Saturday, March 13, 2010

She muttered, incoherently

I don't know why I've been so inattentive to the blog of late.  I tend to think (although I like to toy with every other excuse in my head) that since the Maharishi has been in Buenos Aires (he left a week ago) I've been a bit of a miserable old sod.  Environmental (the septic tank pump broke), filial (the girl child has been sick as sick can be; I now know that every Ear, Nose & Throat specialist also offers Botox & Rystaline options -- not, one assumes, for the sinus infection) canine (medial luxating patella worsening, also an ear the size of a cauliflower to contend with) and somnial* (when have I ever, honestly, been able to lay my head on the pillow and sleep sweetly for eight hours without so much as a hiccup?) issues notwithstanding, the truth of it is, dear reader, I miss my husband.  I miss my husband in a Paul and Linda kind of way. It's not that we have spent every day of our lives together (tho' on and off for, yikes, 27-odd years seems to be a few short lifetimes) or that we never spend a day apart, but I'm just not particularly Vibrant or Interesting or Chipper when he isn't around.  I'm not the fainting type, nor a sylph-like thing that slips into the shadows, but it's all a bit Dull without the M.

*somnial -- of, or pertaining to sleep, from the Latin word somnus (yeah, okay, I made it up)

Meanwhile, please do re-read The Great Gatsby.  It was this month's book club selection, and I spent a marvelously thrilling evening discussing it.  I wonder if there is a more perfect American novel?

And then, Minky & I have been listening to the audio version (read by Will Patton) of Jack Kerouac's On The Road (50th anniversary edition).  Better heard than read, I contend (but this comes from an English dilettante, so what do I know?)

And one more plug for Anne Lamott's original staging of Word by Word which I recommend for anyone with an artistic pursuit.  My epiphany will bore you, but it was an epiphany nonetheless.


Wzzy said...

I've been missing your posts. I even posted a picture today which was, in truth, both inspired by and an homage to you. Hope to see you soon. xo

John Grabowski said...

Hola. I've just discovered you blog and love it, and want to talk to you more about it later, but just thought I'd pop in and introduce myself ("¡Hola!") and ask if you have ever read Joseph O'Neill's Netherland, which is kind of an updating of Gatsby. I loved that book.

I am really enjoying your other rantings, and look forward to them in the future!