Guilty pleasure time!
Mine? Hermiting. Grannying. Being a crazy cat lady. Chilling in my room. Meditating over Facebook.
Okay, I do not meditate over Facebook, but I do enjoy spending quiet time by myself. I am a introvert in the sense that I relax and recharge when I am by myself. Ordinarily, I would find no fault with this behavior (although others have tried to guilt me about this, thereby making it a guilty pleasure in another sense), but given that I am living in Istanbul for a limited amount of time, I should probably cut back on my hermiting ways.
This has led some of my friends here to determine that if there were ever a zombie attack, I alone would survive. I would just be chilling in my room oblivious to the maelstrom outside. As long as the zombies didn’t reach the neighborhood near my university, I could even continue running at the gym.
When I do go out, I enjoy it, but I also thoroughly enjoy staying at home. I cuddle up on my cheap, hard, dorm room bed with a cup of coffee and chill. I will admit that a big part of the allure of my dorm room has been Skyping my long distance boyfriend, who I like to joke lives in my computer. I will also readily admit that sometimes I just do not feel like braving the traffic here. On my way home from the airport from my flight back from Greece, I sat on a bus for an ungodly amount of time while twenty+ lanes of traffic tried to squeeze their way onto the three lane bridge over the Bosphorus that connects Europe and Asia. Sometimes I would rather commune with my computer than with the traffic. Sad but true.
Tomorrow I will have to start back into a routine of going out a little more. Why tomorrow? Well, tomorrow classes here start back up after a two week break. Unfortunately, this means that students will come back to the dorms, and the Internet will inevitably stop working in the evenings – and sometimes in the afternoons – and sometimes in the mornings – and sometimes for days on end. I have been using this break to catch up as much as possible with my computer-dwelling boyfriend and my academic work that requires the Internet. I know what will happen after break: her zaman Internet yok…..sonra ben üzgünüm.
So I hermited out over break. I did go to Athens, which I think counts for something, and I ran 28 miles in about a week. I’m aiming for a long run today – 10 miles, eek! Then I am going to come back here, languish in the functional Internet, make myself a cup of coffee, and fulfill my role as the likeliest survivor of a zombie attack.