don't forget the bourbon

Tonight fellow former Farmer, Craig, is stopping by for the night. Craig is headed west to California tomorrow morning, a fitting day for travel, as after a half day at work I am headed north to the Mitten for a St. Patty's Day wedding; wish I could have two other visitors, one to head points south, one to head points east.

Finally finished The Hunger Games series, and want to review that at some point. Also, finished another Newbery book want to review that. Keep starting more new books--more, more, more! I feel like I can't read fast enough for all the books I want to read!

Started--and put down for now--Joan Didion's The White Album the other night between spurts of packing up wedding and weekend attire; I really loved Didion's packing list from her reporting years and just have to share it:

"To Pack and Wear:
2 skirts
2 jerseys or leotards
1 pullover sweater
2 pair shoes
stockings
bra
nightgown, robe slippers
cigarettes
bourbon
bag with: shampoo, toothbrush and paste, Basis soap, razor, deodorant, aspirin, prescriptions, Tampax, face cream, powder, baby oil

To Carry:
mohair throw
typewriter
2 legal pads and pens
files
house key

This is a list which was taped inside my closet door in Hollywood during those years when I was reporting more or less steadily. The list enabled me to pack, without thinking, for any piece I was likely to do. Notice the deliberate anonymity of costume: in a skirt, a leotard, and stockings, I could pass on either side of the culture. Notice the mohair throw for trunk-line flights (i.e. no blankets) and for the motel room in which the air conditioning could not be turned off. Notice the bourbon for the same motel room. Notice the typewriter for the airport, coming home: the idea was to turn in the Hertz car, check in, find an empty bench, and start typing the day’s notes."
—Joan Didion, The White Album

I want to start traveling with Bourbon--it just sounds so badass.

Also, wanted to welcome new followers: Jennifer and Evan. Thanks for joining, comment often!

Comments

Pam said…
I'm about 3/4 of the way through The Hunger Games - and I'm staying up way, way too late to read "just one more chapter" in the evening. Lovin' it.
That's exactly what I did...and one chapter turned into 4 each night. :)

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