Hi, internet. Did you miss us? Sorry I didn’t call. I meant to, I swear. I misplaced your number, but I just found it again at the bottom of a box of cookbooks. We’re mostly unpacked now, by the way, and after I put those cookbooks on a shelf, I thought I’d better check in, see how you’re doing. Seems you’ve been getting by just fine without me and Carlo. But we’re cool, right? I’ve been cooking stuff, and eating too, so maybe we could be friends again?

It’s been a long summer, and we’ve been a little off our rockers. We’re settling in now, though, and I’m getting back to business in my! own! kitchen!

Where did the summer go anyway? Well, here’s a little summary:

1. I read a lot of books. No, really. A lot. The librarians were greeting me by name after two weeks back in Edmonton. This is nothing new, but I think I may have outdone myself this past summer. Some reading highlights: Marilynne Robinson (metaphors so perfect they make my eyes sting, and books so good you want to start reading over again as soon as you finish), Ursula Leguin’s Earthsea books (fantasy morality plays), Proust and the Squid (made me so grateful to be a reader), and did you know that Wuthering Heights totally isn’t boring? I’ve been avoiding it for years, which was stupid. But don’t try summarizing it to your husband, because he will think it sounds boring. And stupid. Which probably was my fault, and not the book’s.

Anyway, I would keep going books-wise, but I’d better not, because… well, I’m sure even the librarians are sick of me. But if you feel like reading a book and you need some ideas, drop me a line. I’ve got a few.

2. We went camping. I love camping.

3. Um, we spent a lot of time at the library.

And now it’s October. I’m back, and so is Carlo. Maybe you could come over and hang out sometime.