For the last week, since the new job update I pounded out last Monday night, I’ve been meaning to post. But it hasn’t happened. It’s not for a lack of things to write about but more a feeling of overwhelmedness at suddenly how much there is to write down. It’s like as soon as I take a job and release myself from the bounds of my apartment, I remember what it’s like to live and blog. Here are a couple of recent tidbits…
Friday night, as I was riding elevator back up to my apartment, I got smacked by a wave of scent memory. I was tired from the week and so was a little spacey and receptive to olfactory time travel. The doors opened on the 14th floor and I was suddenly hit with the smell of cooking kasha. The smell of nutty, steamy buckwheat hit my nose and I was a small child, riding the elevator with my grandmother. I remembered the feeling of safety and warmth and I carried that sensual memory for the rest of the evening.
This afternoon, I made the mistake of going to Trader Joe’s in the middle of the Sunday afternoon rush. The lines were halfway down the aisles, so I edited my list down to the basics and headed for the express line. There was a lovely kind of teamwork and cooperation happening, as people tried to keep their places and make room for the others who came after. A woman got in line with her daughter, and I got to chatting with them after briefly holding their place. I recognized the woman from my building and as we talked about Center City living, multiple members of the line joined in. It made the wait far more pleasant, and while I didn’t get my neighbor’s name, I know that we’ll exchange waves and hellos from now on.
And on the cohabitation front: I purchase my first brand-new piece of furniture in order to accommodate Scott’s gigantic television. I must admit, I am enjoying the hugeness of it and finally understand what all the fuss is about HD.