting again. What brightens up your winter days?