Saturday, October 27, 2007

30 is the new 16

I haven't written for a while. It turns out that it's hard to juggle school and work and colds and 30th birthday party planning. But things have slowed down, and now I have time to sleep and ride horses.

Michael turned 30 on Wednesday. It's kind of a big deal, and we celebrated accordingly. Michael rented a Nintendo Wii since we had so much fun playing it in Ottawa, and it totally dominated the festivities. Thankfully my mom sent sparklers that managed to distract everyone enough to take a cupcake break. That's right, the reign of the traditional angel food cake has ended. I wasn't up for the headache with the egg whites, so Michael gave me permission to try something else. I surprised him with gingerbread cupcakes that were topped with warm caramel sauce and whipped cream, all made from scratch. I've never made caramel sauce before, and that was the most interesting learning experience. As far as health is concerned, caramel isn't very redeeming. It is sugar and butter and cream and a little bit of water and vanilla. That's it. It's scary to make in the same way that making donuts without a deep fryer (i.e. with a big pot of hot oil, like how my Baba makes them) is scary: you can really burn yourself. I got the cake and the caramel recipes from the Joy of Cooking.

In order to recover from the party and the cold that I had for a week, I slept for 11 hours last night. I'm not sure I've ever slept that long before, and it was glorious. Instead of spending the weekend in full recovery mode, I decided to sign Michael and I up for some horse riding today. It still seems like a totally random activity, but it was fun. A coworker of mine set it up, and I thought why not? I'm up for new activities. I was a little nervous at the beginning, but it turned out to a relaxing jaunt through the woods near Prospect Lake. I even calmed down enough to hold my camera up with one hand and take this picture:

I think I have the right amount of fear in my eyes.


sarah said...

Michael is 30???? Get out of town! Happy Birthday Michael! He seriously doesn't look 30. He must be one of those lucky people that will age amazingly well. I bet he will still be getting his ID checked at the liquor store when he's 40! (I really hope that happens to me.)

robyn. said...

my birthday wish to michael was for you to bake him something tastey. you really outdid yourself on my behalf! ;) thanks.

brie said...

I have a feeling that Michael and Sean share a similar fate---they will be ID'ed until they're 75. Sean's favourite is when he was ID'ed in the line-up to see "American Pie" a few years ago. The look on the ticket tearer's face when he realised Sean was in his 30s was pretty priceless.

Those cupcakes sound outstanding!

Lydia said...

I have wanted to go horseback riding again since the one time I did it. I probably should.

Happy birthday Michael! Kelly has Marioparty for Wii now, so we should play that next time you guys visit.

chavacita said...

Your pic is the cutest - you always choose your scaredy pants pics for your facebook photo but this one really has it - your last one from Santa Cruz was a little fake;)

Anonymous said...

Wow! So much good stuff in that last post! Mike turning 30 (that seems so bizarre that he's the same age as Laura) and he still looks like he's 21. The cupcakes and party sound awesome! I read an article recently about seniors at a nursing home using Wii to get exercise. I think they golfed and played tennis. Beautiful.
And YEEHAW on the horseback riding! As a total horse nut, I applaud you (and am glad to see that you are wearing a helmet). I hope it was fun! My friend Shannon Whyley (from Kindersley, with the same birthday as me) and I have splurged for tickets to the Horse Show at the Royal Winter Fair on Sat.. Let the horse talk begin!
Great post, we'll talk soon,
Erin C.

Erin Riley said...

Yes, it's hard to know what to comment on in this post: 30 year olds? Wii? Horses? They're all strange, strange things.

I do want to say that Michael has been overwhelmed with birthday greetings. Thanks! It's the Internet's favorite thing: celebrating birthdays. Michael got comments on this blog and on Flickr, of course, but nothing compares to the the Facebook love. Some of you have experienced this already, but for those of you that don't have It's worth signing up just to feel loved on your birthday.