Accountability Begins; Celebrate Mole Day; Summertime

New Post Format! Valkyrie Stats first.

Weight Watchers Goal: Gather 14 activity points this week.
Tuesday: 3 activity points 1/2 hour Wii biking
Weight Watchers Goal: Track food and stay on program.
Tuesday: Done and done.
Weight Watchers Goal: Work in Mindfulness Journal.
Tuesday: Took body measurements for first week. (45, 41.5, 50.5)
Current Wii Weight: 220.2

Writing Goal: Work on Paradise Icon Readings.
Tuesday: Two stories down.
Writing Goal: Venice research.
Monday: Watched Summertime and finished The Thief Lord

So much for accountability.


Now, today is Mole Day. It’s the International Chemistry holiday when 6.02 X 10 to the 23rd is celebrated. Bryon’s class will be celebrating today, singing mole carols (you really don’t want to hear them!) and eating mole treats.

I am also having a mole removed. Slice! That’s at 9:20. Well, when I celebrate Mole Day, I go all out.


If you haven’t had a chance to watch Summertime, you really should take a moment. It’s a David Lean film, which means the cinematography is beautiful. The film captures Venice in a much more bright way than some films, but it still paints an accurate view of a vibrant city, circa 1955.

Hepburn is an older, single woman in the film, who feels that life has left her behind. She has an affair in Venice. Not your usual treatise on how I spent my summer vacation, but it is a tale of the different values of culture, as well as about love and living your dreams. The performances on all fronts are excellent, and the clothes? Well, retro my friends. Retro.

A good film for both research and emotional tension. I enjoyed it.

Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

2 thoughts on “Accountability Begins; Celebrate Mole Day; Summertime”

  1. Yay! I’m glad you enjoyed Summertime. I watched it alone while Dan was on a business trip, and actually had to stop it several times because Hepburn was so terrifyingly vulnerable and strong and brave and sad and so forth.

  2. Hepburn moved me to tears at certain points. Hers is a performance of interiors. It’s amazing to watch the emotions play over her. She’s truly a mistress of her craft.

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