20-21.10.2014 - Bochum Days 28 & 29…Batting .500
tl;dr: My knees don’t work anymore and my dinner quesadilla came out horribly, but I baked a cake and the shower drain worked.
Yesterday and today have consisted mostly of pain, food, lab work, movies, and sleep. For some reason, after weeks of abuse (walking up and down stairs, tennis, steep hills, walking everywhere, and touring) my knees have given out. All day yesterday consisted of me grimacing through the fire under my kneecaps; today I was able to at least grin and take enough Motrin to relegate it to a dull sear. It was with a heavy heart that I emailed my tennis instructor to inform her of my absence, but it was a good decision.
Let’s just not talk about my quesadilla. It was so sad. Half was crispy and the other half was sopping wet. Note to self: use fake cheese, not fresh mozz.
HOWEVER. Instead of marinating in my own tears, I decided to bake a cake. Tomorrow, the boys should be finished with their Master’s theses, so I made a cinnamon coffee cake with cinnamon streusel topping for our lab meeting. Shhhh. It’s a surprise!
AND. Our shower has been flooding. I don’t mean “the water doesn’t drain quickly so there’s a bit of water on the bottom” I mean “HOLY MOLEY I NEED TO HURRY UP OTHERWISE THIS THING WILL OVERFLOW” frantic-shower flooding. I’ve approached the manager here a number of times about it, and every time he’s assured me he’s looked into it. But yesterday, when things were getting out of hand, he told me that the “pipes are too small” and that the flooding “happened in everyone’s apartment” before promising that he’d look into it that day. Last night’s shower proved that he had not fulfilled that promise. So, with some encouragement from my roommate and my mother, I sent an angry, 11pm email to the manager and cc’d his boss (#Murica). I even threw in some pics of the over-the-edge-and-on-the-floor-after-a-four-minute-shower flooding for good measure. Today I came home to a drain that worked nearly perfectly. I had the most relaxing shower since I’ve gotten here, and that makes me feel like I’m batting a thousand.