We’re about to kick off our third week living at Haverford House.
The first week was an orientation, full of walking tours through South Philly, Center City (for the Mural Arts Tour), and West Philly; a bike tour through West Philly with Parker Snowe; conversations about communal living conversations, and delicious group meals.
Robin, Chloe, and Kayla on Parker’s Bike Tour.
Our conversations about communal living had many focuses, but mostly they were to figure out how to minimize our spending (of energy and money) by helping us figure out a chore wheel and communal shopping list. We also had discussions about what sort of home we want to live in — one of the many things that came out of that discussion was a unanimous desire to have communal dinners twice a week. The past fellows (many of the communal living conversations and tours were led by past Haverford House fellows) all said that it was a good way for the six of them to get together every week, even as their professional workloads increased.
We have a schedule for our communal dinners – the rule so far has been that two fellows cook dinner and the other four fellows clean up afterwards. So far, we’ve had two of those communal dinners. Something we wanted to make sure early on is that the communal meals would be something that everyone could enjoy. Callie is a vegetarian and Romi only eats kosher meat, so chefs try to include a vegetarian option.
This past Wednesday, Callie and Romi made Vietnamese Spring Rolls. There was grilled chicken and tofu, sliced peppers, cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes, strawberries, noodles with peanut sauce, bean sprouts, and lime wedges.
On Friday, Janice came over and we had a meeting about our upcoming projects over bagels and coffee. We went to the hardware store to get supplies to hang some flower baskets from our front porch and to scrape/sand/paint one of the tables on our porch. On Saturday, we went to the block clean up where we met several neighbors and learned more information about the upcoming block party. We also had a BBQ party where the six of us worked together to make hamburgers and veggie burgers, french fries, orzo salad, and tons of dessert for our friends and guests (we even had a bonfire with some s’mores).
Tonight, Kayla and Robin made clementine and cranberry salad with an orange vinaigrette dressing, pasta with the option of meat sauce or pesto sauce, and garlic bread.
Later tonight we’ll have our first house meeting. Stay tuned!