O is for optimism. I bounce back from disappointments pretty quickly because I'm fairly certain something wonderful will happen next.
O is for overseas. Growing up, I wanted nothing more than to travel overseas. I didn't much care where, I just had the itch to see another place. My first trip, at 19, was to Australia. It took me about six more years to get to Europe. The more I travel, the more I realize how little I've seen and how much I want to see still.
O is for Othello. I saw the Royal Shakespeare Company's 1999 production and was chilled by it. Richard McCabe was a creepy Iago. A few years later, I saw the Public Theater's production, and as much as I admire Liev Schreiber, I have to agree with the Voice's review.
P is for puppies. On Saturday we visited one of our friends who had just adopted a six-month-old chihuahua, Aisha. I'm not normally a fan of small dogs, but Aisha won me over.
P is for pennies. I'm saving mine for our "real" honeymoon next summer.
P is for pushover. I can be one. I act really tough at the start of the semester in hopes that my students won't figure that out about me until I've already gotten them into some good habits.
Q is for Queen Elizabeth. She's my favorite historical figure. I like to read biographies and historical fiction about her. What a woman, no?
Q is for quince paste. It's so yummy with a good manchego.