My current living situation is a strange amalgamation of adulthood and adolescence. I’m married, and I own my house, which is very adult of me. But I live with a bunch of roommates who keep me in a perpetual world of college-esque hijinx.
For example, this morning I came downstairs to feed my dog and go to work (adult of me) and found some random chick sitting in my kitchen (college-esque hijinx). I was the last resident to leave the house this morning, so I didn’t expect to see anyone just hanging out. “Hello?” I guessed. “Oh, hello,” she replied, and shook my hand, “my name is Ling.” So I continued, “my name is Kristina. I live here. . . what about you? Are you waiting for someone?” “Nice to meet you,” she said. And sat down. And drank some tea at my kitchen table. I couldn’t tell if she was being deliberately nonresponsive or if there was a language barrier, but I was running pretty late so I just rolled with it. “So…I’m going to work now,” I told her. “Have a happy day,” she responded.
So I left her there. She seemed less confused than I was, which somehow commanded deference. As I was walking to work, I wondered if I just left a crazy person alone in my house, or if maybe I was going crazy. At which point I got a text from one of the roommates: “hey roomies soooo sorry I forgot to mention this but we have a foreign exchange student staying for a while hope that’s ok.” Ah. There is a rational explanation for why sometimes there are strangers drinking tea in my house. Well, rational in the world of college-esque hijinx.
But just to be safe, in case “foreign exchange student” is a clever cover for Chinese-intelligence-assassin, we should have poker somewhere more adult and less college-esque than my place. Amazingly enough, that place somehow turned out to be Goodman’s. I know, I just got that strange vertigo feeling too. [———-]. Start time 8pm. RSVP like an adult. Bring some drink that adults drink, like a gin rickey, that’s what my grandmother used to drink. Now I’m going to eat lunch at my desk like an adult. What do adults eat? Like, salad?