Keily, the Bookworm Part-17
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:
- Shower Gel
- Hand Liquid Soap
- Toilet Paper
- Excess of restaurant food
- Cooking utensils
- Bed Sheet
- 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.”
How would you describe Keily’s attitude towards life abroad so far?
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