Some sunlight

How morbid is it to sit in a graveyard and read? The cathedral cemetery is one of the nicest places to sit and relax: it’s green, quiet, and sheltered from the wind. Now that it’s starting to get warm again, Felicity and I have visited the little alcove we like to go to, paying our respects to Normand MacLeod, Esquire and the unnamed twin daughters, across from James Ellis who died at 17. I hope it isn’t too disrespectful. I remind myself of the 19th century when people went to cemeteries as parks, especially on Sunday afternoons.

I spent most of today reading The Bruce. The good thing about reading in a cemetery is that you’re discouraged from falling asleep, no matter how tired you might be. However, I did fall asleep once we relocated to Felicity’s room. I haven’t been nearly as tired today as I have other days. Insomnia and quasi-allergies/sinus blah aren’t fun. It’d help if the seagulls and song birds didn’t cry or sing all night long, but I digress.

In other news, Christine (a housemate when we lived in Oxford, who is now studying in Sweden) and I have bought our plane tickets for Spring Break: we’re going to Lisbon, Portugal, to visit the lovely Caroline, a classmate from OBU. We Northern Europeans can’t wait for the sun! Now, the question is, which books do I take with me for the flights? I have ~15 hours of travel time to fill. I have to be careful, though, for KLM’s hand baggage guidelines say: “…including a coat/blanket, umbrella/walking stick, purse, camera bag and a reasonable amount of reading material” (emphasis added).

9 thoughts on “Some sunlight

  1. Melinda says:

    I’m sure the dead appreciate the company.

    Maybe I have allergies too. I keep falling asleep when I read too. I also can’t taste or smell too well, but I can breathe through my nose.

    I got the mail today (I check it about once a week) and David got his Birthday card. I’m thanking you on behalf of him in case he forgets. I’m sorry you don’t have root beer! That is very sad.


  2. Chera says:

    Melinda: I can breathe fine, too! It’s the weirdest set of allergies I’ve had. My eyes are just very very sleepy…

    Chris: Well, I was forgoing the possible need to explain your gender if I just called you Chris. πŸ™‚

    Katherine: I know, right? I was thinking definitely 2 paperbacks, probably 3. And I might throw in a VSI just in case. …and, it might be morbid, if one fell asleep. I haven’t decided yet.


  3. Sarah says:

    It isn’t morbid…it sounds pleasant…and you can imagine the lives of those people, remember them in a way.

    Maybe you and Chris could both take books and then swap!


  4. Kelly says:

    I find it helpful to clarify both number of pages (what, after all, is ‘paperback’ as a measurement?) and kind of pages (i.e. nonfiction versus fiction). For fifteen hours, I would take about 250 pages of nonfiction plus at least 600 pages of fiction. We’re talking an absolute minimum of three books here…


  5. Chera says:

    Kelly: Finally, you comment. πŸ™‚ I’m thinking of taking “Bel Canto,” “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood, and “Never Let Me Go” by Kazuo Ishiguro. The fear of finishing these, however, makes me wonder if I should replace one with “An Instance of the Fingerpost.” What do you think?


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