Why do we work so hard? Apparently we Americans just work ourselves to the core—remaining connected to our work even at home and on weekends. Then we turn around and dream about the relaxing days that those dang Europeans must … Continue reading
It’s that time again. It comes around every three months or so, for about three weeks at a time. It drags you down from anything productive, makes you sit around and watch tv all day long, and whispers in your … Continue reading
I have a confession to make. It’s kind of embarrassing, but I think you need to know. You know that kid who refuses to eat anything but foods that are white, or fried, or whatever? I was one of those … Continue reading
I’m writing during a time of relative peace and calm. Not that there was a war or turmoil before. Just nothing as exciting. Just, you know, sitting around drinking wine, pining for leather jackets, and visiting giraffes. The uze. (Like, … Continue reading
I’ve been following the Olympics, and CNN posted an article about Manzano, a US runner who waved both the US and Mexican flags after he won silver. (Article here) The writer says that Manzano shouldn’t have taken both, that by … Continue reading
I made this chocolate pudding-custard and sesame cookies a week or so ago, but the setup reminded me of tea of cookies. We went to a (what I thought would be) fancy English tea shop to commemorate my friend’s soon … Continue reading
Remember Yu-Gi-Oh? With their super-spiky hair and “heart of the cards”. I used to play the Pokemon card game, and when drawing, I’d wish to the Heart of the Cards to give me the few good cards I had in … Continue reading
Since I live in Seattle, we have rain semi-constantly. That means that, even after the summer solstice and probably after July 4th, it’ll be raining here. And not the cute refreshing mist like a garden sprinkler. We’ll get the torrent … Continue reading
With the school year over, a lot of my friends are going on with their summer plans. A few are going to Taiwan, others starting internships, and some just hanging around Seattle. But all that moving around has me thinking about transitions. I’m moving into the second half (!) of my college education. On top of that, I’ll be going to Lyon, France for three months in the fall. Many of my other friends are thinking about graduation next year. And there have been so many 21st birthday parties this year, I’ve just about lost count.
To celebrate so many transitions, I held a little barbeque. The weather didn’t cooperate so well, but the food was good, and the company pleasant. I made a tiramisu cake for dessert, a cake I know almost everyone likes.
My mom told me something interesting afterwards; she said to host every party grandly, because you never know when you’ll get the same group of people together in the same way again. Especially true for us now, I think.
So where does that leave us, as a whole group? I don’t really know. I won’t see the friends who’ve just gone to Taiwan for six months. Another is off to medical school. It seems we’re all starting to go our separate ways. We’re growing up! (and we though that happened when we were
toilet-trained in high school moving out actually, maybe we’re not GROWN-UPS yet, but we’re getting there.) I’d hate to have this group of close friends be one of those old acquaintances where you see a photo and think, “wow, I haven’t talked to her in a long time. I wonder what she’s up to these days…” But I believe that when we’re all back together, hanging out, we’ll still be the same. Different, of course, through our respective experiences eating through France, or buried in textbooks, but at the core, the same group of friends. I’ve known some of the group for so long that it’s like second-nature to have them in my life, and I’m so grateful to them for having stuck with me for so long.
I made this tiramisu based on Dorie Greenspan’s recipe, which I found here. I used 1 10-in springform pan, instead of the 2 8- or 9-in called for. When it finished baking I thought it was a little too low to cut in half, and i stacked two half-moons on top of each other that ended up really thick. It probably would’ve been better to cut them horizontally in half. Also make sure to use all the syrup in the cake. I was hesitant, and it ended up somewhat dry.
So apparently when you’re in college, you’re supposed to spend 10 intense weeks learning and studying, and then have 1 super crazy week of regurgitating everything you learnt. But in reality, you sit at your desk, staring at your textbooks … Continue reading