As predicted, three snow days. And, no, the boys did not want to stay in on Friday and read or even play Wii for the third day. It was so cold. Too cold to go out certainly. Until their grandfather called and offered to take them to lunch when I realized that, yes, lovely, an outing might do them good.
And, once they were gone, my getting out seemed less daunting and I did some memo sample and Christmas gift returning. Doing so allowed me to tear myself from on-line shopping which had unearthed these snake sconces. Mr. Blandings and his grandfather used to hunt snakes in Colorado when Mr. B was a boy so they seemed fitting flanking the old gentleman's portrait. The tails can be maneuvered which is particularly delightful. However, the same investment might be better spent on an entire session of braces for the middle or even a car for the eldest. They remain at 1st dibs if you have a spot and a pocketbook for them.
So, I donned my coat and hat. No, no I didn't. I never wear a hat. If I looked like this in a hat, I would.
However, after a good bit of running around a particularly stylish friend called and said "Ihavetogetout - howaboutamovie?" Her husband thought it such a good idea he offered to drive us.
Speaking of snakes, we went to see An Education. It is the perfect combination of scintillating script, wonderful acting and divine sets. I don't care for sets that become the star of the show. I like movie sets, but ultimately I'm there for the story. It matters. This one hits every note just right.
Surely to goodness today I will actually get something done.
All images of An Education via Sony Classics.