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This was the week that was

At a friend's dinner party yesterday, I met a woman who had been an economic advisor on Gerald Ford's White House staff. She had quite a few interesting stories to tell and so the evening progressed quite pleasantly. After having spent the major part of her life in Washington, D.C. she was now in the process of buying an apartment in New York; which means I may be bumping in to her again sooner rather than later.

Because it's almost June, when I'll be flying to the Big Apple, pay a lightning visit to Pennsylvania for MR2004, and then spend an undoubtedly lovely week in the city that Frank Sinatra was adamant never sleeps -- and which I seem to remember from my last visit there, at the very least does tend to stay up late. I've already started to plan what things to pack (which shoes to bring), but I've hit a snag: instead of losing weight, as was my intention, I seem to have gained some. A realisation that has sent me to the deepest dungeon of despair. How can I show my face in one of the most fashionable cities on earth when my body has suddenly become this...this blob? And how do I get it to shrink back into manageable proportions within the next few weeks? I need to lose at least one clothes size before I can hold my head up high again!

My week off from work has flown by. I had planned to do a lot of odd jobs that had been waiting around forever (like the ironing), but this morning I had to admit to myself that most of them still need doing. I simply haven't had the time to do them.
I lost the better part of one day taking my dad to and from hospital where he had to have additional tests done that the urologist insisted on; another talking through mortgage options with my mortgage advisor, who reminded me of the fact that mine's coming up for renewal soon; and countless other things that made my precious dolce far niente-time slip through my fingers entirely. So, am I rested? No, not really. But I did manage to read and finish a book (Shining Hero, by Sara Banerji, about the rivalry between two brothers in India; it's a re-working of part of the Mahabharata really, one of my favourite epic stories in the world), which I hadn't been able to in a long time, distracted as I've been with fanfic lately.

I've been pleasantly surprised by the fact that I haven't been pining for the Internet during this time off at all, as well as by the subtle reminders that that same Internet has enriched my life tremendously over recent years, by bringing me into contact with so many wonderful people whose kindness and thoughtfulness amazes and overwhelms me sometimes. This week saw the delivery of the latest Buffy fanzine, courtesy of julchek; and bogwitch sent me a Ladytron CD, which I like...very much. So thank you, both of you!

In the end, I gave in to my curiosity and did go to see The Passion of the Christ. After all the hype surrounding it, it turned out to be a bit of an anti-climax to me. First of all, I couldn't detect any blatant anti-semitism in it. Secondly, although it's beautifully shot, well-acted, and the costumes deserve special mention, when you discount all that, what are you left with? A quaint enough film spoken entirely in Aramaic and a bit of Latin, that doesn't tell you anything.
There's a lot of stageblood being spilt, but in the end I don't think it does all that much to promote Christianity or Christian ideals. When I told my Jewish movie buff friend, who said she wanted to go because she hoped it would help her to find out and understand more about Christianity, I told her not to bother.

Oh, and I nearly forgot: I delivered my first lecture for the women's network, to great critical acclaim. Or at least, they seemed to appreciate it. Now I've got to work on the next one...


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Apr. 10th, 2004 09:23 am (UTC)
Good for you on the lecture. What was it about?

And too bad about the weight. But if you insist on cooking so deliciously...
Apr. 13th, 2004 12:31 am (UTC)
Good for you on the lecture. What was it about?

Architecture. I'm teaching a bunch of housewives and retirees about architecture (& city planning) in the Netherlands, focusing roughly on the 20s, 30s and 40s. Last week's lecture was sort of an introduction, covering the time period from 1880-1950. You know, Berlage, Frank Lloyd Wright, Bauhaus and their influence. Old ground, but new to my audience!

And too bad about the weight. But if you insist on cooking so deliciously...

Hmmm...Are you saying, in some kind of roundabout, diplomatic way, that you agree with me and that I'm fat??? Grrrr ;-)
Apr. 10th, 2004 09:53 am (UTC)
Oh, and I nearly forgot: I delivered my first lecture for the women's network, to great critical acclaim. Or at least, they seemed to appreciate it. Now I've got to work on the next one...


Glad you like the CD. No one ever seems to have heard of them, but when they hear them they love them. Do you want their other album?
Apr. 13th, 2004 12:45 am (UTC)
Do you want their other album?

Oh yes, please! You were right: their music is right up my street, sounding a bit 80s DM-ish\possibly OMD-ish but with a female vocalist.

No one ever seems to have heard of them, but when they hear them they love them.

I'm having kind of the same experience with my Kane obsession...outside of Holland, that is. They're my favourite band from my hometown, world-famous there and in the surrounding countryside (which basically includes the whole of the rest of the kingdom these days)...but all that's about to change, I think: they played a few gigs in the UK recently supporting Maroon 5 (which I had never heard of) and now they've got their very own first English fansite -sadly, without audio- at http://www.kane-rocks.co.uk
Apr. 13th, 2004 01:14 am (UTC)
Bloody hell, now there's a thought: I'll trade you your Ladytron for my Kane, just as soon as I can find someone to burn me a copy!

