Day 412: Happy Leap Year!

I thought the image used by Google to celebrate leap year this year was really cute. The leaping bunnies remind me of plotbunnies.

Last Friday I went to the dentist at 8:30 AM to have my wisdom teeth removed. The extraction took nearly 1 1/2 hours. Finally it was over, and I went out to join my parents who had been waiting in the car. Then I took the only logical next step, with gauze crammed into my mouth and blood oozing through my lips, I went to the library!

I checked out 10 books, The Barbarous Years (concerning the 17th century settlement of New England), Washington: A Life, Ethan Allen: His Life and Times, Wishful Thinking, a fantasy novel, then a trilogy The Bar Code Tattoo, The Bar Code Rebellion, and The Bar Code Prophecy, I don’t know if it’s any good or not, but I hate waiting to finish the ending in case I like it. The last few were Spies, Patriots and Traitors: American Intelligence in the Revolutionary War, Dr. Benjamin Church, Spy: A Case of Espionage on the Eve of the American Revolution, and As If an Enemy’s Country: The British Occupation of Boston and the Origins of Revolution. I am hoping these books will help me with the historical fiction novel I’m writing.

Day 407: “There is nothing I enjoy more than a long evening at the…pianoforte.”

Yesterday I bought a recorder at Amazon, along with book of sheet music, and a CD of lovely tunes played upon the recorder to inspire me. I have always wanted to play the flute, and the recorder is quite similar in many ways.

Last year, within the last two weeks of December, I was working on my New Year’s resolutions, and one of them was to give up any films or television series I found morally troubling for an entire year. That meant no more films with pointless violence, or excessive profanity, or a casual attitude toward sexuality outside of marriage. Same thing for humor that could be called cruel, dehumanizing, nothing sexist or racist, although I usually try to avoid both anyway (racism being a problem mostly in really old films).

So that means no Castle, no Marie Antoinette, none of the films I love despite their flaws or the TV shows I sometimes watch with my parents. Yeah it’s going to be tough, yet I feel like a lot of us Christians lament the content in film and television without trying to do anything. What I am doing might not change things, but I feel like it’s a personal experiment I need to try for at least a year.

Last night I watched The Abduction Club, it’s a really a cute little comedy set in the 1780s in Ireland (and yes, it’s clean, as per the requirement for the year).