Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Rocks and Dorothy and Sleep

Sweater - Target, Pants - Denim 24/7, Shoes - Dexter, Necklace - Pressie.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day weekend (and didn't have to work yesterday)! I went to a gigantic Flea Market this past Saturday and had a pretty good time. [Seriously, the Hillsville Flea Market is gigantic; it's only held twice a year on Labor Day and Memorial Day and it draws a crowd of more than 500,000 each time.] I managed to badger my little Mama into picking out several things she liked, since her birthday is this coming Saturday. She is a HUGE fan of rocks (geology interest), so we hit up a few great tents for jewelry and ephemera. She's had geodes and rock eggs my whole life, and loves all sorts of rock chip jewelry. But she's also one of those people who's terrible to buy for, never wearing or using stuff. So it's best to get her to help pick out what she wants.

I also slept a great deal, and I'm rereading my favorite Dorothy L. Sayers novels, while watching my DVDs of the 1987 BBC miniseries. I did a self-lead class on her in undergrad, and I'm mildly completely obsessed. She wrote mystery novels (as well as a translation of Dante's Divine Inferno), starting in the 1920's. She was a fantastic writer and was also fantastically snobby. There are letters in her mystery novels in French (untranslated), bits of Latin, important quotes from obscure books...you name it, it's probably in there. I wrote a paper for my class about the importance of the love between Lord Peter Wimsey (Sayers' detective) and Harriet Vane (his eventual wife) that started as a 15 pager and ended up being 40 pages. So you can guess at my obsession.


  1. Flea market sounds like fun!
    I have not read Dorothy L. Sayers ... is there a book you would recommend I start with? :)

    1. You might as well start at the beginning with Whose Body?, it introduces the characters very well - note: these books are products of their times, so although Sayers is an ardent feminist (of the era), there are racial epithets and huge class differences taken as a matter of fact. If you're an Agatha Christie fan, you've learned to get past that, otherwise it can be a shock the first time.