There are times I miss…

There are times I miss Oakland's temperate climate, and chide Kevin for bringing me to Chicago's bitter winters. But the truth is that I don't have to go out in bad weather very much, since I only teach two days a week, and the rest of the time, I can stay inside and hide. And of course, right now, the semester hasn't started yet, so I can stay inside as much as I want. This morning, I woke up to chilly rain outside, which a few hours later changed to snow for a bit, and now has gone back to freezing rain. Which all sounds thoroughly unpleasant, but I am very much enjoying the excuse to sit by my fire, drinking hot tea, eating spicy curry, and reading.

Having a fire is new -- I called Steve, our handyman, earlier this week, to have him give us an estimate on a tricky job of hanging a new ceiling lamp. We thought about trying to do it ourselves, but decided better to leave it to a professional. We didn't really think it would be a good idea to have our ceiling come crashing down on our dining table. And while Steve was giving the job a look prior to giving us our estimate, he took a look at our gas fireplace too, which we thought was broken. Instead, it turns out that it works just fine -- we just couldn't figure out how to turn it on. I felt moderately dumb when he showed me how easy it was to turn on. But it was worth feeling dumb to gain the gift of fire, and now I take great pleasure in my little fire. I could just turn the heat up in the apartment overall, of course, but there's something so pleasing about toasting in front of a fire, having half of your body slowly get too warm, and then turning about in your chair, so that the other half can get equally warm. Fires make me happy.

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