Thursday, March 10, 2011

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Today, my class from Baldwin, WI, came my direction and we visited the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. 
This "Sunburst" by Dale Chihuly is made of blown glass and weighs more that 3,000 pounds.  It hangs in the foyer of the museum and greets visitors as soon as they enter the building.
This piece is a tiny portrait of Charlotte of France, done by Jean Clouet in about 1522.  I'm not sure what I like about this -maybe the detailed clothing - but I like it.
My friend and fellow teacher, Maribel, introduced my to this disturbing number.  One might well swear it is a man in drag!  The fact is that this subject was a married woman about 34 years old. 

And so that I don't leave you with that unsettling image...

 This "Veiled Lady" by Raffaelo Monti is carved from a solid piece of marble.  It is part of the permanent collection at the MIA and a real beauty. 

We also got to see a travelling display of Titian pieces.  (My teens handled the nudity with admirable maturity.  After a warning on Tuesday!). 

It was wonderful to spend the day surrounded by such beauty. 

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


On Saturday, William and I rewarded ourselves for surviving another violin recital by stopping at Half-Price Books. 

I don't usually look at the movies and music, but this time I did, and I'm so glad I did. 

I found copies of both The Scarlet Pimpernel

(love Anthony Andrews in this role!)

and The Young Victoria.
Strangely enough, John was not nearly so enthusiastic about my finds, but I'm pretty excited. 

Now, I'm not exactly looking forward to John being gone to Presbytery in a couple of weeks, but at least I have something fun to do while he's gone!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Sam's Birthday Wish-list

Sam is extremely excited about the prospect of his fifth birthday.  This excitement began soon after Micah's January birthday and was, I suspect, fueled by well-meaning but misguided older siblings. 

My policy is to avoid discussing birthdays until a week before the big day, thereby minimizing expectations.  With a bossy older sister and party-lovin' older brother, though, Sam could hardly avoid the birthday hysteria.

One day a couple of weeks ago, Sam wanted me to help him write down his birthday wish-list, so I wrote while he waxed eloquent on the secret wishes and desires of a soon-to-be five-year-old.

The list included:
Hero Factory
Transformer Legos
Lego knight set
Lego Pharaoh Quest
Bionicle star

I'm not completely familiar with all of these items but they seem like what one might expect from a little boy. 

What I didn't expect were the following:
cookie maker
tortilla maker
apple muffin maker
pretend medicine
watch (why? he can't tell time yet!)

And the one that still makes me chuckle: a cookie launcher.  What that is or where he got the notion, I do not know, but it's pretty funny. 

If anyone knows where to get a good, cheap cookie launcher, please let me know.  Maybe Craigslist...?

Then again, maybe I'm thinking too literally and he is talking about computer programming.  I always knew I'd give birth to a genius.