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21 August 2016 @ 01:42 pm
Happy birthday to me  
I don't really like being the center of attention at an event. I don't even like being the soft center, which is why I haven't had a party for myself in years--not since high school, I think. I thought about having a birthday party this year, but eventually decided against it. Maybe next year when I turn 35, since that's more of a milestone.

Which isn't to say that I'm one of those people who hates birthdays. I celebrate every year, just quietly, and this year was no different on that score. softlykarou met me on Friday after work and we walked the two blocks from my office to Benny's Chop House for the first of two birthday dinners. It wasn't my birthday, but August 19th (until sundown) was Tu b'Av, an ancient festival that died with the Second Temple and was forgotten until the Israelis revived it as a kind of Jewish Valentine's Day. I only know about it because of the Jewish holidays calendar addon I have in my phone calendar, but it's as good a reason for a fancy dinner as any, even if half of Benny's menu is an abomination before Hashem.

The parts that are good are really good, though:


Filet mignon with a red wine reduction and black truffle on top.

softlykarou told me that my whole face changed when I took a bite. It was probably the best steak I've ever had in my life.

The next day, I woke up to a thunderstorm just like I had on Friday, which is probably the best weather I could have wanted on my birthday. My parents came into down and met my sister, who was already here meeting up with high school friends before her flight to Costa Rica today, and we went out to breakfast at a French-Vietnamese restaurant nearby. I got duck curry, because curry for breakfast sounds amazing to me at all times, and then we went back to softlykarou and my apartment until they all left to avoid the traffic. Then we mostly stayed at home until dinner time, when softlykarou made me even more duck:


Crispy duck with mango-cilantro salsa, roasted cauliflower, and asparagus.

Not visible there is the flourless chocolate cake she also made, this time with real vanilla extract. It's in the recipe, but softlykarou usually left it out because we don't use vanilla for that much and it would just sit around otherwise. But my parents gave me a bottle of it for my birthday along with a few other spices, so why not use it? And I think I could taste the difference, too.  photo getin.001.gif

I was feeling a bit off for most of my birthday, and I think it's because while I wanted to have a quiet weekend I still ended up with a lot of stuff to do--yesterday I woke up at 8:30 and it still seemed like it was dinnertime before I had even blinked. Today has gone a bit slower, though I still haven't gotten as much time as I'd liked. But we never have enough, do we?  photo darksouls.001.gif

I got to read more The Lord of the Rings to softlykarou today and have a quiet breakfast inside with her, and even though it's taking place today instead of yesterday, it's one of the best birthday presents I could have asked for. I don't mind getting older as long as those are the opportunities that it will bring.
 
 
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q99q99 on August 22nd, 2016 03:41 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday!

And I'm really glad you posted on it, lj sends me birthday alerts but then if my friends don't make a post I feel awkward about posting or not and worrying about missing the day... so yea, love to have threads like this where I can just come in and be happy for your ^^

-softlykarou told me that my whole face changed when I took a bite. It was probably the best steak I've ever had in my life. -

Woo yea!
dorchadasdorchadas on August 22nd, 2016 03:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you!  photo 3fee9e98b02297d6546ef2c40646360b.gif

lj sends me birthday alerts but then if my friends don't make a post I feel awkward about posting or not and worrying about missing the day

Yeah...I think LJ does a lot of stuff that other social networks haven't matched, or at least doesn't combine the same way, but making posts directed at a single person isn't one of its strong points.