Have I mentioned how much I love being out of school? Since I moved right after I graduated, it’s like I made a clean break with that school part of my life. When other people talk about tests or homework, it seems so long ago and far away. Being out of school feels “normal” – which is to say that I haven’t gone all hog-wild with my free time. Instead, I’m just trying to find new habits and patterns and enjoy my freedom until the day when I might have to show up for work at 8:30 (yawn) am.
Instead of thinking about things like projects and deadlines and the intricacies of the library catalog (although I still think about that sometimes), I can contemplate life’s big questions:
- Should I have coffee or tea? Coffee is more satisfying and creamy (when I add cream, which is always), and it involves more elaborate preparation rituals. Tea gets honey, which is lovely, and it’s simple and never makes me jittery when I drink too many cups.
- What should I read next? Right now I have out Looking for Anne of Green Gables, Well Witched, Pippi Longstocking, Crossing to Paradise, Tales from Outer Suburbia, Wintergirls, The Home-Maker, The Surrender Tree, The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey, and some cooking and gardening books that I keep forgetting about. I’m listening to The Ghost in Love in the car and enjoying it although it’s pretty off-beat. It’s one of those books that talks about food a lot, which I love, and it has these occasional brilliant observations that you would never have made but recognize as being true. Actually, the same is true of The Air We Breathe, which I’m also reading, although the observations have a different feel and the food is described with less reverence, and it’s not off-beat – just compelling in a 19th century novel way.
- What shoes should I wear for Bronwen’s wedding? This one needs research.
- Why am I incapable of finishing bananas before they turn brown? And how many loaves of banana bread can I bake before I cut myself off?
- Will my balcony get enough sun to keep my plants alive? And will the sun ever stay out for more than two minutes at a time?
In the meantime, though, I’ve answered the “what to bake?” question (chocolate chip cookies) and the “what to eat for lunch?” question (tuna on sourdough with a pickle – and yes, I eat lunch at 3 pm – and you would, too, if dinner was at 10).