Oh dear. I’m not well. Scratch that, I’m disgustingly sick. All it takes is a dodgy piece of spanakopita and blammo, my whole weekend is ruined. My plans for getting out into the sunshine, lolling around a nice inner-city Sydney park and reading have been nixed, and instead it’s looking like it’s nothing but blankets and restless sleep and drinking Hendrick’s gin with soda water and a twist of lime (don’t give me that look. I don’t want scurvy.).
01. the art of tea
Not the art of making tea, ’cause any chump with a BA in Asian History with a six month placement in Japan can knock out a tea ceremony. I’m talking the true elite art of making tea when you’re stuffed up, have barely any sense of taste and quite frankly want to go back to bed: eXtreme tea making.
- Set the kettle to boil. Brace forearms against kitchen bench and wish for death.
- Blindly grope for the teabags. Don’t bother with loose leaf and an infuser. That’s for the healthy and patient. Throw a teabag of Russian Caravan into the mug. Fish it back out and undo the string and paper tab. Put it back in, then take it back out again, and put it back in but this time remembering to keep the string and paper tab out of the mug.
- Pour boiling water into the mug. Remember to open one eye so you don’t splash it on the bench, the cat and yourself.
Wait for it to infuse. Jiggle the teabag for ten seconds, hurl it into the bin.
- Return from whence you came, carefully balancing the mug and two Milk Arrowroot biscuits.
- Fall asleep as your barely touched mug of strong tea goes stone cold.
- Repeat as needed.
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03. a little light reading
This updated and significantly revised edition explores the dynamics of power relationships and international negotiations and the use of terror between the United States and Western countries and the nations of the Middle East in the post-9/11 era.Chomsky looks back to patterns since World War II to show how acts of terrorism today cannot be understood outside the context of Western power and state terror throughout the world, especially in the Middle East.This new edition offers the best opportunity to follow Chomsky’s analysis in its development during the ten years since 9/11.
Hey, you have your fun reading and I’ll have mine.
04. time wasting
Hey, what else am I going to do? The outdoors is too scary when illness reverts you into being a huge sooky baby, The Chap is away on business and I don’t have flatmates, pets or children. Virtual toy soldiers/dragon hunting is practically all there is when you don’t care about Diablo III!
Do you have any suggestions for making a grumpy sick weekend pass faster?