Monday, January 25, 2010

This weekend was very tiring for Meg and I. We definitely had some fun times, but we were very busy and more fits from Henry than we would have liked (unfortunately, zero is the only good number for those).

I particularly like thinking about how nice Henry behaved with a friend's newborn infant. He even offered his Monkey to her for comfort. He let Meg hold the baby for about 20 minutes and than told her she was, "done." Driving with Henry to our friends house was also a pleasure as Henry spent most of the ride identifying the colors of signs and cars that we passed.

Another good moment of the weekend was the fun time Henry had at his friend's 2nd birthday party. He got pretty tired running around, climbing and sliding. I never saw that flushed before.

My halves weren't so hot this week. 8,014 of them produced three 90% silver halves (1963D, 2 x 1964), fourteen 40% silver halves (1965, 3 x 1966, 3 x 1967, 6 x 1968D, 1969D) and four proof halves (1978S, 1988S, 1998S, 2000S).

Yesterday during nap time I wrapped up a book I started during the week, The Lost Cities of the Mayas: The Life, Art, and Discoveries of Frederick Catherwood by Fabio Bourbon. The book covers the life of Frederick Catherwood (1799-1854) who with John Lloyd Stephens explored the Mayan ruins of the Yucatan peninsula during two groundbreaking expeditions. Catherwood was the artist of the journeys. The text in this book was pretty poor. It was repetitious and not very informative. Not much is known about Catherwood's personality (no image of him survives) and so Bourbon had little to go on, but what he did include was mostly a rehash of Von Hagen's work (something I read a few weeks back). Oh well, this book is all about the pictures anyway, I suppose. The book is huge, 14" x 10," and is composed almost entirely of gorgeous reproductions of Catherwood's lithographs. It's too bad there weren't direct comparisons to modern photographs within the book, but otherwise I can't complain much about the visuals. I hope Bourbon's three volumes about David Roberts, another 19th century painter I like, have a similar presentation.

Found: 1 penny (outside White Hen Pantry)