Sunday, March 16, 2014
Weekends and Couple Time . . .
I too often come home from work just wanting to be fed and left alone, although I do try at least to find TV shows or movies we enjoy watching together. But on Thursdays I only teach one class, and I finish early enough to get home before the blood sugar crash. This past Thursday, I was tempted to take my pre-dinner glass of white into my study and watch an episode of The Good Wife. But given that Pater was making gnocchi, that didn't seem quite right.
Instead, I snuggled up to the island counter with Hart Massey's 1980s memoir of travelling through France in a restored, converted iron barge. We generally find that good travel writing is best for this kind of reading: it's richly imagistic, often filled with humour, the exploits entertaining yet delivering a decent sense of history, geography, and local character. And if we get so busy that the book doesn't get picked up again for weeks, even months, it's easy enough to pick up without worrying that we've lost the plot.
We're especially enjoying this book, as we did its predecessor detailing Massey and his wife's earlier adventures, because we were allowed to bring them home from the wonderfully stocked shelved of "our" beloved home away from home in Bordeaux.
The weekend itself, spent in Vancouver, has been a bit more hectic. . . Dinner out Friday night with an old friend, recently remet to mutual delight. Saturday a long run with my sister, followed by a hearty breakfast out, joined by another sister. Saturday evening we enjoyied a quiet meal together and got to bed early in preparation for a busy and not too quiet week: today, we're picking up Nola tomorrow along with my twin 13-year old nieces. We're bringing them back to the island with us while they're on Spring Break. Should be fun times and perhaps a smidgen of fatigue . . .
Now tell me, do any of you enjoy reading aloud? To your spouse or partner? Or do you enjoy being read to? Or is the pleasure of reading found, for you, in its promise of solitude? I'd also be curious to know what other ways you've found of spending time together companionably when one or both of you is/are too depleted to keep a conversation going