— Excerpt from ‘I sing the body electric’, Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman
The excerpt above is just to say that I miss my friends who, although in the same time zone as me right now, are 10 hours away by car. 😦
Back again to the land of rain and clouds! Take courage my soul, against the freezing cold weather and lack of sunlight. My time in California has really spoiled me for England. The weather was extremely good in December and early January (it’s been a nice and sunny 80F). Maybe I should be worried that it feels like summer when it’s the middle of winter, but my cold-blooded body doesn’t mind at all. When you need other sources of heat to regulate your body temperature, you don’t complain too much about strange climate changes if it’s giving you the sunlight you need to survive.Unfortunately, I am never as productive as I plan to be during vacations. Right before my break begins, I always create rather elaborate daily schedules, goals, and a ‘to-do’ list. If I am very lucky and diligent, half of them will get done. But I think I thrive better when I’m stressed out with too much on my plate because that’s when I’m really productive. I think.
The break wasn’t a complete waste of time, however. I spent time with my family, baked, cooked, and ate all of the food I have been craving since England (Alas! Where shall I get spicy food now?!), read for dissertation, read for pleasure, and realized a newfound love for poetry (hence the excerpt from Walt Whitman)
I also got to go to the beach! We went to Coronado Island (technically a peninsula) and saw the sun set.