Hello, hello. It’s been so long, I know. I have, for some time now, been longing to come here and share what we’ve been up to with all of you, and, well. You all know how that pesky time is. Despite all your best intentions, it just keeps right on going.
In fact, I don’t have much of it to spare, but I did want to stop in for just a moment. I am in the midst of one of those degree milestones — my defense of my comprehensive exams is in just a few weeks, so I am writing like a mad woman, and have been reading and researching for months. So, it isn’t that I haven’t wanted to post. David has taken over nearly all of the cooking (and most everything else too), and Josie is busy toddling around the house carrying, usually, a book in one hand and a kitchen gadget of some sort in the other. At the moment, she’s wielding a wire whisk and Erving Goffman’s Asylums: Essays on the Social Situation of Mental Patients and Other Inmates. And that’s as fitting a picture of our life as I can imagine.
So, while I wish I were here to tell you all about the birthday party I threw in May for me, my sister, and Josie, as we celebrated our thirtieth, twenty-first, and first birthdays respectively, these pictures will have to do the talking for me.
The cake is one of the only exciting things I’ve made in a while; it’s a simple recipe, but I doubled it to get the three layers plus cupcakes for the kids, and one that I formed into Josie’s very own strawberry (her favorite food in the world) for the top.
Mostly, we’re surviving, reveling in the delightful curiosity of our daughter, and enjoying simple fresh food. I hope, once I’m through this part of the process, I will be back in the kitchen and back here to tell you about it.
In the mean time, pictures will have to do.
Thanks to all of you who have written to tell me that you found an old recipe that was useful or that you hoped we were all okay or that you missed my posts. Your encouragement has meant a lot, especially on days mired with the fog of research (which has been most of them lately).
Happy summer to all.