This state is still coated in ice and my downstairs neighbor is playing the kind of bass-heavy slow jamz that are going to interfere with my plans to get to bed early. So far I'm not stressed out, but I still don't feel perfectly healthy and I could use a lot more sleep. Especially since the radiators in this house are the 4 AM clanking variety. I stumbled into the bathroom in the wee hours this morning and fumbled around for some silicone earplugs that I presciently packed and jammed them in my ears so that I could go back to sleep. The sound of my own brain was better than the intermittent, arrhythmic, unpredictable radiator.
I'm keeping sort of a low profile on campus right now. One nice thing about being here, even with two jobs to do, is that this apartment is very much a fortress of solitude. Just a little studio a stone's throw from my office, with a little 3/4 stove and tiny fridge that I packed with the like three organic vegetables I was able to find at the grocery store. I can come over here basically whenever I have downtime during the day, and I have tea going at all times. When the teaching day is done, it's just dinner with me, and I love that.
Also, I finally started streaming stuff directly from Netflix. It never made sense at home because the Brit and I like to watch stuff together on the bigger screen, but for sheer cozy convenience you cannot beat movies (or 30 Rock) delivered directly to your laptop. I love living in the future.
Speaking of which, you can likely expect more blog posts while I'm in the hinterlands. I was going to promise not to blog about my gratitude journal, but I just realized I can't promise you anything because I am going to be responsible for entertaining myself quite a lot for the next 10 weeks.