>Under the (McKinney?) Sun

>There are certain movies that Alex and I fall in love with, and watch a dozen times, in any mood we happen to be in. And surprisingly, there’s not a scifi epic among them:

What do they have in common? All of them feature narration, all of them take place in a foreign country.

Under the Tuscan Sun has been our most recent fall-back, the film equivalent of comfort food. I think one additional reason that we love this film is because it features a house, and a lot of ill-advised DIY home improvements.

I’ve been re-reading snatches of this book this morning while my truck is being serviced. And while it’s different in book form–it takes place over four summers instead of one year, no seeking-love plot, no crazy Fellini-inspired friend, even more focus on delicious food–it’s still glorious. I listened to the audio version of it last year, and loved that, as well–it will likely make its way onto my wishlist.

The real advantage of this book, of course, is that rather than feel overwhelmed by all the house fix-up projects we’ve come across lately, I now feel energized and ready to tackle them in order.

Now, if only I didn’t work until 9pm tonight…

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