God maybe I shouldn’t be. Continuing to keep this blog, I mean. I’m so bad at keeping it updated these days. Where have I been?
Well….the Netherlands and France for one. Work has been ridiculously busy. And I say that in a loving way, because while it’s great that business is booming, I find myself resenting the amount of calls I get. Work-related calls, of course – all of my friends whom I haven’t called back in too long? Ummm…I suck. I know. All I can say in my defense is that I love you but just can’t talk to you right now. I’ll just selfishly reappear when I have time again and you can tell me to stick it where the sun don’t shine then.
One thing I have managed to keep up is the reading. Reading on planes, in hotels, and in cabs helps me keep a dose of balance in my life (albeit too small a dose these days!). A couple of books of note that are currently on my bedside shelf:
- THE POST-BIRTHDAY WORLD. Oh Lionel Shriver how I love thee. Can you please move in next door and we can have a backyard over-the-fence friendship where we ruminate long into the summer night about relationships and fighting a sense of failure and drink our way through a bottle of red wine and a half-pack of smokes? Because I know you live in the UK and you’re all Miss Literary Fancy Pants and all that, and I’m just a drab tv person who can recite the synopses from The Real Housewives of Orange County, but really REALLY I think we could hit it off. Plus, I love your books so there’s that.
- THE STOLEN CHILD. Now this book was a surprise for me. I somehow stumbled across it, unaware of its recent popularity. The only thing I had read about it was that it was a “bedtime story for adults” and god help me, I don’t even know where I saw that. But can I say one small teeny thing to anybody out there reading this? GO READ THIS BOOK. Without giving away any plot details, it’s a story of childhood. Pure and simple. Childhood, and its painful losses.
So there are two absolutely empty-headed book suggestions. Frankly, I have no brain power left these days so I’ll leave it at that for tonight. Just wanted to at least duck in the room to wave hello quickly before I duck out again. But I promise to visit again soon…