Elsa

Is it possible to beat the winter blahs???

I am a firm believer in this theory of 'the winter blahs'. Aside from that wonderful day of bliss last Saturday, I have pretty much been depressed and cranky all week even though it has been absolutely gorgeous out. Everyone and everything just seems to be pissing me off these days. It's a good thing I'm reading Machiavelli right now...I hate to admit it but it sure is a 'feel good', 'comfort' book during these bleak days.

As for another book on my upcoming must-reads, Gods Behaving Badly, I just discovered that it has been optioned out as a soon-to-be TV series. OMG - can't wait to see who they cast as Apollo & Dionysus???!!! I'm so enthusiastic about reading this book I may actually cave and purchase it in hardcover...I doubt I can wait for the paperback or survive the lengthy library holds list.

This morning I stumbled across this website which I had previously bookmarked. Think about - a private Tuscan castle, and a Borgia one at that, with 8 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms. I'm seriously considering contacting them and finding out the rental rates for February 29, 2012. They do list  the current high and low season rates but there is no mention of rates for February. All things considered, I think it's a good deal - approx. 7,700 euro for a full week's stay including a welcome banquet dinner for 14. And you can even hire a personal chef for an additional 260 euro/night. Sign me up...Hopefully by 2012 I'll have found at least 6 other people willing and worthy enough to spend a week in a Borgia castle with me. Or I could just rent it out entirely for myself...*ponders this*
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Think about - a private Tuscan castle, and a Borgia one at that, with 8 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms.

Cool...let's go!