It’s been a week of August already: a weak august.
I have become newly obsessed with “Martha’s Month” in Martha Stewart’s Living magazine.
(I remember: my mom used to have a parody entitled Is Martha Stewart Living? I wonder if she still has that somewhere.)
To clarify: I binged on magazines recently. I just went into the Acme (this always happens at the Acme for some reason; where somebody should just smack-me) and looked & looked and then just shoveled them all into my red shopping basket with a few bottles of on-sale coconut water & shamefully checked myself out. (But you know what I mean.)
Magazines––aren’t they?––are like wallpaper for reality, I must think.
So, one of the magazines was Living.
I wonder what my own calendar would look like for the month. I know, at least, what it has been these last weeks; what it will be the next few days.
Sunday, July 29th: Breakfast with dad. Coffee with Madison. Order $30’s worth of temporary tattoos online. Expect rain for days today.
Monday, July 30th: British Chip Shop in Haddonfield. Don’t get the scone with clotted cream: you’ll be disappointed. (Update: But it was too late.)
Tuesday, July 31st: Today is the day. (I don’t remember what that meant, but it was written in my desk “diary.”)
Wednesday, August 1st: O.C. Farmer’s Market. Buy ridiculous bird lamp at the Marshalls. Read Sheila Heiti’s How Should a Person Be? and love it, too much maybe.
Thursday, August 2nd: Lunch with Lauren. Later: The Continental/Buddakan & The Revel.
Friday, August 3rd: Alleyways art reception/reading.
Saturday: August 4th: Coffee with Brittany. Danny’s wedding. (That girl was there* from the Avalon yacht club; was there at the reception; the photographer––what was her name? Gloria. You will tell her, for some reason, that you are thinking of running away to the city. She will encourage you to: go.)
Sunday, August 5th: Breakfast with the parents at the Port-O-Call. Coffee with Sam at the BAM. Expect a visit from the great sadness.
Monday, August 6th: Fill in at the law office. Read/cull magazines; they are taking over.
Tuesday, August 7th: Call your sister. Drinks with Emily and her sisters. You will accidentally take Em’s Foster Grants on your way out & leave your faux wayfarers. Water the plants on your deck, Richard.
Thursday, August 9th: Stockton to see the “Works on Paper” exhibit a second time. Apple store at The Pier to meet with a genius about your anemic battery. Why haven’t you watered the plants yet?
Friday, August 10th: Rita’s art reception. Remember what Gloria said. Remember what your mother told you. Remember that? Remember.