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2007 February 20 » Philoxenos

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The juice of paradise

20th February 2007

The juice of paradise

One thing about having lived in three different countries and travelled quite a bit is that I have discovered some really delicious food and drink from around the world. One of those things is from my own native country - A & W Root Beer. When I was very little (like four) there was a man in our church that owned an A & W Root Beer stand and lots of us would congregate there after church on Sunday night. I don’t remember lots of details, but I sure do remember the root beer.

Last night we had some new friends over for dinner, one of whom is a recently immigrated American. She and I were talking about things that we can or cannot find here. I mentioned A & W Root Beer. She said - I found it! And told me exactly which shop I could find it in. This morning I happened to be driving past this particular shopping centre (and of course you know I was plotting how I could possibly make that happen) so I realised that in an effort to save fuel I needed to stop right then so I wouldn’t have to waste gas to make a special trip.

After nearly running over an old lady that was getting out of her car slower than a snail, I found a carpark and waddled over to the shop. I found the root beer and was thanking God for answering my prayer because it ws in the refrigerator so was already in the perfect state for drinking. I paid $2 for one can (and of course I bought three, so I paid $6). Normally a can of soft drink is $1.20 but I didn’t blink an eye at the extra change.

I got in the car and prepared to drive away, but before I did, I popped the can and took a long swallow of paradise. And then promptly burped, which is what I always do when drinking root beer.

As I drove home I enjoyed every last drop of that root beer. I put the other two cans in the fridge to save for later. Since it’s now three hours later, I decided to open another can. And I can almost promise you that the third can will be gone before I go to bed tonight. But don’t worry, it’s caffeine-free :)

***updated to add: Yes, the third can was enjoyed about 9 pm last night. I don’t regret a single swallow.

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20th February 2007

Eating leftover birthday cake with a Bob the Builder fork

Leftover birthday cake, you ask? Who had a birthday? I did! On Sunday I turned 30. And then my husband followed my spectacular day with his own birthday blowout on Monday, turning 33 (Fortunately the term ‘blowout’ has a completely different meaning when applied to a 33 year old, as opposed to a 1 year old). We figured out once that, had we been born in the same year, we would have been born at almost exactly the same time because of the time zones. *cue twilight zone music*

Because our birthdays are only a day apart, I only ever make one cake. Although I do like cake, no one really *needs* two cakes. I suppose no one really needs a cake at all but our three year old daughter now associates birthdays with cakes and she simply couldn’t let the day pass without a cake being made. I also discovered that she was horrified that Daddy wasn’t getting a present with paper on it, which of course she would have graciously removed for him because his newly-acquired geriatric state would have made it impossible for him to do it himself.

Anyway, back to the theme of the post…

I’m sitting here at the computer, enjoying a piece of birthday cake while the kids peacefully slumber during nap time. Today being one of those days when for some reason all eating utensils have disappeared from their proper drawer, I am forced to eat delicious chocolate birthday cake (honestly, the best I’ve ever made) with a Bob the Builder fork. This is one of those forks that come with the plate, bowl, cup, spoon set. And you know what? It’s completely useless. The tines are so dull I can’t actually pierce the cake and it’s so small that I can’t scoop the cake up. So not only does it fail as a fork, it also fails as a spoon. So what is it good for? I think it would work really well as a digging implement in the garden.

And the spoon that came with the set has already been relegated to the rubbish, after someone stepped on it and broke it. In this case, when Bob asked “Can we fix it?” The answer was most definitely NO.

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