Today started off with promise: I spotted a Latin error in the Washington Post. Nothing makes a grammar geek's day quite like spotting a noun-adjective agreement problem that slipped past the experts. For the record, the writer chose to say "alumnus non grata." Now, "persona non grata" is perfectly fine Latin, the feminine adjective agreeing with the feminine noun, and "alumnus non gratus" would have worked although the play on the more familiar "persona" would have been over the heads of the average Post reader, I suppose. If you ask me, the appropriate quote for the story would have been "corruptio optimi pessima." But that would have required 8th grade level grammar.
So for the fourth year, I am planning in on joining in on the Bonnie K. Hunter mystery quilt. This year, it is Grand Illusion, inspired by the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan. The color scheme has a nice "ladies that lunch" vintage feel about it, and I am eager to dive in. But since quilting has not been happening that much lately, there was unfinished business to attend to. Another Bonnie Hunter pattern actually -- the Santa Fe String Star that I have been working on for months. I dedicated the first part of this holiday weekend to seaming the star medallion together, along with the little stars from the extra diamonds in each color.
The stars will stay on the design wall until I figure out how to set them in the gray background fabric. I think it has great potential to be one of the most artistic quilts I've ever made. But it's far from finished.
Lots of fun movies have been watched over the Thanksgiving holiday. Sleepless in Seattle on Thursday, Jack the Giant Killer yesterday, and that great classic, Chicken Run, this evening. We are a little closer to giving the girls a proper education. Speaking of which, poor Peter is experiencing the less than joyful process of filling out college applications. They can put paperwork online and they claim that it makes it more efficient, but it is still destructive of the human soul.