September 17th, 2010

20111112, Marilee

Bad Pain Night


I didn't have any TV to watch last night, so I watched a DVD and then read the paper. I went to read in bed at 2am and in half an hour was back up for more narcotics because my right hip, left shoulder, left little toe, and all my fingers still hurt. I actually slept at 4:30am. I turned the alarm off before it beeped because I was clearly going to sleep more, and woke up at 3:30pm, with the pain back. I can't take extra narcotics tonight because I have bookgroup tomorrow.

I got out so I could put the DVD in the post office box before 5pm (last pickup) and since then have been back online.
20111112, Marilee

Caterina in the Big City


Caterina is a teenager in a small rural city near Rome. When her unpleasant father gets a transfer to a school in Rome, everything is different. Girls make fun of her, girls help her, girls put something in her bag so she shoplifts, the cousin of a girl is not allowed to date her because his mother thinks Caterina is trash.

While they're exercising/running, the girl with the cousin provoked her by talking about her being trash. Caterina argues that she isn't trash, it's the girl's family that is, and the girl pushes Caterina into a pile of something heavy and when she gets up, the girl starts hitting everybody she can reach. She knows she won't get in trouble -- her father is the prime minister -- but Caterina runs away and a girl was hurt by the hitting. Caterina's father has become a little weird around teenage girls, and wrote a semi-porn novel that he insists is a bestseller and talks about what the movie will be like. He makes a fool of himself on TV talking about that, and is suspended from teaching.

Caterina makes her way home and is found by a boy from across the street, an Australian who, when he and his mother speak Australian, has the Italian translation on the screen. He takes her to his room where he can see into Caterina's apartment. He also tells her that he sees her father sit in the same chair all day, and her mother spending time with another man. When the father sees the mother with the other man putting up the laundry, he gets on his motorbike and leaves.

After a while, Caterina and her mother head for a beach vacation and the other man will join them on the weekend. They're happier than they've ever been and they hope the husband/father is happy, too.