Monthly Archives: August 2014

July she will fly and give no warning to her flight

Friends, July was a wash.

For every entry in the plus column there was as big an entry in the negative (although if I’m trying for an optimist viewpoint I should say that for every negative there was a positive, but what am I, a self-help book?).

IMG_0658The summer is what it is, so I probably won’t be back to a regular posting schedule for a little bit yet, but I see a week ahead that is blessedly quiet. I have time. Time to myself. Time to catch up on sleep and to read and to play games and to nap and to breathe a little bit. July, I won’t miss you for ONE SECOND. Welcome, August.

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In the meantime, an update:

Am Reading:

Hamlet, although I’ve just finished it. It was next on my Classics list, and I enjoyed it in the same way I did the first time around — which is to say, it’s beautiful and the language is beautiful and you might look like a bit of a nut reading it aloud in your car but sometimes that’s what you’ve got to do. But since I’m no Shakespearean scholar I didn’t read it all that deeply; I get that there’s a lot of value in its depths, but I knew just enough to keep it enjoyable.

Three things kept hopping through my head as I read, though. The lines from The Wasteland:

I remember
Those are pearls that were his eyes.
“Are you alive or not? Is there nothing in your head?”
But
OOOO that Shakespeherian Rag –
It’s so elegant
So intelligent

Stephen Deadelus’ Hamlet theory in Ulysses and all the fun wordplay contained in that section:

If others have their will Ann hath a way

-Why did he not leave her his best bed if he wished her to snore away the rest of her nights in peace?

-It is clear that there were two beds, a best and a secondbest, Mr Secondbest best said finely.

-Antiquity mentions famous beds, Second Eglington puckered, bed smiling. Let me think.

-The sense of beauty leads us astray, said beautifulinsadness Best to ogling Eglington.

And finally, I thought of Sleep No More (since that’s a quote from Hamlet anyway) and all its melancholy, terrifying beauty. That play has seriously never left me, it left me awed.

Am Doing:

Hanging with Sar meant lots of fun stuff, including my first ever trip to the beachcomber (so so food, gorgeous setting) in Wellfleet, a sunset walk in Quivet Neck, and (sadly for him) a vet visit for Baxter to get some hot spot antibiotics.

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Tonight I’m missing my aunt Marilu’s barbecue in Jamaica Plain, and Sarah’s going home, and I’m generally feeling sad about it all. I was teary when I left the house, because she’ll be all the way back in Cali and that’s so far away!

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So I’m going to comfort Baxter the mope and myself the best way I know how. We’re going to crank the A/C, put terrible tv on and go to bed around 8pm. It’ll be magical.

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Am Playing:

Um, nothing at the moment, I got caught up in real life.

I did start Mass Effect last week before my sister’s visit, and I’ve been playing a bit of Revolution 60 — it’s kind of fun to play those two at the same time. I only played ME for about 15 minutes, just long enough to get halfway through the first mission.

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Sun is shining in the sky / there ain’t a cloud in sight / it’s stopped raining / everyone’s in a play / and you don’t know / it’s a beautiful new day (a-a-ay)

Hey there Mr Blue / We’re so pleased to be with you 

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