We have a friend here in Bangkok who declares one day of each weekend to be HER day. She makes no commitments for that day so that she can create the day that she most wants and needs to have. (Her day almost always involves some quality-coffee time at Starbucks.) As a fellow educator, I totally get the need to look after oneself when we spend the entire work-week caring for others.
This weekend I’ve been spending time with:
a. The soundtracks from Glee
After just one episode, I’m hooked on the show and the cover songs which inspire me to sing right out loud! If, like me, you were a slightly awkward, music-loving teenager, you might be addicted to the show too. The soundtracks for Season 1 and 2 are available from i-tunes for 12.99 (Canadian) dollars. My current favourites are “Don’t Stop Believing” and “Alone” featuring Kristen Chenoweth.
b. The Tudors
DP is required to watch The Tudors for his screenwriting course (poor him!) so we watched the first three episodes yesterday. Wow – what a ride! Jonathan Rhys Meyers, who plays Henry VIII, had me at “Your neck, I love your neck.” (He uses this ironic pick-up line on Anne Boleyn when he’s courting her. Now that’s funny!) As a British monarch born in 1491, King Henry is never gong to be a feminist so viewers need to be prepared to roll with the contextual objectification of women. There’s also some bawdy sex and explicit language that would have delighted William Shakespeare.
Allison and Jeremiah O’Sullivan, educators from Portland Oregon, are currently working and living in Taichung, Taiwan. Their blog features great stories and photos about expat life in Taiwan. Check out this post about an afternoon spent in search of the perfect cup of green tea.
Hither and Thither
These musings on travel, food, design, inspiration, and navigating life in New York City are written by Ashley Muir and Aron Bruhn. I especially love their cool (and very detailed) travelogues. They travelled to Thailand for their honeymoon and wrote this amazing post; they saw more of Thailand in two weeks than we have in months!
d. Rick Steves’ Paris Guidebook
DP and I are planning our summer and I am seriously considering a week in Paris. Oh yes… I am. I’ve been looking over some of my old photos of the City of Light and I’ve come up with the following…
1. Staying on Rue Cler in the 7th arrondissement
2. Cafe au lait
4. Moelleux au chocolat
As David Lebovitz tweeted recently, Restaurants in France must face a fine or something if they don’t have moelleux au chocolat (warm indiv chocolate cake) on the menu.
5. Jardin des Tuileries
9. The gardens at Versailles
10. People watching
11. The Eiffel Tower (at night)
How have you made this lovely weekend yours?