2. Another interesting experiment: write 365 sonnets in a single year. Canadian teenager, Mike Fan, didn't, but he tried. Two years later, he's still writing. You can read his work at 365 Sonnets. Check it out! Some of his poems are actually pretty good.
3. On a wildly different note, do you drink beer? I don't usually, but the other night Chris brought some Czech beer home with him from Germany and it was surprisingly delicious. In the Czech Republic it's called Budweiser (although it's not affiliated with the American brand), but in the US I think it's sold as Budvar. If you're a beer drinker, you should give it a try!
4. Who's your favorite Italian writer? Lately I've been reading a lot of Giovanni Verga. Is there anybody else you'd recommend?
5. I've been thinking a lot about Art (that's right, the kind with a capital A) these past few days and it makes me wonder, what inspires you?
6. My quick takes this week feel painful. For some reason I'm hesitating to write anything too personal. Penelope cried this morning when Chris left for work. Really, really cried. She was trapped in her highchair, blueberry-stained tears streaming down her cheeks, and when I let her out she raced over to the door. She was banging on the wood, crying "Daddy! Daddy! Where Daddy?" I don't know how to tell her that he has to work. Sometimes, he has to be gone. She misses him so much when he's away. Today we were supposed to decide for sure whether or not he's going to stay in the Navy, but now we don't know what to do. We don't want to sell his presence in her life (or Katherine's either), but we just can't give up on all that security--health care, the assurance of a steady job--right now either. Like I said, we just don't know what to do.
7. Well, that's it for me. I guess this week I don't have 7. (Except, blogger users out there: does your spell check feature work? Mine never does and it's getting annoying.) If you're looking for a full 7 quick takes, head over to Jen at Conversion Diary. And have a great weekend, everyone!