A blogger once wrote that asking the readers questions or encouraging participation was meant to make the blogger feel popular when commentors tripped over themselves to answer said questions. After all, blogs are supposed to be about the writer, self-absorbed form of expression that they are. Posts that ask explicit questions are no different to me than posts in which I bring up something controversial, or those in which I talk about my ass, fully aware that thousands will spring to comment on it. Yes, thousands.

So, in the spirit of asking you questions, dear, dear people, I'm going to ask you some. So there. Deal with it. I have recently been lucky enough to ship off the leech be able to send P. to nursery for two half days a week, thus leaving me with one of my favourite mistresses who has been absent for too long - spare time. What does one do during this block of time? At the moment there is a heap of laundry on the lounge floor, some of which needs to be staintreated (reflux rocks). The kitchen is a mess of potato peels, cooked lamb mince, and dirty dishes. P's bedroom is scattered with towels, nappies, and baby wipes, the product of a rather destructive and odd tornado of a 10 month old.

Will I use this time constructively? Hells no. P. deprived me of a maternity leave due to her early arrival, so I'm going to enjoy this period before I leave for the States and my return to work. I want to read books, watch both good and bad TV, watch DVDs, take naps, listen to new music...all of those things I missed out on in that month almost a year ago.

I have some borrowed books gathering dust by my bed - books borrowed up to a year and a half ago, if not more. Sorry Alexa. Again. What I will be reading:

Alias Grace: Margaret Atwood - borrowed off another mum in my group months and months ago. I looked at it and thought, "Hey, a 550 page book. No problem!" Hahahaha. Oh, how I laughed.

The Body Project: Joan Jacobs Brumberg - Alexa's book. By the time she gets it back Scott will be on his 8th pet crow.

Not on the Label: Felicity Lawrence - borrowed off another mother, because I desperately need to be even more paranoid and anxious.

Overcoming Anxiety: Helen Kennerley - Yes, it's that "book prescription" piece of shit. I'm mostly done with it, which is just as well since it's almost a month overdue. Don't hit me Flicka. Bloody librarians.

So that's four books that I'm to finish before I go to the States. Yeah, I really see that happening in my 5 hours sans kid/husband per week.

As for music, I have been quite lax lately when it comes to new stuff. Randomly, I have been listening to Great Lake Swimmers, Kate Nash, Neko Case, Regina Spektor, Iron & Wine, and an assortment of singles from various artists. If you'd like to be introduced to some new music yourself, let me know and I'll hook you up.

I am course watching some TV, because I friggin' love TV. I was going to do a post on TV and its role as the devil and corruptor of small children, but due to brain rot I was unable to complete it. Must be too much TV. Anyway, most of our favourite programmes (24, Rescue Me, Lost, The Wire) have just finished here, so we are left adrift in a sea of crap television. I watch the second season of Project Runway and Canada's Next Top Model (ahem), but as far as TV we watch together, The Dude and I just have Heroes, Prison Break, and Sleeper Cell.

The perceived pandering begins...now. Tell me dear children, what have you been reading, watching, and listening to?


Anonymous said...

I just read Armistead Maupin's continuation of the Tales of the City series, "Michael Tolliver Lives." It was awesome (especially if you liked the series.) I am also re-reading the Harry Potter series and am waiting for the new book excitedly.

I am enjoying the music of Mika, Amy Winehouse, and the Plain White Tees.

We are in re-run season here and I uh...don't have cable TV. I watched "Rocky IV" last night because it was on one of our standard channels.

Bittermama said...

short on time here, but must say that your TV list sounds a lot like ours and we've just finished up Battlestar Galactica. I know... but it's actually one of the best tv shows I've seen in years! It's so hard for us to find things we both like and we both loved this. You can get the first two seasons on DVD now, the third one just ended here a couple of months ago, but I think it might air earlier in the UK than here. Anyway... give it a try!

As for reading, best book lately was Cooking with Fernet Branca, can't remember author... Hamilton?

Anonymous said...

Hmmm...Well, I am currently reading "The Birthdays," by Heidi Pitlor. I like it so far, but it is a bit early to tell. One of my favorites is "The Pharmacist's Mate" by Amy Fusselman. If you want some more non-fiction, I liked both "The Rise and Fall of the American Teenager" and "Bachelor Girl." And of course, "The Body Project" is excellent...

As for music, I haven't listened to anything new in a while. I am sure you already have the Lily Allen album, which I quite enjoyed.

Currently I am waiting for the 3rd season of Top Chef to start (do you have that there?) I have also started Netflixing Veronica Mars, and it seems quite enjoyable.

DD said...

Only 9996 more comments to go before you reach 1,000!

I've been reading about the symptoms of hives to see if they are related to cancer.

I've been watching my pool turn green in the backyard.

I've been listening to my son whine and cry all. damn. weekend.

Thalia said...

I've been reading an old, old patrick gale which somehow I'd missed in my supposedly complete reading of his work, and am now v excited about the michael tolliver book thanks to J. I also finished the latest Penny Vincenzi who I adore but might annoy you.

I don't listen to anything new, so my ipod just sticks to musicals, rachmaninov and dar williams-y musics, with some 80s stuff thrown in, nothing terribly interesting

I gave up on prison break although H is still watching it. The new sleeper cell is v good, although a little violent for me. H loves CSI although I've never got into it. I'm not adding much, am I? Hmm...

Major Bedhead said...

Currently reading The Road by Cormac McCarthy, which is gripping, especially since I don't usually like post-apocalyptic books. This is excellent, though. I also just started No Touch Monkey by Ayun Halliday. It's not rip-roaringly funny, as some had said, but it's amusing. I have a stack of books higher than my head to be read and what do I do? Go out and buy new ones. I need help.

Listening to Amy Winehouse and Feist for new artists and then whatever random stuff pops up on my iPod. Lots of REM and Great Big Sea and Steely Dan.

Waiting for the new Top Chef to start and watching the Red Sox. Oh, and House. I luuuuuuuuuurve Hugh Laurie.

PiquantMolly said...

Oh, you've heard about all of my books and shows and music, but I'll repeat it because you asked. And you're a comment whore.

Currently reading lots of dumb books for class -- no time for ones for fun, I'm afraid. Booo.

In tv shows, I'm mourning the loss of my beloved Sopranos, and trying to use the beginning of season 2 of Big Love to salve the summer absence of The Office.

Listening to Arcade Fire, Keane, Diana Krall, Regina Spektor, and some old Elvis Costello.

Nico said...

One thing that I will miss about nursing when I'm done with it is it's a great time to read books! I also listen to books on CD while I'm driving places, which I've found a really good way to pick up new authors, becuase I usually am short on time when I'm at the library picking out my CDs so I just grab a couple that seem like they might be good.

Just finished my second book by Catherine Ryan Hyde, and loved both. Also recently listened to "Talk talk" by TC Boyle, that was a fun read too.

How does P like nursery school?

cat said...

Jesus Land by Julia Scheeres

The Women of Ninja Warrior (ahhh cable tv)

They Might Be Giants "No" on repeat. For my son. For me... Amy Winehouse.

Gonna check out that list you set out for music as well as some others here. Iron and Wine I have a few of there things. It's nice.

Hetty Fauxvert said...

I blush to say I just finished the latest in the Harry Dresden series (White Night). Not familiar with Harry Dresden, the P.I. in Chicago who just happens to be a wizard? Well, ah, it's better than it sounds....

Not watching much TV lately since sleep is looking better these days than most TV. We did manage to watch 24 and (again I blush!) most of American Idol (despite the fact that this season sucked).