Sunday, January 4, 2015
back to reading
A quick update so I can get back to my reading. Yes, last night was awful but I think I was better able to shut out the horrid noise. I went to bed about 11 PM, snoozed in and out until 3:15 AM, then waited for the silence I was sure would come any moment. At 4 AM the disco stopped but some worthy turned on his car stereo and there was another hour or so of music and voices. Then all fell silent and I went to sleep. But I woke at 9 AM anyway and got the day started. The best sounds of the day were those of the sound truck dismantling the scaffolding of the disco. By 5 PM tonight the whole thing had been dismantled and put on a truck to be stored away until, unfortunately, Easter. But that's 2 1/2 month away so think of all the quiet nights we'll have until then!
I am currently reading " Four Seasons in Rome" by Anthony Doerr. It is a wonderful journal of a year he spent on a fellowship in Rome while researching and writing a new book. He is a new father of twin boys, has never been to Rome and speaks no Italian, and is wide open to the history and culture of Italy and the city. I am loving this adventure of his. His attention roves all over the city and he gives us off-hand comments on what he sees, what he eats, who he meets. For anyone who has ever been there, or anyone who wants to go there, I recommend it.
One reason I wanted to read this one first is that I will read his newest book next. In fact, this is the book he was working on while in Rome.
(NOTE to MSMASSF: It took him eight years ~ 8 YEARS ~ to get this one finished. Keep typing!)
Tianguis tomorrow. Don't need much but plant lady said she'd have some oregano plants. I want one for my newly establish herb garden out on the front balcony.
It's 8 PM and time to go to bed to repay my sleep debt from last night.