Saturday, April 10, 2010

Benadryl, Rings, and The Tudors

This.  This is what's for dinner tonight.  I'd planned on rockin' out my day off in the middle of a normal "work weekend" by reading, cooking, and just generally enjoying not being at the hospital on a Saturday night.  But tonight -- I have a date with a drug-induced coma nap, courtesy of Mr. Benadryl.  During hay fever season, it is my best friend.

So, while I wait for lethargic happiness and itchy-free sinuses, I thought I'd discuss a few things happening in my world this week.  John and I ordered our wedding rings last weekend, and happy day, they arrived this past Thursday.  We were originally going to have a good friend design bands with an oak leaf pattern, but due to unfortunate circumstances, we had to 'back burner' that idea.  Instead, we ordered these beauties from R.E. Piland, a jewelry designer who is very popular (and highly recommended) in the Renaissance festival community.  He specializes in Celtic jewelry, and our rings feature an Infinity knot design.  I'm so over the moon about these babies that I want to wear the blasted thing Right Now.  Now!  But John won't let me..  :-(  And since I do want to have them blessed before our Big Day in November, then I really shouldn't.  But they're so PURTY.

This Sunday marks the return of The Tudors on Showtime and I'm both excited and sad about it.  It's the fourth season and will be the last, and I hate to see it go.  But, really, they will have covered all six wives in the span of four seasons and since it's a show that centers around Henry VIII, what else can you do with it?  There was talk, briefly, of trying to prolong it by adding a fifth season and including his three kids who reigned, but it seems that idea was nixed.

I've longtime been a fan of British history, focusing strongly on the Tudor period, and while I know that there are numerous glaring untruths and historical inaccuracies in the series, my deviant little heart can't get enough of the show.  The costumery (a friend calls it "garb porn") and settings are sumptuous and stunning, and let's face it, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers is a hot lil' sex toy easy on the eyes.  I certainly wouldn't kick him out of my bed.  But the one thing that I've always stated about many historical romance books can also be said about The Tudors: while I wouldn't use it as starting ground for historical research, it could very well be enough to interest anyone who wants to go out and read more about that period in history.  I wish I had been as interested in world history back when I was a kid as I am now.  There is just so much out there that I felt I missed in school, and I'm trying to soak up as much as possible now as an adult.

And that is my rambling on this gorgeous Saturday evening.  *sneeze*            



CindyS said...

Sorry about your allergies! I was blessed to not have many growing up but last year, egads! Nightmare. Hoping this year sees me with less itch ;)

I love your rings. So beautiful! My wedding band is Bob's Mother's first wedding band - I remember putting in on my finger for her and Bob freaked saying I couldn't put the ring on yet. Men are cute.

And I love The Tudors - I was sure how far they would be able to go as the actor guy (know his name but not a clue on how to spell it) isn't aging and they haven't put him in a fat suit. I have to say, I loved how Anne was played and the actress was divine in her role.

And God Bless ya ;)


Amy said...

Cindy, neither one of us have heirloom rings that we can use for engagement or wedding rings, so we're creating our own. :-)

The season with Anne (Natalie Dormer) was probably the best season. She was divine in that role, and almost dead-on with my opinion of what AB was really like back then. She still remains my favorite of Henry's wives, too.