I’m about halfway through reading Discontent and Its Civilizations, by Mohsin Hamid, and already I want to go right out and read all the other books he mentions. Also, I want to figure out how to write like this. This is a hell of a book, in the best way!
This. This is great.
Today is Thursday night, for me week 7 of shelter-in-place/work-from-home/etc.
Things I’m reading:
- Zoom fatigue is real – look, science!
- Philosophy remains relevant. And funny.
- Yay gardens! And native plants!
- Literature: Autumn, by Ali Smith
- Fun & escapist – a bit like Wodehouse combined with one of those comedy musicals where everyone keeps winding up in the wrong bedroom, or coming down the stairs at an inconvenient moment: The Apricot Colonel, by Marion Halligan
- Because awesome: On Trails, by Robert Moor
Things I’m grateful for:
- Somebody at work wants to start a book club, with books not about work.
- The peas are up! And the kale! And the beans! And the melons! And the spinach! They’re all up about a quarter of an inch, but still. They’re up! And there’s one ripe strawberry, which I’m hoping to eat before a squirrel does.
- That our house, the house of the Horrible House Remodel, came with an Awesome Garden. We at least partially bought the house because of it, and yet. The Awesome Garden is even more awesome than I realized. The past several weeks have offered me much more time to spend in it, and I love it.
- That we got the new fence and raised vegetable garden beds in before shelter-in-place.
- Clear air, and the views over the southern & eastern hills.
- Two days ago, the deer that hang out in the far yard eyed me carefully while I sat on a bench under a tree. I held very still, and they carefully walked right past me and continued on their way to graze on whatever they wanted to graze on.
- Having a kitchen, and a heating system.
- Having plenty to eat.
- That my family is healthy.
People I miss:
- My parents.
- My nephew-by-friendship, and his parents.
- My hiking buddy.
- My afternoon-walk friend, and my mentee.
- My college friend who just moved to California.
Things I’m surprised by:
- How just plain exhausting videoconferences are.
- My own lack of patience for said videoconferences; most large virtual meetings; project status updates; and other work-process type things.
- How nice it is to be at home all day.
- How not-stir-crazy I feel.
- How I still feel busy (although, and I’m grateful for this, less than a week or two ago).
- How easily we switched from eating out nearly every night (which started because no kitchen), to cooking nearly every night (because shelter in place).
- The difference an ergonomic keyboard makes.
That is all.