List: Remnants of London

  1. Strawberry black tea from Fortnum and Mason, a bag of cumin, bay leaves, green tea, top-notch quality vanilla
  2. Clothes, tea towels (one is hanging on the wall), jewelry
  3. Abel & Cole calendar with achingly wonderful British recipes on each month’s page
  4. My study abroad blog
  5. Delayed adoption of “s” in place of “z”. The words look softer and more intelligible.
  6. Lack of patience for obnoxious Americans
  7. Contentedness with having a few but trusted and loved circle of friends
  8. Deep-seated yearning to walk the Earth and meet people and bring my eyes to unseen corners and continue to add to my emotional catalogue.

List: Ways to emerge from a funk

  • Sing
    • Happens most often in the car, along with the radio or ipod
    • Harmonizing is a sure bet
    • Folk, singer/songwriter genres a lot, with evocative melodies constructed by groups like
      • Simon & Garfunkel
      • Van Morrison
      • Gavin DeGraw
      • CSNY
      • Ingrid Michaelson
      • etc.
  • Dance
  • Take a bath or shower
  • Talk to family member, close or distant (those can be really uplifting)
  • Listen to One Direction (can’t believe the depth of my love for them)
  • Become properly hydrated and take joy in that
  • Exercise in a fun way like biking, zumba, machines with good music on, swimming, a sports game like softball or soccer…
  • Get dressed up. Go somewhere, or not.
  • Collage whatever I’m feeling: Happiness, pain, wanderlust, awkwardness, nostalgia… anything.
  • Bake or cook something unusual in terms of ingredients, origin, taste, whatever.
  • Sip decaf coffee with treat levels of sugar and cream. Or tea.
  • KOMBUCHA. Yes, it’s not been proven to actually help your body all that much (except for possibly providing prebiotics), but I love it just the same. Just thinking about it makes me happy!
  • Do something for somebody else.
  • Listen to more One Direction.
  • Get sucked into funny youtube videos like this or this.
  • Send someone a letter or postcard or care package or something totally random.
  • Relive old memories with photo albums, pictures on the computer, images or videos on your Facebook page from 7 years ago, or by asking someone for their old photos!
  • Go online shopping but don’t buy anything. Just virtually amass/collect it like the materialistic beings we are.
  • Clean out an old bureau or storage area.
  • Give away old clothes and things you don’t use anymore. Consolidate and donate.

To be continued!