It’s been a mental three weeks and I’m nowhere near done yet. I’m finding myself over tired a lot, meaning my emotions are jumping to extremes, I’m a little lightheaded and I’m struggling to fall asleep at night. It’s nothing I haven’t come across before but it seems that when I need time off the most, the stuff keeps piling on.
I’m excited though. I have another few big weeks ahead of me which I’m so looking forward to sharing.
It was the little things in Vienna that made this trip so worthwhile. The cruising down the Danube in an electric boat, dog sitting the quietest and most placid but lovely puppy I have ever met, sitting in the garden til late with new friends, a cacophony of languages rising above our heads, sitting in Rathausplatz watching people dance, watching the world from the coffeehouses, even just watching old movies and quoting word for word all we knew by heart. It was just what I needed right then and I’m so fortunate to have had the chance.
I’ll keep this one short otherwise this post will be a lot longer than I planned. It’s worth the wait. (It also passed the Bechdel test with flying colours so A+ to Brad Bird)
My Best Friend’s Wedding
One of my closest friends got married this weekend and I now know why people cry at weddings. There’s something so raw about watching two people make a commitment to each other in front of their family and friends. I was ordered not to sit in the aisle or else my crying would make the bride cry but the most emotional and sentimental moments were the speeches as each gave us a little piece of advice for life. Wholly perfect.
What I’m Reading
Right now I’m reading Amy & Isabelle by Elizabeth Strout but here’s the best I’ve read so far:
Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng (full review on the way)
The Children of Hurin – J.R.R. Tolkien (devastating but beautifully written and a great quick read if you have just battled out The Lord of the Rings)
The Brief History of the Dead – Kevin Brockmeier (if you want a short story to make you feel, this is it)
The New Yorker
I crossed off my first 101 in 1001 to do and took out a print and digital subscription with The New Yorker. The physical copies won’t start to arrive until the end of the month but it doesn’t matter – the online archive is a treasure trove. My favourite articles so far are this short story by Joseph O’Neill, this one on Bo Burnham’s new movie and this satire of Donald Trump.