Erm...you do like rock music though, don't you?
Apr. 15th, 2004 04:43 am (UTC)
Hmm. I never got this comment.

Yeah okay, I'll give it a go if you can get a copy done.

Apr. 14th, 2004 04:08 am (UTC)
I'll get that done for you then!

Hard for me to judge Kane without hearing them though.
Apr. 15th, 2004 02:47 am (UTC)
I realise that. I've been scouring every website I could find, but not even Amazon or any of the other online shops has track samples to listen to. I guess it must be the band's or their label's policy to protect their music. I'd look on Kazaa but I hear there's a very good chance of downloading a virus onto your PC there, so I don't really want to do that.

Kane's official website, www.kane.nl, boast some videos in the archive section, but it seems impossible to get them to play as it keeps coming up with password protected messages.

There's nothing for it, I'm afraid: you'll just have to take my word for it that they're good ;-)
Apr. 15th, 2004 04:21 am (UTC)
I've managed to find one. They sound okay in a grungy-indie sort of way. Actually XFM played them last night. Come to think of it I think I've heard them there before.
Apr. 10th, 2004 05:16 pm (UTC)
Hey, don't worry about the weight thing - you'll still be slimmer than me given the amount of wine and chocolate I've been putting away lately. And thanks for Winding Roads. I'm very much dreading looking forward to watching it just as soon as I summon up the courage can. Glad you're having a peaceful time. Enjoy the rest of your time off.

And WELL DONE YOU! First lecture in the bag - piece of cake from now on!
Apr. 13th, 2004 01:02 am (UTC)
Hey, don't worry about the weight thing - you'll still be slimmer than me

How'd ya work that one out, then? Last I heard, you were a sleek and svelte 14...while I'm a 14 going on 16 what with all my love handles and big boobs. I've sort of reluctantly accepted my fate that I'll never be a 12 again, but I really really want to get rid of all the blobby bits that currently spill over my bra and waistband and are causing me to be severely depressed when I look in the mirror. And the other thing I've noticed? I've got fat calves. No, really.
Apr. 13th, 2004 08:36 am (UTC)
Last I heard, you were a sleek and svelte 14

Ah, but that was before Easter and the bleeding Easter bunny with its offerings of fattening and completely irresistible chocolate and wine (we have a very sophisticated Easter bunny). That and the break from Pilates, and the fact I haven't been to the gym for best part of two weeks... Bet my blobby bits are bigger than your blobby bits. Four days in Berlin eating sausages and fried lard won't help much either.

Are you sure the calves are not just well-muscled? And does it really matter if they are constantly encased in pscyhedelic leather? Actually, if you can zip up thigh-highs, your calves can't be that fat...
Apr. 13th, 2004 11:23 pm (UTC)
I've just realised something...despite the fact that they've been all the rage this winter, I've not even tried on a pair of thigh-highs yet -- huh.

As to the blobby bits, and whether or not yours are bigger than mine or vice versa: we've still got time to get rid of them, some 50 days or so...Oh God. We're never going to manage it, are we?
Apr. 14th, 2004 12:57 am (UTC)
Nope - I think mine are here to stay. I'm going for the loose fitting top option.

50 days? Is that all it is? Coo! So it's really not long until you go to see GotR - what did you decide to wear? I guess I'd better give some thought to the London thing too.
Apr. 14th, 2004 01:31 am (UTC)
Yep, seems like loose fitting is the only option. Just as well, really; I always feel more comfortable in roomy clothes.

But apart from what boots I'd like to wear to the concert (my b/w Roberto Botticelli ones), I haven't decided yet on outfit for the GotR gig. I have this picture in my head, of a pair of 7/8 length trousers and a loose fitting black V-necked top, but so far haven't been able to find it anywhere in the shops yet.
Apr. 14th, 2004 04:06 pm (UTC)
You are very welcome, my dear - glad you enjoyed the magazine. And that is wonderful about your first lecture! Glad it was greatly appreciated by your audience.

Man, I have missed you! I'm sure the time away from the Internet was good, but I'm glad you're back. And only 50... or is it 49 days now? Wow!

I'm heading off, with Eric, to my sister's in Minnesota on Saturday, back on Wednesday. I'm hoping that I might get some reading done on the plane trip, like maybe some Harry Dresden or my research for the "Soul" panel. Thankfully, I talked to someone who did a panel last year, and was quite reassuring about it, along with giving me some resources for researching the topic.

I am really excited that our time together is getting so close! Yippee! Now, to catch up with your other entries - sorry it took me till today to catch up.

Apr. 15th, 2004 12:20 am (UTC)
sorry it took me till today to catch up

Hey, no need to apologise! I know how busy you've been with the Save Angel-campaign on top of your normal, already heavy schedule, and you did say you were going to cut down on your computer time the other day...I just thought you'd managed to do exactly that, admired you for it even, and knew you'd be back here eventually, so...it's good to 'see' you!

Have a great time at your sister's, and we'll catch up after you get back from your trip. And I'm looking forward to finally meeting you for real in just a few weeks at Newark, too -- can't wait, in fact!
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