It rained all day today (again) and all of my classes were, for one reason or another, cancelled. I had plans to get a two-hour massage for $10 (I know, right?!) but the friends I was going to go with cancelled. So, what to do?
I decided to spend the day in the most lazy fashion I could. I got out of bed at 9 but as of this writing (11:43 p.m.) I have not changed out of my pajamas. I ventured out briefly to buy mangoes and bananas at Baicheng but that was the only exception to my self-imposed house arrest. (While out, though, I stopped by the campus supermarket. I was looking for some plain crackers but got distracted by a new kind of Oreo – ice cream flavored! They taste pretty much like normal Oreos only they leave your mouth with a “refreshing cool flavor”. It’s almost minty but without the minty flavor; truthfully, it feels eerily like you just finished a bowl of ice cream. I finished the pack, trying not to think about the chemicals required to produce this wholly-artificial flavor.)
I ordered lunch from the restaurant next door – chicken curry and rice, $1.50. I ordered dinner from the new pizza place at West Gate – small cheese pizza and garlic bread, $3.50.
I moved my computer to my bed, which was my base for the day as I did flashcard reviews and watched TV shows on DVD. I fell way behind on Anki reviews during and after my trip to Jilin, so I started the day with 2,072 flashcards due. It was hard and took nearly four hours (and most of the fourth season of Psych) but I made it through all of them! I filled four-and-a-half sheets of paper with characters, which looks a little something like this:
Please be impressed . . .
Two other things of note today:
Some of my friends just had a baby. Apparently. I mean, based on the invitation to a baptism that I was emailed today, I’m assuming that they had a baby – but you know what happens when you assume. It’s the first I’ve heard of a pregnancy, much less a baby, so I was a mixture of surprised and really confused. I probably shouldn’t be surprised since a) I have been gone over nine months and b) most of what I know about my friends’ lives come from my facebook newsfeed, not like direct communication or anything. I guess the most surprising thing is that I heard no hint of it on facebook?
Also, today is the anniversary of nothing. It’s just a day, like any other. No big thing. It may or may not happen to coincide with increased control and restrictions every year, but really – it’s nothing. You just can’t hold a public gathering today. No reason, why do you ask?