I finished reading Mansfield Park (on the suggestion of my roommate Colleen, who's writing her Ph.D. dissertation about it) and loved, loved, loved it. Why isn't Fanny Price more popular? She's the sweetest and most sensible of Jane Austen's heroines. After reading it, I had this startling flash of insight about how I used to be a bit of a Maria Bertram, but now I want to be a Fanny Price, and not always succeeding but trying hard. If this makes no sense to you, carry on.
Last Saturday, I spent the day at a workshop on Montessori education. My dear friend Ruth planned it; she's assistant head of school at the only parish Montessori school in the United States. Ruth is the sweetest friend and has been such a gentle, warm presence in my life since I moved to DC; I'm grateful for her friendship. Here we are after the workshop:
The workshop absolutely blew me away. I learned so much and came home with 15 pages of notes, about 60 pictures (I wanted Frank to see the classrooms even though he couldn't come to the workshop), and a long list of books I want to read before having kids. I'm thinking of typing up my notes and if you'd like, I can put them up here with the classroom pictures; if anyone is interested in a Montessori post, let me know!
After the workshop, I went over to dinner at lovely Teresa's house, where I enjoyed seeing her two darling little ones and sparring intellectually with her brilliant husband (my idea of a great time). They lent me a book called Jayber Crow, and I've been having trouble putting it down. At less than 200 pages in, it may already be my new favorite book. This is my first exposure to Wendell Berry's fiction and I can see why so many people are obsessed.
I also discovered that my new glasses came in the mail and of course I had to take an excess of pictures.
Many thanks to the nice people at Firmoo for offering me this prescription pair for free (in exchange for an honest review)! They're just what this nearsighted girl needs, and I've gotten so many compliments on them already. They have a first-pair-free program (you only pay shipping) if anyone is looking for some new specs (and for another post about this company, check out Martha's take).
The day after the workshop, I talked some friends into venturing away from our usual Sunday Mass haunt to a church a little farther afield with a well-known vibrant young adult community. The young adult group sponsors a coffeehouse and brunch after Mass so we stuck around for that and enjoyed it immensely.
This weekend Frank and I are going to Miami with Lillian and Matt for our joint family bridal shower! I can't wait! Also, joint bridal shower—does it get more twinsy than that? :)