Yes I am on vacation, but I am a slave to routine and part of my routine is writing. The other is reading, then there’s coffee, and a few other daily essentials. Writing is my daily catharsis, my daily exercise.
I really enjoyed reading a post Sofia (Papaya Pieces) wrote on “taking stock,” a fun and revealing personal word inventory. It reminded me of one of my favorite easy reads, Vanity Fair Magazine’s Proust Questionnaire (here’s Pele). Here’s a link to her post if you want to see the questions and make your own. I’d love to read yours! Here’s mine:
Making: Lists, lists and more lists. Today: housekeeping schedule for Fall.
Cooking: Not a thing. On vacation.
Drinking: Oversized Matcha latte.
Reading: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami. Set to Lizst’s Le Mal Du Pays, it’s an engrossing and tender story of loss, friendship, and the elusiveness and fragility of human connection. I can tell it’s going to kill me.
Wanting: Foot surgery
Looking: at my computer screen
Playing: Everything But The Girl, “The Road.” Sad, sweet song.
Deciding: if I ever want to go back to family law again
Wishing: for a dishwasher
Enjoying: Oregon blackberries and hazelnuts
Waiting: for Zoe Nathan Loeb’s book “Huckleberry” to come out in September so I can make her “Super Cheesy Rye Biscuits.”
Liking: Navy blue
Wondering: if I could re-learn the piano
Loving: Central Oregon
Pondering: the gift of life
Considering: leaving Los Angeles
Watching: Llamas outside my back door
Hoping: for peace
Smelling: pine, campfire
Wearing: shorts, barefoot running shoes and a tank top, cc cream, blush, lip balm
Following: Lady and Pups, “An Angry Food Blog,” and Local Milk.
Noticing: lots of chipmunks
Knowing: life is a mystery
Thinking: too much
Admiring: Roger Federer, Steffi Graf
Sorting: shoes and clothes. Getting rid of lots of stuff
Buying: Books and food, always
Bookmarking: articles on sausage making
Disliking: loud noises and traffic
Opening: my mouth at the wrong time
Giggling: at myself and Mr. B as usual
Snacking: I don’t snack unless I’ve missed a meal
Coveting: my old long and lustrous hair but without the necessity of maintaining and styling it!!!
Wishing: for world peace!
Helping: my little friend Osa in Indonesia