Yesterday was the annual celebration of my making it through another year. Whew, what a year! Besides my usual work and responsibilities, I started teaching Zentangle® classes, attended a milestone high school reunion for the first time, visited colleges with Louisa, and adopted my first puppy. That was enough of extras for a year, although I have a feeling this year won’t be letting up as we help Louisa navigate her way through her senior year of high school and apply to most of those colleges we visited.
The funny thing is that while my year was very busy, I don’t feel older at all. You see, I’m at one of those ages where I need to do math to remember what it is. And, honestly, I was too busy to do any math over the past six months. Therefore, whenever I thought about my age, the number I turned just yesterday popped into my mind. Is that crazy? Not really, because once yesterday arrived, I didn’t have to remember a new age. I didn’t gain a year, I stayed exactly the same, and was able to enjoy my celebrations without shedding a single tear for the passing of my youth.
I was treated to lunch at PF Chang’s where we shared pork dumplings for an appetizer and I ordered the combo fried rice as my main dish. I believe there are leftovers for at least the next two days in my refrigerator. I love fried rice, who doesn’t? Greasy carbs are the best, and when some vegetables are mixed in you can pretend it’s healthy.
Joe and Annie celebrated with me at a favorite local steak house for dinner. As you can see by the empty chair behind the wine, someone was missing, sniff, but I know Louisa was thinking of me. Plus, she really wouldn’t have enjoyed this restaurant now that she’s turned vegetarian. Aside from the side dishes there was nothing on the menu she could have ordered.
Since I’m not a true, principled vegetarian, but merely a vegetarian cook at home once Louisa is back, I enjoyed a filet mignon, truffle fries, and garlic spinach. Thanks to generous portions of the side dishes, I won’t have to cook any tonight to go with our main dish. Finally, when I returned home, there was birthday cake. I made many wishes – is that allowed?
Louisa will be back on Saturday and I’ll be prepared for many future vegetarian meals thanks to this cookbook birthday gift I received from a friend. It was recommended by a reader of this site and when my friend asked if I’d like a cookbook (we often give them to each other for our birthdays), this one immediately came to mind. I can’t wait to try it!