I’ve repeatedly dreamed of snapping my phone in half while my family watches, handing them the pieces, and telling them to cut the line. Complete separation, no more contact. I have two weeks left in Chicago. In the swirl of emotions that has been the past few days, one thing has been clear: a voice crying out within me, begging me to leave.
- Part of leaving involves making things ready for my arrival, so I’ve been shopping for new clothes, furnishings, etc. It’s been both exciting and exhausting.
- I also deleted all my pirated music. Figured it isn’t great artist karma to steal the work of other artists, and since my iPod is broken it seemed as good a time as any. Replenishing my collection will be so emotionally/financially painful though 😦 but it’s worth it.
- Reached a new level in cooking by successfully making french toast. Won’t be on Food Network Star anytime soon but at least it’s not a sandwich.
- Great writing tips from Alyssa Wong (her short story Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers is phenomenal). Also, this Lithub article about the journals of famous writers was an engaging read.
- Saw the musical Northanger Abbey at Lifeline Theatre and it was such a joy, especially as an Austen fan. It was in a small theater and I had a front-row seat, which ended up being a perfect viewing spot. Also, each seat had a blanket; it wasn’t cold but covering myself with the blanket meant that I couldn’t distract anyone with my excited hand movements. All in all, definitely worth seeing (and student tickets are only $20!).