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Keily, the Bookworm Part-17

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Pic: Keily

Pic: Keily

Sure at 4:45 pm, there was a loud knock on the door. Keily opened it eagerly, and in came two techie guys. They started working right away, setting up a land phone.

In two hours, they had set it up and asked Keily to test it. Lucy asked her to dial Grace’s number, which Keily did. She heard the phone ringing at the other end until Grace picked it up. Keily was very happy to be able to talk to Grace. Keily talked briefly and put down the receiver.

She said to the techie guys, “Yes, my phone works okay. Thank you for setting it up.”

The older guy said, “No problem”, and they soon left.

Keily turned to Lucy, “Now all that remains to buy is a computer. When can you help me buy it?”

Lucy said, “Well, my classes have already started, and Grace is also busy. We can try in the coming weekend. We also need to contact the strong and sturdy guys whom we know to help you carry them to your apartment. Okay, we will work it out.”

Saying that Lucy remarked, “It’s getting dark. I had better leave.”

Keily said, “Thank you for your time. But let me give you a rice pudding cup. Eat it when you reach home.”

Lucy said happily, “Thank you so much.”

A few more words and an exchange of goodbyes between the two friends followed, and then Lucy left.

Keily looked at her class schedule, a copy of which her department advisor had given her. She took note of the fact that her classes were going to begin on Thursday. She would also start getting busy. She had a day in between, in fact, the next day to carry out some chores.

She wrote down a “To-Do” list of the things she still needed to do during the next few days.

Her “To-Do” list looked like below:

  • Get your blood test results tomorrow.
  • Get the bank card tomorrow.
  • Check your emails at the lab and email your family back home.
  • Give Lucy and Grace a reminder on Friday to help you buy a computer during the weekend.
  • Ask Grace/Lucy about cheap telephone cards to call family.
  • Check mailbox.
  • After the computer is bought, call up the techie guys to set up a dial-up internet connection.
  • Go to class on Thursday at 9:00 a.m.
  • Call Grace for further info about being billed for Electrical Service.
  • Pay your friends for the necessities they bought for your apartment before your arrival.

She looked at her class schedule again. She had classes on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Keily was mulling over her To-Do list when she remembered she owed her friends money regarding the costs of initial necessities they had bought for her apartment before her arrival, and she added this to the end of her list. She thought of making another list, “To Pay” and assembling all the items on this list.

Keily’s “To Pay” list looked something like below:

  • Shampoo
  • Shower Gel
  • Hand Liquid Soap
  • Toilet Paper
  • Excess of restaurant food
  • Cooking utensils
  • Airbed
  • Bed Sheet
  • Comforter
  • Pillow
  • Breakfast in the morning of the 2nd day after her arrival

Keily felt satisfied and went to the closet chamber for further unpacking and folding her clothes and sorting out other items.

The next morning, Keily started at 9:00 am to complete as many errands as she could on her To-Do list.

First, she went to the “University Health Services” to get reports of her blood tests for TB screening and measles, which proved to be negative.

Happily, Keily next went to the University Federal Credit Union (UFCU) office to get her bank card.

Then she went to the computer lab. She opened her student billings account and set it up with her bank card details. She wanted to call Grace to ask if the electrical service bill for her apartment would show up in her billings account. That’s why she put it as a To-Do item on her first list.

Next, she checked her emails and wrote a long email to her family back home, and mentioned in it her land phone number. She also wrote in her email that as soon as she would get telephone cards, she would call them.

Lastly, she checked her mailbox near about her apartment complex before going back inside her apartment. She got ads and leaflets, which she considered unimportant and put them in a kitchen corner before disposing of them away for good.

She thought of opening a healthy meal packet from her refrigerator as she didn’t like to cook at the moment. After relishing it, she threw away the wastes in the trash bin.

The rest of the afternoon was calm and quiet until the land phone started ringing. It was Grace, checking on her to see if she was okay. Keily was surprised and asked her to come over for a chitchat. Grace replied, “I was hoping you would ask.” Keily was even more surprised but felt happy that she would soon be enjoying her company.

They sat down on the carpet of the living room. After they had a brief conversation about Grace’s day at the department, Keily reached for two rice pudding cups from the refrigerator and handed Grace one.

Grace accepted it with gratitude, and both the girls enjoyed absorbing from their cups.

Keily brought her To-Do list from the bedroom and asked Grace the questions she had.

First, she asked Grace about where to get cheap telephone cards so that she could call on her land phone to reach her family back home. Grace replied, “You will get them in a neighboring shop next to the Groceries Complex.”

“Okay, that answers my question. If I had asked about it earlier, I could have bought them today as I was free all day and carried out different chores.”

Next Keily questioned, “Is the electrical service bill going to show up in my student billings account?”

Grace said, “Yes, certainly.”

Keily looked over her To-Do list and then inquired, “ Grace, I have already told Lucy that I need to buy a computer. She said that she would let me know at the weekend and that she would contact strong and sturdy guys who could reach the computer parts at my apartment.”

Grace said, “After reaching my apartment, I will give her a call from my land phone. She ought to be back to her apartment by then.”

