So I took the day off today. Slept in, lounged around, and didn't venture out into the world even once. Didn't try speaking Chinese, didn't try to procure food (yes I'm starving!), didn't even try to study. Feeling like my situation was dismal and wondering if it was even remediable, I turned to art. Art has always been there for me to pick me up and dust me off. I started working with the watercolor pencils I had purchased last week. I jumped in and without thinking and started making marks and movements. Next thing I knew I was in the zone! Hours later, when I stopped and reviewed my work, I realized I had created the beginning of a series of abstract urban landscapes.