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Wind and words

Friday, February 16, 2007

A storm ripped through this week, but the weather warmed enough for it to come as heavy rain rather than snow. The winds blew to 100 km/h, and we have shingles off the roof. In the heart of the storm, water was pouring into the house by the side door. "Don't worry about it and go to bed" I said, and did, sleeping soundly through the sound of shingles being torn from the roof and puddles forming in the dining room. Mr.C didn't sleep a wink. But that is why I could. All the Valentine I need, really. Although he did give me a pewter heart-shaped box for my earrings and a lovely book called The History of Love by Nicole Krauss. It isn't a history of love, though. It's a novel that had me sucked in with the first sentence "When they write my obituary. Tomorrow. Or the next day. It will say, LEO GURSKY IS SURVIVED BY AN APARTMENT FULL OF SHIT". That's my kind of writing.

Speaking of which, I just had comments sent to me from two reviewers of an article I wrote for an academic journal this past fall. The editor of the journal summarized their comments as this: "...it reads as equal parts newspaper article and forensic toxilogical report." I guess I have a bit more work ahead of me then....

  1. Blogger Devil Mood said:

    I read the 1st chapter of that book (on the internet) but I'm still undecided about whether or not to read it. I know it's a sad story. Sophie was going on about it in her blog.
    Getting a review must be a scaring thing...
    Thank God for Mr C :)

  1. Blogger Heidi said:

    Cathy, glad you posted I was getting worried.

    Mr. C to the rescue :) Thankfully there wasn't alot of damage to your house..Atleast I hope not?

    Have a great/safe weekend.

  1. Blogger Chloe said:

    i love that book. Joanna had given to me as a gift, it is so well written.
    Mr C is so sweet.
    See you in a week. xx

  1. Blogger [eric] said:

    Constructive criticism really is the best kind. Especially when it's delivered without an air of Simon Cowell meanness-just-for-meanness sake.

    Even with Mr. C, how can you sleep through the house blowing away?!

  1. Blogger Trundling Grunt said:

    Oh ouchy on the review. Sounds like you caught someone on a bad day - what was the article title?

  1. Blogger Michelle said:

    Yikes, sounds like a nasty storm...glad you're ok :o)

    "forensic toxicology report" = music to my ears LOL, although i guess its not so good in your chosen field :(

  1. Blogger Pat Paulk said:

    Sounds like a few hurricanes I've slept through, or were those ex-wives...

  1. Blogger DayByDay4-2Day said:

    Another book I will put on my list to read.
    Hope your house gets mended soon.

  1. Blogger holy chaos said:

    mr. C is such a nice man husband! still, i do not know if i could of slept through all of that wind!

    i went through hurricane hugo and that was pretty scary...couldn't sleep at all...

    i am going to check that book out.

    i think writing for academic journals would be difficult... i would love to teach college except for the publishing articles and books...

  1. Blogger blackcrag said:

    OK, so what's the damage? Not too great, I hope. Glad the family is safe, at least.

  1. Blogger SkyeBlue2U said:

    Whoa, that's a pretty scary wind. Good thing you have Mr. C . Hope all is well.

  1. Blogger Connie said:

    Dear Cathy,
    I have done the exact same thing to my husband. He worries enough for the both of us during a storm so I go to bed. Maybe it is my way of not dealing with my fear...Who knows.

    Certainly glad you are all safe.
    Take care.

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    All is well, friends.
    Thank you for your concern.
    There were just a few shingles and the leaky spot by the door has been sorted out.
    We are supposed to have 10 cm of snow today and maybe more next week...perhaps finally some snow to play in!
    I you all have a great week,

  1. Blogger Sophie said:

    that photo took my breath
    away -
    i loved "History of Love"
    loved it to bits -


  1. Blogger fb said:


    I'm slowly returning and so just dropping by...

  1. Blogger Tee said:

    Now that is a book I'll have to read! If you like books that grab you with the first sentence, I've got one for you.

    This is Not Civilization by Robert Rosenberg.

    It starts out: "The idea of using porn films to encourage the dairy cows to breed was a poor one."


    Love the photo. Hope the storm damage wasn't too bad.

  1. Blogger Ps said:

    wonderful picture.I do wonder how you managed to sleep through it all though!
    And you seem so unfazed by the reject.I like your attitude.Something to emulate.

  1. Blogger Meow said:

    Hope you didn't end up with too much water damage. Don't know how you slept through it all ... I would have been up and checking the whole house all night !!
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Take care, Meow

  1. Blogger Dr. Deborah Serani said:

    And having both those elements in your writing is bad? I'd think it would be great!

  1. Blogger CiscoKid said:

    Great begining of a book.
    "A house full of crap" sounds good too.

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