Saturday, July 30, 2011

Happy adjustment disorder

I have not posted for a couple of weeks but I have not been idle.

Jason and I got engaged and we bought a flat! The flat is in a corner of Collingwood I like to call 'Ghetto Collingwood', near the Tote and the Commission flats. Perhaps the commish put the other bidders off, or perhaps it was the bums who came to enjoy the auction, but we were the only bidders and pretty soon we were pasting up our very own 'SOLD' sticker.

Amazing!

Last week I felt so overwhelmed and stressed that I thought I was developing an adjustment disorder.

In other news:
I saw Taxi Driver for the first time at Nova
I went to Warrnambool to work
I bought a Matthew Sarecen tshirt for running!
I read 'The Shaking Woman; or a history of my nerves by Siri Hustvedt, and 'Medical Muses: Hysteria in Nineteenth Century Paris' by her sister Asti Hustvedt.
I've started watching the Danish TV series 'The Killing'.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Book Holiday (the best type of holiday)

When I woke up this morning I said to Jason, "I want to be clear on one thing, Jason: our children will LOVE reading."

I do enjoy making absurd proclamations as if in response to an argument Jason never started in the first place. This also speaks to my concern that our children will only want to play and watch football and thus render me a prisoner in my own home for most of their childhoods. But mostly, I would be so sad if my child didn't like to read! How would they find out about the world or have fantastic adventures from their own bedroom?!? Clearly, they could end up having any number of disabilities that would mean that could not read, but imagine if they simply didn't like reading?

Anyway, I am on my much anticipated first-ever resort holiday deep in the Daintree rainforest. I am currently sitting in an armchair on a balcony overlooking the rainforest and the Mosman river, dappled sunlight on my legs. Ahhh. Although I'm not sure I'm completely converted to the whole resort experience- last year's holiday of driving Mim and Marz's car to Darwin with a swag in the boot was at least as fun.

Here are the books I've brought with me. I paid for checked baggage specifically so that I need not restrict my selection:

The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht- I have already started this but then lost my way during nightshifts. The fault lies entirely with nightshift and not the book, which seems great.

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness- This was a recommendation from the talented Ms Leanne Hall. A young adult adventure novel, a cracking read! Last year Jason and I coined the term 'Kiddie Crack' to describe this genre of novels: young adult books that are as addictive as crack. I suspect that the pornographic connotations will prevent this new term from entering the general lexicon.

The Ask and The Answer by Patrick Ness- sequel to the above.

Medical Muses- by Asti Hustvedt. This piqued my interest because it is written by the sister of Siri Hustvedt (What I loved, The Summer without Men). It is fantastic!! It's a study of Charcot's hysterical women.

Books I've yet to commence :
Caleb's crossing- by Geraldine Brooks.
The Vagabond- by Colette.