1. I have a garrrrdennn! Mar sin sásta. Some of you may remember my failed attempt a year ago. Pour yourselves some sparkling grape juice and raise your glasses to second chances. I'm only growing a few things because of limited space, so here is an extremely low-quality snapshot during one of the past week's multiple downpours.
I have since laid wood chips around the plants, so it looks much nicer than this presentation.
Really looking forward to those brussels sprouts.
2. Erin and I went to see The Monuments Men at the local $3 theatre last week. I have some thoughts:My overall impression is that it was a good film. Based on a true story, Hitler, whom we all know was a super villain of the worst kind, is stealing the most valued art from across Europe, and a rag-tag group of art professors band together to steal it back, putting their lives on the line to save the thing that greatly makes up a culture, and each other, to giving their lives for the cause.
With a cast of men I don't normally care for (apart from Dujardin, of course), I was pleased and thoroughly entertained by The Monuments Men. It was funny, sometimes somber, and the plot revealed the best and worst in men. While there are some profanities throughout the movie, there are unmistakable expressions of heroism. Two men die for the cause. A man heavily temped to be unfaithful to his wife decides to be chaste. The Catholic pieces of art (which are most of them) are treated with great respect. Etc, etc. Good movie. I really enjoyed it, and I think you might too.
3. Miss Indecisiveness has made up her mind. Finally. Featured Blogger at CGD shall be hosted on the third Wednesday of each month, and the first one is coming up on the 21st!
4. Every so often, I happen upon a great article, blog post, or another sort of link I think you would enjoy, but I don't want to dedicate a whole post to any single one, so here's another new idea, with the lovely graphic organized by Jenna after many failed attempts by yours truly.
Pretty self explanatory, eh? I might make it a link up. Thoughts?
5. Monkey pops in to say hello. And tries to take a chomp out of my mobile.
Hi, Monkey-bear! (And Katie.)
(CGD Instagram account = @iristhephotog)
6. Some friends and I went to see Tim Hawkins, the Christian comic, live in show last Friday night! Hello, group! Hello, more poor-quality, low-light iPhone photos. I really dislike cell phone photography. Anyway...
The show was absolutely hysterical - the first time I've ever seen a comedian live - and I so wish I could relay some of his sketches and somehow give it half the justice it deserves. He was. So funny. I can only strongly suggest you look him up on YouTube. For my more cynical readers, beware he does poke fun at Christians (multiple denominations), but it is only in jest. Plus, Chesterton even said, "it's the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it." Go ahead. Have some fun.
This be one of my favorite pictures from the night. We were pretty loopy after the show from laughing so much (and the fact it was almost 10:30 when we decided to go out to dinner. I didn't get home until 1 a.m). Worth every minute.
7. And the deluge keeps on a-comin'. I do love the rain, though... it makes everything smell so lovely and turns all the plants so green. My tomato babies are especially loving this weather.
I found this quote yesterday, and I just love it: "Do not be angry with the rain; it simply does not know how to fall upwards." ~ Vladimir Nabokov
Happy Friday, all. I hope you enjoy your weekend! Mine shall be filled with baby showers (we're FINALLY getting some twins in the O'Hanlin clan), dogs, and Jesus.
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