Hi girls! I have been reading your posts more or less regularly in this time when I haven’t posted, am now in Boston, on an exchange plan with Boston University, just arrived from NYC where I spent a week.
It feels good to be in Boston again, in a typically turn of the (previous) century new England brownstone house, with a baywindow that has an amazing view on the Charles River Esplanade. Everybody runs on the Esplanade. Me, even. Started yesterday the Ct5K, from week 1, again. I don’t have any plan to get super fit, that’s clear. I just enjoy going out and jogging leisurely, following the rhythm and taking in the beautiful vista.
Lots going on at the moment, and some unwelcome interferences as well. Preparing for the Oxford workshop at the beginning of July. A bit worried about my mother at the moment, she got an operation on the 6th, and seems to be recovering all right, but the condition of her heart seemed to worry the doctors. And me, now. Not sure how much she is worried herself, we talk on skype but I try not to talk of depressing things, to cheer her up. I doubt my father can be understanding and supportive enough in this instance.
I just finished reading a most lovely book. I’d say it’s about Britishness, but it is fiction, and very well written. I thoroughly enjoyed it (except the ending, when it veers too much into fairy tale zone for my taste). In case any of you need a summer reading advice it’s Helen Simonson, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand. https://www.amazon.com/Major-Pettigrews-Last-Stand-Novel/dp/0812981227
Since I arrived in the US I have been buying books… I found some excellent resources for writers, and as I understand that here it’s not jsut me writing, I think I share one I am finding great at the moment: Roy Peter Clark, Help! for writers. https://www.amazon.com/Help-Writers-Solutions-Problems-Writer-ebook/dp/B00FOQS6S8/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1465908484&sr=1-1&keywords=Help%21+for+writers
I packed all the books I bought into my husband suitcase when he travelled back to Italy 2 days ago, so I could go on buying some more. It’s called addiction, right. And also, exploitation of the husband as an international courier.
I also came across Laura Vanderkam’s books on time management. This might interest some of you perhaps https://www.amazon.com/168-Hours-Have-More-Think-ebook/dp/B003NX75PE/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1465908634&sr=1-4&keywords=laura+vanderkam but she also has many others. Aimed at women mostly. She sais that the current time crunch is just a wrong narrative, not a reality. Then suggests you hire a cook to cook your own meal. Aw, this Upper East Side Manahattan girls leave me speechless. But there might me some good ideas. I just wanted to punch her, who are you kidding?
Sorry for this long introduction, but I felt the need to reconnect a bit with all of you (don’t ask me why I think of doing so talking of books). The Orlando news is horrible, and it is so interesting to see how differently it is portrayed in Italy and here! In Italy it is treated as a case of self denied homosexuality turned into mass annihilation. Here it is a case of in-grown terrorism and becomes a political weapon in the debate for the elections. I lost sight of the Brexit debate, my friends in the UK reassure me that the “stay” will win for merely utilitarian reasons. I am not so sure actually. Curious to read what others here think!
Plan for today:
- walk to Cambridge and raid bookshops (second-hand and not) with my list of unfindable books
- check in Mugar Library
- work on the Oxford talk
- work on the paper for Vladimir
retrieve Susan’s phone numberand call her (invite her for dinner: when?)
- grocery shopping: remember to buy water (the lead content here is horrid)
- carve out (or cram in) 1 h work on my book
- stick to my version of low carb regimen
- skype with mum
- get the quarters to do the laundry!!! THIS IS URGENT!
- Ct5K on the Esplanade (I know it’s not meant to be done every day, but today it’s so gorgeous – I mean, by New England standards it really is!)