Ah, nothing like a long weekend at the weekend house.
And this weekend was particularly satisfying because ENGLISH SPEAKING friends came! YAY!
Normally, when people come for the weekend, they’re all serbian and i mostly sit off to the side and read a book. Heck, when visitors DON’T come i ALSO sit around and read a book, although it should be mentioned i got a LOT more reading done while Maja was pregnant. Post delivery i really don’t get serious reading time until around, say, 8 pm. But i digress…
No, wait, let me digress again. After our guests left (yes i’m getting to part where we all had a great time chilling the weekend away), maja and i stayed an extra day and a half, so i got some reading in. Why do you care?
I know you DON’T care that the book i read, in it’s entirety, was called The Road, by the same guy who wrote ‘No Country For Old Men’ (so you get the diea that this is real Feel Good kind of author here) and is in a nutshell ” a post-apocalyptic tale of a journey taken by a father and his young son over a period of several months, across a landscape blasted by an unnamed cataclysm that destroyed all civilization and, apparently, most life on earth.”
Why am i mentioning this? Because i know that the guy who lent this to me, Shaun, occasionally reads this blog. And he may read this bit i am writing now. And i just wanted him to know that i am on to his insidious and nefarious plot to MAKE ME KILL MYSELF by sending me books whose main effect is to make the reader, particularly if he is father, want to take his own life out of complete and total existential despair. If you hear that i’ve done myself in, be sure to check what book i’ve just finished and WHO gave it to me.
English speaking friends… check. Great long weekend…. check. Oh yeah, i probably should have given them more warning about the Mosquito swarms that plague the house like an old testament Smiting, but what the hey. Baptism by fire i always say. Or at least i will start always saying. Well, i’m saying now.
So hopefully i can get to do this again sometime. What do we do up at the house? Eat, lounge about, play ping pong, maja’s mom bakes some cake, i take care of baby in the afternoon while maja naps, more lounging, reading, beer and rakia come out, dinner gets made, dinner gets eaten, beer and rakia get properly attacked, chat chat, everyone goes to bed except me who listens to a concert and THEN goes to bed.
Yay. So here are some photos and a video for your perusement. The video should be somewhat amusing as it depicts me and my french friend, Tibo, attempting to read the baby a book in Cyrillic. (you know, those funny looking russian letters? Well, serbs use them too. The cyrillic alphabet was invented in the 9th century by two macedonian monks who were brothers.) It’s a bit tricky even just sounding the damn baby book out phonetically.
(we DO have some books in english to read the little one, although we can ALWAYS use more hint hint)
And here are some photos of him in his little tub one afternoon after the guests left.