Jessica Walsh

Did you see Timothy today?
Yes.

What did y’all do together?
After work I went to the gym for my new “get healthy” regimen. As part of this plan I want to start cooking healthier meals. I used to love cooking, but for the past year and a half I’ve ordered in almost every single meal, including breakfast. It’s just so tempting to get all your meals delivered when you are single in NYC. It’s fast, convenient, and often cheaper than cooking for yourself.

While I was in the market, I called Tim to find out what his thoughts were for dinner. He was not excited about this. He worried that it would become an ordeal, and he was already hungry. He tried to convince me to order from a healthy restaurant near me. Perhaps he was afraid my cooking would be a disaster? After several minutes of back and forth, I finally convinced him to let me cook. I made salmon topped with a mango salsa, with asparagus on the side.

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After our meal, we went to my rooftop for a drink. I sipped on champagne, Tim had a beer. It started to get chilly up on the roof, so Tim put his arms around me to warm me up. The embrace was calming and comforting. After 20 minutes, we headed back downstairs for dessert, and Tim surprised me with chocolate peanut butter ice cream! I’m trying to cut out dairy, so I savored just one spoonful. This was my favorite flavor growing up! In middle school, my dad would take me to Baskin-Robbins to get a scoop of classic Peanut Butter N’ Chocolate ice cream every day after soccer practice. So many happy memories. Tim put on some jazz and we danced around my apartment for a while.

Did anything interesting happen?
By now I know how quickly a “hungry Tim” can turn into “hangry” Tim! I can get this way, too. In fact, I’m pretty sure one of my earlier relationships deteriorated in part to my low blood sugar issues. I made Tim some bean dip crostinis to hold him over while I cooked. He seemed to enjoy them.

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Did you learn anything new about Timothy?
I learned that Tim does not like avocado, so I left it out of my usual mango-salsa recipe. Who doesn’t like avocado?! I am not sure how it’s going to work out long term between us if he doesn’t learn to appreciate the awesomeness of avocados.

Did you learn anything new about yourself?
I think my heart belongs to New York City. The views from my rooftop never cease to astonish me. Some nights I go to the roof with a glass of wine and soak in how incredible and unique this place is. So much life, so much energy, so many interesting people walking around and living their different stories. It’s filled with endless places I want to go, art I want to see, good food to eat, and great people I want to meet.

I love to travel, and I’m grateful my job allows me to do this often. But no matter how wonderful a trip is, I always eagerly await the moment I catch a glimpse of the skyline on my way back from the airport. I fall in love with the city all over again.

How do you feel about this relationship/project right now?
Everything felt romantic tonight, and I didn’t want the night to end. However, I had to get up at 5:30 AM for work, so I asked him to leave early.

Is there anything that you want to do differently?
I used to cook elaborate meals for my ex-boyfriend when we lived together a few years ago, but my skills are rusty now. I want to start cooking more often. There’s a great local organic market near me, and it’s much easier to be healthy when I handpick the ingredients.

Additional comments?
I overcooked the asparagus, but we still ate it!

Day Twenty-Seven   /   lettering by Wade Jeffree

Timothy Goodman

Did you see Jessica today?
Yessir.

What did y’all do together?
Jessie cooked for us! It seems this modern NYC gal has some domestic qualities. It was super cute. She wanted us to spend a night in, since we tend to always go out. It was great. After dinner, we took it up to the roof. She has an amazing view.

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Did anything interesting happen?
She overcooked the asparagus.

Did you learn anything new about Jessica?
Some of Jessie’s friends refuse to speak to her about this experiment. They don’t approve, which obviously bothers her. I talk to my good friends about Jessie every day, so I’d be pretty disappointed if I couldn’t speak to them about it.

Did you learn anything new about yourself?
I feel so “American” compared to Jessie. It really hit me tonight. At my core, I’m just an Ohio boy who loves basketball, books, beer, babes, and barbecue. I dig American history, current events, and pop culture; things that make this country tick. I read the New York Times the moment I wake up. I can’t talk to Jessie about this kind of stuff, it’s just not her thing. Jessie likes mysterious foreign guys who wear all black, talk about gothic architecture, and contemplate human existence.

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How do you feel about this relationship/project right now?
I had a really nice time tonight. We were kissing on the roof. We were kissing in her apartment. It was romantic. It felt right.

Is there anything that you want to do differently?
Keep it going!

Additional comments?
Jessie’s been going to the gym. She seems way more upbeat because of it. I really, really like this. All hail her gym!

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