This is going to be a bit vomitous in terms of the multiplicity of content. But I'm not going to apologize. You will read the upchuck and you will enjoy it.
I woke up this morning at 8h20 [this will only make sense to one reader]. I left the house [I don't know why I typed that--I live in a room in a flat/hall] around 13h30. I meant to leave before noon. It takes me forever to get out the door. Today's goal? To plow through some reading at Brick Lane Coffee. I found it on yelp over a week ago, and time kept passing and I kept not going. I'm super glad I went. Not only because it took me unknowingly down streets that I had walked with my mom when she was here that first week I arrived in the UK. But also because it got me out of my room. I'm a chronic homebody. I just honestly enjoy bumming around my room: laptop, book, learning dances. Is it silly that I'm proud of myself for not caving in to my usual excuses?
I purchased the monthly tube pass and sometimes I'm concerned that I shouldn't have because I'm not using it as much as I did in my first couple weeks. This brings on the eternal struggle: do I walk for my health or do I tube for my wallet? Compromise: tube halfway, buy a screen protector for my camera [BECAUSE IN THE NL, KHYAN REMOVED THE ONE I HAD] at the Whitechapel market, then walk to Brick Lane. My route took me up Cheshire Street, which I had walked through once before with Kayley and Emma. At some point in my life I want to rent a flat on that street. It's so quiet and enclosed, but then also so close to the bustle of Brick Lane. Notably I want to live across from the paper shop. Many units are empty, with vintage clothing joints dotted in between. There's a minuscule pub on one corner that's been closed whenever I've gone by--if I can't eventually go in, then I at least am going to go back with my camera. I'll have books in the window. And of course a cat [who will occasionally be in the window as well]. Naturally all of this is my imagination running wild. But I'm stubborn enough to think that I can make this a reality.