Friday, August 08, 2008

After the shouting.

This week, after the departure of my brother and his family from the region, and after my folks came down from the mountain, aka their condo up in Park City, I have accomplished the following:
  • saw The Dark Knight again (with singing son)
  • mailed my manuscript to a friend who very kindly offered to read it and give me advice
  • saw The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants 2: The Streets (with make-up artist daughter)
  • read three novels
  • took several naps
  • made cookies
  • cooked lots of vegetables
  • sat outside in my chair to observe the morning
  • taken daily morning walks with Bruiser
  • bought a beautiful yellow shirt
  • bought purple moccasins at Target, which, according to The Sartorialist, everyone is wearing (although the ones on the blog aren't from Target)
  • had lunch with make-up artist daughter, her husband, and the darling grandson
  • rode my bike to the post office and the bank
  • saw Pineapple Express tonight with the historian
It has been, in other words, quite a wonderful week. It's the kind of week that could persuade one that ambition is for suckers.

This morning, when I was walking Bruiser, listening to Le Fil (Camille) on my little shuffle, the sky was trying to make up its mind about raining or not. The whole time, it sprinkled, and I had a wonderful feeling, made up of equal parts of pleasure in the coolness and the music, a sense of physical well-being, and a measure of unspecified nostalgia, maybe as a result of the fact that it's late summer. Something about the weather also made me feel a change in the air--though there will still be plenty of sun and plenty of heat.

Maybe I'll figure out a way to make a poem of that, maybe not. But right now, I have to get back to my novel.


  1. I thought I would join you in your revelling. Today my roommates and I went outlet shopping in Park City and I bought a yellow jacket from Old Navy and plum suede flats from Gap. The colors shouted out to me. As they do to you. I like that we have that in common.

  2. "ambition is for suckers"--I love this line and the whole big idea. Have to say it nails what I've felt on several occasions this summer while gardening, reading on our porch, cooking yellow beans from our garden...

  3. I'm sorry I missed you at the market this a.m. But I got some more delicious corn, and some tomatoes, which I haven't tried yet.
    Also, saw nice people.
    But I will see you soon.
    It does sound like a nice week. Just make sure that when we all go back to school you're not rubbing it in about all the books you're reading and the naps, etc etc etc.

  4. This is indeed an impressive list of leisure. It makes one really appreciate summertime, even if just experiencing it vicariously through you.

    Summer has finally settled into a nice August, hasn't it? I always prefer august, as we've passed the scorching heat of July, and are finally getting some natural moisture that brings out the crickets and makes for some dense plant growth.

  5. I just want to point out that here in French-Canada land the Sisterhood movie is translated as Quatre Filles et un Jean which cracks me up every time I see it. I want to see it but like Will's really going to go see it with me. I need to find me some filles of my own up here.



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