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Wow, this Monday snuck up on me. It’s been a 4-day weekend here at our house, and I didn’t realize it was already Monday until the middle of the afternoon! Having completely missed Food Friday, there was no way I’d leave you literature-lovers in the lurch. Here are not one, but TWO new books of the Odyssey!

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It’s Monday again! At the beginning of each week, we here at Life Left Over take a quick break and head over to my other site, Textbook Leftovers. We’re reading through the Norton Anthology of World Literature, and no, it’s nothing like a dry old literature class.

We’re up to Book VI of The Odyssey, entitled by our translator “The Princess by the River.” It’s a short one, in which Odysseus is naked, and Nausikaa makes an idiotic choice. Come see what’s going on!

Sorry for the unexpected week off! I wasn’t intending to do it, but with the Halloween party, and all the other holiday festivities, and the cleaning and the start of NaNoWriMo, I was just swamped. I’m back this week, although I’m not sure if a Tutorial will be forthcoming for tomorrow. 🙂 Time will tell.

It’s Monday again! At the beginning of each week, we here at Life Left Over take a quick break and head over to my other site, Textbook Leftovers. We’re reading through the Norton Anthology of World Literature, and no, it’s nothing like a dry old literature class.

This week, we’re reading Books 4 and 5 of The Odyssey. The highlights? Telémakhos parties with Meneláos, and Kalypso rants about double standards to Hermês! Homer saves his best poetry for the women, and I’m really starting to love that about him.

PS – if you subscribe to either of my blogs, either by email or by RSS, you may have received a bunch of reposts. I sorted and organized my tags tonight, and at least one entry got reposted somehow. Sorry for the inconvenience.

We meet again, Monday. Today I bring the second and third books of The Odyssey for your perusal over at Textbook Leftovers.

I’m happy to say I’ve made it through the weekend with a haul of great projects. I’m hoping to take some pictures and share them here later on today. So far, I have a raven in a cage, a “cask of Amontillado,” a large assortment of candleholders and other vessels, a creepy/cute owl, and an epic sign for outside. I also finished the tunic for my costume. I’ve got plans for a big spiderweb, a “purloined letter,” a “pendulum,” some kind of piñata, some “frankenstein pots,” a giant spider, a few more bits for Hubcab and Silly Bear’s costumes, and a banner bearing the word “Nevermore.” I’m enjoying the heck out of this Poe theme. 😀

The post has now been edited! More pictures!
Unless I note otherwise, the items pictured were acquired at a local thrift store. The cardboard is all “garbage” from packaging that I’ve been saving. Our total investment in decorations has been rather minimal, especially when compared to the prices on pre-made stuff at the Halloween stores.


The Telltale Hearth Inn and Tavern, est. 1849. Mary Shelley, proprietor.
This is made of cardboard. It’s meant to look as though it were made of wood, painted grey and allowed to weather. I did all the lettering by hand, drawn freehand with pencil and then painted. Except obviously the “telltale” – that was a stencil. I might add a little more decorative scrolling (beside the established date).
And yes, I do think this is terribly clever. I’m super proud of how this turned out. (FYI, that is the year Poe died.)



This is my “cask.” It, too, is made from cardboard. The band are embroidery hoops that I got for 10¢ each. The labels are pasted on with flour paste, since I couldn’t find any Elmer’s. I didn’t realize that it’d leave the dry flour like that (I think I thought that once dry I could wipe off the unused flour?) The labels read: “Genuine Amontillado. Product of Spain. 492 Liters. Vintage 1846.” “Inspected by Luchesi” and “Taxes paid, city of Firenzia.” The amount and the inspector are taken from the story. The vintage is the year the story was published. The city is real, but never referenced in the story. There’s a “funny” story about why the labels are so mottled.

I’m gonna put a “read more” here, because there are a LOT of pictures to come! Read the rest of this entry »

On Mondays here at Life Left Over, we all take a detour over to my other blog. For those of you who don’t know, I also write Textbook Leftovers. I am working my way through the best literature in the world, a little bit at a time.

I took a bit of a hiatus, but I’m back now. I’ve got Gilgamesh, some Egyptian poetry, and the Iliad under my belt (and in the archives), and now I’m rejoining Homer for The Odyssey! This week, I’m dealing with a bit of introduction, and Book One. Come check it out!


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