I finished a grownup book! As far as new-mom milestones go, I’ve decided this is more significant than fitting into my pre-baby jeans. Also, this only took me two and a half months. I’ll get back to you on the jeans.
The best parts of Joan Didion’s The Last Thing He Wanted:
“She had set aside the seductive familiarity of the celebrity fund-raiser.
The smell of jasmine.
The pool of blue jacaranda petals on the sidewalk where she sat.
The sense that under that tent nothing bad was going to happen and its corollary, the sense that under that tent nothing at all was going to happen.”
“If you knew [its] name, you might recall the days or nights spent on this island en route to or in lieu of more desirable islands, the metallic taste of tinned juice in rum punches, the mosquitoes under the net at night, the rented villa where the septic tank backed up, the unpleasantness over the Jet Ski misunderstanding, the hours spent waiting in the jammed airport when the scheduled Windward Air or BIWI flights failed to materialize, the piece of needlepoint you meant to finish and instead spotted with coconut oil, the book you meant to read and distractedly set aside, the tedium of all forlorn tropical places.”
“‘A lot of people get some big mystical kick out of chewing over things that happened forty, forty-five years ago,’” he said then. “‘Little sad stories about being misunderstood by their mother or getting snubbed at school or whatever. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with this, I’m not saying it’s self-indulgent or self-pitying or any other damn thing. I’m just saying I can’t afford it. So I don’t do it.’”
specific gravity – the ratio of the density of a substance to the density of a standard, usually water for a liquid or solid, and air for a gas.
Merck Manual – A health information reference.
proconsular – A provincial governor of consular rank in the Roman Republic and Roman Empire. 2. A high administrator in one of the modern colonial empires.
facile – appearing neat and comprehensive only by ignoring the true complexities of an issue; superficial.
Alcestis – a princess in Greek mythology, known for her love of her husband.
agitprop – political propaganda promulgated chiefly in literature, drama, music, or art
Jenny’s new business card disguises made me bark-laugh.
I want one of Justine Mahoney’s bronze sculptures for my apathetic doll collection. These kids do not care about your treble.
Do you read The Jungalow? Justina Blakeney is a nice person to have bouncing around in your head.
In particular her recent citrus styling piece was so playful. It reminds me of a time in my kidhood when I just took whatever I had around to make pretty things.
I need the Internet to bring me more oranges on sticks.
For years I’ve been looking for a reason to fill a room with balloons, and we finally did it to celebrate Hank’s first day of summer. His best friend Clark came over, and Hank knew something was up immediately when we didn’t let them just run into his room.
We said there was a surprise in there, and I asked if I could take a photo. Clark reluctantly complied with my request for a fist bump.
They opened the door.
And responded with screamies, and happies, and laughter.
It was so rewarding. Parenting! I momentarily forgot the throbbing in my raw balloon-tying fingers.
The boys spent the next couple of hours thwapping each other with balloons and then we went for ice cream.
Afterward there were balloons everywhere. Brad loved it.
I kid. Brad kept trying to pop balloons covertly so he would stop stubbing his toes on things. The nerve. You can’t sweep away celebration Brad, you can’t tidy joy.
But eventually I admitted that balloons spontaneously combusting in the night wasn’t the best situation with a newborn. So Hank laid down on his bed and cut the ends off hundreds balloons so he could watch them fly around the room.
Summer is such a damn delight.
There’s a video over on Go Mighty if you’d like to see their reaction. It’s nice to check something off my Life List again.