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Running the Social Gauntlet

weather: rain
outside: 8.6°C
mood: satisfied
Thanks for all the Hippo Birdies! =)


Work got me a humongous sheet of mocha cake on Friday. Thank you, Work! =) Everyone gets cake for their birthday. The most hilarious thing at Work is that the Birthday Person has to cut and serve the cake =D I think that "tradition" started because the Birthday Person usually makes the first cut, then hands it over to someone else who finishes the job. But someone went full-steam ahead with it and the rest of us were not going to argue with a person wielding a big knife.

Anyway, someone mentions candles and I gave the standard, "that would be a fire hazard because I'd have too many candles". And I'm within earshot of a jab about "these twenty-somethings always make it a big deal". =)

They think I'm twenty-something. HAHA! I haven't been a twenty-something in a looooong time XD

I didn't do too badly at cutting cake even though I hadn't done it too many times before Friday. I'm not really a cake person, but I discovered I'm a real cake cutting snob. =D Because I'm sure you people want to hear about my neuroses:

On the rectangular sheet cake, I cut down the middle, then split each half into quarters, then each quarter into twelfths. And I did the same in the other dimension. I have an unfounded neurotic need for every single piece to be perfectly the same size.

On a round cake, I'm even worse. =) I abhor long skinny wedges. Assuming a 9" round, I'll cut a circle in the middle of the cake (half radius or a little less than half radius works best). Then cut the outer ring into 8 pieces and the inner circle into quarters for 12 nice evenly proportioned chunks.

But. Birthday. Me. Yes.

It was a four-day social gauntlet. >K}

The Mother-in-Law Woman brought us and the Brother-in-Law out Thursday night because the Brother-in-Law was going to be out of town this weekend. I got cake from Work on Friday. My parents took me out for lunch Saturday. And userinfoHusband Guy and I went out tonight.

He and I were joking earlier this week that because we went to the most expensive restaurant on the planet last year, we have to watch our budget and balance it out. This year, I get a small cup of fries. Bought with a coupon. For dessert, he's taking me to Baskin-Robbins at the mall for a free taster spoon. I get to pick the flavour (how magnanimous is that?). XD

Just kidding. I got an e-mail invite from OpenTable.com saying that I would be "picked up at 7:15pm" by toturi. ... Haha, yeah, he's going to toddle upstairs and yell at me to get going =D

We went to West. It used to be spelled "Ouest", pronounced "West". But people kept either thinking it was "Quest" or because of the name, they expected French cuisine, which, if you look at their menu, is only slightly French inspired. They Anglicized the spelling three years ago because the French caused way too much stress. I understand the decision, but I thought "Ouest" was more interesting... "West" is all normal and boring. =P

The Husband started with a nice cheesy pumpkin soup and I, a fantastic artichoke heart stuffed with foie gras. He got the baked Queen Charlotte halibut. It had really great butternut squash in it! I saw rabbit on the menu and I had to try it. It was very very good — sort of like a chicken-flavoured ham — with a pine nut risotto on the side. And we shared the fully loaded, severely stacked pumpkin tart.


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bride
Oct. 31st, 2005 06:46 am (UTC)
謝謝, 謝謝 =)
retrospeck
Oct. 31st, 2005 06:34 am (UTC)
Happy birthday!

"This year, I get a small cup of fries. Bought with a coupon. For dessert, he's taking me to Baskin-Robbins at the mall for a free taster spoon. I get to pick the flavour"

Seems like a great present to me!

Sounds like your real present was lovely. :)

And they can't tell your age because you're asian. Seriously. Trying to guess the age of a female asian? Impossible. It could easily be between 16-35! ;)

And I hate cutting cake as well although I don't work myself up nearly as much as you seem to. :P

Either way, glad you had an enjoyable birthday.
bride
Oct. 31st, 2005 06:48 am (UTC)
Haha, thanks =)
audrea
Oct. 31st, 2005 09:24 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday!
Belated, but...
bride
Nov. 1st, 2005 03:19 am (UTC)
Thank you =)
sophia
Oct. 31st, 2005 11:07 am (UTC)
happy birthday!
bride
Nov. 1st, 2005 03:19 am (UTC)
Thank you =)
cat_irix
Oct. 31st, 2005 02:21 pm (UTC)
Happy (belated) birthday !!
bride
Nov. 1st, 2005 03:19 am (UTC)
Thank you =)
ducks
Oct. 31st, 2005 03:22 pm (UTC)
MmmMmmm your dinner sounds great. I will definitely have to hit up all of these wonderful restaurants next time I'm in Vancouver.
bride
Nov. 1st, 2005 03:20 am (UTC)
Hell yeah! =)
jenny_rambles
Oct. 31st, 2005 04:29 pm (UTC)
Aww - I'm glad you had a good birthday. :)
bride
Nov. 1st, 2005 03:20 am (UTC)
Thank you =)
nightshift
Nov. 1st, 2005 05:42 am (UTC)
Hey! Happy Birthday! :)
bride
Nov. 1st, 2005 05:43 am (UTC)
Thank you! =)
kaseido
Nov. 1st, 2005 05:42 am (UTC)
omg, I missed your birthday!

Many happy returns, O youthful-looking one! :P
bride
Nov. 1st, 2005 05:43 am (UTC)
Thank you! S'okay, I usually miss it too =)
(Anonymous)
Nov. 10th, 2005 12:38 am (UTC)
sun ri kuai le! =)
Heya dude, happy birthday! =) What is it now... twenty six or seven or something like that? I can't keep track.

~Allen
bride
Nov. 10th, 2005 12:48 am (UTC)
Re: sun ri kuai le! =)
Thanks =D

Hahaha, try 80 =) =)
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