Easter 2009

I’m at Sadie’s for the weekend. We colored Easter eggs on Saturday and went on a walk at Johnson’s Mound Forest Preserve where her dad taught us about some of the local plants and trees. All albums are licensed CC-BY. Sorry for all the close-ups. I like macro mode too much sometimes! My next step is to play around with some of Picasa’s additional edit features to make some of the photos a little better. I hope you enjoy!

Strange Diseases, Oh My!

We were learning about a few strange diseases in Microbiology today. Sadie loves to read books on weird diseases like the ones we were talking about. Most of them are nonfiction, and they all sound pretty bizarre. I’ll add a short list of books she has read or reviewed and their corresponding diseases.

Before you ask, yes, my girlfriend is a huge nerd when it comes to books like this :-P Practically every time we’re at borders she’s got something like this in her hand with a more “normal sounding” fiction book. I don’t think some of those books could keep my attention long enough, but if you’re interested, check them out. I stick to to her fiction recommendations!

The sun, whose rays are all ablaze

For some reason, this poem popped into my head today that I haven’t thought of in a while. I first heard part of it in the movie Brick, which I liked. I much prefer the way it’s almost recited in the movie over the way it’s sung in the Gilbert and Sullivan show The Mikado. It’s really a great poem, very lyrical.

The sun, whose rays
Are all ablaze
With ever-living glory,
Does not deny
His majesty —
He scorns to tell a story!
He don’t exclaim,
“I blush for shame,
So kindly be indulgent.”
But, fierce and bold,
In fiery gold,
He glories all effulgent!

I mean to rule the earth,
As he the sky —
We really know our worth,
The sun and I!

Observe his flame,
That placid dame,
The moon’s Celestial Highness;
There’s not a trace
Upon her face
Of diffidence or shyness:
She borrows light
That, through the night,
Mankind may all acclaim her!
And, truth to tell,
She lights up well,
So I, for one, don’t blame her!

Ah, pray make no mistake,
We are not shy;
We’re very wide awake,
The moon and I!

-Gilbert & Sullivan

Makes me miss someone though…