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!


Jamie Condon said...

Oh how I love you! AND your blog! Playing catch up I see... ;)

I can't wait to take another trip out to see this whole walking thing in action... and to kiss your now-growing belly. For now, though, some kisses blown into the wind will have to suffice... mmmuah!


natalie said...

:) oh man, i cannot wait to see you! & we are so happy you enjoyed the meal. luke did such a great job on the meal.
by the way, i plan to make the apple bundt cake this week. i am obsessed, really.
i love you! & i cannot believe i haven't seen finn walk yet! today, oh yes, today!

kwhip said...

Hey, Jess! I saw this online and thought you might be interested, mostly because there was a mention of discussion about a midwife.

Pulitzer Prize Winning Author to Speak on Monday, Nov. 9

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, professor of history at Harvard and current President of the American Historical Association, is the inaugural speaker for the Lewis Atherton Memorial Lecture in American History. Ulrich is best known for her books, Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History and A Midwife's Tale a Pulitzer Prize winner. The lecture titled, "Mud and Fire: Mormon diarists cross Iowa, 1846", will examine the difficulties faced by the Mormons on their trek from Illinois to Iowa the most surprising being the demanding ideals of their faith. The lecture is scheduled for Nov. 9 at 7:00 p.m. in Keller Auditorium in the Geological Sciences Building.

Jamie Lee said...