I know we’re a quarter of the way into May by now, but I’m back in Canada and finally mostly over jet lag so I’m linking up with Leigh Kramer to talk about what I’ve been into this past month.
I didn’t read a ton this month, but I did devour In The Labyrinth of Drakes, the latest installment in the the Memoirs of Lady Trent series by Marie Brennan. I’m pretty sure I’ve gushed about this series in this link-up before, but it is just wonderful. It’s a great mash-up of Victorian-ish fiction (simulated non-fiction, really) and fantasy with a delightful protagonist.
I’ve been finishing up a cross-stitch this month, so I got a lot of TV watching in. After I finished my Friends watch-through (it’s honestly hard to root for Rachel and Ross when they’re both such awful, petty people, but I was happy for Chandler and Monica), I watched through Freaks and Geeks, Outlander (having my cross-stitch on hand to mask my computer screen came in handy sometimes tbh, but I’m just mesmerized by the storyline. Falling through a time tunnel without my husband is my worst fictional nightmare.) and the second season of Agent Carter. I’ve also been keeping up with the usual shows: Jane the Virgin, Once Upon a Time, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, etc. I even got to catch up on some movies I’d been meaning to watch on the flight home: Spotlight, The Lady in the Van (Maggie Smith forever and ever, amen), and Joy (mostly okay movie, but I thought making Joy’s dead grandmother the narrator was a bit of an odd move).
I managed to really take advantage of weekend travel opportunities during my last month in Europe. My travel magnet collection is this close to taking up my entire freezer door now, which is exciting.
I made it over to Germany twice in the month to visit family (once to see my aunt, uncle, and cousins, and once to go to a family reunion) and I went down to Lyon once to visit the family my sister au-paired for last year. It was lovely to spend time around families with younger children–it was definitely something I missed about my home church while I was away. I also got to see some new to me cities. One my way back to France from Germany, I took a detour to spend a few hours in Aachen, the city of Charlemagne. I am a terrible photographer who couldn’t do it justice, but Charlemagne’s chapel was just breathtaking.
Also, I took an impromptu day trip to the city of Metz (pronounced Mess, apparently) in Lorraine and it was lovely!
Finally, I took advantage of Strasbourg’s proximity to Luxembourg to visit a whole new country (I did once spend half an hour in the Luxembourg train station, but I feel like that doesn’t quite count). It was beautiful, if a little more hilly than I expected. The views definitely made up for that though.
That’s it for me for the month. Be sure to head over to Leigh’s blog and check out some of the other link-up contributions.