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Highlights of the Week
- We celebrated my husband's birthday on Monday. Smarty programmed an interactive birthday card for him in Java Script, and I got us tickets for Opera San Jose production of Die Fledermaus.
- Smarty's best friend came back from his trip to Europe, and Smarty was happy to reconnect with him - to play games and to swim in the pool together.
- We celebrated 4th of July with our usual block summer party. Sadly, it was a lot less popular this year - partially because 4th of July fell mid-week, so many people decided to travel and partially because many kids in our immediate neighborhood are now college students, so they are not around in the summer. Therefore, their parents are also traveling or doing something else for 4th of July. The neighborhood is changing so fast with some people moving in and some people selling or thinking of selling and getting out of California for more affordable areas.
- Today, Smarty and her Dad departed for Germany, so I will have two weeks by myself. I hope to declutter the house somewhat and to catch up with some work related stuff that I keep postponing, since it requires a few hours of deep thinking.
- This week, Smarty read a lot, both new books and re-reads. Her friend gave her his copy of the book Scythe by Neil Shusterman. Smarty enjoyed it quite a bit and was disappointed that our library did not have the next book available. She put in on hold, but anyway she went to Germany fully loaded with new Kindle books borrowed from the library and several new Kindle books that we got lately.
- I read At the Existentialist Cafe by Sarah Bakewell, a fascinating visit with famous thinkers of 20th century Jean Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauveoir, Albert Camus, and others. Reading it made me regret that I never formally started philosophy and did not know much about existentialist movement (except of course "existential angst") until now. It was not a fast read but definitely enriching and worth my time.
How was your week?