the temperature diplomat

My head is muddled with gender and sexuality issues. I am loving my Women's and Gender Studies class, because it challenges my thoughts and I find that I am not alone in many of my life experiences and my observations.
That said, how are you?
Autumn seems to be coming to a close around here, with the leaves once brilliantly aflame in the trees resting now in puddles of cold rain water. It's windy and rainy, without much sunshine lately. I've been suffering the dry heat of the thermostat. Anyone who knows me well knows that I live with a ridiculous heating situation in this old house, and the temperature in my apartment is contingent upon keeping the entire (big! drafty!) house at a temperature that doesn't leave too many residents angry. The only thermostat is on my floor, making the me temperature diplomat. It's a hard job.

In other news, Finn is walking! Did I say that last time? Because now he's really getting the hang of it. It is so strange to see your baby (toddler) walking, trying to talk, and causing general chaos around the house. Especially since this baby was just a wee, helpless being not so long ago. From what I understand, this is only the beginning.

Did I mention that he gets into absolutely everything?
He has such joy in life!
I really don't have much to say in the way of food, which is sad because that's how this whole blog came to be, really, but oh well. Oh! Last week we had a wonderfully simple and delicious dinner with Luke and Natalie. Perfectly cooked chicken, roasted herbed potatoes, ciabatta with butter and a great fall salad full of fruit, dried cranberries and sliced almonds with a homemade honey dijon dressing. Are you drooling? It was fabulous! So fabulous, in fact, that I recreated it for one of our meals this week. Thanks to those two love birds for a recuperative visit and lots of inspiration, meal-wise and otherwise!

That's all for now. Thanks for reading this my friends. I may be inconsistent at best but I have a lot of heart! And hopefully this week will bring chocolate chip cookies - now that's something to blog about!


the quiet inside

Because my life has been devoured by school, I have not updated recently.

But today! Today! Be still my heart. Today it is "sunny, warm and windy" as forecasted this morning on the radio. 70 degrees, windy, beautiful blue sky, cascading yellow and orange leaves. Need I say more? It is the quintessential fall day - just perfect.
And I have some news to announce: I'm pregnant.
It feels good to have this happy secret today, when all is right. In other news, Finn has just started walking! He gains some momentum and takes a bunch of steps, arms high in the air for balance, before falling on the ground and smiling triumphantly. What a fun age!

Like I said, school swallowed my life, so I don't have any photos today. I'm sorry - I really wish I did. But I have had so many tests and papers lately that I haven't had time for much else. I didn't even get to the farmers' market on Saturday, which is a travesty in my book.

So I am trying to re-cultivate that quiet place inside me that seems to have disappeared lately due to all the hustle and bustle of life.
How do you maintain the quiet inside?