Ah, sudden unemployment. It's such a strange feeling...an enormous weight and worry, coupled with a sense of time and opportunity. All the things I won't be able to do (grow professionally, feed my 40lk, travel, eat), all the things that I will be able to do (read, walk, bake bread, make better meals, read, care for my parents, read).
There's comfort food, and there's comfort reading. For the past few days, comfort reading has come first. I set aside one book (Muriel Barbery's Gourmet Rhapsody, though I loved the sequel, which came first) for another (Cranford) and sank into something charming, and romantic (Elizabeth Bard's Lunch in Paris). And then there's walking...the first thing I promised myself I would do more of. I have a biography of Julia Child on my Ipod, and we're just coming to her famous first lunch in France (a story she told differently at different times, apparently!) When you need to remind yourself that you're good at what you do, she's perfect company.
The act of reading ... begins on a flat surface, counter or page, and then gets stirred and chopped and blended until what we make, in the end, is a dish, or story, all our own.
— Adam Gopnik
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