Thursday, July 20, 2006

AW Chain (Round Three)

This morning I promised myself I'd write. No playing or e-mailing or superfluous googling. Write! Eerily, after I sat down I kept getting this overwhelming urge to visit AW. Iron will that I have, I lasted almost half an hour before I gave in and looked. And good thing too. There was a PM from Chaostitan! Round Three of the AW Chain has made its way to me.

I feel this sort of connection with Chaostitan. I think it might have to do with her awesome taste in blog templates and her love for kitty cats. I don't know. Might be something else. It could be here extra sensory powers to inform me of a waiting PM.

Today is July 19th in the states.

I'm going try and pull a feat that might just be illegal to the AW chain. I'm going to try and skew this post to what I had planned for today's blog.

Chaostitan brought Southern Expression's piece on technology to her thoughts on cell phones. She mentioned that while hers has text messaging she doesn't use it much. Text messaging! Speaking of text messaging, I got several yesterday (July 19th here) on my cell. They were all to my son though. And from friends that we don't see a lot. You see it was his birthday. He's eleven now! Eleven. Wow.

I was going to put lots of cutesy-pie baby pictures up but being eleven...he may kill me. I did find one. This is kindergarten so not too cutesy but he's wearing his pretty yukata. He had a big summer festival at school that night.

This whole getting older thing just blows my mind. It always has. I think I'm deficient in that part of reality. Like when I meet friends or relatives with children I haven't see in a while and they are so much bigger, I really have a hard time dealing with it. Not to mention that I'm getting older. Yesh.

But J! Happy Birthday!

He's going through a kind of watershed recently with studies and school and things he wants to quit doing (after almost five years) and things he wants to start doing. It's all very new to him these feelings. Like how life, in hindsight, seems to block itself off into periods and then how you reach a point (either high or low) where that period just ends. You say goodbye to people, places, certain ways of living, whatever, and you start on a whole new path. So I can see him going through this and it is very painful and exciting all at once. But I think he is making the right decisions so I am happy that I can encourage those. Even though change is painful I think he will be much better for it.

I baked a cake. I'm not a great baker. I didn't inherit any of my mother's amazing cleaning/cooking gene. But I made one. From scratch even. It has one gazillion calories. I think that is a fair estimate. Here's a picture.

Is that a snowman on top? Yea. Is the four bars of melted white chocolate and cream sort of pooling in the center? Yea. Is there four bars of dark chocolate, five eggs, an entire tub of real butter and more cream in that thing? Yea. Is that my arteries you hear hardening as I type? Oh yea. It was good though. Right now all that is left is the center and that is being saved for the birthday boy himself. He's got a very busy summer vacation starting next week so I won't even beg to cut the piece in half. He can have it all. Hey, you only get one eleventh birthday!

Next up is Tiffany's Smorgasbord. She also has perfectly delicatable taste in blog templates as well. You'll see!


Pass The Torch said...

What a handsome young man!

And it's perfectly acceptable to scew the chain to fit your post - I think it's the playing telephone that's fun. How will the chain end up?

Kappa no He said...

Thank you! I think last time I just wrote my version of what was written before me. It is fun to see where it all goes.

Wendy said...

Nice to have a picture of the birthday boy. Many good wishes to him for this year! And to you, for the aliens are about to come and abduct your sweet boy and replace him with a "teenager". LOL!!!

Mad Scientist Matt said...

Cakes made from scratch are the best! Even one that doesn't turned out as hoped will usually beat one made from cake mix. And there's no substitute for real butter and melted chocolate in a cake - after having made one that way, I'm never going back to margarine and cocoa powder.

Kappa no He said...

Wendy, you know what...I think the aliens have arrived. Right now we are doing okay, but a few weeks ago every single day we got into a fight (because of his 'smark aleckness') that boiled down to ME saying "I know you are but what am I?" You know it is over when the child has learned all your tricks and you must resort to elementary school insults.

Matt, thank you! I agree. I don't care how much 'pudding in the mix' they have, those cake mixes all taste the same. I was surprised how easy it was to make! I did a homemade cheesecake last week and earned the undying awe of my family.

Laurie said...

Your son is adorable!

And, um, if your cake is that good (and I do believe you, by the way :)) why not share the recipe? So, you know, we can all have blocked arteries. :D

Um, am I allowed to admit that I've never ever made a cake from a mix? *ducks*

Kappa no He said...

Wait a make a chocolate cake for Fahim a few days ago...right? Even from a box counts! (^-^)/~

I'll go look for the recipe. It was oddly...easy.

And in all honesty, I go through stages. I have my I-don't-wanna-cook-nuthin stages as well.

Gillian said...

I am under threat of death from my various family-of-the-next-generation (all nieces and nephews, alas) if I dare to post pictures of them. It will be an evil death if the picture are funny, I believe.

-Kelly M. said...

I think it's the kitty cats. :-) I love mine to pieces, especially when they sleep on their backs like a pair of beached whales like they are right now. So cute.

PS - What are my extra sensory powers telling you now? ;)

Peggy said...

That cake looks delicious to me, but I love anything chocolate. Happy (belated) Birthday to your son!

Andrea said...

Your little boy is soo cute!! Happy belated birthday to him!

I don't think I inherited the cooking/cleaning gene from my mom either but she made sure I knew how to do both anyways. I really don't mind the cooking part. I like to make a mess but not too fond of cleaning it up. I guess I'll have to work on that.

BTW, the cake looks delicious!

Anonymous said...

Your little boy's such a cutie!
And that cake's such a hottie! Mmm...cake...

Thanks for making my post so easy since it was directly related to several aspects of your post! :)

I can't believe 3 of us consecutively have the same template. Oh well, taste is taste