Nice and good things, continued

Nice and good things, continued

A few months ago, I wrote a list of awesome things to counteract the spirits of despair, bad backs, sore necks, and old-person feet. Things are better and worse; but rather than recite another, slightly revised, litany of aches and pains, I’ll skip to my ever-growing List of Nice and Good Things [DRAFT] because: 1. I am … Continue reading

Marvelous apples

Marvelous apples

I’m not generally one for reading in bed, but some books simply can’t be got at any other way. One such book is Gervase Markham’s The Well-Kept Kitchen, which Penguin has so conveniently/irritatingly extracted from the much longer English Housewife. (It doesn’t really suffer for being an excerpt; I just suffer, personally, from revulsion (not … Continue reading

The view from here

The view from here

One of the reasons I left my job when I did was the view. When I started that job in 2013, my desk was on a sunny, top-ish floor that seemed sort of like a comfortable space ship; I had windows at my back and an unrestricted view of a quiet but not empty hall, … Continue reading

I used to be a book reviewer

I used to be a book reviewer

I used to be a book reviewer, sort of. Maybe it would be more accurate to say that for several years in a row, I wrote something about every, or almost every, book I read. My first blog, Bookphilia, was born out of my inability to remember how I’d ever ended up doing a PhD … Continue reading

Spring and summer

Spring and summer

When I was a kid, I longed for summer with the power of a thousand suns. But, as I grew up in Nova Scotia where summer was a buttoned down and utterly un-dramatic affair—I think I recall it getting up to or passing 30C a handful of times; there would be maybe one night a … Continue reading

Nice and good things

Nice and good things

If you’ve been reading Jam and Idleness recently, you know I had a really bad case of the flu and was generally incoherent from around Feb 20 until further notice. I’m finally better, but it took more than a month and the fallout continues. A month’s worth of forced inactivity has set my very tricky … Continue reading

Blergh

Blergh

I’m still alive. I’ve been sick for almost a month, but I think I finally felt the flu virus loosen its cold, dead grasp on my innards this past Monday. I am definitely not myself yet but I can, without an exaggerated amount of effort, stay awake all day now. I am getting some work … Continue reading

Two Wednesdays later, still housebound

Two Wednesdays later, still housebound

Well, no, I probably shouldn’t be writing this. I have, it turns out, an official case of the flu; the doctor last night referred to it as Influenza, to underscore how serious she was about my doing nothing, not even leaving the house to walk 5 minutes to the Starbucks, for at least the next … Continue reading