Notes to Sophia

Calligraphic inspiration, really!

Image by Søren Hugger Møller via Flickr

I’ve been chatting with Sophia on Skype while she’s studying abroad in Rome this semester. My parents were, initially, aghast at the idea, since they thought I was calling her on the phone and figured I was running up a bill in the hundreds of dollars every other day. So I took my computer over to their house and we’ve all talked to her. I guess it is pretty cool, if you think about it.

Video or not, every single time we talk, there’s something I forget to mention to her. (How utterly normal, and mom-like!) In the past, I would just text her. (Well, in the olden days, I would’ve just make some notes on an actual piece of paper with a pen or pencil! Wow, how quaint and old-timey!) But now that she doesn’t have her phone with her, I can’t text her, but I’ve discovered there’s a way to send SMS messages on Skype, so I just make sort of a running commentary of things, and she fills herself in when she logs on, before she calls.

I thought it might be interesting for people to see that my texts to her, despite the fact that she’s halfway around the world, don’t really differ that much from what they do when she’s here. They generally encompass the mom-style comments that I imagine go on all over the world.

  • What are you doing? How are you doing? (You know, “don’t forget to wear a sweater, take your vitamins, get a good night’s sleep, etc.”)
  • Here’s a good place to visit, if you haven’t already been there.
  • Don’t waste your money, it’s not growing on trees!
  • My various opinions about cultural expectations.
  • Duh moments, on my part.

So, for your unfettered amusement, here are my completely unedited texts from this morning:

I downloaded Google earth and “walked” from the Pantheon to your hotel! Cool! The hotel is MUCH smaller than I thought. I can see how doing business with Saint Mary’s is a good way for them to make steady money, aside from the tourists. It’s crazy how the streets are so narrow! People here would freak. Not to mention the fact that everyone is walking!!! What would people here do?

Here’s the closest yarn store, according to my estimates:
Canetta Srl – Filati
Via 4 Novembre, 157
00817 Rome, Italy

It’s just a little farther away than the Pantheon, except east, rather than north. So easily within walking distance. Like two blocks from Trajan’s column, which you should see, if you haven’t. It’s the basis for what calligraphers use for “Roman” lettering. I’ve only seen pictures of it, but it’s amazing. I learned to do “Trajan Capitals” when I studied calligraphy…. for some reason, I was thinking it was in another part of the country… Honestly, I keep forgetting that Rome has WAY more to it than just Catholic stuff.

Reading over it, I do have to laugh… Yes, she’s buying some sock yarn for me (well, for me to make her socks), since I told her most of the yarn I use is actually imported from Italy. I was “looking” for the store using the street view in Google earth (why I didn’t think of that before now is beyond me), and “wandered” by a couple of famous things (well, more than a couple!), which prompted me to ask if she’s already seen them or plans to.

And honestly, maybe it’s just because Catholicism is just such a major part of my life, but I keep thinking that all the “Roman” stuff is…uh…somewhere else! What am I thinking?

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Pandora Radio

Pandora IconOh, this is just the coolest. I’ve just discovered Pandora Radio (, a FREE streaming internet radio site,  and I really like it. I get to make what they call a “radio station” with all or only the music I like. I’ve made about five stations so far, and it’s actually had to limit myself. I think this is one of those things that makes the internet great.

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Time’s a wastin’

Hourglass (2)We’re still madly cleaning the house for the inspection tomorrow morning at 11:30 a.m. So there won’t be much of a post today.

In fact, yesterday we were tearing home from Ohio, where my friend John replaced my brakes. It was a bigger job than either of us anticipated, and so Sophia and I were driving home at nearly illegal speeds, just so that I could make it home in time to post to my blog. And I did.

But that’s enough for now. Time to get back to work.

Time sucker

This blogging thing is really addictive. I’m on the computer way too long as it is, and now I keep finding things I want to add to my blog, or other blogs to read or subscribe to, or far too many other ways to waste my time.

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Tough day to post . . .

 . . . because I have no computer right now. It’s out being fixed, so I’m here at the public library. Frankly, I’m surprised that you can even get here, there are so many restricted sites!

So, if I get my computer back later today, I may have a longer post, but this is it for now.

1_purenchecuaro_embroidery2I’ve been working on some embroidery for the upcoming party at our parish. And believe me, mine looks NOTHING like this example from the Purépecha people of Michoacán! When I told one of the women I’d be happy to embroider her blouse, she was so excited, but somehow, we didn’t manage to connect on what was the traditional style of the region where she’s from. So I’m just doing flowers, and I showed her, and she LOVES it. And now, of course, is when I find examples on the internet. So much for that!

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