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The Sunday Salon: Extra Waking Hours

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Puppies don't understand weekends.  As a morning person, I don't ask for much:  just an hour or so more sleep than during the week.  But dear Woody doesn't get it, and has been requesting the pleasure of my company quite early, indeed.  Even on Saturdays.  And Sundays.  And tomorrow, which for me is a holiday?  He won't understand that, either.

At dawn's early light today I got to thinking, there is a positive side to this.  For one thing, Woody is loveable and it's hard to be angry with him, even if he did wake me up.  Second, as the only morning person in my family, rising early affords me quiet time to do whatever I please (providing I also satisfy Woody's needs to pee and eat kibble!).  So in some strange way I actually value the extra waking hours because it means that at some point -- if not at dawn, then later -- I will find a little bit more time to read.

This weekend I'm reading Iris Murdoch's The Sea, the Sea, which won the Booker Prize in 1978.  This is my third Murdoch, and I've found she is masterful at portraying the mid- to later-life man and all his vanities and foibles.  The protagonist in this work is Charles Arrowby, a London theatre director who has recently retired to a seaside cottage in the south of England.  The book is written as a "novelistic memoir," in which Charles chronicles day-to-day living while also digging up aspects of his past.  He has spent his life immersed in theatre, entangled in complex relationships.  He fancies himself as having power over the women in his life when in fact, it appears to be exactly the reverse.  At this point I'm about halfway through the book, and events have just taken place which I thought would be the book's climax.  Clearly Murdoch has more in mind for at least one of his relationships.  

Also during my extra waking hours today I made one final perusal of the seed catalogs and placed my order for spring planting.  Less interesting, but necessary, is wading through my files and assembling the documents required to prepare my tax return.  I should be able to squeeze in a bit more reading before we have dinner with friends.  But first I'm off to read all the other Sunday Salon posts. 

I leave you with a recent picture of my little alarm clock and look forward to your comments!

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Feb. 17th, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
Woody is a cutie
Your fluffy alarm clock is soooo cute. How can you resist him? I want to pat his head!

Your synopsis of the Murdoch novel has piqued my interest. Can't wait to read your review, as always!

P.S. I use Netflix too! They have a "friends" component to their site, but I am not sure how you add another member. I will have to check it out...
Feb. 18th, 2008 01:14 am (UTC)
I'm not sure cats understand them either. I do know that both my cat and dog can tell when it's a work day versus a weekend depending on what I do when I first get up.

I am not familiar with Murdoch and will have to look into her books further. I am always eager to try new authors. I hope you have a good week, Laura and maybe just maybe, Woody will let you sleep in a little tomorrow morning.
Feb. 18th, 2008 01:55 am (UTC)
Aww, who wouldn't love waking up to that face? I am a morning person too and understand enjoying the quiet time alone.
Enjoy your day off and happy reading!

Feb. 18th, 2008 09:09 am (UTC)
My friend Stan's dog, Molly, gets him up at 6.15 EVERY morning. However, she isn't satisfied with being let into the garden and fed, oh no, what she wants (at 6.15) is a walk - even on mornings like today when at 9.00am it is still -4C. (I'm not even prepared to think about what it was at 6.15!) I love Molly dearly, but I am so glad she is Stan's dog and not mine.

I read Murdoch's first three books and then somehow lost my way with her. I know I'd like to go back so perhaps this award winner might be a good way in. Thank you for reminding me.
Feb. 18th, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC)
Cute puppy!

I hope to read The Sea The Sea this year or early next.

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