I reflexively expel 30 simultaneous groans when people ask me, “So, what’s new?” Such questions automatically clean-slate my mind. I need more to go on! Something that actually triggers thoughts, rather than putting me on the spot to conjure them from nothing, and also that prompts me as to what you’d be interested to hear. For example:
- What did you get up to last weekend?
- What are you reading at the moment?
- Do you have any projects on the go?
- What do you wish you had more time for lately?
- What are you looking forward to?
Yeah, I can answer those! Answers immediately leap up my throat. I got answers all up in this shiz. But a vague and general “What have you been up to?” shuts me down. I dither and haw with “Uh, not much”s and “Well, I’ve been working a lot?”s.
To answer my own questions:
Last weekend I attended the Ladyfest artshow opening on Friday (I’m in two of those photos and, before you say anything, yes. I know my outfit is amazing. Thank you). On Saturday, Josh and Marie came over (TO OUR HAUS) and we drank quite a lot of wine and beer, but eating cheese literally throughout the entire night shielded our brains from hangovers. I figure that after consumption cheese acts somewhat like a temporary myelin sheath, but for alcohol.
I’m reading Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, because I haven’t read it since uni and it came up on my e-reader when I rage quit The Luminaries. To expand on the question, I’m watching Game of Thrones season 3 and 30 Rock season 4, and right this minute am listening to Bodaronda – Mystic Beats vs Lubdub (and it’s sublime).
In terms of projects, I haven’t progressed past a sketch on canvas done several months ago (I do intend to actually start painting it someday). I’m working on four websites, only one of which is my own. I’m enjoying it, but realising more and more how much an issue pedantic perfectionism can be.
I wish I had more time for getting out of the house with Brenton. We have one simultaneous day off and lately it has been spent on renovations. I’m feeling like we don’t do much, experience much, together. When we do go out to something (like dinner, or the planetarium recently) it is with a group of friends.. or to a friend’s house.
I’m looking forward to having the house finished, obviously, so that we can do other things. We have just about completed downstairs, and last week began upstairs — the kitchen came out on Monday. I’m looking forward to September, when I will attend the Ekka for the tenth consecutive year, and to October, which is kitten season, and I might be able to get a Norwegian Forest kitten (Brenton still needs some convincing).
YEAH. FEEL THOSE ANSWERS. GET THEM IN YOUR GULLET. Jerks.
Also my Great Nanna Cutts died today, age 100.