Well, our snowstorm was nowhere near as bad as predicted which makes me happy.

Week’s Highlight:

We went to the Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo in Pittsburgh today. It was really fabulous. The acrobats are amazingly talented, but it’s also a gorgeous and the music is beautiful. I borrowed the photo below, but it shows my favorite act of the show.

photo from thebuzzmagazines,com


I’m on page 319 of  The Three Musketeers. I really love how the three Musketeer’s and D’Artagnan’s characters are taking shape. I love how they turn situations to their advantage. Some parts are downright funny too.

I’ve read 20 chapters Don Quixote, on track with Silvia Cachia’s read-a-long. I think Don Quixote’s supposed to be funny, but most of the time I find myself feeling sorry for him.

I’ve been listening to Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari. It covers a lot of ground and is really interesting. I just wish I could remember more of it. I know, I could take notes, but that’s not going to happen.


We played to new-to-us board games this week. The first was Caper. It’s a light, two-player card-based game where you recruit thieves, equips them with gear, and steal things across Europe. To me, it’s mostly a set collection game, with a dash of area control. It was okay and we don’t have many two player games. David won, but only by 2 points.

We also played Clank with Amber. It’s deck-building game combined with press your luck. Your goal is to sneak around a dungeon, grab precious artifacts and escape before the dragon kills you. It’s easy to learn and lot of fun. Amber won, mostly by going as deep into the dungeon as she could, betting she’d still get close enough to out to be rescued.

Other news:

Amber’s home this month working on her winter term project, learning to crochet. She just started learning the very beginning basics on January 3rd and this week she made a cute cuttlefish.


Looking forward to:

Next Sunday we’re going to see The Tempest at the O’Reilly Theater in Pittsburgh. This adaptation tells the story from a female perspective. “The Tempest begins in silence in a patient’s room on the surgical oncology floor of a Pittsburgh hospital. In the bed is Prospero (Tamara Tunie), who is battling late-stage breast cancer. In Shakespeare’s play Prospero is enraged because his brother and the king stole his dukedom. In Marya’s version, the betrayal Prospero suffers is from her family’s abandonment during her illness. As Prospero begins to dream, both she and the audience are transported to a magical island where Shakespeare’s story unfolds, but now with a new resonance. ”


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