WOW. Okay, where did the week go? Seriously, this week wins the "Fastest Week of the Mission So Far" Award. My mind is drawing a blank as to what I actually did this week though...
First of all, yes, our house is still moldy. Not as bad as it was, but it's still there. They're looking for a new house for us, but we wouldn't be moving until the end of January, so I probably won't even still be here at that point. But on Friday and Saturday some man is going to come into our house and tear out/rebuild our bathroom wall. Which means that we have to basically stay home all day on Friday and Saturday. So that should be interesting. Hopefully we won't go crazy. Also, tomorrow we have a zone conference with Anziano Texeira of the seventy. We're pretty stoked about that. So the next week should be an interesting one.
Yesterday was pretty crazy. We woke up at five in order to be out of the house at six in order to fulfill a "commandment" (as the office elders called it) from President Dibb. So here's the thing: we live, like, 30 minutes away from La Scala. When will I ever be able to say that in my life? Never. SO about a week ago, Sorella Palumbo and I decided we were going to take this matter into our own hands and try to see an opera at La Scala. So we called President. He thought it was a great idea and said that he was actually wanting all of the missionaries to do something like that at least once while on their missions. So we found out that in December they're doing "La Traviata." AND we found out that they do a special one night, under-30 thing where the tickets are only 10 euro and it's earlier in the night AND it just so happened to be on a Wednesday. Basically, it was meant to be. But in order to get tickets to this thing, we would have to go stand in line at 7 in the morning (by orders of the President) to put our names on a list. So there we were, yesterday morning, standing in the Duomo piazza for literally 3 hours, hoping to get our names on this list. We were finally getting toward the front of the line when they said, "Welp, sorry, we're done taking names." So the 16 of us missionaries just sulked away really sad. (But then Sorella Palumbo and I quickly got some incredible hot chocolate at this gelato place and we were happy again.) And then we tried to do it online at noon yesterday, but still to no avail. There aren't any other showings on Wednesdays and there aren't any that are before 8 pm, so it's kind of a bummer. Maybe someday I'll make it to an opera at La Scala. We'll see.
We've been seeing people like crazy, trying to find reasons to fill up that font. We're still praying that everything works out for N. to be baptized in a week and a half. She is the most prepared 13-year-old I've ever met. She is just smart and knows that this is true. She is seriously incredible. The only hiccup is her dad. He's Catholic and has actually technically given the permission for her to be baptized but he kind of wants her to wait a few months to see if she still feels the same way. She doesn't want to wait at all, but doesn't want to disobey her dad and all of these things. It's a hard situation. But we're praying for his heart to be softened so that she can feel fully supported by him. She is incredible. We do a less-active member search thing every other Sunday with members from the ward. Usually only a couple of members show up and we go on splits and everything. This Sunday, N. came. Yeah. I'm telling you, she is incredible. Please pray for her.
Anyway, other than that, things are just great! Italian is sounding less and less foreign to me every day, although speaking it naturally is still a chore. (But then I have to remind myself that I've only been in this country for two months.) It's coming. I've started listening to Christmas music, much to Sorella Palumbo's dismay. ;) She secretly loves it. And whenever I choose the song we sing for companionship study, it's a Christmas song. She rolls her eyes, but she was totally singing a Christmas song in the shower this morning, so I know where her heart truly lies. ;) We have the April 2008 General Conference on DVD at our house, so sometimes I watch it specifically looking for mom in the choir. Whenever I see her, it makes my day. We've attempted making brownies from scratch a couple of times, but our oven is weird and the top keeps burning. Also, we might just be bad cooks... If anyone wants to send me a yummy brownie recipe I would not complain! We spent our P-day today with a couple of sisters from Monza. One of them is in her first transfer and hadn't seen the Duomo, so we went there and did the usual stop inside, looked at the dead people, went to Luini's for panzerotti, went across the street for gelato, walked down the street to La Scala and dreamt of going inside, and THEN we did something we've never done! We went to a castle! It was pretty neat. We also went to the museum inside. Good times. And now here we are doing emails and, alas, P-day is almost over! But it's all good. Oh and tonight we'll have two sisters staying at our house in order to be able to be at the conference tomorrow. Slumber party! Anyway, all is well! Thanks for all of your love and support, as usual. :) AMORE!