I’m being simple at the moment. I don’t know if it is all the uncertainty (visa applications pending) or the new baby or just a time to reprioritise but I have slowed right down and for now, I have let a lot of things go.
I have, however, been spending a lot of my snatched moments reading. I’m reading a book about Medieval female mystics (eye-opening!) and in November I noisily struggled through Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie. It’s dazzling and darkly clever but I didn’t like it– the cleverness is heavy and there is very little warmth in the book. All of the characters are mean, flawed-without-grace and all of their foibles are more grotesque than humorous. It’s misanthropic and complicated and mystical without being transcendent.
My other simple-times activity has been making some new postcards for my little, growing postcard collection:
I really like Parenthood for the following reasons: 1. I come from a large extended family and sometimes I really miss being around that dynamic and so I like watching the big everyone-at-dinner-teasing-each-other scenes 2. I like the fact that the storylines take unexpected downturns. Not in a depressing way but in a true-to-life way. 3. I don’t know if it’s the scriptwriting or that the actors are great at ad-libbing but the dialogue is naturalistic, especially all the tiny verbal quips that happen in real life but are rarely included in scripted lines.