Synchronicity... 11:47 a.m. 2003-10-16
Current Listening: Aiding and Abetting by Muriel Spark
Shame on me! I was really surprised to find a current book written by Muriel Spark. I have read her novel The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie many times, and have seen the movie. I particularly hit an obsessive time when PBS showed a mini-series based on the book back when I was in high school. I pretty much thought that was all she had written! If you go to the link on Muriel Spark after the quote, you will see that this is far from correct!
I am enjoying the book (I'm listening to it on CD) and particularly liked the quote that I used above regarding reading the Bible (something I am very resistant to!). I feel doubly lucky, because I found a link with an excerpt from the novel that had that very quote in it! To read the excerpt, about a quirky psychiatrist that has two patients claiming to be the same fugitive from the law, click on the Quotes link.
I am still sick, and am staying home today. I will also probably stay at home tomorrow - I have made lesson plans to allow that. I am coughing, congested, and have other problems that I won't go into detail about!
If I don't get better, then I will have to go to my doctor, who will prescribe the same old, same old - antibiotics, Claritin (I already have that!), and cough syrup. This is made a little more complicated by the new anti-depressant I am taking. This happens every year. When I moved to Georgia, I was fine for 2-3 years, then Georgia caught up with me, and every fall (not so much in spring) I have the same sinus troubles. I just read an entry by Texas Peach about similar troubles in Texas, and I submit to her that it is the same thing. Welcome to the south!
I still have a lot to do here - grading papers and assigning grades being the most important of the chores. My father is visiting, which is nice. I will be around for his visit - coincidentally - albeit a sneezing, coughing, "blah" version of me!
Yesterday, while catching up with TheMuseWithin, who also has some form of "the plague", I found the most hilarious site. It was too late to post yesterday, because I had already written in my blog, but I immediately sent a notice to friends and some family to go to this website: Strindberg and Helium. For those of you that need some explanation before you click on a link, here is a description from Sundance Online Film Fest: Morose Swedish playwright August Strindberg's dark musings are given a hilarious, lighter spin by his youthful high-pitched companion, Helium..
Here are some "reviews" (responses) from some of the people who acted on my e-mail yesterday:
I love it! - Mom
Boy. Talk about morose and depressing. I'm going to start pretending that I have a little floating familiar following me around and repeating everything I say. - my husband
Think we better add a couple more classes to your schedule!!! Too much play time on your black and bleeding hands.. Hope to see you next week!! Helium had redeeming quality of generosity. - an aunt
So, go there! And, if you want to waste even more time, go to Sundance and view more shorts. I particularly liked Bumble Being and Kunstbar!
© Tiedyefor 2003