We drink and shave our heads…

May 7th, 2020Posted by Nancy

Because I think this is a great name for a wine

Ok, my husband does, with my help. Success was achieved through a electric clipper set purchased online, a few videos, a stepladder (to put the mirror on), a hair clip (to keep the sheet around him), and a bit of fussing. I’m perfectly happy to let my hair just keep growing. The last time I had a buzzcut, I was in my early 20s and much thinner.

Work continues, working out continues, gardening has begun (though this weekend it is supposed to snow. The times we live in, I tell you), and writing has lagged. Made it to about 5,200 words in April, well short of my goal. The project for this month (which I’d bloody well better get started on) is taking all the disparate narrative sections of the Witch Novel and create one file, in chronological order by events, to see how things flow.

Things I read since the last update:

  • The Great Leveler: Violence and Inequality from the Stone Age to the 21st Century, by Walter Scheidel. Let’s just say this was not the feel-good book of the year. Basically, we were fucked the minute we invented agriculture.
  • Things in Jars, by Jess Kidd. Brilliant. Go read it.
  • The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, by Natasha Pulley. Which I’m pretty sure I’d read before because things kept feeling familiar but I had no idea what was going to happen next so I just kept reading. I hope this isn’t a bad sign…
  • The Yellow House, by Sarah Broom. A memoir about her family in New Orleans. Also brilliant.

Things will start opening up here over the next weeks. I admit I’m relieved to be able to get tomato plants and other vegetables (after the ice age passes, of course) but I’m in no hurry to go stores. I can’t imagine buying clothes without trying them on after two months of being home. I certainly can’t imagine going to the gym, as much as I miss my classes.

Stay safe. Drink moderately (someone has to). Read books – but not about inequality and violence.

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