Thursday, August 8, 2013

a good day


Remember that post I wrote a few Fridays back about me being a happy bunny because I was finally staying put for the weekend without anything at all to do and no place to go (after over two months of go, go, go, go, go). Well this is the story of how it turned out.
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That day being Saturday the 20th of July, we slept in until almost 8:30. As anyone who has ever stayed at my house will tell you, sleeping in past 7 is practically unheard of due to the medieval church bells chiming at the top of my back garden and Fifty's pacing about (as far as Fifty is concerned, if he's up, then everybody should be up). With zero activities on the agenda for the day, I set about doing whatever I pleased, how and when I pleased.

I opened all of the windows and let the summer breeze fill the house before taking to my couch for my couchcation. My couchcation consisted of playing around on goodreads for a bit (my obsession with the never-ending book quiz is borderline unhealthy) and pinning stuff (At this point I'm having a hard time remembering life before Pinterest. Whatever did I do with my free time?). And because my couchcation needed a soundtrack, I listened to Night Moves on repeat.

Since I was taking the day off, I informed The Husband that he would have to make his own lunch (the sad pouty face produced in response to this was priceless). I had the very un-French like lunch of popcorn (freshly popped and dashed with Tabasco... it's how I like it) and a tumbler full of Perrier and orange juice while lying on the sofa reading trashy magazines. (Want to know something funny... Mr. London is addicted to trashy gossip magazines and has Mommy London ship them over to him weekly and then I get them when he's finished. Personally, I hope he never gets that monkey off his back.)

I watched Phillipa Gregory's documentary, The Real White Queen (I cannot express how much I love English history and historical fiction so basically, that means that Phillipa Gregory is my homegirl) and learned that Margaret Beaufort was the granddaughter of John of Gaunt and Katherine Swynford (I have no idea how this fact has alluded me for so long... and on a semi-related note, if you like historical fiction, you should read 'Katherine' by Anya Seton). And for no other reason other than I feel like letting you who don't know, know, The Real White Queen was made to accompany BBC's The White Queen. Max Irons (son of Jeremy) plays Edward IV. Watching it for the sole purpose of ogling him is totally worth it (RE: HUBBAHUBBA).

After my documentary viewing, I made eggs on horseback (not actual horse meat but rather hamburgers topped with fried egg and a buttery caper sauce), we shared a bottle of Saint Auspice Ventoux Rouge and watched four episodes of The Sopranos.

Then I read my book ('Paris' by Edward Rutherford if you're interested), and called it a day.

A good day.

26 comments:

  1. Sounds lovely! I liked The Real White Queen, but only actually watched the first episode of The White Queen (have you read the books?), it just didn't really grab me, despite hot men.

    I used to like silly gossip mags, but I don't know who anyone is any more! Too many 18 year olds running around (grumble grumble old lady).

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    1. I've read most of Phillipa Gregory's books but I haven't read the Kingmaker's Daughter yet, it's on the list.

      Mr. London gets the real trashy gossip rags like Closer and Now... they're full of ridiculous 'celebrity' stories and things like, "I make £50,000 pounds a year because I'm fat." It's awesome.

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  2. Sounds like a wonderful day! I need one of those soon :) gossip mags, and all.

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  3. Gosh you must have been wrecked after all that!

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  4. I love days like that too. I'm on a couchcation at weekends cos all my boys are away. Love it. :)

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  5. Oh I love days like this! Next weekend is totally open for me, following 5 weekends of go go go go go! All awesome, but still, am looking forward to not doing anything. But, knowing me, something will come up!!

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  6. Sounds like an awesome day. I need to sell my children before I can do this again.
    I have the White Queen on USB - I am really looking forward to seeing it now. Bring on the Hubba, I say.

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  7. Sounds perfect, although I'm not so into English history (I know, you'd think a Brit with Irish background would have a vague interest, but not so much...) but I do enjoy an ogle, so I might keep an eye out for that.

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    1. I cannot get enough of English history! Mostly from the 15th - 17th century anyway. The stuff that went down was so messed up! Nobody could've made it all up, these crazy people actually had to do it! Freaks.

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  8. Sounds like a very good day indeed! I especially like the part about taking the day off and not making the hubs lunch. ha! :)

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  9. English history and historical fiction is the.very.best.

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  10. A perfect way to spend a day ... very relaxing.
    I need a day like this too ...
    Bisou, Babi

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  11. ooh, Philippa Gregory! I love her books - historical fiction is always fun to read :) this sounds like such a lovely relaxing day - I need more of those...

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  12. That's what you call a relaxing day - doing and eating whtever takes your fancy! The medieval church bells sound quite charming but I don't suppose I would want them at the bottom of my garden really!

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  13. I read Anya Seton's Katherine for the first time when I was 11 years old ( I know)... It was a library book and I knew nothing about it except it was named after me! I fell in love with historical novels then, although I do read less of them now, but still love that book and second the recommendation!

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    1. My mother gave it to me for my birthday a couple of years ago. I loved it!

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  14. oh that sounds perfect. absolutely perfect!

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  15. I love The White Queen. Max Irons as Edward IV is certainly yummy!

    Erin | Quintessentially English

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  16. That sounds perfect to me. Trashy gossip magazines are a perfect way to relax! And thanks for the book recommendation. :)

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  17. I enjoy Phillippa Gregory novels too, history is addicting! But I take it with a grain of salt, and usually go do some research of my own after, especially after I found out that "The Other Boleyn Girl" was stretched and fictionalized A LOT, and that many details were basically proven not true. But still, its an addicting book and I've read it probably about 10 times!! She does a great job of making Ann very unlikeable, I actually get angry reading it!

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    1. That's why it's called historical fiction instead of plain old historical. It's the fiction part that makes it all juicy and good :)

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  18. sounds like a good day indeed! Way to take the moment and enjoy it!

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  19. Sounds like a lovely relaxing day - I have been known to have popcorn for dinner, glad to know I'm not the only one ;o)

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  20. I so need a day like that! I've had weeks of guests, on & off, with more to come. There's only so much menu planning and cooking a girl can do! And historical fiction - I used to read loads. Jean Plaidy (way before your time) did a series for children about the Tudor girls which I gobbled up. Although I don't read so much of it now(living in France books have taken over!) I still love visiting the houses - Anne Boleyn's (or Bullen) family home of Blickling Hall is not that far from us and is amazing.

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  21. I've been reading all your posts but can't comment from my Ipad (anyone else having that problem?) Anyways, I finally fired up the old laptop here so I could tell you that I met Phillipa a few years ago when she came around for a book tour. She told us about her plan to write about the Plantagenets then. Who knew it would become a mini-series!? How cool is that? I'll have to search for this documentary you speak of here too. Also, next up on my reading list, Paris. Got it on my coffee table. I'm pretty sure we have the same taste in books. I'm not sure if you like memoirs, but my favorite book this summer was Wild: from Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. Gripping stuff, along the lines of Eat, Pray, Love.

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  22. not gonna lie, when you said you made "eggs on horseback," i literally thought you meant you made them while on horseback and i thought "those LPV people are so odd sometimes."

    in other, less awkward news, a couchcation sounds beautiful and i think i need one in my life!

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