Well vacation's done and I'm back at work. The wife is now in DC, at a conference. I'm pushing the boulder back up the hill again, after a long time ignoring both boulder and hill.
Yesterday a long work day. After a week or so away it went slowly. So much I realize is kept in my head usually--about what's going on, what's supposed to happen at set parts--that coming back after a time away involves not just going back to the problem(s) to solve but refamiliarizing myself with the whole contraption, as it were, of the play.
Bink has been exhausted since we got him from the vet. Yesterday I started to be worried that he was TOO tired--even he usually doesn't sleep all day. Without the wife here to consult with my paranoia tends to grow. Another of the many benefits of not being alone--keeping you grounded in reality. In fact, the Bink was just tired but I couldn't help checking up on him as he slept in various points and positions throughout the day, making sure he was still breathing. Which is somewhat odd. Strange that I would worry about him sleeping, something I usually wish he did more of (especially when I work). Any variation from routine seems ominous, I guess.
Have joined audible.com and am enjoying the new frontier of books on tape. Walking about 45 minutes a day, it's astonishing how much 'reading' you can get through. My first book was Jeeves in the Morning; now that I'm done with it I've moved on to something more ambitious (and much longer)--Tom Jones. So far, it's been excellent. It's also something like 60 or 70 hours long (in three parts) so it should last me the better part of the summer. And it's a book I've never read. Nor really ever wanted to (strongly). I picked it to listen to because it came highly rated on the audible web site. So far, I'm not disappointed, although I do miss Cecil Beaton imitating Jeeves' voice. One benefit of listening to a book (not reading it) is that it's impossible to skim. I realize, as I walk, that I have a tendancy to not attend too carefully to passages I either find difficult or tedious. Listening that's not possible. You 'read' every word. With Wodehouse that was an undoubted benefit; he puts so much care into his language that missing even a word or two really matters. I think it will hold true with Fielding as well (though I've already noticed a tendency to repeat himself and overlabor certain ironies--something more common in the 18th century, it seems to me. It's as if irony needed to be more explained because people weren't so used to it.)
No tutoring for the next month at least so it's time to really work. And diet. Those are two big agendas for the next few months.