giovedì, gennaio 25, 2007

And something without warning bears heavy on the Red Dragon's mind

Yesterday I got another book to review, The Ethical Gourmet - not sure how I feel about it so far. Laboured, angry prose in the opening chapters, and very, very American. I really would have appreciated a Canadian edition, or at least references for where to find Canadian information, but - oh, it's too early in the morning to fuss over that. It'll still get a great review if the recipes are good; I'll run ten of them and see how delicious they are. A fun thing about the book is that it's for omnivores, which I am, full of instruction about how to buy ethically slaughtered animals. Talked to the F-word about what a fun job it would be to review cookbooks.

Anyways. Tonight is some Mozart. That will help me relax, which is good, because I'm as twitchy as a hungry cat. I just have to get over the task of the next couple of days (university application - involved, difficult) and then I can go back to just getting wound up over job applications. I need to relax more, apparently.

What changed? Nobody relaxed like me. I was a fucking champion relaxer, and now a trained professional is telling me to run more daily cost-benefit analyses to see if I really need to be doing all the things I'm doing. And he's right. Things started feeling like they were jerking unmanageably at the reins when I stopped doing obsessive cost-benefit analyses. Anyways. I guess it's good that I had a little relaxation intervention while I'm still young and gorgeous, with a functioning cardio-respiratory system.

8 commenti:

Melbine ha detto...

This omnivore would be interested in that book too! Not that it matters too much as we get our meat from my parents and I know exactly what goes on with those cows so...my brain still has a hard time believing that people treat animals unethically. It's horrendous.

Relaxing is great, I'm glad you had an intervention. One time I did one of those detailed online psychological quizzes and my strong suit was my ability to relax. And I always thought it was laziness!

Sugarplum ha detto...

Look at us - both reviewing similar books. Jane Goodall's is also for omnivores (doesn't have recipes) though she says she is a vegetarian who would be vegan if she didn't travel constantly (which requires a certain amount of flexibility in the diet).

I am surprised to read that you have lost that ability to chillax. You did have it down so you just have to reconnect with that side of you.

Mistress La Spliffe ha detto...

Laziness is a big big virtue.

You're right, I have to reconnect - I think it was living in Paris that made me a lousy relaxer. The conditions of life there were unfriendly to my equilibrium.

Sugarplum ha detto...

Well you're only home for a limited time to make good use of it by sitting on your lazy ass and smoking a spliffe, girl!

Mistress La Spliffe ha detto...

I know, I know! Esp. because the Bru$4els people are flying me to Montreal for an interview at the beginning of February! EEEEEEEEEEE!

Melbine ha detto...

Aiiiieeee!!!! How exciting is that missy! Look at you, getting flown to Montreal for an interview. Rock on!

Sugarplum ha detto...

That is big stuff. Aren't you in demand?!

Mistress La Spliffe ha detto...

A little bit! Sort of!