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end of the stretch - The Literary Exhibitionist
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04272017-22


-- चार हजार और नब्बे-तीन --


I'm sure you're all just dying to know: did we stretch the record, and make it to #4? The answer is predictable: nope. There was a brief moment before I went to bed that it seemed like it could -- Shobhit clearly thought it would be fun to be able to say we did -- but even though I did wake up when he came to bed (and then had a very difficult time getting back to sleep for another two hours), he was literally snoring within a couple of minutes of his head hitting the pillow. On nights like last night, when I have difficulty sleeping, not at all helped by someone snoring next to me, I quite envy him that ability. I'm pretty sure I snore as well, but when you're the person who is asleep, it obviously doesn't matter who's snoring.

Well, anyway. As for the record, maybe this past weekend will just go down as an extraordinary moment in our history. Whatever, I'm fine with that.

One of the people I went out with during my Birth Week told me she and her boyfriend have sex literally every night. I was genuinely astonished. How can anyone handle that, seriously? Don't they start to, I don't know, chafe? To me, that is way too much. But if there is anything I have learned from Dan Savage's Savage Love sex advice podcast -- actually, I've learned a ton from it, not least of which is the stupid degree to which American culture conditions us to think women are less sexual then men, which is absolute bullshit -- it's that sexual appetites vary as widely as individual personalities. Some people want it all the time. To some people, once a week feels like "all the time." Some people, as I was for several years, are fine with going without for months on end. Okay I should clarify this is in reference to sex with someone other than myself.

Anyway, it's stupid to think you can define what is a "healthy sex life" for someone other than yourself. As long as you and your partner(s) are happy with how things are going, then you have a healthy sex life, period, the end.

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04272017-17


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After the typically detailed Monday post catching up on what occurred over the weekend, I have little more to update you on today -- I spent the evening at home last night. Noah sent me home from work last week with several tofu samples of a brand called Hodo Soy, and we've used two of the packets now; last night Shobhit chopped the braised tofu and added it to a filling for tacos. I thought it worked out rather well, actually. I just at the last of it as a leftovers taco salad for lunch.

We watched several TV shows, and we did the Tuesday New York Times crossword puzzle (it's always available at 7 pm the previous evening). I then spent a little time in the bedroom, actually working some more on the short story I started on May 4 -- and then ignored for the next week and a half. I wrote nearly two pages last night. I think now I am likely to finish this, which even at this incredibly slow rate is kind of extraordinary, given that I have not written any fiction at all since 2007 -- literally a full decade ago. It's about time I got back into it. I'm not quite as satisfied with these two pages as I was with the first, but that's okay. There's a certain satisfaction to doing it at all.

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