Racing to complete this post this evening and showing up with a bit of butternut squash in the form of a quiche. Philippe made this a few days ago and it was so incredible it’s probably my favorite dish of the month. I snapped a photo just before devouring it like an animal. It was really that good. It’s also his birthday today, so I need to be sure to hop offline very shortly and celebrate it properly. Well, he gets all the presents in a celebration like this, but I do get to indulge in a bit of cake, so really, everyone wins when it comes to birthdays. I got him games and toys rather than anything too adult. Being reminded that you’re getting older is only fun when you’re a child with no sense of mortality. When you’re our age, you tend to start worrying about what all you’ve done and if there’s going to be enough time left to complete it. I’m even older than he is, and have been rushing to try to complete about a thousand ideas this month. It’s probably way too many, but many are actually happening, so that makes up for the things that aren’t quite working out as I expected. After all, you never know just how much time you really have left.
This isn’t a morbid post by any means. I simply think that it’s best to just charge forward and do as much as you can! It’s crazy, and way too much at times, but in the end it’s wildly fun to see just what you managed to make happen. Case in point, this site. It started as a simple blog and has morphed into something much bigger. There is so much wonderful content available here, that even I haven’t had a chance to enjoy it properly. Beautiful works of art, fabulously helpful conversations, and soon, even more cool ways to share are coming! All of this is part of a dream that I’ve had brewing for many years. It’s wonderful to see it all finally happening. And though each new thing added causes something else to go wrong, it’s a wonderful journey that teaches me so much. I think that when it comes to get older, as long as we’re taking steps to make something new happen, then we’re always on the right path.
To be clear, only Philippe is getting a year older today, so I can rub that in all evening. But in the end, I’m really just excited about the cake. It’s a lovely boozy cake with Grand Marnier and chocolate. I actually purchased this one, as one shouldn’t have to make their own cake and I don’t bake at all. But I know a lovely bakery that never fails to impress, so the finale of the evening will be a wonderful experience indeed. I hope each of you are having a wonderful evening, thinking about all the awesome things you’re going to do before your next birthday. Mine’s not happening again until next year, so there’s still a bit of time left. In the time in between, I’m happy to just enjoy the simpler times that make me so happy. Whether the rare chance to enjoy a boozy orange chocolate cake, or the simple moment of enjoying a bit of autumn quiche.
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