Sunday, September 19, 2010

Day 0

tomorrow is Day 1.

we have to go and buy the paint, the laminate floor and all other things necessary for the mission. I've been looking at YouTube videos about DIY kitchen makeovers and the budgets there span from 700 USD to 3000 USD. I don't know, I'm hoping to get it done under 40.000 HUF (= around 180 USD).

we have only 5 days altogether because on Saturday I'm going to Veszprém to the Hungarian TV Awards 'Kamera Hungária' where I am one of the jury members in the documentary category. I have watched 18 documentaries and elected three to be nominated. I wonder which one will be the winner. my favourite is the one about a socialist agricultural collective that survived the change of regime in 1989; it's a thrilling and bitter account of the last twenty years of Hungarian country life and of the people, especially farmers, who have or have not survived the turbulent times since the collapse of the socialist regime.

it's the first year they invited me to be a jury member. apart from teaching I am also a film critic. I guess this is how they found me. it's really flattering, I feel important.

and why didn't we start the project earlier? because Veron was busy organising a Shakespeare conference at her university; Women – Shakespeare – Theatre was the title. it was yesterday. I should have attended but instead I was lying in bed doing nothing all day. the summer course I had been teaching at finished on Friday and I took a day off on Saturday. still, in the afternoon I went to see my uncle who spends 2 months in Jordan looking for water in the desert, and 2 weeks here at home, resting. he looked skinny but was in good spirits.

and after Saturday's TV Awards, I'm going on holiday for two weeks. I'm bursting with energy. can't wait to redo the kitchen. can't wait to go to the TV thing. and I can't wait to go on holiday.

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