I last did this in January, before all hell broke loose in 2016. Here’s my Spring version, on this first day of September:
Reading: Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier is next on my list. I just finished (this morning) Last Man in Tower by Aravind Adiga, which has left me feeling a little wrung out, so I might see if I can find something else light to read first. I still haven’t got back to Marlon James’ A Brief History of Seven Killings, that I wrote about in my January version of “Right Now.” I had to return it to the library (no option to renew this one digitally), and haven’t picked it up again!
Watching: Nothing specific. I’m carefully rationing the latest series of Suits, and late at night when I can’t get the energy to go to bed and there’s nothing else to watch, I’m ashamed to admit I turn to Say Yes to the Dress. I am amazed at the appalling wedding dresses some people will buy for thousands and thousands of dollars. The higher their budget, often the more hideous the dresses! As a feminist, I’m also more than a little disgusted at the immaturity of many of the brides, their overwhelming desire to be “a princess,” and the shamefully selfish and indulged “daddy’s little girls” even though they are supposedly mature adults, not to mention the appalling behaviour of sisters/friends and mothers trying to make it all about them. It’s frequently ghastly, but I think that’s exactly why I’ve been watching it!
Listening: Still listening to RNZ National, though not all the time now. One of the key interviewers has become far too fond of her own voice and has forgotten the art of asking a simple question and letting the interviewee answer it, so instead tells them what she thinks they should say! This started around the time she won a big international radio award as a great interviewer last year. Sigh. It is infuriating, especially as she interviews some really interesting people. Still, I learn a lot listening to the radio, but I’m learning more from reading these days.
Following: The US elections, which are so appalling that I can’t tear myself away. Also the burkini debate – I’m thinking of writing a post, even though I don’t necessarily have anything new to say, simply because I have such strong feelings about it.
Drinking: Lingering over coffee at cafes with a digital book on my iPad or phone, various teas (green tea with lunch, and chamomile at night), and the occasional glass of wine at night. Winter colds have meant we have cut down wine consumption quite a lot the last few months. Though I’m looking forward to pasta and chardonnay Thursdays starting again in a few weeks.
Eating: A lot of pumpkin, because my father-in-law has had some huge ones out of his garden. I made a large batch of pumpkin gnocchi and froze seven or so bags, and I’ve also just frozen a lot of roast pumpkin puree. So if I want, I can make some more pumpkin gnocchi, or pumpkin soup, or curried pumpkin on pasta.
Anticipating: I’m a bit scared to anticipate anything right at the moment. My husband’s contract is about to end, so that’s both good (we’ll have more time together, and can take some road trips) and bad, as the money will stop coming in. Hoping for a trip further afield next year, so looking forward to that, but we have to be able to afford it, so that will dictate the destination. But I’ve also just been referred to a surgeon, too, so I’m anticipating possible knee surgery, hoping that it will make me a little more mobile, but aware too that it may require a complete change in my workouts, including location, and I’m not thrilled about that. On a positive note, spring and summer are coming up, but I’m not really thinking about them yet.
Contemplating: Contemplating the future has been a bit harder this year, what with a number of things that have occurred. So maybe I’m contemplating the need to enjoy life when it is restricted, and what I need to change to be able to take more pleasure in that. Also, as always, contemplating how to make some money somewhere somehow that isn’t going to drive me insane.
Loving: My new phone – a Huawei P9 lite. It is so much faster than my old Samsung, the photos are so much better, and it just seems easier to use.