2. So that's why "7 Things on Friday" didn't happen on Friday. I've never tried to do a weekly post like that before and it only took three weeks to realize that it's not going to happen every week. So the 7ToF posts will just appear when they appear. This one was already half-written in my head (all that time in the car, you know), so here you go.
3. You can't do a proper road trip without good music, right? I think I told you I've been listening to MadMax's country music recently, which embarrasses me a little bit since I've always been pro-rock and anti-country. But you know, it's perfect for a road trip. In case you want to try some of the good stuff, here is what is on my country playlist right now: Sunshine and Whiskey (Frankie Ballard), Neon Light (Blake Shelton), You Ain't Worth the Whiskey (Cole Swindell), Somethin' Bad (Miranda Lambert/Carrie Underwood), Shotgun Rider (Tim McGraw), Sun Daze (Florida Georgia Line). As pop music goes, it's not bad--clever lyrics and catchy tunes.
4. The Chickenz. Poor dears. We have a fox that lives in the field next to us. He (she?) is pretty bold, sauntering through our yard in broad daylight. But as long as we kept the chickens cooped up at night, he seemed to leave them alone. Until last week. For some reason, he took two chickens in broad daylight the other day. Or at least, that's what we're assuming happened, since they just disappeared. I've never named our chickens--mostly because I can't tell them apart--but once we were down to one, I named her Annie. She seemed so lonely that Dean called a friend of his on Saturday and got two more elderly Black Astralorps to keep her company. We named them Big Agnes and Baldy. They are all three different sizes, so presumably we'll be able to tell them apart. We probably won't be getting many eggs, but at least we have a tiny flock again.
|Chickens are really hard to photograph! If you look closely, maybe you|
can see why the one in the front is named Baldy
6. Still on the movie theme: I went to see Home, the new DreamWorks movie, last week. I went by myself, because MadMax is too cool to go see kid movies these days and Dean was still studying for his big recertification exam. It's been awhile since I've seen a kids' movie that kept me absorbed from beginning to end. This one did, although Jim Parsons, who voices the main character, has such a distinctive voice that it's hard to get Sheldon Cooper out of your head. I enjoyed it, despite its mishmash of themes. Cute movie. I still haven't been to see the new Cinderella, so I may go see that some afternoon this week.
7. My last class of the semester started last Thursday--American Short Story. At the first meeting, since they haven't read any stories yet, we talk about how to analyze a short story for a little while, and then we read a couple of short-short stories out loud and work our way through them on the spot. One of the ones we did this time was "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin, published in 1894. It's a terrific story and it's only about a thousand words long. A young woman finds out that her husband has been killed in a train wreck, and despite the fact that she seems to love him very much, she begins to realize what it will mean to be free of his stifling influence. If you've never read it, it's well worth reading. And then you can read the T.C. Boyle version, "Acts of God" in his 1994 collection Without a Hero, which--though considerably longer-- tells the same story from the man's point of view (since it's still under copyright, I can't link to it). I have no idea if Boyle was conscious of the Chopin story
while he was writing it, but they make a great pair of stories.
And that's it for me. Have a great week. Now that I'm teaching again posting here will probably slow down to a more reasonable pace.