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The best thing about a birthday is the cake.  It is absolutely, utterly, undeniably and entirely impossible to have a birthday without a cake.  If you do (god forbid) have birthdays with no cakes, you need to do some finger shaking at your, ahem, loved ones.

We celebrated my fiancee’s birthday yesterday.  His real birthday isn’t until Monday, but with work and school we thought it better to do it on a Friday (which was good because it took me a @#&^@%$& long time to frost this puppy).  While most people sit around thinking of normal things like sports, politics and whether or not they turned the coffee pot off, I tend to daydream about baking.  More specifically, I continually try to think of something new to put inside or on top of a cake or cupcake.  My best ideas tend to come to me at odd hours of the night or in the shower.  Sometimes (most times) they turn out better in my head than in reality [insert cupcake bomb here].  This one turned out ok though, thankfully.

We’ll start from the bottom.  Initially I wanted to do cake-cookie-cake-cookie layering system, but I feared that the cookie would be too heavy for the cake and end up crushing the little bugger.  Plus I only have one 8 inch cake pan, so the oven would have been on for an eternity. So I opted to put the cookie on the bottom.  It’s just your typical peanut butter chocolate chip cookie recipe (egg subbed out with flax and water).  I stuck it in the freezer for a bit in order to be able to handle the dough without it sticking to every inch of my hands.

The chocolate cake is from VCTOTW…. not much more to say about that I guess.

The icing in the middle and on top is actually the same.  Why the difference in color?  Well, sometimes I’m a bit of an idiot.  I stuck the frosting in the microwave to soften it up a bit to [hopefully] make frosting the top easier.  Did you know if you get chocolate chips warm they melt?  Yeah, duh.  So, what we have here are two versions of peanut butter cookie dough icing, one a little more chocolatey than the other.  You just take some cookie dough and whip it with shortening or margarine and make frosting as usual.

The icing on the side is plain ole chocolate buttercream.  I would say this one too is out of VCTOTW, but I think I actually pulled it from memory.  My Dad made chocolate cake a lot growing up.  The icing recipe may just be the only culinary thing I took with me when I left home.  Hmm, moving on.

The cookies on the side are obviously mini versions of the big PB cookie on the bottom.  I stuck them on there with a dab of icing.

Now what really matters is, Gary loved it!  The cake was delicious and it didn’t turn into a brick in your tummy.  I do think I need to go to cake frosting school though, or just stick to cupcakes.

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Anybody ever feel like there’s a little demon in Microsoft Word?  He likes to sneer at me with his menacing cursor.  blink.  blink.  blink.  I know what he’s thinking… he’s thinking I’m a little loony that’s what! =)

Oh… I don’t really have anything to say here.  Well, I’m sure I could think of lots of things to say but I’m not really sure they’d be, um, well received by all.  One of these days I’ll get over that fear of hurting people’s feelings and learn how to write what comes to me.  One day, but this is not that day.

Basically I’m procrastinating right now, and those of you that perhaps meandered your way over here are benefiting from it, or perhaps wishing I wasn’t wasting your time.   It’s all the same.

School’s back in full swing.  This time I’m also working so I’m starting to get the feel of what this whole “not getting any sleep/ coffee overloaded” college life is supposed to be like.  I like it though.  I like being busy.  I find that the more time I have at my disposal the more time I end up disposing.  Though, as evidenced by this blog posting, I’m still finding time to throw away. =)

So last year I wanted to run the Portland Marathon.  That, however, did not come to pass.  This year I’m making some plans though; going to step it up a notch.  I’m not promising myself the marathon yet, but I am definitely going to put two feet and 12.3 miles towards it.  Actually, I’m planning on running at least an 8k, a 10k , and a half marathon this year.  I think if I survive those I’ll be gung-ho for the big one in October.   Plus there’s about 5 months between the last race and the marathon so I should be plenty rested.  If anyone has any marathon training tips feel free to send them my way.  There’s a lot of running events in Portland so if you’re interested in running something here you don’t really have an excuse not to.  Here’s some links to some of Portland’s events:

In other news, I’m about 27 minutes away from my 2 year anniversary.  2 years ago, after a long week of attempting to go out in a new city which I barely knew, I woke up one morning, after smoking at least 2 packs of cigarettes the night before, hating myself.  Hangovers get worse as you get older, but they are also far worse if you’ve been sucking in smoke all night (so if you quit smoking you can drink more, wink wink).  January 12th, 2008 I told the Marlboro Man to hit the road and I’m quit proud to say that he never came back.  I was going to make myself a little cupcake with a cigarette decorated on top of it to celebrate but time hasn’t allowed for such extravagances.

Later this week I’ll also be celebrating being 1 year closer to 30.  Ugh… I just recently figured out I was an adult, and now I’m an adult closing in on 30 with a couple of grays hairs and a few fine lines.  Mi dispiace.  =(  It’s not really that bad I guess.  I just figured I’d be in some total other place in my life by this time.  It’s ok that I’m not of course (in that other place, which would have likely involved a white picket fence and a yard that I’m happy to not have to maintain), but self-reflection puts a lot of things in perspective and what better time to reflect than when you’re turning the dial another notch.  I’m just thinking it’s time to get things done.  I tend to plan things for far out in the future, but it seems the future is catching up with me.

Ok, I think the rambling should now come to a close.  Sorry to leave you hanging if you were expecting something more, or something profound.  Hope you’ve enjoyed this evening’s edition of absolutely nothing.  I’ll see ya later (said in a New Yorkish accent, like Grace from Will and Grace).

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