A glorious thing happened in this installment. Be prepared.
Day 78: Monday, 11/24/2014
Back to work today, for the first time in 10 days. Not going to lie, it definitely took me some time to get back in the groove. But I had 2 things to look forward today:
- Dinner with Daniel! He didn’t get back from his trip to Berlin until the day before, so he wasn’t on the day trip.
- OUR WIFI WAS BEING FIXED
Yes, as I’ve complained many, many times on this blog, the wifi at our apartment had not been working for nearly a month. A WHOLE MONTH. But our program coordinators told us that a technician was coming to fix it today.
I returned home to both of my coordinators sitting in my apartment. The technician returned and worked for about 10 minutes (apparently he had been there previously for about 2 hours) and declared, “Done.” Then just like that, the internet worked. THE INTERNET WORKED. And it has worked ever since. Hallelujah! 😀
After enjoying my wifi for a few hours, I headed out to dinner with Daniel. There is a cafe/bakery on my walk to work called “NOLA,” and as Daniel is a student at Tulane, we obviously had to check it out. I arrived a little bit earlier than Daniel due to the buses being delayed from the rain, and ordered a steaming mug of hot chocolate. It was great.
The food was not super New Orleans-themed, however we both dug into some delicious, homey macaroni and cheese. Definitely hit the spot. We also split two mini pastries: a classic pumpkin pie and a pumpkin pecan cheesecake.
I preferred the cheesecake, but both were really delicious. It was so much fun catching up and hearing about each other’s adventures!
Day 79: Tuesday, 11/25/2014
Happy 25th Anniversary, mom and dad! I was so glad to finally be able to talk to my parents with no fear of a bad connection! And that’s about all I have to report about Tuesday. It poured rain. Like seriously poured. Yay rain boots.
Day 80: Wednesday, 11/26/2014
So the rain was super depressing. Yeah…
That evening, I headed to Deborah’s house to begin cooking for Thanksgiving! Natalie had all of the groceries and we started to cook up a storm. I was mainly the sous chef in the kitchen, because I’m sure most of you know that my cooking skills are pretty limited.
I did contribute one thing that was my own: my mom’s pecan-crusted sweet potatoes. My favorite Thanksgiving food, I couldn’t imagine not having it this year, so I attempted to make it. I did have to make it parve (meaning without dairy, for those uninitiated), so it looked a little bit different than normal. I will tell you how it tasted in the next installment, because that’s when I actually fully tasted it. But here’s how it looked!
I was thoroughly impressed with myself.
After finishing cooking for the evening, Natalie and I decided to go out for an evening stroll. By evening, I mean 1am. We returned back to Deborah’s apartment with snacks and watched TV shows until about 3am. A really great life decision.
That’s all for this post! Let me know if you want to schedule a time to talk with me now that I’m actually able to! Wifi: a basic human necessity in this day and age.
-Girl in Israel 🙂