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I’ve Been Busy Lately: Where I Am When I’m Not Right Here

written by M.E. Evans April 28, 2014

These past two weeks has been a whirlwind of all things Italy. I’ve been talking with some people about my book, I’ve had WRITER’S BLOCK AGAIN but it’s okay because i’m hopeful that I can overcome it with some wine and maybe a mini vacation. I was lucky enough to do an interview with very sweet and brilliant italian filmmakers where we discussed fascism, the emigration of Italian youth, gender inequality,homosexuality, and religion (and nobody yelled at me! Hooray!) I did an interview for a tour guide that is coming soon, and another interview with a lovely fellow blogger. PLUS! I got to have this conversation with my in-laws:

MIL: HI!

Me: Hi! How are you guys?

MIL: GOOD! How are you? What did you eat today?

FIL: You ate shit!

MIL: SHUT UP! What did you eat today?

FIL: THEY ATE SHIT!

MIL: SHUT UP!

ME: Okay, Okay. Yes, we ate shit. Yes. So, anyways, what have you been doing?

MIL: Nothing. The same. What have you been doing?

FIL: What HAVE YOU NOT BEEN DOING!? When are you going to make a baby! MAMMA MIA! THIS IS TAKING FOREVER! I’ll be dead before you two have a child! WHAT ARE YOU GUYS DOING OVER THERE!?

MIL: MAKE A BABY! MAKE THE LOVE! MAKE THE LOVE!

FIL: DO SOMETHING!

ME: Uhm, yeah, we’re uhm, busy with work and stuff.

MIL: TOO BUSY!? HAHAHAH!

FIL: TOO BUSY!? HAHAHAHA.

Both together: MAMMA MIA! OH DIO!

Francesco (blushing and getting all embarrassed because sex is naughty and he was raised catholic): Okay, okay, well nice talking to you guys. We have to go…

FIL: BABIES!

MIL: A BABY!

Me: Okay, great, bye guys. Have a good day.

MIL & FIL: Oh, okay, Ciao!

Me: Vi voglio bene

FIL: Oh! Uhm, uh, uh, me too!

MIL: huh????

Francesco: Awe!

Me: Okay bye.

We hang up and look at each other. Shrug, and go back to what we were doing.

 

WHERE I AM WHEN I’M NOT HERE (Or NOT BEING SCREAMED AT TO MAKE MORE SEX)

Interview With Filmmakers Who Brought Us The Documentary, ‘Italy, Love It Or Leave It,’ Luca Ragazzi and Gustav Hofer 

I Was Interviewed For A Tourism Book. An Excerpt Can Be Found at The Ramble by Gigi Grffis Here

I Made This Embarrassing Video Of A Paragraph From One Of My Books

 

 

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5 comments

italyandasparagus April 29, 2014 at 6:27 am

Fun diversion from day 6 of chicken pox quarantine and war against this spring’s ant attack on a screen-less Italian house. “I’m newborn fresh… that is how little I know about the world.” hahaha I think you nailed it. Charming read and unique way of expressing the situation.

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M.E. Evans April 29, 2014 at 10:00 pm

Oh no! That sounds terrible.

I’m glad you enjoyed the video and could get a minute break from being sick. Video is really not my thing but it helps me to improve stories and it’s fun. Thanks for the kind words.

Get well love!

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italyandasparagus May 3, 2014 at 6:47 am

Thx! My 2-year old had the pox. Totally in giro here around the lake. All the kids here have it. Finally a bright side to my kid’s nail biting habit…he had nothing to scratch with! Your PILs are hi-larious. Was that really their response to your sweet vi voglio bene??? Che pazienza che hai!! xo

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M.E. Evans May 6, 2014 at 6:13 pm

Oh bummer! Poor kid! That was really their response but to be fair, they don’t say that, EVER. Not to their own kids, not to their grandkids, I’ve never heard them say it to my husband. Plus throw in our sort of chaotic past and they were just shocked. Honestly it’s kind of why I even said it, I mean, I do love them (in spite of themselves) but I also knew they would get totally awkward and it’s my way of messing with them when they’re being annoying.

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chinaelevatorstories April 29, 2014 at 8:55 am

Your in-laws are funny.

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