As you could probably tell from my prolonged absence, the past weeks have been pretty busy for me. This summer I will go to Toronto and will spent six weeks as a visiting professor at York U, and there are still oodles of things to organise. In addition, I was in correction hell for a week or two and realised once again that I apparently speak Chinese in class. Without noticing! That’s how good my Chinese is! And on top of that, the Kitteh has been the cause for several sleepless nights. First she refused to eat her regular kitteh food; then she refused to eat fullstop; then we did a blood test to find out what is wrong with her (thyroid hyperfunction); and then, after she was seriously sick, she was diagnosed with giardia. That’s right, the same wee beasties that eventually killed Lady and were the beginning of the end for my lovely Jago. To say that I was devastated is putting it mildly. :-/ At the moment, though, she’s holding up, even if she has lost a lot of weight (but then she was seriously fat to begin with).
To distract myself, I’ve been buying books.
And more fabric.
And a large sewing box.
Isn’t it pretty?
I also got a nice recording of Bernstein’s “Candide” (with Loriot as the narrator!!!). Unfortunately, the rather fantastic DVD “Leonard Bernstein’s Candide (Live at Lincoln Center)” is only available in the Region 1 format. AAAAAAAAARGH!!!! Not fair!! Because look at it, look at it, it’s simply brilliant: