Afterwards, I went to stay at Roshani's where they'd ordered Thai food which I failed to resist, even though I had already eaten enough. Coconut milk is dangerously seductive. Roshani's new baby Margot is not really at the cute stage yet -- still so young that she doesn't have much personality, and there is much pathetic crying and trying to guess what's wrong with her. Is she hungry? Does she have gas? Is she tired? No one knows. This is definitely not the fun stage of babies.
The next day, I had been supposed to leave early, but I really had no need to get back quickly. So I had a long leisurely breakfast with Roshani, who is quite tired with nursing every hour or two, but hanging in there. I don't know how Tom is surviving -- he works eight hours daily, commutes four hours, and is up with the baby every hour all night. He looks very tired. After breakfast, I worked for a few hours (I had, of course, brought my laptop with me, and could plug into their ethernet). Then went to the grocery store with Roshani and Zoe (almost five now, astonishing!) where we had fun pushing Zoe around in the shopping cart that had a little plastic kid car attached to the front. I did keep bumping into things. Came back and I cooked a big Sri Lankan dinner for them all, because I hadn't thought to bring casseroles, as is traditional. :-) Poor munchkins. Hopefully beef and potato curry, chicken curry, mushrooms and green beans and omelette and rice will help them cope with the exhaustion. Food can substitute for sleep, right?
On the train ride back, watched Hitch on my computer, which was a surprisingly charming romantic comedy. I had somehow expected it to be really dumb from the previews. Not that it's really smart, or anything, but it's at an acceptable level of cleverness for the genre. I laughed a lot. And at least when all the not-so-attractive guys end up with gorgeous women in this movie, there's some pretext for it in the plot. :-)
This morning, I spent an hour up on my deck, drinking tea and enjoying the cool breeze and gorgeous expanse of white clouds across a sunlit sky -- brilliant! I finished reading Angela Carter's Fireworks collection, feeling tremendously guilty that I've waited so long to read this book that was a birthday present from a friend many years ago -- feeling stupid too, since it's a great book, with a rich Gothic tone to the fabulist tales within. My favorite two stories might actually be the two realistic ones, oddly enough, surreal in their take on a Westerner in Japan. Highly recommended.
Today, catch up on e-mail, work on student packets, revise short story for AE anthology. At 11, Lakshmi's coming by for yoga and weights, yay! And from 3-4:30, I need to be at the APA in the Arts panel at the NAAAP convention downtown, at McCormick place. Lots of work, better get to it!