How are you?
During the week there are so many blocks of time promised to other things. Whether it’s work, getting myself or my boys to appointments, going to the grocery store, or getting to practices. Between all of that I’m always making lists of what the next block of time will consist of. There are so many aspects to daily life and keeping a household running. That’s not accounting for the unexpected. Like the dryer or dishwasher breaking, or the toilet backing up, or somebody being a complete hypochondriac because they have run out of deodorant (it’s obviously completely irrelevant that there are little markets on every other corner where deodorant could be bought rather quickly in such an emergency). Is that why moms (and some dads, I’m sure) keep extras of everything stashed away, why their handbags are mini-arsenals of supplies that could probably get their family through the first days of Armageddon?
It’s all so much. I think that’s why I make lists and also another reason why I am so passionate about reading. List-making helps me to write things down in the moment, I can clarify and think more about the specifics later. Reading allows my mind to go somewhere else, even if it’s just for ten minutes. It allows me a break from the constant planning and thinking about what comes next.
Friday’s are the day that I have the biggest block of free time, or at least it feels that way. I look forward not having to get everything done in the evening because it’s a school night. Everyone’s mood is always better on Friday-have you noticed that?
People like breaks.
Not only do we like them, we need them, if simply to keep our sanity intact before the next dramatic outburst or turn of events smacks us across the face.
So, Happy Friday to you.
I came across On Beauty by Zadie Smith not too long ago. She is an author who has got a lot of literary attention. I have never read anything of hers, nor been particularly drawn to her work. OB is the one that has been most recommended to me, which is why I picked it up. Her first novel, White Teeth, was introduced in 1997 before its completion, based only upon a partial manuscript. On Beauty is her third book. Smith has taught at Columbia and NYU. She is married and has two children. Her first collection of short stories, Grand Union, will be published next month. Below is the Amazon synopsis:
• On Beauty is the story of an interracial family living in the university town of Wellington, Massachusetts, whose misadventures in the culture wars—on both sides of the Atlantic—serve to skewer everything from family life to political correctness to the combustive collision between the personal and the political •
If anyone has read this book or another of Smith’s books, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Tonight I made two desserts, because why not? On the gold-colored plate are the Reese’s Cups and also the Almond Butter Chocolate Chip bars.
No Jam Jar tonight. This is a Pinot Noir called Cherry Blossom. It is a much dryer wine than JJ, but it’s good to mix things up. Maybe next week I will make three desserts?
Happy reading 📚
“I have never known any distress that an hour’s reading did not relieve.” – Montesquieu