If it wasn't clear that I was boringly, self-indulgently miserable in my last post, I've now cheered up considerably for three reasons:
1) A very cheery email from CD which immediately put a smile on my face.
2) I've bought four books I wanted: (sorry Jumby, I know I told you three, but I do have my Borders discount card and I saved $9.89)
• One Hundred Year of Solitude - it's my fifth or sixth copy; I keep giving copies away to "friends" who never return them as you do with only your favorite books. I'm sure if I'd scanned my bookshelves for a little longer I may have found a couple, but there you go. I don't really feel myself without a copy of this book. Plus, this is the OPRAH version complete with "Insights, Interviews, & MORE" -- woo-hoo!
• Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky which received the best rating of all time on Metacritic. And plus it's so boring to not have read a book your friends keep talking about ad nauseum.
• Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert -- Lucy loves this book so I know I will too.
• Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje. Nuff said. LOVE him. Even the first page read on Laurel Canyon before it closed today at about 6pm was pure brilliance.
3) I've made a Shepherd's Pie with lashings of worcestershire sauce (Americans, friends, countrymen: It's Wooster. That's how you pronounce it) and an Apricot tart.
4) I know I said three, but this is a PS, I'd really really love and embrace Amy Winehouse wholeheartedly if whiney old nerds like Nic (no K - doesn't that just say it all) Harcourt didn't love her so much. Did you see her on the MTV awards? She's absolutely sublime with her beehive and that Elizabeth Taylor eye make-up. LOVE her.