I love the Gaugin-like colors of summer. A couple of weeks ago the scene was as idyllic and golden-green as I’ve ever seen it. Then the temperature climbed.
Gosh, it’s hot! It has been in the nineties for almost a week. But life goes on, and I still bicycle for transportation.
You don’t need to dress up on a bicycle: shorts and a t-shirt will do. My face is lined and craggy and no nips and tucks will happen so I do automatically put on light makeup before I go out.
Like the Wicked Witch of the West, I was melting in the heat. “I’M MELTING, MELTING.” Well, she melted in water, and I melted in makeup.
As the makeup melted, it produced a strange powdery effect. I could SMELL the powder. Ugh. I didn’t feel dehydrated, but I stopped and drank half a bottle of water.
Then I went into the store. The air conditioning felt good. But as I was handing over my credit card, sweat broke out on my hands and arms. This is the second time this has happened when I go from the outdoors into air conditioning. SO EMBARRASSING.
And what’s with that anyway? Is it a sign of dehydration? I drank a glass of water before I left home. How many glasses of water do we have to drink when it’s 92 degrees? And why does this happen when I go from the heat into air conditioning?
Well, I’m home, and no more sweating issues.
Last year I bought a used edition of the 2012 Folio Society edition of Anna Karenina (the Maude translation). The book is very beautiful, and I love the illustrations, but it is simply too big to read lying down. I prefer a paperback!
The giveaway of this beautiful book is open to Americans or Canadians. (Alas, the postage is too high to send it farther.) Leave a comment or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a sentence or two about why you want it. There is never a lot of competition here! And if you want to help with the postage, I’ll accept it, but even that is not necessary. You’re doing me a favor because this takes up the space of at least two books.
Here’s the Folio Society description:
Translated by Louise and Aylmer Maude
Quarter-bound in buckram with cloth sides blocked and printed with a design by Angela Barrett
Set in Ehrhardt with Bulmer display
Frontispiece and 14 full-page colour illustrations
Book size: 9½” × 6¼”
Here is an illustration: