Fall Break

After two weeks of midterms, I have happily escaped to my parent’s cabin.  At home, I have three roommates in a small apartment with paper-thin walls, so a house to myself is a welcome change.  I don’t have to be back until Monday, so I should have four days of bliss. I would, but I’m hungry. 

A few weeks ago, I decided completely out of the blue that I need to learn to cook.  Billions of people successfully cook every day; surely I could do the same.  I filled my grocery cart with fresh produce, spices, and uncooked meat.  A week and a dozen failed attempts later, I found myself slinking into the kitchen, yet again, after peanut butter– the one food I had that didn’t require cooking.  After a date pointed out that peanut butter cannot sustain me forever, I began cooking again, very. cautiously. (Looking back, I’m not sure why I listened.  He’s allergic to peanuts.  What does he know?)  By the grace of some higher being, my food was edible.  Not something I would serve to company, but edible.  So when I was able to leave for the cabin, I threw clothes in a bag, grabbed a few unread books, and packed what was left in my fridge with a small prayer. 

This morning, I woke up, showered, and descended upon the fridge.  I was determined.  I was ready.  I was foiled by a pilot light.  The cabin has an old stove/oven that uses gas.  I have no idea in this world how one works this infernal thing.  I’m beginning to gain respect for people like Mrs. Cleaver.  I grew up with an electric stove, and the one in my apartment is electric too.  I spent over an hour looking in the stove, under the stove, behind the stove, etc.  I finally broke down and bought a dollar cheeseburger.  I’m sure Wikipedia could have saved me a lot of time and frustration, but the cabin has no internet connection or cell phone signal. I’m hungry, stumped, and fairly certain I would be one of the first to go in a postapocalyptic society.

One thought on “Fall Break

  1. She’ll get you next time Pilot Light! You’ll see!

    haha I like it Emily, so glad you started writing and can’t wait to see what more you’ve got coming.

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