Sunday, January 17, 2016

New year with Nora

Baby Nora was born 1 month ago.  She is our smallest, softest team member.

It's been a nice slow time of year to be settling in to life with baby.  It's always quiet in Collingwood around new year anyway.  The cafes are closed, there's not much traffic on the roads and no one is rushing in the heat.

 In the first few weeks I would go for a late afternoon walk around the streets.  I walked slower than I've ever walked.  And I felt so adventurous being outside in the world.  I would amble very slowly around the block, sometimes down Gold street or just along Johnston street.  Each afternoon I would try to return with a community update for Jason.  Important community updates included:

  • an enormous branch fell off the gum tree in the park opposite our house.   A branch as big as a tree!
  • the old men's club around the corner of our house started advertising a small dinner menu.  And the Sonsa man was there so it must be a Turkish club.  He gave me a friendly wave.  
  • there is a plum tree laden with fruit in an empty block on Keele street
  • bike-radios are a thing now! People are cycling with those small bluetooth stereos playing music
Pen says Nora sounds like a squeak toy when she mewls.

We love our baby Nora!!

Monday, January 4, 2016

reading 2015

2015 was a bit of a strange year of reading for me. Fewer novels and more non-fiction.  Overall I read more than I thought I had.

I'll begin with my top 5:
Beloved- Toni Morrison
Brother of the More Famous Jack- Barbara Trapido
The Luminaries- Eleanor Catton
The Natural Way of Things- Charlotte Wood
Slouching towards Bethlehem- Joan Didion

Books I read in 2015:
Feminism Unfinished- Dorothy Sue Cobble, Linda Gordon, Astrid Henry
As I Lay Dying- William Faulkner
Big Magic- Elizabeth Gilbert
The White Album- Joan Didion
The Wife Drought- Annabel Crabbe
M Train- Patti Smith
The Shipping News- Annie Proulx
The Thorn Birds- Colleen McCullough
Beloved- Toni Morrison
The Dressmaker- Rosalie Ham
Green Valentine- Lili Wilkinson
Birth Skills- Juju Sundin
Feminism is for Everybody- bell hooks
How to Be a Woman- Caitlin Moran
My Brilliant Friend- Elena Ferrante
The Intern- Gabrielle Tozer
H is for Hawk- Helen McDonald
Why so Slow? The Advancement of Women- Virginia Valian
Cloudwish- Fiona Wood
The Group- Mary McCarthy
Frankie and Joely- Nova Weetman
The Natural Way of Things- Charlotte Wood
Kit's Wilderness- David Almond
The Girl on the Train- Paula Hawkin
The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction- Walter Benjamin
Warning: the story of Cyclone Tracy- Sophie Cunningham
Bad Behaviour- Rebecca Starford
Brother of the more famous Jack- Barbara Trapido
Bereft- Chris Womersley
Fallen- Rochelle Siemienowicz
The Red Tree- Caitlin R Kieran
Us- David Nicholls
The Luminaries- Eleanor Catton
A Sport and a Pastime- James Salter
The Book of Strange New Things- Michael Faber
Laurinda- Alice Pung
A Philosophy of Walking- Frederic Gros
All That is Solid Melts into Air- Darragh McKeon
Cry the Beloved Country- Alan Paton
The Old Ways- Robert McFarland
Death, Dying and Organ Transplantation- Miller and Truog
No One belongs here more than you- Miranda July
Knots and Crosses- Ian Rankin