Bribery or human sacrifice.......Which one do you think would hurry the renovation along? I'd show pictures but they look almost exactly the same. The house is still unpainted, the furniture is still stacked into the middle of the rooms, the TV's and computers are unplugged and unreachable (well, I did manage to hook one up to watch Miss Marple last night and you can bet I'll be watching The Closer tonight) I'm running out of patience, clothes, toiletries......and the dust is killing me. I spent most of the weekend with a migraine.
Managed to stave it off a bit Saturday and me and the BFF went to see La Vie En Rose, the movie about Edith Piaf. I knew it was 2 1/2 hours. I knew it was in French and subtitled. I'd heard that the first half was depressing. Um, wow. The whole thing was a bit depressing. She had one hard life. She did however KNIT! She was knitting on the beach, she offered to knit a sweater on a first date - she told an interviewer that she loved to knit.........
I finished Earth Abides by George R Stewart......I did like it and it was a good book but I have a very hard time not judging the 40's and the 50's by today's standards because the men (who are the protagonists of the story) are such sexist, chauvinist, rascist guys! (I had the same problem with Alas Babylon.) In Alas Babylon, Randy almost immediately reestablishes the government status quo, his brother's wife and daughter of a neighbor are relegated to secondary roles.
In Earth Abides, Ish is much more laid back - very laid back in fact. I found it hard to believe that a man who loved research so much spent so little time in the UC Berkeley library and through the generations couldn't seem to interest anyone in reading or inventing. It was all scavenging. Naturally his one bright hope is his youngest son - not the son's twin, who is a mere girl and nowhere near as bright (I confessed it grated on me how the women were denigrated, didn't I?) Oh, and when he discovers his wife's heritage.....argh. It's all very civilized but it just oozes caucasian patriarchal superiority. Which, yeah. Written by and in the times when it was stll standard - and I'm sure GRS was ahead of the curve.
I'm enjoying Lady Audley's Secret so much more. Still in a patriarchal society, but maybe because it was written in 1862 and by a woman is the difference. Even Robert Audley's railing against women was cute. Personally, so far I don't see a thing wrong that Lady Audley has done - well possibly one. Thank heaven the times have changed.
Hez is not a fan of not having a windowseat. She doesn't seem to care that I can't get to the computer at the house, but she cares deeply that she has to jump from a lowly laundry hamper(!) and crouch on a windowsill. Also she would like new treats.
I'm waaaay behind on emails and blogs but eventually I'll get caught up!