Solanum tuberosum

I was originally going to write this post about how a friend and I took an unnecessary two-mile walk in subzero temperatures the day before classes started.  Then I realized it could be summed up in one word: cold.  Either that, or stupid.

I also have no desire to write about my first day of classes, during which I spent four hours in a variety of windowless lecture halls all in the same building.  It’ll be better after I have a more set schedule, but for a first day, it was somewhat exhausting.

Then there’s the clarinet sheet music for Lord of the Rings that I ordered.  Don’t judge a book by its cover at its finest.  The book says clarinet on the front.  There’s an alto sax fingering chart inside.  In fact, there’s also alto sax music inside.  It’s the wrong part.  Rather than reorder the book and have another one from the same batch get shipped to me, I’ve decided to transpose the part.  All twenty-five pages of it.

Just so it doesn’t sound like my life is completely depressing, there’s good news from the Cornell Dairy: it’s serving Cornell ice cream again.  Also, the steamed broccoli at dinner was really good tonight, and French toast sticks go well with applesauce.

And that brings me to what I actually decided to write about today.  Potatoes.  Solanum tuberosum.  Potatoes are in the same family as tomatoes, eggplant, and petunias.  A diet of potatoes and milk contains all the essential nutrients and – just kidding.  I’m not really writing an entire post about potatoes.  I’m writing a post about all the things that I wasn’t going to write about but then wrote about anyway when I wrote this post.  Confused?  So am I.

Just one more potato fact: potatoes are one of the grains used to make vodka.  And in case you wanted to read more about potatoes, visit this site:

To make up for having to read about potatoes, enjoy these pictures of Ithaca and Cornell.

Ice sculpture on the Commons


Fall sunset