In the Heat of Summer

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Lately I’ve been experiencing intense, action-suspense-filled dreams. It’s been stressful to sleep and I often wake with my head and body aching from imaginary jumping from building to building, crawling through a basement somewhere, and getting chased by imaginary assassins. What is this madness.

I blame the heat. (Currently 95 degrees at 7:20pm).

Here’s what I’ve been doing to escape:

  • Wake up early and head somewhere cooler, i.e., the beach. In my experience, beaches are pretty empty in the mornings on weekdays.
  • Watch Cari Cakes on YouTube. She lives in Seoul and her vlogs feel very inviting. I especially like her music choices and snippets of street views as she visits different parts of the city.
  • Make shaved ice. Recently my sister bought us a Japanese shaved ice machine that shaves ice to milky smooth consistency. We grew up with the manual kind where the ice turned out uneven and crunchy, so this fancy machine is a major upgrade from our childhood. I love a good bingsoo (Korean shaved ice). Because of covid, we haven’t been able to visit any of our favorite shaved ice shops, but now we can make them at home! Y says he grew up with the manual machine as well and his parents would pour orange juice on the shaved ice and that was it. That is so funny to me! Just shaved ice and orange juice. He made himself a bowl recently and closed his eyes to savor the one flavor, saying, “Ah, this is my childhood right here.” Elaine seemed to like it too. Maybe there’s something to it. haha.
  • Read in the evenings with the windows wide open and the fan on. There is something nostalgic about reading in the evening in the summer “breeze”.
  • Plan next year’s vacations. Now’s the time to book those flights and hotels. Hopefully, it’ll be safe to travel and covid will be (nearly) gone by next summer. Please Lord, please disintegrate every molecule of its existence and may there be no mutant variants. If anything, flight and hotel agencies have lenient cancellation policies, so there’s no harm in wishful planning. My future may be uncertain, but looking forward to something makes life in the future a little more tangible..