Wednesday, May 09, 2007

It's an Italian Miracle!

Not to be overly dramatic or anything but I mailed a Mother's Day card to my mother-in-law last week (like Monday or Tuesday) and she got it on SATURDAY! Can you believe it??? Shockingly, my mom's Hallmark store in small-town Oklahoma carries cards in Italian, German, Spanish and French. lol Probably, a store in Dallas does too, but I sure can't find it!

So she sent me a "Festa della Mamma" card and I sent it last week, thinking it would take about a week to get there. But it took less. I couldn't believe it. lol We've never had a huge problem with the Italian post like some have but it usually takes some time. YAY! Better early than late =)

On another note, I read a really good book this week. The kind that intrigued me AND made me laugh. Kept me up late late late and I finished it in 2 days! It's called The Rossetti Letter by Christi Phillips. It is her first book and is set in the 1600's in Venice. It is about "the Spanish Conspiracy". Some scholars say the Spanish officials had a plan to takeover Venice; others say it was the Venetian Council themselves who circulated the rumors. Whichever is true, the book is great. I really like her writing style. She switches between present day and the 1600's with ease. It's very descriptive without being "too much" (like Frances Mayes can be, but I still mostly like her). It also makes you want to run out and hit a library with historical texts and letters. Pour through them for days, weeks, months and develop your own historical theory! hehe

Well, maybe that is only me. lol However, I look forward to her next book due out next year. You should pick it up if you see it. It's an interesting read!

More later...

6 comments :

Linda said...

I have to mail my card to my mother today. I am so hoping it will arrive in time but that usually hasn't been the case. I had to do a home made card as I can't find any in English here in France.

Robyn said...

Thank you for finding my blog because it led me to yours. I've just had a most enjoyable time reading your latest posts. It's great you are coming to Italy - I don't think you are going to regret it for one minute. You are wise to be focused on learning the language - it's the one weakness in my life here, that I haven't studied enough. ciao

Valerie said...

You have a lot of luck on your side for the Post Awful to bestow such riches upon you! I'm not currently on speaking terms with posta. I'll be relying on FTD.

Cynthia Rae said...

I hope I have as much luck as you. I mailed my Mom's card a tad late (Monday) and I HOPE it gets to America in time.

If you like interesting books set in Venice, you MUST go out and buy The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt(author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil). WONDERFUL BOOK!

Cyn

Giulia said...

I can't say too many good things about la posta Italiana, but I think it's great that your card arrived in record time!

Texas Espresso said...

Linda - homemade is always better than store-bought! I hope the French postal service is more reliable.

Robyn - I was happy to have found your blog too! I really appreciate the words of encouragement. I am trying - its a VERY slow process for me. lol

Valerie - I know right? I am knocking on wood for continuation of that luck right now.

Cyn - I hope you have your own Italian miracle with that card! you never know. I think the Italians just like to keep us guessing. I have heard of that book - its on my list of "to reads". Glad to know its as good as it looks! If I owned The Rossetti Letter I would send it to you - but I checked it out of the library. Its good.

Giulia - thanks! I was so surprised I was speechless. Which doesnt happen much to me. I hope you have a great Festa della Mamma there with your pretty girls!