Keily said gratefully, “Okay, that satisfies me.”

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Keily, the Bookworm Part-16

Grace shares a dinner with Keily, which she relishes. The next morning Keily has a good orientation ceremony and registers for the semester courses with the help of her department advisor. Lucy helps her pay her dues for the registered courses as Keily didn’t get her bank card yet. Then Keily accompanies Lucy to her apartment where she pays Lucy what she owes her. Keily reminds Lucy that Grace had arranged for the techie guys to come to her apartment and set up a land phone. To read more, click the above title.

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Rosina S Khan (author) on August 19, 2020:

Thank you, Brenda for the visit and for reading and commenting. I am glad that you enjoyed the story part. By the way, Keily preferred not to buy furniture other than chair, table and airbed in her bedroom so that she could save money for buying books. Stay tuned.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on August 19, 2020:


It sounds like her life is finally starting to get settled down from the move.

Lists are always on going. It seems like there is always more to get done.

Doesn't she have any furniture? I see they sit on the carpeted floor.

Your story is moving along quite well.

I look forward to getting caught up.

Thanks for sharing.

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 12, 2020:

Yes, Keily has prepared a To-Do list to carry out her current chores in a planned way. The list did come to use and she didn't miss out on any important tasks. Thanks for your kind and insightful comments, Chitrangada. Stay tuned.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 12, 2020:

Good to read the story of Keily further. It’s important to be organised in life, and good to read that Keily is doing everything in a planned way. Her To Do list is an example of the same.

Thanks for sharing another chapter in your story.

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 09, 2020:

Thank you, Chatra Ram.

CHATRA RAM from BARMER INDIA on July 09, 2020:

Is a great story

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 09, 2020:

Yes, Keily is an organized person and with the help of To-Do lists, she is accomplishing a lot. Yes, her father would have been very proud of her. Thank you Lora for your generous and constructive comments. Stay tuned.

Lora Hollings on July 09, 2020:

I find to do lists to be quite helpful, like Keily, especially when you have a lot of things to accomplish. Keily seems to be a very organized person and I think that can serve you well when you're a student or any time in your life as you can get more done! Keily's father would certainly be very proud of the independent and very capable young woman that his daughter has become. Good job!

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 09, 2020:

Yes, with the help of her two friends, Keily will have checked off everything on her To-Do list soon. Thank you, Peggy, for your kind comments. Stay tuned.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 09, 2020:

Keily seems to be a person who likes making lists. It is a good organizational tool. Soon, she will have checked off everything on her list with the help of her two friends.

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 09, 2020:

Thank you, Fran for your insightful comments. Yes, she's really trying her best to settle down with all the stuff she needs so that she can concentrate on her classwork. Yes, she is in luck to have support of her friends. Stay tuned for the next part.

fran rooks from Toledo, Ohio on July 09, 2020:

Keily is certainly getting everything set up, so she's ready for classes. Now she will be able to concentrate on classwork. She is lucky things have been made easier by her friends. Great article.

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 09, 2020:

Yes, Keily is coping well with everything so far. Maybe she would have liked a friend's company like you to share your wisdom and pour it over her class lectures. Maybe, who knows?

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 09, 2020:

She is coping better than I did my first time away from home, so that's a good thing indeed. :) I could have used a friend like Kelly when I was at college.

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 09, 2020:

Yes, Keily is systematic and still has friends' support. Yes, her classes begin on Thursday. Let's see how that turns out. Stay tuned, Manatita.

manatita44 from london on July 09, 2020:

Things are looking good for Keily and she is very systematic, or orderly in her approach. She continues to have friendly support, which is great, and of course she has got that necessary letter over to her parents. The fridge and phone things seem relatively easy to set up. Just awaiting Uni to commence on Thursday. Lovely!

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 09, 2020:

Yes, Keily has the support of two friends already. She had an orientation and now has a class schedule- that is true. Yes, she is adapting well to the new environment. I am happy you liked the story so far. Stay tuned until next week.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 09, 2020:

It appears that Kelly is adapting well to her new environment. She has the support of 2 friends as well. Her life is moving along smoothly as she had the orientation and now a class schedule.

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 09, 2020:

Thank you, Lorna, for your kind and insightful comments. Yes, she has friends to help her with getting necessities and settle down. I am glad you enjoyed the story as I narrated. Stay tuned until next week.

Lorna Lamon on July 09, 2020:

I can see that Keily is settling into student life and getting to grips with all the necessities. It's good to make a list as initially there is so much to remember.

She also has the added benefit of a good friendship circle which makes all the difference in these early days.

I am sure her family will be happy to know she is coping so well. Another interesting chapter in Keily's life, and I enjoyed sharing her experiences through your words Rosina.

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 08, 2020:

Thank you, John, for enjoying Keily's ongoing adventures. Glad to know my reader always look forward to what happens next. Stay tuned until next week. Thank you for your kind and valuable comments.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on July 08, 2020:

Thank you for sharing Kelly’s ongoing adventures, Rosina. Your readers are ,always looking forward to what Happens next. Good job.

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