Thursday, August 26, 2010
I have some (four) butternut squashes in the garden which are almost ready to be picked, seasoned, roasted, and prepared for soup. I'm very excited at the prospect of serving soup made from my own home-grown veggies! If I can find a place that sells kale seeds, I shall plant some kale in my garden so that we can eat boerenkale all winter with garden-fresh kale. Mmmm.
I set a date with one of my former coworkers to go out for lunch next week, and while booking it on my calendar I realized that we're heading into September already!! I realized that the students would be back in the halls soon, but I didn't grasp the fact that it was approaching so quickly! September brings a few fun things: going to see a play (The Tempest) in Stratford with Amanda VO and her friend, going camping with the other members of the no-baby club (hey, we still technically fit into that category!), heading out to Sarnia for the first time since May, attending two book launches (one at Redeemer, one in Toronto) for my dear friend Sam Martin's new book, This Ramshackle Tabernacle, and celebrating our fourth anniversary.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
...to looking like this: (don't worry. This isn't the finished product. But it is the result of about 35 hours of labour!)
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
And Baby Makes Three
Well, ladies and gentlemen, I'm please to report that Jennifer & I are expecting a new little vanOosten sometime around February 2011. Jenn's had a bit of a rough go (nausea and exhaustion being the new normal) during the now-finished first trimester; we're optimistic that things will go better for her in the remaining 28 weeks. Please keep her in your prayers.
While I've received a lot of encouraging words from friends I respect, I'm still quite thoroughly terrified about the transitions that await us. I do hereby acknowledge my mixed Frisian genetic makeup and remind the world that change is usually bad. To be fair I know that the little bugger is going to interfere with my blissfully selfish lifestyle, and that makes me squirm. On the plus side, each of my experiences of giving up self to make room for another has been a net-positive transition, in the longer term.
So! Watch as I buckle my proverbial seatbelt and brace myself for a wild ride. I'm anxious, but I'm trying to be faithfully optimistic, always forgetting and remembering that I'm not really holding the steering wheel, and that the Driver knows what He's doing.
Stay tuned for updates!
Friday, August 06, 2010
Sigh. Time to get ready.