It’s Monday again, and time for three beautiful things from the past week. For once I am writing from my desk at home, rather than thumb-typing on the Metro, as I am in the first day of my two-week holiday vacation. This, I think, is worthy of at least an honorable mention as a thing of beauty — since I haven’t taken this long off since my trip to Thailand in 2006. I’m leaving for my sister’s in Houston later today for my first ever super-warm Christmas. I’ve been in the Mid-Atlantic long enough to have had a few non-white ones, but this will be my first t-shirt and flip-flops holiday. Tune in next week to find out if that’s a beautiful thing, or just damn weird.
And, without further ado:
1. On one of the many rainy days last week, I see a dad walking his two kids to school. They have colorful umbrellas that are shaped like animals. It’s a lovely spot of brightness in an otherwise grey morning.
2. I spent most of the week eating Sionna’s mom’s gingersnaps for breakfast. Neither my waistline nor my arteries probably would find this a beautiful thing, but it was, because gingersnaps are festive and delicious!
3. Is it wrong to count a tv actor as a beautiful thing? I spent most of the weekend finally watching the rest of the Mad Men episodes I had downloaded from iTunes a few months back, and am absolutely in awe of the guy who plays the lead character. He’s got the difficult task of playing a chauvinistic serial philanderer who is, to put it mildly, kind of an asshole — and somehow he is talented (and… ahem… attractive) enough to also make the guy vulnerable, likeable, and sexy. It’s rare to see such a compelling performance on television — even shows I love (Lost, I’m looking at you) tend to be stronger in storytelling than acting.