Wednesday, February 10, 2010

All the Things I Care About (Are Packed Into One Punch)

I'm out of recent pics, so I'm recycling this one from a couple of years ago.

Wednesday's are becoming nice reprieve nights for me. Coadster goes to her dad's and Stinky is gone most of the night at rec league basketball games and then to her youth group. There was a time, before I was so house poor, that I would meet a group of friends at different restaurants around town for Supper Club on Wednesdays, but I haven't done that for many, many months.

Lately, I'm probably most happy spending Wednesdays by myself, anyway. That might change if the weather ever gets better and I tire of hibernating. But right now, my solitary evenings are exactly what I need in the middle of the week. It feels weird to have even a few hours to do with whatever I want. Yes, I did some chores and worked for a bit on the kitchen, but I also want to make sure I give myself time to read and listen to music if I can. I've got about a hundred pages left in The Sun Also Rises. It's been a quick read and such great escapism. I can't imagine a life where people spend most of their days and nights drinking and socializing. I couldn't do that every day without it making me really, really unhappy, but it sure is fun to read about. It's funny how I don't remember that they drank so much when I read it in high school. And as much of a drunken misogynist as he was reported to be, Hemingway sure could write the hell out of a novel.

Of course, as soon as I finish it, I'm moving on to Cormac McCarthy's The Road. The only book I've read of his was Blood Meridian and if The Road is anything like that, it will be about the opposite of The Sun Also Rises. I'm sure I'll be ready for it after a hundred more pages of frivolity.


rel said...

Reading, yes, I'm going to have to try that again. :)

Mrs. Hairy Woman said...

Glad to see that you are taking time for yourself.. we all need to recharge those batteries.. Good for you! I miss reading regularly..

Tara said...

I noticed yesterday that I've settled into a hibernation pattern lately, and spend most of my time coming home and plopping down in front of the computer. I need to get out and start taking fun classes again between the doom and gloom snow storms that seem to have consumed February so far.

laura b. said...

It does sound nice to get a little time out in the middle of the week. I think I am going to have to re-read The Sun Also Rises!

booda baby said...

Oh, that just made me feel ... frivolous. I love The Sun Also Rises and you've reminded me it deserves a re-read. Thanks!

MrManuel said...

I have heard The Road is an amazing book! I wish I had the dedication to read more because it sounds great!