Tuesday, September 13, 2011

European Pillow Syndrome

It kind of irritates me that I had to go to Monoprix and fork out 35E for two decent pillows and a set of fresh pillowcases to augment the doll's house rag-like things that were here in the apartment. I figure it's worth it to get a decent night's sleep. But so far I've had to shell out almost 100E to make this place habitable.

Actually, I suppose in the scheme of things, that's not so bad. Given that the rent is 200E less per month than the previous apartment. But still - who furnishes "pillows" that look like they have been run over with a freaking steamroller? Not to mention the pathetic "cushions" that languish droopily on the "couch" that looks like a woolly mammoth set up residence on it for much of the Jurassic Era from which it undoubtedly stems. I'm looking forward to my luxurious week in Jury's Inn when I go to Cork in October.

In other news, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" was terrific. The theatre, not so much -- apparently banking seats was an alien concept to the designer. And I'm sure it was just my perception that I was sitting behind the only hyperactive giantess in the house. With big hair. Still, both the play and the production were great. Oberon and Titania as John Steed and Emma Peel, and the whole thing done in a tongue-in-cheek "Avengers" style, with lots of 60s go-go-dancers prancing around in the forest. I know it sounds awful, but it actually worked very well. I can't say that Shakespeare sounds anywhere near as magical in French as in English, but that just may be a case of missing what one is familiar with.

But, God, what a terrific play! It's a delight from start to finish, and the plot isn't nearly as complicated as I had remembered.

That's it for tonight. Time to break in those new pillows, and let's hope last night's annoying mosquito doesn't make a return visit.


  1. Two new pillows with matching pillowcases at Monoprix : 35.50 Euro
    First decent night's sleep since arriving in Paris : priceless

  2. EPS is rather baffling, as well as uncomfortable. I do need something rather fluffier than the Greek economy when I channel somnus.