April 6th, 2009

little review

Poem for Monday

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We had a very nice Sunday and got a lot done too, which always makes it feel more accomplished than if we just sat around enjoying the weather. After morning laundry and post-trip chores, we went to the Hillwood Museum & Gardens, which was having a Fabergé Egg Family Festival -- the museum has two Faberge eggs and many other items by Fabergé in its Imperial Russian collection, and a costumed actor playing Peter Carl Fabergé explained the production of the eggs and why he thinks he was a better jeweler than Tiffany or Cartier. There was also Russian folk music, costumed Grand Duchesses and Tsar Nicholas II, and the opportunity for kids to make their own "Fabergé" eggs. We only visited part of the house -- we skipped the closets of Marjorie Merriweather Post's shoes, though we did visit the special exhibit on her fancy ball costumes in the dacha -- but we walked through most of the extensive gardens, including a French Parterre, a rose garden, the Lunar Lawn, a Japanese garden and a large greenhouse.

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While we were looking at the orchids, I got a text message from Daniel that his bus from New York would be arriving at his high school early, so we left in a hurry to retrieve him. Then we rushed back to pick up Adam's Bar Mitzvah invitations, which we'd been planning to get at the time we arrived at the high school. We had dinner with my parents, then came home for the new Simpsons episode and the first two episodes of The Tudors -- officially the season premiere was Sunday night, but the second episode is already available On Demand -- which remains historically distorted and very, very pretty. It's nice to have a would-be-feminist Jane Seymour, and a pleasant change from most fictional accounts to have an attractive, sharp-witted Mary Tudor. Plus I can now watch Dangerous Liaisons with my kids since they've heard everyone's favorite Latin terms uttered on Showtime. *snickers* I am sure their primary interest in the series is not the history but the naked women, but if that gets them to pay attention to Cromwell and the Dissolution of the Monasteries, fine.