I still have yet to explore the southeastern part of the island, but maybe that'll happen this week. We're certainly close enough to Riverhead to see what's in that part of the island.
The weather has been really crazy this week. It got chilly enough one night that I sat on the back porch in sweatpants and a sweatshirt drinking hot tea while I read my book. Then today I sweated just sitting out there, and discovered that my citronelle candles had melted in the heat! We'll see what the rest of the summer has in store. I can't believe we're halfway through July!
It was actually a really rough week for me. Suffice it to say, I'm lonely and bored, and desperately trying not to eat all of the goodies I've been baking for lack of other projects to do. And Kamil's been on a tough cardiatric rotation that - no surprise - got him sick. So even when he's home I'm keeping my distance for fearing of catching the bronchitis he's picked up. Not that I'd have to worry about missing anything if I did get sick... :/
I think it's pretty crummy that he can't take any kind of sick leave. Doesn't help that the stupid health insurance doesn't kick in yet. Big shocker that he got sick on a rotation that requires he get up at 5:30am and stay until after 7pm!
I finally got to confession yesterday so this post isn't really helping my fresh state of grace. It was a bizarre experience with the priest reclining in his chair and me having to basically run the show...
Sigh. My list of pro's and con's for the churches (names removed to protect the sacred :/) I've thus far visited, not including the two parishes close to Kamil's family:
Pro's - close to apartment, good homilies
Con's - ugly church with weird design of congregation, poor music quality
Pro's - good music, lots of parish activities
Con's - no kneelers anywhere, little far
Pro's - lively parish community, pretty-ish church, cute neighborhood, not far
Con's - priest and deacon take some liberties with liturgy, homilies a little "fluffy", unimpressive music
Pro's - very pretty church, good cantor (the one I saw)
Con's - terrible parking situation, little far, fluffy homilies
See? It's tough to know where to commit myself! :( Arlington really spoiled me with the beautiful options there. And I will take back EVER criticizing the churches there for being "ugly" because the ones here win that category By Far.
I also met a couple this week who are active in another church that sounds promising, but Google Maps says it's 24 minutes away, which is a little far. So I don't know what to do :(
My one success of the week was that I obtained a library card and already completed a book. And they have a pretty decent DVD collection so I'm enjoying some new movies and expanding my culture that way. I just wish I had more people to talk to throughout the day. Last night we celebrated Kamil's Name Day at his parents' house and I think I surprised his mom with how much I jabbered on because it had been so long since I'd had decent human contact. Who knew I'm not as much of an introvert as I thought ;)
That's it for now. Please take a moment to comment if you can...