My husband obliged and took a picture of me with this fabulous lamassu
when we were at the Louvre on Sunday. The lamassu were (are?) Assyrian gate guardians, who frightened away the forces of chaos. Anyway, I am fabulously in love with these guys. Notice that they actually have five legs - the look like they're standing still from the front and walking from the side.
Karen asked to see my haircut. This is pretty much my usual style, I just get lazy (and fearful) sometimes and don't go back soon enough to get it cut. These are my new glasses as well. I got them just two days before we left Florida, which was pretty stupid. The correction isn't as strong as my last two pairs (which were overcorrected) and it was hard to adjust, but I've finally done it. You'll notice the frames are very practical and sturdy. I hated my last pair, with lenses and screws and nosepieces falling off. You can see my thyroidectomy scar in this pic too.
Enough about me. According to my guidebook: "These lamassu
with gentle human faces, their proportions governed by mathematically calculated proportions, exude calm, serenity, and harmony."
I love the bull's ears they have - makes them look elfin.
I got some good pics of this guy too in the Assyrian room. This is an Apkallu Griffin, a 'wise man' or 'sage' sent by the god Ea to teach wisdom to humans, according to this British Museum site. He's holding a bucket and cone for purifying.
I don't know why I'm so fascinated with all of this, but I am. This interests me so much more than seeing the Impressionists. I wonder what that says about me.
I finished my additional quilting on Liberty Blooms. It's not that it looks all that much different, but I certainly notice the difference. Still haven't finished my two little quilts. Andi, those have regular old quilting fabric on the back. I use up stash I don't like well enough to put on the front.
Ms Jan, my camera is a Canon Digital Elph SD600. I absolutely love it - fantastic camera. I have never taken such wonderful pictures in my life. Remember the old days were you could only look through that tiny peephole? Stupid glasses got in the way and I was always cutting off people's heads. Now I have a big image to look at and what a difference that has made. We have an earlier model of the Elph and it's wonderful too. Highly recommended. And Picasa makes a huge difference as well - now I can crop out all the extraneous bits.
MamaSpark, we haven't had any more problems with Howler marking his territory. Fingers crossed it will stay that way. One big difference - I put in an extra litterbox, this one without a hood on it. (So now we have three litterboxes). Maybe he just hated going in that little box to pee, although that was what he used in Florida without a problem. I also got some Feliway spray and used that once. Whatever it is that did the trick, I'm happy.
In entertainment news, I watched the Battlestar Galactica miniseries over again. Definitely makes a difference without commercials and pausing when there are distractions. Liked it much better this time, but don't know that I've been converted to being a fan.
The Lake House with Keanu and Sandra was pretty mediocre. Since I had low expectations going in, that was okay. It gave me something to quilt to.
I went to Monmartre on Wednesday and visited the fabric stores. Now I'm miserable, headachy and allergical. Still haven't got my new allergy meds yet, which are coming in the mail from the states and were sent late due to various incompetencies. Anyway, I will post more about the fabric stores later. I can't keep my posts up with my life...
Fingers crossed I can get English audio for the Tour today. Couldn't yesterday, but I wasn't put out since it was just a flat stage.