Because I’m bored and sick, and also because I love lists.
- Lists. I think I’ve made this clear throughout my blog, but there’s something so calming about making a list. You lay everything out there on a piece of paper, or on webspace in this case and it’s nice to see a sense of coherency among the items in your list. It makes it so much easier to just see everything.
- Watching awesome superhero movies on opening day. Coincidentally, today I attempted to convince one of my friends to come with me to watch the midnight showing of Watchmen in IMAX. Naturally he thought I was crazy. But there’s something about being in line, waiting for three hours with your mind wandering aimlessly while you’re restless with excitement about seeing something for the first time. I mean, I’m as impatient as the next person but I love the experience of watching movies on opening day and to see all the people that actually come out. Of course, it’s kind of a testament to consumerism and how commodified the entertainment industries really is, but I mean, it still brings people together right? And isn’t that a good thing? Oh dear. I can feel my mind making all these odd connections to scholars like Adorno and Horkheimer and Foucault who if they were still alive would totally be looking down on me so I’m going to stop thinking about this now.
- Books. When I was a kid, reading was my absolute favourite thing to do and nothing would get in the way of me reading whatever book I was reading at the moment. It frustrated my parents to no end because I would always show up for dinner with my head in a book and attempt to eat whilst propping my book open with one hand, spilling all my food on the table trying to shove it in my mouth. It’s kind of miraculous that I ended up as social as I am today given my obsession with books, actually. In any case, it’s a little sad for me to say that I don’t nearly read as much as I did back then although I am getting back into it. There’s just something so comforting and wonderful about being able to curl up on a couch wrapped in a blanket and sipping on a steaming cup of lemon tea while reading a book.
- Wearing new clothes for the first time. The very first thing that I want to do when I buy a new clothing piece is go home to try it on. Seriously – I do it every. Single. Time. There’s this odd rush of exhiliration when you get to wear something for the first time at home…it’s like the first time you actually get to claim ownership of it.
- Jumping in puddles. In rainy rainy Vancouver, this is a delight that I can often indulge in. Ever since I bought my amazing Tretorn rainboots (yes, that might have been a shameless plug), I have attempted to jump into every single puddle that comes my way (as long as I’m wearing the boots, of course). I was particularly delighted last semester when I went to visit William at UBC on a very, very, very rainy day and we were walking through campus and I got to traipse through the very deep puddles while everyone else had to walk around. It’s empowering, almost – I mean, if you’re going to live in a city that rains like no tomorrow, you might as well face it head on and be prepared for it, right?
- Sports. I grew up the only girl in my family – I have two younger brothers – and I’ve always had a bit of tomboy in me. My fondest memories of when I was a kid was actually running around in the backyard playing soccer with makeshift goal posts made up of our discarded sweaters; playing hockey in the alleyway with my cousins; and playing baseball at the park that was two blocks from my house in the summertime with all the kids in my neighbourhood. It’s strange almost because sometimes it seems like I had a very suburban childhood, even though I didn’t – I grew up less than 15 minutes away from downtown. But it was a nice one and I’m glad that my parents enrolled me in sports as a kid (I did competitive swimming, soccer, volleyball, and basketball, all through various stages of my childhood and adolescence) because I have an appreciation of them now. And it goes without saying that having an appreciation for such athletic pursuits is so valuable because it totally has a built-in good-for-you mechanism and keeps you healthy.