It’s damn cold. I’m not loving it. It’s not merely the fact that it’s been consistently well below freezing, but it’s annoyingly frigid weather. The sun is being an obnoxious tease by shining all the time. I hate being tempted outside only to have my extremities freeze within 30 seconds, thus prompting a string of muttered, bag lady-esque curses. That scene is not cute.
With my diminished ability to explore outside, I have slacked on photos. However, here’s a few things I’ve been up to.
Re-visiting the topography of terror.
Enjoying the gorgeous sunsets that a hazy, snowy climate offer.
Becoming more and more familiar with the U and S-bahn system here. Each day I try to get out for at least a teensy bit, even if it’s simply to walk around KaDeWe. Of course, I prefer to take the U-Bahn rather than the Deathtrap 3000.
Spending more time inside has forced me to jump back on the reading bandwagon. After struggling through The Idiot, I rewarded myself with Mindy Kaling’s book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (and other concerns). While she plays Kelly Kapoor on the office, Mindy is also one of the show’s head writers.
Apart from being a hilarious and quick read, Mindy makes many points that really resonate with me. She speaks proudly and unabashedly about being a quiet, hardworking high schooler who had friends, but certainly not the social life which might include house parties on a Friday night. I love it. Here’s a lil excerpt:
“As it is, I guess I ﬁnd “Jack and Diane” a little disgusting. As a child of immigrant professionals, I can’t help but notice the wasteful frivolity of it all. Why are these kids not home doing their homework? Why aren’t they setting the table for dinner or helping out around the house? Who allows their kids to hang out in parking lots? Isn’t that loitering? I wish there was a song called “Nguyen and Ari,” a little ditty about a hardworking Vietnamese girl who helps her parents with the franchised Holiday Inn they run, and does homework in the lobby, and Ari, a hardworking Jewish boy who does volunteer work at his grandmother’s old-age home, and they meet after school at Princeton Review. They help each other study for the SATs and different AP courses, and then, after months of studying, and mountains of ﬂashcards, they kiss chastely upon hearing the news that they both got into their top college choices.This is a song teens need to inadvertently memorize.”
I’m feeling more confident of my bearings in this city. This essentially means that I’ve got some navigational awareness, as well as the new found audacity to begin making snap cultural judgements (good and bad) about the people and customs here. Yeah.
Hope you all are warm and cozy!