Oh it’s so good to get back to a normal blog routine! Whenever I’m away from my 14th Century studies for more than a few days I get a bit ‘homesick’ and find myself drifting back to the books.
Mind you, in retrospect I really needed some rest time. I started the week with a toothache which ended up as a dental abscess for which I needed antibiotics and a couple of visits to the dentist. The the antibiotics then played havoc with my body, so I needed more treatment for that. And then, to cap it all (and probably because of all that had gone before) I had what I term a ‘time of fuggyness’. I had a couple of days when I would get half way through a sentence and then forget what I was talking about – or I would go into a room for something and when I got there I couldn’t remember for the life of me what it was. I had trouble talking, reading, in fact doing anything that required me rubbing two braincells together. Actually – if you read the post on oak galls you will notice an unusual (for me) amount of typos – all due to fuggy brain syndrome!
Thereupon followed 2 more days of sleeping for long periods. And now I’m right as rain (what a strange saying). But, ugh, I sooo hate fugginess! What made it even worse this week was that I had a fuggy attack during a lesson and I lurched from either monotonous rambling to looking rather confused as what I was supposed to say next, or – even more embarrassing – mixing the whole sentence up completely. I think the students must have thought I’d lost the plot!
Anyway, despite the fuggy intervals I still managed to get a few things done, the most pleasant of which was a repeat visit to Chepstow castle and Tintern Abbey on what turned out to be a beautiful sunny day (out of the cold blasts of winds, anyway). I also started on one of the books on my reading list for my uni class which was Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson. Now, apologies to any who love the book – and I know they exist – but I have found it to be terribly hard going and with stories that make even Eastenders look cheerful. I reckon if I’d tried to read the book in one go I would have ended up hurling myself off a very tall building! Saying that though, it is good writing. I just wish it had a bit more get up and go!
On a happier note, I also received a nice little parcel from Amazon this week containing my long-awaited delivery of Ian Mortimer’s new book: The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century. I expect that Alianore will want to do the full review on this, seeing as she helped Ian with his first draft – so I will merely say this: It’s fantastic! Buy it! Read it!