- Is School Lunch Really All That Bad?
- Earn your degree
- Write a letter to your reflection in the mirror.
- What is your zodiac sign? Does it fit your personality?
- Sit outside for about an hour. Write down the sounds you hear.
- Write about a teacher who had a lasting impact on you.
- Your relationship status and how you feel about it.
- Where you’d like to be in ten years.
- Write about friends that are like family.
- Put your iPod on shuffle and write down the first ten songs that pop up.
- Write a verbal vision board.
- Write about being inside an old abandoned warehouse.
- How important do you think education is?
- What if you mirror started talking to you?
- List five celebrities that you’re attracted to.
- Write about how you celebrate New Year’s Eve.
- Write about what you do on Valentine’s Day.
- How impulsive are you?
- Write about your favorite US President, living or dead.
- Do Photoshopped Images Make You Feel Bad About Your Own Looks?
- Protected: Would You Want to Be a Child Prodigy?
- Do You Perform Better When You’re Competing or When You’re Collaborating?
- What are your favorite cartoons?
- If someone gave you a free plane ticket to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
- How Do You Find Peace in Your Life?
- How Important Is Keeping a Clean House?
- What would you do if you could live a day without consequences?
- How to Properly Pack a Suitcase
- A food that reminds you of your youth.
- Why would you be a great president? Give at least three arguments.
The new house’s location is so quiet. There is no ambient noise. We’re too far from the main road to hear the cars that we can see passing by, on the far side of the lake. (The vlei, as they call it here. As in “flay.”)
The quiet is peaceful, not oppressive. It allows me to hear other things.
There are birds around, and they make the strangest noises. At some point I will have to ask the neighbors or listen to some recordings to identify them. They are unlike anything I ever expected to hear.
(We also see the birds. A guinea fowl calmly walked across the road today, totally ignoring us. Herons have a distinct take off and landing flight path over the vlei.)
One of our neighbors is doing some kind of maintenance. All day on and off we heard drilling and hammering, but it was so distant that none of us cared.
And now that it’s late at night and the wind is up, I an hear it gusting, whistling through some crack I have yet to identify. I think it might be the corrugated metal roof of the garage.
EDIT: My mother is convinced the whistling is a bird. At ten pm. We’ll figure it out eventually.
We haven’t plugged very much in yet, so there isn’t even the white noise of electronics humming.
Today my dad highlighted the quiet as a plus, and my mom warned him that when people move away from areas with a lot of sound the quiet keeps them up at night. I think that might apply if we were coming from, say, NYC, where you hear multiple sirens an hour. But from central NJ? Nah. Distant traffic noise, electricity, the occasional train whistle. No worries.
Besides, I’m so tired that I’ll sleep like the dead.