I’m sorry for flipping out yesterday in a heated moment of ueber-stress. It was mostly uncalled for and everything worked out in the end. But I guess thanks for helping me find the strength to calm the hell down within a reasonable period of time.
Tra la la.
In other news, today is in fact my birthday, and I am a cupcake master. Or semi-master. They still didn’t raise up like cupcakes should, but it could be because Latvian flour is different — the butter sure is, when it’s at room temperature it smells WEIRD — but the texture for the final batch was right, the cream cheese frosting turned out, and the raspberries on tip looked adorable.
Yes, I just openly used the word “adorable”.
Co-workers seem to like them, or at least no one has rushed to the bathroom soon after eating a cupcake to relieve themselves of my potentially American-style Satan spawn in tiny cake form. That being said, they really did turn out well, and I’m glad cupcakes were welcomed with open arms and empty stomachs this morning.
Tonight I’m going to try my hand at making chapche, a Korean dish equivalent to beef lo-mein. I’ve invited plenty of people over under the pretence of a birthday celebration, but really I just want to guinea pig some new recipes. I also somehow doubt they’ll mind too much.
This past weekend we had our first couch surfer stay with us. If you don’t know about couch surfing, you can read about it here, as though it is a fairly simple concept, it could take some time explaining. Our guest was from the States and has been travelling Europe after finishing his Master’s in ecology. It was an interesting experience and having him as our first couch surfer was also a good introduction to the system, as he’s been couch surfing for years and could give us some pointers and ideas for future guests. Also, since he was deaf, we got to learn some ASL, as well as a few European sign language signs. Somewhere at some point I learned and have remembered the entire sign language alphabet, so communication with our couch surfer in the event a certain word was harder to discern or lip-read, I could spell it out. I also learned from him how to sign “story of my life” and plan to use this extensively.
I was planning on asking for Tuesday off (we are given one “free” vacation day as a birthday gift) to go to another high ropes course, but the weather forecast is less than favourable for outdoor activity, so if I end up asking for the day off, it might just be spent catching up on several movies I have been wanting to watch, as well as FINALLY (gaaaaaaaaah!) finishing the sixth Harry Potter book.
Until then, I remain,
The Birthday Girl