February 18th, 2008

little review

Poem for Monday

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I have spent a lovely day in Gettysburg, first hiking around Devil's Den in Gettysburg National Park, then having lunch at a sandwich place and walking around the shops in historic downtown Gettysburg. We went to The Union Drummer Boy, a Civil War artifacts store that has original uniforms, medical kits, sets of dominoes and other items as nicely displayed as a lot of museums I've been in, plus we went to Dirty Billy's Hats, a ladies' costume shop, An Early Elegance with dozens of varieties of loose tea in jars, the old Gettysburg Hotel and the Wills House where Lincoln finished writing the Gettysburg Address after coming to the city by train. On the way back to my in-laws' we stopped at Hanover Shoe Farms to see the mares and foals.

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In the evening we had Christmas dinner for my father-in-law's birthday -- Swedish meatballs, potatoes, lime Jell-o mold, herring -- and Paul made his father a cookie cake. Then we watched Mr. Bean's Holiday, which was completely hilarious, to my surprise because I can be up and down on Mr. Bean in general...I liked the interaction with the little boy, Willem Dafoe was utterly hysterical and I liked the sending-up of overly earnest self-absorbed cinema. Now we are all sitting around reading and looking at pictures and I am struggling to keep an internet connection on an inconsistent network. Happy President's Day if you have it off!