I don't want to brag, but have you noticed how awesome my Italian is becoming? Because that word in the title is not due as in the the bill is due, it's due* as in I can count to ten(dieci!) in Italian. Sometimes I can count to 16, but I usually get tripped up around 17 because it switches from the number being in front of the dici to being behind the dici and I'm all, Really? I'm already trying to pretend the alphabet doesn't have j, k, w, x, y, and z in it. Can't we keep the numbers in an orderly, straightforward fashion? And I thought maybe they were just a little lax on a complete alphabet, but then I was doing my homework and it was to answer the questions in each section. Section A, Section B, etc..... until it went straight from Section H to Section I. And then I thought my book was missing a page and I was all panicked because I wouldn't have all the answers completed on my homework because I had a faulty book and then I realized, Oh! They are not fooling around. They really do not use J and K.
* The editor in me is well aware that the due in the title should be italicized because it is a foreign word, but I can't figure out how to do that on my computer, so just pretend it is.
So! An hour outside of Rome, at Canale Monterano,we strapped on our backpacks and spent the day hiking through the gorgeous woods in the Riserva Naturale Monterano. We took Sookie with us, but allowed Stella to curl up on her bed at home because her poor 13 year old hips would not have enjoyed the steep climb and uneven terrain. Two year old Sookie , however, suddenly was one with her terrier blood and she flew through that forest and scrambled up rickety staris and boulders like she was running in a dirt dog competition.
It was one of those times that you can't believe you are so close to a major city. It was stunning and surprising and had wild horses and thermal sulfur springs that people think have healing properties and the healing properties that we noticed was that the smell was very close to making us empty the contents of our stomachs, so I guess that's sort of cleansing.