Thursday, May 5, 2011

a few things

May just started but I swear it's going to be over before it began. I know, that seems impossible to you, but I bet if we chatted with Albert Einstein for long enough, we would understand that there are simply some months that are that way. And this May shall be one of them.

Of course April wrapped itself up with a bang what with the Royal Wedding and all. I loved it. I think Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is lovely. What a dress! And some lovely remarks on marriage. And a cathedral full of Brits singing "Jerusalem" and "God Save the Queen." Also, blaring fanfare when THE QUEEN {according to the official programme} entered the church. I do, indeed, have British blood in me. Perhaps that is why I loved watching the wedding. And perhaps also why I loved watching Jeeves and Wooster last night. Who knows?

Obama killed at the White House Correspondence Dinner. {"Killed" you should know, is, indeed (British!), a technical term in comedy-routine speech.} He was very funny. So was Seth Meyers.

A new company, Paper Coterie, launched yesterday. They sent me info beforehand {along with some cute little necklaces for my girls} so I got to poke around their website a bit and it looks like they have some sweet fun things for preserving and sharing memories. You can make your own little books, calendars, journals, etc. {Full disclosure - they also sent me a journal. It's very cute.}

Anyway, it's late. I should be in bed. Have a good weekend.


  1. Totally agree with you about the royal wedding and the White House correspondents dinner! Fabulous!

  2. I loved the Royal Wedding. Maybe it's the medievalist in me. Maybe it's because Edward the Confessor and Henry III, the founders of Westminster Abbey, figure prominently in my thesis. I printed off the official programme and followed along word for word. I thought the ceremony was beautiful, full of wonderful Christian doctrine and counsel.

    I have loved "Jerusalem" for ages, ever since 1981 when Chariots of Fire closed with the Ambrosian Singers giving a gorgeous rendition with a descant on the second verse. When the congregation in Westminster Abbey stood to sing Jerusalem, I got tingles. And then when the cameras panned the streets of London and all of London was belting out the song in unison with those in the Abbey, I cried and cried. Talk about nation building!

    I know many people were annoyed with what they think was unnecessary pomp and pageantry for an outdated quaint and expensively maintained monarchy. I completely disagree. The pomp and pageantry of the Royal Wedding is exactly the kind of experience that builds the fabric of a strong nation. Whether our glorious traditions are fact or fiction, they are important. They give us a sense of our deep history and importance. They lend us strength, especially when we feel bogged down by the difficulties of our contemporary world.

    So there. And, yes, I loved the capitalization in the programme: THE QUEEN and THE BRIDE. Perfect.