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Lovely weekend 
11th-Jan-2009 07:12 pm
People: me with plumtreeblossom May 2007
Another lovely weekend with my sweetie. Saturday afternoon I got ingredients for crockpot chicken and dumplings (incidentally having to get out and sprinkle kitty litter under my wheels three times to get out of the driveway!) and got that started. Picked up plumtreeblossom in the evening and we came back to Quincy for dinner. After dinner, we had a couple drinks and (as is often the case) ended up link-surfing on Wikipedia, and finally landed on this site of colour photographs of Tsarist Russia by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii. I forget how we ended up on the topic, but something reminded me of that exhibit and those photos — oh, I remember now! We’d been listening to recordings from old phonograph cylinders on Wikipedia, and plumtreeblossom mentioned how weird it felt to be listening to recordings from the 19th century and how it made that era seem less distant, and that reminded me of how it felt to see colour photographs from before the Russian Revolution, so I googled to find the Prokudin-Gorskii exhibit again.

This morning (after shovelling out the car with cathijosephine’s help), I drove cathijosephine and m_c_t to the T station so they could go to the airport for m_c_t’s flight back to the Wrong Left Coast. It was lovely having him here, and I’ll miss him.

When I got back my darling was making me bacon and eggs and we had a lovely breakfast before running out to the store so she could do a shopping run. (It’s handy to do that when I can drive her, so she can get heavy stuff and not have to carry it from the grocery store to the T to her house. And it’s fun to shop together.) I had only been planning on getting a couple things myself, but I failed to exercise any self-restraint and now I have yummy things in the fridge.

Then I drove her home, and came back to Quincy (stopping to get a few things for the house, notably sand, which yesterday’s experience demonstrated I need). I picked up some Chinese food on the way and ate it with cathijosephine and darxus.

I have a large number of things I needed to get done this weekend that I didn’t do, but I don’t particularly care. Life is full, and life is good.

EDIT: I forgot to mention; she gave me a couple more pieces of purple clothing, adding to the sweater she gave me a few weeks ago. And she took a picture of me in my new purple hoodie.
12th-Jan-2009 02:16 am (UTC)
recordings from the 19th century

Are those the ones recently found in Russia? I heard a bit about those on NPR. Pretty wild to think the wax could stand up this long.
12th-Jan-2009 08:56 pm (UTC)
Weird! I thought I posted a reply to this. I know I typed a long reply to this, but maybe my browser crashed before I finished all the Wikipedia research and came back to that tab. :-)

Anyway, no, I didn't hear about the ones recently found in Russia. (Although if they're in Russian, I'd particularly love to hear them; I have the impression late-19th-century spoken Russian was more different from current Russian than late-19th-century spoken English is from current English.) This was a couple of the 1880's recordings available on the Wikipedia article on phonograph cylinders.
12th-Jan-2009 11:18 pm (UTC)
Actually it's recordings of music, perhaps some of the earliest recorded music. Here is a link with a link to the broadcast (top) and a few of the pieces (left):


12th-Jan-2009 02:14 pm (UTC)
I love when we cook for each other, my sweet! And I love YOU. :-)
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