A while ago, I published the 100th post on this blog, and it felt somewhat remarkable. If anyone had told me that I’d be making this many posts every week I might have doubted them, but that doubt would have come only from the inability to conceive a place where there is uninterrupted electricity and internet access. And for the reason of these indulgences, I had made it a point to always find something new to talk about even when I’m cold, sick, stressed, broken, lonely or just feeling plain lethargic. And sometimes, like right now, I would start the first word without the foggiest idea about what I want to blog about, but end up with something a little meaningful.

IMG_0222I have stopped counting my days in the United States. The calendar is there to do that. I just make a mental note of the hours as they pass by. By my calculations, I have spent over two months here and it already feels like forever. But I don’t feel the pressure to keep feeling nostalgic, so I believe that I have finally entered the cruise mode – that time of the journey where everything seems suspiciously smooth and fine. The problem is, I don’t like it. I want some action and new challenges. I do not want to get used to the idea that I’m in America, and therefore all is well with the world. This is what pushes me out every morning, and alas, this is what causes me all the great stress episodes that keep my muscles aching and my butt in bed for longer hours than necessary.

And so, you would notice that once in a while, this blog gets a make-over. I have settled my mind about the design so that won’t change. But the colours would, mostly to reflect my mood. I am now in the autumn cum Halloween mood, thus the cool green. As per theme, for now it will remain the Nigerian Ghoul in the American forest, perhaps until the mischievous naming muse returns. Did anyone notice a new page on the right hand column, titled “favourites“? In there is a list of some of my favourite blogs, links and pages, as they came to me. And for the new comers to this blog, it also contains a few of the blogposts that got the most views. Yesterday attracted the highest visitor hits since the history of this blog, to my little surprise. It must be because of that Pumpkin post. The last time we had that many visitors, I had written a report of my first class experience, then later a poem to respond to a certain loneliness. I just hope that my occasional musings at least get my readers smiling, or sometimes thinking. This is my 113rd post, dedicated to you, the regular, silent readers. I do hope you’re having as much nice a time as I am, wherever you are. If you are, say “aye”!


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  1. Just a note to let you know that I have been reading your blog for a few weeks now and am very much enjoying reading your perspective. I am Canadian and also wanted to tell you that you needn’t put away your bike just yet! It is possible to ride one’s bike throughout the North American winter, you just need the right gear. It needn’t be fancy, either. There is plenty of info online on this topic so I would encourage you to look into it. It’s a great way to keep fit and keep in touch with one’s neighbourhood and the passing seasons.

    • Thank you Alex. I had taken note of your comment on the cat and my bike ride, wondering how you were able to single out the picture to comment on. I still haven’t figured out how to do that.
      As per cycling, I’m still doing it. I don’t think it’s sufficiently cold yet to prevent me from cycling but it usually takes me a few hours to adjust to a new low temperature. Cycling helps to heat me up, and I love it. Thank you for being there. I will definitely look up more info on the right bike gear for the coming winter. How is it in Canada at the moment. Snow?

      • Hmm, not sure about the cat, but good to hear that you are still enjoying the cycling 🙂 No snow here yet in Toronto, it won’t arrive until mid-November and doesn’t usually stay on the ground until after Christmas. But I will cycle at temperatures up to (down to?) 10 degrees celsius below zero, which is 14 Fahrenheit.

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