I Slept on a Couch in My Traveling Clothes

It’s 7:45 AM in South Austin, which means it’s almost 9:00 in New York. My friend M, bless his heart, is out of coffee, and so I am making do with black tea. I’d forgotten the lifestyle of having to drive to the grocery store and stock up – I already miss the convenience of walking to the corner deli to purchase necessities.

Weirdly enough, as I look out the window in Austin, I see snow! But, it’s displeasing snow, unlike that of the Northeast, this snow looks out of place and unlike New York, is halting all businesses from opening up and stopping most people from even leaving their homes. Austin’s government simply isn’t equipped to lay salt along all these country roads, and I bet they haven’t even laid salt in the downtown area. With global warming on the rise, and climate change being as real as the hair on my chin chin chin, Austin really needs to prepare for this kind of event.

I admit I feel trapped in the middle of nowhere. The closest coffee shop is miles away, and I don’t have a car anymore, and Uber isn’t economical, and there are no subways. I’lll really have to get creative at M’s house, as we kill time before leaving tomorrow for Mexico.

Oh – that reminds me, I need to ask my pet-sitter if she can watch DC for an extra day. We had to extend our Mexico trip by one day, because of the cancellations. Michelle is the best pet-sitter ever; if you’re in Manhattan and need a hand, let me know and I’ll send you her info. Assuming anyone is reading this.

I deleted my social media apps, did I tell you already? And this blog is the last place I have left to express myself, or to shout into the void. The lack of social media has already made this blog more prolific, so I say it’s working out well. Plus, a person has to make actual effort to come here and read my work, versus just scrolling and thumbing a like at me.

Signing off for now,
Pearl

By justpearlythings

I am a writer, a lover, and a believer in the good things in life. I write about mental health and wellness, along with book reviews and fashion opinions. My blog caters to thoughtful, growth-minded women and men, and offers insights and personal challenges that provide a space for relevant, meaningful connection. The World Wide Web is vast, it contains multitudes, and so do we as people. I believe that through self-awareness and honesty, we create a more loving planet for everyone. Feel free to follow this page and share it with friends and family. Love, Pearl

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