Les Semaines

November 7, 2004

what I'm thinking and doing § what I'm listening to § what I'm reading
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Bad Days

Lord, what a week. I've been busy playing catch up after my two weekends away and feeling like I'm never going to. Catch up, that is. It's certainly going to take me a while to catch up on sleep alone.

I hate to use this as a venue for complaint, so let me just list this week's suffering. A list, surely, is less annoying than me spelling it all out:

  • The election (I will leave it to others far more eloquent and knowledgeable than I to say more on this)
Okay, that's it for suffering. But it doesn't affect just me, but a hell of a lot of the world.

So just to add to that, here are the annoyances:

  • Organizing promotion for a special lecture. As an example of how this is going, I arrived on Wednesday am to find an email message telling me that the time had changed. Lucky me, I got to reprint and refold 800 flyers.
  • I caught Sophia in the act of thinking outside the box and discovered she wasn't well and had to take her to the vet. We hope she's okay. And we're trying a new litter as she clearly doesn't like the silicon stuff we we've been using for the last six weeks or so.
  • Had a upsetting miscommunication with Christina (now sorted)
  • Several friends have relationship problems (some dramatic)
  • My mom has a political problem at work which is upsetting her
  • My shit-to-do stacks at home and at work are overwhelming
On the good side:
  • I got Sophia an appointment with our vet who only works once a week and is usually totally booked. Sophia is probably okay.
  • I saw got to see an old friend and we went to UW student production of Noel Coward's Present Laughter that was a lot of fun
  • I finally saw The Godfather and enjoyed it
  • I got to stay home (mostly at least) this weekend
Also on the good side:

Sophia and ZachIsn't this terminally cute?


I wish this weekend had a few more days in it.

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I've been listening to Jim Moray's lovely collection of traditional ballads, Sweet England, trying to figure out why it gets stuck playing on my computer. It's great music--the traditional songs, sung with great heart, and with electric and sometimes electronic backing.

last week's listening § next week's listening


I borrowed Poul Anderson's A Midsummer Tempest because it had been years since I had read anything by him and the concept of the novel (an alternative English Civil War where the fairies exist) intrigued me. This was indeed a story that interested me: swashbuckling, fairies, true love. It was fun to read, though the characterization was on the slim side.

At first I wasn't going to read David Almond's short story collection, Counting Stars because I read story collection piecemeal when I read them at all, and this was a library book. But one night I picked it up and Sophia sat beside me so I didn't want to disturb her and then I got caught up in the stories. They are all connected and all have autobiographical bits and pieces in them. They're all told with the mysterious, allusive shape of Almond's novels. Quite a haunting collection.

last week's reading § next week's reading


Back to my usual Saturday morning writing session with Karen after three weeks when we've re-scheduled it to to meetings and travel. It felt really good to be back. I'm also managing to get a little more writing done outside this session again, making me feel a little more like a productive and active writer.

Also got five (count 'em: five) sets of poetry submissions ready this weekend. Two went out by e-mail, three others will go out in the mail tomorrow once I get stamps on them.

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