Thursday, July 29, 2010

Reading Lolita in Iowa

Lolita, number four on the modern library's list is remarkable and horrifying by turns. It carries a little extra meaning for someone who has worked for the past several years with abused children. I've always wondered what goes on in the minds of the abusers. How do they justify themselves? Especially to themselves? Nabokov seems to have some answers. (Although it does make me wonder how on earth he could get inside the head of his character so well.) I find it creepy how several of the reviewers on the back cover have called it a 'love story', considering how Humbert so often refers to coercing, threatening and bribing Lolita.

On a happier note, I'm still on vacation. I've been enjoying friends and family and alll things American and I still have a month left. This will probably (hopefully) be the last long summer that I have unemployed, so I'm enjoying it while I can. And of course, about once a day I get another email regarding my security clearance or medical clearance. At first I was surprised. It all seemed so...disorganized. But now I'm starting to roll with the bureaucracy, anticipating that I'll need to make 2 copies when they say 1, and submit 3 references when they say 2. And that there will always be one more step... But I received an encouraging email today. My medical clearance is scheduled to start on August 17th. When will it finish? No one knows, but at least now I can plan on it starting. ;)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

A Whole New World

America really is a whole new world, accessible only after a harrowing journey through the evil land of Jet Airways and Delta. Oh how I hate flying... But seeing my friends and family back home is pretty worth it.

I spent my first week back in the states in a daze, starting every sentence with 'well in Sri Lanka...', and marveling at the shininess and general abundance of America, even rural America. It's nice to be back, but it is just a bit like Disney World at times.

This week has been a whirlwind. My mom and I had a Julie & Julia day. (We watched the movie and cooked Bouef Bourgignon, it was awesome.) I met my sister-in-law for the first time ever. (She's great!) And I got the most thorough medical exam I've had in my life. (Thanks DoS, it's good to feel so healthy!)

I'll write again later, but here's a preview of the next few days: my brother's wedding reception is Saturday and our town's festival (Wait for it...BEEF DAYS, a celebration of beef!) is this weekend, and I will finally be getting back to my reading list.