Saturday, February 23, 2013

Life, the universe, and everything

As my friend Ben said, "Welcome to the age of the answer."  I had already thought of that.  Yes, on Thursday, I turned 42.  It was a good birthday.  I did some shopping, in preparation for my running away from home (which is where I am now, in the Pacific Northwest for a few days).  I had a nice lunch out.  I made myself a small birthday cake.  With sprinkles--42 needs sprinkles, I think. =)

Watching:  Less TV.  Well, at least we're trying.  I do have to admit to the guilty pleasure of Food Network's Worst Cooks in America.

Reading:  In honor of my milestone birthday, I'm rereading the Hitchhiker's Guide books.  I found an omnibus edition to read on my iPad.  I'm not actually sure if I ever read the last one (Mostly Harmless), actually.  So far, I've gotten through the first book and about half of the second.  

Listening:  I've been trying to listen to CDs or music from my phone more, in the car or around the house.  I find that I'm avoiding morning radio for the same reason I stopped watching the news--so much of it is way too depressing.  The right music helps with getting my out of the funk I've been in lately, so I'm trying to remember that and play it more often.  Including this.  (Kind of goes with this week's birthday theme.)

Making:  Birthday cake!  (see above)  I did half of the recipe for Dorie's Perfect Party Cake to make a couple of 6" layers.  I was out of buttermilk, but I like the way the cake turns out with that rather than regular milk.  So I thinned some plain yogurt with a little milk and used that.  It seemed to work out pretty well.  The frosting is one of my favorites, this Chocolate-Sour Cream Frosting.  It turned out that I was also out of sour cream, but I recently made some creme fraiche.  So I used that and omitted the bit of butter from the recipe, since there was plenty of fat in the creme fraiche.  It seemed to turn out pretty well.  (I doubled the recipe to be sure I'd have enough for decorating.)  I found the pretty sprinkles at Make it Sweet.  I love that place.

Feeling:  A little better since I've had a break from being "Mommy!!!" for a day and a half.  I'm not sure that the recent funk is gone for good, but I'm feeling more rested.  It's nice to have a break from my kitchen, too.  I miss it, but hopefully it's a case of absence making the heart grow fonder.  And eating out at new places is giving me some inspiration for things to make at home.  Here's hoping that continues for the rest of the weekend.

Planning:  Not entirely sure yet.  Mostly gathering ideas right now.  Ooh, except one thing--I am definitely planning a trip to Trader Joe's tomorrow. =)  I made sure to leave some room in my suitcase on the way out here. 

Loving:  Being cold.  Am I nuts?  Probably.  But I'm so glad to be away from Texas at least for a few days.  I'm also loving Jamie for being willing to put up with the girls on his own for the weekend.  

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  1. Yay! Happy birthday, Di! So glad that you're getting a weekend away...such a perfect present. :-) I hope the funk gets kicked to the curb. You do crack me up with your love of cold, though; you're welcome to ours any time!

    1. I'm not sure how much of it is a love of cold, as much as a hatred of hot weather. Lol. I hope you're right on the funk--maybe that's the mental image I need to work on, kicking it away. =)

  2. Happy belated birthday Di - your cake looks fantastic!! Hope you're enjoying your weekend away, looking forward to hearing more about it :)

  3. Happy Birthday (late)! I thought about you on Thursday when we were up in the mountains out of cell and wi-fi range. Relaxing, but probably not as good as having a few days off from "Mommy, I need...." Hope you enjoyed your trip.

  4. Yay for trips to Trader Joe's! that's where Jeff works on the weekends; and I'm so obsessed with so many of their things!

  5. I'm so behind on everything, but love that cake - something about those round sprinkles reminds me of my childhood. Hope you enjoyed your trip here where you got to be hassled by kids other than your own ;)

  6. I can't believe I missed this post, and all the details of your wonderfully-celebrated birthday. It all makes me smile. I'm so glad you had that time away, and cake, and Trader Joe's, and music--and Hitchhiker's Guide... YES! The answer *is* 42 :-)