In the morning I am a joy to have around as long as I’ve had my breakfast of hard boiled eggs.
After I eat them, each cut in half and dusted with sea salt and cake sprinkles, I brew a cup of coffee by putting a mug of water in the microwave. While it hums I take down my box of Sweet N Low from the metal rack that holds all my non-standalone edible items like condiments and cake mixes and a variety of sweeteners. I remove two packets. I like to add the packets before I add the instant coffee (same shelf) because otherwise they get chunky.
I stir and stir till the whirlpool reaches the very edge of the mug without spilling over. My favorite mug: GREETINGS FROM PENNSYLVANIA. Sometimes I stir so vigorously I whirlpool the hot right out of it and have to put the mug back in the microwave for 30 seconds.
When it’s just right I sit down in my chair at the folding kitchen table. I am tucked between bags of recycling which takes up most of the kitchen. I don’t need much room and recycling is important to me. So is optimizing my trips down to the garbage room, so I let it stack up.
I try to drink my coffee slowly without looking at anything. Without reading any words. This makes it hard not to chug since I have nothing else to do. When I finish my coffee I get up and put things away and turn on the TV. I took cable out of the budget so I watch whatever’s on channel five. Seven a.m. is local news, 8 a.m. is Arthur, which happens to be my favorite cartoon. I appreciate its educational value.
Most nights they play a movie and last night was Harry Potter. I watched it while I ate Chinese takeout which I allow myself 2-3 times per week, it’s in the budget. I mostly like it for the fortunes because I need all the guidance I can get and I like the cookies, even though they are bland.
I tape the fortunes to the back of my apartment door in straight lines so my eyes can fall on one every time I leave the house. Yesterday my eyes chose “You are a smart and brave person.” We’ll see what today brings.