Kevin and I spent today doing tourist stuff in Toronto. This included visiting the Merril Collection and Bakka-Phoenix Books. However, we also dropped in on the Royal Ontario Museum. The original objective was to allow Kevin to see their magnificent dinosaur collection, which he duly did, but I was pleased to see that they also had a special exhibition of Mesopotamian artifacts, mostly on loan from the British Museum.
The exhibit is divided into three sections: one devoted to each of Sumer, Assyrian and Babylon. Towards the end of the Babylon section there is a display board talking about the Seven Wonders of the World and how the Hanging Gardens of Babylon have never been found. Next to it, entirely out of place, is a piece of an Assyrian mural from Nineveh. It is, of course, the depiction of Sennacherib in his hilltop garden. The museum curators have been careful not to say that this could be the fabled Gardens, but copies of Stephanie Dalley’s book are prominently on sale in the gift shop at the end of the exhibit.
So, people of Toronto, you have a unique opportunity to see this key piece of Mesopotamian history. If you have any interest in such things, don’t miss it. It is only there until January 5th.
I had a slight feeling of oh no! I don't have 18thousand things to do tonight to get ready for my trip loss tonight, so a blog post! The coat now has a page. I love my coat. I wish it were cold enough to wear it. 39 degrees is so not coat weather...
- Current Mood: accomplished
Anyway, we tore the tree out as part of a larger backyard renovation, and I was afraid that the hummingbird would have to find someone else to scream at. But no, It is now hanging around the apple tree in the front yard, no doubt patiently screaming at passers-by until we plant something else.
I find that this pleases me. They are a pleasure to watch, and I'm always amazed at anything that has the chutzpah to stand up to the crows.
The Threnodi Etsy shop is now offering stuffed wasp eater weasels fo sale (https://www.etsy.com/listing/159086
Later this week we will be making the pilgrimage to see The Hobbit (Part 2; Oh, This Again). This time, we will not subject ourselves to the 3-D version, which annoyed the socks off us the last time around. Hopefully they won't witter on about The Power of Friendship or do too much L.O.T.R. foreshadowing this time, though I'm, frankly, pessimistic. However there is a big-ass dragon and Martin Freeman, so they're going to have to work hard to screw this up.
- Current Location:Toronto, Ontario
- Current Mood:footsore
Crossing into creepy old man territory: the only single male (let alone over 40) in a movie theatre on a Monday evening with a half dozen little girls and their mothers watching a Disney princess cartoon. Wait, did I say crossing? I mean crossed. Definitely feeling weird.
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- Current Mood: confused
- Sun, 12:28: Snowy weather always makes me want to watch gunbunny anime. I don't get that.
- Sun, 12:37: It's the future, and law enforcement is recklessly gun-happy women in bikinis. Because that makes sense. http://t.co/wKNJRrliqi
- Sun, 12:40: RT @SamGrittner: I'm God's gift to women if he stopped at a gas station last minute.
- Sun, 13:24: Honestly, I think if I were the #Redskins I would have called in sick today.
- Sun, 13:42: Put in Cousins! Put in Smith! Put in that guy selling hot dogs in the stands! It's not like you can hurt the #Redskins now.
- Sun, 18:36: So, as we do every year around this time, @laurierobey put up our Christmas tree and watched "Scrooge" starring Albert Finney.
- Sun, 18:37: I am now officially heartwarmed.
- Sun, 18:40: It also hit me square in the gut, 'cos it reminded me of Kerry on several levels. So I'm heartwarmed and gut-punched.
- Sun, 18:40: I need to give my internal organs a rest now.
- Sun, 18:41: RT @foalpapers: Ah, that blissful, zen moment when I've crossed off or rescheduled all my To Do list items for the day, but tomorrow's have…