Conglomeration. Such a fun word. I have this thing for words. Words are magical. But besides the obvious reasons, every once in awhile I come across one that just makes me happy. Just because it's fun to say, means something special, or brings back a memory. Conglomeration would be the first on that list.
This week, I get to do the necessary drudgery of turning in essays and giving speeches. However, the topics are not so very bad after all. First off, I'll be writing an essay on Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey. One of her best and one of my favorites. If you've never read it--or never read Austen at all (sniff...I'm sorry for you)--you should. It is, in a word, hilarious. It's a total parody of the danger/romance/adventure/Gothic novels of the day, and it's greatly amusing. Jane Austen was brilliant and I wish I could have known her. Secondly, I have to give a speech. Aarghh, right? Well at least it will be a fun subject to talk about--Narnia! I did a whole research paper last semester about C.S. Lewis's Christian allegories throughout the Chronicles, and now I'll be using that information to give a speech on it. Lewis...another brilliant person who I would have loved to have a conversation with.
Food is a marvelous thing. In fact, I don't think I could survive without it. (*ahem* okay, I'll stop with the lame jokes now.) These two pictures remind me of the phrase "two great tastes that taste great together" even though they're not Reese's peanut butter cups. I don't even like Reese's peanut butter cups. But, 1-my professor says this in reference to two philosophies that compromise to become one and thus this little phrase comes to mind for me at random intervals; and 2-they really would taste great together, although unfortunately I didn't have them at the same time. But seriously, these are two of the best things in the world right here.