this weekend lenna continued her playtime with her new tea set. there is a lot of, “ooh! it’s so cute!” coming from the boys and me when we see her play with it. and soon she’ll get her replacement xylophone so there can be a little music during teatime, too. xylophone #1 came to us with the addition of some termites. i had a momentary freakout thinking that the innocent looking yet tainted xylophone would lead to a tenting repeat. here’s hoping it doesn’t.
i think one of the last things you’d find on donald trump’s new 757 airplane is a wood tea set. i drove by the airport the other day and saw his rather large private jet and wondered, “hmm…what’s that look like inside?” a couple of clicks and here you go. it has gold plated seat belts, a movie room, and a gold sink. of course it does.
on the humbler end of the spectrum – deathbed music. npr had an interesting story on Deathbed Music: The Final Works of Famous Composers. the whole story is good but i loved the part about bach and his chorale prelude “Before Thy Throne I Stand.” i’m now on a hunt for the sheet music. just gorgeous.
the pbs-obsessed are all abuzz with the debut of the second season of Downton Abbey. last night my dad wondered how it is that british period soap operas are so interesting. i feigned offense for a moment, but it’s true. it’s a soap opera. a good, british one. and while i wouldn’t dream of taking a “which Days of Our Lives character are you?” quiz, you know i’ll sign right up to take a “which Downton Abbey character are you?” quiz (thanks, bethany!). i am proudly robert, earl of grantham.