Well…you know, I think I’ve been working my brain too hard. We’ve been doing PhD work, my brain and I, and it’s left me brain-mushy with a sadly-depleted attention span. Hence, random thoughts... ;-)
#1 On Saturday I attended an Open House. I LOVE going into other people’s houses and imagining the life I would lead if I lived there. I would of course be more organised, would dust more often, be a better cook, and write deliriously good books. This particular house was different, though. It’s at the very end of a cul de sac on a bluff that overlooks the sea. It’s a dream home. It’s going to be auctioned and it will sell for a motza. This is the view from the deck.
If I lived in this house nothing would get done. Ever. I wouldn't be an improved version of myself. I'd just sit and stare at that view all day. :)
# 2 I’ve been exercising with concerted regularity for the last 5 or 6 weeks. This exercise consists of a weekly yoga class and a 40 minute walk 5 days a week (roundabout). Lawd, I can’t tell you how much my mood has improved. I’m so chipper! Okay, well maybe not, but I’m not as stressed as PhD stuff usually makes me. Also, today, I noticed my jeans weren’t so tight in the butt. Of course, I’d like it if they weren’t so tight around the waist. But that’s progress right?
# 3 I’ve been pondering on the way male and female body parts can be used as symbols to praise and/or denigrate heroes and heroines in romances. For example, a hero in a recent romance I read thinks this after an exchange with the heroine: “Yeah, chicks loved it when you begged. How about if he went ahead and handed her balls and said, Do what you will.” At a different point when he’s grumpy and working on her house the heroine thinks: “He was still ripping and tearing stuff. Obviously having his period.” These snippets made me laugh, but on reflection they make me uneasy. Men’s bits are symbols of strength while women’s bits (or their biological processes) are symbols of weakness or irrationality. Nuh uh. Wrong. I am woman here me roar!
# 4 I have just glommed Call the Midwife. Can’t wait for Season 4. Anyone else out there love the series? I love, love, love it! Those in the know, tell me, should I read the book?
# 5 My August cover is GORGEOUS. It’s my favourite cover yet. My July cover is nice too. But it will be hard to top this. What do you think?
# 6 My song crush at the moment is Eric Clapton’s Layla. The acoustic version. It’s so mellow and cruisey. Click here if you want to go and listen. :)
So what about you? Been having any random thoughts lately?