Well, I'm getting there, but my concentration is failing me bit by bit, and I've devolved into a metaphorical equivalent of an amputee crawling on stubs towards the holy grail, only......forty more pages away!
On a positive note, I am getting to know my new computer better. Can you tell "Photo Booth" is my new favorite program?? Hey, I'm all by myself here, sometimes a girl needs to have a little fun.
Favorite paragaph written today:
It’s hard to imagine today’s European nations as anything but—though the seemingly inflexible boundaries we take for granted have been mutable for centuries. Monpellier, for instance, belonged at one time to the kings of Aragon, which is logical considering its proximity to Spain. Want a lesson in complicated family dynamics? Pay close attention: Marie of Montpellier (1182-1213) was all set to inherit the lordship after her father, William VIII died, but the first man she married, Raymond of Marseille, died too quickly. She then married Bernard IV of Comminges, but he had two other living wives, so that got annulled lickety-split. In the meantime, her half-brother had taken control of Montpellier, but Marie wouldn’t have that, so she married Peter II of Aragon, which gave her the “Lady of Montpellier” title back—although it made Monpellier Aragonian. But once married, Peter tried to divorce her (in order to marry the Queen of Jerusalem) and still keep Montpellier for himself. It didn’t work, and eventually Marie’s son by Peter inherited Montpellier—and Aragon. Yeah, and you thought your family fights were hard-scrabble?
[more glossed-over history that takes us into the twentieth century]
Oh, P.S., Montpellier is twinned with Louisville, Heidelberg and Chengdu. God, we love Wikipedia.
I really hope that last sentence makes it past my editors.
Monkey Gland tagged me for a meme I like but that sort of procrastination is taking it a little too far. I think I'm best off limiting myself to taking bored and stupid pictures of myself.