Thursday, June 21, 2007

Plantar Fasciitis

Last week I coached at a volleyball camp for high schoolers. That by itself was exhausting because I continued to do my regular job in the evenings/early mornings. But Plosk and I need the money for what will be a very expensive summer. We are redoing our kitchen- as anyone who has done it knows, requires lots and lots of money money money. Then we're going to Seattle/Vancouver/Victoria for 2 weeks. Being away from home for that long also requires money. So I took one for the team and coached. It was fun but also time consuming and frustrating. Why frustrating? I hurt my foot and being the idiot that I am, I continued to beat it up by being active on it 4 days after it was initially hurt. The result: I'm limping, icing, stretching and anything else to get this thing gone. I want to rock climb. I want to jump and play. It's summer. And I'm a gimp for the next week or so. It is getting better now that I'm laying off it and taking better care. But it still takes time to heal.

While I've been healing, I've been reading an excellent book called "Another Country, Navigating the Emotional Terrain of our Elders." It is excellent research for my book and by far one of the most enlightening sociological books I have ever read. Not that I've read many, but this book has given me so much insight into a world I had only ever seen from the outside.

It has helped me to understand my grandmother, and the elderly in my life in general. I recommend this book to anyone of any age that can read. It opens you up a whole other culture you may have known nothing about.

Besides for the reading, writing, and working, (and being gimpy), we are also in the final stages of our kitchen. We have a date, we have a style, even a potential floor. All we need now are counter tops and a sink. Hooray!

Now back to writing I go- real writing, not me yapping:)

Sunday, June 10, 2007


Summer is most definitely here. You can tell by my ever improving sanity, growing list of books that I've read, pages and revisions to my novel added, and overall muscle tone. This is why one shouldn't take classes in the summer. You need time to read books of your choice, write without worry about workshops or deadlines and see friends while sitting out in the sunshine not worrying about the time. All of these things are beginning to happen and I'm taking more and more pleasure in each.

I just finished Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin. It was very moving. An excellent portrait of very complex characters in Paris in the 1950's. A gay man struggling with his desires vs his desired identity. My only real complaint was the role women took in the novel. I recognize the time it was written in, and even that men may not say the most enlightened things about women in this era. But I would think the one main female character might describe herself as more than just a girl following a man. Hella is independent and goes off to Spain to think about what she wants from her life and her relationship. She spends months there and comes back only to find that she, as a woman must be at a man's side to mean anything to society. Anyway, I recommend the book with slightly blek misogynist reservations.

As for a more active summer, Plosk and I have been rock climbing steadily for a few weeks now. This past Thursday I did my first 5.9 which was incredibly exciting. Today we're going again with a group of great people and I'll try some more. Rock climbing is forcing me to push my body in ways I never have. My upper body strength is improving each time I go as is my technique. With volleyball a less common occurrence lately, rock climbing has stepped in to be a wonderful sport to get into. People of all ages, lots of women, and many different ethnicities. I never thought of rock climbing as even a pastime I would be interested in, but some how, along the way I have become obsessed.

In the past few weeks Plosk and I have planned our trip to Seattle, Vancouver and British Columbia. We are, as I've been saying, auditioning it as a possible place to live when we are both done with our grad degrees. But with the opportunities for theater, non profits, technology and the great outdoors, I can't help but feel already like a part of me belongs there. New York has been a great home, but I yearn for something different, something unique, and Seattle (one of the top 5 humane cities according to HSUS) seems to be an inviting location. But we shall see. We'll be spending a few nights in the suburbs, 5 nights in Seattle itself, 2 nights in Victoria and 3 nights in Vancouver. I'm excited for the possibilities.

As for writing, it has been going very well. Some new research I've been doing has helped my characters immensely. And I feel on target again, where for a long time I felt almost unable to work on something that has become so large.

Now, I should shower and get ready for the day. It's Sunday and gray outside, but bright and inviting all the same.