Wednesday, February 04, 2009
The extra medication made me very sleepy yesterday and I struggled to stay awake past 8 PM. I barely stayed awake for the eight o'clock news and then gave in and went to bed, where I attempted to read 'Dubliners' by James Joyce. Needless to say, I didn't get very far into it and had to put it down and go to sleep.
I don't think novels are written in that style anymore and it is a little bit hard to get into. It's not all that straight forward, but goes about its subject in a roundabout way. It's a novel I have had on my bookshelves for a long time, but never finished, although I started to read it 17 years ago. I am reading it until another book I ordered on line arrives, called 'Eat, Pray, Love.' I got that one on sale for 9 Euros. I got it at that on line bookstore I talked about earlier and while there, put some other books on my wish list, so when I have the money, I can go ahead and order one of them.
I can check up on what's new also by looking at the list of new acquisitions of the library. If there are any books that interest me, I can look them up on line and put them on my wish list. As I said before, I like to own books better than borrowing them and that's why I don't think I would like Book Mooch, because you have to give up your books and I am not at the stage yet where I want to do that. Maybe when my bookcase is filled to overflowing, but even then I would consider getting another bookcase first. I do reread books after a certain amount of time has passed and they have become favorites of mine.
'In a Dry Season' by Peter Robinson is a thriller that I will read again every couple of years and the thrillers by Arnaldur Indridason are also always worth rereading, as are the ones by Henning Mankell who can write pretty gruesome thrillers.
I reread 'Pride and Prejudice' every so often because of the formal language that is so understated and the suspense of the love affair, even though I know the outcome, and 'Sense and Sensibility' is equally good, if you can just stop picturing Hugh Grant as the leading man. Novels by Penelope Lively are also always good to reread. She's a treasure and so English.
Someone suggested to me that I sit somewhere different to read my books other than the sofa and I think I will try that today. I have a nice comfortable armchair with a little table beside it where I can put my coffee and ashtray and probably comfortably read my book without falling asleep. There is no danger of me laying down like there is on the sofa anyway, where I always very comfortably lean onto the armrest and pull my legs up under me. So, that will be my experiment for today and I will make this chair my new perch. It will give me a whole new point of view of the living room also and that will be interesting and maybe give me some new ideas.
The Exfactor was here yesterday, so we've got it down to 2 days a week now. He comes on Tuesday and Friday afternoons and this is his own idea and I am comfortable with the situation. As far as I'm concerned, we can just keep doing this forever. It's just enough exposure to each other without it becoming too suffocating and we still have something to talk about, albeit that not every conversation is of great importance. But that's okay too. We'll slowly work up to that and not be so stifled.
Today I have ergo therapy and in the afternoon I have to go grocery shopping. I am looking forward to ergo therapy, because I am very fond of the therapist and think that just about anything she does and thinks of is just great. The woman has the patience and the wisdom of a saint. You always feel like you are in good hands and the group is for the most part a good group also, even with the new people in it. The disturbing factor has been removed and will not be coming back. That's a big relief to me and others as well.
The grocery shopping is not that exciting, it's just getting the same old staples that I always get. Milk and dog food and oatmeal and hairspray and those sorts of things. I will get one liter of chocolate milk, because that has been my treat for myself lately and I drink it cold from the refrigerator, one glass a day. That's better than buying cookies or chocolates which I always want to eat all at once. I can't put the brakes on when faced with a pack of cookies or a box of chocolates. Woe is me.
Well, that was my ramble for this morning. As you can see, I am a bit calmer now. A bit more levelheaded. The medication works quickly, thank goodness for that.
It's snowing here, but it will turn to slush later, because the temperatures will be above zero degrees Celsius. That should make for a nice mess.