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2021-05-22: pickles and rain.

Yesterday I read this article about how our routines (working all day and having a little free time during the evening) are functional to consumerism. It may be that way. It may not, I don't really care much. What I do care about is that that's my routine. Every day the same four walls, same activities, same everything.

This is not the first time I've noticed this, though. I visited my grandparents about two months ago after a long year of not seeing them during the 2020 quarantine. I had a lot of stuff to tell them: I had moved by myself, I was cooking a lot, I had started taking classes in a new university, etc. Lots of changes and news.

Then, a month later, I visited them again. This time, I had nothing new to tell.

The same goes for visiting my parents. I see them once a week or so. When I moved by myself I had a lot of things to tell them. Then, week after week, nothing. I cooked some stuff, I went to the same old shops, work, sleep, study. Eternal while true. I struggled trying to find something to talk about. What's next? I could do a lot more, why am I not doing so?

Well, I believe the main impediment right now is the COVID-19 pandemic. We've been quarantined. Again. And traveling abroad is not particularly easy at this very moment. I live in a big city, though. There should be things to do around here! Why am I not partaking in that? Then again, the answer is the pandemic.

In any case, though, there are other things I should be able to do to break the monotony. So I've started this log. I will try to do something new now and then. And who knows, maybe I'll be able to escape the oppressive cycle my life has turned into.

So, what did I do today?

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Today it rained a lot. There's a cyclone alert and everything. Sadly, I didn't take any pictures. I didn't know I was going to write a log of my day. In any case, given that we are to be quarantined -and thanks to the weather- the streets were rather empty. We went to the grocery store taking the longest possible route, seizing the opportunity to discover our neighbourhood. I love the way everything shines when it rains.

We even found some dumbells somebody had discarded on the street, so we took them home. They were in perfect shape!

We came back home wet and cold after buying some veggies. I cooked some soup and baked pumpkin, and we ate it outside in the patio, under the rain-turned-drizzle. Cool experience.

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Having eaten and all, I pickled some onions and peppers and left them in a cupboard to marinate. In a week or two they'll be ready to eat.

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I'm growing a leek. The rest of it went into the soup. Once it grows new roots I'll plant it in a pot.

Also, I started reading The Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger. My uncle had recommended it to me many times. He had even lent me his copy at some point. I hadn't had the chance to read it, though. I'm walfway through. Great book, the way it's written reminds me a lot of how Night in the Woods is written. That's never a bad thing.

Tomorrow I will try to go out and walk a little more. I can't go out for too long because we've been requested to stay at home, but somewhere close should be fine. Maybe to a park or to get some take-away coffee.

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