Ian and I attempted to get going on our traditional American New Year "fresh start." Monday was good and productive. We got up in the morning and retrieved our package (from Rob and Danie) from the school, FaceTimed with them when we got back and then went to the gym. That evening, even though the air was steadily climbing up the AQI, we decided to try to see a movie. We looked up showtimes on the website and headed over to see the only English language feature in: City of Bones. To our disappointment, apparently the website is incorrect because the theater wasn't showing the movie. We decided to walk over to the Harmony mall to try that cinema. They were playing the movie, but we'd missed the last showtime by about 20 minutes. So we returned home.
The air continued to get worse, peaking at 779 around 9pm. When we woke up today, it was still over 600 and it's been hovering between 400 and 600 for most of the day. So, no gym today. No anything today really. With pollution levels this high, folks are advised to keep even their indoor activities low key. It's hard to "live in the moment" (one of my resolutions, suggested by a loving husband who's tired of living with a sullen couch potato [can hardly blame him]), when one is stuck in a 750 sq foot apartment that is more like a dorm room than anything else.
Luckily Sherlock has come back on air, so we have something to do with our time other than surf Buzzfeed and Facebook.