"We are what we believe we are."
C.S. Lewis

Saturday, December 2, 2017

She's a Study

My "Studies"
Mary Queen of Scots and Marie Antoinette
 My mother-in-law loved to discuss what was going on in everyone's lives, she was a true "people person" and had the details of the children and extended family of all of my friends and relatives down to the last, even people she had never met.  When she would come across a person during her inquiries who was behaving in an unusual way she would say that he or she was "a study".

I think she might have loved to have been a historian in the style of Lady Antonia Fraser!  I've been reading the memoirs of Lady Antonia thanks to our fabulous Faux Fuchsia.  (FF always has the best book recommendations!)  Now I'm on to reading a couple of her books, and I will in fact be making "a study" of them.

I'm not going to say I'm a genius when it comes to reading historical non-fiction.  My mind can wander easily and I don't hold on to the details very well, which means I have to go back and read whatever I've missed.  So I'll approach these books like a student, taking down notes, maybe drawing diagrams of the intricacies of the connections between people, dates and places.
This will hopefully have the added benefit of helping out my handwriting.  I don't write much by hand anymore and it really shows.  It's not a skill I want to lose.  I'll be filling up my new Moleskin notebook with my studies.
 I spent yesterday doing a huge declutter of my entire house.  I do this fairly often so that the task never gets quite out of hand.  Once I was done getting all of the donations ready for a pickup this coming week I did a big cleaning.  I love to go into the weekend with everything looking tickety-boo.
We're planning to see a movie today: Lady Bird.  It's getting rave reviews and we're really looking forward to going to an actual cinema.  Then on to the pub for drinks!

Hope your Saturday is cozy with something fun thrown in.
xoxDani

12 comments:

  1. I anxiously await your review of Lady Bird! I appreciate the work of both leads, Soairse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf. I can't imagine the movie will be anything but good.

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    1. SD you have to see it because it is getting such good reviews but I have to say I was a bit disappointed. Loved the lead character in Brooklyn but I couldn't stop thinking that she doesn't look like a teenager (she's 23 in real life, not that old but she's now quite thin and looks older). The mother-daughter relationship, which I was expecting to relate to in some way, really lacked authenticity to me, I just kept thinking it was sad and confused and didn't make any sense. It was forced and I was constantly aware that I was watching a movie, I couldn't lose myself in it if you know what I mean.
      If it hadn't had so much hype I may not have been disappointed! I'd be curious to know what you thought. xx

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  2. Looking forward to hearing the review! Enjoy the pub! Xx

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    1. Jen see my reply to SunnyDay re the movie, I didn't love it. I wonder how influenced I was by having two daughters close in age to the character. I couldn't relate at all to the mother-daughter relationship and it didn't ring true to me but that could be from my own view. But it didn't grab me emotionally at all and I normally am a very invested, crying movie-goer! xx

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  3. I adored Lady Bird! I hope you enjoy it.

    I also recommend Fraser's "Warrior Queens." (She is presumably a v distant relative of mine, and the surname is spelled the same, but my family has always pronounced it "Fray-zher," like the s/t TV show, but I'm told that true Scots give it a "z" instead of the "zh," as on Outlander.)

    Also, though I am a latecomer to Hilary Mantel, I can give her two Cromwell novels an enthusiastic thumbs-up. I'd feared they'd be dry and medicinal, but they were that rare combination, a literary page-turner.

    Today is a cleaning day for me too. I have boxed about 90% of Mr. Ex-Hex's stuff and hope to finish the job today. Right now my garage is full of Brooks Bros. suits in sizes 42 to 50, including five, count 'em--five, tuxedos, and if he doesn't clear them out soon I'm going to sell them on eBay, LOL.

    Happy weekend, everyone!

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    1. Hex I was a bit disappointed but maybe the 100% on rotten tomatoes set me up with too-high expectations!
      Thank you I will order Warrior Queens. I haven't read Hilary Mantel for the same reasons you mention but you had me at "literary page-turner"!
      What a dreadful job boxing up Mr. Ex-Hex's stuff! Oh gosh wish I could have popped around with a bottle of champagne to ease the burden. I hope he collects it soon, five tuxedos I've never heard of such a thing. You might have a profitable eBay career ahead of you!
      Hope you're doing some fun stuff this weekend too. xx

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  4. Hi Dani, Lady Bird is on our list too! I am exactly the same as you when it comes to historical non-fiction. My old politics lecturer once sent me a copy of his book about a German emperor and I unfortunately had to tell him that I just couldn't get through it (I hope I did it politely, I don't remember!).

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    1. Patricia good to know I'm not the only one who has to approach historical fiction this way ;)
      I'll be curious to know if you like Lady Bird better than I did, let me know when you see it. xx

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  5. I'm thinking we have the same mother in law. Really. I mean it. Just finished reading My Name is Lucy Barton and loved it. Thanks for those book suggestions - I might look into those for my m-i-l! Anna26x

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    1. Anna oh I loved that book! My mother-in-law was a singular character and we had such great talks back in the day. I miss her so much. She really took me under her wing knowing too I don't have a relationship with my own mother besides a very short visit from her about once a year.
      Would love to hear more about your mil xx

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  6. I too have enjoyed some of Antonia Fraser's books - being a lover of history of course! Can't wait to see Lady Bird - she was a very gracious lady back in the day.

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    1. Patricia if you see the movie let us know! Thanks for the thumbs up on the Lady Antonia books, I'm so excited about them. xx

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