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I was finishing up editing on this monthly newsletter I'm working on these days--kind of stressful, but when at last I could stop, it was time to see about lighting a fire in the backyard. We have lots and lots of little twigs, somewhat larger twigs, small sticks, larger sticks, limbs, and logs, and we put them all in along with some paper, but we couldn't get the paper to burn long enough to get the twigs burning intensely enough to get the other things going.

Sooo, we took one of the smelly candles that we always have to buy for fundraisers, and we broke it into bits and put into the fire. That was was a nice accelerant!

We toasted marshmallows, hot dogs, and corn on the cob, still all wrapped up in its husks. That was the best. I had soaked it in the sink for a half hour, as I saw done recently, and we put it on the embers (that fire made embers very easily; it was flames that it was hard to get that fire to do). Parts of each ear were, uh, not quite done, but parts were absolutely lovely! Even Molly the dog had part of one.

We concluded the evening by watching the second half of the Colin Firth Pride and Prejudice, which I had never seen. It it gorgeous :-) I loved the way Elizabeth and Jane could speak to each other with just a raised eyebrow or a half smile. So much of the acting was just in the faces. The way Elizabeth smiled reminded us of the president on the new Battlestar Galactica. (And there's a yoking of titles that you don't often find in the same paragraph.)

I doubt Pride and Prejudice was what the healing angel wanted to watch most, but he bore it manfully. The ninja girl said maybe we could buy him the next installment of Death Note to make up for it--not a bad idea.

And wouldn't you know, another editing job has come in... I will have to do some of it tonight as I have other things I have to work on during the weekend. So... my characters Ara and Kerrin will not get up to the library tonight, probably, and they won't hear the story of the falling out between the nightlands and the daylight lands just yet.


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Jul. 8th, 2006 12:31 am (UTC)

They do look similar!!
Jul. 8th, 2006 01:20 am (UTC)
I enjoyed that movie very much too...but we roast our corn on the cob on our gas flames...wish I could do what you did!
Jul. 9th, 2006 02:45 pm (UTC)
Our fire was really pretty pathetic, but that was part of the fun. When next you come to New England...
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Jul. 8th, 2006 10:22 am (UTC)
Yes, that's the one. I agree--she's beautiful! I like her best of any Elizabeth Bennett I've seen. And she looks beautiful in a period-appropriate way: round face, little smile, sparkling eyes--really nice!

The men were very nice looking too, esp. Darcy on his estate :-)
Jul. 8th, 2006 08:56 am (UTC)
OH! I'm sorry I missed that bonfire. The great thing about corn is you can eat it raw so you don't have to worry if every kernel is done.

Colin Firth is in almost every English production and I have NO complaints.....he's so sexy.
Jul. 9th, 2006 02:44 pm (UTC)
It's especially nice to see him begin to smile--and all his reserve makes you sure that his feelings are all the deeper!
Jul. 8th, 2006 09:58 am (UTC)
Ah, I've been meaning to see that, I'm glad it managed to live up to expectations and will have to put watching it further up on my to do list. (btw this is the one formerly known as Heavenly_Flame) Also I think I'd much like to hear what Ara and Kerrin are up to when you do, I've yet to hear about them yet.(something I missed perhaps?)
Jul. 8th, 2006 10:12 am (UTC)
Wow, Light of estel, that's a great username! I'll add you as a friend.

That's a gorgeous userpic, too.

I've mentioned this story I'm writing, but I haven't actually posted any of it. It's a story about a world in which different places are perpetually different times of day (so there are noon lands, dawn lands, etc.)--did I ever tell you about it?
Jul. 8th, 2006 10:28 am (UTC)
Well, that certainly sounds unique, and no you haven't said anything of it yet, though I'd certainly like to hear about it when you have the time. I'm always up for reading peoples works, so do tell if you need a beta, or just wish for some feedback and I'll be happy to look it over.
Jul. 8th, 2006 10:11 am (UTC)
What is it about 'Pride & Prejudice' today! I got a call from my best friend if I had her set of P&P CDs with me. Indeed, I did. Conversation at workplace...generally on movies, literary classics, ending up with, you guessed it - 'Pride & Prejudice'!

It is a wonderful story! makes you feel all young and romantic! Love it!

Your post has that wonderful picture board quality once again!!
Jul. 9th, 2006 02:44 pm (UTC)
the world picks up a theme
Funny how that happens sometimes--as if everyone were responding to some unseen stimulus. For me, it's been the novels of Terry Pratchett that have been appearing everywhere. An lj friend recommended them to me, and suddenly everywhere I went, people were talking about Terry Pratchett!
Jul. 8th, 2006 02:03 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a novel
Your post sounds like an english novel! Fire, embers, Molly the dog, corn on the cob...so idyllic...with visions of a summer holiday and mountains close by and children looking for an adventure and what not!
Corn on the cob - reminds of the corn we used to have at Marina beach in Chennai - it was so tasty! Sitting in the beach late at night and hearing the sound of the waves and eating some warm corn with lemon juice and salt/chilli powder dabbed on it...
Jul. 9th, 2006 02:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Sounds like a novel
I'm going to try it that way next--with lemon juice and salt or chili powder! It's mouthwatering just thinking about.

I'm still looking for an adventure myself :-)
Jul. 9th, 2006 08:00 am (UTC)
Putting candles in the fire is a wonderful idea!

Here's my tip of the day (from making pitas last night): You know how the car gets really hot from sitting in the sun? Yeah, well, apparently that's the perfect temperature at which to raise dough!
Jul. 9th, 2006 02:39 pm (UTC)
I am *so* going to try this. My family has been bugging me to make naan bread. (Surely not as good as anything my Indian lj friends can make or lay their hands on, but close enough :-)
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