Friday, February 12, 2016

Illish

I'm co existing with a sore throat and trying to think of ways it could start being interesting if it's not going to go away. Warm drinks and soup are all very well but that'll do now.

Read Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer, a book set in 1912ish NYC about a ten year old whose parents have gone to Italy for most of a year. This was on the recommendation of my friend Bee. It reminded me of the first Betsy Tacy book. It's enjoyable for its quaint setting in a corner of the city when the beat cops directed horse drawn traffic. And for the cheerful condescension of the little rich girl Lucinda who gets to have more freedom than ever before. I cringed when Lucinda finds the body of her friend, the Asian mistress of a jealous baddie. The poor girl finds her friend has suicided by jeweled dagger. The Orientalism is on at high volume! At least the kid is affected by it, she doesn't want to go into the hotel anymore after this happens.

I'm reading The Old Contemptibles, a Richard Jury mystery by Martha Grimes. I was hoping to snag one early in the series but I see this is #11. I'll see if I can stagger through it and if so then I'll try from #1.

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Got sicker and I will update here rather than post again because bleah. Sore throat is mostly gone. I've moved on to phlegm management and the occasional pathetic cough. Sunday night was further enlivened by menstrual cramps. Stayed home Monday which was the right decision. Am at work at approximately 2/3 power today. I have made 4 types of soup so far during this virus. I wonder what type should be next. The veggie soup with dumplings and kale was particularly good. I haven't heard anyone else complain of kale farts yet so I will have to be the first. Most noticeable when eaten in soups -- that doesn't even sound like it makes sense.

As part of my duty as a sick person I watched the first few episodes of You, Me and the Apocalypse. Better than I expected, less silly than the ads implied. The chewy delectable accent of the white power prisoner had me wondering where I had heard it before. I was delighted to learn that she's played by Megan Mulally.

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