Scene: a rainy Friday morning in Massachusetts.
A residential neighborhood at around 9AM.
We see the front of a house. A stoop, actually. The house is large with a set of stairs leading up to its front door and two mailboxes.
DANIELLE a bleary-eyed PhD student zombie-walks to the front door, opens it, and takes a long unblinking look outside. She stands and stares at the rain for a moment before we hear a voice.
HOUSEMATE: Oh, good morning!
DANIELLE: it takes a moment to register Hi. It’s raining.
HOUSEMATE: Yes, it is. Umbrella? HOUSEMATE offers DANIELLE his umbrella.
DANIELLE: barely coherent I realized I needed milk before I could have coffee, but then I was wondering how hard it was raining, because if it’s raining too hard I have to go to the garage to get my umbrella from the car to take a walk around the corner to get milk… Maybe I’ll just do the walk without an umbrella.
HOUSEMATE: Take my umbrella, go get some caffeine in you. Almost forcibly hands her the umbrella.
DANIELLE: more than a little bewildered thank you!
….I was so out of it this morning that, not only did this happen, but I also committed a cardinal sin against fashion: I left my house in Tufts sweat pants, a Tufts sweat shirt, and imitation Ugg boots. I’m just glad I didn’t actually run into anyone between my house and the store because good god nobody should ever have to look at that.
Still in Medieval Europe, but leaving soon. Had to put down the books today when I realized that if I tried to push through the last 125 pages I was going to give myself another Friday stress migraine which might or might not last the entire weekend.
On Sunday, I’m leaving town for a week to go visit family in Florida. I probably won’t be checking in because, well, if I’m going to take a vacation, I’m taking a bloody vacation.
Have a good week; may you never run out of milk before you’ve had coffee, but if you do may you have someone in your life who cares enough to loan you his umbrella so that you may acquire more before you inadvertently do harm to yourself attempting to make caffeine happen before your brain is fully uploaded.