I’ve given up — I’m wearing shorts to work. Well, maybe they’re capri pants. Whatever they are, I’m sure they’re completely inappropriate, but it’s just too hot.
I’ve been reading. Last night I read, in its entirety, Adventures with Ari, written by the woman who writes this blog. It’s essentially the story of a woman who lives in Maine and adopts a puppy. It’s good, although she comes across as the sort of person who might be slightly annoying in person. She and her husband have decided not to have children (for various reasons, both personal and ecological) and the dog sort of functions as a kid would — forcing them to learn to accomodate a creature who has absolutely no interest in schedules or time. She seems like a very young person. It’s a good book, though. I really do want a dog.
I’ve also been reading Apples don’t just grow, which I read about on this blog. Actually, I love this book. It doesn’t say, but I think it takes place in the 20s or 30s. The author was living in Toronto with her husband and three sons when the husband dies. She moves back to an apple orchard run wild that is owned by her family in eastern Ontario (coincidentally, I think my grandmother’s family — or part of it — came from this area, and the fact that the author’s family was given this land as a Loyalist land grant in 1784 makes me quite suspicious about my grandmother’s family. Although some of them certainly just landed there from Scotland.) They move into the family’s dilapidated house with no heat or electricity and try to make a living. In a way it reminds me of My Side of the Mountain — people sent into the wilderness to make a living from what they can find. It’s great.
I don’t know if I’m planning a rural life, or if just reading about it is enough.
And I’ve received two message from the girls. From N, “Talking about how broke the UCs are in Macro” and from M, ” Who exactly is levi-straus? He seems to make jeans and also be involved in a variety of literary criticisms.”
So not a bad morning.