It looks like I cried laughing. I probably did.
I am nearly finished reading The Book of Other People, edited by Zadie Smith. It’s an interesting collection of short stories by a variety of contemporary and well-known authors, each story a character sketch, a glimpse into someone else’s life. I’ve mostly enjoyed it, and it’s been a good introduction for me to a few authors I’d heard of but not read. One such author, Jonathan Lethem, is someone I’ve heard of repeatedly (I think he writes similarly to other authors that I enjoy? Perhaps he’s been recommended to me? Perhaps I’ve just seen his name on the bestseller list?), and his story Perkus Tooth is near the end of this collection. This story and its characters are haunting me, and I will have to pick up one of Jonathan Lethem’s novels soon. I just read his Wikipedia page to find out more about him, and learned that he lives in Berwick, Maine, just one town over from where I grew up. Neat! I love local celebrities even more than national ones. Sometime I’ll dig up the photo I sneakily had taken with Rob Caldwell at a party. Possibly the highlight of that year.
Every year on the anniversary of our marriage, Jim and I write a note to ourselves about how the past year has been. Our guestbook for our wedding was about 200 pages, and only the first dozen or so were written on at our very small wedding. We decided that it would be a nice way to remember every year if we spent our anniversary recording in it, so we are currently alternating writing. It’s been a really nice year of marriage – not as eventful as last year. Last year we had some really great moments, such as buying a house, and some really sad moments, such as putting a cat to sleep on Christmas. This year has been without the highs or lows – we’ve just been settling into ourselves and each other.
Songs in my head today:
Section 12: Hold Me Now – The Polyphonic Spree
I Got A Man – Postive K
Two years ago today, Jimmy and I got married. It was a sunny and windy day, and if I were into cliches, I’d say it was quite possibly the happiest day of my life. If I may be more sappy than that, I will say that every day with Jimmy is something new and wonderful. Getting married was the public celebration of something very intimate and personal, and I’m very happy that I found someone who I enjoy spending so much time with. Jimmy and I have been married two years, but we’ve been together and having a blast for eight and a half really fun years. Yay!!!