Birthdays have always been important to me, and I'm not just saying that because my own is coming up this week. They're the perfect reason for celebration, and full of so much pure joy to me.
I've spent quite a few birthdays away from the places I call home, so last month, when a coworker of mine was celebrating his birthday I decided to make him this sheet cake to celebrate. There's a special bond that happens when you're on the road. Coworkers become family, the people you hate and love. We spend hours surrounded by each other, and then everyone joins up on days off to decompress. Sometimes it's hard for me to tell if we're all extremely happy, or if we're just united in the misery of being away from home for so long.
It's a strange thing, living most of my professional life on a plane, in a passenger van or out of a hotel room. I've grown accustomed to it, the life of a nomad. And I'm fortunate that I enjoy my job so much. Every time I go away for work I feel like I get better at making a new home for myself. This last job was especially great, because I had a fully equipped kitchen all to myself to use. It didn't have all of my usual tools, but I was able to make some smart/affordable purchases (like the emerald baking dish that was on clearance) that I used quite frequently.
I feel most like myself when I'm baking, especially when I know that whatever I'm baking is going towards someone else's enjoyment. We take care of each other on the road, and that's what this cake symbolizes to me.
This year for my birthday I ended up in New Orleans, a complete act of serendipity. I'd been wanting to visit NOLA for a long time, but avoided making the trip for a myriad of reasons. More on that in another post, but suffice it to say that I've done a lot of reflection in the last few days. I think the universe has it's way of reminding you to push through, and to reward you for the sacrifices you make. Last night some new coworkers surprised me at dinner with a vegan sorbet and a candle. It was a small gesture, but so meaningful to me. I like collecting these little birthday memories so I can pour over them on every birthday to come. Everywhere you look, if you look hard enough, there are people there to take care of you.Read More