Sunday, March 16, 2014
Olga Enjoys the Spring
It is well and truly spring here, with lots of sunshine and temperatures in the mid-60s yesterday and today. Olga and I spent yesterday morning in the park, enjoying pink clouds of blossoms near the Albert Memorial and budding greenery everywhere else.
Midway through March, we must be in the "lamb" phase of the month.
I spent yesterday afternoon catching up on reading. I feel like I have very little quiet time to read. I have my lunch hour at work, but now that I'm walking to and fro I don't have my tube commute, and in the evenings Dave has the TV on and I'm on call. I'm on call in the mornings, too, and when I'm not working I'm blogging and getting ready to go to work.
I used to be able to read at my desk at work, during down periods, but with the two-job thing I have much less down time.
I also tackled a couple of my New Yorker magazines, including the fascinating article by Andrew Solomon about the father of the Sandy Hook school shooter. I don't think I realized the extent to which the parents tried to get help for that kid. He had plenty of mental health evaluations, special educational opportunities, all the things a parent could possibly provide. But apparently his Asperger's diagnosis masked his other mental-health issues, or so his father believes.
Last night, Dave and I met our friends Keith and Gordon for dinner at Keith's house. Some time ago, Keith and Gordon invested jointly in several cases of Châteauneuf-du-Pape of varying vintages, and this was the second in a series of dinners focused on pairing that wine. (Dave cooked last time, so we're doing our part, too!) It was a fun evening, and Keith's beef wellington was great, but there was a lot of band conversation -- something I'm going to have to get used to this week, because Dave's music department is hosting European Honor Band, and there's going to be quite a social swirl.