I had an amazing weekend with my little sister Kristen. We don’t get to see each other often anymore because she is also away at school, at Shippensburg. She drove to Philly on Thursday night, unfortunately in the rain, but made it here safe. We mostly hung out with Jess, Kristina, and Kaleigh before retreating to my room, where we watched a pretty stupid, but kind of funny movie before bed.
Friday morning we made breakfast, got some homework done, I went to the gym, and eventually we went to South Street. Kristen had never been there, and really liked all the mosaic covered buildings and murals. We did some shopping at Philly AIDS Thrift Store, and managed to walk the entire length of the street, ending up at the little dock looking over the water. We made our way back to Broad where we had to still go a few blocks South to make it to Chinamoto. I liked it there so much the last time, that I found a Groupon for the two of us, so we went there. Kristen had a requirement that she wanted to eat Chinese food while she was here, along with some other things. We ordered some yummy crab rangoon, sushi, and chicken and rice dishes. It was the first time anyone’s actually convinced me to try sushi. We ordered a California Roll and an Eel and Avocado roll. I only liked the eel one, and could only eat two of them. The texture kind of freaked me out, but I think I’d be willing to try it again.
We went home where I made three batches of peanut butter cookies for our Temple Invisible Children late night bake sale. When we got to Jamie’s house, we started setting up out front, but her friend showed up, covered in blood, and we had to call the police and ambulance. He had gotten beaten up down the street at a party and needed medical attention. Luckily he was only a few doors down from Jamie’s, so he was able to get help. After the police finally left, we were able to start the bake sale. I was in charge of making grilled cheese sandwiches, which we sold for $1. We also sold the PB cookies, 2 for $1, and we had reed bracelets made in Uganda we were selling for $5. We ended up making $113, which is much more than we expected, especially because we got a late start. The sale lasted from about 11:45 pm to 2 am, and Kristen and I went home to get some sleep.
Saturday morning we only got up around 11 am. Kristen’s other requirements while in Philly were to go to Reading Terminal Market and also H&M, so that was the plan. We headed to RTM, where Kristen got her usual gyro, and I tried a new place, I think it was called Mezze. But the gentleman at the counter was very helpful to find me gluten free dairy free food, and let me taste lots of things. I settled on chickpeas, okra, and rice. Delicious!
We made our way to many stores, including Marshalls, Payless, Burlington Coat Factory, H&M, Buffalo Exchange, and more. By then, it was almost 7 pm, and we thought we should head to the William Way Community Center where we were going to see a live screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. We didn’t know exactly what to expect, but overall it was fun. They painted a “V” in lipstick on each of our foreheads because we were virgins to seeing the show. I think if so many people wouldn’t have been shouting out jokes/lines all at once/talking over each other, we would have enjoyed it more. Kristen and I are familiar with the movie and songs, but not familiar enough to understand every joke. We were amazed at how someone could remember what to yell when, and it became a little overwhelming. However, the cast was excellent. We made it home by 10:30 pm and watched a little bit of TV before going to sleep.
This morning Kristen was kind enough to drive me to Trader Joe’s where I can get lots of gluten free and dairy free things for cheaper than a regular grocery store. It’s not easy to get to via subway or bus, so when any of my guests have a car, it’s my one request! Kristen had lunch before she left and made it home in time for dinner. Overall it was such a fun weekend and I’m glad that Kristen and I are finally able to get along and enjoy each other’s company. Thanks for coming, sis, it was a blast! Love ya!