Sox vs. Sox at Fenway. White creamed Red 9-5, but it was a hell of a fun fight. Hello, Fenway! Sausage and pepper at the park. Adam lived in Massachusetts for the first eight years of his life, but this was his (and my) first Fenway experience. Awesome! Our B&B in Brookline. Some horse's ass along the Freedom Trail. Old North Church. Want a lick? St. Anthony's Feast in the North End. Adam arrived this morning!
Maybe I'm not as much of a feminist as I think I am. After all, I stopped working and stayed home with kids for years, and neither Michael nor I even considered for a moment the possibility that he would stop writing. Maybe I enjoy feeling inept with a hammer and a screwdriver because part of me thinks that's how girls are supposed to behave. Maybe that's why I haven't been more aggressive about making my daughters learn the intricacies of the toilet's balky flushing mechanism.
But I don't think so.
I think this has more to do with the nature of marriage. In every union roles are assumed, some traditional, some not. Michael used to pay his own bills; I used to call my own repairman. But as marriages progress, you surrender areas of your own competence, often without even knowing it. You do this in part because it's more efficient for each individual to have his or her own area of expertise, but also as a kind of optimistic gesture. By surrendering certain skills, you are affirming your belief that the other person will remain there to care for you in that way.
This kind of capitulation is not without its pitfalls, of course. Every woman who has given over the financial reins only to find herself divorced and penniless knows its dangers. Still, one of the wonderful things about an intimate partnership is the division of life, the parsing out and sharing of responsibility.
I am so excited to be here. So thrilled that Adam will be joining me come morning. So happy that I found a beautiful B&B in a great neighborhood at a wonderful price. So thrilled to explore this gorgeous city that I've long wanted to visit.
Three hours broken sleep. Klonopin taken on the plane to fight claustrophobia. It worked. I love Virgin America and their entertainment setup. I played Mah-Jongg the whole way to Boston while listening to Cyndi Lauper. Don't hate. Waited for the Massport Shuttle for a little too long, but it was free, so I can't bitch. Pretension alert: The T reminds me of a mix between the New York and Paris subways. So no one actually gets off at Fenway. They get off at the previous stop, which is good because there were tons of boisterous, if very friendly, Red Sox fans blocking the door. Our room at the B&B in Brookline. Want an apricot? Nightstand goodies. Someone left their K-Y.
I'm terribly teary all of a sudden. I leave on Wednesday and will be gone for more than a month. That's a long time.
I've been on a ridiculous roller coaster for days. I'm either brushing the sky or nose-first to the floor. I understand what's going on, but sometimes that doesn't make it any easier.
This is a huge thing for me. Huge. Getting into MacDowell is a dream become reality, and it is almost here. I'll be gone for a month. I keep saying that. A month. Not a long time in normal life terms, but a long time when it comes to the rich time at a residency.
I am so close to finishing my final draft. This project has so much meaning to me. I can feel it in my chest, in the core of my being. It is the most important thing I have ever done and if it touches even one person, I will be thrilled.
I'm so glad to see Cafe Gratitude go down for the sham piece of crap that it is. Anyone who knows me knows that my appetizer in this place would be an AK, and I wouldn't be the one eating it.
A few weeks ago before walking the lake with Angela, Adam and I stopped into the swanky Whole Foods for some water and possibly a trip to the very clean bathroom. Now, keep in mind we'd been bickering all afternoon, so neither of us was feeling particularly sunny.
He went off in search of coffee. The only place he could find it was the Cafe Gratitude stand. He came back sort of grinning.
Turned out after he bought his coffee and started to walk away, the worker kept calling the Question of the Day at him. It must've been hilarious to watch Adam keep walking while the cult dude yelled: "What are you grateful for?"
It is also worth pointing out that a friend of mine took a friend who was suffering from cancer there for lunch. He later told me: "We should've ordered the I Am Dying, m'kay?"
I have a former friend (you do too) and I still look at her blog (as do you). Today she posted a short story about a one-night stand. Since she has much material from which to pull, I expected it to be pretty good.
The writing was impressive, the story itself was not. It never transcended the point that many of these make, which is that one-night stands often bring together two disparate people with their own needs and their own pains and that neither is fulfilled or assuaged by the brief union.
I'm not exactly a one-night stand veteran and so I suppose that may be all there is to say. However, I doubt it.
Mondays in particular. I look at the fog outside, watch Adam tug on his shoes and rifle through the refrigerator for something resembling a lunch. I am not depressed. In some ways I have never been happier. A few days ago I received an email from a surprising source: You're doing good work, you're enjoying your life. You just have this glint in your eye and this happy/evil grin. Enjoy it all and I hope it lasts a long time.
I just have to remember her words long enough to grab my backpack and get out of the house.
My brother Jonathan is working on moving up to San Francisco. Here's the three of us outside San Tung, the best Chinese food in the city (and perhaps the world). At Sunshine Coast in the Haight. Mirror shot. Blowing smoke.
I came home from writing group craving an apple fritter. Draw your own conclusions from that.
Now with half the fritter and some reheated meatloaf under my belt, I'm thinking about a feeling I had earlier tonight. I felt reckless -- in a good way.
"When was the last time you felt that way?" Adam asked.
"Before we got into a relationship," I said.
That doesn't at all mean I don't feel spontaneous with him, excited about life, thrilled to be alive. But before I had the grounding of the relationship and the impetus to take more caution in my life -- everything from health to finance to making sure I do justice to my marriage -- life took me places I never predicted. Not until I was there. Seamless and straightforward.
It's how all the major events in my life have gone down: deciding to buy my first car at 20, choosing to move to Nebraska and then to the Bay Area, trips to Europe when I could barely afford to pay rent.
Hell, it's even how I fell in love with Adam. It felt like a curtain was being pulled back day by day until the full fact of my feelings were revealed. Every time we went out together it was an exercise in recklessness, in can-I? Can-we?
I'm not interested in living like that any more -- the life on the edge, the not-knowing. But it sure was fun connecting to it again, and saying hi to that old intimate friend.
I feel lucky for everything: life and love. I feel lucky to have a husband who supports what I do when so many other people might be dismissive or worse. I feel lucky to have friends and family who are (reasonably) happy and healthy. I feel lucky to live in the time and place I do, and to be sitting right here, right now, in this spot.
I'm a writer and storyteller in Berkeley, CA. If you're wondering where that is, follow the smell of patchouli and skunkweed. There you'll find me with my kickass husband, gorgeous little boy, and manic Lab-Australian Shepherd mix pups.