1. Mrs. Darwin and I rendezvous'd over the weekend to see the newly released Jane Eyre movie. We had a large bucket of popcorn, which we ravished during the previews, but as soon as the movie began--there was not a crunch or whisper in the theater until the final credits. Pure viewing satisfaction. Fans of Jane will be delighted, I think--or at least, these fans were.
2. Spring, Glory be. Felt the first rays of some seriously warming sun today. Hunched over to do a little weeding in the flower garden and was absolutely shocked to discover this evening that I now have a sunburn on my plumber's crack (also shocked that I have a plumber's crack).
3. T-Chisel's "The Rough Cut" has taken Norm Abram's "New Yankee Workshop" TV spot Saturday mornings on PBS. What a winning situation.
4. Also on PBS, Upstairs Downstairs premiers Sunday night. Hopefully will tide me over until Downton Abbey returns.
5. I love the book I'm reading: "Suite Francaise" by Irene Nemirovsky
About the German invasion and occupation of France during World War II. I usually hate books about war, but this book reads like snapshots of so many different lives and is written on such an intimate human scale. We get to peak into the lives of every level of French society, from the cultured middle classes, to farm families in the provinces, and see how each experiences the war. The book was written while the author herself was in hiding from the Germans. As she was a Jew, her manuscript was interrupted by her arrest and she died at Auschwitz in 1942.