weeknotes, 6/21

i feel so rusty about blogging lately, like there’s nothing new worth mentioning in these rinse-and-repeat lockdown days… but there is always something going on, and i hope to pay more attention to the little things this year, to notice and be grateful for them. so, here’s an incomplete list of stuff that i stumbled on this week — the mundane and extraordinary, all roled up in one.

– this lego white noise album on spotify, which is just someone rummaging through boxes of legos. i’ve been obsessed with it ever since.

– gathered up the courage to reactivate my long dormant italki account, and actually schedule some chinese speaking practice! super daunting at first, but it went well in the end, and i look forward to more of these.

– went for a bike ride to stretch the legs and saw a huge grey heron, standing magestic on the side of the road, so close and unfussed by passerbys. i wanted to pull aside the few people walking by and point to it — had they ever seen one?! i’m amazed at how many birds i see, now that i’ve started looking. today’s finding: common shelducks, with their weird nose/beak.

– finished watching alice in borderland, for a change of language and for glimpses of an impossibly empty tokyo. it’s… ugh. the first three episodes are a kick in the teeth, it gets slightly better after that.

– this quote, which has made me think about trying to embrace winter and this period of withdrawal, being content and making do with what i have.

“Plants and animals don’t fight the winter; they don’t pretend it’s not happening and attempt to carry on living the same lives that they lived in the summer. They prepare. They adapt. They perform extraordinary acts of metamorphosis to get them through. Winter is a time of withdrawing from the world, maximizing scant resources, carrying out acts of brutal efficiency and vanishing from sight; but that’s where the transformation occurs. Winter is not the death of the life cycle, but it crucible.”

Katherine May, Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times (via Austin Kleon’s blog)

– weekly dinners with friends keep us going and keep us sane. we chat, kids show us their favourite books and the postcards we send them — it’s not a hug, but it’s as close as one gets these days. reach out if you’d like to do one with us!

one comment to “weeknotes, 6/21”

  • jouimaria says:

    Que bonito excerto. É um bocado a isso que o covid nos obriga. Sem as distracções do costume, resta-nos aceitar o recolhimento do Inverno. Boa semana!!

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