. . . as if you couldn’t tell from all the blogging I’ve been doing. My time is spent sitting in the only chair that gives upper-back support in the house — a red wingback in the library — and engaging in activities that cause me to move my torso as little as possible.
I’m still participating in the essential childcare procedures (food, clothing, teeth brushing) but laundry?
Picking up toys?
Emptying the dishwasher?
Not going to happen, unless I can somehow magically levitate the machine so that the dishes are all at the same level as my waist. Loading the dishwasher wasn’t a problem, as I could simply hold my arm down low and drop ’em in without bending over.
The biggest problem is that I have to sleep sitting up as well, which leads to weird dreams and the sensation, upon waking, of not really having slept at all. Also, that I can’t bend down to kiss anybody, or have anybody sit in my lap for more than a minute. That’s lousy.
Hopefully, it’ll all be better in the next two or three days. In the meanwhile, I’ve been watching this:
It’s an animated feature called Sita Sings the Blues. The animator, Nina Paley, uses the Indian epic Ramayana as a framework for examining her own troubled marriage. It’s as funny as it is thoughtful (very respectful to its source material), which in some ways was a problem, seeing as it hurts for me to laugh right now. In addition to using a variety of funky animation techniques (including three shadow puppets who act as our guides to the story) Paley has several sequences where Sita sings along to the 1920s jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw (hence the movie’s title). Beautifully crafted and executed, I really recommend giving it a watch. Best of all, the film is available for viewing in its entirety at this public television station’s website — for free!